Shore Sports Network is proud to unveil its 2018 All-Shore teams and season-ending award winners featuring the top performers from the 2018 Shore Conference boys lacrosse season.

The All-Shore teams, along with the player and coach of the year, were selected by Managing Editor Bob Badders based on his account of dozens of games this season, input from coaches and also factoring in the Shore Conference Lacrosse Coaches Association’s All-Shore and All-Division teams.

Scroll down for bios and pictures of all the first-team All-Shore selections as well as write-ups on the second- and third-team selections.

*Final standings*

*Statistical leaders*

*Final Top 10*

*Player of the Year*

*Coach of the Year*

*SCLCA All-Shore Teams*

*SCLCA All-Division Teams*

 

FIRST TEAM

Attack – Canyon Birch, Jr., Manasquan

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The Shore Sports Network Player of the Year, Birch produced the greatest individual season in Shore Conference history to lead Manasquan to a Shore Conference Tournament title and the NJSIAA South Jersey Group 1 championship. Birch set a Shore Conference record with 123 goals and added 52 assists for a Shore Conference-record 175 points as the Warriors went 20-3 and finished as the No. 1 team in the Shore. Birch’s 123 goals are the second most in a single season in state history behind A.L. Johnson’s Matt Poskay, who scored 129 goals in 2001. Birch’s 175 points, however, established a new single-season state record. Birch will enter his senior season with 274 goals and 115 assists for 389 points. The Army West Point recruit is tied with Southern’s Dylan Jinks for the most career goals in Shore Conference history and needs just 43 points to break the career record of 431 held by CBA’s Tommy Duerr. He is also within striking distance of Poskay’s state career records of 362 goals and 468 points.

 

Attack – Mike Carroll, Sr., CBA

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A four-year starter for the Colts, Carroll scored 37 goals and added 24 assists to help CBA to its best season in 10 years. Carroll’s play helped the Colts win the Class A North division title, reach the Shore Conference Tournament championship game for the first time since 2009 and reach the NJSIAA Non-Public A semifinals for the first time since 2007. He finished his career with 142 goals and 48 assists for 190 points, putting him fourth all-time in goals and sixth all-time in points for CBA. Carroll was also selected as a U.S. Lacrosse All-American and will play in the Gil Gibbs state senior all-star game. He will continue his career at Bucknell University.

 

Attack – Ryan Morris, Sr., Shore

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Morris was among the top scorers in the Shore Conference by turning in a career-high 93 points on 45 goals and 48 assists to help the Blue Devils reach the quarterfinals of both the Shore Conference Tournament and the NJSIAA South Jersey Group 1 playoffs. Shore also set a program single-season record with 16 victories. He posted a season-high seven goals and 11 points in a win over Colts Neck and had seven points in wins over St. John Vianney and Holmdel. Morris also picked up 38 ground balls. He finished his career with 209 points on 120 goals and 89 assists, plus 107 ground balls. His play earned him a first-team All-Shore selection by the SCLCA.

 

Attack – Mike McIntyre, Sr., Wall

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A prolific scorer for the Crimson Knights, McIntyre was third in the state with 73 goals and sixth in the state with 111 points to help lead Wall to the Shore Conference Tournament quarterfinals, the NJSIAA South Jersey Group 2 semifinals and a program single-season record 14 wins. He recorded 10 points with seven goals and three assists in a win over Old Bridge, had nine points against Lower Cape May and tallied eight points in wins over Red Bank Catholic, Barnegat and Toms River East. McIntyre scored a program-record 218 goals during his career and is one of just six Shore Conference players to reach 200 career goals. Additionally, he had 75 assists and 293 career points, plus 166 career ground balls. A first-team All-Shore selection, McIntyre will continue his career at Monmouth University.

