Bullis Upsets Salisbury To Win 2019 GEICO High School Nationals

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Bullis (Md.) completed an impressive run on Tuesday night in Washington, D.C. as they took down undefeated Salisbury (Conn.) to win the 2019 GEICO High School Nationals. The IAC champs came to play this week as they upset Hill Academy (Ont.) in the semifinals and then did it again against Salisbury in the championship. 

The Bulldogs are the only American team to win the championship as Hill Academy won the first two (2017,2018). Robert Schain led the way for the Bulldogs as he was the catalyst on the offensive end. The senior Penn commit tallied 9 points (4G/5A) in the win, ending his high school career on a high note. 

Connor Davis got the scoring started early, putting Bullis up 1-0. Salisbury answered as both teams went back-and-forth early on. After Jonathan Bender put Bullis up 2-1 Salisbury answered with a two-goal run from Scott Wilson and Connor Drake, giving the Knights their first lead of the game at 3-2. 

After a Bullis goal from Kieran Anzelone things were tied up at 3 to end the first period of play. Gus Weiner and Bryson Shaw scored two straight, putting Bullis up 5-3 early in the second and pushing the Bulldogs run to three. Connor Drake finally stopped the bleeding, scoring Salisbury’s only second quarter goal with 5:30 left in the quarter. 

The Bulldogs continued to dominate on both ends of the field for the rest of the half, taking an 8-4 halftime lead. Robert Schain, Bryson Shaw, and Connor Davis all scored for Bullis to end the half on a three-goal run. 

Bullis continued their domination in the second half, winning on both ends of the field. After Jonathan Bender put Bullis up 9-4 early in the third Salisbury finally found the back of the net with 4:30 in the third. Robert Schain scored off a Jonathan Bender assist to put Bullis up 10-5 heading into the fourth. 

It was back-and-forth early in the third as each team answered each other. Bullis used a two-goal run from Gus Weiner and Robert Schain to get up 13-6 late in the fourth. Salisbury was able to rattle off two in the final minutes of the game but could not complete the comeback, taking their only loss of the season. 

 

 

 

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Bullis And Salisbury Advance To GEICO High School Nationals Championship Game

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The 2019 GEICO High School Nationals championship has been set as Bullis (Md.) took down Hill Academy (Ont.), and Salisbury (Conn.) beat St. Sebastian’s (Mass.) in the semifinals. Bullis and Salisbury will meet in the championship on Tuesday night at 7:00pm. 

Bullis 11, Hill Academy 10

Bullis pulled off the upset and took down two-time defending champion Hill Academy. It was a very defensive heavy start for both squads Immanuel Brown scored the first goal of the game with 5:31 in the first, putting Bullis up 1-0. The Bulldogs found the back of the net less than a minute later, pushing their lead out to 2-0. 

Hill Academy went on a three-goal run in the final minutes of the first, taking a 3-2 lead at the end of the first. Bullis quickly tied things up at 3 early in the second. After some more back-and-forth play through Dyson Williams netted his second of the day late in the quarter, giving Hill Academy a 5-4 lead heading into the half. 

The second half saw much more offense earlier on as Hill Academy started off on a three-goal run, taking an 8-4 lead. Robert Schain seemingly gave Bullis the lift they needed with an insane long pole goal.

The Bulldogs rode that momentum into the fourth as they eventually got ahead, taking a 10-8 lead midway though the fourth. While Hill Academy was able to get something going late, they just couldn’t overcome the deficit as Bullis secured the one-goal 11-10 win to advance to the championship game. 

Salisbury 7, St. Sebastian’s 5

It was a defensive battle as both goalies played fantastic throughout the game, making big save after big save. Michael Swirbalus got St. Sebastian’s on the board first midway though the first. After some more defensive heavy play Salisbury finally found the back of the net with a Will Ferrell goal, making it 1-1 at the end of the first. 

