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6 Lacrosse Gaels Among News 12 Varsity's Top 50 To Watch

Twelve percent. It's more than you might tip the pizza delivery person or valet who parks your car. Yet that's the percentage of Iona Preparatory varsity lacrosse players that make up News 12 Varsity's Top 50 Players to Watch for the 2018 season. Even more impressive than this recognition, however, are the Tier 1 schools to which four are already committed.

Compiled by Isaac Cass and the News 12 Varsity staff, this year's list includes:
  • Attacker Liam Fairback LS'16, US'20
  • Attacker Herschel Halesworth US'18
  • Defenseman John Hufnagel US'19
  • Midfielder Max Persico US'18
  • Goalie Joe Persico US'18
  • Midfielder John Schreiber US'19
Joe Persico was named the 2017 CHSAA Goalie of the Year, while his brother Max earned Defensive Player of the Year honors. Halesworth is a 2017 U.S. Lacrosse All-American, while Fairback was the first unanimous MVP in the four-year history of the Philly Freshman Showcase last fall.

Four of the six Gaels have already committed to top national and regional schools: Halesworth to the College of the Holy Cross, Hufnagel to Providence, Max Persico to Bryant and Schreiber to Princeton, the No. 1-ranked institution according to U.S. News & World Report​​​​​​​.

Source: News 12 Varsity; Photos by Christopher Pope Photography