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wrote on September 24, 2015 at 1:59 am:
As a TC parent, I am surprised by these posts. Tim Price and Mike Desmond have been honest in assessing a kids ability and guiding them to the right schools by giving an honest assessment of where they think the kids may be able to be recruited and play. They constantly tell the kids to study and get their grades up. Yes, lacrosse is a tool to get into a better school. If you think it is going to pay your college education, you are not asking enough questions, dont blame the coaches. Team Carolina at the high school level does a great job. If you are in the program and are not sure, pick up the phone and call the coaches. They will tell you. We are having a great experience at TC.
wrote on September 23, 2015 at 6:23 pm:
Charlotte Catholic 2016 Commits:
Zach Strassner- Delaware
Jackson Harris- Mercer
Michael Obrien- Mercer
Ryan Young- Sewanee
Grant Portwood- Tampa

Charlotte Catholic is stacked with studs and it looks like they will win yet another state championship.
wrote on September 23, 2015 at 2:30 pm:
I've been doing HS travel lacrosse for 6 yrs with two different clubs and I never once heard a parent talking about using lax to get leverage admission into a better school. The only time I have heard that phrase is from parents who paid $$ and were trying to justify the expense after the fact. Every parent I have come into contact during travel ball is talking scholarship $$ and which program is dying for their son to attend. It is like a competition on most sidelines to name drop the coaches that have called their son and which colleges have been in contact.
The idea that most parents understand the 12.6 per team scholarship limit for D1 is laughable, I have had so many parents tell me about so and so who is getting a full ride for lax, the fact is that 99.99% of college do not give out full rides for lax, especially an unproven freshman who 95% of the time will not contribute. (Just imagine the top returning players reactions to an unproven freshman getting a full ride while they are getting less than a half ride) I have even had multiple parents tell me that so and so got a full ride for lax to a D3 school, which are not allowed to give out any athletic scholarship money.
The lack of knowledge is scary, and most travel teams do not clarify/correct this in order to keep the kids paying top $$ to play.
wrote on September 23, 2015 at 12:55 pm:
Ursinus and Denison, etc... are fantastic academic institutions for those young men that want to attend there. TC and other clubs are simply avenues that provide an opportunity to get excellent coaching, play against the best club teams in the country and become better lacrosse players. In order for those kids to play lacrosse at those schools, yes they did need TC to get in or they never would have been recruited. One thing for sure, Ursinus and Denison have never committed blatant academic fraud to boost the GPA's of their student athletes, unlike UNC!
wrote on September 23, 2015 at 12:08 pm:
College coaches are not coming to spring high school lacrosse games to see players on the field. The summer travel teams definitely get the players in front of college coaches to get interest. Plus most if not all of the summer travel players just love the game and want to try and further their lacrosse days while getting a good education. Just like any other athlete from any sport. Or they could just get in front of college coaches by paying them the money for their so called "prospect days". Your choice, don't play if you are not interested. I would say about 99.9% of the guys playing are playing for the love of the sport and playing summer ball is a nice release after 9 months of homework, studying and testing to get ready for college. Re-"lax" and enjoy life!!
wrote on September 23, 2015 at 1:46 am:
Probably the same college coach who charges $600 + for three days of instructional camp or $200+ for a two hour "prospect day" if you really want to be seen! The college coaches can keep their advise on where parents are spending their lacrosse money. The same guys talking about academics while committing kids who haven't even completed a year of HS or taken a standardized test, to IVY LEAGUE SCHOOLS! The whole thing is just silly right now on all sides of the equation!
wrote on September 23, 2015 at 12:41 am:
I agree with the post about a college coach saying if you want to help your son play in college and get the most financial assistance. "Save the money on these circus travel teams that just fill promoters pockets, and put any money to academic assistance". Better grades and test scores are more important.
wrote on September 23, 2015 at 12:00 am:
In looking at the schools listed, it is interesting to note that only 1 is clearly better academically than UNC and most are of lower academic quality than UNC. All are more expensive than UNC even with a partial lax scholarship. It really makes you wonder if all of the time and money spent on club lacrosse would have been better spent on tutors and studying. No disrespect intended but you don't need Team Carolina to go to Ursinus, Denison etc.
wrote on September 22, 2015 at 3:14 pm:
By the time a lacrosse parent gets in front of a D1 or D3 coach, they know about the 12.6 scholarships. Lacrosse is a means to get an above average student into very selective D1 and D3 schools and an average student into selective schools. The pay off doesn't come in scholarships or playing time it comes in the salaries for the rest of their lives.
Kerri Bishop from Wilmington wrote on September 22, 2015 at 3:11 pm:
We are looking for ONE team to fill our JV Division for the Wilmington Fall Lacrosse Tournament held Oct 17th & 18th. Please see website for details and/or contact me @ kerribish@aol.com.
wrote on September 22, 2015 at 2:34 pm:
laxpower lists 16 D1 recruits recruits from the graduating class in NC in 2011, 15 in 2012, 22 recruits in 2013, 17 in 2014. Not huge numbers. The names I recognize off the list have not done well on the field. Maybe someone with more free time can look them up and post their stats. I know a bunch of the 2013 class and none of those are playing/starting or and a good chunk are not even on the roster of the school that they signed with.
wrote on September 22, 2015 at 11:33 am:
Dave from Charlotte was just being realistic as to the actual state of NC HS laxers at the next level. Very few end of playing. Most drop out or end up bench players. Research the players in the last few years, most do not contribute and almost all were "studs" in HS. Yes there have been some, but % wise the number is quite low.

