10 High School Team’s to Watch in 2019

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The high school lacrosse season is on the horizon and this season there are some very good teams across the country that will be very competitive not only in their state or region, but nationally as well. Of course some of the traditional powers will be on this list, but there are also some teams that the casual fan might not know all the much about. 

*Note: List is in no particular order.*

Culver Military Academy (IN)

 Culver has been one of the most dominant high school teams in the country for the better part of about a decade or so. They always have some of the best players from the US and Canada on their team and Coach Posner does a great job of coaching them up and getting all that talent to play as one unit. Being a Military boarding school helps with that as well I should say. This season the Eagles have 19 current division one commits and more to come on this 2019 squad. This team has future pro’s at every position and it will be very hard for any team to stop them. After watching Culver about four times last season and seeing what they have back, I honestly think this may be the best Culver team we have seen to date. 

The Hill Academy (ON)

The Hill Academy out of Ontario has won the first two Geico High School Lacrosse Nationals. Each year Hill get’s more talent and keeps getting better. The Merrill’s have built something special with the Hill Academy and that just keeps on continuing. With 13 current Division one commits on their roster the Hill looks just as good as ever. Just like many other sports centric prep schools they have future college stars and pro’s all over the place and they are going to win and win a lot. No doubt about that. I honestly can’t wait to see how this Hill team has improved with some of their younger studs back from last year.

IMG Academy (FL)

Yeah, it was a shaky year for IMG in 2018 as they didn’t have near the amount of success they were looking for. Fortunately for the Ascenders they have a lot of talent back, as expected of a school like IMG, and they are looking to rebound. With 11 players currently committed to play Division One lacrosse IMG will be competitors on the national stage again this season, and hopefully improve a lot from last year. 

Salisbury (CT)

The prep school out of Connecticut has pro and Division one talent all up and down the field. The Crimson Knights do lose a lot of great players from last season, but they return just as much talent as they lost with 20 players currently committed to play Division One lacrosse. Salisbury looks to be right up there again this season competing for a national championship along with the rest of the big boys as usual. They will be led by senior midfielder and Duke commit Connor Drake, amongst others. 

Calvert Hall (MD) 

Calvert Hall is a perennial power in the MIAA and always have a lot of talent, even though they graduated a slew of seniors in 2018. The Cardinals are coming off of two straight MIAA A conference championship’s and have a ton of talent back, as always. The Cardinals are led by 2019 Ohio State commits midfielder Grant Mitchell and defenseman Jacob Snyder. 

Ponte Vedra (FL)

The Sharks look to be the favorites to win it all in Florida this year as they have one of the best teams in the country and play a pretty tough schedule as well with teams like Calvert Hall (MD), Episcopal Dallas (TX), and others on the schedule. The Sharks will be led by junior midfielders Dylan Hess who is committed to Georgetown and Carter Parlette who is a Notre Dame commit, as well as a whole host of other player heading to DI schools.

McCallie (TN)

A power in the south McCallie is loaded with talent this season just as they have been in the past as well. Head Coach Troy Kemp and the Blue Tornado feature eight current DI commits this season. They are for sure the favorite in Division I in Tennessee this season. They are led by senior defenseman Cam Henry who is heading to Duke, senior midfielder and Ohio State commit Eli Ensor. as well as junior midfielder’s Carter Henry who is heading to Yale and Rutgers commit Ellison Burt-Murray.

Episcopal School of Dallas (TX)

The Eagles have a new coaching staff and a boat load of talent coming into this 2019 season. Many have already said that there is no doubt that Episcopal Dallas (TX) will be in the state championship this season. They will be led by one of the best defenses in the country with senior’s Scott Bower who is heading to Virginia and Ohio State commit Carson Raney.

Torrey Pines (CA)

Regional and national powerhouse Torrey Pines is back and looking to be great again this season with another very tough national schedule. The Falcons have a lot of talent as always and will be led by senior midfielder Michael Mines who is committed to Ohio State, as well as many other DI commits.

Bullis (MD)

After winning the IAC championship in 2018 Bullis looks to repeat as they return some great talent on both sides of the ball. They will be led by junior midfielder and Jacksonville commit Immanuel Brown, as well as senior attackman Robert Schain who is headed to Penn.

Other Teams to Watch:

Boy’s Latin (MD) 

Detroit Central Catholic (MI)

Lambert (GA)

Darien (CT)

Gonzaga (D.C.)

McDonough (MD)

Malvern prep (PA)

MICDS (MO)

St. Anthony’s (NY)

 

 

 

 

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2020 Midfielder Frankel Commits to Hartford

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Everest Academy (ON)/ Evolve Elite – 2020 midfielder Nicholas Frankel has committed to play lacrosse at Hartford. The Colorado Native has transferred to Everest (ON) after his sophomore season.

The 5’9 165LB midfielder is a good 1v1 dodger and is seemingly able to get his hands free and get a shot off. He is very good playing off ball as he is able to find space to be able to get a good look on cage.

Frankel has some crafty stick skills, crispy passes, and is a very crafty shooter. Frankel isn’t just an offensive midfielder as he can be a threat on defense in transition as well. The fact that Frankel can get things done in multiple facets of the game is surely a plus and will help him at the next level.  

Frankel is the first player to commit to Hartford in the 2020 class. Hartford does have 14 players in the class of 2019. How ever, Hartford does have 14 players currently committed in the 2020 class 

 

 

Ontario Product Mayea Commits to High Point

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Coach Torpey and the Panthers have gotten a commitment from Brayden Mayea. The Windsor, ON native is another addition to the pipeline of Canadians heading south to play in the NCAA, and specifically High Point.

Mayea has a background in box lacrosse playing for the Windsor Clippers in the OJBLL where he was named the 2018 Western Conference Rookie of the Year. He was also drafted 14th overall in the OJALL draft by the Six Nations Arrows, but would only play in one game with them past summer. 

In the field game Mayea plays attack for Hardcor lacrosse which is a club program out of Ontario.

Mayea is very good at getting to the inside and beating his man from the Wings or behind the cage. Scoring inside seems to be where Mayea is most efficient. He is also very good at throwing the right fakes to get the goalie to move. Not only can Mayea be a threat inside and on the Wings, he can also push it out in transition and make something happen with his passing or shooting.

With the commitment of Mayea High Point now has four players committed in the 2020 recruiting class. Mayea joins midfielder Colin Cooke, faceoff man Jake Blevins, and defensemen Cory McDonald in that High Point 2020 recruiting class.