New NCAA recruiting rules = better college matches

It’s been widely reported how proposal 2017-1 banned any recruiting contact between college coaches and PSAs (prospective student athletes) until Sept. 1 of the recruit’s junior year.

Many of us know how many D1 programs there are (71 men’s, 112 women’s) and how many scholarships each program can give (12.6 men’s, 12 women’s) if fully funded (roughly half are).

But what’s much less reported and harder to find is the number of college transfers every year. As a community, we kept saying college is a 40-year, not a 4-year decision, and then we asked high school freshman to make this decision anyway.

As a company, we take great pride in our free College Matching Service.

But during webinars or at team recruiting nights, the irony of showing freshman how to filter college programs by major wasn’t lost on us. More time to develop their college preferences, not more filters, was what they needed.

We’re excited for this change as we believe it will help recruits focus on academics, enjoy their high school experience, better develop their college preferences and ultimately get recruited to the right school. We hope that it will reverse the increase in college transfers as recruits will have more time to find the right fit both on and off the field.

Here’s what we know based on our understanding. Formal legislation is yet to be published.

Players and Parents

Men’s and women’s D1 college coaches may not make off-campus contact with PSAs or reach out by phone, social media or during unofficial campus visits. So no meeting with the coaching staff during unofficial visits. We understand that prospect days (on-campus) are permitted but contact is limited to feedback on the recruit’s athletic ability, not their recruiting process.

Parents fall under the same rules as PSAs and thus may not act an intermediary. Club and high school coaches may not be used to circumvent these recruiting contact rules. Specifically, direct messaging or communication about verbal offers through these third parties is not permissible.

It is our understanding that college coaches can still speak with club and high school coaches in an evaluative process, such as about a recruit’s play at an event or their position on a college’s recruiting radar. With contact between college coaches and families restricted, we believe that a recruit’s coaches will increasingly assist in their recruiting process.

Based on our conversations, college coaches will still be targeting and recruiting high school underclassman. They will benefit from seeing recruits play more and being able to commit to a more developed player, also having a longer academic track record to evaluate and less concern over recommits. We recommend recruits continue to message coaches at their target schools and share their highlight videos and academic updates.

It’s widely understood that existing verbal commitments will be grandfathered and honored by college coaches. However, PSAs in the 2019, 2020 and 2021 classes that have already verbally committed will be unable to speak with the coaching staffs at their future schools.

Given this rule is effective immediately, many families nearing the end of the recruiting process in it’s current accelerated timeline will have to wait. We imagine this is frustrating, like walking into class to turn in a paper and finding the due date has been pushed back even though you were ready. And now communication is more limited. We hope that the delay results in a better college decision for the recruit. We also understand the counterpoint that deciding between Duke, UVA and Cornell is not inherently a bad decision. Again, it’s typically a commitment to the admissions process, not admission, as the recruit doesn’t have their test scores yet.

As the above illustrates, it’s a delicate issue as parents want the best for their children and lacrosse is a tool to get into a great academic institution. These rule changes do not change that, they just require patience in a process that has been in short supply of it.

Last, this only impacts 190 men’s and women’s NCAA Division I programs, not the 753 Division II and III men’s and women’s programs (includes new programs). We believe college lacrosse at any level matters and include over 1,500 programs in our college matching service.

Club and HS Coaches

Many club coaches we’ve spoken with are excited given committed players can be question marks for attending practice and events, which can frustrate other players on the team trying to get recruited. This dynamic within teams has helped fuel the pressure, often premature, to commit.

As mentioned, club and high school coaches may not be used to circumvent these recruiting contact rules. Specifically, direct messaging or communication about verbal offers through these third parties is not permissible. It is our understanding that college coaches can still speak with club coaches in an evaluative process, such as about a recruit’s play at an event or their position on a college’s recruiting radar.

Enforcing these new rules falls to compliance officers at colleges, who will be screening calls more closely as clubs can no longer set up a call between college coaches and recruits. While it’s understood that existing offers will be honored and grandfathered in, be mindful that some college coaches may use the rule change to change their position. Club coaches may want to validate their recruit’s commitments.

We believe club coaches will gain influence as a result of the new rules. High school coaches too given recruits won’t be committing as underclassman. Organization will be key for club coaches as the floodgates will be opening for all recruits at once.

Report: Hopkins Protests Northwestern Game, Controversial Late Goal

Johns Hopkins coach Janine Tucker has formally filed a protest with the Big Ten Conference, according to the Baltimore Sun’s Kathy Dunn.

