Conestoga, Haverford School and Malvern Prep were the leading lights on the Main Line boys’ lacrosse scene this spring.
The Pioneers captured the PIAA 3A District 1 title, and advanced to the PIAA 3A state final, where they lost in a heart-breaking 5-4 double-overtime decision to Avon Grove.
Haverford School captured its third consecutive outright Inter-Ac title, and advanced to the prestigious Inter-Ac Invitational championship finals, where the Fords lost to national power Culver Academy. Incidentally, Culver only loss all season was a double-overtime defeat to Haverford School in March.
Malvern Prep, which contended all season for the Inter-Ac title, advanced to the Inter-Ac Invitational semifinals before losing to Haverford School.
Another Inter-Ac school, Episcopal Academy (11-5), enjoyed a strong season and featured the InterAc’s Most Valuable Player, Conner Delaney.
In the Central League, Haverford High (15-8) qualified for its first-ever PIAA state tournament appearance, while Radnor (13-9) advanced to the PIAA District 1 2A semifinal before falling to eventual district champion (and state champion) Springfield.
Shipley (12-8) had a fine season and advanced to the Friends’ Schools League championship final.
The All-Main Line high school boys’ lacrosse teams are selected by the coaches. Because Main Line Media News covers 19 high schools, the Main Line Media News sports staff limits the number of sports available to first team, second team and honorable mention: but follows the priority of the coaches’ selections.
What follows are the 2017 All-Main Line high school boys’ lacrosse teams:
Adam Ritter, Archbishop Carroll: Junior midfielder, a first team All-Catholic League selection, was a prolific all-around performer for the Patriots, scoring 54 goals and dishing out 47 assists. Was a first team All-Catholic League selection.
Tommy Sopko, Conestoga: Senior attackman and co-captain, the Pioneers’ MVP was a US Lacrosse All-American as well as first team all-state and first team All-Central League. Scored 83 goals and dished out 44 assists. Will play for Bucknell University next spring.
Henry Berg, Conestoga: Senior attackman and co-captain scored 52 goals and dished out 26 assists. An All-American Under Armour Philly team selection as well as first team All-Central Leagu selectione, he will play for Mount St. Mary’s next spring.
James Reilly, Conestoga: Junior midfielder was a top faceoff man, winning 63 percent of his faceoffs against some strong competition. Scooped up 193 ground balls, and contributed some solid offense as well (17 goals, 12 assists). A first team All-Central League selection for the second year in a row, he has committed to Georgetown University for lacrosse.
Conner Delaney, Episcopal Academy: Senior long stick middie and co-captain, the Inter-Ac’s Most Valuable Player, covered and shut down opponents’ best player consistently. Caused numerous turnovers by opponents, averaged more than three ground balls per game, and scored 12 goals.
Jake Martellucci, Episcopal Academy: Senior midfielder and co-captain was an EPSLA first team selection as well as first team All-Inter-Ac. A versatile performer, he played on wing of face-offs and was a strong defender. Scored nearly two dozen goals and a dozen assists, while averaging two ground balls per game. Will play lacrosse for the University of Maryland next spring.
Hakan Atillasoy, Harriton: Senior attackman and co-captain was Rams’ offensive MVP, with 51 goals and 30 assists. Played every position but goalie this season, was named second team All-Central League, and was named Pansini Law Group Scholar-Athlete of the Week by PhillyLacrosse.com. Will be playing lacrosse for Ursinus College.
Luke McCallion, Haverford High: The Fords’ Most Valuable Player and a top faceoff man (won 261 of 370 faceoffs), the senior midfielder was a first team All-Central League and All-Delco selection, as well as an All-EPLCA pick. Scored 41 goals and dished out 32 assists, finishing with 114 goals and 70 assists for his career. Will play for University of Vermont.
John Nostrant, Haverford School: Senior midfielder, a US Lacrosse All-American as well as an All-EPLCA selection, was a valuable multi-talented performer for the InterAc champions, scoring 29 goals and dishing out 15 assists as well as contributing in many other ways. The Penn State-bound senior also was a first team All-InterAc selection.
T.J. Malone, Haverford School: Junior attackman was the leading scorer for the Inter-Ac champions and Inter-Ac Invitational finalists, tallying 45 goals and dishing out 28 assists. Was a first team All-Inter-Ac and All-Delco selection.
