School: Dover High School
2012-2013 Record: 11-4
Head Coach: John Coveleski
Key Returning Players: Chris Reid, Ryan Soja, Nate Valenti, Brandon Carrion, Reginald Smith, Ryan McQuaide, Dennis Hallock, Mackenzie Ware
Season Outlook: After an 11-4 season last year, the Senators return a number of standouts from last season. The returning core looks to mold with some of the newcomers who hope to contribute. Detione Jones along with new seniors to the Senators squad Godfrey Webb, Joshua Clendaniel and Jordon Robinson are just a handful of newcomers added to the fold. With their nucleus returning nearly intact and fresh faces ready to contribute, the Senators should once again compete in the Henlopen this season. Also, Dover has started the first public middle school lacrosse team in Delaware, increasing the number of lacrosse players throughout the system. So, we should continue to see highly competitive Dover Senator squads for years to come.
From the Coach: “Our expectations are to create a system for success,” said Head Coach John Coveleski. “Our season expectations are to be at our best by the end of the season.”
School: Caesar Rodney High School
2012-2013 Record: 14-1
Head Coach: Drew Hughes
Key Returning Players: Hunter Schaeffer, David Schmidt, AJ Hayward, Kevin Sheahan, Max Wilt, Garrett Dixon, Nick Gruwell, Mike Negrete
Season Outlook: After reaching the State Finals last season, the Caesar Rodney Riders Boys Lacrosse team enters the 2013 season with nearly their entire core returning. All-State and All-Conference standout Hunter Schaeffer returns for his junior season, along with fellow junior midfielder AJ Hayward. Sophomore returnees David Schmidt, who was second on the team with 55 goals as a freshmen returns along with All-State/All-Conference defender Kevin Sheahan. Two-time All-Conference defender Max Wilt, Garrett Dixon, Nick Gruwell and Mike Negrete round out an impressive core for the Riders. Joining the formidable group of returning players are freshmen Luke Rankin and Pat Matsko, along with sophomore Thomas Aloe who earned himself a starting job at midfielder for CR.
From the Coach: “Our goals are to grow and develop the talent that we have into a cohesive unit,” said Caesar Rodney Head Coach Drew Hughes. “Our ultimate goals are to win the Henlopen Conference and the State Championship but we must take things one day and one game at a time to focus on what’s right in front of us.”
School: Polytech High School
2012-2013 Record: 11-4
Head Coach: Robert Gilmore
Key Returning Players: Jack O’Brien, Darnell Jones, Harry Johnson, Tim Beckman, Kevin Forsyth, Avery Chandler
Season Outlook: After an 11-4 finish to last season, the Panthers moved on to the State Tournament where they fell to Charter in the first round. They return this season looking to make a return to the tournament where they hope to make a little more noise this time around. With a solid group of returnees led by Darnell Jones, Harry Johnson, Tim Beckman, Avery Chandler, Jack O’Brien and Kevin Forsyth, the Panther look for newcomers Andre’ Winder and Cody Sapp to help contribute this season.
From the Coach: “We expect to improve every time that we step on the field,” said Polytech Head Coach Robert Gilmore. “Hopefully, we will be prepared for an opportunity to compete in the State Tournament.”
School: St. Thomas More High School
2012-2013 Record: 3-12
Head Coach: Curt Sawyer
Key Returning Players: Matt Conlin, Jack Kelly, Hunter Sharp
Season Outlook: After a disappointing 3-12 finish last season, a young Ravens squad returns for a new season of Lacrosse. The Ravens will lean heavily on returning standouts Matt Conlin, a 1st Team All-Diamond Conference player, Midfielder Jack Kelly and Attack/Goalie Hunter Sharp. With only 2 seniors and 14 underclassmen on this year’s squad, there promises to be some growing pains. Though, the experience is invaluable for the younger players and with time and patience the Ravens can begin to build a winner.
From the Coach: “We need to improve our fundamentals on a daily basis,” said Head Coach Curt Sawyer. “And we need to be as competitive as possible each game.”