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Philly boys’ high school lacrosse previews: George School, Springside Chestnut Hill Academy, Upper Moreland, New Hope Solebury

Tuesday, 27th March 2012

Categories Boy's/Men's, High School, 3/27/12

This is one of a series of previews for the 2012 Philly lacrosse season

George School

Coach: Tom Griffith, 12th as head coach, 16th overall

Last Year Record: overall 4-9; Friends League 0-5

Key Returnees:
Tucker Bentley – Sr. – A – 21 goals, 2 assists
James Langeler – Sr. – A – 12 goals, 14 assists; good face-off man
Charlie Palmiotti – Sr. – A – four year starter
Sean Potter – Sr. – M – four year starter; brains of the extra man unit
Tommy Lodge – Sr. M – four year starter; excellent short stick middie defender
Jake Kaplan – Jr. – D – experienced long stick defenseman

Key Newcomers:
Brett Hefflefinger – So. – G
John Arth – Fr. – M
Jake Seiler – Fr. – M

2012 Outlook: “ The attacking part of the team is much more experienced than the defensive side, and how quickly the defense progresses will be a big factor in how well the team progresses. We have several newcomers on defense who have a lot of potential. There are several promising newcomers on offense, and how quickly they and our experienced players get on the same page will likewise be very important. Although we strive to play well in every game, the Friends League games naturally take on a bit more importance. We hope to have a successful spring in all ways, but especially in the Friends League.”

Springside Chestnut Hill Academy

Coach: Mike DelGrande, 3rd year

Last Year’s Record, accomplishments: 8 – 10

Key returnees: Ian Caplan(Jr.) Goalie, Clint Sanders (Jr.) Attackman, Jackson Kleintz (So.) Attackman, Forrest Rall (Jr.) Midfielder, Evan Fireman (Jr.) Midfielder, Peter Nicolo (Jr.) Midfielder, Wyn Rall (Jr.) Midfielder, Kyle Espenshade (Sr.) Midfielder, Jamie Hearn (Sr.) LSM, Max Keyser (Sr.) Defender, Tommie Hogan (So.) Defender

Key newcomers: Tasso Karras (So.) Attack, Sean Delaney (So.) Defender, Kyle Lawlor (So.) Defender, Matt Eckles (Fr.) Goalie

Coach’s Outlook for 2012 season: “With an influx of defenders and a few other key players, SCH Academy should be much improved over last year.”

Upper Moreland Bears

Coach: Michael Liberona, 2 years

Last Year’s Record, accomplishments: 4-12

Key returnees:
Ellis Fattizzi, A, 2011 honorable mention
Talon Blickley, A
Austin Sgro M

Key newcomers:
Angelo Falsone D
Billy Costello a

Coach’s Outlook for 2012 season: “We’re looking to improve on last year’s record and I am
confident that with the group that I have this year, we will.”

New Hope Solebury

Coach: Pat Ryan, 5 years

Last Year’s Record/Accomplishments: 16-2, Best record for a lacrosse team in the school’s history, made the playoffs for the first time.

Key Returnees:
Matt Reilly, Defense, Sr
Bobby Maglies, Midfield, Sr
Tyler Nangle, Midfield, Jr
Patrick Dignan, Defense, Jr
Max Wolf, Goalie, Jr
Connor Lemmons, Attack, Jr

Key newcomers:
Connor Hayden, Attack, Soph
Sam Cabellas, Attack, Soph

Outlook for 2012: “The team is compromised of young talent with leadership in key areas. The program is moving in the right direction now, and it’s simply a matter of sustaining our level of play while enabling the maturation of the younger players. IF we can do the aforementioned then we should have a successful season, the wins and losses will take care of themselves.”

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