 

Midfield – James Pendergist, Jr., Manasquan

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If there is ever a case for statistics not telling the whole story it could not be truer than with Pendergist. An invaluable asset for Manasquan, Pendergist did a little bit of everything in helping the Warriors claim Shore Conference Tournament and NJSIAA South Jersey Group 1 championships. Pendergist, a Rutgers recruit, scored 21 goals and added five assists and served as a steadying presence in leading Manasquan’s midfield line. His ability on the defensive end was also crucial to Manasquan’s success. His top games this season included notching a goal and two assists in the SCT final win over CBA, scoring a hat trick against CBA in the regular season and scoring two goals with one assist in a win over archrival Wall.

 

Midfield – Gil Goldsmith, Jr., Shore

Goldsmith had a monster all-around season to help lead the Blue Devils to the best season in program history. Goldsmith was fourth in the Shore in scoring with 102 points on 45 goals and 57 assists, tying Manasquan’s Ryan Anderson for the most assists in the Shore. He was also third in the Shore Conference in ground balls with 146. Goldsmith rarely came off the field for head coach Gregg Malfa and played an integral role in the defensive end as well as on the man-up and man-down special teams units. Goldsmith recorded a career-high nine points twice in wins over Toms River East and Jackson Liberty, scored five goals in wins over Red Bank, Lacey and Cinnaminson and dished out six assists against Jackson Liberty. He collected a season-high 16 ground balls in a win over Toms River South. Goldsmith’s play helped Shore to a program single-season record 16 wins, finish second in Class B North, reach the Shore Conference Tournament quarterfinals and advance to the NJSIAA South Jersey Group 1 quarterfinals.

 

Midfield – Luke Valentino, Sr., CBA

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A first-team All-Shore selection by the SCLCA, Valentino scored 36 goals and added 13 assists to help CBA win the Class A North division title, reach the Shore Conference Tournament final for the first time since 2009 and advance to the Non-Public A state semifinals for the first time since 2007. He finished with 59 goals and 35 assists for his career; his 94 points ranking fifth among midfielders at CBA. Also selected to play in the Gil Gibbs state senior all-star game, Valentino will continue his career at Trinity College.

 

 

Midfield – Anthony Brett, So., St. John Vianney

A versatile player for the Lancers, Brett had a breakout season and scored 30 goals, added 24 assists and was fourth in the Shore with 144 ground balls. A first-team Class B North selection by the SCLCA, Brett had a season-high five goals and four assists plus 11 ground balls against Morristown-Beard. He also had a big game against St. Rose with four goals and a season-high 19 ground balls.

 

LSM – Mike Page, Jr., Manasquan

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Page had to sit out the first 10 games of the season after transferring from Hun School back to his home district and his presence made a huge difference for Manasquan in the second half of the season. A ground ball ace and a defensive menace, Page had 25 caused turnovers and 57 ground balls in 13 games to help Manasquan win the Shore Conference Tournament and capture the NJSIAA South Jersey Group 1 title. Page, a Syracuse recruit, was also an offensive threat when the opportunity presented itself, scoring four goals and adding three assists.

 

F/O – Nick Robertson, Sr., CBA

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A first-team All-Shore selection by the SCLCA, Robertson won 70 percent of his face-offs against Shore Conference opponents to help the Colts win the Class A North division title, reach the Shore Conference Tournament championship game for the first time since 2009 and advance to the Non-Public A state semifinals for the first time since 2007. Robertson also had two goals and one assist. His signature game came in CBA’s thrilling 9-8 win over Pingry where he went toe-to-toe with Denver recruit Jamie Zusi to help the Colts take down the Non-Public B champions. Robertson will continue his career at The University of Scranton.

 

Defense – Stephen Edler, Sr., Rumson-Fair Haven

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One of the best defensemen in the Shore Conference, Edler was a lock-down pole for the Bulldogs and a major reason why they were able to win a second consecutive NJSIAA South Jersey Group 2 championship. His play also helped Rumson win the Class B North division title and reach the semifinals of the Shore Conference Tournament. Edler picked up 26 ground balls, including a season-high eight in a game against Westfield and six in an SCT win over Wall. A first-team All-Shore selection by the SCLCA, Edler will continue his career at the University of Richmond.

