Glen Ridge Lacrosse
|Glen Ridge Ridgers|
|University||Glen Ridge High School|
|Head coach||Carl Houser (since 2000 season)|
|Location||Glen Ridge, New Jersey|
NJSIAA Group 1 Division
|Colors||Red, white, black
|Conference regular season championships|
|2004*, 2009**, 2010**
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. 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.
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.
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. 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
Houser as Head Coach
 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
Houser as Assistant Coach
 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
|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
|2011||Gill Gibbs||15–4, .789||–||Group 1 State Champions
Essex County Champions
|2010||Waterman||13–6, .684||6–0, .1000 (1st)||State tournament First Round
Essex County Runner-Up
|2009||Waterman||16–4, .800||6–0, .1000 (1st)||State tournament Quarterfinals
Essex County Runner-Up
|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
|2003||Kimber||16–3, .842||–||State tournament Quarterfinals||Carl Houser|
|2002||Kimber||5–10, .333||–||Carl Houser|
All-Time Stat Leaders
|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|
|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
The following Glen Ridge lacrosse players are currently or have played lacrosse at the collegiate level.
|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|
- They also claimed their first Group 1 title in 2011 beating Mountain Lakes High School 9–8 http://highschoolsports.nj.com/news/article/-1054255813550093172/mountain-lakes-8-at-glen-ridge-9-njsiaa-group-tournament-final-round-group-1-boys-lacrosse/
- New Jersey's "Coach of the Year". http://www.nj.com/hssports/blog/boyslacrosse/index.ssf/2011/06/carl_houser_of_glen_ridge_is_the_star-ledgers_boys_lacrosse_state_coach_of_the_year_for_2011.html