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2019 Mid-Atlantic Region Boys Lacrosse Preview

by Mike Loveday

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Whether you’re looking for the players who led your state in scoring and return or want to know the up-and-coming players in your region, LaxRecords.com has your in-depth look at the players, teams, and coaches to watch for the 2019 boys high school lacrosse season.

Below you will find the storylines, coaches, and teams to watch for the upcoming season.

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2019 Preview

What You Need to Know 

Salesianum (Del.) is the four-time defending champ and has won seven of the last eight. Head Coach Bobby Healy has won 256 games in his career.

Jeff Bellestri from Bullis (Md.). Photo by Mike Loveday

Jeff Bellestri from Bullis (Md.). Photo by Mike Loveday

(Md.) will have a new head coach roaming the sideline for the first time in 43 years. retired following the 2018 season and Ian Healy takes over as head coach. Bullis (Md.) won the IAC playoff championship last season, but it was a crazy offseason for the Bulldogs. Head Coach Jeff Bellistri was rumored to have been fired after an email from Athletic Director Andres Parra was sent to parents. But Bellistri is still listed as head coach and no story was written to the contrary. Calvert Hall (Md.) was the first MIAA A Conference team to win back-to-back titles since Loyola-Blakefield (Md.) did it in 2007 and 2008. No team has won three straight since won or shared part of the title from 1969 to 1971. There was no championship game those years, so the championship was decided by the regular season. Boys’ Latin (Md.) reached the MIAA A Conference championship last season and feels on the cusp of bringing home its first program championship since 2014. Head Coach Brian Farrell has compiled a 41-15 record in three seasons since taking over the program in 2016. Gerstell Academy (Md.) took home the MIAA B Conference title last season. The last time Indian Creek (Md.) won the MIAA C Conference title, they won back-to-back in 2014 and 2015. They are the defending Class C champ after defeating Annapolis Area Christian 15-13 last season. Westminster (Md.) has the longest active win streak in the state at 18 games. The Owls look to defend their Class 3A championship this season. Severna Park (Md.) has won three straight titles, including the Class 4A championship last season. 

(N.J.) took home Inside Lacrosse’s No. 1 team in the region last year. The Green Wave has won back-to-back Tournament of Champion titles and three of the last four. All four 2018 Group champions were different from 2017. The Non-Public champions have been familiar the last few seasons with taking home the A titles in 2016, 2017 and 2018. Pingry (N.J.) has won the B title every year since 2015.  New Jersey could have a new all-time leading scorer by the end of the year as Canyon Birch from (N.J.) attempts to dethrone . (N.J.) will have a new head coach after stepped down. It is the first time since 1995 the Crusaders have a different face roaming the sideline.

Peter Garno from Haverford School (Pa.).

Peter Garno from (Pa.).

Pennsylvania’s record book has been under assault the last few years with five players breaking into the Top 10 in the last three seasons. That record-breaking trend looks to continue in 2019. Gavin Tygh from Penn Charter (Pa.) already has 1,000 career face-off wins, but with one season left, he could become the nation’s best-known player at the position with the most wins reported in history. Anthony Caporuscio from Crestwood (Pa.) has 321 points in his first two seasons and needs 273 to tie as the state’s all-time leading scorer. With 79 points, he’ll become the 8th player in state history with 400 career points. Last year was a record-setting year for (Pa.) as they became the first team outside of District One or Twelve to win a PIAA championship. The Blue Streaks won the 3A title, defeating (Pa.). (Pa.) won the AA title, its first in program history. (Pa.) head coach enters his final season with the Fords and looks to regain the Inter-Ac title. Malvern Prep (Pa.) won the title last season - the first time the conference played a tournament format. Six players from the Fords are committed to college programs, including Peter Garno (Virginia). Nostrant has put together one of the toughest schedules in the nation with games against five MIAA A Conference teams, (Ind.), Salisbury School (Conn.) and a spot in the GEICO Invitational. Malvern Prep (Pa.) has 11 college commits. The last time the Friars won an Inter-Ac title, they won back-to-back titles in 2013 and 2014. 

Connor Shellenberger from St. Anne's-Belfield (Va.).

Connor Shellenberger from St. Anne's-Belfield (Va.).

