High-SchoolLacrosse: Durham Academy

Boys' Region Players of the Week

May, 16, 2012
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's 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 May 6 through 11.


Teddy Glesener, Jr., West Genesee (Camillus, N.Y.), midfield
The young midfielder was unstoppable, handing Liverpool its first loss of the season in West Genesee's 14-4 victory on May 10. Glesener put on quite the performance with five goals and two assists in the dominating win. Glesener is making a case to be called one of the best midfielders in upstate New York.


Kyle Fairchild, Sr., Durham Academy (Durham, N.C.), attack
In the Cavaliers' 17-3 win over Cary Academy (Cary, N.C.), Fairchild was unstoppable. The senior attackman notched eight goals in the win and put in one of the best performances in the state this season. With a tough path to the state championship, the Cavaliers are hoping for a similar performance in the future.


Michael Ortlieb, Sr., Corona Del Mar (Newport Beach, Calif.), goalie
The Sea Kings finished the season with an unblemished record after defeating Palos Verdes 7-6 for the CIF Southern Section championship on May 12. Behind their star goalie who recorded 10 saves, the Sea Kings were the first team in the CIF era to go undefeated capturing their first ever title along the way. Yet it was Ortlieb who literally saved the day with no time remaining on Maryland-bound midfielder Zack Fixen’s shot to seal the championship.


Thomas Gilligan, Sr., Benilde-St. Margaret (St. Louis Park, Minn.), goalie
All season Gilligan has been playing spectacular, but recently he has been a brick wall in net. Last week against conference rival Totino Grace (Fridley, Minn.) he collected 15 saves in a 13-3 victory. Just a few days earlier he saved 15 shots against Eden Prairie on May 5. If the senior goalie continues his stellar play Benilde-St. Margaret could once again could be hoisting the state championship trophy.

No. 49 St. Mark's wins at the wire

March, 12, 2012
DURHAM, N.C. -- St. Mark's (Dallas) jumped out to an early lead, but it took until the final minute of the game and a goal by Will Perkins for the No. 49 team in the POWERADE FAB 50 to defeat Durham Academy (Durham, N.C.), 6-5 in the final day of the Brine King of Spring Face-off Classic.

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King of Spring Classic features top talent

March, 8, 2012
Ryan Brown, Calvert HallDonald Obrecht/ESPNHSCalvert Hall (Md.) and Ryan Brown kick off the 2012 season at the Brine King of the Spring Face-off Classic.
Ryan Brown is a Johns Hopkins commit with offensive skills to spare and a spot in the ESPNHS 100, but even with all the accolades and praise, Brown still has to earn his spot on the Calvert Hall (Baltimore) starting attack line.

That’s how good the Cardinals are.

With 15 Division I commits and four D-III commits filling out its roster, Calvert Hall is as stacked as any team in the nation. It has four players ranked in the ESPNHS 100 -- including Brown (59) and Patrick Kelly (3) and is the No. 1 team in the POWERADE FAB 50 rankings.

If the Cardinals hope to stay there and finish the year No. 1, they’re going to have to get off to a good start at the Brine King of the Spring Face-off Classic.

“Nothing is going to be handed to you on this team,” Brown said. “Every day you have to earn what you’re going to get. If you don’t work hard in practice, you’re going to get pulled because we have enough talent to do that this year.”

Calvert Hall is one of the 21 teams from seven states competing in the third annual interstate lacrosse showdown being played in the Raleigh-Durham, N.C., area from March 9-12. The Cardinals face Georgia state semifinalist Lovett (Atlanta, Ga.) and Texas state semifinalist St. Mark’s (Dallas, Texas) in its second.

That’s not exactly the easiest way to kick off a season. But the Cardinals are excited for the competition.

“Both of the teams we’re playing have a lot of talent, so we’ll have a good idea of where we are pretty early on,” Calvert Hall coach Bryan Kelly said. “This will be our first live action of the year and we’re going to be playing against teams that will have been playing for a while, so it should be a good challenge for us.”

It will also be a challenge for the other schools competing. Calvert Hall isn’t the only one with talent.

Every day you have to earn what you're going to get. If you don't work hard in practice, you're going to get pulled because we have enough talent to do that this year.