Joel Trucksess, Haverford School: Senior faceoff, a first team All-Inter-Ac pick and first team All-Delco selection, was considered one of the area’s leading technicians at the X for the Inter-Ac champions and Inter-Ac Invitational finalists. The Lehigh-bound senior also provided key offense during the Fords’ run to the finals in the Inter-Ac Invitational.
Chris Hervada, Haverford School: Senior defender, a first team All-Inter-Ac pick and first team All-Delco selection, provided tough, active defense for a Ford squad that allowed only 9.4 goals per game for the Inter-Ac champions. A fine all-around player who also provided key offense for the Fords, he will be continuing his lacrosse career at Monmouth.
Ray Baran, Malvern Prep: Senior defender and captain was Friars’ Most Valuable Player, and the leader of a young and inexperienced defense. Was matched against each team’s best offensive player, but was versatile enough to play mids up top or tough attackman behind. Will be playing lacrosse for University of Richmond.
Mike Fay, Malvern Prep: Senior midfielder was US Lacrosse All-American, as well as All-EPSLA and first team All-Inter-Ac selection. Notre Dame-bound senior scored 44 goals and dished out 12 assists.
Bill Coyle, Malvern Prep: Senior attack was the Friars’ leading scorer, tallying 40 goals and dishing out 47 assists. Cornell-bound senior was All-EPSLA and first team All-Inter-Ac selection.
Jack Traynor, Malvern Prep: Junior attack was US Lacrosse All-American, as well as All-EPSLA and first team All-InterAc selection. Scored 56 goals and dished out 29 assists. Committed to Penn State.
Clayton Proctor, Radnor: Senior attackmen and captain, a first team All-Central League selection, tallied 27 gioals and dished out 26 assists. Will play at University of Massachusetts.
Will Drake, Shipley: Junior defender was a first team All-Friends’ Schools League selection. A versatile performer who was a solid scoring threat while playing close defender or long stick middie. Noted for his strong work ethic and leadership..
Conestoga: Tait Kienzle, junior midfielder; Joe Walton, junior long stick middie; Matt Moran, senior defenseman; Scott MacMillan, junior goalie.
Episcopal Academy: Jake Floyd-Jones, senior goalie; Connor Ringwalt, senior attack; Cole Johnson, senior midfielder.
Harriton: Cyros Strickland, senior defender.
Haverford High: Jack Farrell, senior long-stick midfielder; Mike Dice, senior defender; Dan Tierney, senior goalie.
Haverford School: Luke O’Grady, junior attack; Peter Garno, sophomore midfielder; Ryan Niggeman, sophomore defender; Parker Henderer, senior goalie.
Malvern Prep: Scott White, junior attack; Mac Updike, senior defensive midfielder; Quinn McCahon, junior midfielder; Sean Christman, senior faceoff midfielder.
Radnor: Chris Austen, senior face-off midfielder; Tucker Ballbach, senior goalie; Liam McCall, senior defenseman; Drew Brown, sophomore attackman.
Shipley: Chad Allison, senior attack/midfielder; Pete Moeller, senior attack; Luke Grayum, freshman attack/midfielder.
Archbishop Carroll: Chris Giovinazzo, senior defender; Conor O’Brien, senior attack/midfielder; Chris Stenger, goalie.
Conestoga: Scott Smith, freshman defenseman; Hunter Gregory, senior midfielder.
Devon Prep: Steve Klauder, junior attack; Ethan Gillin, junior midfielder.
Episcopal Academy: Gabe Furey, sophomore midfielder.
Harriton: Michael Stewart, sophomore midfielder; Will Stahl, senior midfielder.
Haverford High: Mick DiIorio, senior midfielder; Jack Daly, junior attack; Tom Fredericks, junior defender.
Haverford School: Scott Deck, junior; Ryan Jacob, senior; Adam Salvaggio, sophomore.
Lower Merion: Everhett Grimes, senior midfielder; Kyle Salutric, senior attack.
Radnor: Kyler Albany, senior midfielder; Connor Pierce, junior midfielder.
Shipley: Nick Yi, senior attack/midfielder; Trevor Green, senior defender/long stick middie.
Two coaches did not send a completed All-Main Line nomination ballot, so for those schools, we determined All-Main Line first team, second team and honorable mention honors via All-Delco, all-league, All-American and All-EPLCA selections.