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Boys lacrosse teams ready for 2019 season

A year ago, the Patterson Mill Huskies won a Class 1A state championship. Can the Huskies repeat or will another Harford County team make a run?
A year ago, the Patterson Mill Huskies won a Class 1A state championship. Can the Huskies repeat or will another Harford County team make a run?(The Aegis file photo)

Harford County’s high school boys lacrosse teams have been hard at practice in efforts to be ready for season openers. Here is a look at the teams.

Aberdeen

Head coach: Patrick Mull (fifth season)

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2018 record: 9-6

Top returning players: Carlos Alvarez, Senior (GK); Frank Eufemia, Senior (Att); Devon Wambolt, Senior (Def); Marcus Stansbury, Senior (Mid); Chris Morgan, Senior (Mid); Connor Davis, Junior 11 (Att); Cade Bergeron, Junior (Att); Jordan Jenkins, Junior (Mid/FO); Tommy Carey, Junior (Def); Khalil Benmoha, Junior (Def); Nathan Blanken, Junior (Def)

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Key new players: Nygel Diggs, Junior (Def); Chris Pappas, Junior (Def); Nick Pappas, Junlor (GK/Att); Caden Allen, Freshman (Att)

Outlook: “We are excited to get started this season after last year's great run. We are looking to continue to go forward and continue the great progress we've made over the past few seasons,” Eagles coach Mull said. The Eagles have a lot of key contributors from last year's squad that are eager to take on bigger roles for this year's team.

Bel Air

Head coach: Doug Testerman (third season)

2018 record: 10-5

Top returning players: Connor Riggs, Senior (Def); Noah Persing, Senior (Att); Ryan Wessell, Senior (Att); Bryan Becker, Senior (Mid); Brandon Javier, Senior (Mid); Garrett Hanley, Senior (Att); Jason Brunicke, Junior (Def); Andrew Tredinnick, Junior (Mid); Dean Dugan, Junior (Mid); Brandon Dejohn, Senior (GK)

Key new players: Jacob Grewe, Junior (Def); Bryce Utz, Junior (Def); Mason Bosley, Junior (Mid); Braden Edwards, Sophomore (GK)

Outlook: Bel Air is a senior led team hoping to build on a regional final loss last year.

C. Milton Wright

Head coach: Andrew Gerard (22nd season)

2018 record: 10-10

Top returning players: Ethan Little, Junior (Def); Eli Rever, Junior (Def); Fitz Brock, Senior (Att/Mid); Ryan Poholski, Senior (Mid/FO); Brendan Lorencem Sophomore (Att); Nick Domzalski, Sophomore (Att); Colin Gardiner, Junior (GK); John Salsbury, Sophomore (GK); Nick Brought, Senior (Mid); Brent Moody, Junior (Mid); Aiden Moran, Junior (Mid); Joe Canepa, Junior (Mid)

Key new players: N/A

Outlook: Coming off an undefeated Harford County and UCBAC run last year, and winning both, this is one of the youngest groups CMW has had in many years. “We graduated many key and talented seniors in 2018, and they've left some big holes. We are very solid on defense, and have a lot of young talent at all positions, but are still very much developing and coming together as a team,” Mustangs coach Gerard said. This is also one of the toughest schedules CMW will play in a long time. “If we are able to weather the storms early on in the season, continue to work hard and get better along the way, we should be a very solid team come county play and into the playoffs,” Gerard said.

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Edgewood

Head coach: Stephen Ross (fourth season)

2018 record: 5-9

Top returning players: Theo Cook, Junior (Att); Humberto Briceno, Junior (Att); Mikey Stiemly, Junior (Att); Travis Burton, Sophomore (Def)

Key new players: Max Bonner, Junior (Mid); Corey Potter, Sophomore (FO)

Outlook: Edgewood lacrosse is looking to build on its most successful season in recent history. The players have been working hard on conditioning and stick work during the off-season. The players are excited and the morale is very high.

Fallston

Head Coach: Chuck Muir (first season)

2018 record: 11-7

Top returning players: Evan Blum, Junior (Att); Matt White, Junior (Att); Drew Claffee, Junior (Att); Pete Buckler, Sophomore (Att); Caleb Hemmerich, Junior (Att/Mid); Cal Wilcox, Senior (Mid); Jared Yarworth, Senior (Mid); Ryan Langlotz, Senior (Mid); Jack Maranto, Junior (Mid); Noah McFalls, Junior (Mid); Ian Strader, Senior (Mid); Tommy Kaye, Senior (Def); Marshall Steffes, Senior (Def); Chris Filicko, Junior (Def); Brennan Budke, Junior (Def); Julian Businsky, Sophomore (Def); Harry Gold, Senior (GK); Jack Emmett, Sophomore (GK)

Key new players; Lucas Dees, Junior (Mid); Logan Mullaney, Junior (Mid); Colin Akins, Senior (Mid); Alex Hoover, Junior (Mid); Tyler Flatau, Sophomore (Def)

Outlook: The Cougars look to be very competitive with eight returning starters. Fallston is a young team with only eight seniors. “Great leadership, strong at faceoff and depth at each position should help us contend for county, region and state playoffs,” Cougars coach Muir said.

