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Landon, ranked #5 in the latest DMVLAX poll (below) travels to Episcopal, ranked #7, in what has turned out to be a huge game for IAC playoff seeding. The winner gets the #2 seed and a coveted BYE in the first round plus a home game in the semi-finals guaranteed.
Look for EHS to run a LOT of zone defense which has worked for them all season. The main reason is the goalie, who may be the best in the DMV, Patrick Jamieson who is committed to Duke. They frustrate opposing offenses and keep games close with that strategy. They also have some talented defenders in Grayson Falk (Bucknell), Jeremy Horne (W&L) and Aidan Nelson (Wesleyan-football).
The Landon attack and offensive middies, led by Anthony Panetti (Bucknell), Sean Murray, Steele Maddux , Chase Robertson (Utah), Anthony Savoy (Denison) and Troy Ulisney, must be patient and use carries, cuts, skips, overloads and patience to pick it apart. If they settle for 12+ yard shots, they likely wont score.
Offensively for EHS, look for Caulley Deringer (Virginia) and Tanner Lewis (Kenyon) to lead the way. Anderson Davis, Beau Ryan, Jack Dupois (Washington), Daniel McLaughlin and Jack Bonello lead the team in scoring and all have excellent IQ, talent and skill and have proven dangerous this season. Their offense runs a lot of impressive set plays so look for those early and often.
Landon will likely match up Will Cohen (Dartmouth) on Deringer so that will be the marquee match-up to watch! Cohen has done a nice job shutting down opposing top attackman this season but Deringer has unique slickness and creativity proven by his 77 points (50 assists and 27 goals) this season already.
Landon should have the advantage on face-offs and possession time due to sophs Talon Smith and Hayden Goozh at the X which will matter as scoring will not come easy for the Bears.
Look for Landon to create scoring in other ways with pressure rides and in early offense in transition. If they can do that the Bears should win by 3+ goals. If they settle into a 6v6 slowdown game, that will favor EHS and it could get exciting and close until the end.
Episcopal hasn't beaten Landon since 1993 but this is one of their best teams in years. With the #2 seed on the line expect both teams to play hard as they wrap up the IAC regular season.
Friday afternoon brings us an exciting pair of marquee conference matchups as #8 ranked St. Albans takes on #5 ranked Landon in the IAC, while St. John’s heads to eye street for a pivotal WCAC rivalry game. All four teams are having excellent seasons and have all been in the top five in the DMV Power Rankings. Below we will outline a few players to watch & keys to the game for each team!
St. Albans is having one of their most successful seasons in recent history due to a strong senior class, and look to head into the IAC playoffs with a marquee win over the Bears. The Bulldogs are led by their excellent rope unit led by a pair of seniors committed to Penn in talented faceoff man Will Roberts and offensive weapon of an LSM Pasha Hakimi. In order for Landon to be successful in this game, they will need their sophomore tandem of Hayden Goosh and Talan Smith to compete with Roberts and create 50/50s. Landon does have fantastic wings in Caden Southworth and Nate Furgeson (Delaware) and junior LSM Davis Owens, who should have a large impact on the game.
Offensively, St. Albans is led by senior Chris Berry (Bowdoin), a versatile righty with great dodging and shooting abilities. Joining Berry on the offensive end is senior Matt Moore, junior Charlie Irwin, senior Alex Pedreza as well as talented sophomore Mid/Att Andrew Allen. When Berry plays well, the Bulldogs play well, so expect him to get going early and often for the Bulldogs to win. Likely looking to counter Berry will be Landon’s top cover guy Will Cohen (Dartmouth) while Owens will draw the assignment of Moore at the midfield.
On the other side of the field, Landon has been successful when they can generate offensive through their attack unit of Anthony Panetti (Bucknell), Steele Maddux, and Sean Murray. When Murray and Maddux have found the net, the Bears have done well. At the midfield, the studs this year have been Chase Robertson (Utah), Anthony Savoy (Denison) and Troy Ulisney. One of the keys for St. Albans will be the health of their top coverman, Ike Lohnes (Cornell), who has been sidelined for weeks. Lohnes is a game time decision and would be a huge difference maker for the Bulldogs, taking over the assignment of covering Landon star Anthony Panetti. Look for seniors Luke Bernasek (Bowdoin) and Steele Bohigian to start at close with junior John Grennan if Ike can't go
Expect this to be a battle to the last whistle and a back and forward affair the entire game. Although St. Albans will likely control time of possession due to Roberts, we think Landon just has too much depth and motivation from last year's disappointing loss plus this year is at home for the Bears.
The second matchup of the night may be the most highly anticipated of the season, as the St. John’s Cadets head to Eye Street to take on arch rival Gonzaga in what is sure to be a thriller. St. John’s and Gonzaga enter this game as the number two and three ranked teams in the DMV, respectively, and the two have dominated the WCAC for the past decade. Gonzaga will look to avenge being swept in 2022 this year in what is expected to be a rain-soaked battle on Eye Street!
