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.

 

 

Under Armour Underclass Games: Jersey Takes It All! (Highlights)

It’s been a whopping 10 years since the Under Armour All-American and Underclass games were started and since then the Garden State has struggled to take home the title of champions, falling short to Philadelphia in 2015. But this year it was neither the usual Philadelphia nor Baltimore teams we’ve seen in the past four or five championship games. Instead for the first time in tournament history New Jersey takes the championship over a very talented Washington D.C. team.

It’s a bit ironic that these two teams met for the championship considering I have watched them play against each other, only for different teams. At Big 4 HHH I watched Leading Edge Elite 2018 take on MADlax 2018, which included a lot of players from the UA Underclass championship. So needless to say there was a little bit of rivalry in this game which made it THAT much more interesting.

It was a tale of two goalies when it came down to the end as Owen McElroy (Georgetown) and Toby Burgdorf (Providence) stood tall and combined for a tournament 32 saves. McElroy lead the tournament with 21 saves and attackman Connor Morin (Notre Dame) was named MVP after his 2 goal, 2 assist performance in the championship game. Another major contributor for this team was midfielder Brian Tevlin (Yale) who tallied 7 goals and 2 assists throughout the tournament while also snatching key ground balls on the faceoff wing as well as being a defensive force.

MVP Connor Morin added that this New Jersey team has been a long time coming, as chemistry was not hard to come by.

“A lot of these guys have been playing together since middle school and before that. I’ve known every single kid on this team before we formed it. I think it took us a little time to gel, but once we started playing together, we were just better than any other club team around.  We played like real teammates. The ball was moving and we just clicked.”

For all of the talent that New Jersey sends into NCAA lacrosse across all divisions, it’s hard to believe that this is their first underclass championship, but for now we Garden Staters will enjoy it.

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UA Underclass Championship: New Jersey 6, Washington DC 4

Colton Krasinski (’16 Defender) Commits to Merrimack College

Congratulations to Colton Krasinski of Bedford High School on his commitment to the DII program Merrimack College!

Why did you choose this college?
Merrimack College offers a great lacrosse program lead by Coach Michael Morgan, with a strong emphasis on academics and the ability to stay in New England.

What other colleges did you consider?
A couple of New England Div 1 programs.

Lacrosse honors
Fab Frosh All Star Team, Individual Philly showcase, Legacy showcase, Prep school showcase invited participant.

Academic honors
Honor roll each year of High School-honors classes.

Other (special thanks, etc.)
I want to thank my club team, The N.H Tomahawks coaches/teammates and my Bedford N.H High School coaches and teammates. I also want to thank my mom and dad, my brother Camden and Sister Isabella for always supporting me.

Colton Krasinski

Jordan Dondoyano

Jordan Dondoyano (’16 Goalie) Commits to Bellarmine University

Congratulations to Jordan Dondoyano of Issaquah High School on his commitment to the DI program Bellarmine University

Why did you choose this college?
I chose it because of the coaches, its great academics, the campus, and the school’s commitment to help one succeed during and after college. It’s a great fit for me.

What other colleges did you consider?
Detroit, Wagner, Tampa and Rutgers.

Lacrosse honors
2015 Named to the USA TODAY High School Sport’s American Family Insurance ALL-USA Washington Boys Lacrosse Team – 07/03/15
2015 Recognized as US Lacrosse Magazine’s (04/21/15) High School Player of the Week & Team Recognition (“Quick Slants” 05/05/15)
2015 Named to All-State/All-Conference First Team in One of the Toughest Conference in the West Region;
2015 Competed in Under Armour UnderClass Tryouts June, 2015
2015 Competed in National 175 Best of the Best Lacrosse Showcase July, 2015
2015 Competed in Nike Blue Chip Lacrosse Camp June, 2015 @ UMBC, MD;
2015 WA State Boys Lacrosse Championship Semi-Finalist & State All-Star Goalie Selectee
2014 Finalist in Space Needle Shootout (Largest Tournament in NW)
2014 #1 Ranked Goalie in Washington State (GAA of 2.5 and a 63% SV% – Sportability.com – as a 3rd year Goalkeeper);
2014 Invited to AIST’s USA U19 Men’s Select Lacrosse Team 2015;
2014 NW Best Lacrosse Showcase Goalie MVP;
2014 Summer Solstice Champions;
2014 Competed in Under Armour All-America Lacrosse Underclass Tryouts, June, 2014 in Mission Viejo, CA;
2014 Team Washington Sockeye’s (Rising Juniors);
2014 Issaquah High School Lacrosse Defensive MVP (1st Sophomore to be awarded the honor);
2014 Second Team All State/All Conference as Sophomore Goalie;
2014 WA State Boys Lacrosse Championship Finalist as a Sophomore Starter (recorded 13 Saves to help my team);
2014 Goal tending skills help Issaquah High School Lacrosse Team attain the ranking of #39 (out of 3,569 Teams in the Nation); Goals/Game with only 3.96 Gls/Gm in the Defensive Category for Lax Power’s National Goals Per Game Stats;
2014 Recognized as Inside Lacrosse Magazine’s (05/02/14) and US Lacrosse Magazine’s (05/06/14) High School Player of the Week;
2014 Earned Three “Player of the Game” honors during 2014 WA State Boys HS Lacrosse Season;

