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BOYS LAX: Three Inter-Ac Players Talk About All-American Selection; A Scoring Goalie at SCH and an Outright Title for Haverford School

By Marc Narducci Photos: Zack Beavers, 05/13/24, 12:30PM EDT

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Inter-Ac Notebook (5/13)

Photos/Videos: Zack Beavers, Lennie Malmgren, Mike Nance, Marc Narducci, Ryan Nix & Jose Rincon Pena. 

By: Marc Narducci

2024 All-American Selections

His story is about inspiration and excellence. Malvern Prep senior long stick midfielder Lucca DiBartolomeo is a cancer survivor who is now among the best high school lacrosse players in the country.


Malvern Prep senior Lucca DiBartolomeo #18 - PSD Photo by Zack Beavers

DiBartolomeo has earned a spot to the 19th annual Senior All-American Lacrosse Game on July 27 at Johns Hopkins University.

The players for the boys’ and girls’ All-American Game are announced in four waves of 11 players each. In the first two waves, DiBartolomeo was among three Inter-Ac players announced, joining face-off specialists Ross Prince of Springside Chestnut Hill Academy and Haverford School’s Ben McCarthy.

“It’s a huge dream come true and feels amazing,” DiBartolomeo said. “I was super-pumped, and it definitely was a dream of mine growing up and watching that game since playing lacrosse in elementary school.”

To see at least three Inter-Ac players in this game, is no surprise to DiBartolomeo.

“It shows how much the Philly area has been growing in lacrosse and the class of ’24 is an example,” he said. “I am not surprised three players from our league have been picked.”

In Oct. of 2019, during his freshman season, DiBartolomeo was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

A year later, when he had to repeat his freshman year due to all the missed time, he was cancer-free. It was a most difficult ordeal, as one could imagine, with multiple surgeries and rounds of chemotherapy and so much time in and out of the hospital.

Since then, DiBartolomeo has worked tirelessly to raise money for cancer research.

“It feels good to give back to kids in my situation,” he said. “After I was cured, it was something me and brothers and family wanted to help give back.”

His brothers are Malvern seniors Peri and Roman DiBartolomeo.

All three brothers will continue their education and lacrosse careers at Penn State. They all committed on the same day, Sept. 29, 2022.


Malvern Prep senior Lucca DiBartolomeo #18 will play in the 2024 All-American Game - PSD Photo by Zack Beavers

“We are all super pumped and excited,” he said. “I am glad we all ended up in the same place, It is close to home and feels very Malvernish.”

That means there are high expectations each year at Penn State, the same as there always are at Malvern Prep.

A Malvern resident, DiBartolomeo couldn’t be happier to have been a part of the Friars’ highly acclaimed lacrosse program.

“Malvern is always playing at the highest level, and we wanted to go to Malvern to play the best competition,” he said. “It feels good playing for a program so nationally known and a powerhouse in the state and the country.”

A brotherly face-off for Prince

Springside Chestnut Hill Academy senior Ross Prince first got introduced in taking faceoffs from his older brother Evan, who just completed his junior season at Lafayette.

Ross Prince was in second grade when he began playing lacrosse. After beginning as a face-off man, he switched to attack. Yet by seventh grade he was back at facing off and he has been excelling at it ever since.

“I see my brother as my biggest role model and he made me into the person I am,” Prince said. “He has worked me into the ground and really shaped me.”

When his brother Evan comes home for school in the summer, he and Ross constantly work on faceoffs.

Evan Prince has enjoyed his own success. This past season he was successful on 121 of 221 faceoffs (54.8%) at Lafayette.

Ross Prince was out with friends when he got the phone call that he had made the All-American senior All-Star game.

“I was at the Union game with a couple of buddies, and I was really amped up when I got the news,” he said.

Prince is ranked as the No. 2 face-off man according to Insidelacrosse.com. Right behind Haverford School’s McCarthy.


Springside Chestnut Hill senior Ross Prince #9, was selected to play in the 2024 All-American Game - PSD Photo by Ryan Nix

“I played with him beginning in fourth grade and he is one of my best friends,” Prince said, who added that he is also close with Malvern Prep’s Lucca DiBartolomeo.

The All-Star game should be a good tune-up for Prince’s next destination – Georgetown University. He is excited to be joining the Big East School.

“I can’t wait for Georgetown,” Prince said. “I love the coaching staff and school and that was my No. 1 choice.”

He committed to Georgetown early in his junior year, Sept. 7, 2022.

