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

Tuesday, 16th March 2021

Categories Boy's/Men's, High School, Previews  

(This is one of a series of HS boys’ previews for the 2021 scholastic season), Posted 3/16/21


League: Central League

Coach: Wayne Matsinger 22nd Year Head Coach (33rd at Penncrest)

2019: 8-10 Overall, District 1AA Playoffs – Overall Record 265-144

Returning Starters
Jake Kearney Def. Sr
Steven Woolery Mid. Sr
Trey Pompetti Att. Sr
Ryan Poole Def. Sr
Brennan Kaut Mid. Jr
Dylan McDougall Att. Jr.
Jason Poole Att. Jr.
Liam McAvoy Def. Sr
Andrew Wickman Goal Sr
Liam Fickes Def. Jr.
Bobby Sypher Def. Jr
Cody Woolery Mid. Jr.
Zach Puckett Def. Jr.
Top Newcomers
Lucas Harding Def. Sr.
Zach Douglas Mid. Jr.
Anthony D’Ambrosio Mid. Jr.
Brian Valentine Mid. Jr.
Chris Dolan Mid. Jr.
Anthony Randazzo Mid. Jr.
Chas Katz Att. Jr.
Luke Pyle-Ballak Goal Jr.
Dylan Walsh Goal Jr.
Nick Chelo Mid. Jr.
Tyler Conn Mid. Jr
Kyle Ridpath Mid. So.
Wyatt Hannemann Mid.So
Spencer Tyson Mid. Fr.

Coach’s Outlook for 2021: “We are going to be a different team in 2021, very experienced on Defense. 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!” 

Lower Merion

League:  Central

Coaches: Roland D’Ortone (Head Coach) 4th year at Lower Merion, Kevin Ellers (Offensive Coordinator) 1st season at LM, Jamie Gaffney (Goalies/Defensive Coordinator) 4th year at LM, Chris Madarino (Defensive assistant) 1st Season at LM

2019 Record:  6-11 (Highlighted by a win over cross-town rival Harriton)

Key Players: Henry Bard (Defense), Sam Shaffer (Defense) , Luke D’Alonzo (Midfield), Dylan Peterson (Midfield), Connor McCabe (Attack)

Others to Watch: Simon Rosen (Midfield), Noah Ruth (Defense)

Coach’s Outlook for 2021: “We are looking forward to getting back together after a long stretch away.  We hope to continue to build on the strides made in 2019.  We are hopeful that playing many young players in 2019 will pay dividends this year, because we will be returning several players with varsity experience, especially on defense, even though we lost the 2020 season to Covid.”

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