2019 Midfielders to Watch

James Pendergist, Sr., Manasquan

A Swiss Army Knife for head coach Sean Cunningham, Pendergist’s two-way ability was a major reason Manasquan was able to repeat as Shore Conference Tournament champions and win a second state sectional title in the last three seasons. A First Team All-Shore selection last season, Pendergist scored 21 goals and added five assists and served as a steadying presence in leading the Warriors’ top midfield line.

 

Gil Goldsmith, Sr., Shore

A returning First Team All-Shore selection, Goldsmith rarely came off the field for the Blue Devils during a monster junior season where he helped lead Shore to its best season in program history. Goldsmith was fourth in the Shore in scoring with 102 points on 42 goals and 57 assists, tying for the conference-high in assists. He was also third in the conference with 146 ground balls. Whether it’s on offense, defense, man-up or man-down, Goldsmith is the catalyst for a Blue Devils team looking to build on the success of last season.

 

Anthony Brett, Jr., St. John Vianney

Brett had a breakout sophomore season with 30 goals, 24 assists and 144 ground balls en route to earning First Team All-Shore status. The Lancers will lean on both his scoring and fielding ability to try to makes waves in Class B North this season.

 

Rowan Goldin, Jr., Rumson-Fair Haven

Part of an outstanding junior class for the Bulldogs, Goldin led Rumson in scoring last season with 45 points on 27 goals and 18 assists to help the team win the Class B North division title and its second straight NJSIAA South Jersey Group 2 title. Goldin was a Second Team All-Shore selection last season.

 

Kiel Forlenza, Jr., Rumson-Fair Haven

Another member of Rumson’s dynamic 2020 class, Forlenza was the Bulldogs’ top goal-scorer in 2018 with 30 goals while adding eight assists. Forlenza was a Third Team All-Shore selection last season.

 

Patrick Jamin, So., Rumson-Fair Haven

The Bulldogs may be young but they are very talented. Jamin is another example and is coming off a freshman season where he had 17 goals and 25 assists to help RFH win division and state sectional titles.

 

Jake Turner, Sr., Shore

A Third Team All-Shore selection last season, Turner scored 40 goals and added 24 assists to help the Blue Devils win a program single-season record 16 games.

 

Matt Tardy, Sr., Middletown South

Tardy tallied 24 goals and 11 assists last season and was a First Team Class A North selection by the coaches.

 

Kyle Aldridge, So., CBA

The Colts were led by their 19 seniors in 2018, but it was easy to notice the contributions Aldridge made as a freshman when he scored 36 goals and added 13 assists.

 

Matt Kondrup, Sr., Freehold Township

Kondrup was a Second Team Class A North selection last season when he netted 12 goals and nine assists and picked up 46 ground balls.

 

Matt Ingenito, Sr., Brick Memorial

Ingenito tallied 21 goals with 10 assists and also picked up 76 ground balls last season to be named a Second Team Class A South pick by the coaches.

 

Alec Zenker, Sr., Middletown North

Zenker is one of the top returning face-off middies in the Shore after winner over 77 percent of draws last season. He also picked up 84 ground balls, scored seven goals and dished out 13 assists. He was a Second Team Class A North selection.

 

Vaughn Meehan, Jr., Howell

Meehan sank 13 goals, picked up 49 ground balls and won 64 percent of his face-offs last season to be named a Second Team Class A North selection as a face-off specialist.

 

Kevin Clohosey, Sr., Neptune

The Scarlet Fliers' top offensive threat netted 28 goals with nine assists last season and as a sophomore had 50 goals.

 

Justin Innarone, Jr., Brick

Innarone was a Second Team Class A South selection as a face-off specialist and has picked up right where he left off with a dominant preseason.

 

Alex Maldjian, Sr., Rumson-Fair Haven

While Maldjian is more known for his talents as a running back on Rumson’s state championship football team, he is also a top face-off specialist for the Bulldogs. He won 61 percent of his draws last season and was a First Team Class B North selection.

 

Mike Nies, Sr., Ocean

Nies tallied 25 goals and 11 assists last season and was a Second Team Class B North selection.

 

Dan Tempone, Sr., Holmdel

A standout face-off specialist for the Hornets, Tempone won 66 percent of his draws and picked up 114 ground balls to be named to the All-Class B North Second Team.

 

Trevor Barber, Sr., Donovan Catholic

A Second Team Class B South selection last season, Barber notched 35 goals and seven assists, picked up 89 ground balls and won 73 percent of his face-offs.

 

Cormac McCabe, Sr., Point Boro

McCabe was Point Boro’s leading scorer and fielder a season ago with 24 goals, 16 assists and 98 ground balls and was a Second Team Class B South selection.

 

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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