Prep falters in 2nd half of season opener

St. Augustine Prep’s Bryce Young, left, and Nate Gorman, right, defend against Moorestown’s Michael Handlan during their game Monday in Buena Vista Township.

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St. Augustine lacrosse players Nick DeCaprio, Bryce Young and Dean DiSimone will spend their Fourth of July weekend a bit different than most.

The three are part of a team of 24 selected for the New Jersey squad in the Under Armour All-America Lacrosse Classic Underclass Tournament from July 5-7 at Towson University in Maryland. The Underclass division is for those in the graduating classes of 2014-2016.

Young, DiSimone and DeCaprio were chosen for the team by various coaches after a tryout June 10 and 11 at Lawrenceville School.

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"There were about 280 kids there trying out," said defenseman Young, an Egg Harbor Township resident and a 17-year-old rising senior.

"I didn't think much about whether I'd make the team, but I play at a different level against the best. We played about seven games in two days. It feels pretty good to make the team."

St. Augustine was 12-8 this spring and finished at No. 4 in The Press Elite 11, playing a tough independent schedule. DiSimone, a rising senior attack and a West Deptford resident, scored 25 goals and had 13 assists. Young had three goals and two assists. DeCaprio, a rising junior long-stick midfielder, added five assists.

The other regional teams are Baltimore, Long Island, Midwest, New England, Philadelphia, South, Upstate New York, Washington, D.C. and West.

Pool play will be held from noon Friday to noon Sunday, July 7. The semifinal games will be at 1 p.m. July 7, with the championship game to follow at 3 p.m.

DeCaprio, 16, is also from Egg Harbor Township.

"I've known Bryce since I was a little kid and we played football together," he said. "We both started playing lacrosse at the same time in grade school (for the Egg Harbor Township Running Eagles)."

DeCaprio's job as a long-stick midfielder is to shut down the opposing team's top midfielder and to be a playmaker.

College scouts will flock to Towson to watch the tournament.

"I've never been to a national tournament before," said Young, who verbally committed last year to play for the University of Maryland. "Playing against the best in the nation should be pretty cool. My job will be to play close defense and stay on them. Playing with guys I don't know won't be a problem because we all know what we're doing out there."

Most of the players on the New Jersey team are from the northern part of the state.

"Lacrosse is really big in North Jersey, so it's impressive for the guys in South to make it," DeCaprio said. "I know some of the guys on the team. I know all the (four) guys from Delbarton, and we (St. Augustine) played Moorestown, Chatham and Seton Hall Prep (three other schools with players on the team). I was actually at Towson last year for a camp, and the complex is really nice."

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