Harford Tech

Head coach: Chris Fielder (second season)

2018 record: 7-8

Top returning players: Andrew Erhardt, Senior (Att); Caleb Richardson, Senior (Mid); Anthony Portera, Senior (Mid); Eric Smith, Sophomore (Mid); Garret Pfarr, Junior (Def); Hank D'Angelo, Junior (Def); Jacob Arcliesi, Sophomore (Def)

Key new players: Sean Recher, Senior (Att); Austin Coccia, Junior (Mid); Garrett Bernard, Sophomore (GK)

Outlook: In his first year as head coach, Fielder led the Cobras to a UCBAC Susquehanna Division championship. Tech is looking forward to tougher competition this year in the Chesapeake Division and will have some holes to fill on offense and in the goal. The team will be led by their seniors on offense and return every starter on defense to include two juniors and a sophomore. "We know the level of lacrosse this year will be higher than what we faced last year and are looking forward to the challenge,” Fielder said.

Havre de Grace

Head coach: Justin Parker (first season)

2018 record: 9-6

Top returning players: Braeden Bushyager, Senior (LSM/Def); Tommy Meehan, Junior (Mid); Brandon Rabbit, Junior (Mid)

Key new players: Jarred Meehan, Freshman (Mid); Raegan Dent, Freshman (Att)

Outlook: Without a large core of returning players, the Warriors are a young team looking to come together quickly. Fortunately, they have some young players that coaches believe are going to step in and play a big role right out of the gate. “Coupled with the returners that we have coming back and as long as the team chemistry continues to progress throughout the season, we're expecting another year of successful lacrosse at Havre de Grace,” Warriors coach Parker said.

John Carroll

Head coach: Brian King (fifth season)

2018 record: 5-13

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Top returning players: Jordan Remeto, Senior (Mid); Henri Marindin, Senior (Def); Tyler Smith, Senior (Mid)

Key new players: Tyler Rosso, Junior (Def)

Outlook: John Carroll will represent the Upper Chesapeake region against the top programs in the country and North America right here in Bel Air.

Joppatowne

Head coach: Steve McElroy (second season)

2018 record: 1-11

Top returning players: Jimmy McNamara, Junior (Def); Brady Day, Junior (Mid); Trace Haviland, Senior (Mid); Julian Young, Senior (Mid)

Key new players: Donnie Lyons, Sophomore (Mid); Jeris Carr, Sophomore (Mid); Kamar Jordan, Senior (Mid); Joel Sands, Sophomore (Def/Mid)

Outlook: Several promising newcomers add much-needed depth to this year's squad as the juniors and seniors provide leadership. There is a steep learning curve with no JV and no rec feeder program.

North Harford

Head coach: Rich Tabeling (first season)

2018 record: 7-9

Top returning players: Andrew Preston, Senior (GK); Josh Blosser, Senior (Def); Nick Mister, Senior (Def); Riley Deacon, Senior (Def); Noah Dehart, Senior (LSM); JT Duley, Junior (Def/Mid); Patrick McDermott, Senior (Att); Austin Borns, Junior (Att); Austin Smith, Junior (Mid); Logan Wilson, Junior, (Mid); Zac Sheppard, Junior (FO); Lucus Sexton, Sophomore (Def)

Key new players: Tyler Saneman, Junior (Mid); Austin Penman, Junior (Def); Tanner Showalter, Junior (GK); Dylan Jablon, Sophomore (Att); Matt Beidermann, Sophomore (Mid); Derek Caiazzo, Sophomore (Mid); Josh Etzel, Sophomore (Def); Nick Ciampaglio, Freshman (LSM)

Outlook: “After graduating 15 seniors in 2018 we are looking for these young, talented and motivated group of players to drive our lacrosse culture of excellence at North Harford High School and play deep into the MPSSAA 2A playoffs,” Hawks coach Tabeling said.

Patterson Mill

Head coach: Jason Bellamy (11th season)

2018 record: 13-6

Top returning players: Connor Madsen, Senior (Mid); Chance Urban, Senior (Att); Kevin Dyke, Senior (Mid); Evan Ehly, Senior (Def); Nick Repke, Senior (Att); Jack Brown, Junior (Def)

Key new players: N/A

Outlook: The Huskies return an experienced group, graduating just two starters from their 2018 1A state championship team. Participation numbers are low this year and the Huskies will need to stay healthy to have a successful season. “We will work to fill the shoes of the two seniors that left us, as they were talented players and leaders on the team. The guys battling to fill those spots are young,” Huskies coach Bellamy said. “We have to find some depth in the midfield and on defense to compete with the best teams in the county. We have a great group of kids that work hard, love the game, and love being together and that makes it fun.” The Huskies are fortunate to have long-time coach John Grubb back with them this year, his 42nd season on a team’s sideline.

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