MSG Varsity's All-New Jersey boys lacrosse teams
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Nick Kilkowski, Summit
Excellent defense has been the most publicized explanation for Summit's incredible success in recent years, but let's tip our cap here to the guy whose skillful, consistent play in practice certainly helped shape that stubbborn unit.
Kilkowski pushed his teammates to the brink of frustration each day during workouts and then pushed opponents to the brink of a position change when he spearheaded the offense come game time. His combination of quickness, strength and durability made him almost un-guardable in one-on-one situations. Kilkowski's scoring instincts and toughness made him a force around the crease no matter how many sticks tried to stop him.
The Rutgers-bound Kilkowski banged in 79 goals and added 23 assists for 102 points this season to steer the Hilltoppers to the Group 1 championship for their fourth consecutive state title. He was held to two assists in Summit's 9-8 win over Glen Ridge in the final, but had erupted for 19 goals and five assists in the previous four state games.
Kilkowski was an important contributor on the 2010 squad that finished 23-0 and won the Tournament of Champions and the team's leading goal scorer the past two seasons. He sank 63 goals and had 22 assists as a junior to help Summit construct a state-record winning streak that was finally stopped at 68 games.
He scored in all but two games this season and blasted in five goals or more on eight occasions. Kilkowski erupted for a career-high eight goals May 24 to spur a 15-6 win over Mahwah in the Group 1 quarterfinals.
COACH OF THE YEAR
Reid Jackson, Rumson-Fair Haven
Rumson confirmed its place as one of the top programs at the Shore under former head coach and current assistant Jim Barbiere.
It seems after one season under Jackson--the defensive coordinator under Barbiere--the Bulldogs are ready to impose their paw print upon the rest of the state.
Rumson (19-1) won its second consecutive Shore Conference Tournament this season and made its longest run ever in the state tournament by advancing to the Group 1 semifinals before bowing to powerhouse Summit, 13-7.
The Bulldogs operated this season with excellent goaltending by Artie Tildesley, sound defensive play around him and timely scoring--all typical components of success. But they also did it with a surprising degree of youth. Rumson started six to seven non-seniors--including an all-sophomore close defense--and 11 of the team's top 16 will return in 2013.
It's hardly a shock that Jackson was able to inspire that baby defense of Dylan Zohn, Connor Phillips and J.T. Jennings. He distinguished himself as one of the top defenders ever out of New Jersey as a schoolboy star at St. Joseph's of Metuchen and an All-America at Rutgers.
Nick Kilkowski, Sr. Summit: He netted 79 goals this season for 20-2 Summit, scored 142 over the last two seasons and finishes as the school's all-time leader with 248 points on 179 goals and 69 assists. Summit was 66-3, won three state titles and one T of C crown over the past three years with Kilkowski in the lineup. He will continue his career at Rutgers.
Scott Bieda, Sr. Bridgewater-Raritan: He was steady throughout the season, then stellar in the Tournament of Champions final with a career-high six goals in the Panthers' 11-5 victory over Delbarton. The Manhattan-bound Bieda netted 60- goals and had 47 assists to become the first Bridgewater player ever to surpass 100 points in a season. He scored at least one goal in all but one game over the past two seasons, helping the Panthers to a combined 41-2 and two T of C crowns in that span.
Ryan Hollingsworth, Sr. Bridgewater-Raritan: His keen eye for the open man, excellent passing and high-level shotmaking made the Rutgers-bound attackman one of the most difficult defensive assignments in the state. He fed Bieda on four of his six goals in the T of C championship win over Delbarton and he also scored once. Hollingsworth closed with 90 points on 52 goals and 38 assists and had 101 goals and 178 points for his career.
Ray Mastroianni, Sr. Bridgewater-Raritan: For the second straight year, he played solidly all season, then brought his game to an even higher level for the state tournament. He sank 16 of his 34 goals and had nine of his 15 assists in the final seven games to steer the Panthers to a second consecutive T of C crown. Mastroianni, headed for Lehigh, was known mainly for his dodging ability as a junior. This spring he added a scorching outside shot to his repertoire and has always been underrated as a defender.