 

Defense – Jack Fabean, Jr., Manasquan

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Fabean took over as Manasquan’s No. 1 defenseman in 2018 and had a breakout season that showcased his overall ability and led the Warriors to a trifecta of championships. Fabean collected 87 ground balls and forced 36 turnovers to help Manasquan win its fourth straight Class B South division title, repeat as Shore Conference Tournament champions and capture the NJSIAA South Jersey Group 1 crown. Fabean, who is committed to the University of Richmond, was also an offensive threat with eight goals and five assists. He had a hat trick in a win over Freehold Township and had a goal and an assist in games against Southern and Bernards.

 

Defense – Tommy Gray, Jr., CBA

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Gray was the Colts’ top defenseman and helped lead a unit that allowed just 4.38 goals per game. His play helped CBA go 19-2 for the program’s most wins in 15 years, reach the Shore Conference Tournament championship game for the first time since 2009 and advance to the NJSIAA Non-Public A semifinals for the first time since 2009. His signature game came against Manasquan in the regular season when he was assigned to lock off Canyon Birch and held the record-setting attackman to one goal and one assist in a 6-4 win. Gray also got involved in the offense with one goal and two assists.

 

Defense – Richie Bianchi, Sr., Ocean

A first-team All-Shore selection by the SCLCA, Bianchi had 48 ground balls to go along with seven goals and three assists as the Spartans went 9-6 and reached the quarterfinals of the Shore Conference Tournament. He recorded a season-high six ground balls against Marlboro, Toms River East and Long Branch. Bianchi concluded his career with 216 ground balls, 14 goals and 10 assists and will continue his career at Monmouth University.

 

Goalie – Chris Downey, Sr., CBA

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A breakout star in his first and only season as CBA’s starting goalie, Downey was selected as team MVP and the Class A North Player of the Year on his way to earning first-team All-Shore status. He made 137 saves and posted a 5.16 goals against average to help the Colts win the Class A North division title, reach the Shore Conference Tournament championship game for the first time since 2009 and advance to the Non-Public A state semifinals for the first time since 2007. He had a huge game when CBA beat Manasquan, 6-4, in a marquee regular season game and posted a school-record four shutouts while leading a defense that yielded just 4.38 goals per game. Downey’s 5.35 career goals against average ranks third all-time at CBA. A U.S. Lacrosse All-American, Downey will continue his career at Skidmore College.

 

Goalie – Mike LaPoint, Jr., Manasquan

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LaPoint took over as Manasquan’s starting goalie after splitting time each of the past two seasons and turned in a fantastic year to help the Warriors win three championships. LaPoint posted a .631 save percentage and made 135 saves to backstop Manasquan to its fourth straight Class B South division title, its second straight Shore Conference Tournament championship and the NJSIAA South Jersey Group 1 crown. LaPoint, who is committed to Siena College, made a season-high 14 saves in a win over Bridgewater-Raritan and was sensational in making 12 saves in Manasquan’s 11-3 win over CBA in the SCT final.

 

 

SECOND TEAM

Attack – Chris Novella, Sr., Freehold Township

A four-year letter winner for the Patriots, Novella scored a team-high 40 goals and added 27 assists to help Freehold Township to a 12-5 record, a spot in the SCT quarterfinals and a berth in the South Jersey Group 4 playoffs. He posted 11 points on six goals and five assists in a win over Marlboro and had five goals and four assists in a win over Middletown North. Novella concluded his career with 200 points on 133 goals and 77 assists. A first-team Class A North selection and a second-team All-Shore pick by the SCLCA, Novella will continue his career at Catholic University.

