Boys Lacrosse: Returning All-Shore and All-Division players highlight 2020 Players to Watch
During a normal spring, the Shore Conference lacrosse season would be entering its second full week. Division races would be starting to take shape. All-Shore players would be emerging. An upset or two would already be in the books.
But these times are anything but normal.
The COVID-19 pandemic has drastically changed the lives of everyone at the Jersey Shore and beyond. The physical distancing protocols put in place at both the federal and state level have schools closed indefinitely and the spring season of New Jersey high school sports stuck in a holding pattern. Whether our state will be healthy enough to reopen schools this academic year and begin some form of a high school sports season remains to be seen, but everyone involved remains hopeful.
The 2019 class was a record-setting group that dominated the Shore Sports Network All-Shore teams, especially the first team, but there was a bevy of talented underclassmen right behind them, including many members of the class of 2020. If the lacrosse season does get underway at some point, these are some of the top returning players in the Shore Conference.
Returning Shore Sports Network All-Shore players
Logan Peters, Jr., Midfield, Wall – A preseason favorite as a Player of the Year candidate, Peters is coming off a great sophomore season where he scored 52 goals and added 45 assists to finish fifth in the Shore in scoring with 97 points. Peters is a dynamic playmaker and a three-sport standout who also quarterbacked Wall to the Central Jersey Group 3 title and the No. 1 ranking in the Shore Conference and played on the Crimson Knights’ Central Jersey Group 3 championship-winning basketball team. His main sport is lacrosse, however, and in January he committed to Rutgers.
Anthony Brett, Sr., Midfield, St. John Vianney – Brett is a two-time First Team All-Shore selection and one of the most versatile players in the Shore. As a junior, Brett scored 46 goals, added 42 assists to finish 11th in the Shore with 88 points. He was also third in the Shore with 175 ground balls.
Vaughn Meehan, Sr., Midfield/Face-offs, Howell – Meehan won 70 percent of face-offs as a junior and was second in the conference with 183 ground balls. He also scored 24 goals and added 12 assists.
Cade Johnson, Sr., Attack, Southern – Johnson was the leading goal-scorer and point-producer in the Class A South division with 52 goals and 20 assists for 72 points.
Connor Ard, Sr., Attack, Middletown South – Ard’s breakout season mirrored that of Middletown South’s as he scored 49 goals with 17 assists for 66 points to help the Eagles to 11-5 and finish second in Class A North.
Patrick Jamin, Jr., Midfield, Rumson-Fair Haven – Jamin is one of top playmakers in the Shore for a balanced Rumson-Fair Haven offense and dished out 49 assists last season to go along with 21 goals last season.
Jake Shirley, Sr., LSM, Shore – Shirley picked up 107 ground balls and played stout defense last season as an integral member of a Blue Devils’ squad that had the best season in program history.
Tommy Shaughnessy, Sr., Defense, Manasquan – Shaughnessy is a standout pole for the high-powered Warriors and was a fixture on defense for a Manasquan team that allowed just 3.2 goals per game last season.
Kyle Harris, Sr., Defense, St. John Vianney – An effective defender as well as a ground-ball machine, Harris was seventh in the Shore last season with 123 ground balls.
Jared Lucich, Jr., Face-offs, Christian Brothers Academy – Lucich emerged as a top FOGO during his sophomore year to help CBA win the Class A North division title and reach the Shore Conference Tournament championship game.
Ryan Dolan, Sr., Defense, Shore – Dolan was the top defenseman for a Shore Regional squad that went 15-2, won its first division title and reached the semifinals of both the Shore Conference Tournament and the state sectional tournament for the first time in program history.
Brendan Doel, Sr., Attack, Freehold Township – Doel was the Patriots’ leading scorer with 32 goals and 27 assists for 59 points and also picked up 58 ground balls.
Casey Mulligan, Jr., Attack, Manasquan – Mulligan had a great sophomore season with 35 goals and 26 assists for 61 points, which was third on the Warriors’ attack line behind Canyon Birch (118-51-169) and Ryan Anderson (49-67-116), who were also the top two point-producers in the Shore.
Dan Martin, Jr., Attack, Christian Brothers Academy – A physical presence up front, Martin netted 42 goals and added 12 assists for 54 points last season to help the Colts win the Class A North division title and reach the SCT championship game.
Jack Zenkert, Sr., Attack, Red Bank Catholic – Zenkert was fourth in the Shore in goals last season with 66 and added 27 assists to post 93 points.
Kiel Forlenza, Sr., Attack, Rumson-Fair Haven – One of six Rumson players who scored 20 or more goals last season, Forlenza tallied 29 goals and 12 assists as a junior.
Rowan Goldin, Sr., Midfield, Rumson-Fair Haven – Goldin was second on Rumson in points last season with 35 goals and 21 assists for 56 points.
