High School Lacrosse Superlatives: Georgia

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It’s January, which means lacrosse season is right around the corner. In the many southern states, the high school lacrosse season is a month away or sooner, especially this year.

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Parker Cyr Talks Junior Season, Updates Recruiting

 

 

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Junior defenseman Parker Cyr out of Mill Creek (GA) was able to start talking to college coaches on September 1st of 2018. On September 1st, Cyr was one of 88 players that attended the Inside Lacrosse Midnight Mania event where he got showcase and test his skills up against some of the best players in the country. 

Like many other juniors across the country Cyr has been fielding interest from multiple DI schools at various different level since that September 1st contact period back in the fall. 

Cyr has stated that he is currently talking or has interest from Fairfield, Saint Joseph’s, Hobart, and Utah at this point in time. As far as visiting schools Cyr said, “I haven’t really taken any visits. My parents and I decided to wait until this spring to visit schools. It has given me time to think about what I really want.” 

When asked about when we can expect a decision Cyr said, “My parents and I put a lot of thought into this and decided that I should wait until the end of the spring or summer. We just felt it would be best if I took my time and got to see all of my options.”

Cyr is set to begin his junior campaign with Mill Creek on February 14th as they will take on Greater Atlanta Christian in an away contest to open the season. 

Last season as a sophomore Cyr helped lead Mill Creek to the second round of the GHSA state tournament where they lost to Allatoona 7-10. 

The 6-foot-2, 190 pound aggressive on-ball defender has high hopes for himself as well as his team in 2019. Cyr said that his personal goals for this season are to make first-team all state, improve his agility, and to work on becoming a better leader through his actions.

Team wise, Cyr said that while they are fairly young this season he believes they have a ton of potential and nothing will stop them from chasing a state title. 

 

 

Jim Mitchell Building a Georgia Recruiting Pipeline at Bellarmine

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When you look up past rosters for the Bellarmine Knights Canadians fill the page and you find a few American players scattered around. Players like Dillon Ward, Shawn Evans, Kyle Sorenson, and Taylor Stuart all played at Bellarmine before moving on to being great players in the NLL.

The Bellarmine Knights were built off of Canadian imports such as those guys mentioned above, as well as others. Bellarmine actually has had the most Canadian players amongst college lacrosse teams in the NCAA, 20 of which have played or are currently playing in the NLL. 

While the Knights still grab talent north of the border each year, five on the 2019 roster, another pipeline is starting to emerge as first year head coach Jim Mitchell and his staff have started to grab more and more players from Georgia. 

Currently there are just two players from Georgia on the Knights 2019 roster, sophomore midfielder Trent Thomas and senior attackman/midfielder Ian Miller. 

Bellarmine has eight players signed in the 2019 recruiting class. Out of those eight players two are from Atlanta area, attackman Benjamin O’Rourk and attackman Preston Rhodes. O’Rourk has been committed since 2017 and assistant coach Stephen Soriano was the main coach who recruited him. Rhodes committed this fall after Mitchell was hired at Bellarmine. 

In the 2020 recruiting class Bellarmine has two players committed so far and both are from Georgia and committed back in December.

North Atlanta (GA)/LB3 – 2020 defenseman Tommy Fialkowski and Walton (GA)/Thunder LB3 – 2020 midfielder Tate Harran are the two players currently committed to Bellarmine in the 2020 class. Both players committed to Bellarmine while having reported offers or interest from schools such as Jacksonville, Richmond, North Carolina, Marquette, and others. 

Since Jim Mitchell arrived at Bellarmine over the summer the Knights have gotten six combined commitments in the 2019 and 2020 classes and had only one player decommit. Eight of those six commitments came from players that are from Georgia. 

One of the big things to note is that Mitchell is getting players that may have not come to Bellarmine in the past. Under the past two regimes Bellarmine was a mere afterthought for most high school players. Some players that played at Bellarmine claimed they had never even heard of the school until they got an offer. 

It’s good to note that some of those players ended up being pretty darn good in a Knights uniform as well. 

Mitchell is changing the recruiting landscape at Bellarmine and it seems to be paying off at the moment. I’ve seen kids tweet graphics of their commitments and there is now the hashtag #SwingYourSword that has been use in recruiting with the Knights. It’s a whole new shakeup that has more of an Ohio State, or should I say Rutgers feel as Mitchell does come over to Bellarmime after being an assistant at Rutgers. 

While the number of Canadians that have played at Bellarmine will always be something Bellarmine fans can brag about, there has been a new flag planted down south in the Peach State. 

As the season gets underway the recruiting usually slows down, but don’t be surprised if you see more players in the 2020 class commit to Bellarmine.