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Philly boys’ high school previews: Ches-Mont League’s Downingtown West, Great Valley

Saturday, 19th March 2011

Categories Boy's/Men's, High School, Posted 3/19/11

This is one of a series of previews for the 2011 Philly lacrosse season

Team: Downingtown West

Coach: Tommy Hannum, 8th season

Last year’s record: 17-3, Ches-Mont Co-champion

Key returnees:
Dustin Keen, Senior, Goalie, signed with St. Joseph’s
Zach Logan, Senior, Midfield,
Mike Paoline, Junior, Close Defense, committed to St. John’s
Eric Rankel, Junior, Midfield, committed to Robert Morris
Brad Shenberger, Senior, Attack, committed to Mt. St. Mary’s

Key newcomers:
Zach Barr, Junior, Midfield
Evan Muntz, Junior, Midfield

Coach’s Outlook for 2011 season:
“We have great expectations for the 2011 campaign. Led by senior and 4 year starting net minder Dustin Keen, the Whippets return over half the starters from last year’s program. We have increased the strength of the Whippet’s schedule by adding additional Central League contests with Springfield-Delco and Ridley, and a bout with the Lehigh Valley’s Allentown Central Catholic. As always, the Ches-Mont will prove to be the toughest obstacle for the young Whippets squad.”

Team: Great Valley

Coach: Tony Verna, 5th year

Last Year’s Record: 7-11

Key returnees:
Eric Gartner, Senior, Midfield, All-league, signed with Villanova
Nick Dipiano, Senior, Goalie, committed to Eastern
Dan Buchholz, Senior, Attack
Gavin Wilson, Senior, Midfield, committed to Goucher
Jesse Horn, Senior, LSM, committed to Stevenson
Ben Hughes, Junior, Defense, committed to High Point
Ryan Wheeler, Senior, Defense/LSM, committed to Gwynedd Mercy
Peter Pappas, Senior, MF/FO – committed to Gwynedd Mercy
Noah Joseph, Sophomore, Midfield
Joe Ward, Sophomore, Defense

Key newcomers:
Jeremy Salmon, Senior, Midfield
Niall Durkin, Sophomore, Defense

Coach’s Outlook for 2011 season:
“We have a senior led very talented group and we are looking forward to competing for the Ches-Mont league championship.”

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