 

Attack – Wyatt Feinberg, Sr., Rumson-Fair Haven

A first-team Class B North and second team All-Shore selection by the SCLCA, Feinberg scored 27 goals and added nine assists to help the Bulldogs capture the NJSIAA South Jersey Group 2 title for the second year in a row. His play also led Rumson to another Class B North division title and to the semifinals of the Shore Conference Tournament. Feinberg scored a season-high four goals in an SCT quarterfinal win over Wall, had three goals in wins over St. John Vianney, Jackson Memorial and Lacey and scored twice against Somerville in the sectional final. He will continue his career at Haverford College.

 

Attack – Connor Macrae, Jr., CBA

Macrae joined the Colts’ attack line this season and produced a career year with 39 goals and 15 assists. He scored six goals in a regular-season win over Middletown North and also had six goals against Rumson-Fair Haven in the Shore Conference Tournament semifinals. A first-team Class A North selection by the coaches, Macrae’s play helped CBA go 19-2 for the program’s most wins in 15 years, reach the SCT final for the first time since 2009 and advance to the NJSIAA Non-Public A semifinals for the first time since 2007.

 

Attack – Ryan Anderson, Jr., Manasquan

Anderson exploded onto the scene in his first year as a starter by compiling 105 points on 48 goals and 57 assists, finishing third in the Shore Conference in scoring. His 57 assists were tied for the most in the Shore. Anderson’s played helped Manasquan win its fourth straight Class B South division title, win its second straight Shore Conference Tournament title and claim the NJSIAA South Jersey Group 1 championship. Anderson had a career-high eight points in games against Colts Neck, Red Bank and Point Boro and scored a career-high four goals seven times, including against CBA in the SCT final. He dished out a career-best six assists in a win over Donovan Catholic.

 

Midfield – Mike Kinsel, Sr., St. Rose

Kinsel was St. Rose’s utility man and he excelled in each role to put together a huge senior season. He scored 30 goals and added 20 assists, picked up 203 ground balls to rank fourth in the state and won 161 face-offs with a winning percentage of 70 percent. Kinsel rarely came off the field as he played as a two-way midfielder and on St. Rose’s man-up and man-down units. He recorded a season-high six points three times, including a four-goal, two-assist, 18-ground ball performance in a win over Jackson Liberty. A first-team Class B South and second team All-Shore selection, Kinsel will attend the College of Charleston.

 

Midfield – Ryan McWhorter, Sr., Southern

A four-year letter winner and three-year starter, McWhorter scored 27 goals and added 16 assists and 43 ground balls to help the Rams win their sixth straight Class A South division title and advance to the Shore Conference Tournament semifinals. He scored a season-high five goals in a win over Brick and had four goals and two assists in wins over Toms River North and Toms River East. A first-team Class A South and second team All-Shore selection, McWhorter will attend Stockton University.

 

Midfield – Will Forte, Sr., Wall

Forte had a career year and was a major reason the Crimson Knights advanced to the SCT quarterfinals, reached the NJSIAA sectional semifinals for the first time and set a school single-season record with 14 wins. He tallied 37 goals plus 16 assists for 53 points and also picked up 42 ground balls. He scored a season-high six points on three goals and three assists versus Rumson in the SCT and had five-point games against Jackson Liberty and Toms River East. He finished his career with 87 goals, 40 assists and 123 ground balls. A first-team Class B South and second team All-Shore selection, Forte will continue his career at Stevens Institute of Technology.

 

Midfield – Rowan Goldin, So., Rumson-Fair Haven

Part of an outstanding sophomore class for the Bulldogs, Goldin led the team in scoring with 45 points on 27 goals and 18 assists. He had a career-high eight points, including six assists, in a win over Red Bank and recorded a hat trick in a win over Shore Regional. Goldin scored twice in nine other games, including the South Jersey Group 2 final against Somerville. His played helped Rumson win the Class B North division title, reach the Shore Conference Tournament semifinals and win its second straight NJSIAA South Jersey Group 2 championship.

