2017 Boys Lacrosse Preview: Top Midfielders/FOGOs to Watch
Players listed alphabetically and by grade
Devan Carroll, Sr., Manasquan
A physical player with a cannon of a shot, Carroll cored 24 goals and added 10 assists for 34 points last season. He was a second-team Class B South selection by the coaches last season and a third-team All-Shore pick.
Jack Cook, Sr., Holmdel
A first-team All-Shore selection as a face-off specialist last season, Cook won 74 percent of draws and picked up 134 ground balls as a junior. He wasn't strictly a FOGO, though, as he added 15 goals and 25 assists. He is committed to Mount St. Mary's.
Nick DeOliveira, Sr., Lacey
DeOliveira won 70 percent of face-offs last season while also scoring nine goals, adding eight assists and picking up 35 ground balls.
Pat Felstedt, Sr., Manasquan
The glue of the Manasquan offense, Felstedt scored 22 goals and added 10 assists and 54 ground balls last season en route to being a second-team All-Shore selection and a first-team Class B South pick.
Mike Ferdinandi, Sr., Freehold Township
A third-team All-Shore pick and first-team Class A North selection last year, Ferdinandi tallied 29 goals with six assists for 35 points while also picking up 35 ground balls.
Ryan Gilfillan, Sr., St. John Vianney
A balanced midfielder, Gilfillan scored 25 goals and dished out 22 assists last season to lead the Lancers in scoring.
Gil Goldsmith, So., Shore
Goldsmith had a dynamite freshman campaign with 39 goals and 27 assists for 66 points, which was second among all Shore Conference freshman last season.
Sam Hanna, Sr., Ocean
The versatile Hanna is one of the few leftovers from an Ocean team that steadily climbed the ranks of the Shore over the last few years. He was 10th in the Shore in scoring last season with 42 goals and 35 assists for 77 points, while also picking up 85 ground balls.
Bryan Hess, Sr., Rumson-Fair Haven
Hess played in just 14 games and missed the Bulldogs' final eight games to a season-ending injury last year, but still finished with 25 goals and nine assists for 34 points, plus 39 ground balls, en route to being named first-team All-Shore. He is committed to Lafayette College.
Will Johnson, Sr., Southern
Johnson scored 39 goals last season and added 11 assists for 50 points, and will be be heavily relied upon by the Rams as they look to remain among the top teams in the Shore Conference.
Nico Lorenzo, Sr., Howell
Lorenzo scored 21 goals with 10 assists for 31 points while also picking up 27 ground balls last year.
James Pendergist, So., Manasquan
The fact that Manasquan has a player of Pendergist's level playing on its second line shows how deep they are in the midfield. Highly touted coming into high school, Pendergist scored 27 goals and added eight assists as a freshman.
Peter Schlendorf, Sr., Donovan Catholic
Schlendorf will enter this season with over 200 career points after scoring 38 goals and adding 11 assists last season.
Matt Thermann, Sr., Manasquan
"The Worm" was a standout on draws last season, winning 72 percent of his face-offs and picking up a conference-leading 174 ground balls. He was a third-team All-Shore selection and a first-team Class B South pick.
Connor Wilson, Sr., Lacey
Wilson scored 26 goals and added eight assists while also picking up 34 ground balls last season, and will be the Lions go-to offensive players this year.
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