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Prep School Grads – Sterling Archer

A few years ago, an American spy satire aired. Archer is a deadly concoction of James Bond’s suave style, plenty of action, and cynical humor. One woman’s douche is another’s prep school grad.

He spent up to 15 years at boarding school, despite American schooling taking 13 years. His hobby was lacrosse, and flashbacks have indicated he had few friends. At age 18, he was regarded as the most recruited lacrosse player in America, although an incident with a crazed stalker gut-shooting him cost him both his lacrosse career and a possible scholarship to Johns Hopkins University (although it is implied this would not have happened anyway because of his poor SAT scores). A picture of Archer in Placebo Effect shows him graduating from Georgetown University, implying he is at least smart enough to receive a bachelor’s degree in an unknown major (although according to his mother, he flunked out of college).

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Clash of the Titans – Avon Old Farms vs. Deerfield Academy

Outside of the MIAA in Maryland, the Founders League boasts the most depth in the country. AOF and Deerfield are two perennial contenders for the league title. Take note of the names in the highlights as you will see them again and again in NCAA scoresheets in the seasons to come.

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Inside Lacrosse Post Graduate Rankings

Ahmed Iftikhar out of Deerfield (Mass.) is the top goalie in the Top 25 Post-Grad rankings. He is headed to Penn in the fall.

Inside Lacrosse recently posted an article ranking the best post graduate lacrosse players of 2013. Us private schoolers know them better as PGs. Deerfield dominated the rankings, having 5 players in the top 10.

Check out the Top 25 post-grads below.

1. Tim Stackpole
LSM/D | Army Prep (N.Y.) | Army
A physical force, Stackpole was called the “last man standing” for an injury-riddled and underachieving Army Prep squad last spring. The St. Anthony’s (N.Y.) product, ranked as the No. 13 senior two summers ago, was a significant contributor playing on EMO with a longpole in his prep year. Should bolster a depleted Black Knights’ backline immediately.

2. Danny Simonetti
M | Navy Prep (R.I.) | Ohio State
Pure speed and toughness are two main traits for Simonetti, a Long Island native dubbed “the best postgrad we played this spring” by two prep coaches. A two-handed and two-way threat who excels dodging the alleys, the 5-8, 175-pound horse can be counted on in many areas. After settling on the Buckeyes in early June, Simonetti may have a chance to help OSU’s midfield depth early.

3. Ahmed Iftikhar
G | Deerfield (Mass.) | Penn
Coming out of the Detroit suburbs, Iftikhar benefitted greatly from playing top competition in New England. “Ahmed was consistently good and just makes some incredible saves,” says one opposing coach. Attacks the ball with his quick hands and strong instincts, two qualities that will help him compete with Danny Feeney for Penn’s starting job.

4. Kevin McDonough
D | Lawrenceville (N.J.) | Penn
McDonough was somewhat underrated for much of his career at New Canaan (Conn.). That changed once he joined the Big Red — he became an absolute monster for a PG-led Lawrenceville team. Physical, athletic and quick-footed, McDonough has a shot to be the Quakers’ third or fourth defenseman as a freshman.

5. Joe French
A | Deerfield (Mass.) | Virginia
French managed to pitch in 42 points despite the stiff New England West I competition and a deep attack unit that rotated a ton. A member of Canada’s U-19 squad that took the silver medal last summer in Finland, French is highly skilled, flashy around the cage and has a thick frame. Provides nice depth for coach Dom Starsia’s attack, but also demonstrated the ability to run out of the box.

6. Jackson Finigan
M | Deerfield (Mass.) | Delaware
Opponents were impressed with the overall skillset of Finigan, a super athletic lefty who can sling from the outside with either hand. Had a strong career at Concord-Carlisle outside of Boston. Considering the Blue Hens could use another scorer or two, Finigan is expected to help shore up Delaware’s midfield immediately.

7. Grayson Helm
M | Lawrenceville (N.J.) | Bucknell
Helm is an established football and lacrosse recruit out of Duke’s and Wyomissing High (Pa.), which is well outside of Philadelphia and far from the powerhouse programs. In his postgrad year, Helm developed a deadly time-and-room shot, racking up 53 points in 18 games. There are high expectations for Helm, who will add to an excellent offense in Lewisburg.

