2022/2023 SEASON TRYOUTS REGISTRATION OPEN

2022/2023

Maryland Tryouts

Registration for 2022 / 2023 Boys Tryouts are now open. Open the flyer at the link below and click on it to open registration.

our philosophy

Simply put,
the kids come first.

Led by two of the most well respected MIAA high school coaches in the area. The Predators take deep pride in providing a first-class experience unlike any other at the youth and high school levels.

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Led by two of the most well respected MIAA high school coaches in the area. The Predators take deep pride in providing a first-class experience unlike any other at the youth and high school levels.

Love for the sport

relentless pursuit of excellence

Our staff takes special pride in identifying untapped potential in order to develop excellent players who have the stamina, strength, skills, and spirit to dominate on and off the field. In a short period of time, the Predators have garnered a reputation amongst many top Division 1 coaches for being uniquely prepared to succeed at the next level – and every level after that.

world class coaching staff

Peyton Bozel

Peyton Bozel

Loyola Blakefield

Peyton Bozel graduated from Loyola Blakefield in 2015. At Loyola he was a part of the Men’s Varsity Golf and Lacrosse teams. Peyton went on to play in college at High Point University where he helped his team reach top 15 honors in the country during his senior year, while starting in all but 3 games. He earned SoCon All Academic honors his Junior and Senior years. Peyton was an Assistant coach to the FCA 2019’s lacrosse team for over 3 years. He assisted with the defense and man up offense. Peyton loved helping the student athletes in the recruiting process and working on skills to play at the next level.  He is currently a Senior Account Executive at Darktrace.

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Dylan Bozel

Dylan Bozel

Loyola Blakefield

Dylan Bozel graduated from Loyola Blakefield in 2011. At Loyola he was named captain his junior/senior year and went on to become an Under Armour All-American and named to the All-State team. Aside from lacrosse he participated in football and basketball at Loyola. Dylan went on to play his college ball at High Point University where he was an intricate part of the programs first team ever and graduated in 2015. Dylan was an Assistant coach to the FCA 2019’s lacrosse team for over 6 years. He was assisting with the offense and helping the kids grow and develop their skills to play at the next level.  He is currently a commercial real estate broker for The MacKenzie Companies.

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Kevin Benzing

Kevin Benzing
Head Coach

As a junior: Named to the All-ECAC Lacrosse Second Team … Earned All-ECAC Academic Team recognition … Compiled an 8.69 goals-against average and a .552 save percentage while starting 13 of 14 games for the Bobcats … Scooped up 50 ground balls on the season, good for second on the team … Earned ECAC and Northeast Conference Defensive Player of the Week after stopping 21 shots to give Quinnipiac its first-ever ECAC Lacrosse victory at Hobart on March 20 … Also named to the ECAC Weekly Honor Roll on four different occasions … Made 16 saves in defeat against nationally-ranked Loyola in the season opener on Feb. 27 … Made 12 saves in the Bobcats’ ECAC win over Bellarmine on April 24 … Stopped 11 shots in a win at Air Force on Apr. 9.   As a sophomore: Started all 13 games in the goal for the Bobcats…Made 135 saves with a .549 save percentage and a 9.07 goals-against average…Tied a career-high with 17 saves against Brown…Made double-digit saves in eight games including 16 in a win against No. 19 Denver…Scooped up 32 groundballs; good for third on the team…Tallied an assist versus Bellarmine. As a freshman: Saw the majority of the action in net for the Bobcats, earning an 8-5 record in his first season at Quinnipiac … made 127 saves, compiled a .543 save percentage and 8.75 goals-against average … earned GWLL Player of the Week, April 29, after stopping 15 shots to defeat Bellarmine and help the Bobcats clinch a berth in the first-ever GWLL Tournament … made a season-high 17 saves, while allowing only one goal at Manhattan … made double-digits in saves in eight games, including the final six contests … was also active away from the net, picking up a team-leading 51 ground balls. Before Quinnipiac: A transfer from Butler University … a two-time All-City (Baltimore) Second Team selection at Mt. St. Joseph. Personal: The son of Moira and Don Benzing … born in Pittsfield, Mass. … older siblings, D.J. and Kelly, played collegiate lacrosse at Air Force and Drexel, respectively … father, Don, played lacrosse at the U.S. Naval Academy … also has a younger sibling, Tracey … a history major.