After huge losses to graduation, St. John’s has been able to quickly rebuild, partially in thanks to having arguably the top two specialists in the area in faceoff man Jackie Weller (Michigan) and goalie Caleb Fyock (Ohio State), who was recently named to the UA Senior All-American game. Joining this deadly duo on the defensive end is Henry Weller, who will join Jackie at Michigan, senior captain and vocal leader Riley Chai-Onn (Hamilton), and talented freshman Jayden James, who will look to limit one of the most powerful offenses in the DMV in Gonzaga.
Leading the way for the Purple Eagles on offense is senior middie Jack Leland a dynamic dodger committed to play at Georgetown next year, and junior Attackmen Johnny Gardiner (Maryland), a lethal lefty shooter. Joining this stud duo is a bevy of talented offensive players in Freddy Fowler (Colgate), Griffin Dabbs (Roanoke), Charlie Macnamara (LIU), Cody Hobson, and Robert Bath among others. Gonzaga’s offense is just as deep as it is talented and can run two lines evenly.
Defensively, look for Austin Cunningham (Army) to match up with stud SJC Attackmen Ryan Duenkel (UVA), while Georgetown commit Matt Rienzo, and junior Michael Michaelis match up with quick sophomore standouts Charlie Ball and Anthony Mancinelli. Outside of their specialists, SJCs strength is their stud first line of John Draley (Maryland), Noah Hall (UMBC), and sophomore John Offut.
The key to the game for Gonzaga will be if Bobby McArthy and Justin Weeda can do enough at the faceoff dot to counter Jackie Weller. The key for SJC is whether or not they can generate offense outside of Duenkel and Draley. It should be an absolute thriller and set up for a very exciting WCAC playoff!
This weeks ‘Game of the Week’ features one of the oldest and fiercest rivalries in not just the DMV, but the entire country - Landon and Georgetown Prep. The Little Hoyas enter the game as the top team in the DMV and are nationally ranked at #13. After a slow start to the year, the Landon bears have picked up steam, beating Bullis last week. With the IAC seemingly wide open this year, this Fridays matchup is sure to be a pivotal one. Here are a few things to keep an eye on.
One of the keys to Landon’s recent success has been roster adjustments at close defense, as senior Dartmouth commit Will Cohen has bumped from LSM to close to match up on the opposisition's top attackman. Cohen did a fantastic job last week on 1st Team all-DMV Chase Band. Additionally, the goalie play, attack play, and clearing game has improved drastically for Landon. Expect Cohen to draw the assignment of Nate Kabiri, Inside Lacrosses #3 recruit in the country, who has proven near impossible to stop this year, even when being face guarded. Fellow seniors Will Abrahamson (W&L) and Nico Schermer (Bowdoin) will be tasked with guarding 5 star senior Colin Burns (Princeton) and lefty, junior, slasher Owen Horning (Georgetown). Landon’s best strength is their rope unit, led by takeaway wizard Davis Owens at LSM and do it all SSDM's Nate Furgeson (Delaware), AZ Zaid and Christian Daymude, so you n order for Landon to be successful, their defense will have to really step up.
Contrarily, for Prep to be successful, they will need to generate offense through the midfield against a very strong defensive midfield group for the Bears. Sliding from Kabiri or Burns isn’t the best decision, so the onus will be on Prep’s senior midline of Larry Horning (Georgetown), Tommy Arata (Colgate), and Rafe Bradshaw (Tampa) to win their one on one matchups and generate scoring from up top. On the other side of the ball, keep an eye out on Isaiah Rose (Army) and Ryan Welgos (Villanova). Rose, who has incredible footwork will likely matchup with Landon speedster Anthony Panetti (Bucknell), while Welgos, a more physical and hard checking presence will either cover lefty finisher Steele Maddux, who had 4 points against Bullis, or Sean Murray, who had 5 goals against Cardinal Gibbons this week in that win. Utah commit Chase Robertson is the guy to watch from the midfield for the Bears; however, he will draw the assignment of Luke Crowe, a behemoth of a LSM committed to Notre Dame, so look for speedy lefty Troy Ulisney, who had a hat trick vs Bullis, to continue to be the party starter for the Bears.
Expect a great battle at the X between Landon’s dynamic sophomore duo of Talan Smith and Hayden Goosh vs Prep’s heavy clamping Jax Lou. Success at the faceoff stripe was a huge catalyst for Landon’s success against Bullis, and with Prep’s extremely potent offense, the Bears do not want to let Lou get hot. Jack Kask (Marquette) has a very slight edge in goal over Zach Abramson, who has been hot recently. Overall, Prep has a slight advantage at almost every position on the field; however, Landon is hot right now and the fierceness of the rivalry should come into play so expect another classic in 'THE RIVALRY' game!
This weeks game of the week features a marquee matchup between IAC rivals Landon and Bullis, as the Bears head to Potomac for a pivotal conference game that means a lot to both teams. Landon has underperformed to program standards, entering the game at an even .500, and could really use a signature win to spark a run in the second half of the season. While Bullis is hungry to rebound following their overtime loss to Gonzaga last week and recement themselves at the top of the DMV.
