Jack Parr (’17 Attack) Commits to Brown University

Congratulations to Jack Parr of McDonogh School on his commitment to the DI program Brown University!

Why did you choose this college?
Academics, Athletics, Location.

What other colleges did you consider?
Tufts, Cornell and Amherst.

Lacrosse honors
2015 Adrenaline Black Card; ILPreps National Player of the Week – 3/11/2016.

Academic honors
6X Deans List, Charm City Lacrosse

Other (special thanks, etc.)
Thanks to my parents, Coach Hilgartner (McDonogh), Coaches Shilling and McClernan (Crabs), Coaches Santos and O’Keefe (USBoxLA).

 

Jack Parr

Standouts from National 175 Invitational at RPI

As a company, our team saw a lot of talent this summer. We filmed both exclusive and to put it nicely, less than exclusive events. One thing is definitely true. Watching good lacrosse is better than watching the ball on the ground. At the National 175 Summer Showcase, we got to see 3 days of great lacrosse. Players that created chemistry in short order because they view the game through a shared lens. A game that is more art than science and where the ball should be passed or shot within 3 seconds. Maybe it was the cooler temperatures in upstate New York. Regardless, if this is the future and what we’ll get to watch at the college level, count me in.

Here are a few standouts from the week. But first, an aerial view of the great facilities at RPI.

 

We will be adding to this list as we view film, including all-star games, from the event.

Team / Name / Pinny / Year / Position

2017

Team 1 Christopher Dorain 734 2017 Goalie

Size. Steps to ball, making himself even bigger in goal. Quick on high low shots on the doorstep (see more of in showcase than college game because defense new to each other), but nonetheless impressive.

Team 1 Jake Cordes 742 2017 Defense

A stone wall (that’s literally what we wrote down from the sidelines). Low center of gravity and quick feet meant attack were unable to spin out of his defensive positions. For entire quarters, his side of the field would be locked down. Great on ball defender.

Team 3 Jonathan Sarubbi 706 2017 Midfield/FO

Pretty sure this guy just loops “All I do is win win win no matter what” because that is exactly what he did. He consistently won the clamp, got leverage and pivoted out for a self release. He didn’t rely on wing players to get the ball, but often possessed it before they arrived. Very fundamental and clean. Our friends at The Faceoff Academy would like this guy.

Team 4 Jared Gelber 687 2017 Midfield

Solid two-way player at Middie. Quick feet and first step. He’s able to do a lot of different things that when added up, make a difference. Whether feeding off a double team or doubling himself, he sees the field and gets the game.

Team 4 Zac Asbury 704 2017 Attack

Solid dodger. Shoots in traffic with torque. Picks his spots well and has a diversity of moves to get to cage. Able to finish with 2-3 defenders on him.

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Fastest player on the field. Like he was using turbo mode that others didn’t have. Very quick feet and able to get low leverage when dodging to cage.

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2018

Team 13 Cameron Logan 756 2018 Goalie

Strong. Able to fill cage and feed clear. Saw some impressive saves.

Team 13 Chase Maitland 829 2018 Midfield

Small, fast Middie. Takes a good line to the goal, doesn’t fade into bad angle shot.

2019 / 2020

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Team 22 Joseph Craven 853 2019 Goalie

Great size and first step. Reads the shot well ie stick arrived to placement well ahead of ball. Confident clearing and possession of ball outside the cage.

Team 22 Henry Quaintance 951 2020 Attack

Comfort around the crease. Great back door cuts and positioning. Somehow always open so reading ball movement well. Able to create havoc from behind the cage.

Team 24 Matthew Verlotte 896 2019 Defense

Very athletic, coast to coast defender. Played good off ball positioning but was a real factor in clearing, able to out run and out dodge riding attackmen.

Team 24 Maxwell Tetreault 910 2019 Midfield/FO

Wins pretty much every faceoff with a fast clamp and low leverage. Great body positioning to free the ball to himself and gets his head up on the fast break.

Honorable Mentions

Team 1 Nicholas Nelson 726 2017 Midfield – Impressive field vision. Head up when dodging. Great feeder to crease.

Team 3 Christopher Fiorello 653 2017 Attack – Nice shot from distance. Good placement.

Team 3 Jake Boston 683 2017 Midfield – Strong power and torque when shooting on the run.

621 [to come] – Canadian style attack whose big and able to use body well to get leverage on defenders. He dropped his stick and didn’t always double team coming.

Team 4 Vaughn Wahlberg 710 2017 Midfield – Good speed. Ball placement on shot.

Team 22 Henry Zahn 883 2019 Attack – Good off ball movement.

Team 22 Dawson Jesmer 872 2019 Midfield – Scoring midfielder with diversity of dodges.