-- Calvert Hall senior Ryan Brown
Lovett features returning All-American attackman Cory Palmer. In Lovett’s game against the Cardinals, Palmer and Cardinals defender Evan Connell, who is the No. 50 ranked player in the ESPNHS 100, will battle on the offensive end of the field.

Other star players competing include Norfolk Academy (Va.) All-American defender David Best, ranked No. 31 in the ESPNHS 100, and Rockhurst Jesuit (Kansas City) All-American midfielder Peter Muelenbach.

But nobody has it quite as good as Calvert Hall.

They have three North Carolina commits (Kelly, Connell and Stephen Kelly), three Towson commits (Brian Bolewicki, Tyler Mayes, Reece Bartell), two Johns Hopkins commits (Kelton Black and Brown), two Ohio State commits (Carter Brown, John Kelly), one Norte Dame commit (Garrett Epple), one Maryland commit (John Belz) and more than a half dozen other college-bound players.

Their defense (Connell, Epple and Mayes), midfield (Black, Bolewicki, Belz, John Kelly and Stephen Kelly) and attack (Patrick Kelly, Ryan Brown and Carter Brown) are comprised entirely of D-I recruits and most of the backups are going to play at big-time schools too.

No wonder Ryan Brown is worried about his spot.

“We’re backed up at every position with talent,” Brown said. “We’re definitely capable of going undefeated and we’re not expecting anything less.”

With a roster that deep and talented, they shouldn’t.

King of the Spring Face-off Classic Schedule

Friday, March 9

At Duke

Norfolk Academy (Norfolk, Va.) vs. Charlotte Country Day (Charlotte, N.C.), 6 p.m.
Charlotte Latin (Charlotte, N.C.) vs. Blue Ridge School (St. George, Va.), 8 p.m.

Durham Academy (Durham, N.C.) vs. Christ School (Asheville, N.C.), 2:15 p.m.
Rockhurst Jesuit (Kansas City, Mo.) vs. Lambert (Suwanee, Ga.), 4 p.m.
Lovett School (Atlanta, Ga.) vs. St. Anne’s-Belfield (Charlottesville, Va.), 6 p.m.
Christchurch School (Va.) v. Providence Day School (Charlotte, N.C.), 8 p.m.

Saturday, March 10

At Cardinal Gibbons High School
St. Anne’s Belfield vs. St. Mark’s (Dallas, Texas), 2 p.m.
Broughton (Raleigh, N.C.) vs. Christchurch (Va.), 4 p.m.
Apex (N.C.) vs. Lambert, 6 p.m.
Cardinal Gibbons (Raleigh, N.C.) vs. McCallie (Chattanooga, Tenn.), 8 p.m.

At Duke
Christ School vs. Rockhurst Jesuit, 10 a.m.
Charlotte Latin (Charlotte, N.C.) vs. East Chapel Hill (Chapel Hill, N.C.), 3:30 p.m.
Norfolk Academy vs. Providence Day (Charlotte, N.C.), 5:30 p.m.
Highland Park (University Place, Texas) vs. Charlotte Country Day, 7:30 p.m.

Lovett School vs. Calvert Hall, Noon
R.J. Reynolds (N.C.) vs. Blue Ridge School, 2 p.m.
St. Christopher's School (Va.) vs. Ravenscroft School (Raleigh, N.C.), 4 p.m.

Sunday, March 11

At Duke
St. Mark’s vs. Calvert Hall, 10 a.m.
Highland Park vs. Christchurch, Noon

Charlotte Country Day vs. Rockhurst Jesuit, 10 a.m.
Christ School (N.C.) vs. McCallie, Noon

Monday, March 14

Highland Park at Ravenscroft, 5 p.m.
St. Mark’s at Durham Academy, 4 p.m.

ESPNHS lacrosse editor Mike Loveday will be covering the tournament. Check the site for daily recaps and leading scorers. Follow ESPNHS Lacrosse on Twitter @ESPNMike for updates during the games.

Durham Academy (N.C.) junior to Mercer

February, 20, 2012
Alex Thompson, Durham AcademyMike Loveday/ESPNHSAlex Thompson from Durham Academy (N.C.) scored 30 goals as a sophomore.
Durham Academy (Durham, N.C.) junior Alex Thompson has given a verbal commitment to play men's lacrosse for Mercer.

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