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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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Red Sox pick AOF legend Juan Nieves as new pitching coach

The Boston Red Sox are trying to crawl back into their fans’ good graces by cleaning up their act. Part of their rebuilding process has been building a new coaching staff. Today, they announced that they hired Juan Nieves, who was a star athlete at Avon Old Farms.

From Boston.com:

Nieves graduated from Avon Old Farms in Connecticut before pitching parts of three seasons in the majors for Milwaukee. going 32-25 with a 4.71 ERA. He no-hit the Orioles on April 15, 1987.

Nieves is in Avon Old Farms’s Hall of Fame. He compiled a career record of 19-1 with a 1.05 ERA in three years at the school from 1980-83 and, in addition to baseball, captained the cross-country and basketball teams.

Why did MLB players wear such small hats back in the day?

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AOF grad helps Kings rise to the Stanley Cup

As the L.A. Kings won their first Stanley Cup ever, all eyes were on CT native and Avon Old Farms grad Jonathan Quick. The Kings netminder helped Los Angeles to beat the N.J. Devils in six games and took home the NHL’s Conn Smythe trophy as the playoffs MVP.

Quick won the Conn Smythe Trophy by allowing just 29 goals in the Kings’ 20 playoff games. In the finals, Quick allowed just seven goals in six games. Sounds like the Boston Bruins goalie from last year’s run to the Cup.

It was a good year for NE preps in the NHL playoffs. Anyone who can name a full line of NE prep hockey players will win a Twines & Vines prize pack. That means three forwards, two defensemen and a goalie. If you miss the goalie, you don’t deserve to win.

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And the Celebrity Prep School Grad of the Week is…

Hakeem Lecky, Avon Old Farms ’10, Syracuse ’15!

Redshirted with an injury during his Freshman campaign with the Orange, Lecky has bounced back this year as one of their top midfielders. Before Syracuse, Lecky was born in Jamaica and then adopted by a family living on Nantucket Island, MA. Massachusetts lax rumors have it that in high school, Lecky moved to Duxbury to play for the reigning state champions and alma mater of Max Quinzani. After winning multiple state champions, Lecky pg’d at Avon Old Farms where they finished as one of the top teams in the elite Founders League.

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Prep school rivals square off in NHL Playoffs

Cory Schneider/Avon Old Farms

Jonathan Quick/Phillips Academy Andover

The Vancouver Canucks are the NHL’s most-hated franchise, and Roberto Luongo is the goalie that everyone loves to hate. The L.A. Kings have opened a 2-0 lead in their playoff series with the Canucks. Since Luongo can’t keep the puck out of the net, his backup Cory Schneider (Avon Old Farms) could get the call. If this happens, Schneider will face his former prep school rival, Jonathan Quick (Phillips Academy Andover).

Schneider and AOF lost to Quick in the NEPSAC finals during Schneider’s senior year. All of Canada is hoping for a repeat of that result. 

Yes, I am a bit biased against the Canucks because I am a supporter of the reigning Stanley Cup Champs!

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National Champs? Boston College men’s hockey team is just stacked with preps

The Boston College men’s hockey team is up for yet another National Championship in the Frozen Four. Unlike their neighbors at BU, the BC team is stacked with New England prep school grads. Maybe that is why they have remained in school and out of jail!

Here is a list of the preps on BC’s roster, however, there are some prep school grads MISSING from this list.

A Twines & Vines prize goes out to the person who names the MOST omissions from this list:

No. Name Class Pos. Ht. Wt. Previous Team Hometown

  •  4 Tommy Cross SR Defenseman 6-3 215 Westminster Simsbury, CT
  •  10 Danny Linell FR Forward 5-9 185 Choate Rosemary Hall Great Neck, NY
  •  12 Kevin Hayes SO Forward 6-3 205 Noble & Greenough Dorchester, MA
  • 14 Brooks Dyroff JR Forward 6-0 190 Phillips Andover Boulder, CO
  • 15 Cam Spiro FR Forward 5-11 195 Tabor Academy Hingham, MA
  • 19 Chris Kreider JR Forward 6-3 225 Phillips Andover Boxford, MA
  • 21 Steven Whitney JR Forward 5-7 162 Lawrence Academy Reading, MA
  • 23 Patrick Brown SO Fwd 6-1 197 Cranbrook Kingswood Bloomfield Hills, MI
  • 28 Tommy Atkinson SR Forward 5-8 165 Avon Old Farms Greenwich, CT
  • 30 Chris Venti SR Goaltender 6-0 175 Buckingham, Browne & Nichols Needham, MA

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Spring Sports Are Just Around The Corner!

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Although southern prep school’s Spring seasons are mostly underway, the Mid-Atlantic and North East are just getting rolling. Lots of teams are headed south for preseason training this year. Look around Tampa for some prep school lax this week. Here’s a taste of prep school lacrosse in New England this Spring.

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Prep Standouts Face-off at the annual Beanpot Hockey Tourney

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The annual Beanpot Hockey Tournament is probably Boston’s most iconic college sporting event. Involving Northeastern, Harvard, BC, and BU, the tournament features some of the best talent the country has to offer.

In the championship game tonight, dozens of prep school attendees fill the rosters of BC and BU. I’ll do my best to list off the schools, but forgive me if I missed any.

Nobles & Greenough, B.B.N., Thayer Academy, Belmont Hill, Roxbury Latin, Lawrence Academy, Tabor Academy, Avon Old Farms, Phillips Andover, South Kent, Salisbury School, Brewster Academy, Catholic Memorial, Marshall Prep, Northwood School, Westminster, and Choate Rosemary Hall.

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I’ll be freezing at Fenway

This Wednesday at Fenway, The Rivers School’s Girls Varsity Ice Hockey Team will be facing off against St. George’s. Both schools have historically successful girls programs sending players to Boston College, Harvard, the U.S. National Team, and many others. 

A few years ago, boys prep powerhouses collided at Fenway as shown in the above videos.

I’ll be there to witness history Wednesday. Will you?

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