 

LSM – Chase Fairbanks, Sr., Neptune

Arguably the most underrated player in the Shore Conference, Fairbanks had another excellent season as the Scarlet Fliers’ LSM. His 219 ground balls were second in New Jersey and he added a whopping 93 takeaways, 20 assists and two goals. Fairbanks had 15 or more ground balls in six games and 20 ground balls twice, including a season-high 23 versus J.P. Stevens. His 688 career ground balls are a Neptune record and he finished his career with 14 goals and 26 assists. A first-team Class A North and second-team All-Shore selection by the SCLCA, Fairbanks will continue his career at Bellarmine University.

 

F/O – Anthony Firmani, Sr., Southern

A three-year standout for the Rams at face-off X, Firmani turned in another great season to help Southern win its sixth straight Class A South division title and reach the Shore Conference Tournament semifinals. Firmani won a sensational 75 percent of draws – 216 in total – for his third straight season with 200 or more face-off wins and his second straight season with a winning percentage over 70 percent. He won over 90 percent of face-offs in four games, including a perfect 15-for-15 game against Red Bank and a 13-for-14 effort against Freehold Township. He also scored three goals this season. Firmani finished his career with 671 face-off wins and a 71 percent winning percentage. A first-team Class A South and second team All-Shore selection by the SCLCA, Firmani will continue his career at Eastern University.

 

Defense – Braedon Baldwin, Sr., Howell

The Rebels’ top defenseman, Baldwin picked up 24 ground balls and had 10 takeaways for a defense that yielded 5.8 goals per game. His play helped Howell go 10-8 and qualify for both the Shore Conference Tournament and the NJSIAA South Jersey Group 4 playoffs. He finished his career with 54 ground balls, 15 takeaways and three assists. A first-team Class A North selection and a second-team All-Shore pick by the SCLCA, Baldwin will attend Towson University.

 

Defense – Evan Nastarowicz, Jr., Freehold Township

A first-team Class A North selection by the coaches, Nastarowicz picked up 50 ground balls and added one goal and one assist to help the Patriots go 12-5 and reach the quarterfinals of the Shore Conference Tournament. His play led a defense that allowed 5.7 goals per game.

 

Defense – Shane Meyler, Jr., Wall

A first-team Class B South selection by the SCLCA and Wall’s No. 1 defenseman, Meyler picked up 38 ground balls and added two goals and two assists. His play helped the Crimson Knights win a school record 14 games, reach the Shore Conference Tournament quarterfinals and advance to the state sectional semifinals for the first time in program history.

 

Defense – Sean Duggan, Sr., Jackson Memorial

Duggan played in just seven games this season but made his impact felt when he was able to get on the field by picking up 33 ground balls, intercepting nine passes and forcing 14 turnovers. He also added two goals and one assist. A first-team Class A South selection by the SCLCA.

 

Goalie – C.J. Hanson, Jr., St. John Vianney

A heavily-recruited offensive lineman who recently committed to Rutgers, Hanson can also get it done between the pipes. The 6-foot-5, 285-pound junior was literally a huge presence in goal for the Lancers and finished third in the Shore with 224 saves while posting a .603 save percentage. A first-team Class B North selection by the SCLCA, Hanson made double-digit saves in 13 of 17 games, including 22 saves against Rumson-Fair Haven and 21 against Cranford. He also had 19-save efforts against Red Bank Catholic and Ocean.

 

Goalie – Nick Roberto, Sr., Howell

A second-team Class A North and second team All-Shore selection by the SCLCA, Roberto backstopped a Howell defense that allowed 5.8 goals per game by making 159 saves with a .618 save percentage. He made double-digit saves in seven games, including 17 against CBA and 16 against Southern in the regular season. Roberto finished his career with 545 saves and a .570 save percentage and will play collegiately at Catawba College.

