Welcome to the 2014 Enoch Office/Varsity Sports Network preseason Top 20 boys’ lacrosse poll. VSN ranks the top teams in the Baltimore region which covers public and private schools in Anne Arundel County, Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Carroll County, Cecil County, Harford County and Howard County.
1. Boys’ Latin School Lakers (click for video)
2013 record: 19-1 (MIAA A Conference finalists; No. 2 in final 2013 VSN Top 20)
Coach: Bob Shriver (35th season)
Returning letter winners – 20
Returning starters – 7
Key returning players – Tally Bruno, senior, midfielder; Colin Chell, senior, attack; Colin Dempsey, senior, attack; Nick Gesualdi, senior, longstick midfielder; Hunter Moreland, senior, midfielder/face-off specialist; Hugh Mosko, senior, defender; T Moyer, senior, midfielder; Keegan O’Connor, senior, midfielder; Shack Stanwick, senior, attack
Key newcomers – Grey Ey, freshman, midfielder; Riley Peters, senior, midfielder; Patrick Spencer, junior, attack; Logan Wisnauskas, sophomore, attack
Outlook – The Lakers, the consensus No. 1 team in the nation, are 3-0 in 2014 with victories over Florida’s Lake Highland Prep and St. Andrew’s and New York’s Trinity-Pawling. The Lake Avenue school hopes to claim the MIAA A Conference crown after falling short last spring.
They’ll be led by Stanwick, the nation’s No. 1 senior and last spring’s VSN’s co-Offensive Player of the Year. The Johns Hopkins University-bound playmaker had 36 goals and 51 assists last season.
He’ll be joined on a deep attack unit by two-year starter Chell (Ohio State), senior Colin Dempsey and junior Devin Shewell with talented newcomers Spencer (verbally committed to Loyola) and Wisnauskas (committed to Syracuse). The midfield of Bruno (Johns Hopkins), Moyer (High Point) and O’Connor (Maryland) combined for more than 45 goals and 20 assists last season.
Moreland along with senior Jake Merrill (Mount St. Mary’s) will handle faceoffs. The biggest question mark will be on defense where Mosko (Michigan) is the lone returning starter.
Boys’ Latin was left at the altar of a perfect season and a national title last spring, losing to Loyola Blakefield in the MIAA A finals. The Lakers have the talent and experience to finish the job in 2014.
“We have exceptional speed in a couple of spots, kind of sneaky speed that you don’t realize,” said Shriver, the dean of MIAA coaches. “We’re overall a little bigger on the defensive end. Overall, we will need our offense to be really good to be successful, especially early in year as we build the defense.”
Mar. 15 – def. Lake Highland (Fla.) Prep, 14-11
Mar. 18 – def. St. Andrew’s (Fla.), 16-6
Mar. 21 – def. Trinity-Pawling (N.Y.), 21-7
Mar. 25 at Gonzaga College (D.C.)
Mar. 27 at Hereford
Mar. 31 vs. Loyola Academy (Ill.)
Apr. 4 at Archbishop Spalding
Apr. 8 vs. St. Mary’s
Apr. 12 at Loyola Blakefield
Apr. 15 vs. Calvert Hall College
Apr. 17 vs. Timon St. Jude (N.Y.)
Apr. 22 vs. McDonogh School
Apr. 25 vs. Mount St. Joseph
Apr. 29 at Severn School
May 2 vs. Gilman School
May 6 vs. St. Paul’s School