While the large favorite entering the game is Bullis, the Bulldogs will be down a few key players as star senior Attackmen Tucker Wade (Princeton) will be out, and junior Ohio State commit Jewel Walker is likely but a game time decision. If both players are unavailable, expect this game to potentially become a dog fight. The Bulldogs were without Wade versus Gonzaga as well, and the absence was evident. Walker, while capable all over the field, excels in the clear game and if he cannot make lay, his absence there could cause problems for Bullis.
The key to the game for Landon will be quieting the dynamic attack duo of senior Chase Band (UVA) and sophomore Jackson Maher, who are both capable of single handedly lighting up the scoreboard. Both players are auto-slides, and so defensive discipline and effective sliding from the Bears are keys defensively. At the midfield, the two guys that can really hurt you are Anthony Rinaldi (Hofstra) and Ben Jose (St. Joes). The Bears will need strong performances out of their defensive midfielders Nate Furgeson (Delaware), Ahmed Zaid, and Christian Daymude to limit sliding away from Maher and Band who are both lethal shooters. Expect junior long stick midfielder Davis Owens to matchup against the dynamic Rinaldi, making for one of the best matchups to watch in the game.
On the other side of the ball, the question for the Bears is who will be able to win their matchup against an athletic Bullis defense and score on a very talented Bulldog goalie, Brayden Ferguson (Syracuse). Since bumping junior Anthony Panetti (Bucknell) down to attack to join fellow talented juniors Steele and Hank Maddux, the Bears offense has generated more scoring; however, they haven’t played many defenses as a capable or athletic as Bullis. In order to generate offense, Landon will need to generate offense through their midfield, led by junior Chase Robertson (Utah). Expect senior defensemen Ethan Till (Penn) to bump up to LSM to matchup with Robertson, while either Grant Ettinger (Colgate) or Alex Latchford (Bucknell) to draw the assignment of Panetti.
One of the keys of the game will be the faceoff battle, as both Bullis and Landon tout young studs at the faceoff stripe in sophomores Cooper Revis and Talan Smith, respectively. Both have great technical prowess, and an ability to scrap. Controlling possession would be one way Landon could sneak away with a win, while dominating the ball could open up the floodgates for Bullis.
DMVLAX #2 ranked Georgetown Prep and #5 ranked Gonzaga play a fun 'Friday Nigh Lights" DMV Style at Georgetown University's Cooper Field in this week’s DMVLAX ‘Game of the Week’. This year’s Jesuit Classic features a top five showdown between two of the top teams in the DMV who are both looking for a signature win. Here’s what to watch out for in this heavyweight rivalry game.
GPrep has the best attack unit in the area, and maybe even the country. The trio of Nate Kabiri (Princeton) Colin Burns (Princeton), and Owen Horning (Georgetown), are incredibly talented, dangerous and cohesive. The key to the game for Gonzaga will be countering this lethal unit on the defensive end. Luckily for Coach King, he has a stable of defensive horses and one of the best netminders in the area in Declan Monahan (Penn). Watch out for seniors captains Matt Rienzo (Georgetown) and Austin Cunningham (Army) to lead the defensive unit, while junior Michael Michaelis has been playing well to start the year.
On the other side of the ball, Gonzaga’s offense is led by lefty dodger Johnny Gardiner (Maryland) who is joined by fellow juniors and D1 commits Freddy Fowler (Colgate) and Charlie MacNamara (LIU). At the midfield, senior Georgetown commit Jack Leland is the player to watch; however the purple eagles have several guys who can start the party in Cody Hobson and Robbie Bath. For Prep, a trio of athletic seniors Larry Horning (Georgetown) Tommy Arata (Colgate) and Rafe Bradshaw (Tampa) lead the midfield, while junior Hopkins commit Ciaran McCleary is a lanky lefty who will play a lot of minutes.
Prep has been starting a talented rotation of Isaiah Rose (Army), Ryan Welgos (Villanova) and junior Graham Lesher down low, while Notre Dame commit Luke Crowe will take most of the LSM runs. Expect Crowe to be a big factor for the Little Hoyas, especially on faceoff wings where he will be primarily supporting Jax Lou, a transfer and strong, technical faceoff man, while Gonzaga will roll out a talented duo of Bobby McCarthy and Justin Weeda at the X.
If Prep can faceoff well, and clear efficiently against Gonzaga’s tough 10 Man ride, their offensive fire power should be too much for the Purple Eagles. Prep 11-8.
