(Photo: Peyton Booth/Instagram)
Connor Buczek and the Cornell Big Red landed a commitment from St. Anne’s Belfield (Va.) attackman Peyton Booth on Sunday night. Booth gives the Big Red seven commitments in the 2024 class.
Booth’s pledge to the Big Red comes following a week after he took a visit up to Ithaca and gives Cornell a third attackman in the class, along with Jack Herendeen (Victor, N.Y.) and Rowyn Nurry (Salesianum, Del.).
“I loved watching Cornell growing up,” Booth told Lacrosse Bucket “Just getting an opportunity to play for such a historic program was something I couldn’t pass up.”
The 6-foot, 160-pound righty from Charlottesville, Va., plays with a certain smoothness to his game. He is a consummate playmaker above the cage and especially so when operating or initiating from the wings. He is coming off a spring season with the Saints where he tallied 102 points off 60 goals and 42 assists. Booth especially showcases good vision and spacing as he is often able to find and make those difficult passes and moves well off ball towards open areas where he can do damage. He has also proven to be tough on the ride.
Having played both the field and box versions of the game for around the same amount of time, he excels in both disciplines. Booth played for the United States U15 national team at the IJIL championships last November, where he helped lead the US to a championship appearance while also being the tournament’s leader in points, goals, and assists.
Booth plans to head north of the border next summer and play for the Toronto Beaches in the OJLL.
On how his box experience has helped his field game, Booth said the biggest is the pace of play. “The speed of box has really allowed me to play at a high speed but also the patients you need in box also really helped me outdoors.”
Heading into his junior season, Booth has a state title on his mind. “My main goal for my junior season is to do as much as I can to help my high school team win a state championship.”