Here are the 2019 Asbury Park Press All-Shore Boys Lacrosse First and Second teams:CANYON BIRCHSchool: ManasquanYear: SeniorPosition: AttackHighlights: Birch solidifying his legacy as the most prolific scorer in the state of the New Jersey after another incredible season in which he led Manasquan (21-1) to several titles. The Warriors won the Shore Conference Class B North division, the Shore Conference Tournament and the NJSIAA South Group I section partly because of the scoring prowess of Birch. For the season, Birch finished with 118 goals and 51 assists for 169 points, which were all just shy of his career-highs set last season. For his career, Birch was a three-time All-Shore First Team selection and finished with 393 goals (most in state history), 161 assists and 554 points (most in state history). Birch was the team’s best player for the second year in a row and he’ll continue his lacrosse career at Penn State University.
RYAN ANDERSONSchool: ManasquanYear: SeniorPosition: AttackHighlights: Anderson made his first appearance on the All-Shore First Team after a career year on the attack line. Anderson finished with 50 goals, 67 assists and 117 points, which were all career-highs. His best game of the season came on April 24 when he had one goal and a career-high nine assists for 10 points in a 20-4 win over Red Bank Catholic. For his career, Anderson had 103 goals, 125 assists and 228 points.
Manasquan senior attack Canyon Birch made state history with his five goals and two assists in a 13-2 win over Rumson-Fair Haven on April 27. Asbury Park Press
CONNOR MACRAESchool: CBAYear: SeniorPosition: AttackHighlights: Macrae, who was a captain, became a consistent source of offense for the Colts (13-7 overall, 7-0 in the Class A North division) as he scored a goal or assisted on a goal in every game this season. Macrae set career highs in goals (65), assists (25) and points (90) while helping CBA maintain its status as one of the premier programs in the Shore Conference. Macrae made the All-Shore First-Team for the first time in his career and finished his Colts tenure with 137 goals, 50 assists and 187 points. Macrae will continue his lacrosse career at Monmouth UniversityLOGAN PETERSSchool: WallYear: SophomorePosition: AttackHighlights: Peters was one of the breakout stars in the Shore Conference this season. He helped the Crimson Knights (11-4) stay competitive in the Shore Conference Class B North division. For the season, Peters had 52 goals, 45 assists, 97 points and 32 ground balls, which were all career-highs. Peters had two, 12-point games this season as he registered three goals and nine assists against Neptune on March 30 and he tallied six goals and six assists against Red Bank on April 11. For his career, Peters had 58 goals, 51 assists, 109 points, and 51 ground balls. GIL GOLDSMITHSchool: ShoreYear: SeniorPosition: MidfielderHighlights: Goldsmith, who was the fourth-leading scorer in the Shore Conference, had 31 goals, 71 assists, 102 points and 102 ground balls this season, while helping the Blue Devils (15-2) reach the SCT semifinals for the first time in school history. In his best games of the season, Goldsmith had 11 points twice, a four-goal, seven-assist effort against Ocean on April 20 and a two-goal, nine-assist outing against Lacey on April 27. For his career, Goldsmith, a two-time, All-Shore First Team selection, had 148 goals, 192 assists, 340 points and 375 ground balls. He’ll play football and lacrosse at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.JAMES PENDERGISTSchool: ManasquanYear: SeniorPosition: MidfielderHighlights: Pendergist became a two-time, All-Shore First Team selection after he completed another fabulous season for the Warriors. For the season, Pendergist had 25 goals and 12 assists for 37 points and he was once again one of the most versatile players in the Shore Conference. He finished his career with 90 goals and 30 assists for 120 points. He’ll continue his lacrosse career at Rutgers University.
Manasquan senior attack Ryan Anderson had a memorable game with five goals in a 15-4 win over CBA on April 5, 2019 Sherlon Christie, @sherlonapp
ANTHONY BRETTSchool: St. John VianneyYear: JuniorPosition: MidfielderHighlights: Brett was a two-time, All-Shore First Team selection after he helped the Lancers go 10-8 this season. This season, Brett had 46 goals, 42 assists, 88 points and 175 ground balls. For his career, Brett has already broken the school’s points record (175 points) with his 96 goals and 79 assists.PATRICK JAMINSchool: Rumson-Fair HavenYear: SophomorePosition: MidfielderHighlights: Jamin, a rising star in the Shore Conference, was a leader on the midfield line for the Bulldogs, who went 14-10 while playing one of the hardest schedules in the state. Jamin had 21 goals, 49 assists and 70 points this season and record a season-high seven points twice (April 9 against Ocean and April 25 against Holmdel). In both of those games, Jamin had two goals and five assists. For his career, he had 38 goals, 74 assists and 112 points.