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Justin Bowman

Justin Bowman

UNC

·      Played for St. Mary’s HS in Annapolis ·      Played at the University of North Carolina. While at UNC, Bowman was recognized as a 2x All American, 2x All ACC and a 2x All ACC Tournament selection. Bowman was also named Freshman of the Year and Team Captain & MVP in his senior year at UNC. ·      During his 4 years at UNC, Bowman finished his career with over 100 points ranking as one of the top midfielders all-time at UNC. Bowman also ranks among the Top 15 all-time in Face-off win percentage. ·      Bowman was a member of the 1996 USA Under 19 World Championship team.

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James Margraff

James Margraff
head coach

Coach Margraff is a graduate of McDonogh School in 2016.  He was a captain and starting defender of the 2016 MIAA championship team. Coach Margraff played collegiately  at Rhodes College.  He was named The SAA (Southern Athletic Association) Newcomer of the year.  Coach was First Team All-SAA, SAA tournament MVP  in 2019 and Team MVP in 2020.  Coach Margraff was a captain of the Rhodes team his Junior and Senior year.  Coach Margraff is currently an assistant Varsity Lacrosse Coach and 5th grade math teacher at McDonogh School.  Coach Margraff’s experience and character is a huge asset to the Predators and we are excited to have him aboard working with our teams.

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Parker Bratton

Parker Bratton
head coach

As A Freshman (2010): Played in eight games … tallied one ground ball and one caused turnover versus No. 2 Syracuse (May 8). Before St. John[apos]s: Played two seasons with McDonogh School … also played football for three years … as a senior, scored two goals … earned Honor Roll in high school … participated in First Fruit Farms Community Service … attended Moses Brown School as a freshman. Off The Field: Born in Baltimore, M.D. … son of Roxie and Joanna Bratton … has one sister, Hanna (21) … a Sports Management major … enjoys watching TV, playing basketball and listening to music … listens to Lil[apos] Wayne, Nas and Biggie on his iPod on game day … he[apos]s a natural lefty, but plays lacrosse as a righty. Bratton Up Close Favorite Book: ‘Never Die Easy’ Favorite Movie: ‘Belly’ Favorite TV Show: SportsCenter Favorite Food: Antonio[apos]s Pizza Favorite Pro Team: New England Patriots

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Nick Breslin

Nick Breslin

Big, strong defenseman who is a leader on the field…great stick skills…very physical when guarding the ball carrier…good off-ball as well…great work ethic… 2001: played in 15 games…picked up three ground balls… 2000: saw action in four games…missed most of season with injury…member of National Championship team… 1999: did not play… 1998: saw lots of action as a freshman…played close defense as well as long-stick… High School: started on the 1997 Maryland State Champion team at Boys’ Latin…team went 17-0… Personal: business major…

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Rick Brocato

Rick Brocato
Head Coach

Coach Brocato is the current assistant at St Paul’s.  A true teacher of the game, Coach Brocato values relationships with his players as well as developing players of all ages through the fundamentals.  Coach Brocato spent 17 seasons at St Paul’s as the varsity head coach.  Under his leadership Coach Brocato has a program high 241 wins, made the MIAA A Conference playoffs 15 times and won the MIAA A conference championship in 2010.  At St Paul’s Coach Brocato coached 47 All Americans and 3 Maryland Kelly Award Winners.  Coach Brocato is currently a  7th grade science teacher at St Paul’s, he values relationships and stresses the importance of coaching the game of lacrosse the right way.  Coach Brocato’s value to the Predators Lacrosse program cannot be measured.

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Nick Delbene

Nick Delbene
Attack
Yorktown

2019 Season: Saw time in six games in his final campaign before suffering a lower body injury … scored his first collegiate goal at No. 2 Duke (March 16) during an extra-man situation … took two shots this year, adding an attempt against UMass (April 13) … grabbed one ground ball against the Blue Devils 2018 Season: Saw time in four games as a junior attackman … took two shots, both against UMBC (March 3) … grabbed one ground ball in three separate games. 2017 Season: Did not see any action in the midfield during his sophomore campaign. 2016 Season: Saw the field in four games at attack during his true freshman season … ripped off three shots, all against Furman (March 19) … put one shot on goal against the Paladins … picked up one groundball in that same contest. High School: Played midfield at Yorktown High School for head coach Dave Marr … led team to 2014 New York State Championship … earned high honor roll four times and honor roll seven times … also played basketball in high school. Personal: Full name is Nicholas DelBene … prefers to go by Nick … son of Jerry and Meredith DelBene … has two siblings, Daniel and Alexa … twin brother, Daniel, plays lacrosse at Manhattan College … favorite memory is winning a state title … favorite professional sports teams are the New York Rangers (NHL), Jets (NFL), Yankees (MLB) and Knicks (NBA) … favorite meal is surf and turf … plans to major in business at Towson.

