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Top Program Previews: #1 Dallas Jesuit

03/23/2018, 11:15pm CDT
By Editor

The Rangers look to reach Dynasty Level in Texas Lacrosse.

2017 Recap
In 2017 the Dallas Jesuit Rangers ran it back, and captured their 2nd State Championship in program history.  It also happened to be their 2nd in a row.  After an up and down regular season, the Rangers avenged their regular season losses to their Dallas rivals HP & ESD.  The sensational big game play of Luke Millican, coupled with the unsung efforts of Daniel Burnum, and Dixon Smith helped capture a title not many predicted.

Major Changes
At this point Jesuit doesn’t rebuild, they reload.  One major difference we will see in this squad is Jack Tabor moving down to attack from the midfield.  Tabor was massive all season at the FaceOff X which means the staff must have plenty of confidence in the junior Will Piot.  Another major change is the absence of Luke Millican. His roll in their success cannot be understated, it will be interesting to see how they respond without his big game ability.

Key Losses
Luke Millican – Goalie – UNC
Daniel Burnum – Attack – Sewanee
Dixon Smith – Defense - Jacksonville

Rising Stars
Matthew Priddy 2019
Tommy Hovivian 2020
Sam Teachout 2021

Committed Players
David Sprock 2018 – Rutgers
Grayson Hassell 2018 – Navy
Jack Tabor 2018 – Navy
Greyson Mokarow 2018 – Denver
Aidan Johnston 2018 – Michigan
Peter Buell 2018 – Rollins
Marshall Rodegast 2018 - Lynchburg
Will Piot 2019 – Rollins
Jacob Jackson 2019 – Michigan
William Moran 2019 - Hofstra

Team Strengths
Offense, offense, offense:  While in past years Jesuit has been balanced and strong up the middle with great goalie and face off play, this year they might have enough offensive juice to just overwhelm the competition.  We’ve discussed their trio up top in Grayson Hassell, David Sprock, and Jacob Jackson but their balance down at attack compliments this talented group up top.  Peter Buell can finish, Tommy Hovivian makes all the right plays, and Jack Tabor makes this group more explosive.  His move down low was creative, and gives that group a little more juice.

Their 2nd line midfield group provides depth and can log quality minutes on both sides of the ball.  While the senior duo of Hassell and Sprock are excellent, Jacob Jackson could be the toughest midfield cover in the State.  Right and Lefty all day, Jackson is a matchup nightmare, especially coupled with the two talented seniors.

Upperclassmen Consistency: Defensively the Rangers aren’t lacking.  Led by Aidan Johnston they have a rather large, rangy, shutdown coverman.  Mokarow also has serious lengthy, and Rodegast is just flat out solid.  Marshall defends well and provides added consistency.  Three seniors down low makes things tough for opposing groups.  In cage the lefty William Moran is very good.  He’s seen plenty of action on the summer circuit so he has the ability to step in and provide consistency.

In Question:  Not many things to question this group, they are loaded top to bottom, have consistency from a personnel and system stand point.  They have no pressure to win the State title as many of the top players have already done so; all they have to do is compete.

Projection:  This group of seniors has the potential to be the best class in Jesuit program history.  They’ve already played their part in 2 State Championship Titles, as many of the key contributors played early in their career.  The Rangers look to join the Dynasties of Highland Park Scots who won three consecutive in 2008, 2009, and 2010, along with the St. Mary’s Hall Barons who captured three consecutive championships in 1998, 1999, and 2000.  This Jesuit team is scary and will play Championship Weekend.

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