Gonzaga travels to 6101 Wilson Lane to take on a hungry Bears team. After pounding the Bears on Eye Street in 2022, the Bears look to avenge that disappointing evening with a win at home in 2023. In order to do so the Bears offense will have to figure out a way to score on 3rd team All-DMV goalie Declan Monahan, the UPenn commit, who was very hot against McDonogh last week in a 4-6 loss. The big and strong close defense of 1st Team All-DMV Austin Cunningham (Army), Matthew Rienzo (Gtown) and Michael Michaelis also held their own last week against that potent attack. Gonzaga also boasts a solid LSM and SSDM in Cicotello and Pels. Landon will rely on scoring to come from proven offensive finishers and projected starters at midfield in Panetti (Bucknell), Robertson (Utah), Anthony Savoy (Denison) and on attack in juniors, Steele Maddux, Troy Ulisney and Hank Maddux.
At the face-off X look for Justin Weeda, Gonzaga, and Talon Smith, Landon, to take the majority and have a battle! The talented Landon LSM's, Will Cohen (Dartmouth) and Davis Owens (3rd team All-DMV) have a big advantage in the middle of the field and are dangerous both on the wings and in transition scoring points already this season.
The Landon close defense is led by Nico Schermer (Bowdoin), Will Abramson (W&L) and Eli Smink who will have their hands full with Johnny Gardiner (Maryland), Freddy Fowler (Colgate ) and Rafferty. Gardiner is a 3rd Team All-DMV attackman and the best dodger on the Eagles. The SSDMs for Landon are loaded and very athletic featuring Nathan Furgeson, a Delaware commit and 1st Team All-DMV, AZ Zaid and Christian Daymude (3 sport athlete).
In their typical deep midfield, Gonzaga is run by Jack Leland (Gtown) a 1st Team All-DMV selection, Cody Hobson and Will Gletner while the 2nd line includes a very talented Robbie Bath. Landon midfield goes through exceptional athletes in Chase Robertson and Anthony Panetti who are always dangerous and fun to watch.
Since we think face-offs will pretty much be 50/50 and thus possessions likely even, this game will come down to who can score and who can win the special teams (EMO, RIDES, Clears). Lookout for some 10-Man Rides from both teams. Both defenses are experienced, athletic, tough, physical and the strength of each team. Often games like this come down to EMO, Riding and Clearing success so keep an eye on those stats as you watch. Both offenses are just finding their chemistry and rhythm early in the season, so who can figure that out the best we think will win this game! It should be a close one that either team can win.
We are letting you nominate the very best players for 2023...
|Nate Kabiri||A||Georgetown Prep||Princeton||2023|
|Colin Burns||A||Georgetown Prep||Princeton||2023|
|Tommy Arata||M||Georgetown Prep||Colgate||2023|
|Sam McAvoy||M||Lake Braddock||Penn State||2023|
|Jackie Weller||FO||St. John's||Michigan||2023|
|Pasha Hakimi||LSM||St. Albans||Penn||2023|
|Ike Lohnes||D||St. Albans||Cornell||2023|
|Caleb Fyock||G||St. John's||Ohio State||2023|
|Ryan Duenkel||A||St. John's||UVA||2024|
|Larry Horning||M||Georgetown Prep||Georgetown||2023|
|Ben Jose||M||Bullis||St. Joes||2023|
|Will Roberts||FO||St. Albans||UPenn||2023|
|Julius Person||SSDM||South County||Loyola||2024|
|Parker Love||LSM||Paul VI||Navy||2023|
|Isaiah Rose||D||Georgetown Prep||Army||2023|
|Nathan Murphy||D||Paul VI||Richmond||2023|
|Matt Han||A||Paul VI||Michigan||2023|
|Jack Schubert||A||Lake Braddock||Georgetown||2023|
|John Draley||M||St. John's||Maryland||2024|
|Adam Dembicki||FO||Madison||St. Johns||2023|
|Josh Weitzman||SSDM||Quince Orchard||High Point||2023|
|Ryan Welgos||D||Georgetown Prep||Villanova||2024|
|Henry Weller||D||St. John's||Michigan||2024|
|Malik Wood||A||DeMatha||St. Joes||2023|
|Owen Horning||A||Georgetown Prep||Georgetown||2024|
|Ryan Baik||A||Good Counsel||Drexel||2024|
|Henry Fleckner||A||Paul VI||Jacksonville||2023|
|Chris Berry||A||St. Albans||Bowdoin||2023|
|Bryce Gunn||A||St. Stephens||Boston||2024|
|Luke Pascal||A||St. Stephens||Yale||2024|
|Jewel Walker||M||Bullis||Ohio State||2024|
|Ciaran McCleary||M||Georgetown Prep||Hopkins||2024|
|Rafe Bradshaw||M||Georgetown Prep||Tampa||2023|
|Will Cramp||M||Paul VI||2024|
|Bryce Griffith||M||Sidwell Friends||2024|
|Noah Hall||M||St. John's||UMBC||2023|
|Christian Davis||M||St. Johns||Bellarmine||2023|
|Jax Lou||FO||Georgetown Prep||2024|
|Grant Giunchi||FO||Paul VI||St. Bonaventure||2023|
|Ty Ambush||FO||St. James||2023|
|Carson Whittier||SSDM||Georgetown Prep||2024|
|Luke Christmas||SSDM||Georgetown Prep||Duke||2024|
|Connor Shannon||SSDM||St. John's||2023|
|Jon-Jon Obryant-Graves||SSDM||St. Stephens||2024|
|Luke Crowe||LSM||Georgetown Prep||Notre Dame||2024|
|Khari Seals||LSM||St. Andrews||Hampton||2023|
|Trevor Owens||LSM||St. James||Jacksonville||2024|
|Graham Lesher||D||Georgetown Prep||2024|
|Jack Brick||D||Good Counsel||Rutgers||2024|
