Louie Fiacco, a junior defenseman at Great Oak High School, has verbally committed to play NCAA Division 1 men’s lacrosse at Holy Cross. A varsity regular since his freshman year, Fiacco finished 2016 with 54 caused turnovers, 39 groundballs, and three goals. All three goals came in a hat trick he scored against JSerrra. He helped lead the Wolfpack into the second round of the playoffs for first time this season.
“In my college recruiting experience I was searching for a college with a strong academic reputation that would prepare me for graduate school …coupled with an outstanding lacrosse program able to compete with the best schools in the nation”, Fiacco explained by email. “Upon visiting Holy Cross and meeting Coach Lattimore and Coach Burke, and looking at the construction of the new athletic facilities, I knew right away that this would be a perfect fit for me on many different levels and that I would be honored to call Holy Cross my home after graduating high school.”
Fiacco plays club ball with 395 Starz and West Coast Starz. “I would like to thank coach Paul Morgan for working with me over the past six years and being my first club coach, without him I wouldn’t be the defensive player I am today”, Fiacco said. “I would like to thank coach Karl Rohlin for being instrumental in sharpening and honing my defensive skills and believing in me the first time I stepped on the field as a freshman at Great Oak High School. I would also like to thank coaches Jono Zissi and Jesse Foss and the rest of the Adrenaline team for supporting me and giving me the opportunity to play on some of the best teams at some of the best recruiting showcases and tournaments in the nation. Finally, I would like to thank my mom, dad, and two sisters for helping me chase my dreams of playing lacrosse at the next level.”
Proud to say that I have verbally committed to the College of the Holy Cross to play NCAA D1 lacrosse! pic.twitter.com/kkdHvD6e7S
— Louis fiacco (@LouieFiacco) August 20, 2016
“Louie Fiacco has played for me on 395 Starz since he was a 6th grader” 395 Starz coach Paul Morgan said in an email. “I indirectly credit Kyle Morrison (Chapman Defensive Coordinator) for teaching me how to play the position myself correctly at the collegiate level at Cal State Fullerton so I could pass on that knowledge to further Louie’s progression. I teach the game the way I learned from Coach Morrison and Louie bought in from day one. It is incredible to see what players with incredible physical talent and stick skills can do. He has become so dominate, so quickly, that I knew it was just a matter of time before a coach noticed him. The Fiacco family has been incredibly supportive of me and what our goal at 395 has been from day one. To get deserving players from Riverside County the exposure they deserve. I truly believe Louie will make an immediate impact for Holy Cross.”
With two seasons of high school ball left to play, Fiacco still has some business to attend to before he heads off to Worcester, MA. My personal and team goals for the rest of my High School seasons are one and the same,” he said. My freshman year we made it to the first round of CIF playoffs; sophomore year to 2nd round, which is the furthest any Great Oak Lacrosse team has ever progressed in post season play. My goal is simply to help Great Oak High School play for the CIF championship title.”
“We have a new coach, Mike Bowers, who has taken over the program from Karl Rohlin and with his coaching and the talent we have on our team, this goal is well within our reach.”