Glen Ridge Lacrosse

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Glen Ridge Ridgers
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University Glen Ridge High School
Head coach Carl Houser (since 2000 season)
Stadium Watsessing Field
Location Glen Ridge, New Jersey
Conference Gibbs
NJSIAA Group 1 Division
Nickname Ridgers
Colors Red, white, black
              
Conference regular season championships
2004*, 2009**, 2010**
*Kimber Conference
**Waterman Conference

The Glen Ridge Ridgers lacrosse team represents Glen Ridge High School in the NJSIAA in the Group 1 division. Its home games are played at Watsessing Field in Bloomfield, NJ. Carl Houser has served as its head coach since the program's inception in 2000. It became a member of the Gill Gibbs Conference for men's lacrosse in 2011.

The Ridgers were a member of the Kimber Conference from 2002–2004 winning the conference title in 2004. From 2005–2011 the Ridgers were members of the Waterman Conference winning back-to-back conference titles in 2009 and 2010.

The Ridgers have reached the NJSIAA state tournament 12 times in its 13 years as a varsity program. In 2011 the Ridgers claimed its first Essex County title beating Coach Houser's alma mater Seton Hall Prep 9–7.[1] Glen Ridge has produced 7 All Americans, 2 Academic All Americans, 4 Conference POY, 2 Essex County POY, 1 NJ Goalie of the Year and 1 NJ Defenseman of the Year in its 15 years of existence.

History[edit]

Beginnings[edit]

With the help of many parents and supporters, in the fall of 2000 the idea of the creation of a lacrosse program was brought to the attention of the athletic department and school board. Under the leadership of athletic director Lou Calderone, the lacrosse program was born. The Glen Ridge native and then an assistant coach at Seton Hall Preparatory School Carl Houser was hired as the head coach.

In the spring of 2001, compiled of mostly underclassmen, the first Glen Ridge lacrosse team took to the field. As a first year program, they competed at the junior varsity level playing against some of the most talented teams in New Jersey, finishing with an 8–10 record. As year two approached, they entered in the Kimber Conference in their first year as a varsity program. The Ridgers battled every game and showed that they could compete at a Varsity level, though they only managed a 5–10 record. They were off to a rocky start but they would keep fighting no matter the odds.

With some early successes under its belt, a massive addition of talented players made the 2003 team a team to do great things. Glen Ridge posted a record of 16–3, winning the Kimber Conference for the first time and becoming eligible for the NJSIAA State Tournament. They made it to the quarterfinals but lost to Moorestown.

The next few years saw stars such as Alex Lopes and Jack Davis emerge. Alex Lopes owns the career points and career assist records at Glen Ridge and his 217 assists ranks third of all-time in New Jersey. He was also the first Ridger to get a Division 1 Scholarship, attending St. Joseph's University. Jack Davis became Glen Ridge's first All-American at Glen Ridge and owns the career saves record there. Davis also earned a Division 1 scholarship to Georgetown. With these players among other talented individuals, Glen Ridge became a team that could surprise people despite being a very young program. That showed in the Essex County tournament semi-finals against cross-town foe Montclair. Montclair is a Group 4 school known for its history and winning tradition; they were also the favorites to win the County Tournament. Glen Ridge would create some of their own history by defeating the Mounties and creating some buzz around the state.

New Generation[edit]

After Several Years of creating the foundation the program needed, Glen Ridge started to see success brewing. In 2009 and 2010 led by strong senior classes, Glen Ridge won back to back Waterman conference championships and reached the Essex County Tournament final in those years ultimately falling in both games. Nick DePhillips and Troy Catalano both b won the Waterman Conference player of the year award in their respective senior seasons. Troy also went on to become the second Ridger to earn All-American honors.