Austin Williams, Jr. Delbarton: In one season, he went from an obscure JV midfielder to the most dominant faceoff man in the Garden State. Williams, using tremendous strength and surprising quickness, won 78 percent of his draws and also scooped up 208 ground balls this season to help Delbarton claim a second straight Non-Public A title and reach the T of C final. The Green Wave fell to Bridgewater, 11-5, in that championship, though Williams won 14 of 19 draws.
Eric Scott, Jr. Ridge: The versatile middie used quickness, astute playmaking skills and grit to lead the Red Devils between the restraining lines. He dished out a team-high 31 assists and also scored 38 goals to help young Ridge (17-4) reach the Somerset County finals and the Group 4 semifinals. He netted 23 goals and had 14 assists as a sophomore. Scott has given a verbal to Yale.
John Winchell, Sr. Glen Ridge: The Ridgers had lost veteran defensive and goaltending talent to graduation, but Winchell's tenacious one-on-one play and steady leadership considerably softened the impact of those departures. He shut off or at least neutralized some of the most talented scorers in the state this season to help Glen Ridge (16-6) reach the Group 1 final and win a second straight Essex County Tournament crown. Winchell will play at St. Joseph's of Philadelphia.
Tripp Telesco, Sr. Ridgewood: This veteran anchored the Maroons' defense with a splendid mix of intelligence and ferocity. He executed smart team defense to keep shooters away from goalie Noah Pounds, but also possessed the skills to strip his man and trigger fast breaks. Telesco, headed for Lehigh, recorded 40 takeaways, 67 groundballs and he even scored two goals, against Northern Highlands and Morristown.
Patrick Karole, Sr. Montclair Kimberley Academy: The rugged defenseman possesses an astute sense of a scorer's mindset because he routinely slips into that role himself during the course of a game. He scored 18 goals and had assists during his tours on extra-man and regular midfield while also anchoring the Cougars' stingy defense. Karole even faced off occasionally, winning 12 of 22. He picked up 80 grounds balls to help MKA (17-5) win its first Non-Public B championship and second consecutive state Prep B title.
Noah Pounds, Jr. Ridgewood: He almost singlehandedly defused Bridgewater's potent offense by turning away 16 shots in the Tournament of Champions semifinals. Pounds' club fell in three overtimes, 8-7, though he'd clearly established himself as a skilled traffic director and a premier shot stopper. This was no one-time performance, either. The two-year starter saved 62 percent of his shots to help Ridgewood (17-8) win the Group 3 title and reach the Bergen County Tournament final.
Rob Orazietti, Sr., Mountain Lakes
Blake Searfoss, Sr., Hunterdon Central
Max Allen, Jr., Don Bosco Prep
Vince Colatriano, Sr., Bridgewater-Raritan
Jameson Smith, Sr., Glen Ridge
Connor Meth, Sr., Ridge
Evan Mock, Sr., Bridgewater-Raritan
Will Reynolds, Jr., Delbarton
Kevin Wanke, Sr., Montgomery
Tyler Avallone, Sr., Mendham
