ESPNHS continues its weekly feature, Around the Crease, which takes a look at players, teams and high school lacrosse news from around the country.
Look Who’s Playing
Chandler Sampson from Orono (Long Lake, Minn.) is already gaining college interest from some of the top programs in the country and he is only a sophomore.
The 5-foot-10, 140-pound attacker posted 88 points last season on 65 goals and 23 assists, helping the Spartans to a 14-3 record.
“His work ethic is fantastic. He’s always asking me what he needs to do to get better,” Orono head coach Josh Scott said. “He’s very goal-oriented. He’s a very smart player.”
Scott has fielded interest in Sampson from schools such as Cornell, Denver, High Point, Michigan and Notre Dame, among others.
Team: The Dukes Lacrosse Club is located in Pennsylvania and has roughly 160 athletes in the program. Athletes range from high school freshman to seniors and the program has anywhere from 35 to 40 athletes per class.
College Bound: Two years ago 32-of-32 went to college and last year 41-of-41.
Top Players You Probably Know: Ryan Ambler, Abington (Abington, Pa.), Princeton; Matt Barrett, Malvern Prep (Malvern, Pa.), Virginia; Joey Carlini, Malvern Prep (Malvern, Pa.), Johns Hopkins; Sean Coleman, La Salle (Wyndmoor, Pa.); Ryan Guittare, Malvern Prep (Malvern, Pa.), Penn State; Will Gural, Haverford School (Haverford, Pa.), Brown; Will McNamara, Haverford School (Haverford, Pa.), Virginia; Eddie Morris, Malvern Prep (Malvern, Pa.), Johns Hopkins; Chris Panichelli, Bishop Shanahan (Philadelphia, Pa.), Drexel; Austin Pifani, Abington (Abington, Pa.); Matt Rambo, La Salle (Wyndmoor, Pa.), Maryland; Jackson Tamasitis, Penn Charter (Philadelphia, Pa.), Army; Robbie Zonino, Conestoga (Berwyn, Pa.), Michigan.
Notable Performances: The Dukes finished as runners-up at the 2011 Champ Camp. The team had won the previous five, from 2006 to 2010.
Who can play on the team (any location specifications or age): None. 54 different high schools are represented on roster of the Dukes.
Team website: Visit the Dukes at http://www.dukeslacrosse.com/home.html
Top Story: The Top 25 girls’ midfielders has been the most popular story in the series to date. This week marks the last position breakdown, attackers, before we release the ESPNHS 100 – the list of the Top 100 seniors in the nation.
Top Boys Commit: Jack Warmolt from Upper Arlington (Upper Arlington, Ohio) gave a verbal commitment to play men’s lacrosse for Air Force. Last year, Warmolt’s earned MSLCA Midwest Defensive Player of the Tournament, OHSLA All-Ohio First team honors.
Top Girls’ Commit: Taylor Bowman’s commitment to Towson was not only the top girls’ commitment for the week, but was the top read commit story overall. The Oswego (Oswego, N.Y.) senior is the No. 6 goalie in the ESPNHS 100.
On The Horizon
The Philly Lacrosse Showcase ramps up again on Saturday, this time for the boys.
ESPNHS will have a full feature on the boys’ event this Thursdays and will be in attendance on Saturday. The event will feature more than 400 high school lacrosse players at Episcopal Academy (Newtown Square, Pa.).