The protest asserts that the goal in question came after time had expired in the March 30th tilt. The Sheila Nesselbush shot, which was ruled a goal by the referees onsite, pushed the game into overtime — a period in which the Wildcats struck first, ultimately taking home the 10-9 overtime win.

A closer look at the shot in slow motion shows that the ball is still in Nesselbush’s stick as time had expired. The NCAA rule book, Section 9c, stipulates that “a goal is not scored when the ball enters the goal after the whistle has blown or the horn sounds.”

According to Dunn, this is the first time Janine Tucker has protested a game in her illustrious 24 year career at the helm of the Blue Jays.

“The protest rules exist for this very reason. I am hopeful that by following the protocol to protest the outcome of this game, something good can come from all of this,” Tucker told the Baltimore Sun.

She continued: “I felt compelled, given the situation, the video evidence, just knowing that it was physically impossible for a person to throw a ball that far in that amount of time, and I needed to fight for my team.”

On March 31st, we posted a slow-motion clip of the shot in question and asked fans if they thought the shot was a goal or not. An overwhelming 80% of fans voted “no goal.”

River Hawks Face 10-7 Set Back Against AE Foe New Hampshire

LOWELL, Mass. – With an assist at 18:28 in the first half, sophomore Jane Dudley (Duxbury, Mass.) established a new single season program record with her career-high 26th point. Despite her efforts, the UMass Lowell women’s lacrosse team dropped to 6-4 overall and 0-2 in conference play, after being clipped by New Hampshire (2-10, 2-1 AE) in America East action on Wednesday evening.

Dudley tallied three points (1g, 2a,) en route to her record setting performance, notching her 10th multi-point game of 2017. Additionally, the sophomore’s 14 assists so far this season surpass former River Hawk Jesse Jay for first place in the record books.

Junior goalkeeper Courtney Barrett (South Burlington, Vt.) racked up 12 saves in the tilt, while pacing the team with five ground balls and two caused turnovers.

“Today was a tough one, as we were looking to continue to defend our home turf,” said Head Coach Carissa Medeiros. “We did fairly well in the first half, but let go of some of our controllables in the second half, as some of our continuous mistakes came back to haunt us. New Hampshire did a good job capitalizing on our mistakes, we just have to make sure we can execute our game plan.”

A tightly contested first half swayed in favor of UMass Lowell, who carried a slight, 4-3, edge after 30 minutes of play. New Hampshire later over came two-goal second half deficit thanks to a 6-0 run that provided the Wildcats with a late lead they would fail to relinquish.

Junior attack Austin Trasatti (Doylestown, Pa.) and sophomores Dudley, Rebecca Idson (East Atlantic Beach, N.Y.) and Kendyl Finelli (Southborough, Mass.) netted a goal apiece to contribute to the River Hawks’ the fist half lead. Dudley and Trasatti broke open the scoring with back-to-back goals at 28:53 and 27:47, respectively, before the Wildcats Devon Croke made it a 2-1 contest. Idson later provided her team with a two-goal cushion, 3-1, when she tacked on her 21st goal of the season at 18:28. New Hampshire would soon fight back to knot the game 3-3, but a late goal by Finelli would lift the River Hawks to a 4-3 advantage with 39 seconds remaining.

UMass Lowell managed to grab an early 6-4 edge in the final half, after outscoring their opponents, 2-1, in the opening minutes. The River Hawks were led by Finelli and Trasatti who picked up their second goals of the contest with unassisted scores.

The Wildcats went on to string together six consecutive goals, aiding the themselves to comfortable 9-6 lead. During the run, New Hampshire snagged their first lead of the game, 7-6, on a breakaway by Devan Miller at 14:06.

Junior attack Kaylan DiModugno (Deer Park, N.Y.) looked to give her team a spark when she cut the deficit to 10-7 with 4:15 remaining. DiMudugno spilt a pair of defenders before bringing her team within three, but a New Hampshire defense held strong as they blanked the River Hawks in the final minutes to secure the 10-7 victory.

UMass Lowell is back in action on Saturday, April 8 against conference foe UAlbany. The contest is slated to begin at 11:00 a.m. at Wicked Blue Turf.

Jack Cain (’19 Defenseman) Commits to Dartmouth College!!

Oooooh yeah! The Varsity Lacrosse Captain of Hinsdale Central High School, Jack Cain, has made the big decision to play college lacrosse at Dartmouth College!! Throughout the years that Jack played for Hinsdale Central High School and True Lacrosse, he has been awarded West Suburban (Chicago) Conference Honorable Mention as a freshman, Chicago Showcase All Star, and was also a member of the Brine National Illinois 2019 All American Team. During his search for the perfect college, he also considered Navy and UMass, but loved that Dartmouth gave him the “opportunity to combine high level education with Ivy lacrosse” and he “loves the direction the new coaching staff is heading”. Jack is excited to start his journey at Dartmouth, but not without giving a special thank you to his True Lacrosse coaches and teammates for the continued support!

