Maverick trio wants to lead lacrosse team to best season yet
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Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014

Maverick trio wants to lead lacrosse team to best season yet

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- COURTESY OF JOE MOORE
Marvin Ridge lacrosse captains, from left, Reilly McDermott, and twin brothers Jason and Jonah Moore, along with senior Ryan Krise; the trio wants to lead the team to its best finish yet.
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    Reilly McDermott: Marvin Ridge, 6-foot-1, 185, senior goalkeeper, All-American goalkeeper had 156 saves last season, stopping 67 percent of opponents’ shots, has 459 saves for his career, Furman University signee.

    Jason Moore: Marvin Ridge, 6-feet, 195, senior defender, All-state defender is shutdown defender in the back for Mavericks, also a Furman signee.

    Jonah Moore: Marvin Ridge, 6-foot-2, 185, senior attacker, All-state attacker expects to be even better than his 46 goals, 44 assists a year ago, Furman signee.

    Jack Ryan: Weddington, 6-foot-2, 190, senior defender, Southern Carolina Conference defensive Player of the Year in football (Campbell University football signee) and is rugged player on the lacrosse field for an improving Warrior team with players like attacker Jonathon Christian.

    Ryan Kendall: Cuthbertson, 5-foot-10, 180, senior midfielder/attacker, Four-year starter, Mercer (Ga.) commit, will be a big piece of the Cavalier offense, again.

Jason and Jonah Moore were looking at an empty lot in the Chimneys’ subdivision in Marvin with their parents when they met Reilly McDermott and his family, who already lived in the same neighborhood and just happened to be walking by.

The McDermotts greeted the Moores, who lived in Delray Beach, Fla., at the time, and invited them over to their house that day.

More than five years later, the Moore brothers – who are fraternal twins – and McDermott are best friends, neighbors and tri-captains on a Marvin Ridge lacrosse team that has established itself as one of state’s top teams.

“It’s really is a bizarre story how we all met before we ever lived here or even played lacrosse,” Jason Moore said. “We’ve really grown up together – not just as friends, but on the lacrosse field.”

All three Maverick seniors have established themselves as leaders and standout players on the field.

McDermott was is an All-American and all-state goalkeeper after registering 156 saves last season, stopping 67 percent of the shots on goal.

Jason Moore, an all-state defender, is a lockdown defender and a big key to limiting chances to score.

Jonah Moore is also an all-state attacker who led the Marvin Ridge offense with 46 goals and 44 assists.

While this is their final season together at Marvin Ridge, their story together won’t end here: The three have signed to play college lacrosse for Coach Richie Meade at Furman University in South Carolina.

“My captains are not only great kids and students but have become great leaders for this team. … ,” said Marvin Ridge lacrosse coach John Dodd, who played football and lacrosse at Virginia’s College of William & Mary. “They have learned what it takes to be successful and really set the pace for us. … ”

While the senior trio plays a lead role for the Mavericks, Dodd’s team has more talent available, too.

On the attack, juniors Jared Blum (35 goals last year) and Shane Hanlon will play bigger roles alongside Jonah Moore. In the midfield, Dodd says juniors Jack Rich and Alex Remme have stepped up.

On faceoffs, the Mavericks will have to replace Ty Kelly (graduated), but they have two more-than-capable players in junior Stephen Bauer and sophomore Cam Porta.

On defense, the Mavericks have a wealth of returning talent including seniors Cory Esposito and Alex Mills (three-year starter), junior Kyle Falcon and Dugan McDermott, Reilly’s younger brother.

Dodd said his assistant coach, John DeLucia, is also a big part of the team’s success.

That 2014 group all adds up to a team whose first goal is to win their conference, where they were 10-0 last season. The team then hopes to challenge for a state championship after having lost in the state quarterfinals each of the past two seasons, including a 9-8 heartbreaker to Charlotte Catholic last year.

With a 1A/2A/3A state title now the format, the Mavericks, who were 16-3 last year, will be among the serious contenders to start the season.

“Just to be in the discussion as a state contender, especially as seniors, is great,” Jason Moore said. “But no one is going to give us anything. We’ve got to earn it. But we’re a hungry team, and (a state title) has been our ultimate goal all along.”

Jay Edwards is a freelance writer. Have a story idea for Jay? Email him at jedwardsjr23@gmail.com.

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