2011 was a historic year for the Glen ridge lacrosse program. Led by NJ Goalie of the Year and All-American Mac Davis as well as All-Americans Matt McMahon and Elijiah Conte, the Ridgers had their most successful season to date winning both the Essex County championship and the Group 1 championship. The season saw a changing of the guard by beating some top tier programs such as Montclair and Ridgewood and losing to rival Group 1 program Mountain Lakes in the final seconds. Most years the Ridgers would be happy with those results but they were not happy with just a few wins in the regular season. Glen Ridge went on beat Seton Hall Prep in the County championship a team they had lost to in the championship the year before. After avenging their regular season loss to Mahwah in the Group 1 semi-final, the Ridgers beat Mountain Lakes by a score of 9–8 in the Group 1 championship also avenging their regular season loss. It was the program's first championship and a sign of things to come. The Ridgers went on to lose to the Delbarton School in the Tournament of Champions quarterfinals but set the precedent for future years to come.

The 2012 season led by All-Americans Jamie Smith and John Winchell and All-State Ridger Matt Lander saw similar success . The 2012 Ridgers found a way despite a few key losses in the regular season to bounce back and capture the Essex County championship for the second consecutive year beating Seton Hall Prep 16–10.[2] With the county championship under their belt, they felt there was something special coming together. Their season would extend all the way to the Group 1 championship beating rival Mountain Lakes in the semi-final on their own field. The championship saw a matchup with powerhouse program Summit; a team that until last year had won 66 straight games. Down 9–4 in the fourth quarter, Glen Ridge clawed their way back to make it a one-goal game with two minutes left ultimately losing by a score of 9–8. It was a valiant effort and a season that saw no drop in success showing the Glen Ridge program was a program that has arrived playing tough with the best teams in New Jersey.

In the past two years, Glen Ridge has reached the Group 1 semi-finals and Group 1 North final. This is showing that Carl Houser and the Glen Ridge program are building a winning tradition and consistent success year in and year out.

Carl Houser III[edit]

Houser as Head Coach[edit]

[3] Carl Houser has been the head coach of Glen Ridge since the lacrosse program started in 2001. In his 14-year tenure he has compiled a record of 156–89 (.64 winning %) and lead his teams to the state tournament 12 out of the 13 years as a varsity program. Houser in his career has won 3 Conference Championships, 2 Essex County Championships, and a Group 1 State Championship. in 2004 Houser won the Kimber Conference "Coach of the Year" leading his team to a 16–4 record winning the Kimber Conference. Houser then went on to win back-to-back "Coach of the Year" awards in 2009 and 2010 leading both teams to the Waterman Conference championship. In 2011 under Houser, the Ridgers had their most successful year in its short history posting a record of 15–4 and going on to win Glen Ridge's first Essex County title and Group 1 state title finishing as the #6 ranked team in New Jersey. In 2011 Houser went on to win Gibbs Conference "Coach of the Year" and[4]

Houser as Assistant Coach[edit]

[5] Houser took over the freshmen team responsibilities in 1992 for his alma mater Seton Hall Prep only being a year removed from being a player there. After three seasons of coaching the freshmen team, he got promoted to coach the junior varsity level. He would not stay there long because after one season he was promoted again to become the assistant varsity coach as the defensive coordinator. He was the assistant at Seton Hall until 2000 when his hometown Glen Ridge started a lacrosse program where he took the head coaching job.

Group 1 results year-by-year[edit]

[6]

Season Conference Overall Record Conf. Record Postseason Tournaments Head Coach
2014 Gill Gibbs 11–9, .550 Group 1 North Finalist Carl Houser
2013 Gill Gibbs 11–8, .579 Group 1 Semi-Finalist Carl Houser
2012 Gill Gibbs 16–6, .727 Group 1 Runner-Up
Essex County Champions
Carl Houser
2011 Gill Gibbs 15–4, .789 Group 1 State Champions
Essex County Champions
Carl Houser
2010 Waterman 13–6, .684 6–0, .1000 (1st) State tournament First Round
Essex County Runner-Up
Conference Champions
Carl Houser
2009 Waterman 16–4, .800 6–0, .1000 (1st) State tournament Quarterfinals
Essex County Runner-Up
Conference Champions
Carl Houser
2008 Waterman 9–8, .529 State tournament First Round Carl Houser
2007 Waterman 10–9, .526 State tournament First Round Carl Houser
2006 Waterman 10–10, .500 State tournament Quarterfinals Carl Houser
2005 Waterman 9–9, .500 State tournament First Round Carl Houser
2004 Kimber 15–3, .833 6–0, .1000 (1st) State tournament First Round
Conference Champions
Carl Houser
2003 Kimber 16–3, .842 State tournament Quarterfinals Carl Houser
2002 Kimber 5–10, .333 Carl Houser
2001 Independent Carl Houser

