The Holy Ghost Prep lacrosse team (10-10 final record in 2019) has completely turned around its season, reaching the PIAA District 1 Class 2A semifinals before falling to reigning state champion Bishop Shanahan.
Holy Ghost Prep defeated fourth-seeded Penncrest in a first round playoff game. Winning a playoff game to reach the district semifinals is quite an accomplishment for a Firebird team that once sat at 1-8 on the season.
The Firebirds' turnaround was a total team effort. Senior goalie Zach May finished his terrific Ghost career with over 700 career stops. Division I recruits Sam Summer (signed with Marist) and Jack Mahony (a junior who verbally committed to NJIT), along with Sean Booth and Kaden Marotta (now fully recovered from last year’s ACL injury), played lockdown defense during the late-season hot streak.
The offensive attack was paced by the lethal one-two punch of junior Ben Morschauser, a Division I talent who earned 2019 all-state honors and has eclipsed 100 career goals and 200 career points, and lefty sniper Dan Kovacevich, a 2019 Academic All-American who overcame an early-season injury and finished with 116 career goals.
The emergence of several young players also played a key role in the turnaround. Freshman Dave Stollsteimer became a face-off force and has a bright future. Fellow freshmen Max Rittenmeyer was steady at attack and midfield contributing almost 20 points on the year, while sophomore attack Sean McLoughlin gained more confidence every day and produced a balanced 20-goal, 20-assist season.
Head Coach - Ryan Tessler
Nassau County Unsung Hero for Lacrosse
SJU Career Leader in Faceoffs
Co-Captain of Football and Lacrosse Team in HS, Two Time LI Champion in Football
Varsity Assistant- Mark Whartenby
At HGP since 2011, JV head coach Mark Whartenby is also the Campus Minister at Holy Ghost Prep. He is an integral part of the community service projects at Holy Ghost Prep.
From 2001-2011, was head girls lacrosse coach at Conwell-Egan High School, earning Bucks County Coach of the Year in 2001 and 2004.
Mark graduated from Saint Joseph's in 1999 with BA in theology and holds masters of theology from La Salle University. A 1995 Archbishop Ryan graduate, Mark is married to Amanda, and they have three children: Grace, Andrew, and Claire.
Varsity Assistant- Fran Cattani
Cattani is entering his ninth season at HGP as the Defensive Coordinator and Goalie Coach. Coached at The Hun School and Peddie. Also started the Newtown Friends Program. Has been a vital part of the LBL Community for youth lacrosse.
He was a captain at Villanova University where he was a starting defenseman from 1975-1978, He is the Executive Board member of the Friends of Villanova Lacrosse Club.
He is married to Robin and they have one daughter, Gabrielle.
Varsity Assistant/JV Coach - Steve Keough
Keough is a graduate of Conwell-Egan High School, where he played soccer and lacrosse. He runs the substitution area for our varsity team. He runs the JV team as he continues to be a vital part of the program. He is now in his sixth year at Holy Ghost Prep.
HGP LACROSSE TEAM RULES
Be on time to all practices and/or meetings. If you are going to be late or miss, YOU, not a teammate must notify your coach in advance at to why.
There will be no profanity/ “trash talking” at any time.
Possession and/or use of cigarettes is forbidden.
Possession and/or use of alcohol or any other drugs is forbidden.
Anyone placed on Disciplinary Probation will face steep consequences as a member of our program.
Anyone placed on Academic Probation (below 2.0 or F in one course) will not be able to participate in games for a time to be determined and possibly may also not be able to practice for a time to be determined.
For all games, players are expected to maintain the school dress code unless otherwise indicated by the coach. Blazers are to be worn when sitting as a group, overcoats or hoodies are not to be worn in gym. The code is in effect prior to the game and after the game. Players are not to be leaving the gym in uniform or dressed inappropriately.
For all away games team members are to ride on the team bus unless they receive permission from their coach to get to the game on their own.
For all away games team members must return on the team bus if they went to the game on the bus. Exception to this rule would be that you may go home from the game with your parent(s). If you intend to go home with someone other than a parent, you MUST get the athletic travel release form from the athletic director. You must get this form at least one day PRIOR to the game and return the signed form to the athletic director before leaving to go to the game.
On the night before a game or practice, you are to be in YOUR home by 11 PM. If anyone feels the need to be out at a later time or a different location, notify the coaching staff in advance. Do not let your actions effect the team in a negative manner.
If you miss a practice without notifying a coach, you may not be permitted to be a part of the team.
Players and parents will respect the coaches’ decision when it comes to playing time.
You are representing yourself, your family, your school. We have a proud tradition. Live up to it and act responsibly ON and OFF the field!!
ALL ACTIONS HAVE CONSEQUENCES
DO NOT BE SELFISH
ALWAYS RESPECT YOUR TEAMMATES
The 2018 squad was the most accomplished in school history finishing with a 15-4 record while playing 13 playoff teams on the schedule. The program finished 12th in the state rankings among the large and small schools.
Matt Rueter won Bucks County player of the year while rewriting the record books at the Faceoff X.
Zach Nangle led the team with 82 points and became the first Academic All-American for HGP Lacrosse.
The program will use this season as a springboard for the future. Our goal is develop young men while becoming a premier lacrosse program in southeastern Pennsylvania.