Liam Rosenthal and Ryan Stout have vastly different roles on a Central Bucks East lacrosse team that has owned at least a share of the top spot in the conference standings for the last five years. While Stout is a bona fide goal scorer, Rosenthal has made a career out of preventing goals as the Patriots’ standout goalie.
During a stellar four-year varsity field hockey career, Cailey Lever has been a contributor at both ends of the field.
All three seniors were recently recognized for signing letters of intent to play their respective sport at the collegiate level. Rosenthal will continue his lacrosse career at Robert Morris University while Stout has signed on with Sacred Heart University. Lever will take her talents to Drexel University.
Rosenthal, who also considered Lehigh and Army, chose Robert Morris for the welcoming environment of the team.
“It was like a big family, they were really tight-knit,” he said. “The coaches are great people, and the school itself is really good.
“When I was really little and first starting playing, I wanted to be, of course, hall of fame, but they don’t have that. I wanted to get to the highest level I could achieve. I worked really hard to get to Division I, and thankfully, I did it.”
The all-state goalie, who will major in engineering, has 336 career saves and last year turned away 102 of 152 shots for a remarkable save percentage of 67 percent.
“When Liam came to us, he was unassuming,” East coach Bruce Garcia said. “But very quickly you saw he was 100 percent committed, and very quickly you saw that with his style, his positioning, his speed, he was going to be a Division I athlete in four years.
“His lacrosse IQ belies his age, and the men in front of him want to play for him, and I think that’s what it all comes down to.”
Stout chose Sacred Heart from a final list that included Mount St. Mary’s, Villanova and Hobart.
“The campus was absolutely beautiful, and I loved that they have the Jack Welch School of Business, which is a very prestigious program I want to go into,” said Stout, who will double major in management and marketing. “It was also the way they ran their lacrosse program. I watched them practice, I was able to meet the team, and it was a very friendly, open environment where I could play lacrosse and enjoy myself.
“I knew from a very early age that I wanted to play lacrosse in college because I had such a love for the sport.”
Garcia expects both Rosenthal and Stout to be in the running for All-American recognition this spring.
A first team all-league attackman, Stout is a dangerous offensive weapon with 96 career goals to go along with 40 assists.
“Ryan is the epitome of what our program has come to be over the last couple of decades,” said Garcia. “He is a captain and was a captain last year.
“He starts the attack, and he doesn’t have an office on the left side of the field because he’s a left-hander. You will see him on the right side, you’ll see him at X, you’ll see him at midfield, and you’ll see him on face-offs. His skill sets are beyond just a left-handed attackman.”
Lever has been a fixture in the varsity lineup for four years. A first team all-league selection, the senior midfielder/forward narrowed her final choices down to Drexel and Lafayette.
“I chose Drexel because I really love the city atmosphere, and I think it’s going to give me a lot of opportunities I wouldn’t be able to have anywhere other than a city school,” said Lever, who also excelled in lacrosse. “Around my sophomore year, I made the decision to stop playing lacrosse and focus on field hockey. I actually had been playing lacrosse my entire life, but I loved field hockey.”
As a senior, Lever had 11 goals and 10 assists for 32 points. She had six game-winning goals and was a key player on both her team’s offensive and defensive corners.
“Cailey is just an overall fierce competitor,” East coach Meghann Spratt said. “Age never mattered – she went out on the field and played like a senior pretty much from the beginning. She rose to the challenge, and year after year got better and better and better.
“Every single time she practiced – she practiced like she played in a game. Not many kids do that, and that also sets a great athlete apart from a typical athlete. On and off the field, she was just an incredible leader. She truly was the epitome of a captain, and she’s going to have an impact at Drexel.”