By: Alec Eskin
The sun is shining, the sky is blue, and temperatures are rising. You know what that means: spring sports are back at it! One the great things about the spring sports season is that Garnet Valley lacrosse is now back and looking to make a run. The boys lacrosse team made it all the way to the state semifinal last year before being knocked out by Kennett. This team looks to build off of what it had accomplished last year and has the player personnel and coaching staff to do it.
The Jaguars boys lacrosse team will be lead by Head Coach Frank Urso. The Jaguars will have a multitude of players who will be in the running to become some of the premier players in the state of Pennsylvania. This includes junior Kris Henning who is the number 49th ranked lacrosse player in the class of 2023 for the United States. Then, Max Busenkell, the senior attacker for Garnet Valley, is the number 13th ranked lacrosse player in the United States and committed to Notre Dame, one of the best lacrosse colleges in the United States. Then, you have attackers Ryan Nealon and Joey Halloran who have both been outstanding careers and will be attending Holy Cross and Salisbury respectively for lacrosse. On attack and midfield as well, the Jaguars will get the electric Shane Reynolds and Cory Urso. All of which had major impacts last year also. Lastly, on face-off, the Jaguars will have Sam DiTrolio who is going to Cabrini University for lacrosse after this year. All of these great players are all just on offense, the Jaguars have many more on defense.
The Jaguars lost some good defensemen last year in Sam Morin and Luke Shoemaker, however there are a lot of good under and upperclassman that took their place. Sean Gallagher was the long stick last year that got a lot of steals and will be attending Navy for football after this year (along with Shane Reynolds). Next you have the other defensemen in Bear Evans who will be attending Cabrini for lacrosse after this year. Then, you have sophomore goalie Andrew Keaveney who had a great year as a freshman last year and looks to improve this year. Lastly, you have a slew of solid players in Dan Husain, Luke Mingoni, and Griffin Umstead (who is committed to Juniata for lacrosse). All of these defensemen will have a very good shot to pick up where they left off last year and will look to improve as well.
Garnet Valley has high expectations heading into the season as they look to continue their history of success. Their first game is today against St. Joe’s Prep at 7:30 PM at Moe DeFrank Stadium. There will also be a livestream on the Garnet Valley Athletics YouTube account if you cannot make it to the game. This could be one of the premier games of the year to start off the season. This should be a fun season for the players, coaches, and fans.