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Boys’ HS previews: Central League’s Penncrest, Lower Merion

Sunday, 10th March 2019

Categories Boy's/Men's, High School, Previews, Posted 3/10/19

This is one of a series of Philly boys’ lacrosse previews for 2019.

High School: Penncrest

League: Central League

Coach: Wayne Matsinger, 20th Year Head Coach (31st at Penncrest)

2018 record: 7-10 2018 Overall

Returning Starters
TJ Sims Mid. Sr
Ryan Matsinger Mid. Sr
Joe Nichols Mid. Sr
Asa Tyson Att. Sr
Lee Feinman Def. Sr
Jake Kearney Def. Soph
Steven Woolery Mid. Soph
Trey Pompetti Att. Soph
Ryan Poole Def. Soph
Tom Mclaughlin Def. Jr
Shane Stevens Goal Jr

Top Newcomers
Nick Dumont Def. Sr
Ben Grady Def. Sr
Anthony Chero Mid. Sr
Ian McDougall Att. Sr
Robby McDonnell Att. Jr
Tyler Carney Att. Jr
Sean Smolcynski Def. Jr
Ethan Rubinoff Def. Jr
Liam McAvoy Def. Soph
Bobby Sypher Def. Soph
Michael Cropper Def. Jr
Andrew Wickman Goal Soph
Brennan Kaut Mid. Fr

Outlook for 2019: “We are going to be a different team in 2019, very experienced on Offense. If things go well and some guys step up, and we stay healthy, we hope to be contending again in the ultra competitive Central League and District 1. Then we will see from there!

High School: Lower Merion

League: Central

Coach: Roland D’Ortone – 3rd Year

Last year’s record: 3- 15

Key returnees:
Midfield: Quinn Black Jr. (Capt)
Attack: Tyler Falco Sr., Nate Lapat Jr.
Defense: Andrew Aspesi Sr. (Capt.), Russel Dougherty Sr.
Goalie: Matt Sy Sr.

Others to watch:
Midfield: Luke D’Alonzo (F.O.) Fr., Kahri Cephas Sr.
Attack: Anthony Lepera Jr.
Defense: Henry Bard Fr.

Coach’s outlook for 2019 season:
“Our goal for 2019 is to remain a competitive program in a tough league.  With limited numbers, once again this year it is important that we remain healthy.  Our core group can compete with anyone, but we lack depth in some areas.  We have a nice mix of experience and youth.  Several players from a strong freshman class are going to get the opportunity to play right away.  The loss of last year’s offensive MVP, Jayden Helton to a season ending injury during Football season has created an opportunity for others to step up and fill the void.”

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