Travel teams brag on where their players are being recruited, but have you ever noticed that you almost never hear about those same kids exploits on the field once they head off to college?
Words of wisdom given to me by a college coach when we were discussing the travel lax thing and recruiting.
"Parents wanting their son to do well in college and to get a scholarship should stop playing travel and put that money towards a tutor in every subject for their son. That will help him get into college more than playing travel lax. There is way more scholarship money for smart kids than lax players. The hardest part of my job is to explain to parents of recruits that their son that they dropped $20-30k playing lax over the years, won't be getting any scholarship money to play in college."
wrote on September 22, 2015 at 1:24 am:
Look at the 2015 class (In Charlotte) , Jackson Monnin (Lehigh) Carson Song (Brown), James Powers (Furman), Jake Priester (Mercer) Tate Boyce (Providence). Then the 2016 guys who are going D1, Zach Hutchko (Denver), Trevor Miller (Hofstra), Zach Strassner (Delaware), John Donahue (Colgate), Peter Pittroff (Denison), Jackson Harris (Mercer), Corey Van Ginhoven (Stony Brook), Matt Nunziata (Ursinus). Don't make excuses and blame the state of NC for lack of looks by D1 schools. If you are good enough you get the exposure you need and have the opportunity to go to any school you want.
wrote on September 22, 2015 at 12:45 am:
You have to be kidding me. Being a long time observer and lover of Charlotte area lacrosse you would have to be living under a rock to not know who the best poles are in NC. It is without a doubt John Donahue and Michael O'Brien. These are two top notch D1 athletes who dominate the field every time they touch it. Michael O'Brien who is coming back from two ACL repairs in two years is going to be an absolute stud. Who else can come back from that type of injury and do what he does in between the lines and on the offensive end? The transition he creates is unbeatable to any other pole in NC. He also shut down star middie Trevor Miller if you want to talk about the Lake Norman playoff game last year. Also Colgate bound John Donahue is a menace and will match any attack man or middie. Avoid these two if you don't want to get stripped and embarrassed this year on the field. Get your facts straight before you post on here.
wrote on September 21, 2015 at 9:18 pm:
Best pole in NC this year - John Donohue from Charlotte Country Day. Plays Close and LSM on faceoffs when needed. Always covers the best player on the field whether its a middie or attack. Two year member of Team Carolina Elite. Heading to Colgate to play next year. Rarely gets beat. Not flashy and scores when it is needed. Big kid with wheels. AA last year as a junior. All State receiving the most votes in the state after Carson Song among the Privates. Plays linebacker and tight end in football.

