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2016 Dragon Boys Lacrosse

May 24, 2016 03:57PM ● Published by Tyler Hicks

Coach Bart Sullivan’s Dragons have benefitted from solid upperclassmen leaders including several players who have committed to Division 1 lacrosse programs. Talented seniors Jack Welding (Maryland) and Dean DiBello (Robert Morris) have led the way along with Nathan Beam and Brody Danel.

The large junior class is representative of the participation boom in the youth program. Led by Casey Wasserman, a Furman commit, and Fairfield pledge George Elmquist, the team includes goalie Eryk Ross, middies Nick Donfris, Michael Tsay, Max Towers, Paxton Garman and attackmen Jake Gillen and Carson Green, and defenders Dylan Patterson and Victor Simpson.

College lacrosse is expanding too, with 42 schools adding programs last year. Sullivan says, “We are starting to see more players get the opportunity to play at the next level and use lacrosse as a springboard into college. We have three players currently competing at the D1 level, four more heading that way shortly, and several more currently being recruited.”

The number of underclassman who continue to expand and improve Southlake lacrosse is not only a testament to the growth of the sport in the South but also to the organization’s many volunteers and supporters.

SEASON UPDATE

4-8 Overall, (2-5 in district)

After a 2014 Elite Eight state playoff appearance, the Dragons took a playoff hiatus in 2015. Both seasons act as motivation as the team winds down the regular season. The Dragons look to avenge past losses and finish with key rivalry games against Allen, Coppell and Keller. “Our team is much improved, however, we still need to prove ourselves against the best in the state. We purposefully schedule our most difficult games at the season’s end to better prepare us for our North District games,” says Sullivan. “Each game has playoff implications.”

The best competition in the state resides in the THSLL North District. Last year, all but one of the final eight teams in the Division 1 and Division 2 playoffs were from the North District. Highland Park had enough talent to earn D1 and D2 state titles. Despite the confidence of a three-game win streak and success against some traditional Northeast powers, the Dragons fell to the defending state champs 14-5. Following three close losses, the Dragons started their key stretch of must-win games with an 8-5 defeat of Allen.

The final against Keller will also feature the Trinity Cup trophy. The new trophy formally takes the rivalry to the next level, and rewards the winner with a trophy and bragging rights.

“As our program develops, we expect to be sending even more players to the college ranks each year.”

- Head Coach Bart Sullivan

2016 Roster

Head Coach: Bart Sullivan

Assistant Coach: Mark Lynch

1          Jake Gillen                   A         Jr.

2          Michael Tsay               M         Jr.

3          Connor Edge               M         So.

4          Luke Millican                G         Jr.

5          Harry Blake                 A         Fr.

8          Greg Hill                       G         So.

9          Casey Wasserman     A         Jr.

10        Griffin Fitzgerald         A         So.

11        Dean DiBello                M         Sr.

12        Nick Donfris                 M/D      Jr.

13        Carson Green             A         Jr.

14        Eryk Ross                    G         Jr.

16        Will Horak                    A         So.

22        Jack Welding               D          Sr.

25        Nathan Beam               D          Sr.

26        Paxton Garman           M         So.

27        Brody Danel                M/D      Sr.

31        Luke Leffingwell         M         Fr.

33        Max Towers                M         Jr.

36        Evan Hochwalt            A         So.

40        Ryan Thompson          D          So.

44        Victor Simpson            D          Jr.

45        Preston Deno              M         So.

54        George Elmquist          D          Jr.

60        Dylan Patterson           D          Jr.

65        John Hollingsworth     A         Fr.

68        Jeremy Bach               A         So.

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