In its continued commitment to high school sports, ESPN will now be the home of the GEICO High School Lacrosse Showcase. This inaugural event will allow six of the nation’s top high school lacrosse teams to bring their talents to a national stage, with all games available across ESPNU and ESPN3.
The six participating teams will play two games each, with a total of six games taking place at St. Anthony High School’s Cy Donnelly Field in South Huntington, N.Y. The action will start at 10 a.m. ET both Saturday, April 27, and Sunday, April 28, on ESPNU, with games following at noon and 2 p.m. on ESPN3.
“The GEICO High School Lacrosse Showcase, which is created by Paragon Marketing Group, furthers ESPN’s growing portfolio of high school events and continued dedication to the sport of lacrosse,” said Dan Margulis, senior director programming and acquisitions. “This showcase provides ESPN yet another opportunity to feature the next generation of college athletes.”
“Lacrosse continues to grow rapidly in athlete participation and popularity nationwide. We are excited to introduce this new event, which presents high school lacrosse in the regular season for the first time on ESPN networks“, said Rashid Ghazi, partner at Paragon Marketing Group. “This is another great opportunity for lacrosse players, coaches and fans to experience the fastest growing sport in the county on a national level, along the same vein as the GEICO High School Lacrosse Nationals.”
The 2019 GEICO High School Lacrosse Showcase schedule:
*All team rankings and player rankings are according to Inside Lacrosse
|Sat, Apr 27||10 a.m.||No. 17 Haverford (Pa.) vs. No. 5 Ward Melville (N.Y.)||ESPNU|
|Noon||No. 21 Darien (Ct.) vs. Seton Hall Prep (N.J.)||ESPN3|
|2 p.m.||Lincoln-Sudbury (Ma.) vs. No. 6 St. Anthony’s (N.Y.)||ESPN3|
|Sun, Apr 28||10 a.m.||No. 21 Darien (Ct.) vs. No. 6 St. Anthony’s (N.Y.)||ESPNU|
|Noon||Seton Hall Prep (N.J.) vs. No. 5 Ward Melville (N.Y.)||ESPN3|
|2 p.m.||Lincoln-Sudbury (Ma.) vs. No. 17 Haverford (Pa.)||ESPN3|
No. 5 Ward Melville High School (East Setauket, N.Y.)
Head Coach: Jay Negus
Ranked Players: No. 9 A Dylan Pallonetti (UMass), No. 94 D Frankie Ciniglio (Cornell), ’20 No. 23 G Collin Krieg (UNC), ’20 No. 29 LSM Ethan Larson (UNC)
Ward Melville looks to defend last year’s No. 1 national ranking and third consecutive NYSPHSAA Class A Championship. The Patriots will hang their hats on defense featuring defender Frankie Ciniglio (Cornell), long stick midfielder Ethan Larson (UNC) and goalie Collin Krieg (UNC). The offense will feature elite attackman Dylan Pallonetti (Maryland).
No. 6 St. Anthony’s High School (South Huntington, N.Y.)
Head Coach: Keith Wieczorek
Ranked Players: No. 23 M Jake Bonomi (Michigan), No. 50 LSM Greg Campisi (Harvard), No. 30 M Aidan Danenza (Duke), No. 38 M Jack Walshe (Virginia), No. 44 FO Jake Naso (Virginia), ’20 No. 1 A Brennan O’Neill (Duke)
The host school has no shortage of talent and will look to prove themselves as a national contender. The group is led in the middle with five seniors who are ranked in the top 50 players in the country, while No. 1 ranked junior attackman Brennan O’Neill (Duke) heads up the offense.
Coach Nostrant and the Fords look to finish his 28th and final season strong after capturing last year’s Inter-Ac Title. The senior class is stacked with talent and experience, led by midfielders Peter Garno (Virginia) and Gavin Burke (Villanova). The team will have more chances on offense thanks to elite junior face-off man Chris Tsetsekos.
No. 21 Darien High School (Darien, Conn.)
Head Coach: Jeff Brameier
Ranked Players: ’20 No. 78 M Jackson Peters (Brown)
This elite Connecticut program will look to start a new win streak after winning 76 straight before being upset in last year’s state championship. Two seniors will be in the heart of the action, midfielders Tommy Hellman (Air Force) and Bruce Ferguson (Colgate). They will have help from a special talent in junior midfielder Jackson Peters (Brown).
The Pirates will look to capture the Group A State Championship after finishing runner-up to rival Delbarton last year. This year’s group will return a lot of experience in the senior and junior classes making this a well-rounded group. Senior attackmen Jake Engelke (Holy Cross) and Ryan Kemp (Saint Joseph’s) will hold down the front. Junior midfielders Kyle Stephenson (Rutgers) and Connell Kumar (Virginia) will be helping make plays all over the field.
Despite graduating a handful of key players from last year’s team, the Warriors return significant contributors to compete for their fourth state title in five years. Senior M Kyle Smith is committed to Cornell, while standout junior D Wilson Sneath plans to play at Vermont.