|Corey O'Connor||D||Lake Braddock||High Point||2023|
|Will Abramson||D||Landon||Washington & Lee||2023|
|Ethan Hodge||D||Madison||St. John Fisher||2023|
|Ryan Kehoe||D||Paul VI||Michigan||2024|
|Luke Bersanek||D||St. Albans||Bowdoin||2023|
|Makin Blalock||D||St. Stephens||High Point||2023|
|Jack Kask||G||Georgetown Prep||Marquette||2023|
|Matt Dineen||G||Paul VI||Utah||2023|
|JJ Kim||G||Potomac School||2024|
|Liam McArthy||G||St. Albans||Weslyan||2023|
|Connor Phillips||G||St. Andrews||Boston||2024|
|Declan McCulloch||G||St. Stephens||CNU||2023|
For the first time in well over a year, there is a new number one in the DMV. The Bullis Bulldogs. Bullis enters the season as the defending IAC champs and our favorite to repeat as champs in 2023, as they return the vast majority of the championship team. The Bulldogs are stacked with talent, well balanced, and well coached. The one significant loss the Bulldogs suffered to graduation was IAC player of the year and current Harvard defensemen Charlie Muller. Expect senior Colgate commit Grant Ettinger to play down low to fill this hole, joining senior Penn verbal Ethan Till, and junior Alex Latchford (Bucknell). This formidable defense will play in front of one of the more polished netminders in the area in Brayden Ferguson, a Syracuse commit. On the offensive end of the field, we expect Bullis to once again run a trio of talented righties at attack, with seniors Chase Band (UVA) and Tucker Wade (Princeton) running the show, joined by sophomore sensation Jackson Maher. Joining this group is a potent first line midfield of Anthony Rinaldi (Hofstra), Ben Jose (St. Joes) and Jewel Walker (Ohio State), a group of dynamic athletes who can all generate offense and play both ways. Sophomore Cooper Revis proved to be formidable at the faceoff stripe as a freshman last year, and should look to have another successful year. The one concern regarding Bullis will be depth outside of their elite starting lineup.
2. Georgetown Prep
Following their absolutely dominant run in 2021 and the transfer of five star recruit Nate Kabiri, the expectations for Georgetown Prep last year were extremely high. With yet another absolutely loaded roster, the expectation for the Little Hoyas is nothing outside of winning the IAC. This team is loaded with talent, Senior led, extremely deep, and features arguably the best attack unit in the entire country in the form of 5-Star senior Princeton commits Colin Burns and Nate Kabiri, who are joined by junior Georgetown verbal Owen Horning. Burns is a prototypical quarterback with excellent feeding skills, while Kabiri is exceptionally crafty and one of the best shooters in the country. In the midfield, the Little Hoyas run a trio of Division 1 bound studs in Tommy Arata (Colgate), Larry Horning (Gtown), and lefty junior Ciaran McLeary (Hopkins). Expect senior Tampa commit Rafe Bradshaw to be in the mix as well. Defensively, the Little Hoyas will start senior Jack Kask (Marquette) in between the pipes and run out a lineup of Isaiah Rose (Army), Ryan Welgos (Villanova), and a mix of Graham Lesher, TS Roth, and Jake Engle (St. Bonaventure), while junior Luke Christmas (Duke) should handle a good amount of SSDM runs. The big question for the Little Hoyas will be replacing two five stars lost to graduation and transfer in FO man Mac Eldridge (UVA) and Mac Christmas (Duke). Expect junior Notre Dame commit Luke Crowe to fill in nicely for Christmas, but the faceoff question looms large for Prep.
Gonzaga surprised a lot of people in 2022, ascending all the way to a number two ranking nationally early on last season under new head coach Jeff King; however, the Purple Eagles eventually fell to rival St. Johns in the WCAC Finals. Returning a majority of the their starters last season and a pair of offensive studs from injury in Jack Leland (Georgetown) and Robbie Bath, Gonzaga is our favorite to win the WCAC in 2022. Leland, a dynamic two handed shooter, will be the centerpiece of the Gonzaga midfield, and will be joined by Griffin Dabbs (Roanoke), Bath, Cody Hobson, and James Timmons among others. The other star on the offensive end of the field for Gonzaga is five star recruit Johnny Gardiner, a lefty sniper bound for Maryland, who is joined at attack by fellow juniors Freddy Fowler (Colgate) and Charlie Macnamara (LIU) who make up a potent attack unit. Gonzaga is extremely strong on the other side of the ball, and it starts with senior goalie Declan Monahan (Penn), a tremendous backstopper and team leader. Playing in front of him is one of the top cover men in the area in senior Austin Cunningham (Army) who is joined by bruiser Matt Rienzo (Georgetown), and a mix of Nick Sweeney (Towson), Charlie Scherer (Iona) and Michael Michaelis. Except sophomore Gaetano Cicotello to earn significant minutes at the LSM position with the graduation of Ryan Splaine.