More defensive play resumed in the second quarter as St. Sebastian’s took a 2-1 lead early. Salisbury finally got their offense going again, scoring midway though the second. Both defenses stood tall through the end of the first half to keep it tied at 2 all heading into halftime. 

A big Logan McNaney save led to a Salisbury fast break that ended with a Will Ferrell goal, giving the Knights their first lead of the game at 3-2 early in the third. It was very back-and-forth through the third as St. Sebastian’s took back the 5-4 lead late in the third quarter. 

Again, defense was the name of the game in the fourth, but Salisbury would find their offense. The Knights scored the only two goals of the quarter, securing the 7-5 win. While St. Sebastian’s had some opportunities late Logan McNaney stood on his head to help secure the win for Salisbury.

 

 

John Nostrant Set to Take Over at Gilman (Md.)

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After 28 years as the head coach at Haveford (Pa.) John Nostrant will be leaving the program to take over as the head coach at Gilman (Md.). Nostrant is expected to be announced as the next Gilman coach later this week. He will finish the season with Haveford as they are currently ranked 11th in the country by Inside Lacrosse.

It was announced earlier this year that this season would be Nostrant’s last at Haveford, and former Haveford College coach Brendan Dawson would be his successor. 

Nostrant has put the Haveford program on the map while becoming one of the most decorated high school lacrosse coaches in the country over the past 28 years. Nostrant has led the Fords to 489 wins, 14 Inter-Ac titles. He also led the Fords to two undefeated seasons in 2011 and 2015. He has also coached and developed numerous Under Armour All-Americans. 

At Gilman, Nostrant will take over for Brooks Matthews who announced back in the fall that this would be his last season at Gilman after 15 seasons. Matthews led Gilman to MIAA ‘A’ Conference titles in 2009 and 2011 as a head coach and was an assistant when Gilman won titles in 1998 and 2000. 

Nostrant will be walking into a program that has no shortage of talent with juniors such as defenseman Jack Stuzin who is currently ranked as the number three junior in the country and committed to Yale. Denver commit Sam King and Syracuse commit Jack Witherspoon are just two of plenty high level players that Nostrant will be able to work with at Gilman.

GEICO High School Lacrosse Showcase Recap: St. Anthony’s and Haveford Go 2-0

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St. Anthony’s senior attackman and Michigan commit Jake Bonomi. Photo: Bob Sorensen                

The Inaugural GEICO High School Lacrosse Showcase was held at St. Anthony’s (N.Y.) over the weekend. The event featured six teams from around the Mid-Atlantic region for two days of lacrosse on Long Island. Each team played two games a piece and each gam featured some of the best talent in the country.  

Since each team just played two games there were multiple teams that went undefeated at the event. St. Anthony’s (N.Y.), Haveford (Pa.) were the two teams that left the event with two wins on the weekend. 

Saturday, April 27th

Haveford (Pa.) 6, Ward Melville (N.Y.) 5

This was a close defensive battle as Ward Melville held just a 2-1 lead at the half. Both offenses woke up in the second half as Haveford knotted it up at 2 early in the third. After ending a long scoring drought Ward Melville took a 3-2 lead late in the third and rode that into the fourth. It was pretty back-and-forth through the final period of play as things were tied at 5 with under a minute to go. Senior midfielder and Utah commit Mac Costin scored the game-winner for Haveford with just 13 seconds left in the game. 

Seton Hall Prep (N.J.) 12, Darien (Conn.) 11 – OT

This was a fantastic game as Darien started hot but Seton Hall Prep was able to comeback strong. After Darien started off the scoring, Seton Hall Prep was able to get things going and make it a 3-3 game at the end of the first. Things would go back-and-forth in the second period as Darien held a 6-5 lead at the half. Just as Darien started to get hot in the third Seton Hall Prep came right back. With Darien leading 11-10 with just over a minute in the game Seton Hall Prep tied it at 11 to force overtime. Trinity Commit Cullen Wolff scored the game-winner for Seton Hall Prep as they took down the Blue Wave. 

