Blake Hanegraaf (’18 Defenseman/LSM) Commits to Michigan

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Why did you choose this college?:
They are one of the best schools for engineering degrees  and I think my personality would fit in great there.

What other colleges did you consider?
Air Force, University of Minnesota, Ohio State, Purdue, Wisconsin.

Lacrosse honors
3D Showcase in Denver

Academic honors
4.0 GPA, Member of NHS, Member of NSHSS, Presidents award recipient,

Other (special thanks, etc.)

Travel Teams: Team MN ’18 Daehn
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Charlie Stover (’17 LSM, Defense) Commits to Capital University

Congratulations to Charlie Stover of De La Salle Collegiate on his commitment to DIII program Capital University.
Why did you choose this college?:
Capital has a 4 yr nursing program that will allow me to graduate on time. The coaching staff and players were very impressive.

What other colleges did you consider?

Mount Union, Mount St. Joseph, Tusculum, Alma, Ferris…


5 Reasons Why Lacrosse is the Fastest Growing Sport in America

“It’s a virus in a good way. Once you pick up a stick, you’re with it for life.” – David Gross, Commissioner of Major League Lacrosse


Lacrosse is at the top of the list of fastest growing sports in America, but why? As one of the oldest sports in the country, why now has it started to expand so rapidly?


5 Reasons Why Lacrosse is the Fastest Growing Sport in America:


1. Four-Year Colleges are Starting to Catch On

A more literal #throwbackthursday this week. #TBT

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Over 70 four-year colleges started varsity lacrosse teams within the last 2 years, and 50 more are slated to start by the 2019 season.


2. The Feeder System is Growing

State Semi Final Game Day. #LeaveNoDoubt

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Lacrosse has been the fastest growing sport at the High School level for over a decade, but the fast five years have been huge. No other High School sport topped the 10% mark for growth in the past five years.


3. Anyone, Anywhere, Anytime

#WallBallWednesday with @willmanny1 at Zion National Park 🏔 #TLNnation

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“It’s fun to practice, just have a catch, to throw against a wall by yourself. Any body size can play. You don’t have to be 7-feet tall to play the game, we’ll find a place for you on the field. It’s perfect.” – David Gross, Commissioner of MLL


4. Moving West

Trophy on the line today at #PeterBartonLS #DENvMARQ set for 2:30p on Fox Sports 2 in the BIG EAST Final

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While traditionally the sport has been popular in the northeast, the rest of the country is seeing large spikes in growth. Denver was the first Men’s Division I Lacrosse team not within the Eastern timezone, and since then many other schools in the midwest and west coast have installed varsity programs.


5. Growing Professionally 

Don't wish for it, work for it #motivationmonday

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Although the professional level is growing much less rapidly than the lower levels of lacrosse, the MLL has plans to expand to 16 teams within the next 10 years.



Young Harris College Lacrosse Program Founder Kirk Rogers Steps Down

Young Harris College is an up and coming Division II program with a lot of potential. The Director of Athletics at Young Harris released a statement today in regards to the sudden departure of the men’s lacrosse coach Kirk Rogers:

“Over the past five years, Coach Rogers has served as the head men’s lacrosse coach and compiled an overall record of 30-29. I truly appreciate his commitment to building a strong men’s lacrosse program at YHC, his tireless work ethic, and putting YHC on the map for men’s lacrosse. I wish Kirk only the best as he has decided to embark on new career opportunities and spend more time with his family at this time in his life.”

Rogers introduced the lacrosse program to Young Harris College in 2012, and has served as the men’s lacrosse coach since its induction. Over the past four seasons the Mountain Lions saw a rise each year in total wins, from just 5 in their inaugural year to 10 this past season.

Rogers released his own statement saying, “I am excited to start a new chapter in my life and spend more time with my family and my fiancée,” said Rogers. “I will continue to follow the Young Harris lacrosse program from afar. I know what they are capable of and I expect great things.”

For now, assistant coach Forrest MacConnell will serve as interim head coach of the men’s lacrosse program.

