Michigan Faceoff Man Commits to Johns Hopkins

(Photo Courtesy of Nicholas Lane/Instagram)

Peter Milliman and the Johns Hopkins Blue Jays picked up a commitment out of the Mitten State on Monday night , as East Lansing, Mich., junior faceoff man Nicholas Lane verbaled to the Blue Jays.

Lane is the 10th overall commitment in the class of 2022 for Johns Hopkins and the first at the faceoff position.

The rich history and tradition, as well as Hopkins’ highly-regarded school of medicine, were all big factors in Lane’s decision to commit to the Blue Jays.

“The history of Johns Hopkins Lacrosse. The nine Division I NCAA titles and the great players like Paul Rabil and Kyle Harrison, all of which have shaped the young lacrosse athletes today. As well as the phenomenal school of medicine at Hopkins that I want to be apart of…to be apart of that type of culture and environment is almost a no brainer for a Science enthusiast like myself,” Lane told Lacrosse Bucket

While in-person recruiting and visits are still off the table due to the recruiting dead period implemented by the NCAA, Lane has been able to get down to Baltimore for a tour on his own. ” I have had a chance to go on an actual tour of the Hopkins with my mom…Being able to see the white marble stairs and Homewood Field in person is something everyone should view in their lifetime.”

The Blue Jays’ defensive coordinator and faceoff coach Jamison Koesterer initially made contact with Lane on October 30th. He said that he has had pretty regular communication with both Coach Koesterer and head coach Peter Milliman ever since.

On film, the Michigan native shows the ability to get clean exits and push possession fast. In addition to his game at the dot, Lane is also capable of contributing on both ends of the field at the midfield position.

Lane stated that being more consistent overall at the dot is the main thing that he wants to improve upon. ” The main area of my game that I want to improve on is my consistency executing all layers of the faceoff (clamp, rake, wing play, etc.). Often times I do the same pattern of moves when at the X but now with Standing Neutral Grip (SNG) I know I will have to become a more complete faceoff guy.”

While the state of Michigan is currently in a shutdown and there is a decent level of uncertainty around a 2021 high school season happening in Michigan, Lane said that he is trying to get creative and find various ways to improve his game.

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