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Laurence Manning Starting lacrosse Program Under The Direction Of Dan Tamburello

By Billy Baker

In Consultation With Dan Tamburello

Manning—Any time a high school commits to starting a new varsity sport a lot of excitement is generated from within the student body and 19 students at Laurence Manning Academy are currently practicing as members of the first ever Lacrosse team as this SCISA AAA school.

The first ever head coach is Dan Tamburello and he and him family moved down to the area from up North a couple years ago when he got an administrative job at Shaw Air Force base in nearby Sumter.

“We have about 19 players on the roster right now and are a very young team with only one senior on the roster,” said Coach Tamburello. “We are excited to help introduce the great sport of Lacrosse to the students at Laurence manning Academy. I look forward to building a program from the ground up.”

Some potential impact players to watch at Laurence Manning when the season starts in February include:

William Barrineau - (Junior-Midfield), Bryce Parler - (Soph-Defense). “Both of these Lacrosse players are raw but very athletic with lots of promise,” said Coach Tamburello. “Very excited to see what they can do and watch them grow.”

Joshua Sharpe - (Freshman-Midfielder). “He took faceoffs for his club team last summer, and has some great speed, and a fast shot,” said Coach Tamburello.

Caden Tamburello - (Freshman-Goalie/Attack).  “Caden will be the most experienced player on the team,” said Coach Tamburello. “He is a great shot stopper with a nice deep threat on clears and decent corner finder on offense.

Madison Kinley - (Soph-Attack).  “This athlete has great hands, shot speed and field vision,” said Coach Tamburello.

Wes Sharpe - (Junior-Defense). “One of the few players with at least a season of club Lacrosse under their belt and he is a big target and slide threat,” said Coach Tamburello.

Coach Tamburello provided the HSSR with some back ground on his love for Lacrosse as LMA approaches their inaugural season: Head Coach Dan Tamburello moved from New Hampshire where he coached Lacrosse for many years, during the summer of 2017 with his [non-coaching] full-time job.  Of the move, Tamburello said, "We were looking for a school for our 3 boys in Clarendon or Sumter County with a Lacrosse program, and there weren't any. 

“After contacting LMA, they were highly receptive to starting a program, so we checked them out and fell in love with the school.  

“Lacrosse has been one of the fastest growing sports in the United States for many years and is a very popular offseason training option for Football players,” said Coach Tamburello. "In the Northeast, a lot of football players play Lacrosse in the spring and are very successful.  LMA has some great athletes, and we are very excited to see what they can do with a Lacrosse stick in their hands. The only experienced player on this year's team shares a last name with his head coach, so we have a lot of work to do, but we really can't wait to get going." 

The Swampcats will open their season at home on February 23rd against White Knoll (Columbia). All 2019 Home games will be played at 4235 Nazarene Church Road in Sumter.

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