By Jordan Rineer-
Penn Manor starts off the lacrosse season at Hempfield on Fri., March 23, at 4:15.
“Starting off the season playing our biggest rival on their home turf… I don’t need to hype it up anymore than that,” said Penn Manor Junior lacrosse player Adam Hess.
Hempfield is considered one of the best teams in the state. Hempfield Senior CJ Bosch committed to University of Maryland Baltimore County who is ranked 30th in D1 Mens Lacrosse rankings. two Juniors Nick Valentino and Matt Senft both committed to Drexel University which is ranked 26th in D1 Mens Lacrosse rankings.
But Penn Manor has been looking for revenge since last season’s opening day loss to Hempfield 14-5.
“With Township not being as good as they usually are, Hempfield is our main focus.” said a lacrosse player who wanted to remain anonymous.
“We need this win to start off a good season,” said senior lacrosse player Alex Kirk.
Penn Manors five captains were named this week: Brady Charles, Alex Cummins, Alex Kirk, Adam Hess and Harrison Manning.
Penn Manor has never beat Hempfield in boys lacrosse.
“We are trying to make history here,” said Kirk.
“We need to be confident, we need to expect a win, said junior lacrosse player Adam Hess.
Penn Manor’s defense should have a strong point with Alex Cummins taking charge for the defense.
Penn Manor’s midfield is led by a veteran first string, with a lot of varsity experience from Ryan Dicamillo, Adam Hess and Brady Charles.
The attack line is a senior-filled force with Mitch Domin, Alex Kirk and Harrison Manning, with help from Junior Matt Hatch off the bench to contribute.
Pay attention to the Penn Manor lacrosse team this year as they look to make a run in districts and leagues.
“We are looking for Charles and Manning to create and make plays for others against this strong Hempfield squad,” said Hatch.