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    NJ boys lacrosse preview: Top goalies

    by Mike Kinney on
    Sat, Mar 31, 2012 1:39 PM

    Updated Sat, Mar 31, 2012 6:52 PM
    NJ boys lacrosse preview: Top goalies

     

    Jake Andersen, Hunterdon Central, Sr. The Red Devils gave up only 5.7 goals per game and closed with a 17-5 record behind his steady play. Andersen will continue at Rutgers.

    Tyler Avallone, Mendham, Sr. The sturdy 6-4 youngster has distinguished himself as a top-notch ball stopper who combines fearlessness with instincts and intelligence. He is committed to Syracuse.

    Harry Burke, St. Joseph (Met.), Sr. His Falcons went 14-8 and allowed 6.2 goals a game with his leadership. He is committed to St. John's.

    Alex Castle, Pingry, Sr. He stood in stoically all spring against some of the best offenses in New Jersey in the Skyland Conference. He will continue at Colgate.

    Chad DeRupo, Lenape Valley, Sr. He turned away 159 shots to direct the Patriots to an 8-7 mark.

    Shane Doss, Glen Ridge, Jr. He backed up 2011 grad Mac Davis last spring, but was outstanding in all of his appearances. He has verballed to Notre Dame.

    Corey Fritts, Chatham, Sr. The Cougars behind Fritts went 16-6 and compiled an impressive 5.8 goals-against average in the rugged Fitch-Pitt Division.

    Joe Gigantiello, St. Augustine, Sr. His reliable performances were the backbone for a defense that yielded only 4.7 goals a game. Gigantiello is headed to the University of Denver.

    J.T. Jones, Ridge, Jr. He compiled a .570 save percentage to steer the Red Devils to a 14-7 record and to the finals of the Group 3 tournament. He has verbally committed to St. Joseph (Pa.).

    Zach Jones, Bridgewater-Raritan, Sr. The Panthers yielded only 4.6 goals per game en route to the T of C title with Jones in cage all year. He will play at Hartford.

    Kyle Lieb, Somerville, Sr. The Pioneers rode his stubborn play to a 14-4 mark and gave up 6.2 goals a game.

    Alex Malecki, Hillsborough, Sr. The defense is in his hands now after splitting time with Garrett VanDoren last season for the 13-5 Raiders. Malecki will attend Stevens.

    Brandyn Merkle, Mount Olive, Sr. He stopped 63 percent of his shots to guide the Marauders to a 14-4 record.

    Jimmy O'Brien, Montgomery, Sr. He was splendid late in the season to help the Lions (12-9) win nine of their last 12 games.

    Matt O'Connor, Lawrenceville, Sr. Big Red allowed 6.4 goals a game against fierce potent competition and went 18-3 behind O'Connor's play. He will continue at Princeton.

    Noah Pounds, Ridgewood, Jr. He directed a defense that allowed only 5.6 goals a game and steered the Maroons to a 15-6 mark.

    Pat Quinn, Red Bank, Sr. He routinely made double-digit saves to help his young squad finish 14-6.

    Alex Salazar, Summit, Sr. He was Pete Badgley's backup in 2011, but would have started for a number of other schools as a junior. He will continue at Tufts.

    John Schisler, Delbarton, Jr. He had several memorable outings last season, including an eight-save showing that helped beat Mountain Lakes in the Morris County final and another eight-save day to stop St. Augustine in the Non-Public A final.

    Craig Schweitzer, Montclair Kimberley, Sr. He turned in a robust .620 save percentage to steer the young Cougars to a 17-2 record. Schweitzer will attend RIT.

    Jim Sestilio, Montclair, Sr. His strong play helped the Mounties (12-9) win 11 of their last 14 games and make an appearance in the Group 4 semifinals. He is headed for UPenn.

    Arthur Tildesley, Rumson-Fair Haven, Sr. The Bulldogs followed his leadership to yield just 4.1 goals per game and close the season at 15-4.

    Tyler Trendy, Colts Neck, Sr. His steady play behind a young defense was instrumental to the Cougars' 11-7 season.

    Danny Willis, Mooretown, Jr. His squad allowed 6.7 goals a game and snared eight victories in the last 11 games to finish 13.8.

    Tim Zangara, Morris Knolls, Sr. He rejected 59 percent of his shots and had several double-digit save outings for the 8-10 Golden Eagles.

    Mike Kinney covers boys lacrosse for MSG Varsity. Follow him on Twitter: @MikeKinneyHS

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