Billy Dreyer (’17 Goalie) Commits to Connecticut College

Congratulations to Billy Dreyer of Loomis Chaffee on his commitment to DIII program Connecticut College!

Why did you choose this college?

Conn. College has everything to offer in a school with great academics and an outstanding lacrosse coaching staff and program. Looking forward to helping Coach Cornell and the team win NESCAC Championships.

What other colleges did you consider?


Lacrosse honors

US Lacrosse High School All American, All Star Selection FLG in 3D 2016, ECLC 2015. Brine National Lacrosse Selection 2012-2014

Academic honors

Selected Prefect Junior Year Loomis Chaffee, Resident Advisor Senior Year Loomis Chaffee

Other (special thanks, etc.)

Thank you to my family, Coach Lee, Coach Burnam and Coach Dobbins for guiding me along the way.


Tyler Iriondo (’17 FaceOff) Commits to Christopher Newport University

Congratulations to Tyler Iriondo of Robinson Secondary School on his commitment to DIII program Christopher Newport University!

Why did you choose this college?
I chose CNU because of the strong business program and great campus vibe. From the moment I arrived at CNU, everyone was very friendly and welcoming. CNU’s lacrosse program has a great coaching staff and culture plus top notch facilities to help you perform to the best of your ability. With Coach Mikey Thompson’s leadership and vision, the program is going in the right direction and I’m excited to be part of it.

What other colleges did you consider?
Ithaca, Gettysburg, York, Stevenson and VMI

Lacrosse honors
(NFC8) National Faceoff Combine National Champion for Class of 2017, 2nd Team All-Conference, Under Armour Top 44, Inside Lacrosse Recruiting Invitational ASG, 2x East Coast Showcase ASG and Team MVP, Top 205 ASG, Brine All-American, WAVElax Top 22, 3 year Letter, 3x 6A VA State Lacrosse Champions, 2x 6A VA North Region Champions, 2x 6A VA Concorde Conference Champions, NSCLA Select Showcase, Adrenaline Black Card Showcase Invitee

Academic honors
National Honor Society, A/B Honor Roll, Athletic Honor Roll, SGA, Spanish Club Secretary

Other (special thanks, etc.)
First, I’d like to thank my parents for supporting me step by step through this recruiting process. Without my parents, I wouldn’t have had as many opportunities as I did.

Next, I’d like to thank all of my coaches from the past and present. Coach Curran, Coach Keel, Coach Solomon and Coach Daniel taught me everything I know about lacrosse. I wouldn’t be where I am today without them. Coach Maddox, Coach Marriott and Coach Curtin helped me take my game to the next level. I’d also like to thank Coach Savage for training me.

Finally, I’d like to thank Coach (Mikey) Thompson and the coaching staff of Christopher Newport University for giving me the opportunity to play and compete for such a great program.

Tyler Iriondo

Joseph Poggio (’18 Attack) Commits to Mercy College

Congratulations to Joseph Poggio of Bethpage High School on his commitment to DII program Mercy College!

Why did you choose this college?
I chose Mercy College because it fits all my needs academically and has a great lacrosse program.

What other colleges did you consider?
Mount Saint Mary’s University

Other (special thanks, etc.)
I would like to thank coach Roddy McCoy with all his help through the recruiting process.  As well as my parents for all of their support.

Lance Crate (’18 Attack) Commits to Merrimack College

Congratulations to Lance Crate of Proctor Academy on his commitment to DII program Merrimack College!

Why did you choose this college?
Merrimack has great academics and lacrosse, both in a great location. Once I met with Coach Morgan and saw the campus I knew Merrimack was a place I wanted to be.

What other colleges did you consider?
St.Michaels, Belmont Abbey and New York Maritime.

Lacrosse honors
Bluechip 225 All Star, Island Uprising All Star, FLG Legit 120 Attendee

Other (special thanks, etc.)
I have to thank my parents, my trainer, my High School coach Tucker Prudden and my club coach Chris Cameron.

Lance Crate