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    Salisbury Lacrosse Looks to Regain National Spotlight

    It almost goes without saying that the Salisbury Crimson Knights’ lacrosse team is awash in talented players. A tradition of excellence pervades the program. The number of commits to elite Division I college programs – 18 and counting – is impressive, to say the least. Head coach Tom Spinella has the further benefit of returning 15 players who were part of his team’s regular rotation last year.

    As the profile of lacrosse continues on the rise across the prep school landscape and across the country, however, Spinella and his players are well aware that rival programs boast similarly stunning numbers. There are not many “easy outs” on the schedule. The Knights will face off against particularly strong teams from Avon Old Farms, Brunswick School, Deerfield Academy, Lawrenceville School, and Taft School all looking to flaunt and burnish national credentials.

    It's a stick-wielding, groundball-frenzied, body-crushing jungle out there.

    Among his returners, Spinella has a solid corps of midfielders. These include seniors Aidan Aitken (University of Maryland), Josh Bank (Ithaca College), Will Delagarza (Boston University), Will Mangal, Luca Schettino (SUNY-Geneseo), and Charlie Van Beuren (Emerson College). Three newcomers will provide Spinella with further depth at midfield: senior Trace Davidson (University of Maryland) and juniors Brock Behrman (Notre Dame) and Beau Westphal.

    On the attack, Spinella has several potent scorers but little depth. Returning seniors Brian Hart (Bates College) and Tye Scott (University of Denver) will lead the way, along with Trey Deere (Syracuse University), a returning junior. Newcomer Shane Murphy (Rutgers University) joins the attackers, while Behrman will also see time at attack.

    The Knights appear solid on defense, starting in the goal with senior Gabe Mathews (Morrisville State College) and junior Marco Wimmershoff (Rutgers University), both returners. They will be supported by returning teammates Declan Cooke (Notre Dame), a senior, and Justin DeLucia and Matt Nemsick (Colgate University), both juniors. A strong recruiting year yielded newcomers Matt Dooley (Cornell University), Max Latorre (Dartmouth College), Seamus MacCarthy (University of Utah), and Matt Rosato (U.S. Air Force Academy), all seniors, as well as John Moore (University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill) and Brady O’Sullivan (Brown University), both juniors. Veteran Brady Wambach (University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill) will be the faceoff specialist.

    For many schools, last year’s record of 7-4, compiled in one of the toughest high school leagues in the country, would have been considered a successful season. For Salisbury, though, a .636 winning percentage is regarded as a disappointment. It goes without saying that the team expects to improve on the results of a year ago.

    Coach Spinella is optimistic. “I feel very excited about this year’s group,” he shares enthusiastically. “Their team chemistry is great, and they have bought into the notion of ‘something greater than themselves’.”

    -Procter Smith, Director of Sports Information

     


    Since the late 1980s Salisbury lacrosse has enjoyed great success, evolving into one of New England’s elite programs. In 1994 and 1995, the team reigned as the Western New England Division II Champions under the leadership of coach David Hagerman. The team garnered even greater success in the years that followed. Under the leadership of coach Bobby Wynne, Salisbury lacrosse squads have reigned as champions of the Western New England Lacrosse League, earning the title seven times between 2003 and 2018. Our Knights also participated in the Geico National Championship in 2018. Many Salisbury boys have enjoyed great success at the nation’s elite collegiate programs.

     

    Where Are They Now?

    Our Knights have gone on to play at the following colleges: Bowdoin College, Providence College, Swarthmore College, Le Moyne College, Syracuse University, Hobart College, Penn State University, Endicott College, Penn State University, Union College, High Point University, Connecticut College, Yale University, Trinity College, Colgate University, Washington & Lee University,  Ohio State University, Ohio Wesleyan University, Harvard University, Gettysburg College, United States Naval Academy, University of Maryland and More!