Breit, Guida, Chang, McLinden named All-Americans

By Mark Kitchin

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Delbarton’s Jack Breit was named Defenseman of the Year and three other Morris County lacrosse players were selected All-Americans when the New Jersey Interscholastic Lacrosse Coaches Association released their All-American and All-State lists.

Chatham attackman Nick Guida, Madison midfielder Colin McLinden and Mountain Lakes’ defenseman Jeff Chang were also named first time All-Americans.

Immaculata’s versatile Ralph D’Agostino was named Player of the Year and Immaculata Coach Tom Mott was selected Coach of the Year at the season-ending event.

Breit is headed for Harvard and will play lacrosse at the Ivy League school next spring. A strong defender with excellent ground ball and clearing skills, Breit also makes his presence felt on the wing during faceoffs. A strong transitional player, he has also become a scoring threat with 10 goals and four assists. He fired a hat trick in Delbarton’s 10-4 victory over St. Augustine Prep in the Non Public A final.

Harvard-bound Jack Breit was named Defenseman of the Year by the New Jersey coaches.

Guida is a hard working and savvy attackman with a good shot, who is just as adept at drawing defenders and dishing off. Guida had 38 goals and 24 assists forChathamwhich put in a strong performance in its five overtime loss to Summit which will be playing in the Tournament of Champions final. Guida will be attending Fairfield Universityin the fall.

McLinden is also headed forFairfield. The Dodgers’ lively midfielder finished with 44 goals and 48 assists and gathered 120 ground balls for Madison. His most prolific contest was a four-goal, six-assist effort in a victory over Robbinsville in state tournament play.

Chang is a smart, hard working athlete. The Lakers defenseman plays much bigger than his size. A strong ground ball gainer, he was also great at clears and initiating the Lakers transition game. He finished with two goals, two assists and nearly 60 ground balls.

Colin McLinden was an offensive powerhouse for the Madison Dodgers with 44 goals and 48 assists.

Summit’s Nick Kilkowski was chosen Attackman of the Year, Bridgewater-Raritan’s Tyler Barbarich was selected Midfielder of the Year and Glen Ridge keeper Mac Davis was selected Goalkeeper of the Year by the North Jersey coaches.

D’Agostino, who is committed to Syracuse University, seems to do everything well and can be plugged into any position necessary A four-year starter and two-year captain, he finished with 34 goals and 11 assists. The 5-foot-9, 185-pound athlete has more than 200 ground balls to his credit and is the only two-time All-American in this year’s class.

Mott has built the Somerville private school from a fledgling program into a state contender in his 14 years there. Immaculata, a 20-win team, captured the Non Public B final for the second time in three years and this year’s second seed in the Tournament of Champions was the highest the program has ever attained.

Charlie Mueller, who directed the Summit Youth League for years, was selected Man of the Year by the coaches. The Official of the Year was Andrew Conforti and Assistant Coach of the Year was Watchung Hills’ Jamie Lovejoy.

The complete list of all 20 Scholastic All-Americans chosen by the North New Jersey Chapter of US Lacrosse and this year’s NJILCA All-State Team can be found on the chapter website at njlacrosseblog.com.

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Mark Kitchin is a boys varsity basketball writer for the Morris County New Jersey area

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