Boys Lacrosse goalies to watch for the 2019 season
Who are the top returning goalies in the Shore? See who's back between the pipes to lead the way in 2019.
2019 Goalies to Watch
Mike LaPoint, Sr., Manasquan
An SSN First Team All-Shore selection last season, LaPoint, who is committed to Siena College, 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 - Manasquan’s second sectional title in three seasons. He’ll man the cage again for a loaded Warriors team with a sensational senior class that is looking to end their careers in style.
C.J. Hanson, Sr., St. John Vianney
Who would think getting the ball past a 6-foot-5, 300-pound goalie would be difficult? Hanson, who is signed to Rutgers University for football, is certainly a mountain of a presence in goal, but his athleticism between the pipes makes him more than just a big body. He was third in the Shore with 224 saves last season while posting a .603 save percentage. He made double-digit saves in 13 of 17 games and was an SSN Second Team All-Shore selection.
Aidan Purcell, Sr., Freehold Township
A Third Team All-Shore selection last season, Purcell made 175 saves and was second in the Shore with a .657 save percentage to lead a Patriots defense that held opponents to 5.7 goals per game. Freehold Township’s strength in 2019 looks to be its defense, and having Purcell back in goal is a major reason why.
Luke Maul, Sr., Southern
Maul led the Shore with a .738 save percentage to go along with 200 saves and made double-digit saves in 11 of the Rams’ 18 games, helping the Rams win a sixth straight Class A South division title and advance to the Shore Conference Tournament semifinals for the sixth time in seven years.
Tyber Budrow, Sr., Toms River East
Budrow had a .655 save percentage and 173 saves last season when Toms River East had its first winning season since 2012.
Shane Murphy, Jr., Middletown South
Murphy made 124 saves with a .623 save percentage last season during Middletown South’s breakout year when the Eagles went 15-4 to set a program record for wins in a season.
Jake White, Jr., Brick Memorial
White led the Shore with 251 saves last season while also posting a .615 save percentage.
Sean DeMott, Sr., Wall
DeMott, who is committed to Moravian College, made 167 saves with a .607 save percentage last season when Wall turned in the best season in program history by winning a single-season school record 14 games, advancing to the NJSIAA sectional semifinals for the first time in program history and also reaching the Shore Conference Tournament quarterfinals.
Nick Tuccillo, Sr., Holmdel
Tuccillo had a .602 save percentage and 162 saves last season to help the Hornets go 12-7 and reach both the conference and state tournaments.
Scott Sirianni, Jr., Shore
The Blue Devils won a school single-season record 16 games last season and Sirianni was a big reason why. He posted a .601 save percentage and made 196 saves during a superb sophomore season.
Brandon Cifone, Sr., Colts Neck
Cifone made 199 saves with a .590 save percentage last season.
Matt Gibson, Sr., Red Bank
Gibson was second in the Shore last season with 229 saves and posted a .571 save percentage.
Parker Roncin, Sr, Point Boro
Roncin was fifth in the Shore with 201 saves to go along with a .572 save percentage last season.
Kajell Whyte, Sr., Mater Dei Prep
Whyte had a .583 save percentage and made 178 saves last season.
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