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.

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.

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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…

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.

957 [to come]

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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West Coast Best Coast

Back in 2013, I attended an Adrenaline showcase in San Diego, CA working as a scorekeeper and it was the first time I experienced the raw offensive talent of West Coast players. Behind the backs, ankle-breaking split dodges, and low to high shots are the arsenal of these dangerous athletes.

Since that tournament I have watched every Adrenaline All-American game and it never seems to disappoint. HERE are the highlights of this year’s matchup of the best players West of the Mississippi:

Not only was it a great showing of exciting lacrosse, but the players also got to debut the first look at Epoch’s new line of protective equipment, Integra. CLICK ‘CONTINUE READING’ FOR PHOTOS.

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Keen Griffin (’17 Midfield) Commits to Washington College

Congratulations to Keen Griffin of Woodberry Forest on his commitment to the DIII program Washington College!

Why did you choose this college?
Good fit academically and lacrosse wise

What other colleges did you consider?
Stevenson, Gettysburg, and Salisbury.

Lacrosse honors
All prep, Team MVP, Maverik Showtime

Other (special thanks, etc.)
I want to say thank you to my parents for everything that they have done for me.

 

Team USA’s Michelle Tumolo Joins Oregon as Assistant

The new Oregon lacrosse coaching staff gained more elite credentials Tuesday with the addition of assistant coach Michelle Tumolo.

UO head coach Katrina Dowd, a five-time NCAA champion as a player and coach, named Tumolo to one of her two assistant positions. Tumolo played in the Final Four three times in four years as a player at Syracuse from 2010-13, then spent two seasons as an assistant at Florida before returning to the Orange as an assistant this past spring.

Tumolo will help coordinate offense for the Ducks, as she did with both the Gators and Orange. Florida led the NCAA in scoring in 2015 with 15.52 goals per game, and Syracuse scored 314 goals in 2016, second-most in the nation.

“We’re excited to welcome Michelle to the Oregon lacrosse family,” Dowd said. “She brings a wealth of knowledge and passion for the game that is unmatched. Her competitive drive as a player, and now as a top young coach, will be a perfect fit in helping take Oregon lacrosse to the next level.”

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Gareth Gacetta (’17 Attack) Commits to Connecticut College

Congratulations to Gareth Gacetta of Fairfield Warde on his commitment to the DIII program Connecticut College!

Why did you choose this college?
Excellent academics, great lacrosse program and coaches, and beautiful campus.

What other colleges did you consider?
Middlebury, Tufts, and Lafayette.

Lacrosse honors
2016 All FCIAC Conference East. 2016 Fairfield Warde Offensive MVP. 2016 Connecticut Post Player of the Week. 2015 All Star at the Baltimore Summer Kickoff.

Academic honors
Honor roll each semester in high school. Participated in the Appalachia Service Project rebuilding homes in West Virginia during the summers of 2015 and 2016. Junior Deacon at Greenfield Hill Congregational Church.

Other (special thanks, etc.)
Special thanks to Fairfield Warde coach Cunningham, CT Chargers coaches Celicourt, Burke, Velez and Brameier. Coach Epstein. And my parents.