Matt Franzoni, Sr., Midfield, Manasquan – Manasquan’s attack line accounted for 202 goals and 134 assists last season so there weren’t many points to go around elsewhere. Franzoni had 13 goals and four assists as a junior and was a steady quarterback in offensive sets. He figures to have a more prominent offensive role as a senior.
Will Devane, Sr., Midfield, Southern – Devane developed into one of the best defensive midfielders in the Shore Conference last season and was an invaluable asset for a Rams team that won the Class A South division title and reached the SCT semifinals.
Noah Wasacz, Sr., Defense, Southern – Wasacz was the leading defender for a Southern team that yielded seven goals per game and helped the Rams win their seventh straight Class A South division title and reach the SCT and South Jersey Group 4 semifinals.
Luke Gueci, Sr., Defense, Red Bank Catholic – Gueci 161 ground balls were the fourth-most in the Shore Conference last season.
Mike Farrell, Jr., Defense, Manasquan – Another stalwart down low for Manasquan’s shutdown defense, Farrell had a superb sophomore season for a team that allowed just 3.2 goals per game on its way to winning Class B North, the SCT and the South Jersey Group 1 sectional title.
Tyler Colacichi, Jr., Defense, Middletown South – Colacichi was the Eagles’ top defenseman as last season as one of the best sophomores in the Shore Conference.
Returning Shore Conference Lacrosse Coaches Association All-Division selections
CLASS A NORTH
Attack – Connor Ard, Sr., Middletown South
Attack – Brendan Doel, Sr., Freehold Township
Defense – Tyler Colacichi, Jr., Middletown South
Def. Specialist – Theo Deberghes, Jr., Howell
Face-offs – Vaughn Meehan, Sr., Howell
Attack – Pete Abbes, Sr., Middletown North
Attack – Dan Martin, Jr., CBA
Defense – Chris Halmi, Sr., Colts Neck
Def. Specialist – Dillon Quinn, Sr., CBA
Face-offs – Jared Lucich, Jr., CBA
Attack – Anastagio Muscara, Jr., Colts Neck
Attack – James Fay, Jr., Howell
Def. Specialist – John Miranda, Jr., Middletown North
Goalie – Joey Dam, Jr., Middletown North
CLASS A SOUTH
Attack – Cade Johnson, Sr., Southern
Attack – Sean Laverty, Sr., Jackson Memorial
Defense – Noah Wasacz, Sr., Southern
Def. Specialist – Will Devane, Sr., Southern
Face-offs – Kyle Mueller, Sr., Brick Memorial
Attack – Hayden Baranker, Sr., Toms River North
Attack – Nick. Perillo, Sr., Jackson Memorial
Midfield – Alex Smith, Sr., Toms River East
Midfield – Jake Bosco, Sr., Jackson Liberty
Midfield – Ryan Sininsky, So., Southern
Defense – Billy Meyer, Sr., Toms River South
Defense – Corey Finnegan, Sr., Toms River North
Midfield – Aaron Hutchinson, Sr., Southern
Defense – Kurt Newman, Sr., Brick
Face-offs – Drew Wasacz, Jr., Southern
Goalie – Tyber Budrow, Sr., Toms River East
CLASS B NORTH
Attack – Logan Peters, Jr., Wall
Midfield – Anthony Brett, Sr., St. John Vianney
Midfield – Patrick Jamin, Jr., Rumson-Fair Haven
Attack – Jack Zenkert, Sr., Red Bank Catholic
Attack – Kiel Forlenza, Sr., Rumson-Fair Haven
Midfield – Rowan Goldin, Sr., Rumson-Fair Haven
Midfield – Matt Franzoni, Sr., Manasquan
Defense – Tommy Shaughnessy, Sr., Manasquan
Defense – Kyle Harris, Sr., St. John Vianney
Defense – Luke Gueci, Sr., Red Bank Catholic
Def. Specialist – Drew Frankel, Sr., Rumson-Fair Haven
Face-offs – Kyle Wenzel, Jr., Wall
Defense – Logan Bianchi, Jr., Ocean
Face-offs – Josh O’Leary, Jr., St. John Vianney
CLASS B SOUTH
Defense – Ryan Dolan, Sr., Shore
Def. Specialist – Jake Shirley, Sr., Shore
Goalie – Scott Sirianni, Sr., Shore
Attack – Nolan Boehmcke, Sr., St. Rose
Midfield – Jamie Mazzacco, So., Shore
Midfield – Spencer Flynn, Sr., St. Rose
Defense – Patrick Frawley, Jr., Point Boro
Defense – Andrew Aldi, Sr., St. Rose
Def. Specialist – Keaon Torres, Sr., Donovan Catholic
Face-offs – Sean O’Brien, Jr., Shore
Defense – Dan Magrini, Sr., St. Rose
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