“I went the spring before with my mom and said, ‘this is the school I want to attend,’” he said.

Prince, who had one game this season against Episcopal Academy where he was 17-for-19 on faceoffs, will play this summer for Granite Run in the Summer Lacrosse League of Southeastern PA.

One of his teammates will be his brother Evan.

Think the two of them may practice a faceoff or two this summer?

McCarthy fulfills longtime dream

Like many of the players competing in the Senior All-American All-Star game, this is something that Haverford School’s Ben McCarthy has envisioned for a long time.

“It was something that when I was a little kid, I was hoping to achieve,” he said.

Ranked as the top faceoff performer by Insidelacrosse.com, McCarthy was humbled by his All-Star selection.

“I am grateful to be able to play with such talented seniors,” he said. “I thank my coaches, teammates who helped me get there and I am looking forward to playing with such great players.”

What he is also pumped up about is the fact that Haverford School successfully defended its Inter-Ac League title (see below).

“It is really exciting and cool to be able to say back-to-back and we still have more work to do,” he said.


Top faceoff specialist in the country, Haverford School senior Ben McCarthy #10 - PSD Photo by Mike Nance

That’s because Haverford School will compete in the National Prep Championships May 17-19 at Loyola University in Baltimore. This tournament includes Inter-Ac rival Malvern Prep.

“That is something we are all looking forward to competing in,” he said.

McCarthy was a starting safety in football and said the sport helped him in his lacrosse development.

“The physical aspect of football and the grind of something like summer camp sessions prepared me for lacrosse,” he said. “Also being away from the sport of lacrosse and playing a different sport, when I finally get back to lacrosse, it just makes me more grateful to be playing.”

McCarthy is a Duke lacrosse commit.

“I really like the balance of academics, social life and lacrosse,” he said. “I really liked the coaches, and it seems a team where the players are really just there for each other, and I just really liked the environment.”

McCarthy has a story similar to Prince in how he grew into being a faceoff specialist. It was his brother Jake, who is three years older, who first got Ben into becoming a faceoff man. Jake McCarthy provides faceoffs for Sailsbury.

Senior Ben McCarthy talks about upholding the winning tradition at Haverford School - PSD Video by Marc Narducci

“He would drag me to training sessions, make me go against him just because he needed somebody to beat so I guess I was the closest person he could find, but eventually I just fell in love with it,” he said.

McCarthy gives his brother a true compliment.

“He was crucial in helping me be who I am now,” he says. “I owe a lot to him.”

Haverford School clinches outright second straight title

After Haverford School earned last week’s 10-9 win over Malvern Prep, the Fords only needed to earn one win in their final two Inter-Ac games to claim the outright league championship.

The Fords then clinched their second straight Inter-Ac crown with a 22-2 win over Germantown Academy.

Senior Brady O’Kane (Brown) led the way with four goals and two assists while freshman Conor Morsell and junior Declan Bonner each scored a hat trick. Sophomore Gavin Morrisey had 12 ground balls.

The Fords then concluded their Inter-Ac season with an 11-4 win over Episcopal Academy. Senior goalie Brody Murphy (Richmond) made eight saves. Classmate Finn Lawrence (Boston U) led the way with four goals. O’Kane had two goals and three assists. Also scoring twice were junior Evan Large (Air Force Academy) and Morsell.

Ben McCarthy was 7-of-12 on faceoffs while junior Griff Meyer (Virginia) was 5-of-7). McCarthy had six ground balls while junior Charlie Halpert (Penn) had three ground balls.

Final 2024 Inter-Ac standings:

Haverford School 10-0

Malvern Prep 8-2

Springside Chestnut Hill Academy 5-5

Episcopal Academy 5-5

Penn Charter 2-8

Germantown Academy 0-10

Recent Inter-Ac champion

Here are the recent Inter-Ac champions (courtesy Inter-Ac lacrosse  website)

2024: Haverford School

2023: Haverford School

2022: Malvern Prep

2021: No champion due to COVID

2020: Season cancelled due to COVID

2019 Malvern Prep

2018: Malvern Prep

2017: Haverford School

2016: Haverford School

2014: Malvern Prep

Carberry explodes for SCH

Sophomore Cole Carberry scored five goals and Springside Chestnut Hill Academy needed each one in 7-6 win over Episcopal Academy. Carberry scored the game-winner with 1:00 left. Senior Stevie Pileggi (St. Joseph’s) and sophomore Sebastian Small each had a goal and an assist.

