Standout senior boys lacrosse players from around the Shore Conference will take to the field for one final high school game when the Shore Conference Lacrosse Coaches Association hosts its senior all-star game at 7 p.m. on Thursday June 15 at Toms River High School North, presented by the Pine Belt Family of Dealerships.

“We are so happy to be involved in the Senior High School Lacrosse All Star game in Toms River,” said Pine Belt Enterprises Vice President Rob Sickel. “Giving back to the community is just part of what we do and being able to support the best lacrosse players from Ocean & Monmouth Counties is very rewarding.”

2017 LAX All-Star

The United States Navy will present the most valuable player award while the fastest shot competition at halftime will be presented by Mag Dog Lacrosse.

Once again the North all-star team will be comprised entirely of players from Monmouth County schools and will be coached by Rumson’s Marc Moreau and Shore Regional’s Gregg Malfa. The South squad will consist of the Ocean County senior all-stars plus seniors from Wall and Manasquan. The South team will be coached by Manasquan’s Sean Cunningham and Wall’s Chris Knight.

A total of 11 Division I recruits will play in the game with the North squad featuring six players set to play at the NCAA’s highest level. NJSIAA South Jersey Group II champion Rumson-Fair Haven has four of them with attackman Charlie Curran (Fairfield), midfielder Bryan Hess (Lafayette) and shutdown defensemen Emmett Jennings (Providence) and Dan Maloney (Siena). Joining Maloney at Siena next season will be CBA attackman Nick Casner, who was one of the top point producers in the Shore with 32 goals and 48 assists for 80 points. The last two MVPs of the all-star game have been face-off specialists, and that could again be the case with dominant Holmdel senior Jack Cook (Mount St. Mary). Cook won an astounding 85 percent of face-offs this season while picking up 226 ground balls.

The North team also features some of the top offensive players in the area with Freehold Township attackmen Drew Dunn and Josh Nastarowicz, Rumson attackmen Colin Pavluk and Alex Werner, Ocean midfielder Sam Hanna and Howell midfielder Nico Lorenzo.

Versatile defenseman/long-stick midfielders Shawn Poole (Freehold Township) and Ean Delehanty (Shore) add to a strong defense corps that also features CBA’s Jack Koury. The goalies are Rumson’s Conor Deverin and CBA’s Ryan McGuiness.

The South squad has five Division I players, four of which hail from Shore Conference Tournament champion Manasquan Attackman Jarrett Birch (Furman) was arguably the best offensive player in the state this season and had a state-best 86 goals on the year. Manasquan midfielder Devan Carroll (Quinnipiac) is among the favorites to win the fastest shot contest while defenseman Kyle LeBlanc (Loyola) is one of the best defensemen in New Jersey. Midfielder Pat Felstedt will head to Drexel as a walk-on player and is another potential Division I player for the Warriors. Wall defenseman Joe Belko (Monmouth University) rounds out the group of D-1 players for the South all-stars.

Southern’s high-scoring tandem of attackman Will Johnson (66 goals) and midfielder Kyle Mulrane (52 goals) give the South some serious scoring punch to go along with Birch. A couple of under-the-radar players this year include St. Rose attackman Chris Bormida, who set a single-season program record with 55 goals, and Toms River North attackman Andrew Lombardi, who scored 54 goals and finished with 81 points.

Brick Memorial attackman Gavin Murphy tallied 61 points this season to set the program career scoring record with 143 points. Donovan Catholic midfielder Pete Schlendorf recorded over 250 points in his career for the Griffins. Attackman Ben Cagno and LSM Colby Dineen were part of a Toms River East team that started 0-5 but rallied to qualify for the Shore Conference Tournament.

The goalies for the South team are Manasquan’s Tom Pollock and Southern’s Tristan Farina, both of which had outstanding seasons.

The North all-stars won last year’s game, 14-10, behind a dominant effort in the face-off circle by Rumson’s Butch Clark, who was the MVP.

There will also be a youth all-star game at 5:30 p.m. where fans can catch a glimpse of some of the future stars of the Shore Conference.

Tickets are $5 at the gate. Shore Sports Network will be on hand with stories, photos and video highlights from the game. There will be a special edition of our magazine, the Shore Sports Network Journal, available free of charge at the gate. It will feature the rosters for both teams in the high school and youth games along with biographies of each high school player, plus the SCLCA All-Shore and All-Division teams and more.


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