Team 23 John Panda 915 2019 Midfield – Nice left right split dodge. With hesitation, hard to defend.

All Star Game Rosters

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Davis Sampere (’16 Faceoff) Commits to High Point University

Congratulations to Davis Sampere of Leesville Road High on his commitment to the DI program High Point University!

Why did you choose this college?
I decided on High Point University because I thought it was the best opportunity for me, due to the fact that it has everything that I wanted in a college.  Small classes, great professors and an amazing campus plus it is close to home so my family can come.  The lacrosse team with its coaching staff has so much potential and is getting better and better each year.

What other colleges did you consider?
Mercer, Furman and Salisbury.

Lacrosse honors
4x First Team All-Conference
1x Conference Player of the Year
1st Team All-State
1st Team All-Region
2x N&O All-Metro
US All-American

Academic honors
A,B honor roll all 4 years

Other (special thanks, etc.)
I want to thank my family, coaches, and teammates for supporting me through this process I couldn’t have done it without all of you.

Davis Sampere

Cam Fiore (’18 Goalie) Commits to Brown

When I got back home from High Point this spring my brother had been hired as the Seton Hall Prep JV coach so I decided to help out at a couple practices and games. “Help out” was my excuse to shoot on this kid every day until my back gave out.

Having a solid senior goalie in net for the Pirates, (Colin Kirst, Lehigh ’20) who had been the starter for three years, Fiore had to spend his spring season getting reps for the JV squad. The first time I met him I was warming him up for a game and as it started getting closer to face-off I decided to start putting some heat on it, but Fiore stood tall and yelled, “Hey Coach, you can speed it up a little ya know!”

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His competitive nature is one of a kind and his work ethic off the field is CRAZY. He is ranked #1 in his class and it truly translates onto the field. He is a smart, confident, athletic goalie who has shooters banging their sticks on the ground over frustration. He added this in an interview about his recruitment process:

“I was always looking to set myself up to go a high-academic school. With that goal in mind, I forced myself to keep my grades high and I made sure to work on my game. Sometimes, that means other things have to take a backseat. When I’m doing seven hours of homework or I have to go to practice, that sometimes means I can’t go to a party or hang out with friends.”

I knew eventually someone would snag this kid and I’m glad it was the Final Four contending Brown Bears. Now I get to shoot on a Brown goalie during school breaks. Congrats Cam.

 

Recruiting Insight with NECC Coach of the Year Otero

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Thomas Otero just finished his second season as Head Coach of Southern Vermont. He has led the team to two tournament appearances in as many years of the team’s existence. Coach Otero was named NECC Coach of the Year and he also coached the NECC Player of the Year this year. Coach Otero has been coaching for forty years and worked as an educator for thirty.

1. What advice do you have for players interested in DIII schools?

You have to pick a school that you want to go to for your educational choices first and then your athletic choices second. You have to research the schools that you want while gaining the most information possible by talking to current students at those universities.

2. What is the best way for players to get on your recruiting radar?

We’re a small school and mostly regional in the northeast area. We also get some people from Florida and California as well because of the lack of small, DIII schools in those areas. Personal emails also do a lot because it shows true interest. Filling out the recruit me questionnaire continues to show interest and phone calls are great as well.

3. What type of players do you primarily look for, a raw athlete or refined lacrosse player?

I want the athlete who is dedicated, has great work ethic, and will push themselves to be a good student, a good person, and a good lacrosse player. Sometimes that person is the raw athlete and sometimes it’s the seasoned athlete that I can teach new things in order for them to become a better athlete.

4. What areas of player development would you recommend players focus on to elevate their game?

Number one—STICK SKILLS!! Wall ball is the best. If you can do 15 minutes of wall ball everyday then your stick skills will dramatically increase. You must be ambidextrous at the collegiate level to bring your game to the next level. The game of lacrosse is highly technical and stick skills are at the center of that.

5. How has the accelerated recruiting landscape impacted your approach to recruiting?

Being a small school, sometimes we get pushed out into the fringe. There’s a lot of push right now to modify the recruiting profile and I think that is most likely on the horizon.

6. Are there any last pieces of advice for players and families you’d like to share?

This is a big decision for the athlete. Go and see the schools! Experience them! Look at class size and location. They need to ask themselves, “Are they going to be happy here if they don’t have lacrosse in their life?” And if the answer to that question is yes, then that school most likely is a great fit. It should not be a snap decision, it should be timely with a lot of thought process.

ConnectLAX is a third party recruiting service and not affiliated with or endorsed by Thomas Otero or Southern Vermont College.

Hampton Pirates Find Gold in 1st Recruiting Class

When someone mentions Hampton University and sports never has lacrosse been a topic of conversation. Historically, Hampton has always been a basketball power house.However, that all might change soon for coach Lloyd Carter and his Pirates after taking a look at their first official recruiting class.

