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A long-tenured advancement professional with 13 years of fundraising experience in higher education at the University of Chicago, Brown University, and Bennington College, Elizabeth Breidinger has been named Pingry's new Director of Institutional Advancement, beginning in July.

Big Blue Beat: Boys' Varsity Lacrosse Team

Head Coach: Mike Webster P '24, '24, '27

Last season's highlights:
The 2017 season was one marked by a number of milestones for the Boys' Varsity Lacrosse Team. On May 16, the program—the oldest high school lacrosse program in the state— celebrated its 500th win with a 9-4 victory over Christian Brothers Academy, followed just days later by a win over Oratory Prep, which sealed Head Coach Mike Webster's 300th win. On May 31, Big Blue notched its third consecutive NJSIAA Non-Public "B" state title when it defeated Bishop Eustace, 11-1. Finally, to finish the season, the team avenged an earlier loss by defeating Montgomery High School, the Group 4 state champion, in the first round of the Tournament of Champions. The senior class—including All-American co-captain Jake Moss (now playing at Notre Dame), co-captain Ollie Martin (now playing at Kenyon), Frankie Dillon (playing at Swarthmore), David Metzger and Spencer Duryee (both playing at Vassar), and Jake Simon (playing at Connecticut College) set a school record for the most wins in a four-year period, with 62 victories.

What to watch for this season:
• Led by captains Jamie Zusi '18 (also an All-American), Jason Weiss '18, and George Enman '18 (committed to play at Lafayette next fall), the team will look to capture its fourth straight state group title.

• With eight seniors leading and 18 freshmen signed up, the team is deep in both new and veteran talent.  

• A bellwether will be their first game on March 28, against Saint Augustine, a top south Jersey school.

Full-court press:
"We are excited to defend our Non-Public "B" state championship title. We have eight wonderful seniors leading us. It will be a fun year."—Head Coach Mike Webster

Andrea Dawson, Senior Writer,