Steve Adwar, Wayne Valley; Jake Andersen, Hunterdon Central; Tyler Ashe, Fair Lawn; Dan Babiak, Rumson; Dave Barletta, New Providence; Tyler Batesko, Mountain Lakes; Billy Battaglia, Madison; Toy Becker, Notre Dame; James Benfatti, Wayne Hills; Connor Bilby, Delbarton; Dan Bloodgood, Freehold Twp.; Matt Brodley, Pascack Hills; Connor Buoye, Mount Olive; Christian Burgdorf, Westfield; Harry Burke, St. Joseph (Met.); Rob Butko, St. Peter's Prep; Murf Butler, Hopewell Valley; Scott Cannon, Northern Highlands; Mike Caposella, DePaul; Austin Carbone, Summit; Alex Castle, Pingry; Tom Celmer, Summit; Mike Clarke, Rumson; Mike Clemente, Madison; Todd Cohn, Millburn; Bobby Collins, Mahwah; Will Collopy, Don Bosco Prep; Griffin Connor, Bernards; Chris Contino, Somerville; Ryan Cook, Montclair; Connor Cunningham, Jackson Mem.; Jack Curran, Rumson; Alec Dambach, Howell; Steve Danyluk, Bridgewater-Raritan; Tim Davis, Holmdel; Steve Delargy, Morristown; Braeden DeWan, Glen Rock; Jon Diamond, Bernards; Jeff Dirdack, Morris Hills; Matt Drake, Morristown; Connor Driscoll, Old Tappan; Pat Duggan, Jackson Mem.; Pat Egan, Glen Rock; Tyler Emery, New Egypt; Blake Feagles, Ridgewood; Don Finn, CBA; Conor Fitzgerald, Hillsborough; Marty Flatley, WWPS; Kobi Frankel, Kinnelon; Corey Fritts, Chatham; Jeff George, Watchung Hills; Ryan Ghaderi, Ridgewood; Bret Goldstein, St. Peter's Prep; Colin Goldstein, Glen Ridge; Jake Haimson, Montville; Mitchell Hall, Msgr. Donovan; Zach Hirsch, Ramapo; Kyle Howard-Johnson, Chatham; Pierce Hyldahl, North Hunterdon; Kevin Illian, Pascack Valley; Nick Jinks, Southern; Dylan Johnson, Jefferson; Zack Jones, Bridgewater-Raritan; Jared Kaden, Bridgewater-Raritan; Brendan Kenavan, WWPN; Dylan Key, Pingry; Kevin Knissel, Kittatinny; Dan Kontra, Oratory; Matt Lander, Glen Ridge; Andrew Lesser, Livingston; Matt Lane, MKA; Logan LeBlond, Somerville; Shane Lilienthal, Pequannock; John Longordo, Bridgewater-Raritan; Alex Lorber, South Brunswick; Ed Lubowicki, St. Joseph (Met.); Max Luing, Bret Mangan, Columbia; George Markey, Immaculata; Ridgewood; Casey McAdam, Somerville; Chris McArdle, Demarest; Henry McCoy, Caldwell; Tyler McEvoy, Mount Olive; Brendon McGuire, Bergen Catholic; Will McHugh, Sparta; Alex Mikrut, Montgomery; Darien Milliard, Hightstown; Tim Miller, Glen Rock; Nick Mullery, Johnson; Dylan Muti, Mountain Lakes; Dan Nizolak, Scotch Plains; Jackson O'Leary, Westfield; Chris Palladino, Ridge; Kirby Peck, Princeton; Mackenzie Peters, Wayne Valley; John Petzold, Don Bosco Prep; Brendan Pick, West Milford; Billy Pierce, Caldwell; James Piluso, Bergen Catholic; Jack Ray, Don Bosco Prep; Anthony Raposo, Voorhees; Matt Raposo, Somerville; Kevin Reidlinger, West Morris; Steve Reuther, Mahwah; Brandon Rothman, Newark Academy; Chris Rourke, Vernon; J.R. Rubin, Cranford; Chris Ryan, Old Bridge; Mike Sammarro, Mountain Lakes; A.J. Sanguinetti, Robbinsville; Chris Sawyer, Hunterdon Central; Conor Scavone, Don Bosco Prep; John Shaffer, Delbarton; Andrew Scheidler, Bergen Tech; Craig Schweitzer, MKA; Jim Sestilio, Montclair; Kyle Shannon, Lenape Valley; Justin Siebert, Brick Twp.; Matt Siemons, Monroe; Matt Solloway, Millburn; Don Stephan, Rutgers Prep; Thomas Stephan, Chatham; Shane Taggert, Hunterdon Central; Artie Tildesley, Rumson; Mike Toto, Monroe; Dwight Tucci, Verona; Tyler VanBenschoten, St. Joseph (Mont.); Will Weber, Summit; Paul Werner, Seton Hall Prep; Doug Whitlock, RBC; Taggert Whittaker, Hopewell Valley; Thomas Williams, Dwight-Englewood; Jake Wojotowicz, East Brunswick; Nick Wolf, Jackson Memorial.
Mike Kinney covers boys lacrosse for MSG Varsity. Follow him on Twitter: @MikeKinneyHS