St. Anthony’s (N.Y.) 20, Lincoln-Sudbury (Mass.) 10

The St. Anthony’s Friars got a dominating win over a banged up Lincoln-Sudbury team that was missing six starters. Even though this was a lopsided match both sides fought hard all the way to end. Things were close in the first half as St. Anthony’s led 8-5 heading into halftime. It was in the second half where St. Anthony’s exploded, taking an 18-7 lead heading into the fourth and eventually sealing the deal with a 20-10 win. Top-ranked junior and Duke commit Brennan O’Neill had four goals for the Friars in the win. 

Sunday, April 28th

St. Anthony’s (N.Y.) 11, Darien (Conn.) 9

In what was maybe the best game of the weekend St. Anthony’s came back from being down at the end of the first and secured the two-goal win. Darien got out to a hot start as they led 3-1 at the end of the first. Early in the second St. Anthony’s started to find their footing. St. Anthony’s went on a four-goal to end the half with the 5-4 lead. It was a back-and-forth third quarter as things were tied at 7 heading into the fourth. Again, it was a back-and-forth quarter until St. Anthony’s scored two straight at the end to secure the 11-9 win over Darien. St. Anthony’s senior midfielder and Michigan commit Jake Bonomi scored five goals in the game to lead the way. Bonomi had 10 goals combined in the two games. 

Ward Melville (N.Y.) 10, Seton Hall Prep (N.J.) 3

After getting out to an early 3-1 lead in the first Ward Melville absolutely dominated, handing Seton Hall Prep their first loss of the season. Seton Hall Prep was able to get a few things going late in the second but Ward Melville still held a 7-3 lead at the half. In the second half Ward Melville continued their dominance as they secured the 10-3 victory. Senior faceoff man/midfielder and Syracuse commit Brandon Aviles lit it up as he led Ward Melville with 5 goals and 1 assist. 

 

Haveford (Pa.) 11, Lincoln-Sudbury (Mass.) 8

It was a very hard fought game as Lincoln-Sudbury’s second half comeback just fell short and Haveford came away victorious. Haveford started off this one very strong, getting out to a 3-1 first quarter lead and then held a 6-2 lead at the half. Haveford held a 10-4 lead heading into the fourth, but Lincoln-Sudbury would soon wake up. Lincoln-Sudbury put together an impressive run in the fourth but would fall short of a complete comeback as Haveford walked away with their second win of the weekend. Haveford 2019 midfielder and Virginia commit Peter Garno had fantastic game as he led the way in the win. 

Schedule and Teams Announced For Inaugural GEICO High School Lacrosse Showcase

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St. Anthony’s (N.Y.) Brennan O’Neill (Photo: Inside Lacrosse)                                                                    

The teams, dates, and schedule for the 2019 GEICO High School Lacrosse Showcase has been announced. This inaugural event will be held at St. Anthony’s High School (NY) from April 27th-28th and will showcase six of the best high school lacrosse teams in the country. All games will be broadcast on either ESPNU or ESPN3. 

This event extends ESPN’s coverage of high school lacrosse, which includes the GEICO High School Nationals. That event will take place May 27th-28th at Catholic University in Washington, DC. 

At the GEICO High School Lacrosse Showcase six teams will play two games each over the course of two days. The teams invited include: Haveford (Pa.), Ward Melville (N.Y.), Darien (Ct.), Seton Hall Prep (N.J.), Lincoln-Sudbury (Ma.), and St. Anthony’s (N.Y.). 

