Boys Lacrosse: Libertyville’s Verkler, Schmidt earn all-state honors
Updated: July 6, 2012 8:56AM
Libertyville’s postseason run ended too quickly – after a slow start.
Libertyville, seeded seventh in the IHSLA state tournament, lost 7-6 to 10th-seeded Glenbrook North last week. The Wildcats fell behind 6-2, and a shorthanded goal gave the Spartans a 7-4 lead.
“That made it tough to come back,” said Libertyville coach Brady Sullivan. “We did get three or four good looks in the final minute.”
Sullivan’s crew (13-7) topped Conant 13-6 in a first-round game on May 22. Only six seniors played for LHS this spring.
“But those six provided great leadership,” Sullivan said. “The group, as a whole, was by far the most committed I’ve ever coached. The guys spent so much time in the weight room and watching film. The level of commitment was deep.”
Senior midfielder and Ohio Wesleyan-bound Zach Friedman was named team MVP. Junior defenseman Kevin Verkler earned first-team all-state honors, and classmate A.J. Schmidt made the all-state second team as a midfielder.
Other Libertyville team awards: junior attack Nick Ward (Offensive MVP); junior defenseman Drew Krinitsky (Defensive MVP); junior midfielder Anthony Zotto (Most Improved Player); and senior attack Connor Loucks, senior midfielder Zach Labrum and senior defenseman J.P. Pistella (Coaches’ Award winners).