ESPNHS All-American: Boys First Team

Over the next two days, ESPNHS will release its selections for the ESPNHS All-America Team, which is comprised of first and second teams along with honorable mentions.

Criteria for inclusion in the ESPNHS All-America Lacrosse Team includes, but not limited to: being named a Player of the Year, named first team all-league or being a US Lacrosse All-American. College recruiting status also plays some role in the selection process.

Fifteen players each were named to the first and second teams. The breakdown consisted of three attackers, midfielders, defenders and one goalie. Five positions were considered open spots, awarded to the best possible players, regardless of position.

First Team

Attack: Jimmy Bitter, Sr., Deerfield (Deerfield, Mass.)

Bitter tallied 60 goals and 30 assists this season for coach Chip Davis. He led his team to a 15-0 mark. The Deerfield senior has been named a three-time All-New England selection. He owns the school record for points in a season with 90. Bitter is verbally committed to North Carolina.

Attack: Conor Doyle, Sr., Gilman (Baltimore, Md.)

Doyle was named Baltimore Sun Player of the Year. The talented attackman finished with 80 goals and 62 assists in his three years at Gilman. Doyle played a big part in leading the Greyhounds to the MIAA championship. He is verbally committed to Notre Dame.

Attack: Kyle Keenan, Sr., Smithtown West (Smithtown, N.Y.)

The New York phenom led the Bulls this season with 77 points, including 40 goals. Keenan missed several games with a concussion, but was terrific in playoffs. Had three goals and two assists in semifinal victory over Ward Melville and three goals with five assists in the overtime loss to West Islip (West Islip, N.Y.) in the Suffolk County Class A final. Keenan is verbally committed to Duke.

Attack: Wells Stanwick, Sr., Boys Latin (Baltimore, Md.)

Stanwick comes from a very strong lacrosse family and he lived up to his name all four years for the Lakers. The Johns Hopkins commit scored 33 goals along with 56 assists this season for coach Bob Shriver. The future Blue Jay finished with 281 points, which is third on the all time scoring list at Boys’ Latin.

Attack: Carl Walrath, Sr., Haverford School (Haverford, Pa.)

Walrath was an intricate part of why the Fords went undefeated this season. The Haverford senior has been named to All-EPSLA team the last two seasons. Walrath tallied 68 points this season for the 23-0 Fords and is verbally committed to Virginia.

Midfield: Bobby Gribbin, Sr., Georgetown Prep (North Bethesda, Md.)

Gribbin was named Washington Post Player of the Year. The Little Hoya won 78 percent of his face offs, add to that, 40 goals and nine assists this season. Gribbin has a great game and should be a star at the next level. Gribbin is verbally committed to Maryland.

Midfield: Will McNamara, Jr., Haverford School (Haverford, Pa.)

McNamara was one of four juniors to be named to the All-EPSLA defense list and among the best in the Inter-Ac League. He was named US Lacrosse All-American and played a huge role for the Fords in their dramatic come from behind 5-4 victory against Malvern Prep (Malvern, Pa.) to finish the season 23-0. McNamara is verbally committed to Virginia.

Midfield: Keegan Michel, Sr., McDonogh (Owings Mills, Md.)

Michel is not only smart, but he is one of the most physical players in all of the MIAA. The McDonogh senior scooped up 107 ground balls for the Eagles, while scoring 36 goals along with 29 assists. He was named All-Met First Team in the Baltimore Sun and MSCLA Coaches poll. Michel is verbally committed to Harvard.

Defense: Stephen Jahelka, Sr., Garden City, (Garden City, N.Y.)

Jahelka, the 6-foot-1, 205-pound defenseman had 71 ground balls this season. He helped lead Garden City to its second Long Island Class B title. All of which he did with a torn ligament in his right ankle. Jahelka was is a unanimous two-time All-American, he was the heart and soul of a Trojans defense that allowed only 35 goals in seven playoff games. Jahelka is verbally committed to Harvard

Defense: Brian Dailey, Sr., Conestoga (Berwyn, Pa.)

Dailey is a two-time All-EPSLA selection after helping his squad to a 17-1 record and guiding the Pioneers to their third straight state title. With 75 ground balls and eight assists this season the Conestoga senior was named All-Central league MVP. Dailey is verbally committed to Duke

Defense: Joe Ostrander, Farmingdale (Farmingdale, N.Y.)

Ostrander was named to the All-Long Island team by New York Newsday and is representing Nassau County as an All-American. Ostrander helped lead the Dalers to a 12-11 win over Ithaca to win the school’s first-ever boys Class A State title. Ostrander has verbally committed to Towson.

Goalie: Conor Kelly, Sr., Haverford School (Haverford, Pa.)

Kelly had a tough assignment this season for the 23-0 Fords, and that was to not allow opposing teams to find the back of the net to often to get a win. Kelly made 166 saves while allowing only 6.08 goals per game. Kelly has received numerous honors and awards since the end of the season, he was named Inter-Ac MVP and All- EPSLA. Kelly is verbally committed to Notre Dame.

Goalie: Kyle Turri, Sr., West Islip (West Islip, N.Y.)

Turri was named Suffolk Player of the Year. The West Islip goalie had some spectacular saves and plays this season, one of which was when he went coast-to-coast to score an overtime goal against Ward Melville in the regular season. Turri has verbally committed to Duke.

LSM: Goran Murray, Sr., Haverford School (Haverford, Pa.)

Murray is one of toughest and quickest players coming out of high school this season. He plays with intensity and is always eager to get the ball. Murray was named All-EPSLA and All-Delco for the second year in a row. He is verbally committed to Maryland.

LSM: Kellen Miller, Sr., Landon (Bethesda, Md.)

Miller was named Washington Post First team All-Metro. He helped lead the Bears all season long after nursing a knee injury during the preseason. Miller led a Landon defense that allowed fewer than five goals per game. Miller is verbally committed to Maryland.

Coach of the Year: Bob Hartranft, Farmingdale (Farmingdale, N.Y.)

New York Newsday’s Nassau Coach of the Year, Hartranft has 652 career wins and the latest one was the sweetest. The 42-year head coach got his first state championship by leading Farmingdale to the New York Class A title. He guided the Dalers to one of the biggest upsets of the 2011 season -- a 10-9 overtime win over West Islip. The win ended West Islip’s 40 game winning streak. Hartranft has won 27 conference titles in his career.