Four of the six participating teams are ranked in the Inside Lacrosse National Preseason poll

Schedule

Saturday, April 27th

No. 17 Haveford (Pa.) vs No. 5 Ward Melville (N.Y.) – 10am (ET)/ ESPNU

No. 21 Darien (Ct.) vs Seton Hall Prep (N.J) – 12pm (ET)/ESPN3

Lincoln-Sudbury (Ma.) vs No. 6 St. Anthony’s (N.Y.) – 2pm (ET)/ESPN3

Sunday, April 28th

No. 21 Darien (Ct.) vs No. 6 St. Anthony’s (N.Y.) – 10am (ET)/ESPNU

Seton Hall Prep (N.J) vs No. 5 Ward Melville (N.Y.) – 12pm (ET)/ ESPN3

Lincoln-Sudbury (Ma.) vs No. 17 Haveford (Pa.) – 2pm/ESPN3

For more information or to purchase tickets pleas visit geicolax.com

 

10 High School Team’s to Watch in 2019

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The high school lacrosse season is on the horizon and this season there are some very good teams across the country that will be very competitive not only in their state or region, but nationally as well. Of course some of the traditional powers will be on this list, but there are also some teams that the casual fan might not know all the much about. 

*Note: List is in no particular order.*

Culver Military Academy (IN)

 Culver has been one of the most dominant high school teams in the country for the better part of about a decade or so. They always have some of the best players from the US and Canada on their team and Coach Posner does a great job of coaching them up and getting all that talent to play as one unit. Being a Military boarding school helps with that as well I should say. This season the Eagles have 19 current division one commits and more to come on this 2019 squad. This team has future pro’s at every position and it will be very hard for any team to stop them. After watching Culver about four times last season and seeing what they have back, I honestly think this may be the best Culver team we have seen to date. 

The Hill Academy (ON)

The Hill Academy out of Ontario has won the first two Geico High School Lacrosse Nationals. Each year Hill get’s more talent and keeps getting better. The Merrill’s have built something special with the Hill Academy and that just keeps on continuing. With 13 current Division one commits on their roster the Hill looks just as good as ever. Just like many other sports centric prep schools they have future college stars and pro’s all over the place and they are going to win and win a lot. No doubt about that. I honestly can’t wait to see how this Hill team has improved with some of their younger studs back from last year.

IMG Academy (FL)

Yeah, it was a shaky year for IMG in 2018 as they didn’t have near the amount of success they were looking for. Fortunately for the Ascenders they have a lot of talent back, as expected of a school like IMG, and they are looking to rebound. With 11 players currently committed to play Division One lacrosse IMG will be competitors on the national stage again this season, and hopefully improve a lot from last year. 

Salisbury (CT)

The prep school out of Connecticut has pro and Division one talent all up and down the field. The Crimson Knights do lose a lot of great players from last season, but they return just as much talent as they lost with 20 players currently committed to play Division One lacrosse. Salisbury looks to be right up there again this season competing for a national championship along with the rest of the big boys as usual. They will be led by senior midfielder and Duke commit Connor Drake, amongst others. 

Calvert Hall (MD) 

Calvert Hall is a perennial power in the MIAA and always have a lot of talent, even though they graduated a slew of seniors in 2018. The Cardinals are coming off of two straight MIAA A conference championship’s and have a ton of talent back, as always. The Cardinals are led by 2019 Ohio State commits midfielder Grant Mitchell and defenseman Jacob Snyder. 

Ponte Vedra (FL)

The Sharks look to be the favorites to win it all in Florida this year as they have one of the best teams in the country and play a pretty tough schedule as well with teams like Calvert Hall (MD), Episcopal Dallas (TX), and others on the schedule. The Sharks will be led by junior midfielders Dylan Hess who is committed to Georgetown and Carter Parlette who is a Notre Dame commit, as well as a whole host of other player heading to DI schools.

McCallie (TN)

A power in the south McCallie is loaded with talent this season just as they have been in the past as well. Head Coach Troy Kemp and the Blue Tornado feature eight current DI commits this season. They are for sure the favorite in Division I in Tennessee this season. They are led by senior defenseman Cam Henry who is heading to Duke, senior midfielder and Ohio State commit Eli Ensor. as well as junior midfielder’s Carter Henry who is heading to Yale and Rutgers commit Ellison Burt-Murray.