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Dan Cocchi

Dan Cocchi
Head Coach

A former All-America defenseman for the Tigers, Dan Cocchi ’03 serves as the Tigers’ assistant coach and defensive coordinator and concluded his seventh season in 2018. On January 30, 2016, Cocchi was inducted into the Long Island Metro Lacrosse Foundation’s Hall of Fame, the first Tiger to earn that honor. Cocchi has had the chance to work closely with one of the nation’s best short stick defensive midfielders in Zach Goodrich. After his junior season in 2018, Goodrich was named USILA First Team All-America, the first Tiger to earn that honor since the 1996 campaign. Goodrich was also selected as the CAA Defensive Player of the Year as well as the Preseason Player of the Year in February. In 2018, the Tiger defense got off to a shaky start, but settled in as the season progressed, dropping the goals allowed per game average every week. Towson had three defensive players earn postseason recognition as Goodrich earned First Team All-CAA Honors, true freshman pole Koby Smith collected second team plaudits and was an All-Rookie selection as well. Redshirt freshman Shane Brennan was also an All-Rookie pick. Towson’s defense has continued to be staple as three Tigers earned 2017 USILA All-America mentions: Goodrich and Jack Adams to the second team, while Tyler Mayes was tabbed honorable mention. The Tigers finished fourth in Division I in goals allowed per game, limiting opponents to just over seven goals per game. A program defined by its defensive success, Cocchi’s group did not disappoint in 2016 as Towson finished the year as the best scoring defense in Division I, allowing a scant 7.26 goals per game. Bolstering that number was Towson holding the CAA’s most explosive offense to just two goals in the CAA Championship game as Towson went on to win its sixth CAA crown, a league record. Backing the defense was former All-American Tyler White, who ranked first nationally with a 6.89 goals against average in his senior season, resetting his own single-season Towson record. Of the Tigers’ record-setting 19 games, Towson held 15 of those opponents to single digits, helped by a close defense unit that started all 19 games together. Cocchi also coached a Third-Team All-American during the 2016 season as defensive midfielder Jack Adams earned that honor as arguably one of the best short-stick defensive middies in the country. The defensive coordinator also saw close defenseman Mike Lowe selected as the 2016 CAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player. In his fourth season (2015), Cocchi saw the program earn its second-ever Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Defensive Player of the Year in Tyler White. The eventual third team All-America keeper was the Tigers’ first Defensive Player of the Year since Cocchi was tabbed in 2003. That same season, Towson had one of its best seasons on defense, limiting opponents to just 7.72 goals per game, second-best in the conference. No team in the league killed penalties better than Towson, which wiped out opponent EMO’s at a .735 clip. Towson was one of the least-penalized teams in the conference as well. During the 2015 campaign, Cocchi mentored three All-CAA selections on the defensive end, including White, honorable mention All-America defenseman JoJo Ostrander, who was a first team All-CAA selection as well. Longstick midfielder Tyler Mayes earned second team All-CAA status. The Tigers recorded several defensive highlights in 2014. They finished seventh in the nation in man-down defense, allowing 15 opponents to score just 14 total EMO goals. Towson ranked second in the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) in penalty-killing percentage. Senior close defenseman John Fennessy was named a North-South All-Star. In 2013, the Tigers ranked as high as 14th in the nation in scoring defense, and senior goalkeeper Andrew Wascavage earned USILA All-American honors and finished the season ranked in the top 10 in saves per game and save percentage. A four-year starter for the Tigers, Cocchi led the Tigers to a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances in 2001 and 2003, including a berth in the 2001 NCAA semifinals. In addition, he was a member of two conference championship teams, as the Tigers won the 2001 America East title and the 2003 CAA championship. In 2002, he earned USILA All-America honors for the second straight year after ranking eighth in the nation in ground balls with a 6.58 average. A first team All-CAA selection, he also scored a goal with three assists. Honored as the 2003 CAA Defensive Player of the Year, Cocchi led the Tigers to their first CAA championship. An honorable mention All-America selection, he posted 55 ground balls in 15 games while contributing 20 caused turnovers as the Tigers reached the NCAA Tournament for the second time in three years. Selected by the Bridgeport Barrage in the fourth round of the 2003 Major League Lacrosse (MLL) Collegiate Draft, Cocchi enjoyed a 10-year MLL career, including five seasons with the Long Island Lizards. In 2005, he helped the Baltimore Bayhawks win the MLL title and was selected to play in the 2006 MLL All-Star Game as a member of the Los Angeles Riptide. Cocchi graduated from Towson in 2003 with a bachelor’s degree in physical education and received a master’s degree in educational technology from Butler University in 2005 while coaching the Bulldogs’ men’s lacrosse team with former Tiger Assistant Coach Stan Ross. Cocchi is married to the former Kristen Lyons, who graduated from Towson in 2004. The couple has two sons, Aidan and Brendan.