After looking through a few of the highlight tapes one word comes to mind when describing all of these players…ATHLETE. Not only can these guys  run like the wind, throw kids down to the floor, and switch directions before you see it coming. They also have a knack for putting the ball in the net with STYLE.

Right off the bat the Pirates grabbed two D1 transfers from St.John’s, Malcolm Flynn and Andrew Gray. They also snagged a JuCo transfer from ASA College, Kier Johnson, who has one of the most legit commitment videos I’ve ever seen.

The Pirates have also recruited two phenomenal goalies, Josh Tarver (Centerville HS,) and Kevin Mondy Jr. (Hillcrest HS), both with lightning quick hands.

As well as attackmen John Tarver (Centerville HS) and Preston Randolph (Episcopal HS, Va) who can virtually score from anywhere.

 

 

Niagara Recruiting Showcase Standouts

It’s not very often that the word “beautiful” gets thrown around when someone talks about an event in Buffalo, but man the Niagara Showcase was blessed by the lacrosse gods! The weather was great, the talent was TREMENDOUS, and the parents and coaches had a little fun tailgating in between games.

Teams from Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Canada made the trip, and even a team from the state of Maryland came. It was a day filled with highlights and impressive play, but a few names were mentioned throughout the day by several college coaches.

Class of 2019 Standouts: 

Keelan Mckouen, M, Clarkston HS

With a name like Keelan Mckouen you’ve gotta be smooth, and let me tell you this kid has a number flawless dodges in his arsenal. He also has an accurate lefty on the run shot, and A LOT of potential. Overall, a must watch hailing from Michigan.

Class of 2018 Standouts:

Thomas Cecere, A, Grand Island Senior 

I would compare this guy to the lacrosse version of Aaron Rodgers. He’s got a strong right hand with amazing vision, and he has a knack for getting his teammates involved. Overall, a great ball handler and even better teammate.

Christian Rodriguez, D, West Seneca East

As our only defensemen on the list, Rodriquez is a play maker. College coaches say he is a tall, rangy defender who can throw devastating checks from all over the field. After stripping his attackmen he also gets the ball moving in transition. Overall, everything this guy does is purposeful and efficient.

Class of 2017 Standouts:

Patrick Sullivan, A, Orchard Park

Patrick Sullivan is a big kid who plays just down the road at a very good high school program. He knows how to play in tight spaces and he knows how to use his body. Even when under pressure he can still finish. Overall, he’s a an offensive bully around the crease.

Standouts from the 2016 Sound Lacrosse Summer Classic

Top players seen by Nicole Lyons of ConnectLAX at Sound Lacrosse Summer Classic on July 16th.

I hopped on the train at 8:02 am this Saturday headed to Fairfield University, alma mater of our resident Stag Nick Lattimore, to check out the 2016 Sound Lacrosse Summer Classic.  It was a beautiful day for lacrosse, and per usual plenty of college coaches lined the fields, jotting down notes and sweating through the 90-degree weather.

Needless to say, the athletes did not disappoint.  With the sun beating down on their backs, the players truly gave it their all, sprinting from endline to endline, battling for every ground ball, and dodging and juking around each check.  However, despite the cutthroat competition, some guys shone bright amongst the others.  One coach called the tournament a “great place to find hidden gems.”  And here they are!

Without further ado, here are the standouts from Saturday’s games.

 

Class of 2017:

Trevor Arganese, A, Trumbull Eagles 2017, Trumbull High School

Trevor definitely does his job as an attackman.  He moves well with the flow of the offense and carries the ball with confidence.  Defensemen definitely do not want to turn their backs on this guy.

 

Tyler Green, M/FO, Emass 2017, Thayer Academy

Not only is he a face-off ace, Tyler is a prolific feeder, shooter, and ground ball monster.  Tyler is committed to St. Joseph’s.  Check him out below.

 

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Class of 2018:

John Ruggiero, M, WWP Varsity, Daniel Hand High School

A commanding presence on the offense, John moves well and carries the ball with confidence.  He’s not afraid to take charge and gets the job done.

Noah Froio, M, Emass 2018, Cohasset High School

Noah is a college coach’s dream middie.  He’s a workhorse and goes after every 50/50 ground ball, not to mention winning all of them.

Ryan Kenney, A, Emass 2018, Landmark High School

A lefty, Ryan is a powerhouse attackman that drives hard down the alley and scores often, an absolute nightmare for defensemen.

Patrick O’Driscoll, G, Emass 2018, BC High School

As a goalie, your main job is to save the ball.  O’Driscoll does it well.  In fact, he didn’t give up a single goal against one of the more elite teams in the tournament.

