Versatile attack/middie Mikey Booth of Palos Verdes announced his commitment to NCAA Division III Roanoke College on Saturday, becoming the fifth member of the Sea Kings’ Class of 2016 to declare his college choice.
Booth plays club lacrosse for Factory and Team West Coast, and as the tweet from TWC below indicates, he made the all-star game at the Baltimore Summer Kickoff the last two years. He said Roanoke was a clear No. 1 choice for him in the recruiting process.
— West Coast Lacrosse (@WCLacrosseLLC) September 12, 2015
“I chose Roanoke because I like the team and the school,” Booth said Saturday via text message. “Coming in at a preseason No. 9, it seems like they’re going to have a good year.”
The Maroons made the NCAA Division III tournament for the 25th time in their history last spring, and Inside Lacrosse recently ranked them No. 9 in the magazine’s annual “Midsummer Power Rankings.”
Roanoke finished last year ranked just outside the USILA Top 20 coaches poll, listed third under “also receiving votes,” and its 12-7 overall record marked the 12th time in 13 seasons the Maroons won double-digit games. Nevertheless, his coach at Palos Verdes believes he’ll fit right in at the powerhouse program.
“He plays with a level of passion and energy that is every coach’s dream,” PV coach Jimmy Borell said. “More importantly, he is a high-character guy and a tremendous teammate.”
But is he a middie or an attack? Or does it matter? As a sophomore for PV, Booth spent a lot of time at attack, scoring 20 goals and registering 12 assists. He played more in the midfield last spring, finishing with 12 goals and 22 assists.
“He can play D-mid, attack, O-mid, and his teammates keep telling me he can face off too, so we’ll see,” Borell said.
Booth joins Palos Verdes Class of ’16 teammates D/LSM Jarrett Jones (Georgetown), D Shane Sharp (Lafayette), M Peter Henkhaus (Marquette) and G Conner Jongewaard (D-III Connecticut College) as NCAA-bound players. And it won’t be long before A/M Rizal Smith and A Aidan Westley make their decisions, potentially giving the Sea Kings seven committed players when the 2016 season opens next February.