8. Liam Kennedy
A | Deerfield (Mass.) | Notre Dame
Arguably the best finisher in the league, Kennedy thrived for the Big Green. He showed excellent awareness around the crease and a strong lacrosse IQ. Bound for South Bend, he was a significant contributor for Garden City’s 2012 Under Armour/Inside Lacrosse national champion squad. His early impact is unknown, but he has a skillset and a big frame that should get him on the field.

9. Jimmy Coughlan
A | Choate Rosemary Hall (Conn.) | Brown
Rather young for his grade at Ward Melville (N.Y.), Coughlan was a load to cover in his prep year, where he matured physically and athletically, putting up 27 goals and nine assists for the Wild Boars. A grinder, Coughlan projects favorably at the college level, where he’ll likely begin at defensive midfield.

10. Matt Brophy
M | Deerfield (Mass.) | Princeton
After a superb championship year at Fairfield Prep (Conn.) as a senior, Brophy fit in well with the Big Green offense. A talented and athletic dodger down the alley, the future Tiger battled injuries but still had a strong spring. Princeton struggled with depth this season; Brophy is part of an excellent midfield recruiting class and will fight for time.

To get a feel for the competitive nature of the Founder’s League, loaded with PGs, check out the highlights from the Deerfield/AOF game from the spring.

11. Winston Wenham
D | Northfield-Mt. Hermon (Mass.) | Syracuse

12. Gunnar Miller
M | Army Prep (N.Y.) | Army

13. Hunter Kraut
G | Hotchkiss (Conn.) | Denver

14. Grant Consoletti
A | Navy Prep (R.I.) | UMass

15. Ryan Simmons
M | Salisbury (Conn.) | Syracuse

16. Matt Rees
D | Navy Prep (R.I.) | Navy

17. Ian MacKay
A | Hill Academy (Ont.) | Vermont

18. Colin Delea
G | Phillips Exeter (N.H.) | Harvard

19. P.J. Finley
FO/M | Lawrenceville (N.J.) | Notre Dame

20. Dom Massimilian
F/O | Salisbury (Conn.) | Cornell

21. Bob Collins
M | Choate Rosemary Hall (Conn.) | Notre Dame

22. Conor Duffy
D | Choate Rosemary Hall (Conn.) | Lehigh

23. Mark Ellis
M | Westminster (Conn.) | Stony Brook

24. Sean Donnelly
A | Salisbury (Conn.) | Hobart

25. Chris Fennell
D | Navy Prep (R.I.) | Navy

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ISL Lacrosse: Week 1 Recap

As many of you preps in New England know, the ISL is perennially one of the best leagues–top to bottom–in the nation. I was so busy myself preparing for the season that I forgot to write a preview of the league. So, without further adieu, here’s a recap of Week 1, 2013.

Scores:

Nobles/Seb’s 8-3

BH/Thayer 9-6

Gov’s/St. G’s 18-7

Rivers/Milton 10-7

RL/BBN 10-5

MX/St. Mark’s 17-3

The big matchup of the weekend was most definitely the Nobles/St. Sebastian’s  game. Seb’s returned a majority of their 2012 ISL championship team, and has arguably one of the best defensive units in New England. Nobles played with nothing to lose as a young bunch under the leadership of their new coach. Seb’s has a tradition of running a sprint for every goal allowed immediately following each game. Eight sprints must have sucked after that upset. Read the full recap of the game via BostonLax.

For highlights of New England prep school games, check FirstScoutTv’s library. They update it on a weekly basis.

Looking ahead to the upcoming week, some big games will be Belmont Hill/Roxbury Latin, Thayer/Nobles, Middlesex/Nobles, Rivers/Thayer, Governor’s/Belmont Hill. Every week is full of surprises in the ISL. I’m looking forward to seeing how Week 2 plays out.

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University of Virginia Lacrosse Season Preview

As a continuation of my most recent post, here is a look at a top division one lacrosse team, today’s is the University of Virginia:

Steele Stanwick ’12

Inside Lacrosse has UVA ranked #9 on their preseason poll and are projected to come in third in the ACC. However, I don’t see them having that great of a season. They will be in a similar situation that Syracuse found itself in last year. UVA graduated their three of their top scorers: Steele Stanwick (Loyola Blakefield), Chris Bocklett, and Colin Briggs (Bishop Hendricken). For the most part this will be a rebuilding year for the program. Hopefully, their new recruits can help restore them to the top of the loaded ACC conference.

This Spring, two of UVA’s top players come from New England Prep Schools. Junior middie Blake Riley attended the Governor’s Academy. The program has consistently won ISL championships and produced D1 players for the past decade. Senior attackman Charlie Streep also played his high school lacrosse at Loomis Chaffee.

