Race to Western New England’s

 

As the Prep School Lacrosse season approaches the halfway point in season: New England’s Avon Old Farms, Brunswick School, Deerfield and Salisbury School continue to receive national praise. In Recruiting Rundown’s most recent national rankings the four schools all hold top 20 seedings.

 

Avon Old Farms (National Rank #6)

 

The Winged Beavers continue their fast start at 9-0, besting MIAA powerhouse Gilman School back in March followed by an impressive 9-7 win over ISL front runner Belmont Hill. Most recently Avon opened up their Founders League campaign with two road wins over Choate and the Westminster School. Avon’s team is one of the most compete in recent years under Coach Flanagan, quite reminiscent of their 2015 team who took home the league title, and the Western New England crown. Lead by a star attacking group of Ryan Lanchbury (Richmond ‘21), Connor Fox (Brown ‘21) and Darian Cook (UMass ‘22). Their defensive uni

t stacks up to Coach Stern’s high standards, lead by star goaltender Owen McElroy (Georgetown “21) and defenceman Raines Shamburger (Duke ‘21), Jimmy Littlefield (Notre Dame ‘21) and Charlie Windsor (Denver ‘21). The Winged Beavers take on Kent School saturday before embarking in on their stretch of league contests.

 

Brunswick School (National Rank #7)

 

Chasing the Winged Beavers closely the Brunswick Bruins hold a 8-1 record. With impressive wins over Deerfield Academy and Taft School early in the season; ‘Wick is making another push for a Western New England title. With high profile seniors like Alex Buckanavage (Michigan ‘21), Sean Morris (UNC ‘21) and John Fox (UVA ‘21) leading their team, they are going to be hard to stop. The Bruins offensive force rely on the team’s backbone goaltender Patrick Burkinshaw (UVA ‘22). Brunswick’s final stretch of approaching games will prove entertaining, taking on  rival Salisbury School, Trinity Pawling, and Avon Old Farms. With two top ten teams clashing, the game should be a great one to watch. Both ‘Wick and Aof are going to lay it all on the line, and both teams will make sure to give it all they got.  

 

Salisbury School (National Rank #18)

 

The Crimson Knights have had an interesting season thus far holding a 7-2 record with close loss to IMG Academy, and 2-9 loss to Choate prove to be interesting scores. The team’s truest test has been a 9-7 win over a down Haverford (Pa.) team. Haverford has always been a great team over the years, producing talent at the highest level. The approaching weeks will offer opportunities for the Knights prove their campaign for a Western New England title. With Brunswick, Deerfield and Avon contests set for second week of May. Salisbury is lead by a powerful offencive group of Troy Lauder (Syracuse ‘21), Alex Mapstone (Hobart ‘21), and John Lombardi (Michigan ‘22). All three players are captains of this years squad, can they lead their boys to the promise land?

 

Deerfield Academy (National Rank #19)
The defending Western New England Champions are back on hunt with  a 6-2 start. With an early loss to Brunswick and recently Taft School DA needs to close out the second half of season hot if they hope to remain their title. On paper this 2017 is one of the best in recent history. With five seniors committed to Ivy League Schools the team is a force to reckoned with, along with Teddy Sullivan (Denver ‘21), and Bubba Fairman (Maryland ‘21). Big Green must beat Avon and Salisbury to keep their slot in the hunt for a New England title. WIth a disappointing start to the season by their own standards, Deerfield is bouncing back
in a big way. With these top three squads in the nation Deerfield has dug themselves a small hole, but with their talent getting out won’t be the hard part. To pull ahead of the other three schools will be the hardest thing they can do, but if they can string some wins together, New England has to look out, because the champs are hungry for more.     

 

 

Photo Credits:

Avonoldfarms.com

The Greenwich sentinel

Syracusefan.com

Deerfield.com