I watched him play with Strassner and O'Brien on Team Carolina. Strassner is better at faceoffs but against the good teams from the north, my bet is on Donohue. Would love to have either of them on my kids team.
wrote on September 21, 2015 at 9:10 pm:
I think the previous post about the lack of sucess of NC players in college was more of a general statement. Yes, some kids do go on and do well, but if you look at the big picture, very few do well in college. Someone a few posts back was raving about the impact players from TC in D1....pretty big fall from the upper levels of D1 to Guilford. I love that some kids have found their niche and are doing well.
wrote on September 21, 2015 at 6:45 pm:
In general...High D1 coaches are looking for athletes, if your son is the best athlete in his highschool he will be considered. Doesn't mater if you come from NC or MD. NC players lose out because they don't get the exposure early enough... high D1 coaches don't watch many/ any 8th and 9th grade NC club games. Showcases and prospect days are the way an NC club athlete can get noticed.
wrote on September 21, 2015 at 5:11 pm:
Good post on recent success by local guys.

There was a post on the previous version of this site that detailed something like a dozen guys who were having success playing in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference. A number of them were listed in the post below. In addition, there are a number of guys from the Triangle playing for Guilford College and making big contributions in building that program. Names like Haupt, Zirkle, Davis and Hughey come to mind.

For the record, Dane Angell was also named to the ODAC All Tournament Team and 2nd Team VaSID All State. Angell also had a goal and an assist in the DIII championship game as a first line midfielder for Lynchburg College.

Hawley also was named to the ODAC All Tournament Team, was 1st Team All Conference, 1st Team VaSID All State and an Honorable Mention All American. He had a career high 20 saves in the DIII championship game in goal for Lynchburg.
Kerri Bishop from Wilmington wrote on September 21, 2015 at 3:29 pm:
We have ONE spot available for a JV team at the Wilmington Fall Lacrosse Tournament on Oct 17th & 18th ! Please see the website for more information or contact me at kerribish@aol.com. It is going to be a great weekend of lacrosse!!!
Rick Wooten wrote on September 21, 2015 at 1:10 pm:
Applications for the Tony Cullen Memorial Scholarship are now being taken by the NCHSAA. The scholarship is available to any male lacrosse player from a NCHSAA member school that is also going on to play lacrosse at one of the 19 colleges in NC playing lacrosse. More information can be found at this link: https://app.smarterselect.com/programs/24564-North-Carolina-High-School-Athletic-Association-Inc
wrote on September 20, 2015 at 3:21 pm:
We have had some standout DIII /DI players in the recent past.

Cam Lewis - DA - HM AA Washington & Lee
Armstong - Latin - AA at Hampden-Sydney

Chris Hawley - Wakefield - Started in DIII championship game for Lynchburg

Dane Angel - Broughton - ALL ODAC performer for Lynchburg.

James Hughes - Middle Creek - All ODAC performer for Hampden-Syndey.

Thomas Passenant (sp?)- HM AA at Hampden-Sydney

DI
John Haus - Chapel Hill HS - 1st team AA at Maryland - MLL All -Star

Stephen Windsor - Chapel Hill HS- Multiple year start at UMBC

Kyle Duffy - Chapel Hill HS - Multiple year starter at SSDM at Loyola, one the the field making plays in the National title game.

Logan Corey - Chapel Hill HS - Starter at close D for UNC, team captain.

Jordan Smith - FCDS - Multiple year starter at UNC at close D.

It has been four or five years since we have had a big time DI recruit but NC kids have had some success at the college level, just not at the rate of many of the other states!
wrote on September 20, 2015 at 1:26 pm:
You're thinking of Noah Strassner as #50 and Michael O'Brien as #7. Strassner was all-state this past year IMHO he should have been All-American due to his playmaking abilities, O'Brien was recovering from an ACL tear the fall before the season. Both of them are good enough to play in college. Strassner will most likely be the best pole in the state this year.
wrote on September 20, 2015 at 12:39 am:
THLC will be holding an open field from 6:30-8:00pm on Sunday night at the North Main Athletic Complex in Holly Springs. Entry will be $5 to cover field costs.

This is a great chance to come and play with some of the best players in the area. We encourage all high school players to attend.

Scrimmages will be run by coaches Chase Kaznowski and Dan Morrison.

Please contact tarheellacrosseclub@gmail.com with any questions.

Field address: 1151 N. Main St., Holly Springs

Thank you,
THLC
wrote on September 19, 2015 at 8:04 pm:
Didn't John Haus play in NC for most of his life? He did real well in college!!
wrote on September 19, 2015 at 2:58 am:
I don't know this players name but, I was at the LKN vs. Catholic playoff game and one pole on Catholic really stood out to me. I think his number was #50. Catholic also had another good one #7. I don't know either of their names, but they really stood out to me.