Eleven All-Americans chosen from Morris County


Mountain Lakes’ Christian Cuccinello was chosen Player of the Year and 11 Morris County athletes earned All-America honors from lacrosse coaches representing the North Jersey Chapter of US Lacrosse during its recent  season-ending meeting. Chatham’s David Gill was selected Midfielder of the Year and Chad Otterman was made Defenseman of the Year by the coaches.

All-Americans chosen included Otterman, Jordan Dowiak and J. J. McBride of Delbarton, Cuccinello, Brad Smith and Zach Lesko of Mountain Lakes, Trevor Baptiste and Teddy Hatfield of Morristown-Beard. Gill of Chatham, Brian Begley of Morristown and Andrew Park of Kinnelon.

Cuccinello, who will be attending Villanova in the fall, amassed 69 goals and 39 assists this season for the Lakers. A 3-year starter, the 6-foot-1, 210-pound athlete played a key role in the success of the Group I champion Lakers. His better games included a 6-goal effort in the recent Tournament of Champions quarterfinal against Westfield.

Otterman will be attending Cornell. The 6-foot-3,190-pound defensive standout was part of a unit that limited teams to 5.5 goals a game this season. The Non-Public A champions face Summit in the T of C finals.

Gill had 39 goals and 24 assists for the 16-7 Cougars. Chatham’s midfield standout will be competing for Duke next spring.

Morristown-Beard finished a stellar 19-3 season with two All-Americans, Baptiste and Hatfield, on their roster. Hatfield is one of five juniors who will have the opportunity to repeat next year. The Crimson advanced to the Non-Public B final this year and also made the Morris County Tournament semifinals for the first time in a decade. Morristown-Beard assistant coach Kevin Meaney earned Assistant Coach of the Year honors.

Many of these individuals will be on hand to claim their honors at the Gill Gibbs Senior All-Star game which will be held at Madison High School with lacrosse events occurring all day on Sunday.

The North New Jersey Chapter of US Lacrosse was allotted 27 All-American selections in all. US Lacrosse is the governing body for lacrosse throughout the nation. Six All-American have also been chosen by New Jersey’s South Chapter.


2014 North NJ Chapter of US Lacrosse High School All-Americans

Sr. Att. Christian Cuccinello – Mountain Lakes – Villanova

Sr. Att. Chris Blewitt – Bergen Catholic – St. Joseph

Sr. Att. J. T. Palladino – Ridge – Harvard

Sr. Att. Jules Heninburg – Seton Hall Prep – Rutgers

Sr. Att. J. J. McBride – Delbarton – Penn

Sr. Att. Michael Handlan – Moorestown – Delaware

Sr. Att. Owen Smith – Ridgewood – Stevens

Sr. Att. Logan LeBlond – Somerville – Holy Cross

Sr. Att. Zach Lesko – Mountain Lakes – Tufts

Jr. Att. Brad Smith – Mountain Lakes

Jr. Att. Teddy Hatfield – Morristown-Beard

Jr. Att. Luke Prybylski – Westfield

Jr. Att. Ryan Cunningham – Watchung Hills

Sr. Mid. David Gill – Chatham – Duke

Sr. Mid. Jordan Dowiak – Delbarton – Cornell

Sr. Mid. Trevor Baptiste – Morristown-Beard – Denver

Sr. Mid. Chandler Vanderbeek – Immaculata – High Point

Sr. Mid. Brian Begley – Morristown – Loyola

Sr. Mid. Evan Key – Pingry – Dartmouth

Sr. Mid. Holden Rosen-Grupp – Northern Highlands – Tufts

Sr. Def. Chad Otterman – Delbarton – Cornell

Sr. Def. Kurt Holuba – Bergen Catholic – Princeton

Sr. Def. Andrew Park – Kinnelon – Wagner

Jr. Def. Andrew Helmer – Summit

Sr. GK Owen Molloy – Ridge – Notre Dame

Sr. GK Sam Bebout – Summit – Union

Sr. GK Nick Marzullo – Old Bridge


About mcvbb

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

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