(5-24-17) – The 12th-annual Under Armour All-America Lacrosse Game on July 1st will be played at Towson University’s Johnny Unitas Stadium.
One of the fastest growing high school team sport in the US is lacrosse. A sport long accepted in the Northeastern part of the US, the sport has expanded over the past several years. This year Ohio is holding it’s first OHSAA sanctioned tournament, Illinois will hold an IHSA state tournament starting next season.
Taking a look at the 44 players selected for the All-American game you might notice that the Northeastern part of the country still seems to be the Mecca of high school talent.
Breakdown of the 44:
- Connecticut: 8
- New York: 8
- DC/Maryland: 6
- New Jersey: 4
- Massachusetts: 2
- Delaware: 1
- Around the US: 13 (2-Texas, 2- California, 2-Florida, 2-Indiana, 1-Oregon, 1-Missouri, 1-Michigan, 1-Colorado and 1-Pennsylvania)
- Canada: 2
Connecticut Ryan Lanchbury Attack Avon Old Farms (Conn.) Raines Shamburger Defense Avon Old Farms (Conn.) Alex Buckanavage Attack Brunswick (Conn.) Adrian Enchill Defense Westminster (Conn.) Ryan Cornell Goalie Darien (Conn.) Arden Cohen Defense Darien (Conn.) Drew Morris Goalie New Canaan (Conn.) Ryan O’Connell* Midfield New Canaan (Conn.) New York Colby Barker Midfield Pittsford (N.Y.) James Avanzato Attack/MF Sachem North (N.Y.) Frank Tangredi Defense Chaminade (N.Y.) Connor DeSimone Midfield Smithtown East (N.Y.) Chris Gray Attack Shoreham Wading River (N.Y.) Aidan Olmstead Attack Corning (N.Y.) Matt Licciardi Midfield Cold Spring Harbor (N.Y.) Lucas Quinn Midfield Niskayuna (N.Y.) DC/Maryland Colin Hinton Defense St. John’s College (D.C.) Justin Shockey Faceoff Landon (Md.) Andrew Fowler LSM/Defense Landon (Md.) Nate Buller Attack Landon (Md.) Alex Trippi Attack Bullis (Md.) Alex Rode Goalie St. Paul’s (Md.) Massachusetts Jackson Caputo Defense Deerfield (Mass.) Bubba Fairman Attack Deerfield (Mass.)/Brighton (Utah) Delaware Mike Drake Midfield Salesianum (Del.) New Jersey Jared Reinson Defense Montgomery (N.J.) Chris Fake Defense Hun School (N.J.) Connor Morin Attack Morristown-Beard (N.J.) Owen Prybylski Defense Westfield (N.J.) Around the US Tucker Dordevic Midfield Jesuit (Ore.) Owen Seebold Attack Highland Park (Texas) Nakeie Montgomery Midfield Episcopal School of Dallas (Texas) Bryn Evans Midfield St. Ignatius Prep (Calif.) Hall Peters Defense St. Ignatius Prep (Calif.) Harry Wellford Midfield MICDS (Mo.) Matthew Schmidt Goalie Culver Academy (Ind.) (Ohio) Jackson Reid Midfield Culver Academy (Ind.) (Ontario) Tehoka Nanticoke Attack IMG Academy (Fla.) (Canada) Cam Badour Midfield IMG Academy (Fla.) (Canada) Carson Cochran Defense Brother Rice (Mich.) Colin Munro Attack Mountain Vista (Colo.) Matt Moore* Midfield Garnet Valley (Pa.) Canada Riley Curtis Attack/MF Hill Academy (Ont.) Justin Inacio Faceoff Hill Academy (Ont.)
Below are the Under Armour All-America rosters, teams have been split up into North and South teams. The North will be coached by Eric Law, while Jeremy Sieverts will lead the South.
Many ‘experts’ say that ‘The Wizard’ IMG’s Tehoka Nanticoke is the best HS player competing in the US, he’s from Canada.
Seniors players were selected by INSIDE LACROSSE along with members of the selection committee.
The most recent USA Today National Rankings show that it has a high number of Northeastern schools ranked. Three who are in the rankings (Culver Academy, IMG Academy and Hill Academy) have players from around the country and Canada.
2 Landon School (Gaithersburg, MD) 21 – 0 – 0
8 Calvert Hall (Baltimore, MD) 13 – 2 – 0
9 McDonogh (Owings Mills, MD) 13 – 3 – 0
12 Bullis School (Potomac, MD) 18 – 3 – 0
20 Boys’ Latin (Baltimore, MD) 13 – 5 – 0
5 Brunswick-Greenwich, (Greenwich, CT) 14 – 1 – 0
6 Darien (Darien, CT) 16 – 0 – 0
14 Avon Old Farms (Avon, CT) 13 – 2 – 0
15 Salisbury School (Salisbury, CT) 11 – 2 – 0
23 Taft, Watertown, CT 9 – 6 – 0
7 La Salle (Wyndmoor, PA) 17 – 1 – 0
16 Haverford (Haverford, PA) 15 – 6 – 0
19 Episcopal Academy (Merion Station, PA) 11 – 4 – 0
22 Malvern Prep (Malvern, PA) 17 – 5 – 0
25 Conestoga (Berwyn, PA) 15 – 3 – 0
11 Delbarton (Morristown, NJ) 15 – 1 – 0
17 Bridgewater-Raritan (Bridgewater, NJ) 15 – 0 – 0
18 Chatham (Chatham, NJ) 14 – 2 – 0
10 Cold Spring Harbor Cold Spring Harbor, NY 16 – 0 – 0
13 Deerfield Academy (Deerfield, MA) 13 – 2 – 0
24 New Hampton (New Hampton, NH) 13 – 0 – 0
4 IMG Academy (Bradenton, FL) 11 – 1 – 0
1 Culver Academy (Culver, IN) 19 – 1 – 0
3 Hill Academy (Concord, ON) 12 – 1 – 0
21 Saint Ignatius (San Francisco, CA) 19 – 2 – 0
It is apparent that many, especially those who follow lacrosse for a living, think that the Northeastern US schools have a leg up on the rest of the country when it comes to boys lacrosse.
The upcoming GEICO High School Lacrosse Nationals will feature three Northeastern schools, plus IMG Academy, an independent school who has players from across the US and Canada. One team from, Canada, Hill Academy will participate as well, a school much like IMG with a high emphasis on bringing in student-athletes to perform at a ‘high level’ athletically.
- #3 ST. SEBASTIAN’S (MA)
- #5 GEORGETOWN PREP (MD)
- #7 LAWRENCEVILLE (NJ)
- #8 CHRIST SCHOOL (NC)
- #1 IMG ACADEMY (FL)
- #2 HILL ACADEMY (ON)
- #6 ST. ANNE’S-BELFIELD (VA)
- #4 THE WOODLANDS (TX)
According to the team profiles, Hill Academy:
at least 20 Division I recruits mostly from Canada, with three Native Americans and three from the U.S.
like the basketball and football teams, attracts talented student-athletes globally
The future growth in the sport needs to increase quality teams from around the country, not just the Northeastern part of the US. The goal of the sport in the US should be to produce All-American players and National Championships that will feature players and teams from the around the US.
With state athletic associations and schools making the sport a ‘varsity’ sport, it should help draw top athletes to those programs that have competed in the past as a club program. Helping to create teams at the younger grades in order to develop their fundamentals of the sport, is a key for the future at the high school level.
Yes, the Northeastern part of the country is very strong in producing top-rated lacrosse players and teams, but the ‘ice’ is breaking and now the entire country is starting to produce those same type of programs.