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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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NE prep school hockey represents in upcoming NHL draft

The New England Hockey Journal is a must-read for anyone following hockey in the Northeast. They always do a great job breaking down the local prospects moving up to the next level from prep school.

Here are some of the top prep prospects in New England, possibly joining The Show in a few years.

  • John Hayden–Brunswick School
  • Wiley Sherman–Hotchkiss
  • Ed Ellis–Phillips Andover
  • Ryan Segalla–Salisbury
  • Miles Wood–Nobles
  • Connor Light–Phillips Andover
  • Tyler Wood–Nobles

New England prep school hockey is some of the best HS hockey in the country, but there are not too many good quality videos online. First Scout does a ton of lax videos, but I found this one of PE hockey. Enjoy.

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Prep School Fashion Blogs

We were surfing along Google trying to find a new cover photo for the Facebook page when we stumbled upon The Exeter Dress Code, a student run blog focused on “street style” found on the Exeter campus.  You would expect to see this kind of blog focused on NYFW, not New England prep schools, but alas with some further digging we were able to find a number of these blogs.  Without further adieu here is a list of prep school fashion blogs.  If you run one, or your school runs one which is not featured on our list, please comment so we can add you to the list!

With no given bias, the men of St. Paul’s really seem to be stepping up their fashion this winter.  Keep it up; we are impressed.

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And the celebrity prep school grad of the week is…

…Tom Werner, co-owner of the Fenway Sports Group (Owner of the Boston Red Sox, Rousch Racing Group and Liverpool FC). Werner graduated from the Hotchkiss School before going to Harvard. After leaving Harvard, Werner went to Hollywood and produced many successful TV shows, including That 70’s Show.

As part of the Red Sox ownership, Werner was present for one of the worst collapses in history, and then actually signed paychecks for the Most Unlikeable Team Ever last season.

I remember my dad waking me up to watch the last inning of the 2004 World Series, and loving the Red Sox. Now, they have faded into obscurity for me and many of my friends. We’ll see what 2013 brings.

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And the celebrity prep school grad of the week is…

Where's the lettuce?

…Mick MacLavarty of Hotchkiss and Northfield-Mt. Hermon.

This is my first stab at writing about a celebrity prep school grad, so I had to go with Brantford Winstonworth, the Ultimate Lax Bro, the alter-ego of Mick MacLaverty. For those of you who don’t know him, MacLaverty went to NMH and Hotchkiss before moving on to St. Lawrence University and their men’s varsity lax team. Inspired by a club lax duster who left a D3 college to play club lax at a school with a DI varsity lax program while claiming that he was taking his lax career to the “DI Club level.”

When it came out, the ULB video was an instant classic. Unfortunately, the “Ultimate Lax Bro” style got copied by so many public school dusters that totally missed the whole prep school angle and thought it was just about wearing a lax pinnie and shades. With the ULB merchanding that MacLaverty sold to LacrosseUnlimited, the ULB lost it’s appeal to most prep school kids who lax. It would have been far better to have not gone viral, but to have stayed an inside joke amongst prep school laxers from New England.

My favorite part is when he split dodges the girl in the hallway in the original.

Watch for yourself and you decide.

Ultimate Lax Bro (the original)

Ultimate Lax Bro II (the visit)

 Favorite Quotes: “Nantucket. Acklax, my first screen name when I was a little kid.” “Preakness? Yea never been to it. I heard it’s fun though. My parents cater the whole thing. Could I go? Yes, but I usually don’t have enough friends to go with.” “This summer I was pretty busy. I ran a couple camps. I didn’t really work much, I just kinda chilled out.” “I’m not really sure if anyone in my family has donated a building here, which is kinda rare for me anywhere on the east coast.” “I’m clearly a product of the New England Prep School world.”

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