EHT's Connor Houghton looks for a shot on the net as Oakcrest's Kyler DeFrancisco applies defensive pressure during their game held at Oakcrest in Mays Landing. Photo/Dave Griffin

High School lacrosse standouts Dylan Jinks of Southern Regional, Connor Houghton of Egg Harbor Township and Will Fox of St. Augustine Prep don’t really know each other, but will soon be teammates.

The three have been selected to play in the Brine All-American National Lacrosse Classic, a tournament that will be held from June 30 to July 3 at the Maryland Soccerplex in Boyds, Md. All three players will be on the New Jersey South team.

Houghton, an attack, and midfielder Fox are both rising seniors, and Jinks, an attack, is a rising junior.

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The Brine National Lacrosse Classic will have 20 regional teams from around the country. The event is for players entering grades 10-12 in the fall, who want to gain the attention of NCAA lacrosse coaches and scouts.

Jinks, an attack, scored 53 goals this spring for Southern (18-2), which won the South Jersey Group IV championship and the Shore Conference A South title.

“Being is a game like this is a first for me,” said Jinks, a 16-year resident of the Manahawkin section of Stafford Township.

“They used to have one New Jersey team, but now they have a South and a North team. It’s pretty good exposure. I’ll just go out and play the best I can. Hopefully, I’ll get recruited by a good college program, and I’ll take it from there.”

Houghton, an attack, scored a school-record 52 goals this year for EHT (14-6) and had 25 assists. His 77 points is also a single-season school mark.

“It feels pretty good to be part of the (New Jersey South) team,” said Houghton, a 17-year-old EHT resident. “I don’t know the others on the team personally, but I know of Dylan Jinks and Will Fox. I think we’ll do pretty well because New Jersey has done well in past years. It feels pretty good to get recognition like that.”

Fox took all but 16 of the Prep’s 263 faceoffs this year and won 178 of 247 (72.1 percent). St. Augustine was 12-8, playing a tough schedule as an independent.

“I’m really excited about being able to showcase my skills there,” said Fox, a 17-year-old resident of Mullica Hill in Gloucester County. “It’ll be great to play against some of the best in the country.

“Doing faceoffs is a unique role. It’s contact, and I like that. Faceoffs are pressure points in the game. You can control a game if your ability allows it.”

Jinks was confident that he’ll be able to adjust to his new teammates.

“I’ll kind of just rely on the sheer talent of the players, and I’ll learn their tendencies,” Jinks said.

Lower’s Jackson Sole honored

Lower Cape May Regional’s Jackson Sole, a now-graduated senior boys lacrosse standout, has received two awards from US Lacrosse. The midfielder was selected to the Academic All-American team for the New Jersey South Region.

Sole, who scored 41 goals this year to lead the Caper Tigers, was also chosen the New Jersey South region recipient of the Bob Scott Award. The Scott Award is given for community involvement, and commitment to academics, the team and the school.

Sole, who graduated last Friday night, will attend Virginia Tech and plans to play men’s lacrosse, which is a club sport at the school. He’ll major in agricultural business.

Sole was the only four-year player on Lower Cape May’s team this season. The Caper Tigers were 5-14.

“I try to play the game as well as I can, and be the leader on and off the field,” said Sole, an 18-year-old Lower Township resident.

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Started at The Press in 1993 as an Ocean County reporter. Moved to the copy desk in 1994 until taking over as editor of At The Shore in 1995. Became deputy sports editor in 2004 and was promoted to sports editor in 2007.

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