By Shawn Wood
For The Daily Item
After a changing of the guard last year in boys lacrosse, Selinsgrove head coach Tom Garlock is returning a core group of players who led the Seals to an undefeated regular season at 14-0, the District 4 championship and an overall record of 16-1 with the one loss coming in the state playoffs.
“We were proud of our 2013 season,” Garlock said. “The team played well and we learned a great deal in the process.”
The Seals are still a club team, yet this year the roster has more then 40 players on it.
“Our team is a growing sport, and it is shown with our roster,” Garlock said. “We were happy to make states in 2013 and learned a great deal from that opportunity. Hopefully, we can apply that knowledge in this and coming seasons.”
Among the firepower returning for the Seals is senior attackman Ben Youngman who had 76 points (52 goals, 24 assists) and midfielder Austin Stroup who had 83 points (54 G, 29 A) while leading the team in face-off percentage at 71.4.
Garlock is in his fifth year coaching the team.
The team Selinsgrove beat in the District 4 finals has a new head coach as Mark Everitt leads Lewisburg.
While he has no lacrosse coaching experience, he’s been around the game for more than 40 years as he is the step-son of Sid Jamieson, the longtime head lacrosse coach at Bucknell University
Last year, the Green Dragons went 10-7 overall and 9-5 in the league.
“I am enjoying it and I am learning as I go,” he said. “I am fortunate to have some good seniors on the team who are leaders and are making the transition go smoothly and I have four assistant coaches that are helping out really well.”
Everitt is a 1981 graduate of Lewisburg.
“My senior year in high school, we tried to get a club team going but that didn’t go too well,” he said. “We have to get ground balls, win the faceoffs and not turn the ball over.”
Everitt got his first coaching win in his first-ever game: 7-3 over Elizabethtown.
Among the key returning players for Lewisburg at senior Nate Fox (attack), senior Drew Strosser (midfield), junior Alex Liscum (defense), junior Michael Fox (goalie) and sophomore Matthew Fedorjaka (attack-midfield).
Danville went 8-8 last season as Matt Gerdy is in his 10th year as the head coach. They lost to Lewisburg in the district playoffs last year.
“I am very excited for the upcoming season,” he said. “Our entire starting lineup consists of seniors and other returning players.”
Among the returning players is Nick Treon who won All-American honors last year and set the national record for goals in a game. Treon will be playing lacrosse at the United State Merchant Marine Academy next year. Also heading to the military academy is senior Tyler Blue who has accepted a nomination to the United States Air Force Academy.
“Our starting middies are very strong and we are expecting solid goaltending from senior Evan Tanner,” Gerdy said.
Mifflinburg had a challenging year going 4-10 last season according to fourth year head coach Susan Chlebowski.
“This season, our key returning players will be the anchors of our team while we work to bring our newest players up to speed,” she said. “With limited experience on the team this year, we have our work cut out for us, but many of our newest players are showing exciting promise.”
Among the key returnees for the Wildcats are junior defenseman Sam Wright, faceoff specialist and junior midfielder Tyler Stoltzfus along with sophomore midfielder Alex Roy and goalie, Peter Chlebowski, as senior.