10 Who Impressed At Last Weekend’s National Lacrosse Federation Summer Championships

nfl-logoA second year event on Long Island, the National Lacrosse Federation hosted a bevy of teams at Sachem North HS, effectively acting as many of the teams’ last tournament to cap the summer off. In addition to the NLF squads, several established programs made the trip to Suffolk County for a competitive two-day tournament that drew dozens of college coaches. Brackets were split into A and AA as coaches focused largely on 2018’s and 2019’s (we did too) as a final club evaluation for the summer. Have a look below at who caught our eye.  Continue reading

Recap Of The Top Players At Naptown Challenge

NaptownChallenge-logo-LEXUS2017.pngAfter just two years of existence, it’s safe to say that Naptown Challenge has turned into one of the most coveted opportunities on the summer club lacrosse circuit. Between putting the championship games on Comcast SportsNet and hosting them in Navy-Marine Corps Stadium, it’s hard to top.

With so many outstanding summer tournaments out there, it’s all about what sets each one apart. Launched by former Division I head coaches Dave Cottle and Matt Hogan a year ago, Naptown Challenge took place close to the attractive Annapolis waterfront and had an unique format. On the first day, teams each played two games to determine seeding (Quint Kessenich hosted a seeding dinner that night) before a bracket was unveiled for the next day. With that said, nobody was out after the first day, creating a phenomenal Tuesday at Naptown before Wednesday’s championships on Navy’s home field.
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Highlight Reels: What To Do & What Not To Do

highlight-reelOver the past few years, highlight reels have become an essential part of getting recruited. They won’t make or break the recruiting process (reels can literally make anyone look like a stud), but they’re vital in terms of getting on a college’s radar and solidifying interest.

However, some lacrosse recruits seem to struggle when it comes to making the perfect highlight reel that leaves the right impression, properly details every part of a skill set and includes contact information.

With that said, I’ve put together over 10 tips on what to do and what not to do while putting together a highlight video.

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Standouts From Adrenaline’s Western Prime and All-American Game

IMG_1458.JPGWe’ve all heard it before: location, location, location.

For any summer lacrosse event, it will be hard to top the gaudiness that the facilities at Adrenaline’s All-American Game and Western Prime provided on the grounds of the Ford Center at The Star.

Taking place at the Dallas Cowboys’ new 12,000-seat practice and multi-purpose complex in the city of Frisco, the inaugural event hosted a boutique recruiting tournament that gathered five established clubs from different pockets of California and Texas. In addition, Adrenaline hosted its yearly All-American Game, consisting of the very best graduated HS seniors from west of the Mississippi.  Continue reading

A Look At The Top Players at Crab Feast, Part 2

0264c151-822a-40e3-b5ea-b6ddfacfe3eaTaking place two weekends ago outside of Baltimore, the Crabs organization hosted its annual Crab Feast for dozens of teams in four age groups, which culminated in an exciting afternoon of championship games on Sunday. Along with intern Reece Belcher – who did an awesome job last week with Part 1 of our recap – Recruiting Rundown was there for both days taking in the action, primarily in the 2019 and 2020 age groups. Have a look below for another look at the top recruits in attendance.
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Standouts From Big 4 Champions League

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Becoming one of the most competitive and well attended club tournaments of the summer, Billy McKinney’s Philadelphia-based Big 4 program hosted an excellent collection of talent this weekend for his Champions League event. Games kicked off on Friday evening and ended on Sunday afternoon after a wild day of weather that affected the later games. Still, dozens of college coaches lined the fields at the sprawling campus of Germantown Academy for the action.

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10 Who Impressed From NLF Power Of Will & The Main Event

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Taking place on the unofficial starting weekend of the craziness that is summer recruiting, the NLF hosted a trio of events on Long Island, with the individual-based Power of Will Showcase going down Friday at Stony Brook with middle school and high school events occurring at separate sites on Saturday and Sunday. With April’s new rules having a large ripple effect on the recruiting timeline, I focused largely on ’18s and ’19s at the team event.
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Uncommitted Standouts From Texas Top 99

DBhc6wMXkAAi5D6.jpgBecoming an early season tradition to kick off the summer circuit, I made my way down to Dallas last weekend (along with 100+ recruiters) for another year at Texas Top 99, which has been run by Navy’s Ryan Wellner and Notre Dame’s Gerry Byrne for over a decade. Just as much of a tradition, however, has been storms, as Friday’s games were moved to Saturday night and the festivities were moved to the beautiful facilities at Dallas Jesuit. I hunkered down on the fields for both days, the THSLL All-Star Games and then Sunday’s ’18/’19 and ’20/’21 All-Star Games before heading home. Here’s who caught my eye over the course of the weekend.  Continue reading

Recruiting Rundown’s High School Top 25, Week 9 – May 24th

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With a two-week break since the most recent rankings, there are changes towards the top after some notable postseason rankings. Of course, Landon (Md.) recently clinched the mythical national championship with a 16-7 drubbing of IAC rival Bullis in the conference final. Elsewhere, Brunswick (Conn.) supplants Cold Spring Harbor (N.Y.) in the No. 4 spot after running the table in the NE West. Teams like Calvert Hall (Md.), Deerfield (Mass.), Manhasset (N.Y.) and Cherry Creek (Colo.) receive strong promotions, while Ward Melville (N.Y.), Smithtown East (N.Y.) and Conestoga (Pa.) re-enter the rankings. For the rest, jump below.  Continue reading

Under Armour Announces Final Wave of Boys All-America Lacrosse Game Selections

UAAA-Lacrosse-Final-Logo.pngBaltimore, Md. (May 15, 2017)—   Under Armour, in conjunction with Corrigan Sports Enterprises and Inside Lacrosse, is thrilled to announce the fourth and final wave of 11 boys who have been selected to compete in the 12th-annual Under Armour All-America Lacrosse Game on July 1 at Towson University’s Johnny Unitas Stadium. The girls’ game will get underway at 5:30 p.m., immediately followed by the boys’ game at 8:00 p.m.

The game’s participants have been announced in four waves of 11 players since early April. The first wave was announced on April 4, the second wave was released on April 17, and the third wave was announced on May 1. Rosters will be divided into North and South teams and will be released next week. Continue reading