Gump

Meadville senior defenseman Brody Gump eludes several Freeport players during a game earlier this season. Gump led the Bulldogs in groundballs and takeaways this season and was rewarded Sunday by being named the Region 1 Defensive Player of the Year.

Brody Gump had a stellar season while helping the Meadville boys lacrosse team win its first ever District 10 title.

On Sunday, the defenseman’s efforts were rewarded as he was named the Region 1 All-Stars Defensive Player of the Year to highlight five MASH players total earning a spot on the squad. Adding to the local honors was

Conneaut Area, which also  had five players make the All-Star team.

As for Gump, his numbers speak for themselves.

The senior led the team in ground balls with 87 in 15 games. That is an average of almost six per game and nearly 50 more than the next highest MASH player. He also led the team in takeaways with 67, more than 45 better than the next highest total. Offensively, defensive players don’t usually rack up big numbers and Gump was not the exception. However, his one point was a big one as he assisted on a key goal in the Bulldogs 10-7 win over Cathedral Prep in the District 10 championship game.

Joining Gump on the first team were midfielders Nick Gralewski and Cole Jordan.

The duo were the top scorers for Meadville this season. Gralewski, a junior, finished with team-highs for goals (43) and points scored (58). Jordan, a senior, capped his stellar Bulldogs career with a team second-best 39 goals and tied for second in points with 45.

Making the second team were attacker Nate Lee and defenseman Sam Cornell.

Lee, a junior, was tied with Jordan with 45 points, including a team-high 20 assists on the season. Cornell, a senior, was third on the team with 37 ground balls and second in takeaways with 21.

Conneaut Area almost won its own D-10 title in girls but suffered a 6-4 upset loss to Villa Maria in the title game.

That did not stop the Region 1 coaches from recognizing the talented Eagles by naming five players to the All-Star team.

Three CASH standouts made the first team. Offensively, senior attacker Sarah Fronce and freshman midfielder Rylee Jones were recognized with first-team honors. They were joined on the first team by sophomore goalie Meara Shannon, who anchored the team’s strong defense.

Two more Eagles made the second-team, senior defenseman Dominique Levier and sophomore attacker and midfielder Camy Seman.

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