Virginia boasts the nation’s No. 1 senior in Connor Shellenberger who returns to (Va.) for his final season. The Saints are coming off a 12-10 season but were 18-5 the last time Shellenberger suited up for them. Paul VI (Va.) is coming off its first VISAA championship after finishing 19-7 last season. Jacob Angelus is a Johns Hopkins commit and is coming off a 109-point season. St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes (Va.) were VISAA runners-up last season and returns face-off man Andrew Tyeryar.  E.C. Glass (Va.) finished last season 21-0 and boasts the longest active win streak in the state. Head Coach Eddie Ranuska looks to defend his programs Class 4A title. Briar Woods (Va.) has won two of the last three Class 5A titles. Oakton (Va.) won its first VHSAA Class 6A title last season.

Gonzaga (D.C.) took back the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference title last season, the program’s 8th title since 2010. Fourteen players on the Purple Eagles are committed to college programs. St. John’s (D.C.) won the 2017 title and has two college commits. The Cadets open the season against . 

Coaches Approaching Milestones

Gonzaga (D.C.) head coach Casey O’Neil needs 14 wins to reach 200 for his career. He’s been the head coach of the Purple Eagles since 2008.

Cape Henlopen (Del.) head coach Mark D’Ambrogi needs four wins for 200.

Bill Sutphin should reach 200 career wins with Lenape (N.J.) this season. He enters the year with 195.

should reach 500 career wins for (Pa.) this season. He enters the year with 491 and is already the state's all-time leader.

enters his final season at Haverford School (Pa.) and needs 25 victories to reach 500 in his career. While 25 wins would be incredible, he did lead the Fords to a 26-win season in 2015.

Mark Duncan needs four wins to reach 200 for Shipley School (Pa.) this season.

Andrew Stanley should get his 200th career win in 2019. The Collegiate School (Va.) head coach has compiled 191 wins since taking over the program in 2005. The Cougars are coming off back-to-back 14-win seasons.

Kevin Broderick needs seven wins to reach 200 in his Chantilly (Va.) career.

Players Approaching Milestones

Anthony Caporuscio of Crestwood (Pa.) needs 79 points to reach 400 in his career.

Jacob Angelus from Paul VI (Va.).

Jacob Angelus from Paul VI (Va.).

Jacob Angelus could become the 12th player in Virginia history to reach 300 career points. The Paul VI (Va.) senior enters the year with 243 points on 130 goals and 113 assists.

James Cipolla needs 88 points to reach 300 for Parkland (Pa.). The senior is among the athletes who have pledged their 2019 season to HEADstrong and is helping raise money for families affected by cancer.

Connor Shellenberger returns to (Va.) for his final high school season and needs 72 points to reach 300. He scored 72 with Bullis (Md.) last season, but as a sophomore at STAB, he totaled 118.

Mark Sickler of Hershey (Pa.) needs 81 points to reach 300 in his career.

Gavin Tygh already has more than 1,000 career face-off wins for Penn Charter (Pa.) and keeps getting better. 

Tommy Bloom from Sanford School (Del.) needs 29 points to reach 300 for his career. He is 59 points away from surpassing Andrew Petit for the most points in state history*.

Camden Edge of McDonough (Md.) needs 16 saves to become the first known player in state history to reach 700 for his career. He is coming off a 321 save season.

Canyon Birch needs 11 points to become the 8th player in New Jersey history to reach 400 career points. The (N.J.) attackman could become the state’s all-time leading scorer by season’s end. He needs 80 points to pass on the list. He scored 175 last season.

Joe Cansfield of Delaware Valley (N.J.) needs 39 points to reach 300.

Gil Goldsmith needs 62 points for Shore (N.J.) to reach 300.

Griffin Ganster needs 82 points to join the 300 club this season. The Governor Mifflin (Pa.) senior scored 78 points in each of his last two seasons. If he at least matches his goal-scoring total from the last two seasons, he will reach 200 career goals.

Last Year’s IL Region Ranking and Results

College commits area based on the Inside Lacrosse database.

1.   Delbarton (N.J.) 
Last Year’s Record: 19-1 
Result Last Year: Non-Public A champion and Tournament of Champions winner
College Commits: 3 college commits

2.   Calvert Hall (Md.) 
Last Year’s Record: 16-3
Result Last Year: MIAA A Conference champions
College Commits: 15 players committed to college.