 

THIRD TEAM

Attack – Shane Reilly, Sr., St. Rose

Reilly had a fantastic season as a senior to conclude a record-setting career at St. Rose. His 66 goals were the ninth-most in the state and third in the Shore to set a new single-season program record for the Purple Roses. He added 20 assists to finish the season with 86 points. Reilly tallied 10 points in a win over Barnegat, had nine points on seven goals and two assists versus Donovan Catholic and notched seven goals in a win over Lacey. In the first round of the Non-Public B state playoffs, Reilly had five goals and three assists to lead St. Rose to a win over Gloucester Catholic. Reilly is St. Rose’s all-time leader in career goals with 141 and also finished with 70 assists for a total of 211 points. A first-team Class B South selection by the SCLCA, Reilly will continue his career at the University of Scranton.

 

Attack – Justin Arredondo, Sr., Holmdel

Arredondo tied for the team lead in goals with 35 while posting a team-best 23 assists to help the Hornets to a 12-7 record and spots in the Shore Conference Tournament and South Jersey Group 2 state tournament. He recorded a season-high eight points (five goals, three assists) in a win over Brick and had four goals in games against Ocean, St. John Vianney and St. Rose. Arredondo was a first-team Class B North selection by the SCLCA.

 

Attack – Dylan Vitale, Jr., Lacey

A second-team Class B South selection by the coaches, Vitale sank a school record 58 goals and added 24 assists to finish ninth in the Shore in scoring. His play helped the Lions reach the quarterfinals of the NJSIAA South Jersey Group 2 playoffs.

 

Attack – Joey Ferrara, Sr., Brick Memorial

The Class A South Player of the Year, Ferrara rewrote the Mustangs’ record book to finish as the program’s all-time leading scorer. This season, Ferrara scored a Brick Memorial single-season record 52 goals and added 32 assists to also set the single-season points record with 84. He had five goals and five assists against Donovan Catholic and eight goals and three assists in a win over North Brunswick. Ferrara added 60 ground balls, as well, with a high of nine against Toms River North. His 104 career goals and 162 career points are first all-time for Brick Memorial. Ferrara will continue his career at Eastern University.

 

Midfield – Dan Rossi, Sr., Middletown South

A three-year starter, Rossi was an integral part of the Eagles’ best season in program history by scoring 35 goals and adding 10 assists for a team-leading 45 points. Middletown South won a single-season record 15 games (15-4) and reached both the Shore Conference Tournament and the NJSIAA North Jersey 2, Group 3 playoffs. Rossi had four goals and one assist in a win over Bishop Ahr, tallied three goals and three assists in a win over rival Middletown North and also scored three goals against Mater Dei, Toms River East, Howell, Barnegat and Roxbury. He was a first-team Class A North selection and Middletown South’s team MVP. He finished his career with 58 goals and 31 assists. Will attend the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss).

 

Midfield – Jake Turner, Jr., Shore

A second-team Class B North selection by the SCLCA, Turner scored 40 goals and added 24 assists to help the Blue Devils win a school single-season record 16 games. Turner had a season-high seven points in a win over Toms River East and scored four goals in wins over Toms River East, Lacey, Ocean and Holmdel.

 

Midfield – Kiel Forlenza, So., Rumson-Fair Haven

Forlenza led the Bulldogs with 30 goals and added eight assists to help Rumson win the Class B North division title, reach the Shore Conference Tournament semifinals and win the NJSIAA South Jersey Group 2 championship for the second year in a row. Forlenza had a career-high four goals against St. John Vianney and recorded a hat trick against Shore, Jackson Memorial and Wall. He scored eight goals in the sectional tournament, including two against Somerville in the championship game.

 

Midfield – Connor Prindiville, Sr., Wall

A second-team Class B South selection by the SCLCA, Prindiville posted 26 goals and 14 assists for 40 points and also picked up 37 ground balls. His play helped the Crimson Knights win a school-record 14 games, reach the state sectional finals for the first time and reach the SCT quarterfinals. Prindiville scored a season-high four goals versus Manasquan and scored three goals against Brick Memorial and Toms River East.