Two Sport Athlete

If you ask any college athlete they will tell you playing a sport in college is equivalent to having a full time job. Playing one sport is hard enough let alone trying to multitask two sports. Kenzie Kent is one of the very few superior athletes that is capable of managing two sports in college. Kenzie plays hockey and lacrosse for Boston College and she contributes incredibly at both.  Kenzie helped Boston College’s hockey team make it to the national semifinal but would lose to Wisconsin 1-0. After that devastating lose she carries that pain and motivation onto the turf filed as she begins her lacrosse season. What Kenzie is accomplishing ispurely amazing considering the fact that she plays two sports that happen back to back. Hockey can be very demanding of someones body and then to jump right into lacrosse, well that shows passion for how much she truly loves these sports. Hockey runs from September through March and lacrosse runs from March to May, so the amount of wear and tear that Kenzie places on her body is astonishing. She always Continue reading…

Ethan Bell (’18 Goalie) Commits to Bridgewater College!

CONGRATULATIONS Ethan Bell on your big decision to play D3 Lacrosse at Bridgewater College!

Ethan is a goalie for Kellam High School and 757 Select. He will be attending Bridgewater College after his graduation next spring. He considered other schools such as Christopher Newport University and Lebanon Valley College, but ultimately decided that Bridgewater would be the best choice to excel in both lacrosse and academics. He would like to thank his parents and all of his coaches for their continued support over the years of his lacrosse career.

Chase LaDrido’s Makes Final Decision

Chase LaDrido is 14 years old and has already made a commitment of where he wants to play lacrosse after high school. Chase decided to go with Johns Hopkins and Chase became the first west coast player of the 2020 class to commit to a Division 1 men’s lacrosse. Chase’s biggest reason for committing so soon was because of the agony of a high school recruiting process. Anyone who has been recruited out of high school knows this process all to well. The numerous phone calls, the constant promises, and the why our program is better. This can take a lot out of a high school student when they are trying to focus on grades and also improving their game for the next level. The NCAA are working elegantly on passing rule that would ban college coaches communicating with student athletes until their junior year and this could happen as soon as April. Chase’s parents are happy with his decision and think it will make it easier on Chase. They believe that not worrying about applying and making college visits will allow their son to dedicate more time improving in class and on the field.

Lane Tourtellot (’17 Defense/LSM) Commits to Guilford College!

Lets hear it for Lane Tourtellot! As a senior at Needham Broughton High School, Lane has committed to play Division 3 Lacrosse at Guilford College! The Brine All-American also considered the lacrosse programs at Hampton-Sydney and Bridgewater. However, he ultimately chose the Guilford Quakers because he can participate in strong academics while also playing lacrosse at a high level.

How Early is too Early

Nowadays it’s normal to have a phenom freshmen on your team in any college sport. Usually you think of a senior being the vocal leader and carrying the team, but now freshmen can be expected to also carry this role. Although phenom freshmen may be a norm, it is controversial when the recruiting process should begin for these young stars. Bay Shore attack man Brennan O’Neill has committed to play lacrosse for Penn State in 2021 and Brennan is only a 13 year old eighth grader. Brennan is not the only one who has committed at an early age. Caitlyn Wurzburger and Justin Brown who were both in middle school committed to play college lacrosse. The reason coaches are recruiting this young is because they look at it as an advantage over their competitors.

Although it is illegal for college recruits to communicate with athletes until their junior year of high school, many college recruits are using a loop hole. Instead of contacting the Continue reading…

The Legacy Behind the 376th Win

Coach Krzyzewski might be the first coach you think of when you think of Duke, but John Danowski is just as important or more. Before Coach Danowski came to Duke they were in turmoil due to three players being falsely accused of rape charges. As soon as Danowski took over he made sure that turmoil was put in the past and he quickly moved on. Danowski dominate start began at LIU-C.W Post where he was an assistant head coach. During his time as an assistant head coach it was a bit of a struggle financially, making only $4,000 and requiring his wife and him to live off meal passes for the semester. He would later go on to become the head coach at LIU Post and would have a record of 27-16. He would then become the head coach of Hofstra and would completely change the atmosphere, turning them into a powerhouse by piling up 192 wins. Danowski’s accomplishments didn’t go unnoticed at Hofstra, winning the F. Morris Touchstone Award for the Division 1 Coach of the Year. Along his journey  Continue reading…