4. St. Johns
St. Johns was hands down, without a doubt, the undisputed best team in the country last season, and one of the best teams the DMV has seen in decades. That being said, the primary catalyst for their success was their ridiculously loaded 2022 class which featured double digit division 1 commits including four All-Americans in Luke Rhoa, Mac Haley, Riley Figuerias, and Richard Cheko. Despite these monstrous losses, we expect to replace rather than rebuild and compete for yet another WCAC title. For the Cadets, the key to the 2023 campaign will be at the specialist positions, as they have both the top faceoff man and top goalie in the DMV in seniors Jackie Weller (Michigan) and Caleb Fyock (Ohio State). Both have proven themselves to be able to completely take over games, and so we expect SJC to dominate possession and compete in every game. The stars on offense are juniors Ryan Duenkel (UVA), an explosive quarterback attackmen, and John Draley (Maryland) an explosive downhill dodger and stretch shooter. Senior midfielders Noah Hall (UMBC) and Christian Davis (Bellarmine) will make up the remainder of the first line, while sophomore John Offut should be slated for big minutes at the midfield as well. Down low, Weller’s younger brother and fellow Michigan verbal Henry, will take over as the top cover guy for the cadets with the graduation of Figuerias, while massive senior Riley Chai-Onn (Hamilton) will join him down low. Replacing the scoring of Haley (Navy) and Gavin Kelly (Mt. St. Marys) at attack will the biggest challenge facing SJC this spring. Expect senior Jack Morad (RPI) and sophomores Charlie Ball and Anthony Macinelli to be in the mix joining Duenkel at attack.
Following a slight fall from grace from their dominant run in the early 2000s, DeMatha’s program has slowly began to return to glory over the past few years and while people may be surprised to see DeMatha ranked this high, this team is absolutely loaded with talent. DeMathas biggest strength is their potent midfield, which runs two lines deep of collegiate bound athletes in Graham Parker (Navy), Jason Anton (Tampa), Tyson Claggett (Salisbury), Michael Gloecker (Frostburg), and Jayden Hardnett (CNU). Parker, a physically gifted two handed senior is the star of the group and should be one of the top midfielders in the area in 2023. Rounding out the offense on attack is lefty sniper Malik Wood (St. Joes), Declan Horton (St.Mary’s (MD)), and talented sophomore Matt Beachley. On the defensive end of the field, senior LSM Nick Sims, a talented pole with an excellent stick bound for Hofstra, is the guy to watch. Joining him down low are Sacred Heart football commit Luke Hackett and Noah Minkler (Aurora), who will play in front of Myles Lancaster, one of the top goalies in the area who will play at Marist next year. The one unknown for the Stags is at the faceoff stripe, but if they can figure it out, DeMatha will make a lot of noise in 2023.
6. St. Albans
St. Albans is a program that has certainly been on the rise in recent years, and the 2023 team may be the best team they’ve had in years. The strength of St. Albans lies in their defensive unit and special teams play. The player to watch for the Bulldogs is Pasha Hakimi, an athletic and versatile long stick midfielder bound for Penn, who dominates between the lines and is excellent in transition. Joining him in the middle of the field, is fellow Penn commit Will Roberts, one of the most dominant faceoff men in the entire DMV. Expect the duo of Roberts and Hakimi to dominate possession for the Bulldogs. The other star on the defensive end is Ike Lohnes (Cornell) a lockdown cover man who will look to erase opponents top attackmen. Lohnes will be joined down low by a mix of fellow seniors Luke Bersanek (Bowdoin) and Steele Bohigan, as well as Lohnes younger brother sophomore, Dutch who will all play in front of talented senior netminder Liam McArthy (Wesleyan). The biggest question for St. Albans, will be where does the offensive production come from? Look for seniors Chris Berry (Bowdoin), Alex Pedreza, and Matt Moore to carry the load, while sophomore Andrew Allen is a budding star with a ton of shake.