Episcopal School of Dallas (TX)

The Eagles have a new coaching staff and a boat load of talent coming into this 2019 season. Many have already said that there is no doubt that Episcopal Dallas (TX) will be in the state championship this season. They will be led by one of the best defenses in the country with senior’s Scott Bower who is heading to Virginia and Ohio State commit Carson Raney.

Torrey Pines (CA)

Regional and national powerhouse Torrey Pines is back and looking to be great again this season with another very tough national schedule. The Falcons have a lot of talent as always and will be led by senior midfielder Michael Mines who is committed to Ohio State, as well as many other DI commits.

Bullis (MD)

After winning the IAC championship in 2018 Bullis looks to repeat as they return some great talent on both sides of the ball. They will be led by junior midfielder and Jacksonville commit Immanuel Brown, as well as senior attackman Robert Schain who is headed to Penn.

Other Teams to Watch:

Boy’s Latin (MD) 

Detroit Central Catholic (MI)

Lambert (GA)

Darien (CT)

Gonzaga (D.C.)

McDonough (MD)

Malvern prep (PA)

MICDS (MO)

St. Anthony’s (NY)

 

 

 

 

2020 Midfielder Will Stax Commits to Air Force

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The Falcons picked up their second commitment this week with Milton (GA)/LB3 – 2020 attackman Will Stax announcing his commitment on Friday afternoon. Stax is Air Force’s 15th commit in the 2020 class. 

Stax’s commitment comes just one day after the number 92 player in the 2020 class Tommy Marcoon announced his commitment to the Falcons. 

The dual-sport athlete play football as well as lacrosse. Stax is a fast midfielder who uses his speed to push early transition between the restraining lines. He has the skill set to play both ways as he can get it done on both ends of the field. 

As a shooter Stax is able to find or create open space for himself to get the ball and get a shot off. His crisp passes and vision really help him be a feeder that can fins the open man in multiple spots on the field. As a dodger he is best from up top but can get it done from multiple spots on the field with his speed and athleticism. 

With Stax committed Air Force now has 15 players currently committed in the class of 2020. View Air Force’s 2020 recruiting class here.

 

 

Air Force Picks Up Top 100 2020 Attackman Tommy Marcoon

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Air Force has gotten another commitment to add to their already impressive 2020 recruiting class.

Wando (SC)/LB3- 2020 attackman Tommy Marcoon announced his commitment to the Falcons on Thursday. Marcoon is rated as a 4-star and ranked as the number 92 player in the 2020 class by Inside Lacrosse.

Marcoon is an unbelievable dodger and is able to get to the cage from multiple spots on the field. As a shooter he is able to get it done in traffic, from the island, and from higher up top as well. Marcoon is a goof passer as well with the right vision and IQ to go along with it. The quick and speedy dodger has that QB attackman skill set as he looks most comfortable operating from behind the cage at X.

With Marcoon’s skill set of shooting, dodging, and passing he draws comparisons in some capacity to players such as Asher Nolting, James Pannell, and Pat Spencer. 

Marcoon is the 14th player in the 2020 class to announce their commitment to Air Force. He joins Torrey Pines (CA) defenseman Conrad Delgado, Avon Grove (PA) defenseman James Chastain, Berkshire (MA) attackman Chad Teresky, and Cherry Creek (CO) midfielder Dante Orlando as the fifth 4-star in the Falcons 2020 recruiting class. 

 

 

Mercer Picks up 2020 In-State Defenseman Logan Tucker

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Mercer has gotten a commitment from Mill Creek (GA)/LB3 – 2020 defenseman Logan Tucker. The 5’11 160LB junior defenseman is the second commitment for Mercer in the 2020 class.

This commitment from Logan Tucker comes after a visit to Mercer over the weekend. He has also visited Utah in the last month as well.

Tucker is the type of player that can cover a ton of ground on defense and make those sideline to sideline plays. He is a good cover man that can really disrupt his man and cause turnovers to happen.