 

LSM – Sean Mylod, Sr., Howell

Mylod picked up 58 ground balls, had 19 takeaways and also scored a goal for a Howell defense that posted a 5.8 goals-against average. His play helped the Rebels go 10-8 and qualify for both the Shore Conference Tournament and the NJSIAA South Jersey Group 4 playoffs. Mylod had a season-high seven ground balls in a win over Neptune and a season-best four takeaways against Southern in the state playoffs. His lone goal of the season came in a 6-5 win over Toms River North. For his career, Mylod finished with 179 ground balls, 51 takeaway, three goals and two assists. A second-team Class A North selection, Mylod will continue his career at Delaware Valley University.

 

F/O – Ryan Kellett, Sr., Wall

Kellett made sure Wall’s high-scoring offense had plenty of possessions by winning 250 draws at a 74 percent clip and picking up 140 ground balls. His signature game came against Red Bank Catholic where he won 14 of 15 draws, picked up 16 ground balls and tallied one goal and three assists. He also had a big game in a win over Old Bridge by going 18-for-20 on face-offs and picking up 15 ground balls. Kellett’s play helped Wall win a school single-season record 14 games, reach the state sectionals for the first time and advance to the SCT quarterfinals. A first-team Class B South selection, Kellett will continue his career at Stockton University.

 

Defense – Ryan Tierney, Sr., CBA

One of the Colts’ captains and a leader in the back end, Tierney’s settling presence helped CBA’s defense hold opponents to an average of 4.38 goals per game. His play contributed to CBA going 19-2 for the program’s most wins in 15 years as the Colts also reached the Shore Conference Tournament final for the first time since 2009 and advanced to the NJSIAA Non-Public A semifinals for the first time since 2007.

 

Defense – Luke Gerhardt, Sr., Southern

The Rams’ No. 1 defenseman picked up 58 ground balls and had 29 takeaways to help Southern win its sixth straight Class A South division title and reach the Shore Conference Tournament semifinals. A four-year letter winner and a three-year starter, Gerhardt was a first-team Class A South selection by the SCLCA. He will attend Virginia Tech University.

 

Defense – Sean Dolan, Sr., Holmdel

Dolan had 74 ground balls, three interceptions and 17 takeaways to lead a Holmdel defense that yielded just 5.63 goals per game. He had a season-high eight ground balls in a win over Brick and picked up seven ground balls in games against St. John Vianney, Long Branch, Red Bank Catholic, Shore and Colts Neck. Dolan was a second-team Class B North selection by the SCLCA.

 

Defense – Robert Mahon, Sr., St. Rose

A first-team Class B South selection and the leader of St. Rose’s defense, Mahon picked up 98 ground balls while being assigned to guard the opponent’s top offensive player. He collected a season-high nine ground balls twice in games against Barnegat and Jackson Liberty and had eight ground balls against Jackson Memorial. He finished his career with 198 ground balls.

 

Goalie – Aidan Purcell, Jr., Freehold Township

Purcell made 175 saves and was second in the Shore Conference with a .657 save percentage, backstopping a Patriots defense that held opponents to 5.7 goals per game. He had a season-high 18 saves in an overtime win over Allentown and had 16 saves twice in games against Manasquan. His played helped Freehold Township go 12-5 and reach the quarterfinals of the Shore Conference Tournament.

 

Goalie – Luke Maul, Sr., Southern

Every zone defense needs a reliable goalie to make it work and the Rams had that in Maul, who led the Shore Conference with a sparkling .738 save percentage to go along with 200 saves. He made a season-high 19 saves in a loss to Manasquan in the SCT semifinals and had 18 saves in a win over Brick. Maul made double-digit saves in 11 of 18 games. His played helped Southern go 14-4 and win its sixth straight Class A South division title, advance to the SCT semifinals for the sixth time in seven years and advance to the South Jersey Group 4 quarterfinals.

 

Managing editor Bob Badders can be reached at bob.badders@townsquaremedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @Bob_Badders. Like Shore Sports Network on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube channel for all the latest video highlights.

 

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