G3 / RR Goalie Of The Week: Colby Kneese ’16, Highland Park (Tex.)

CffPUrqW8AEBmVe.jpgEach Monday from now until the end of the season in June, I’ll be combining with G3 Lacrosse‘s Kip Turner, Adam Ghitelman and John Galloway to name a Goalie of the Week. After going through a ton of nominations for week one, Highland Park (Tex.) senior goalie Colby Kneese has been awarded the honor for his lights out 17-save performance in a win over Dallas Jesuit. A three-year starter, he committed to Penn State in August and signed in November. Click through to read more about Colby and his week.

G3 Lacrosse was founded in 2011 to expand the vision and passion for the game of lacrosse and the goaltending position. The initial focus of G3 is meticulous instruction and development of the goaltender position across the sport. Their mission is to utilize the game of lacrosse to teach young goaltenders about the core values that will serve to lead and influence them long after their lacrosse careers come to an end. The ultimate goal of G3 is to foster an appreciation for the opportunities the game of lacrosse provides and develop an understanding of how lessons learned in this game correlate to life outside of the playing field. In addition to growing the lacrosse player on the field through an array of new, innovative and instructional drills and techniques, G3 Lacrosse also strives to manifest the growth in every young man and woman that has the privilege to play this great game. G3 Lacrosse is directed by current MLL and Division 1 goaltenders & coaches: John Galloway, Adam Ghitelman, and Kip Turner. 

In a game between two perennial Dallas powers, Kneese stymied Dallas Jesuit (Tex.) with a 17-save performance to propel the Scots to a crucial 9-6 win in front of a large crowd of Texas lacrosse diehards. The victory puts Highland Park’s overall record at 10-1 while also avenging their lone in-state loss last year.

“When you’re a goalie and you hold a team of Jesuit’s caliber to six goals, you’re doing something right – he was going post to post and seemed to stop everything,” said HP head coach Derek Thomson in a phone interview on Monday morning. “The luxury of being able to build a defense with Colby in net, you basically say that anything outside of 10 yards he’s not letting in. I had the best seat in the house on Thursday night and we were all treated to a special performance by Colby.”

Kneese is an intriguing ‘late recruit’ story in that he didn’t commit until days before his senior year, choosing the Nittany Lions after also getting looks from North Carolina and Loyola, among others. His status with Penn State became solidified after a phenomenal few showings at NHSLS this past summer in Maryland, also standing out in tournaments with C2C and Dallas Select.

“He lives for the lights,” continued Thomson. “He lives for those highly important games where every inch of the field is contested. The ones who like the lights shine the brightest.”

To nominate a player for the RR / G3 Goalie of the Week honor, e-mail nominations to tyxanders@gmail.com with stats, notes and photos, video and links when applicable. Nominations close on Sunday nights at 8PM.

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