Let’s start with the obvious part about theLegends National Cup held at Del Mar Polo Fields outside of San Diego. It’s downright amazing to be able to have a lacrosse tournament in mid-December and have it be 70 degrees outside. The first-year event brought together nearly 100 boys and girls teams and showcased an incredible amount of Western talent.
Legends Lacrosse has been thriving it in its first year, bringing more top-notch events to the landscape in places like California, New Jersey and Utah, and there’s little doubt that it’s going to continue in 2018 and beyond. It doesn’t hurt your chances of future success when you’re able to showcase many of the West Coast’s elite players. There’s always a heightened level of athleticism with Western prospects, something that won’t stop anytime soon.
Just about 10 days removed from my annual trip to Vegas for the Regional Prospect Day and Blackjack Classic, it’s time to take a look at a handful of the top players at Adrenaline’s December event. I’ve always enjoyed this event for a number of reasons. It’s obviously in a fantastic location: Vegas is a particularly cheap destination in terms of flights and hotels and there’s so much to do regardless of your interests. Secondly, it’s a lot of fun to see just how passionate Western lacrosse folks are about the sport, especially after spending the last several months mostly hitting events on the East Coast. I love heading out West to check in on the talent and I’m looking forward to a few more events being covered by Recruiting Rundown out there over the next month. Now let’s get to it.
The November recruiting circuit is officially in the books and we’re now seeing dozens of 2019’s and 2018’s make commitments. December is usually a relatively slow time for recruiting and for lacrosse in general, though I would suspect that it may change.
After taking a bit of a break from the mailbag feature for the end of the circuit and Thanksgiving, we’re back for the next few months. This week, I preview the 2020 class and the rankings, also answering questions on the new rules and all of the movement in the 2020 class.
Some teams would lie and say that it’s a forgotten game buried in the past. Conestoga doesn’t bother doing that.
The Pioneers fell in the PIAA championship game in June, a double-overtime heartbreaker to first-time state champion Avon Grove. Conestoga beat the Red Devils in the District One title game, but Avon Grove learned its lesson and turned the tides on the Pioneers less than a month later.
It’s never easy to lose a state title game, let alone one in double overtime, but if there’s been a redeeming quality to it, it’s that it helped refocus Conestoga for the 2018 season.
You can always count on two things at the Long Island Fall Classic: the weather making things interesting and a high volume of college coaches. Sunday morning’s downpour was miserable and toughened field conditions, but the sheer firepower of the teams still allowed for an incredible product. Over 240 college coaches attended the different events on the campus of Farmingdale State College, making for one of the highest totals of any event in recent history. Matt Chandik and I made the trip to Strong Island, starting with Friday’s public vs. private showcase and continuing through Saturday and Sunday with the NLF individual showcase, LI Fall Classic and NLF team events. Have a look at below at the players that caught our attention. Continue reading
Relishing the opportunity to get evaluated by over 70 college coaches, 30 different high school teams transcended on Cedar Lane Park in Columbia (Md.) for the fall edition of the National High School Lacrosse Tournament. The event (we highlighted Session 1 and Session 2 this past summer) has been a popular destination for college coaches to check out players playing in an organized high school setting. Recruiting Rundown was there on Saturday, putting together an anonymous report derived from coaches in attendance.
It didn’t take long for the North American Fall Lacrosse Invitational to leave an impression on the fall recruiting circuit.
In its rookie year, the event already cemented itself as one of the fall’s better events. More than 60 colleges and 70+ college coaches overall made the trek to the Kirkwood Soccer Complex in New Castle (Del.) to check out the 2019s and 2020s on site. The event filled a gap in what is usually the toughest fall weekend to find the best competition.
“We really wanted to ensure that our event provided a first class platform to showcase the nations top club teams who were in attendance,” PrimeTime director and event co-founder Nick Daniello said. “With the fall season being so compact, it was important for us to put together a high-quality event to draw the top colleges and felt this past weekend’s event offered a high level of exposure and competition for all attending teams. ”
The fall’s limited recruiting window means that you have to impress quickly as a player, but also as a newcomer on the event scene. It did just that, bringing in top teams like PrimeTime, MadLax, New Hampshire Tomahawks, Legacy, SweetLax Upstate and Florida, Long Island Express and a whole lot more.
The high talent level on hand meant that there was a lot to take in, so here’s a look at some of the day’s biggest standouts.
An annual staple of the fall recruiting circuit, Billy McKinney’s Champions League event went down at the Hill School in Pottstown, roughly 45 minutes northwest of Philadelphia. I made the trek up on Saturday morning, getting early notes on the 2021’s before it was time for the 2019’s and 2020’s to show off on Sunday in front of roughly 100 college coaches.
A number of NLF teams attended in addition to a handful of guest teams, and while I wasn’t able to see everybody, I’ll be on Long Island this weekend and plan on catching everybody else that I missed. Have a look below at some of the players that grabbed my attention throughout the weekend. Continue reading
After a week off from the mailbag while players signed on the dotted line, it’s time to roll out a National Signing Week theme. I received a ton of questions but wanted to focus on two that required long answers, so I’ll be rolling out another NLI mailbag column on Tuesday after the conclusion of the event season. This week, we talk about the prowess of Ivy League recruiting in addition to taking a look at the top three classes at this point, keeping in mind that a lot can change between now and the fall of 2018. Continue reading
Taking place this past weekend, the CT80 Division I Showcase was held for the first time ever at Yale at Reese Stadium. The approach to the event is a little bit different from other individual showcases. There aren’t a half dozen fields going at once with hundreds of players in attendance. It’s one field for 2019’s and one field for 2020’s with 80 kids per class in attendance making four teams. It’s not about exclusivity, it’s about exposure.
Andrew Stimmel, an assistant at Yale, told me the smaller event is by design. Any event in its first year also will have to deal with not really knowing who would attend. Continue reading