NJ boys lacrosse preview: Top attackmen
Chris Allen, Peddie, Sr. He sank 44 goals and had 15 assists and scored in all but one game last spring. Allen led a bold fight against Lawrenceville in the Prep A final before losing, 10-9. He'll continue at Air Force.
Max Allen, Don Bosco Prep, Jr. He scored 34 goals last spring to finish tied for second with Anthony DiSanzo for the team lead. He also came up with 24 assists, so it will be interesting to see whether his game this season leans toward scoring or distribution.
Billy Battaglia, Madison, Sr. He scored 41 goals and assisted on 15, and he delivered with consistency. Battaglia had at least one point in every game as a junior. He's going to Wagner.
Scott Bieda, Bridgewater-Raritan, Sr. Hard-nosed performer scored 37 goals and had 38 assists for 20-2 Panthers. Manhattan-bound playmaker came up with two goals and one assist in 6-5 win over Summit for Tournament of Champions title.
Jack Curran, Rumson-Fair Haven, Sr. He scored 14 of his 36 goals in the last five games of the season, including four on June 1 in the Bulldogs' 12-3 win over Jackson for the Shore Conference Tournament crown. He'll continue at Villanova.
Owen Demmerly, Shawnee, Sr. He struck for a state-leading 82 goals and also had 33 assists to finish second in the state with 115 points. He was held to one goal in only two games.
Donny Finn, Christian Brothers, Sr. He steered a young Colts' offense with 72 points on 27 goals and 45 assists, and now stands fourth on the school's all-time list with 179 points. He is committed to St. Joseph (Pa.).
Steffan Gratch, Lawrenceville, Sr. The transfer from Hun joins an already formidable offense after compiling 41 goals and had 16 assists last season for the Raiders. Gratch will continue his career at Princeton.
Ryan Hollingsworth, Bridgewater-Raritan, Sr. He netted 45 goals last season, including 15 in the post-season to guide the Panthers to the Tournament of Champions title. Versatile performer, headed for Rutgers, also had 33 assists.
Nick Kilkowski, Summit, Sr. The Rutgers-bound standout scored 63 goals and had 22 assists last spring to lead Hilltoppers to Group 2 championship. Has banged in 98 goals in last two years to help Summit to a 46-1 mark.
Matt Lander, Glen Ridge, Sr. He scored 35 goals and had 16 assists and had one of his finest games, a three-goal outburst, to lead the Ridgers past Mountain Lakes, 9-8, June 2 for their first Group 1 title. Lander will play at Gettysburg.
Matt Lane, Montclair Kimberley Academy, Jr. The 6-7 Lane is a terror on the crease, and not just because of his size. He can score in various situations (37 goals last season) and has a sharp eye for open cutters (43 assists) when the slide comes. He is also a standout in soccer and basketball.
Ed Lubowicki, St. Joseph (Met.), Sr. He is extremely difficult to mark because of his dual ability to shoot and pass with precision. Notre Dame-bound star collected 107 goals and 125 assists over the past two seasons.
Max Luing, Ridgewood, Sr. He scored 33 goals as a junior, 12 in the final five games to help the Maroons to the Group 3 semifinals. The future Connecticut College attackman could very well begin the 2012 season just as hot.
Brett Mangan, Columbia, Sr. He tossed in 42 goals and had 23 assists even though identified by every opponent as the Cougars' must-stop threat. He is headed for Wagner.
George Markey, Immaculata, Sr. The lean sparkplug has been a consistent scoring source the last two years, netting 51 goals as a sophomore and 57 last season. Immaculata has gone 34-7 and won two Non-Public B titles in that span.
Brian McCormack, Montville, Sr. He collected 50 points on 35 goals and 15 assists and also scooped up 67 ground balls for the 12-9 Mustangs.
Connor Meth, Ridge, Sr. He tossed in 45 goals (second on the team) and also had 37 assists to steer the Red Devils to the Group 3 final. His quickness and head for the game has earned him significant playing time since his freshman year.
Tim Miller, Glen Rock, Sr. He steered the Panthers to a 10-6 mark with 66 points on 50 goals and 16 assists.
Tim Mulrenan, Seton Hall Prep, Sr. He tossed in 28 goals and added 25 assists in 15 games last year and has accumulated 43 goals in his last 22 games. Mulrenan, an excellent all-round athlete, will continue at Villanova.
Nick Mullery, Johnson, Sr. He was the state's leading scorer in 2011 with 116 points on 64 goals and 52 assists. He had 10 games of four or more goals and produced 10 in a six-goal win over Scotch Plains. He'll play at Scranton.
Jackson O'Leary, Westfield, Sr. He netted 31 goals and also collected 26 assists to pace an all-junior attack line.
Rob Orazietti, Mountain Lakes, Sr. He scored 14 goals, though missed six games last year with a concussion. He had five goals in the last four games as the Lakers reached the Group 1 final. Orazietti will play at UMass.
Logan Panaccione, Hillsborough, Sr. He missed the first 14 games of the season with an injury, but got a chance to show his ability with six goals and four assists in the last four games. He will continue at Ursinus.
Matt Raposo, Somerville, Jr. He struck an excellent balance as scorer and feeder last season with 36 goals and 42 assists for 78 points for the 14-4 Pioneers. He dished out six assists in two games.
Connor Reilly, Manasquan, Jr. The steady playmaker was a second team All-Shore pick by the coaches last season. He spearheads what should be a strong offense this spring.
Dan Remoli, Somerville, Jr. He banged in 56 goals and also had 17 assists for 73 points. He failed to score in only once last season and had multiple goals in all but three games.
Brandon Rothman, Newark Academy, Sr. He pumped in 71 goals and had 11 assists for 82 points as his Minutemen improved to 11-9 following a 4-11 campaign in 2010.
Connor Ryan, Rancocas Valley, Sr. He produced 106 points on 63 goals and 43 assists and guided his squad to a 14-5 record.
Dylan Schulte, Seneca, Sr. He connected for 59 goals after scoring 40 as a sophomore.
Blake Searfoss, Hunterdon Central, Sr. He was the Red Devils' quarterback during the football season and he handles that same responsibility in spring as the director of the offense. Searfoss handed out 66 assists and also scored 23 goals last season for the 17-5 Red Devils.
Kyle Shannon, Lenape Valley, Jr. He scored 36 goals and had 20 assists and also picked up 37 ground balls. Shannon sank 22 goals in the last eight games.
Matt Siemons, Monroe, Sr. He banged in 56 goals and added 39 assists for 95 points for the 13-7 Falcons.
Mike Sutton, St. Augustine, Jr. He scored 50 goals last season, 20 of which came in the last six games of the season.
Kevin Wanke, Montgomery, Sr. He produced 54 goals and 30 assists for the 12-9 Cougars and has accumulated 146 points in his last two seasons. He'll play at Lafayette.
Nick Wolf, Jackson Memorial, Sr. He tossed in 41 goals and had 16 assists to guide the Jaguars to a 15-3 record and has collected 110 points over the last two seasons. He will attend Roanoke.
Mike Kinney covers boys lacrosse for MSG Varsity. Follow him on Twitter: @MikeKinneyHS