This years Landon team will be atypical of Bears teams of the past decade, who have featured a star attackmen such as Joey Graham, Joey Epstein or Graham Hertzberg. While they have a star in Kevin Miller, who led the team in scoring in ‘22, he unfortunately suffered an off-season injury and will be forced to miss the ‘23 campaign. While they are without his star power, Landon does have a ton of depth, particularly at the midfield. Keep an eye on stud juniors Chase Robertson (Utah) a physically imposing two way mid with a rocket of a shot, and Anthony Panetti (Bucknell), a shifty speedster who can run by anyone. Joining them at midfield will be seniors Anthony Savoy (Denison) and Quinn Coughlin (Ohio Wesleyan), while sophomores Caden Southworth and Devin Stewart look to be contributors. Additionally, Landon has some of the top SSDMids in the area in Nate Furgeson, a three sport stud bound for Delaware, and Christian Daymude, another 3 sport stud. Joining them on the offensive side of the field, look for a combination of outstanding junior attackmen in Steele Maddux, Troy Ulisney (transfer), and Hank Maddux, who can all shake, feed and fill the net. Defensively, the guys to watch are Nico Schermer (Bowdoin), Will Abramson (W&L), and Elie Smink (2025) as well as athletic LSMs in Will Cohen (Dartmouth) and Davis Owens, one of the most dangerous LSMs in the DMV! The biggest question for Landon entering 2023, is how do they replace Hunter Taylor (Michigan) between the pipes but look for Art Smink to be the starter.
8. Paul VI -
Paul VI enters 2023 with a huge chip on their shoulder, having lost consecutive VA private state titles in dramatic fashion; both of which they hosted. Paul VI has developed a repertoire of being big, physical, and athletic; and this years team continues that theme, as PVI has talented athletes all over the field. The stars on the offensive end of the field will be Matt Han, an explosive Attackmen with great change of direction headed to Michigan, as well as Henry Fleckner (Jacksonville), a big bodied shooter who can play either attack or midfield. The strength of the Panther squad will be their extremely physical defensive unit; made of up of a Ryan Kehoe (Michigan), Nathan Murphy (Richmond), sophomore stud Zakk Chesteen, and LSM Parker Love (Navy) who will play in front of a pair of stud goalies in Matt Dineen (Utah) and sophomore Connor Pinto, who shoukd push for time. Additionally, Paul VI has a talented faceoff man in Grant Gianucci (St. Bonaventure) who should be formidable at the stripe. The looming issue for PVI will be midfield production, as they will be forced to replace the production of star Marco Signorello and have a lack depth at the midfield.
9. Episcopal -
We were uncertain of the caliber of this team entering 2023; however, the transfer of senior goalie and Duke commit, Patrick Jamison is an absolute game changer for Coach Conklin. Episcopal has made some noise in previous years, winning the VA state title in ‘21, but the question for the Maroon has always been depth. If they are going to make another run at a VA private title, and have a shot at an IAC run, they will have to rely heavily on their star attacmen Caulley Deringer, a lefty slasher with a cannon of a shot bound for UVA. Joining Deringer, on attack projects to be shifty sophomore Jack Bonello and freshman finisher Chase Bazant. Also look for senior mids Jack DuPois (Washington College) and Tanner Lewis (Kenyon) to be key in the mix offensively. On the defensive end of the field, the player to watch is Grayson Falk, a junior coverman bound for Bucknell. The biggest question for Episcopal in ‘23 will be how they replace stud FO man and Tufts freshman Victor Salcedo, who dominated the stripe for the Maroon last year.
10. St. Stephens
St. Stephens will enter 2023 with a lot of fresh faces on the field; having suffered key losses of six starters to graduation including Will McCulloch (Loyola) Witt Crawford (Drexel) and Grayson Schmidt (UNC) among others. McCulloch and Crawford were two of the most productive players in school history, so replacing their scoring will be a big challenge for head coach Tim Dodds. Look for a pair of strong shooting juniors Luke Pascal (Yale) and Bryce Gunn (Boston) to make up for the lack of scoring, while being joined by senior Matty Patrone (Lynchburg) at attack. Additionally, look for Aidan Roemer (Wagner), Cooper Harding (Randolph Macon) and Jon-Jon Obryant to contribute offensively from the midfield. The strength of this team will be their defense. A physical senior trio of Makin Blalock (High Point), Mike Guglielmone (RIT), and Nick Belardo (Mt. Saint Mary’s) will play in front of a talented netminder in Declan McCulloch (CNU). Outside of depth, the biggest question facing the saints will be faceoffs, an area they have struggled in the past few years.
11. Lake Braddock
The Lake Braddock bruins enter the 2023 season as our top public school in the area. Offensively led by senior star duo of Jack Schubert (Georgetown) and Sam MacAvoy (Penn State) a pair of gunslingers who were both 1st team selections last year, and are joined by senior midfielders Cooper Howerton (Lincoln) and Andrew Mosman (Ohio Wesleyan) Defensively they have a pair of lock down defenders in Corey O’Connor (High Point) and Jake Zeman (VMI).
Defending 6A Virginia state champion Madison Warhawks shocked a lot of teams last season by winning their second state championship in three seasons. Despite key losses defensively to graduation, expect head coach Aaron Solomon to once again field a squad that competes for a 6A state championship. Offensively they will be led by brothers Mark and Will Rubley, who were both all district selections last year. Defensively, look for Ollie Hau and Ethan Hodge (St. John Fisher) to lead the way. The X factor for the Warhawks will be faceoff man Adam Dembecki (St. John’s) who transferred in the off-season from Robinson and is one of the very best FO Specialists in THE DMV! They have a huge home game versus Landon, giving them a chance to prove they belong ranked in the Top 10.