Players[edit]

All-Time Stat Leaders[edit]

[7]

Rank Career Points Career Goals Career Assists Career Saves
1 Alex Lopes ('02–'05) 310 Kyle Mulligan ('04–'07) 206 *Alex Lopes ('02–'05) 217 Jack Davis ('03–'06) 957
2 Kyle Mulligan ('04–'07) 261 Nick DePhillips ('06–'09) 141 Brenden Goldstein ('05–'08) 88 Dan Daquilla ('06–'09) 499
3 Colin Goldstein ('10–'13) 210 Colin Goldstein ('10–'13) 122 Colin Goldstein ('10–'13) 88 Shane Doss ('10–'13) 450
4 Matt Lander ('09–'12) 177 Jamie Smith ('09–'12) 103 Matt Lander ('09–'12) 84 Brett O'Donnell ('07–'10) 397
5 Jamie Smith ('09–'12) 171 Matt Lander ('09–'12) 93 Jamie Smith ('09–'12) 68 Mac Davis ('08–'11) 213
6 Nick DePhillips ('06–'09) 166 Alex Lopes ('02–'05) 93 Kyle Mulligan ('04–'07) 55 Alex Thomas ('07–'10) 158
7 Eric Thiele ('07–'10) 135 Eric Thiele ('07–'10) 91 Phil Lisovicz ('06–'09) 51 Matt Markowitz ('09–'12) 26
8 Brenden Goldstein ('05–'08) 128 Dave Walter ('05–'08) 74 Scott Gimber ('06–'09) 51 Connor Duffus ('12–'active) 9
9 Phil Lisovicz ('06–'09) 120 Nick Spitaletta ('10–'13) 70 Emmett Arthur ('08–'11) 45 John Hay ('03–'06) 5
10 Scott Gimber ('06–'09) 114 Phil Lisovicz ('06–'09) 69 Eric Thiele ('07–'10) 44
*Ranks third all-time in NJ

Special Accomplishments[edit]

[8]

All Americans Academic All Americans Conference POY Essex County POY NJ Goalie of the Year NJ Defensemen of the Year
Jack Davis ('06) Kyle Mulligan ('07) Alex Lopes ('05) Kimber Matt McMahon ('11) Mac Davis ('11) John Winchell ('12)
Troy Catalano ('10) Stephen Ducey ('13) Nick DePhillips ('09) Waterman John Winchell ('12)
Matt McMahon ('11) Troy Catalano ('10) Waterman
Elijah Conte ('11) Matt McMahon ('11) Gibbs
Mac Davis ('11)
John Winchell ('12)
Jameson Smith ('12)
Shane Doss ('13)
Colin Goldstein ('13)

Alumni in College[edit]

The following Glen Ridge lacrosse players are currently or have played lacrosse at the collegiate level.

Player Year Team
Ted Epstine 2005–2008 Denison College
Matt Berg 2006–2009 Bates College
Alex Lopes 2006–2009 Saint Joseph's University
Jack Davis 2007–2011 Georgetown University
Greg Fitzgerald 2008–2011 Montclair State University
Kyle Mulligan 2009–2012 University of Pennsylvania
Brenden Goldstein 2006–2009 Gettysburg College
Matt Ekroth 2010–2013 Denison College
Nick DePhillips 2010–2013 Ohio State University, Wagner College
Elijah Conte 2012–active University of Delaware
Matt McMahon 2012–active University of Pennsylvania
Dan Digioia 2013–active Mitchell College
Jamie Smith 2013–active Gettysburg College
John Winchell 2013–active Saint Joseph's University
Eric Prezioso 2014–active Vassar College
Brad D'Alessandro 2014–active Muhlenberg College
Michael Lloyd 2014–active Drew University
Stephen Ducey 2014–active Swarthmore College
Shane Doss 2014–active University of Notre Dame
Chris Bronander 2015–active Curry College
Jackson Kinley 2015–active University of Michigan
Marcus Cunningham 2015–active Syracuse University

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