2021 season preview
Coach: Ryan Tessler
2020 record: 10-10 record and reached PIAA district semis in 2019; 2020 season was cancelled due to COVID-19
Key players lost to graduation: Ben Morschauser (now playing at Stony Brook); Jack Mahony (NJIT); Sean Booth (Skidmore College)
Key returnees: Sean McLoughlin ’21, Luke Slavin ’21, CJ Walker ’22, Dave Stollsteimer ’22, Max Rittenmeyer ’22, Frank Britsch ’22, and Ryan Forde ’22.
2021 season outlook: Ninth-year head coach Ryan Tessler has built one of the area’s top lacrosse programs. The Firebirds have made the PIAA District I playoffs six times—including three straight times in 2017, 2018, 2019—and regularly sees its top players continue to play the sport in college. The 2021 Firebirds return some scoring experience in senior attackman Sean McLoughlin and gifted junior middies Dave Stollsteimer and Max Rittenmeyer, while the defense will be led by returning starting defenseman Luke Slavin and CJ Walker and goalie Ryan Forde. Slavin, a top-notch defender, has signed to play college lacrosse at St. Andrews College, an NAIA program in North Carolina. With scoring whiz Ben Morschauser now at Stony Brook and Rittenmeyer recovering from an injury, Tessler needs some additional playmakers to emerge, and it appears that sophomores Will Macan and Jacob Aniloff are ready to make an impact. Macan is a left-handed attackman with a nice scoring ability, while Aniloff gives the Firebirds another threat to breakdown defenses from the midfield.
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.
Lacrosse Team Tryout Process
All players, regardless of what grade they are in, get to try out for the Holy Ghost Prep varsity. Players will be placed on JV and varsity teams. The coaches do not cut anyone during the tryout process. Players can be moved up or down to JV or varsity as the season progresses.
All coaches are a part of the team formation and create a roster that best suits the player and the program.
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 2019 squad started off the season with a 1-8 record and then completed the largest turnaround in Pa. lacrosse, finishing 10-10. HGP qualified for districts and made it to the PIAA District 1 semifinal for the first time in school history. The team fell to eventual state champion Bishop Shanahan. Ben Morschauser was named all-state and the Bucks County Player of the Year. Goalie Zach May was named first-team Golden Team (the all-Bucks County team). Dan Kovacevich, Jack Mahony and Kaden Marotta were all named second Team All County Golden Team. HGP was the most decorated team in Bucks County. Senior defender Sam Summer took his talents to Division I program Marist College following the 2019 season.