13. The Heights
The Heights surprised a lot of people in 2022, winning some impressive games and keeping it close with some of the top teams in the area. The question for them in 2023, will be whether they can continue to turn the corner without their star goalie of the past few years Tommy Gross, a first team WCAC selection last year who is a freshman at St. Joes. Look for Williams bound senior Attackmen Seamus Regan to lead the way on the offensive end and carrying the load scoring wise, while Graham Stadler (Ohio Wesleyan) should be their top cover guy defensively.
14. Good Counsel
Since going 2-13 in 2019, Good Counsel has slowly began to rebuild its lacrosse program under new head coach Dane Smith, and the Falcons had their best season in years in 2022. Look for this trend to continue, as the Falcons have started to once again produce some solid talent. While they suffered a few key losses to graduation in Danny Gaalaas (St. Joes) and David Jackson (Hampton), the team this year will be led by a pair of junior studs bound to play Division 1 lacrosse in Attackmen Ryan Baik, committed to Drexel, and defensemen Jack Brick who will play his college ball at Rutgers.
15. Potomac School
The Panthers are the defending regular season and tournament MAC Champs, and Potomac may have its best team since 2018 and is once again the favorite to win the MAC in 2023! Offensively, Potomac is led by lefty attackmen Drew Ambrose (Wesleyan) while defensively they are anchored by Max Revis (Oberlin) and their two stud goalies, junior JJ Kim and senior Sam Christinzio (Swarthmore) who are both talented and should split time
The Bulldogs enter their 2023 campaign as reigning state champions after capturing the first MD state 4A title in school history. Churchill does face one of the biggest losses to graduation in the area in form of last year’s All-Met Player of the Year and current Maryland freshman Eliot Dubick, as well as both other starting Attackmen. Look for 2023 stud midfielder Reed Drummond (Salisbury) and '24 attackmen Xander Frey among others. to make up for the loss in scoring. Defensively they will be anchored by senior LSM Justin Polhemus, who will play collegiately at Ithaca next year.
In 2022, Riverside added another 5A title to their trophy case, and continued to establish themselves as one of the premier public programs in the state of Virginia year in and year out. They did lose their best player and one of the best players in the state, UVA freshman Jon Schroter, to graduation but they remain deep, and will be led by stud junior fogo Zach Ward and senior attackmen Chase Patschcuk who are both committed to play collegiately at Jacksonville. Watch out for their game against St. Albans this spring, as Riverside has upset privates in previous meetings.
The Robinson Rams have been the power to be in the Virginia public scene for decades, having produced countless collegiate players and won the more 6A state titles than anyone. However, with key losses to graduation including current Marquette freshman Charlie Reynolds, their star Attackmen and CNU freshman Will Maag, their top cover guy. Additionally, their starting Faceoff man from last year transferred to Madison. Despite that all being said, Robinson remains one of the most well coached and deepest teams in VA year in and year out, and will compete once again for a 6A, being led this year by senior stud LSM Alex Populoh (CNU) and mid Ethan Waugh (Haverford)
19. St. James
St. James is a program that really made some noise in the MAC last year, and should compete with Potomac for the title this year. The Saints dominate possession thanks to stud FO man Ty Ambush, who is one of the best FO men in area who plan to attend JUCO next fall. Other star players include Tyler Owens, a junior LSM bound for Jacksonville, Harrison Williams, a senior defensemen committed to Mount Union, and senior midfielder Tyler Oates who will play at Lynn next year.
20. St. Andrews Episcopal
After transitioning head coaches, St. Andrews looks to rebuild on the impressive decade run it put together. They have talented pieces, but the question that poses St. Andrews will be depth. The leader of this team is stud junior goalie Connor Phillips (Boston) a wirey and athletic netminder. Offensively, the leaders are super athletic junior Mid Nolan Coyle and senior attackmen Jack McClure (VMI). Defensively they are joined by LSM Khari Seals (Hampton), close defensemen Slade Summers (Iona) and FO man JD Nett (Mary Wash).
Awards will be posted in June after all seasons are complete.
1. DMVLAX 'Player of The Year' - Charlie Muller, Bullis, Harvard
2. DMVLAX 'Attackman of the Year' - Elliott Dubick, Churchill, Maryland
3. DMVLAX 'Midfielder of the Year' - Luke Rhoa, St. John's, Syracuse
4. DMVLAX 'Defenseman of the Year' - Riley Figueras, St. John's, Syracuse
5. DMVLAX 'Goalie of the Year' - Hunter Taylor, Landon, Michigan
6. DMVLAX 'Specialist of the Year' - Mac Eldridge, G Prep, Virginia
7. DMVLAX 'Coaching Staff of the Year' - Bullis. Jeff Bellistri, Shaun Crow, Steve Hincks, Howard Offit, Jody Ferguson
8. DMVLAX 'Play of the Year' - Coming. New in 2023
9. THE ALL-DMVLAX TEAM - Coming New in 2023
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