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Steve Settembrino

Steve Settembrino
CO-DIRECTOR

Coach Settembrino, just named the Head Coach at St Paul’s, will be joining Predators Lacrosse as a director. Coach Settembrino coached collegiately at Mercyhurst, Binghamton and his alma mater UMBC. At Mercyhurst, Coach Settembrino helped guide the Lakers to the 2011 Division 2 National Championship. During his playing career for the Retrievers UMBC won 
the America East Championship in 2005, 2008, 2009 
and advanced to the NCAA quarterfinals in 2007. Coach Settembrino was also named the Retriever’s Unsung Hero in 2009. Coach Settembrino grew up in Yorktown NY, a lacrosse hotbed. While at Yorktown, Coach Settembrino was a 4 year varsity letter winner, a 2003 NYS Champion, 
a two year captain and a 2004 All American.

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Andy Hilgartner

Andy Hilgartner
CO-DIRECTOR

Coach Hilgartner has over twenty years of experience as a high school lacrosse coach. He is currently the head coach at McDonogh School (MD). Coach Hilgartner had prior coaching jobs with Severn School, Woodberry Forest, St. Mary’s HS and Sewickley Academy. He was named the Midwest Coach of the Year in 1997 and the Maryland State Lacrosse Coaches Association Coach of the Year in 2010. Hilgartner was a coach in the 1998 North-South game and also coached in the US Lacrosse Champion All-American game in 2011.

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Dan Cocchi

Dan Cocchi
RECRUITING DIRECTOR

-3x AA at Towson -Conference Defensive Player of the Year -Towson Hall Of Fame -11 yr MLL Pro -2x MLL All-star -9 years D1 Coach (7 Towson, 2 Rutgers), top defensive and man-down units every year -Coached NUMEROUS All Americans, Conference Players of the Year, All-Conference Players -Coached numerous HS and Youth programs in NY, FL and MD

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Matt Musci

Matt Musci
YOUTH DIRECTOR

Coach Musci, the offensive coordinator at Towson University will be joining the Predators as Youth Director. Prior to Towson Coach Musci was an offensive coordinator at Providence College, Lafayette College, St Leo University and Drexel University. Coach Musci was a standout midfielder for Drexel University during his playing days. The all around midfielder was a captain for the Dragons and was also named to the prestigious North South Senior All Star Game. Coach Musci will bring an incredible resume to the Predators along with attention to detail and a passion for developing lacrosse players to meet and succeeded their potential. Coach Musci works very hard to establish player coach relationships and his passion for lacrosse is evident in the way he coaches on the field.

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The predators lacrosse program single handedly changed my game.

Liam Mclane — Midfield 2022 Duke Commit

Preds has given me the access to top notch coaching while being a part of a program ready to take my game to the next level.

Jack Bowman 2025 St. Paul's

Predators completely changed me as a player and a person. I’m not sure where I would be without them.

Liam Mclane — Midfield 2022 Duke Commit

Predators have taken my lacrosse game to a whole new level, and I enjoy playing and practicing with my coaches and teammates.

Auggie Criswell – Midfielder 2027 St Paul's

The coaches constantly preached how important effort and attitude is, and that couldn’t be more true. I made some of my best friends and memories with the Predators and would not give it up for anything.

Liam Mclane — Midfield 2022 Duke Commit
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