Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Boys' Region Players of the Week
By Brett Manney
Each week during the 2012 season, ESPNHS Lacrosse will select a player from each of four regions as Player of the Week.
To submit a player for consideration fill out our submission form here. Please be sure to provide the player’s entire week worth of performances. Athletes can earn Player of the Week honors just once during the 2012 regular season.
The following players are for the week of April 15-21.
Patrick Kelly, Sr., Calvert Hall (Towson Md.), attack One of the many stars on the Cardinals’ roster, Kelly dismantled Loyola’s (Towson, Md.) defense in a convincing 11-6 victory. Kelly notched four goals and two assists in the first half to help the Cardinals jump out to an 8-2 lead, which they never relinquished. The senior attackman did not tally a point in the second half, but his impressive first half helped the Cardinals climb back into a first place tie in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association.
Will Gardner, Sr., Charlotte Latin (Charlotte, N.C.), goalie In a highly anticipated matchup against Christ School (Arden, N.C.), Gardner rose to the occasion. Gardner only allowed two goals in the 8-2 victory solidifying the Hawks as the team to beat in North Carolina. After posting 15 saves in the win, Gardner will be expected to continue his solid play as another game against the Greenies looms on May 4.
Bryce Cady, Soph., Torrey Pines (San Diego), goalie Torrey Pines handed St. Ignatius (San Francisco, Calif.) their first loss of the season and have now taken over as one of the top teams in the Golden State. Without regular starting goalie and Bucknell recruit Jake Kennedy, the Falcons turned to their young netminder, who was stellar. Cady recorded 12 saves including eight in the second half to help the Falcons soar past the powerhouse from northern California.
Dan Morris, Jr., Dallas Jesuit (Dallas), goalie In a crucial game with state playoff implications on the line, the Rangers dethroned St. Mark’s (Dallas) in an 8-4 victory. Ranger goalie Dan Morris was a stalwart in net stopping 12 shots and helped the Rangers to their first win over the Lions since 2003. Morris has been impressive all season as the last line of a defense, which has allowed an average of just 3.6 goals a game.