High School Roundup: UA/IL No. 10 Hun School (N.J.), ILPreps POTW
(Photo courtesy Meghan Poller/The Hun School)
ILPreps Program Profile: UA/IL No. 10 Hun School (N.J.)
Approximately 2,400 years ago Pope Leo I saved Rome from Attila the Hun; negotiating with the barbarian to spare the Eternal City, and much of Europe, from his wrath. Today it seems not his Holiness, nor anyone else, can spare New Jersey scholastic outfits from the scourge that is the Hun School of Princeton. Undefeated in nine outings as of April 23, the Raiders are ranked 10th in the Under Armour/Inside Lacrosse Top 25 National Power Rankings.
“We stress staying humble, focused, working hard every day,” said head coach M.V. Whitlow, Jr. “Every practice, every drill, every rep. Getting better every day, sticking together as a team, and having each others backs will be crucial. We are only at the half waypoint of the season. We aren’t getting ahead of ourselves.”
The Attila reference is obvious, just like the Raiders’ talent. Div. I talent is scattered across the field. At attack Whitlow trots out Chris Donovan, Chris Aslanian and Chris Aslanian, headed for Georgetown, Hobart and Yale respectively. Midfielder Brendan Black is bound for Villanova with running mates Cole West going to Drexel and Robert Kuhn Johns Hopkins. Fellow middie Jullian Williams will play football at Villanova. Whitlow said goaltender Jon Levine in the goal has been outstanding with defensemen Tucker Stevenson, Chris Fake, and Kyle Horihan jelling as a unit.
On April 23, Hun rolled past Peddie School 18-5. The victory marked the eighth time this season the Raiders have tallied double-digit goals while also being the fifth contest in which their margin of victory has exceeded 10.
Without question the Raiders’ most impressive victory of the season was a 9-7 victory against St. Augustine Prep, currently ranked 18th in the UA/IL Top 25 National Power Rankings.
“[That was] very significant, we have a great deal of respect for them as a program as well as their players and coaches,” said Whitlow.
In Whitlow the Huns have a pedigreed tutor with strong ties to the regional lacrosse scene. He’s worked for Tri-State Lacrosse, Peddie School, and Lawrenceville. In 2001, he was named New Jersey Lacrosse Coach of the Year for the Risk Division and has been part of 12 state championship teams. He arrived in Princeton prior to the 2013 campaign. The former University of Delaware great and tri-captain was twice named North Atlantic Conference Defensive Player of the Year while helping the Blue Hens to a pair of league crowns. He was also a member of the 1995 Philadelphia Wings championship outfit. His philosophies have helped pilot the Raiders into the upper echelon of prep lacrosse.
“As a team we’ve been working for a couple of years for this, slowly building and putting a solid foundation in place,” said Whitlow. “Our players have been very committed in the offseason, and our younger guys have matured. This season the hard work has manifested itself in confidence and a sense of team. Our coaches trust our players to do the right things and make plays, and our players trust us as coaches.”
Whitlow says Lawrenceville will be there in the end, with the Raiders also having to contend with Philadelphia powers, such as No. 1 Haverford School, during the Inter-AC Invitational.
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