Other (special thanks, etc.)
First, I would like to thank Coach Dave Densley for convincing me to play lacrosse instead of baseball and then converting from a F/O Middie into a Goalie. Also to Coach Nick Yaap for teaching me how to play the goalie position and Coach Mark Greenhall for giving me the chance to join his team and help win the WA State GELL Championship. Thanks to Coach Chris Snider for all his help.

I would also like to thank my Team Washington Coaches Brandon Fortier (HC), and Jordan Goldstein for their guidance and making it enjoyable during those trips to the East Coast.

Thanks to my high school assistance coach Jordan Bayly for taking those super hard shots during warm-ups to help me get ready for the game while incurring lots of bruises before the game even started.

Last but not least, my high school head coach, Brandon Fortier for helping me through the recruiting process and made me the player that I am today.

To my parents for all their support and helping me become a better person.

Adrian Brown

Adrian Brown (’16 Attackman) Commits to Tusculum College

Congratulations to Adrian Brown of Leesville Road High School on his commitment to the DII program Tusculum College!

Why did you choose this college?

I chose Tusculum College based on the fact that as soon as I touched the campus I immediately fell in love with the campus, the classroom size, the educational aspects, and the student friendly atmosphere. More importantly the team that Coach (Richard) Carrington runs is something I am honored to be apart of, I love being able to have the opportunity to be a future Pioneer!

What other colleges did you consider?
Randolph College and Greensboro College.

Bailey Premo (’16 Attackman) Commits to Muskingum University

Congratulations to Bailey Premo of Brunswick High School on his commitment to the DIII program Muskingum University!

Why did you choose this college?
Loved the campus and excelled in the academic program of my choosing; also Coach Gallagher is building a great program I would love to be a part of.

What other colleges did you consider?
Messiah College, Alderson-Broaddus University, Hiram College and Goucher College.

Lacrosse honors
2013 WVSLA All Star Selection 2014 MVAL All Area Honorable Mention 2014 Coach’s Award 2015 Capital North Stars Elite Team MVP 2015 Team MVP 2015 1st Team All-Conference (MVAL) 2015 1st Team All-Area (Frederick County)

Academic honors
Athletic Directors Honors Roll Student Athlete Honor Roll Honor Roll x 3 NHS Member SGA nomnation SNHS Nominee

Other (special thanks, etc.)
Thanks to Coach Maddux, Coach Ince, Coach Marriot, and Coach Jeffries from MadLax. Thank to my high school Coach Jeff Hartman, and Coach John Kostolansky.

Michael Christiansen (’18 Defenseman) Commits to Hobart W. Smith Colleges

Congratulations to Michael Christiansen of Roxbury Gaels on his commitment to the DI program Hobart W. Smith Colleges!

Why did you choose this college?
I felt it was the perfect fit for me.  It has great academics and lacrosse

What other colleges did you consider?
Villanova, Rutgers, Bryant and Binghamton

Lacrosse honors
NJLL Allstar, Brine National Academy, 3D Blue Chip, Nike Blue Chip, Varsity Letter Freshman year

Academic honors
Honor roll

Other (special thanks, etc.)
I would like to thank my family for all their support.