Boys Lacrosse: Midfielders to Watch for the 2018 Season
Some are dynamic scoring threats, others are standout defenders, and some are face-off aces. Below we present some of the top midfielders in the Shore Conference heading into the 2018 season.
Midfielders to Watch
Anthony Brett, So., St. John Vianney
Brett scored 19 goals and added 12 assists while also picking up 88 ground balls as a freshman. Brett’s role will increase as the Lancers lost many of their top players to graduation.
Kevin Clohosey, Jr., Neptune
The Scarlet Fliers continue to improve under head coach Robert Schulte, and Clohosey has been a major reason why. He is among the top returning goal scorers in the Shore after netting 50 goals as a sophomore and is on pace to reach the 100-goal mark this year.
Anthony Firmani, Sr., Southern
Firmani is the Rams’ face-off specialist and committed to Eastern University. He was an all-Class A South selection last year after winning 70 percent of his draws and also added three goals and six assists.
Will Forte, Sr., Wall
A returning all-Class B South selection, Forte scored 33 goals, added 10 assists and picked up 42 ground balls for a Crimson Knights team that went 12-3 and averaged 14.1 goals per game.
Gil Goldsmith, Jr., Shore
A versatile player for the Blue Devils, Goldsmith scored 33 goals, dished out 37 assists and was top 15 in the Shore with 89 ground balls last season. He was a second-team Class B South pick.
Mike Kinsel, Sr., St. Rose
Kinsel did a little bit of everything for the Purple Roses last season, scoring 11 goals, picking up 82 ground balls and winning 61 percent of face-offs.
Matt Kondrup, Jr., Freehold Township
Kondrup made the most of his opportunities last season with 14 goals and six assists and will enter the season as the Patriots’ top middie.
Peter Lucas, Sr., Rumson-Fair Haven
Lucas has speed in abundance and during football season showcased his great agility and power as a 2,000-yard running back. He’s been a defensive midfielder for the Bulldogs and is usually automatic on clears, but with Rumson looking to break in several new starters, Lucas could see his offensive minutes jump.
Max Matthies, Sr., Jackson Liberty
Matthies scored 19 goals and picked up 52 ground balls last season and is part of a Lions senior class looking to lead a bounce-back season.
Jack McCrae, Jr., Shore
One of the leaders of a talented junior class for the Blue Devils, McCrae scored 26 goals and added 36 assists while also picking up 47 ground balls last season.
Vaughn Meehan, So., Howell
As a freshman, Meehan won 60 percent of face-offs as the Rebels’ FOGO while scoring six goals and finishing second on the team with 87 ground balls. He’ll be on the field a lot more as a first-line middie this season and could emerge as one of the Shore’s most versatile players.
Luke Valentino, Sr., CBA
Valentino scored 21 goals and added 18 assists last season and is part of a veteran CBA core that, combined with some promising newcomers, will look to challenge for the SCT title.
Alec Zenker, Jr., Middletown North
A second-team Class A North selection last season, Zenker was fourth in the Shore with a .710 face-off percentage while picking up 63 ground balls, scoring seven goals and adding 12 assists.
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