Senior goalie Hayes Schreiner had 18 saves and sophomore Henry Bertlesen was 12-of-17 on faceoffs with eight ground balls.

SCH’s Schreiner a scoring threat

SCH senior Hayes Schreiner (Penn State) has long established himself as one of the top goalies in the area.

This year Schreiner has added a new dimension to his game – scoring.

He has scored three goals while playing goalie and he has jokingly bugged coach Brian Dougherty for more time on offense.

“I always mess with him to put me in on man-up,” Schreiner said.

Schreiner first began working on his shot before a game this season against Westtown.

“Westtown runs a pretty aggressive 10 man and that whole week I stayed after practice to work on throwing 60-70 yards into the net,” Schreiner said. “I don’t think I ever hit one in practice, maybe it’s just the adrenaline in the game.”

He didn’t score against Westtown, but did against the Academy of New Church, Episcopal Academy and in a 7-5 loss to Haverford, a strong performance by SCH and Schreiner despite the outcome. In that game, Schreiner made 18 saves.


SCHA senior Hayes Schreiner #0 - PSD Photo by James Quinn

Schreiner, who played attack when he was younger, says he heard from the Penn State staff after scoring his first goal this year.

“They texted me after the first goal and said they may have to put me on man-up,” he said laughing. “I thought that was pretty funny.”

What isn’t funny to SCH opponents is how consistently Schreiner has come up with big saves this season.

Malvern Prep’s McTear closes out Inter Ac schedule in style

Senior Hagen McTear (Dickinson College) had a memorable final Inter-Ac game with four goals in Malvern Prep’s 14-3 win over Springside Chestnut Hill Academy. Classmate Ennis Udo (Brown) added a hat trick. Scoring two goals each were junior Owen Mears (Duke) and classmate Mike Ortlieb (Duke). Malvern Prep

The Friars finished second, going 8-2, losing two games by a total of three goals to champion Haverford School.

Malvern Prep ended the week with a 9-6 win over perennial Philadelphia Catholic League power LaSalle. Ortlieb led the way with a hat trick. Six other players scored a single goal, demonstrating Malvern Prep’s balance. Udo and junior Logan Turley (Harvard) had a goal and an assist. The other goal scorers were junior Jake Bickel (Georgetown), sophomore Daniel Riely, senior Peri DiBartolomeo and freshman Daniel Luocvich.

Episcopal Academy competitive in defeats

Episcopal Academy finished its Inter-Ac schedule with two losses, one a 7-6 nail-biter to Springside Chestnut Hill Academy and then an 11-4 finale to unbeaten Inter-Ac champion Haverford School.

Against SCH, senior Jake Manion had three goals and one assist. Classmate Dylan Jaszcz (Penn State) added one goal and one assist. Other goal scorers were freshmen Darius Whitfield and Colin McGrath. Senior goalie Jack Guido (Mercer University) made 10 saves.

In the loss to Haverford School, Guido made 11 saves. Senior Joe Bogle (Villanova) had three ground balls and three caused turnovers and junior Paul Bruder (Penn State) had three ground balls and two caused turnovers. Senior John Malone (Vassar College) scored twice while Jaszcz had a goal and an assist and McGrath scored the other goal. Junior Blake Riley was 4-of-8 on faceoffs.

Strong regular season ending for Penn Charter

Penn Charter ended its regular season with consecutive wins. First up was an 11-10 victory over  Moorestown, which entered the game ranked No. 17 in New Jersey by NJ.com. That was followed by a 15-2 win over rival Germantown Academy.

Senior Gavin Michener (Villanova) had seven goals to lead the win against Moorestown. Classmate Lucas Weinstein and junior Casey Felter each scored twice. Freshman Charles Kraus made 13 saves.

Against GA, senior James Joel (Sacred Heart) had an outstanding all-around game. He contributed two goals and two assists and was 16-for-19 on faceoffs. Weinstein had four goals and one assist. Felter and senior Evans Burnite each scored twice and Michener added a goal and an assist. Also scoring goals were senior Zack Curtin, sophomore Michael Banks and seniors Jevyn Dyer and Eian Kilpatrick. Freshman Jack Sheward added an assist. Senior Harrison Quinn made seven saves.


Penn Charter senior Gavin Michener #9 - PSD Photo by Lennie Malmgren

For Germantown Academy, senior Seamus Knox and junior Sean Walsh each scored, while junior Jack Donovan made 18 saves.

 

Editors Note: Special shoutout to PSD reporter Marc Narducci for his exceptional coverage of Inter-Ac lacrosse all season long!