Spring Sport Previews

Posted: April 9, 2013

Spring sports have sprung at Lawrenceville! Big Red coaches are looking forward to an exciting season and have provided fans with previews of what they might expect to see from their favorite teams.

Baseball
Head Coach: Champ Atlee
Captain: Jon Hayden ’13, Ian Naccarella ‘13
2012 Record: 6-14

The 2013 Lawrenceville baseball team will be the School's youngest since 1972. The only returning Fifth Formers from last year’s 6-14 squad will be co- captains Jon Hayden and Ian Naccarella, who are well equipped to lead. Hayden led last year's pitching staff with a 0.72 ERA, and Naccarella led the team's hitters with a glowing .438 mark.

The only other player with consistent starting experience will be shortstop Matt Tola, who proved what a Second Former can achieve last year by setting a School record with 10 doubles and hitting a resounding .353. The Big Red's starting infield will include two Fourth Formers, two Third Formers, and a Second Former. The Fourth Formers include catcher Chris Euell and first baseman John Kowalewski, a transfer from Philadelphia where he played last year for Father Judge High School. The Third Formers are the aforementioned Tola and pitcher-third baseman Sean Cuskley. And the Second Former is young second baseman Lorenzo Lagares. When Cuskley pitches, third base will be manned by either of two Second Formers, Nick Silber or Luke Apuzzi. The outfielders turn out to be a little more experienced, with Hayden in left when he isn't on the mound, and Naccarella in center. Jeff Zhao is penciled in to play right. Outfield reserves will include Second Former Sam Waugh (Jim's grandson), and Third Former John Vasiliu. The starting pitching, which figures eventually to be a strength of this team, begins with Hayden. However, behind him, Big Red has three promising young arms in Cuskley, Vasiliu, and Silber, all of whom stand to see significant innings.

Boys' Crew
Head Coach: Benjamin T. Wright
Team Captain: Ryan O’Rourke ‘13
Varsity Four+
2012 Record: 5-0, MAPL Team Champions
Varsity 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th Four+
2012 Combined Record: 18-0
Varsity Eight+
2012 Record: 11-21, Fourth of 12 crews at Mercer Sprints. Third place at U.S. Rowing Mid Atlantic Championships. Top 15 of 33 crews at Stotesbury Cup Regatta.

Four Fifth Form and one Fourth Form oarsmen return from the 2012 Varsity Eight, Grant Simon ’13, Bradford Taylor ’13, Clayton Meyer ’13, Captain Ryan O’Rourke ’13, and Brendan Fish ’14. They are joined by Conor Martinson ’14, Ace England ’15, James Pratt ’15, and coxswain Ha Joo Lee ’13. After a week of intensive and productive spring training in Augusta, Georgia, this year’s Lawrenceville boys' crew program looks poised and determined to defend the MAPL Championship, racing in Four oared shells, and to improve on last year’s performance in the Varsity Eight. The First, Second and Third Varsity Eights will race for the first time this spring, against five other crews, on April 6 at St. Andrew’s School. The remainder of the spring will find Lawrenceville racing at home, on Mercer Lake from the Caspersen Rowing Center, until the last regular season regatta in May, the Stotesbury Cup Regatta in Philadelphia.

Girls’ Crew
Head Coach: Bernadette Martin Teeley
Captain: Julia Bretz ‘13

Girls' varsity and novice rowing kicked off the season with spring training in Augusta, GA. The three-a-day practices and intensive technical work allowed Big Red to start the season with momentum in Lawrenceville. Led by Fifth Form rowers Julia Bretz (captain), Valerie Hirschberg, Olivia Fleming, Carin Carroll, Megan Wall, Alison Wall, as well as coxswain Prianca Tawde, the 42 rowers on the varsity and novice girls' teams are focusing on fitness and technique as they prepare for their regular-season dual races and the following championship season.

Big Red will race in both eight- and four-oared shells this spring. The crew races every Saturday; most events are on Lawrenceville’s home course at Mercer County Park.

The season culminates with the Stotesbury Regatta in Philadelphia. The three-day national event will pit Big Red against the country’s strongest high school crews.

Boys’ Golf
Head Coach: Tim Doyle
Captains: Jordan Lerner ’13, Stefan Gooch ‘13
2012 Record: 5-5-1

Lawrenceville's Boys’ golf team had a mixed 5-5-1 record last year and trailed perennial powerhouse Peddie in both team matches and in the NJISAA prep tournament in May. Despite that record and the graduation of several strong players, the team is optimistic and going into the 2013 in good shape. Captains Jordan Lerner '13 and Stefan Gooch '13 will join returning veterans Felipe Gomez-Guerrero '13, John Warden '15, Tony Chen '15, and Chris Zhang '15 to form the core of the team. Although the switch to fall golf by longtime opponents in Pennsylvania (among them Episcopal Academy and Chestnut Hill) has reduced the number of matches played this season, the team is looking forward to the annual Mid-Atlantic Prep tournament, the NJISAA tournament at Peddie, and the second annual Metedeconk Prep Challenge at Metedeconk National Golf Club in Ocean County.