James Pendergist, a senior midfielder, finished with one goal and one assist during the Warriors 16-2 win over the Blue Devils on May 22, 2019. Sherlon Christie, @sherlonapp
SHANE MEYLERSchool: WallYear: SeniorPosition: DefenderHighlights: Meyler was the Crimson Knights top defender and he spearheaded a defense that turned some heads with an impressive 10-9 win over Rumson-Fair Haven on April 13 this season. Meyler had 78 ground balls, five goals, one assist and six points while helping the Crimson Knights go 11-4 this season. For his career, Meyler had 15 goals, five assists, 20 points and 230 ground balls. He’ll attend James Madison University.
THOMAS GRAYSchool: CBAYear: SeniorPosition: DefenderHighlights: Gray, who was a captain, maintained his reputation as top-notch defender in the Shore Conference while helping the Colts battle their way to the Shore Conference Tournament Final. He once again held some of the more notable Shore Conference scorers to low scoring outputs in showdowns this season and never missed a game in his four-year career at CBA. Gray is a three-year starter and was a key member of a defense that ranked as one of the best in the Shore Conference that only let five teams score in double figures against it. Gray will continue his lacrosse career at Monmouth University.EVAN NASTAROWICZSchool: Freehold TownshipYear: SeniorPosition: DefenderHighlights: Nastarowicz mentioned one of the highlights of the season was beating division rival Middletown South in the Shore Conference tournament after losing to the Eagles in the regular season. Nastarowicz was the team’s top defender and he contributed on offense with two goals, one assist and three points for the Patriots (11-7). For his career, Nastarowicz had five goals and five assists and 10 points. Nastarowicz, who made the All-Shore First Team for the first time in his career, will attend Rutgers University.JACK FABEANSchool: ManasquanYear: SeniorPosition: DefenderHighlights: Fabean was one of the clutch performers on defense for the Warriors this season. He led a defense that started the season 21-0 before losing its final game and that same defense had four shutouts and let only one team score more than seven goals against it. Fabean added 71 ground balls and also contributed on offense with four goals and one assist. He’ll continue his lacrosse career at the University of Richmond.
It was a tie game with 11:53 left in the 4Q and CBA scored two of the final three goals to win it over Shore in an absolute thriller, 8-7. Sherlon Christie, @sherlonapp
VAUGHN MEEHANSchool: HowellYear: JuniorPosition: Faceoff Specialist Highlights: The Rebels (11-8) felt they always had a chance to get off to a fast start on offense this season thanks to Meehan, who was the best faceoff specialist in the Shore Conference. This season, Meehan went 221-for-316 on faceoffs (.699 percent), had 23 goals, 12 assists, 35 points and 180 ground balls. For his career, Meehan went 579-for-896 (.646 percent) 65 goals, 18 assists, 83 points and 327 ground balls.MIKE PAGESchool: ManasquanYear: SeniorPosition: LSMHighlights: Page took his game to another level this season while helping the Warriors reaffirm their status as the best defensive team in the Shore Conference. Page, the best long stick midfielder in the Shore Conference, finished with 91 ground ball this season and was often a threat to score when he crossed midfield on a fast break. This season, he finished with 10 goals and four assists, which were all career-highs. Page, a two-time, All-Shore First Team selection, will continue his lacrosse career at Syracuse University.MIKE LAPOINTSchool: ManasquanYear: SeniorPosition: GoalieHighlights: LaPoint became a force in net this season for the Warriors and was one of the key pieces of the team’s legendary defense. For the season, LaPoint had 102 saves and a save percentage of .670 while facing one of the most difficult schedules in the state. For his career, LaPoint made 366 saves and he’ll continue his lacrosse career at the University of Tampa.
AIDAN PURCELLSchool: Freehold TownshipYear: SeniorPosition: GoalieHighlights: Purcell was one of the top tier goalies in the Shore Conference as he made 228 saves and had a save percentage of .660 this season. The Patriots were competitive in the Class A North division via the high-level performances from Purcell, who had a season-high 20 saves against CBA on April 1. For his career, Purcell had 461 total saves, one career point, a 5.4 goals against average in 2018, his junior year, which was the best in school history. Purcell, who made the All-Shore First Team for the first time in his career, will play lacrosse at Delaware Valley University in Doylestown, Pennsylvania.
SECOND TEAMA Cade Johnson, Southern, Jr.A Dylan Vitale, Lacey, Jr.A Jake Turner, Shore, Sr.A Conor Ard, Middletown South, Jr.M Jack McCrae, Shore, SrM Ajani Stevenson, Southern, Sr.M Kyle Aldridge, CBA, So.M Matt Kondrup, Freehold Township, Sr.D Ryan Dolan, Shore, Jr.D Ethan Ardolino, Rumson-Fair Haven, Sr.D Tom Shaughnessy, Manasquan, Jr.D Kyle Harris, St. John Vianney, Jr.FO Jared Lucich, CBA, So.LSM Jake Shirley, Shore, Jr.G Luke Maul, Southern, Sr.G Ryan Croddick, Rumson-Fair Haven, So.
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