The usually circumspect Bobby Wynne is not hedging about the prospects for varsity lacrosse this spring. “The team and coaches are very excited about the upcoming season,” the longtime Director of Lacrosse Operations on the Hilltop asserted after a successful March training camp in Florida. “A tremendous group of sixth formers hopes to make a lasting impression on the extremely competitive league,” he voiced, laying down the gauntlet for a group that appears primed for a Statement Season.
And why wouldn’t he make such assertions? After all, those veteran sixth formers include four of the top five scorers from 2017, accounting for 99 goals in 20 games for a team that finished 15-5. Teioshontathe McComber leads that potent attack after posting 34 goals and 16 assists last year. John Lombardi posted similar numbers with 30 goals and 18 assists. Taite Cattoni will make defenses pay if they concentrate too much on stopping McComber and Lombardi, as he demonstrated a year ago with 18 goals and 20 assists. And Amos Gilbert looks to build on a fifth-form resume that totaled 17 goals and 11 assists. If the phrase “locked and loaded” springs to mind, you are forgiven for the metaphorical excess: this group will be attacking opposing goal-mouths en masse and firing at will from all directions.
For good measure, Dawson Wynne returns to lead the midfield after having contributed 8 goals and 6 assists last season. He is joined in the midfield corps by face-off specialist Joe Neuman, who compiled a .731 winning percentage in 2017, taking nearly 15 of every 20 face-offs. Neuman also picked up an impressive 144 ground balls, making him one of the most sure-handed stick-handlers in the league.
A strong trio returns in the defensive end in the persons of Paul Governale, David DeMartino, and Quinn Towne. This group combined for 18 turnovers a season ago. Other returners expected to be steady contributors in the season ahead include midfielders Jake Sampson and Cole Allen along with goalie Will Mark.
Salisbury’s national reputation and Coach Wynne’s standing in secondary-school lacrosse circles continue to attract new talent to the program, and this year is no exception. Goalie Logan McNaney heads a group that also includes versatile attack-midfielders Patrick McIntosh and Thomas McIntire, defenseman-longstick defender Jacob Waltour, and defenseman Foster Burnley. Despite his being new to Salisbury, Burnley was elected one of the team captains along with veterans Lombardi, Neuman, and Towne.
Fans will want to mark their calendars for games with perennial powers Avon Old Farms, Brunswick, and Deerfield. The team already has an impressive season-opening win over national-power IMG from Bradenton, Florida.