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DeLong made it all click right

Boys Lacrosse Player of the Year

Boys Lacrosse Player of the Year

June 18, 2008|By TIM KOELBLE

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- For someone who knew nothing about lacrosse, Chambersburg's Eric DeLong has come a long way in a very short time.

In fact, coach Paul Flohr called DeLong "my coach on the field."

That's quite a statement considering DeLong and the rest of the players who made up the Chambersburg team were as green as the grass in lacrosse knowledge when Flohr initiated the program in 2006.

"Eric was one of the first guys to show me more, to show he wanted to learn more," said Flohr.

The work paid off for DeLong, a senior midfielder, his 43 goals and 19 assists and first-team Mid-Penn Conference selection a testament to being named The Herald-Mail Boys All-Area Lacrosse Player of the Year.

"Everything just clicked," said DeLong.

The Trojans learned fast, finishing their second varsity season at 13-5 and in third place in the Mid-Penn Conference.

"I didn't have any idea what it was all about, thought it was just hitting people with sticks," said the 5-foot-11, 185-pound DeLong.

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He credited his success to staying after practice to learn the game in order to improve, a sentiment echoed by Flohr.

"Eric ran a lot of practices and got the drills going and for a 17-, 18-year-old, that's nice to have on the field," said Flohr. "He is head and shoulders above the rest because he has worked for it. He is very intense and his father instilled a very strong work ethic in him."

DeLong will head to Division III Roanoke (Va.) College where he plans on pursuing lacrosse and/or football, with plans on majoring in physical education.

"Coming back to Chambersburg as a coach, that would be really nice," said DeLong.

Joining DeLong on the All-Area Boys Lacrosse team:

Cory Boushell, Chambersburg:

The junior attacker, a two-time captain and first-team Mid-Penn selection, scored 41 goals and added 33 assists for the Trojans.

Joey Wilmot, Chambersburg:

A senior midfielder, Wilmot scored 25 goals and had 14 assists and was a two-year captain. He'll play at Eastern College.

Kyle Malcolm, North Hagerstown:

A senior, Malcolm played strong in the midfield for the Hubs and caused 26 turnovers.

Andrew Reichardt, Mercersburg Academy:

A senior midfielder, Reichardt had 16 goals and four assists despite missing four games.

Luke Salisbury, St. James:

An All-Area selection for the second year, the senior defender was the heart of the Saints defense with 75 ground balls. An all-Mid Atlantic Conference selection, Salisbury will play at Harvard in the fall.

Jordan Barr, St. James:

From his attack position, the Saints junior had 36 goals and 12 assists along with 46 ground balls. He was a unanimous MAC selection, tied for the lead in points. Second year on Herald-Mail All-Area.

Henry Warner, St. James:

The junior midfielder had 12 goals and 12 assists and 26 ground balls. He was responsible for calling the plays on the Saints' offensive side.

Nick Beardsley, St. James:

The junior goalie averaged 12.29 saves per game and stopped 65 percent of shots on goal, allowing only 6.31 a game. He was a two-year all-MAC player.

Kevan Schellenberg, Smithsburg:

The senior attack leader had 57 goals and 25 assists for the Leopards. He had 39 ground balls and will head to Limestone on a scholarship.

Craig Trueblood, Smithsburg:

A senior attacker, Trueblood had 34 goals and 47 assists, a school record. He is an All-Area player for the second year and will go to Gwynedd Mercy College.

Dalton Jernigan, Smithsburg:

A senior defender, Jernigan had 83 ground balls and 76 takeaways. He is an All-Area player for the second year and will go to Mars College on a scholarship.

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