3.   Gonzaga (D.C.) 
Last Year’s Record: 17-3 
Result Last Year: WCAC champions
College Commits: 14 college commits

4.   Bullis (Md.) 
Last Year’s Record: 15-3
Result Last Year: IAC post-season champion
College Commits: 5 college commits

5.   Malvern Prep (Pa.) 
Last Year’s Record: 15-5
Result Last Year: Inter-Ac champions
College Commits: 11 college commits

6.   Boys’ Latin (Md.)  
Last Year’s Record: 14-5
Result Last Year: MIAA A Conference runner-up
College Commits: 8 college commits

7.   Haverford School (Pa.) 
Last Year’s Record: 16-4
Result Last Year: Inter-Ac runner-up
College Commits: 6 college commits

8.   McDonogh (Md.)  
Last Year’s Record: 
Result Last Year: 
College Commits: 7

9.   Manheim Township (Pa.)  
Last Year’s Record: 25-1
Result Last Year: PIAA 3A champion
College Commits: 4

10.   Landon (Md.) 
Last Year’s Record: 12-6
Result Last Year: IAC regular season co-champ and postseason runner-up
College Commits: 7

2018 Region Champions

Delaware

ClassChampionRunner-upScoreWinning Coach
AllSalesianum (16-3)Caesar Rodney (16-3)14-9Bob Healy

Maryland/D.C.

ClassChampionRunner-upScoreWinning Coach
1APatterson Mill (13-6)Smithsburg (14-3)18-8Jason Bellamy
2AMarriotts Ridge (17-2)Hereford (17-3)8-6Tony Incontrera
3AWestminster (18-1)Northern (18-2)12-8Steve DeFeo
4ASeverna Park (17-2) (16-1)8-7 OTDave Earl
MIAA ACalvert Hall (16-3) (14-5)8-6Bryan Kelly
MIAA BGerstell Academy (10-8)Sts. Peter & Paul (11-8)9-5Sean Todd
MIAA CIndian Creek (14-5)Annapolis Area Christian (14-4)15-13Jason Werner
IAC RegularBullis/Jeff Bellestri/
IAC PlayoffBullis (15-3)Landon (12-6)9-8Jeff Bellestri
MACFlint Hill (14-9)St. Andrew's Episcopal (12-5)9-4Rob Horne
MILLThe Heights (17-5)Calverton (8-12)11-6Dave Mitchell
WCACGonzaga (17-3)Paul VI (16-4)10-7Casey O'Neill

New Jersey

ClassChampionRunner-upScoreWinning Coach
I (19-4) (20-3)16-7
II (19-4)Rumson-Fair Haven (14-10)9-1
IIINorthern Highlands (20-3)Moorestown (16-6)10-6Kyle Ojakian
IVWatchung Hills (20-3)Lenape (19-3)10-3Jamie Lovejoy
Non-Public A (19-1)Seton Hall Prep (19-3)15-10Matt Kovachik
Non-Public BPingry (11-8) (7-11)10-3Mike Webster
Private Prep A
Private Prep B
ToCDelbarton (19-1) (19-4)12-6Matt Kovachik

Pennsylvania

ClassChampionRunner-upScoreWinning Coach
Catholic League (19-5)St. Joseph's Prep (10-12)11-2
East FSLAcademy of the New Church (16-6)Shipley (13-5)13-9Rob Forster
Inter-AcMalvern Prep (15-5)Haverford School (16-4)17-13John McEvoy
PIAA AA (22-1)Strath Haven (19-6)13-5
PIAA AAA (25-1)La Salle College (19-5)6-4Dan Lyons

Virginia

ClassChampionRunner-upScoreWinning Coach
VHSL (6A)Oakton (18-4)Robinson (19-3)11-10Jake Bullock
VHSL (5A)Briar Woods (22-1)Stone Bridge (16-7)16-9Marty Young
VHSL (4A)E.C. Glass (21-0)Dominion (13-7)12-8Eddie Ranuska
VISAA IPaul VI (19-4)St. Stephen's & St. Agnes (15-8)10-4Bob Waters
VISAA IINorth Cross (15-3)Virginia Episcopal (9-7)13-12Chris Pollock

West Virginia

ClassChampionRunner-upScoreWinning Coach
IUniversity (13-3)George Washington (9-3)14-11Brian Hough
IIFairmont Senior (12-6)John Marshall (10-4)14-10Anthony Stingo

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