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The boys’ lacrosse program at Berkshire began a new era in 2010. After winning its fourth consecutive Division II league championship (WNESSLA) in 2009, Berkshire lacrosse made the move to Division I. The move allowed Berkshire to play against the top competition in New England. Last season Berkshire continued to play well in one of the best leagues in the country, finishing impressive with wins over schools such as Westminster, Kent, and Northfield Mount Hermon.
As part of the preparation for the season, the team participates in an annual spring trip through 3D Lacrosse down in St. Pete’s, Florida. This year Berkshire had the opportunity to play against Episcopal (VA), the Peddie School (NJ), Anderson (TX), and Woodberry Forest (VA) before heading home to start league competition.
Berkshire finished off another strong season by winning 7 of its final 10 games and placed itself right in the middle of the very difficult Western New England I lacrosse league (http://www.laxpower.com/update13/binboy/rating44.php). The Bears defeated some big rivals such Northfield Mount Hermon, Westminster, Kent, Millbrook and Choate over the course of the spring. Despite this success, the season could have been even better if Berkshire did not lose a few close games such as a 1 goal loss to league champions Deerfield and two goal losses to Hotchkiss, Taft, and Brunswick. Overall, Berkshire players should be proud of their efforts as they finished 12th out of 98 private schools in New England according to laxpower.com (http://www.laxpower.com/update13/binboy/ratingnw.php).
While Berkshire will be losing some important seniors who did a great job leading the way, the future is bright for the lacrosse program as it returns four of its five key defensemen and four of its top six midfielders. Combine this with the new talent entering the school in the fall, and the 2014 Berkshire lacrosse team is ready to make another strong run in this demanding and exciting league.
Class of 2013 heads to College
As Berkshire is heading to the end of another great season, the coaches wanted to thank the senior class for the hard work and dedication in helping to build and maintain the lacrosse program at Berkshire. Several of the senior Bears will be heading off to play college lacrosse and continue their education. Tri-captain Michael Allen caps off his third season by leading the Berkshire midfield and will take his skills to Dickinson College. Three year starting goalie and two time team MVP Tyler Behring is finishing up another fantastic year in the net and is looking forward to joining Fairfield University’s incoming freshman class. Post graduate Robbie Fiamengo has been a great addition to the Berkshire team as a constant scoring threat and will being heading off to join the lacrosse team at Ohio Wesleyan. Fellow post graduate Jack O’Donoghue, who has been a tough and versatile defenseman, led the Bears in groundballs for the season and has decided to pursue his hockey career by entering into Juniors next year. While tri-captain Quin Pompi decided to forgo the dream of college lacrosse; no one can blame him, however, for signing on with the Princeton hockey team for the next four years. Jared Shatkin finishes up a strong three year run with the Bears lacrosse team as the long stick middie and will play football and lacrosse at St. Lawrence University. Tri-captain Sam Woodcock, who will play his college ball at Gettysburg, has also helped to anchor the Bears offense through the attack and has proven to be a great dodging and shooting threat. Finally, defenseman Charlie Yorke finishes off a strong Berkshire career and has decided to help build a young Depauw University lacrosse program.
Thank you for your leadership and effort over the years, you have been a pleasure to coach.
More Player News:
Fersen verbally commits to UVA
Cooper Fersen (class of 2014) verbally committed to UVA this winter. Fersen (6’3 200lbs) started every game for the Bears as a freshman and was covering some of the top attackmen in the country. He also piled up 53 groundballs and 3 assists over the course of his first season. With a year under his belt, Fersen will be asked to take an even greater role in the helping to lead the Bears’ defense. Fersen, who hails from Dorset Vermont, also plays varsity hockey for the Bears.
Fersen and Hahn make the New England Under Armor Team
Rising seniors, Sam Hahn (midfielder/face off) and Cooper Fersen (defense), were both selected to the New England Under Armor Team (http://underarmourlacrosse.com/pub/Results). It is the second year in a row that Fersen has accomplished this honor. Both were key members in helping Team New England defeat Team Long Island and make it all the way into the semifinals before they were eventually knocked out. Fersen, a four year starter for the Bears, has been a dominating defender in the Prep School ranks for years now as he enters his senior season. Hahn has worked his way into becoming one of the top faceoff men in the league (winning 65% of his draws last season) and the country and was the only person taking draws for Team New England. Congratulations to both players on this great accomplishment.
Jake Hyatt (‘10) named to the Patriot League All Academic Team for the second time
Jake Hyatt a junior goalie for Lafayette was recently name to the Patriot League All-Academic Team for the second year in a row after capping another great year for Lafayette both in the classroom and out on the field. Hyatt was the starting the goalie for the Bears when it made the jump from DII to DI back in 2010 and helped lead the Bears to an impressive 14-6 season. This season he led the Patriot League in saves and was seventh in the nation in saves per game. He did all of this while being an engineering and economics double major with a 3.63 GPA. You can read the whole story at: http://www.goleopards.com/sports/m-lacros/spec-rel/042413aaa.html.
Zach Davidson (’11) Named ECAC DIII All-New England All Star
Zach Davidson finished off another great season up at Castleton State by scoring an incredible 111 points (50 goals, 61 assists) which was the second most points in DIII this season. He was one of only two sophomores to be honored as a ECAC All-New England All Star. His 111 points and 61 assists are both all-time school records and his incredible 198 career points already puts him second on the Castleton all-time list. Zach, a Vermont native, was a standout attackman, All-League player, captain and team MVP for the Bears in 2010 and 2011.
You can read the whole story at: http://www.castletonsports.com/sports/mlax/2012-13/releases/20130523f369kb.