In transition Tucker is a threat as well. He can really push the ball up the field after a turnover and has the skills to make something happen as well. Tucker definitely has the ability to run as a Long Stick Midfielder (LSM) as well as close defense.

With the addition of Tucker Mercer now has two commits in the class of 2020. Currently, the Bears other 2020 commit is Dublin Jerome (OH)/Haymakers LC defensemen Zach Dubois.

An extra little nugget is that there are now three players named Logan Tucker Committed to DI schools in the class of 2020.

Player Profile: David Anderson

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David Anderson is a junior attackman/midfielder at Culver Military Academy (IN) and plays JR. A for the Toronto Beaches in the OJALL and JR. B with the Oakville Buzz in the OJBLL during the summer as well. Anderson also played for the Iroquois last summer in Saskatoon at the World Junior Lacrosse Championship (WJLC).

Back in November of 2018 Anderson announced his commitment to play lacrosse at Yale University. 

When asked about how long he had been playing the game Anderson said, “Ever since I could walk,I had a stick in my hands.” Anderson says his first memories of lacrosse was at age five during a family reunion playing catch with his cousins. 

Born into the game as the grandson of the legendary Gaylord Powless who is known as one of the greatest lacrosse players of all time. Anderson said that even though he never saw his Grandfather play he tries to model his game after his. 

“I have definitely felt some pressure having my Grandfather be considered one of the greatest lacrosse players of all time. I know that he is supporting me every step of the way, and is helping me continue the legacy he has made for our family.” Anderson said when asked if he felt any pressure because of who his grandfather was. 

Anderson is a great player and in the field game you can see a big box influence as Anderson has a great IQ and is great getting into those tight areas and scoring, as well as other areas of his game. “Box lacrosse has immensley developed my level in field lacrosse, both skill-wise and mentally.”, Anderson said. 

This summer Anderson played for the Iroquois Nationals in the World Junior Lacrosse Championship (WJLC) in Sasktoon at the Sasktel Centre. Anderson helped lead the Iroquois to a silver medal as they lost to Canada in the champiosnhip game. 

When asked about his expierecne with the Iroquois at the WJLC this summer he said, “Playing with Team Iroquois in the World Juniors was one of the best expiernces of my life. I made many friends from all teams, learned new systems. I was also able to step out of my comfort zone and take faceoffs for our team, which better rounded me as a player today.”

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Hockey has also had a big influence on Anderson’s game as he has been playing since he was five years old, the same amount of time he has been playing lacrosse. Anderson is a forward on Culver’s hockey team as well. 

When asked about how Hockey has helped him in lacrosse Anderson Said, “I feel that the diversity and different skills needed in the two sports has helped me elevate as an athlethe in both sports.”

Being an athlethe at Culver is no small task as you are held to some very high standards on the field, off the field, and in the classroom. As a Military Academy a normal day at Culver is much differet than at a regular high school or even another boarding school.

“When I came to Culver, I didn’t know what to think of it, seeing it was a Military Academy. I handeled my transition academic-wise very well and I love the way lacrosse and hockey are set up here. Culver has definitely bettered my character on and off the field, as well as physically enhnced my game.” Said Anderson when asked how his transtion to Culver was. 

Looking forward a bit Anderson will be heading to Yale after next year where he will be walking into one of the best lacrosse programs and schools in the country. Anderson said he committed to Yale because of both the high level academics and lacrosse program. ” I felt very welcome and the campus was the nicest out of the schools I visited.” Anderson Said. 

As far as the 2019 season with Culver goes Anderson said, “My goals are to improve as a player and teammate, get better every day, and help my teammates achieve our goal, win.” Culver will open their 2019 season with a road trip down to Louisville, KY on March 9th and 10th as they take on McCallie (TN) and St. Xavier (KY). The Eagles are expected to be ranked as the number one team in the country coming into the 2019 season.