|Photo Credit Micha Green|
Benjamin (Benny) O’Rourk has known lacrosse for much longer than many players his age, especially in the south. The Senior attackman at Lambert HS (GA) has taken the game with him from Long Island to Atlanta, and he will soon take it to Louisville,KY where he will play DI lacrosse at Bellarmine.
O’Rourk grew up on Long Island where he first got a stick in his hand from his dad and brother at the age of four. The very next year he was playing organized lacrosse for the first time. O’Rourk would eventually bring the game he loved down to Atlanta as his family moved the summer before his eighth grade year.
At that time lacrosse was still on the rise in Atlanta and it has since boomed as Atlanta has been deemed the Lacrosse capital of the south, and a major hotbed for talent. O’Rourk has been part of that growth playing for one of the top high school programs in the state. Last season O’Rourk had 43 points while helping Lambert go 22-0 and win a state championship, their fourth in program history.
Now focusing on his senior season, O’Rourk is putting in a lot of hard work. Playing fall ball, lifting, running, shooting, and of course wallball. Those are all the areas O’Rourk is dedicated to right now as he prepares for his senior year at Lambert.
O’Rourk says that he tries to play his own unique style and brand of lacrosse. His statement is very accurate as he does have a unique style of play and skill set that you don’t see every day. Listed as an attackman, O’Rourk can play at the midfield spot too. He can do damage dodging from up top or receiving a pass on the island.
It’s not just his shooting that draws the attention to him either. O’Rourk has a great stick, vision, and his off ball movement is great as well. O’Rourk is comparable to Connor Kelly as he can make plays at various spots on the field in a similar fashion.
The recruiting process was a little bit different for O’Rourk than it is for most players. Bellarmine first saw O’Rourk at a showcase during his sophomore year where Knight’s assistant coach Steve Soriano was a coach. Soriano ended up coaching O’Rourk at that showcase. “We immediately Started Talking.”, O’Rourk said.
Bellarmine invited O’Rourk to a prospect day and from there he was invited back for a visit. While on his visit to Bellarmine O’Rourk says he fell in love with the coaches, school, and city of Louisville. Those things ultimately helped make his decision to commit to Bellarmine the week following his visit.
Since his commitment there has been a a shake up of the entire coaching staff at Bellarmine. Jim Mitchell is now the head coach, Kyle Bernlohr as the defensive coordinator, and Steve Soriano back at Bellarmine after a year at Princeton. He is the new offensive coordinator. O’Rourk said he has talked to new head coach Jim Mitchell, and has obviously talked to Coach Soriano as well.
Bellarmine lacrosse will be in for a real treat come the 2020 season when they get to see Benny O’Rourk on the field for the first time. A player of his caliber and skill set is sure to help the Knight’s get to that next level that they have been striving for since the programs inception.
The Knight’s currently have eight players committed in the 2019 recruiting class. Of those eight commits there are three attackmen, two midfielders, two goalies, and one defensemen.