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Late last week, Bill Tierney and the Denver Pioneers picked up a commitment from 2022 Salisbury, Conn., midfielder Aidan Aitken. He announced his commitment via Twitter.
A North Palm Beach, Fla., native, Aitken is the fourth commitment in the class for the Pioneers, joining Shawnee Mission East, Kan., attackman Cade Eldred, Tabor, Mass., goalie Tim McNamara, and IMG Academy, Fla., attackman Cheyne Repp.
“The thing that I really liked about Denver was the coaching staff, Aitken told Lacrosse Bucket. “We had a great connection and they are great guys, and I love the Rocky Mountains.”
The Pioneers initially reached out to Aitken on September 1st and he has been in weekly contact with the staff ever since. Aitken said that while he has never been on campus at Denver he did do a virtual tour with the coaches and has been to the city of Denver multiple times and “loves it out there.”
Rated as a four-star by Inside Lacrosse, the 6-foot-2, 165 pound midfielder has shown to be an elite scorer and an offensive threat in a multitude of ways. He came onto the scene strong as a freshman, tallying 68 points (54G/14A) while helping lead King’s Academy, Fla., to an 11-7 record and district finals appearance. In just five games during the shortened 2020 season, Aitken put up 18 points (15G/3A).
Aitken said that the Coronavirus cancelling the spring season and significantly compacting the summer season allowed him to focus more on his training. “I think I trained harder than before because it gave me more time to train and go to the gym.”
The Sunshine State native will be heading north this year, as he transfers to lacrosse prep power Salisbury School. While he looks to make an impact and help lead his team to a championship, he really wants to focus on learning from the staff and improving his game. “I hope to learn a lot and become a better player with great coaching from Coach Bobby Wynne and Coach Tom Spinella.”