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UNC Men’s Lacrosse: Welcome to the Grind

I may be a little biased here because they’re my favorite team, but this video is amazing. I watched it for the first time in the dead of December but I was so inspired and amped up I went out and played wallball. North Carolina is in contention for the NCAA Championship and in my opinion, they have the best attack line in the whole country. With Holman (Gilman), Bitter (Deerfield), and Sankey (Penn Charter) opposing goalies should be shaking in their creases. This video shows the work in the off season that will help them hoist the hardware come May. The season is only a couple weeks away with games starting in February. Get ready! I’ll be giving reviews on some of the top teams in the country leading up to the season. 

Jimmy Bitter — Deerfield ’11

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Sideline Swap

If you’re an athlete you love having apparel from you’re sport. Wether it’s a club team, college or at the professional level. Sideline Swap is the way to go. You can sell trade and buy things pertaining to your favorite sport. They even have stuff worn by pros and top college players. If you’re a lacrosse player like I am, this is heaven. They have helmets, heads, and uniforms worn by household names. Check out the website, sidelineswap.com, create your own locker where you can sell and trade. Give them a follow on twitter for some sweet promos as well(@SidelineSwap).

Founder Brendan Candon attended Chaminade in NY and played lax at Holy Cross as well.

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Late UVA lax player to be honored by her prep school

By Associated Press, Published: August 24

TOWSON, Md. — Notre Dame Preparatory School plans to dedicate a field in honor of alumna Yeardley Love, a standout lacrosse player who was killed while attending the University of Virginia.

The Towson school said Thursday that the turf field will be dedicated Sept. 9 in a ceremony that will include prayers and remarks from the Love family and school representatives, as well as readings, music and a blessing of the field. The $1.2 million field will be used for field hockey, lacrosse and soccer.

Great move by ND Prep. Meanwhile, Yeardley’s murderer George Hughley V (who graduated from legendary prep school the Landon School in MD) was sentenced to 23 years in prison this week.

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4th of July Apparel

Independence Day, also know as the 4th of July is only 5 days away. Hopefully, you already have your most American apparel ready but in case you don’t, the staff at Twines & Vines wanted to put together a patriotic apparel guide. You don’t want to end up like the Boss, who a few years ago wore a Ferrari shirt on the 4th, which unbeknownst to him had a tiny Italian flag on the neck. People were not too happy with that move, Boss.

 

 

 

 

 

East Coast Lacrosse USA Shooting Shirt – $39.99 – Buy

This one is for the laxrats who love lacrosse just as much as they love America. This shooting shirt from East Coast Lacrosse will keep you cool on and off the field. String up your head with with some Stars n’ Bars Marc Mesh (totally worth the buy) and your ready for some lax. All you need now is W. cheering you on from the sidelines!


Brash Brothers DRINK ‘MERICAN- $25 – Buy
Brash Brothers AMERICAN ALL-OVER – $25 – Buy

Brobible’s new apparel site: Brash Brothers, has come out strong with these two patriotic tanks. Perfect for wearing to the beach during the day, these scream “My Country ‘Tis of Thee Sweet Land of Lets Kill Some Dirty Terrorists.” These are must buy if you find the sleeve monster visiting you often, or if you just love America and having a good time.

Chubbies ‘Merica -$59.50 – Buy

Although these aren’t being shipped till July 25th since the 4th of July stock is already sold out, these American flags shorts from Chubbies are a must for anyone with even an inch of Patriotism.  If you can quote Die Hard, you have no reason not to buy these bad boys.  Wear them around during the end of July and into August to support team USA in the 2012 Olympics!

Be sure to pick up your America Pride Clothing today, or go back to the Middle East!

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The Adventures of trueprep Start Now

 

Hey everyone! My name is Sarah and this is my first post as the newest T&V girl editor. I’ll be taking you all along with me on my summer adventures on the Cape, in the Hamptons, and anywhere else life takes me. I’m a preppy kid from the north *gasp* who loves Lilly, lacrosse, sailing, and boys in bow ties. I can’t wait to share my music, tastes, and lifestyle with you!

♥ Stay Preppy

BY THE WAY

I realize that there is a new Preppy Handbook called “True Prep” but that is purely incidental and I did not realize that was the name of the sequel until I had already adopted the name but feel free to check it out anyway.

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