Girls’ Golf
Head Coach: Gus Hedberg
Captains: Hannah Baik ’13, Julia Yao ‘13
2012 Record: 4-2, MAPL Champions, Mercer County Girls' Golf Tournament Champions

Coming off last year’s late-season burst that saw the Lawrenceville girls’ golf team capture both the Mid-Atlantic Prep League and the Mercer County Girls' Golf Tournament titles, this year’s team clearly has no reason to lower the heat. Three of the four principal players of the 2012 championship team are back. Hannah, Baik ’13 and Julia Yao ‘13, this year’s captains; and Sophia Pullen ‘15, last year’s freshman phenom, are all in top form and ready for the new season.

Along with these three, other returning players from last year’s team are Swanee Golden ’15, Lilly Kwon ’15, Mary Larkin ’14, Samantha Picard ’15, and Marrisa Sandoval ’13. New to the team this year are Jenny Daisak ’15, Olivia Greene ’16, Julia Hyman ’15 (the 2011 Colonial League Golf Champion from Allentown, Penn), Juliana Kim ’16, Liv Lutz ’15, and Ciano Montero ’16. This year’s team manager is Jared Madfes ’15.

Boys’ Lacrosse
Head Coach: Allen Fitzpatrick
Captains: Stowe Faircloth ’13, Allistair Berven ’13, John Salemi ’13, Kevin McDonough ‘13
2012 Record: 17-4, NJISAA and MAPL Champions

The 2013 team has big shoes to fill and a long record for excellence to uphold including a chance at another MAPL title and the 12th straight State Prep A title. Because of heavy Fifth Form losses in goal, on defense, at the midfield and attack, a number of spots are wide open in 2013. Coach Fitzpatrick remains confident in his team's success thanks to a nucleus of excellent returning players and an influx of talented newcomers.

The team will be solid on defense anchored by Fifth Form captains Stowe Faircloth (Army), Alistair Berven (Princeton), and Kevin McDonough (Penn). Midfield will have plenty of depth with key returners captain John Salemi (Williams), Dan Berg (Hamilton), Nick Minno, Stephen Clarke, and Nolan DeMarco, aided by newcomers Dylan Key (Dartmouth), Grayson Helm (Bucknell), and P.J. Finley (Notre Dame), along with Second Form phenom Wade Maloney. The attack will be led by key returners M.J. Flood '13, with Wyatt Rancourt '15, Peter Firestone '15, and Nick Giacco '13 all fighting for position. In goal, Fifth Former Wyatt Prominski and Second Former Griffin Thompson are poised to fill the cage. With new rule changes, a defense that handles the ball well and depth at the midfield, the 2013 team hopes to play full throttle wide-open lacrosse.

Girls' Lacrosse
Head Coach: Lisa Ewanchyna
Captains: Delaina Smith ’13, Annie Morris ‘13
2012 Record: 10-3

Coach Lisa Ewanchyna is anticipating a promising season for the Big Red girls' varsity lacrosse team. Led by Fifth Form Co-Captains Delaina Smith and Annie Morris, the squad returns eleven players from last year’s team. Third Former Jane Kirby will be heavily relied on to make up some of the points lost with the graduation of leading goal scorer Annie Murphy ’12. Last year Kirby ’15 was the second leading scorer and third assist leader on the team. This year she looks in fine form to keep on an upward trajectory. Smith ’13 and Jessica Castelo ’14 are proven on the circle and draw controls will be key this year in fostering early leads.

Co-Captain Annie Morris ’13 will help lead the attack alongside Fourth Formers Yazmeen Mahayni and Jackie Jones, who look to be strong contenders for starting positions. The defensive unit remains fairly intact from last year, returning Andie Jensen ’13, Tresa Joseph ’14, Claire Crowley ’14, and Maddie Jones ’14. These players will be joined by newcomers Julia Conley ’14 and Grace Hillman ’15, who look to be key contributors as well. Rounding out the field in cage is returning goal keeper Emily Krueger ’13. The All-Mercer County pick keeper will be backed up by Evie Bird ’15, who has made a strong showing in preseason practices. Overall, the Big Red are looking forward to being top contenders for the Prep A and MAPL titles.

