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Philly boys’ high school lacrosse previews: Shipley School (Friends League), Lower Merion (Central)

Wednesday, 14th March 2012

Categories Boy's/Men's, High School, Posted 3/14/12

Shipley School

Coach: Mark Duncan, 11th year, Five Friends Schools League championships in past 7 years, 16-3 with Friends Schools title and berth in Inter-Ac Invitational quarterfinals last season

Key returnees:
Sr. Mike Litner (Amherst) 59g, 43a – 102 pts- single season school record.
Sr. Mac Gallagher (Lafayette) 35g, 26a- 61 pts- handles face-offs.
Sr. Mattock Callahan- 16g, 13a- 29 pts
Sr. Maz Obuz- face-offs, D middie
Jr. Andrew Wofford- 18g, 15a- 33 pts
Jr. Corey Rayfield- transfer from Thayer Academy, Massachusetts

Entire defense returns:
Sr. goalie- Ian McGibbon- 3 year all league player
Sr. Eric Loreauz- LSM-
Sr. Mike Gagnier
Sr. Steve Gentry
Sr. Will Todd
Jr. Jamie Piltch- SS middie
Fresh- David Wolfson
Fresh Chris Verdeur

Team outlook:
Duncan: “The Shipley boys’ lacrosse team is looking forward to another great season in 2012 with hopes of winning a fourth consecutive FSL title (21-0 in FSL play past 3 years) and another strong showing in the end of year Inter-Ac Invitational Tournament.”

Opening games: Wyoming Seminary, home, Friday. March 16th at Shipley’s home Farm Fields in Gladwyne. On Tuesday, March 20th Shipley hosts Episcopal Academy in a rematch from last year’s Inter-Ac invitational tournament where Shipley earned its first ever win vs the Inter-Ac power. The Shipley squad will then hit the road for Clearwater, Florida playing 2 games in Tampa and then one game vs nationally ranked Lake Highland Prep in Orlando.

Lower Merion

Coach’s name: Mike Borsch, second year

Last year’s record: 7-11 overall 3-12 Central League

Key returnees:
Senior: Cooper Eisenhard FOGO, Attack, Mid
Senior: James Burke, Defense
Senior: Eli Newschaffer, Goalie
Junior: Chris Daly, Mid/Attack
Junior: Craig Markman, Mid
Junior: Ernest Pendelton
Junior: Tony Fisher, Attack/Mid
Sophomore: Dan Buckman, Attack
Sophomore: Alex Simpson, Defense
Sophomore: Jack Kane, Defense

Others to watch:

Freshman: Evan Wolf, Attack

Players lost to graduation:

Alec Klincewicz, Defense: Loyola

Team strengths:

Speed, team work, and fluidity of the offense

Team outlook:

Borsch:“We will be really strong in the Central League this year. Learning from our mistakes, working positively as a team, capitalizing on turnovers and other team’s weaknesses will help us to a stronger season.”

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