 

 

Honorable Mentions:

Jake Liebowitz ’17, A, Trumbull Eagles 2017, Trumbull High School

Kyle Atherton ’20, D, Trumbull Eagles 2017, Trumbull High School

Recruiting Insight with Cedar Crest’s Head Coach Danielle Bay

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Danielle Bay just finished her first season as head coach of the
women’s lacrosse at Cedar Crest College, where she is also the Director of Compliance. Coach Bay graduated from Centenary College in 2012 and finished as the All-Time Leader in points and caused turnovers.

We sat down with Coach Bay to learn about her growing program at Cedar Crest and what makes the DIII experience so great.

What advice do you have for players interested in DIII schools?

Continue to explore your DIII options for schools. All of the schools are completely different, some are more intense, some are bigger, others smaller. Academics are the number one priority in DIII. Academics always come first at Cedar Crest, but there are still high expectations set that players are expected to reach on the field as well.

What is the best way for players to get on your recruiting radar?

Email, call, message, carrier pigeons, smoke signal, anything to let me know that you’re interested in Cedar Crest. I’m usually in the office so just call and I’m more than happy to answer all and any questions. I give my cell phone out to many of the recruits so they can contact me at any time and I’ll even text. Just show interest, that’s the most important part.

What type of players do you primarily look for and where?

Raw athletes as well as refined lacrosse players. Raw athletes can be molded into players that fit perfectly into the program. Refined players are helpful because Cedar Crest is a growing program so they can immediately help the program reach new heights and be impact players. By going to a lot of high school games during the spring, mainly within a two hour radius around Cedar Crest, it offers an advantage of becoming extremely familiar with players as they grow. I go to a ton of camps and clinics and basically every tournament. If you email us about a tournament, chances are we’re already attending.

What areas of player development would you recommend players focus on to elevate their game?

Stick skills! Stick skills are an issue at every level of the sport, regardless of division. It is very important that players work on their stick outside of scheduled practice time because players do not get enough touches in during that time. You can never be too good at stick skills! An hour a day outside of practice does wonders to improve ones’ skills.

How has the accelerated recruiting landscape impacted your approach to recruiting?

The accelerated recruiting landscape has not affected Cedar Crest and myself much. If girls are truly more interested in their academics then they’ll be looking at DIII anyway, which is what is wanted at Cedar Crest because academics always come first.

Are there any last pieces of advice for players and families you’d like to share?

TAKE YOUR TIME. There is no need to rush through the process. Take your time researching schools and figure out what you actually want in a school, with academics and in the actual school itself, but make sure to take the time to visit. Many people get a special feeling when they walk on a campus and instantly know where they belong, but you should still try to stay overnight to see if you truly love the atmosphere and go to classes to see if it’s a fit. Most importantly, take your time.

ConnectLAX is a third party recruiting service and not affiliated with or endorsed by Danielle Bay or Cedar Crest University.

National175 Returning for 5th Year at RPI in Upstate NY

Mark down July 25-27th as National 175 showcase at RPI in Upstate NY is returning for it’s 5th year. This is one of the 3 most established showcases in the country.

“It’s simple, there is a short window to be seen live by college coaches. That window closes at the end of July. If you are not yet committed to play in college and want to garner the most exposure, the National 175 has consistently delivered a strong turnout of a great many of the top college programs in the country.

I tell my players to maximize their exposure to enhance their chances of generating college coaches interest and the National 175 has had a great turnout the past 4 years and the college coaches I have spoken to indicate this will be another strong event.”

  • Jeff Brameier, Darien HS Varsity Coach, Founder – CT Chargers

SELECT SPOTS STILL AVAILABLE IN CERTAIN POSITIONS AND GRAD YEARS.

REGISTER BELOW. IF YOU ARE DENIED REGISTRATION, THE SPOT IS FILLED BUT PLEASE ALERT US VIA EMAIL.

LINK TO REGISTER: https://natinvite175.sportngin.com/register/form/913527932
PASSWORD: lacrosse175

Players that are not yet committed for college but still want to gain great exposure before the college recruiting window closes at the end of July should seriously consider this event.
This is a small venue on 3 contiguous fields played on a state of the art facility with 3 turf fields. While there can be no guarantees of which colleges will be attending again this year, please note the following:
Last year, we had players register from over 150 different clubs and emanating from 28 different states and Canada. The event had approximately 400 players and 70 college coaches (listed on our website).

With that volume of coaches spread out among only about 400 players, there were coaches readily visible on the sidelines.

Here are a few college coaches already committed to speak at recruiting seminars in the event.

HARVARD – BEN DELUCA
BROWN – MIKE DALY
U MASS – GREG CANNELLA
BUCKNELL – FRANK FEDORJAKA
COLGATE – MIKE MURPHY
LAFAYETTE – JIM ROGALSKI
UNION – PAUL WEHRUM