Boys’ Outdoor Track
Head Coach: Steve Schuster
Captain: Chris Cook ’13, Elliot Xu ‘13
2012 record: 5-0, NJISAA and MAPL Champions

Many of the Big Red’s winter athletes are coming out of a stellar indoor season. Chris Cook '13 and Elliot Xu '13 resume their role as captains and leaders of the team as they head outdoors. Returning from the winter are numerous other State Prep and MAPL scorers. These include sprinters Alec Waugh ‘14, Clay Stone ‘14, and Joshua Claxton ‘13; hurdlers Myles Hollis ‘14, Alex Charles ‘14, Christian Belardi ‘14, and Chudi Ilogu ‘15; distance runners Ramon Ayala ‘14, Robert Daniels ‘14, Shubhankar Chokkra ‘14, Kyle D’Souza ‘14 and Nick Wey ‘15; throwers Zachary Campbell ‘15, and Connor Astemborski ‘15; and jumpers Evan Lee ‘15, Armani Miller ‘13, and Elijah Sumners ‘14. Pat McLaughlin ‘15 and Charlie Card-Childers ‘14 are also returning to the team after strong 2012 spring seasons. With a schedule built around large invitational meets, Big Red is going to rely on the talent and hard work of both its veterans and newcomers alike.

Girls' Outdoor Track
Head Coach: Bill Schroeder
Captains: Kyla Bolden '13, Lizzie Edokwe '13, and Sara Schroder '13
2012 Record: 5-1, NJISAA and MAPL Champions

Leading the way for Big Red in 2013 will be the team's three outstanding captains: Kyla Bolden (middle distance), Lizzie Edokwe (dashes, hurdles, and long jump), and Sara Schroder (long jump, triple jump, and 400 IH), each among the squad's top scorers.

Providing support in the sprints are Dara Ferguson '13, Nephy Smith '15, and Veronica Danko '16. Veterans Emily Partner '13, Emily Egbert '13, Cionna Rosenthal '13, Nikki Hwa '14, plus newcomer Kelly Kong '15, are expected to do well in the distance races. Coco Doll '14, Tacy Wagner '15, Carla Tuan '14, and Kyler Fullerton '15 will score points in the middle distance events.

The team is balanced by a strong cadre of field event throwers and jumpers. Emily Mellen '13 (pole vault and high jump), Maeve Devlin '14 (pole vault and triple jump), Kedzie Schuster '15 (pole vault, triple jump, and high hurdles), Erin Volpe '14 (long jump, high hurdles, and 400 IH) and Kate Gulbrandsen "14 (high jump, high hurdles, and 400IH) will do well in the jumps and Jocelyn Kennedy '13, Sarah Hollinger '15, Jess Wisneski '13, Kelly Nemeth '14 and Kennedy Guest-Pritchett '15 provide strength in the weight events.

Softball
Head Coach: John Schiel
Captains: Lauren Eckhardt '13, Karen Prihoda '15
2012 Record: 8-11

The 2013 varsity softball team has every reason to be optimistic about improving significantly after an 8-11 record last year with a very young team that played much better toward the end of the season.

Fresh off a 7-2 spring trip to Disney World in Orlando, Florida this young team is playing well and leaning together. Prihoda last year hit .536 for the season with eight doubles, two triples, and 22 runs scored out of the leadoff spot in the batting order. This year she is hitting out of the three hole and had two homers in Florida. She will do some pitching and play lots of shortstop. Eckhardt will open the season at second base but move to third when injured second baseman Kaleigh Gillen '16 returns. Gillen is one of four talented Second Formers joining an already young team. Jacqueline Paul '16 will share pitching and shortstop duties with Prihoda and bat cleanup. Elyse Kochman '16 will play third base and in the outfield and Elizabeth Paasche '16 will see action behind the plate and also in the outfield. Cheyenne Brown '14 returns as the first baseman after hitting .404 last season with five doubles and 12 RBI. Erin Meuhleisen '15 can pitch and play the outfield. Lisa Zhu '15 will be the catcher and hit leadoff. Isha Rahman '13, Morgan Pothast '14, and Clair Stout '15 are returning outfielders and newcomers Maya Peterson '14 and Francie Pena '15 will also see action.

Boys' Tennis
Head Coach: Dave Cantlay
Captains: Dan Harris '13 and Krishna Bikkasani '13
2012 Record: 10-3-1, NJISAA and MAPL Champions

Big Red will send four, solid veterans to the court this year, with Krishna Bikkasani and Dave Laub '14 especially looking likely to fill top spots in the singles lineup, and Shubham Chattopadhyay '13 and Mark Allen '14 looking much improved. Two excellent young players new to Lawrenceville--Antonio Gomez '15 and Sebastian Preciado '15should help the team, as should a slew of well-seasoned junior varsity vets: Nick Fenton '13, Jason Kan '13, Sam Gilson '14, Chris Hui '14, Kevin Lee '14, and Lane Whitman '14.

For additional information on all Lawrenceville School news, please contact Lisa M. Gillard Hanson, director of public relations, at lgillard@lawrenceville.org.

Last Updated: April 15, 2013