Face-off middie Mitch Myers, a junior at St. John Bosco, recently was ranked No. 77 among the Top 100 Class of 2019 players in the nation by Recruiting Rundown, a list that included four other Californians.
Myers, a 4.0 GPA honor student, helped lead Bosco’s lacrosse team to an 8-8 record last season, the program’s first as an official CIF varsity sport. A midfielder and face-off specialist, Myers won an incredible 96 percent of face-offs last season, and he hopes to maintain that average during the upcoming 2018 season.
“At Bosco, lacrosse is the upcoming sport,” Mitch Myers said. “We have a lot of great younger kids coming up, and this team will continue to get better every year. Our coach, Chris Jewett, knows how to build our program and create a winning tradition.”
Myers has not yet made a college commitment, and is likely to face a difficult decision in the next few months.
“Right now, I have an interest in playing on the East Coast,” he said, “perhaps at Providence College or Bryant University, both of which are located in Rhode Island. However, I am going to keep my options open, because I will start visiting colleges in November. I am not closing any doors.”
Some doors likely opened for Myers after his performance at Maverik Showtime in July. Dan Aburn of Inside Lacrosse wrote this about Myers coming out of that event:
“Myers was another face-off specialist that caught the eye quite a few times during the tournament. At 5-8, 180, he was extremely well built among his FOGO peers at the event and seemed to parlay his strength into winning physical battles at the dot. He won quite a few draws cleanly in the all-star game, sometimes going against the aforementioned Gavin Tygh, and rarely got blown by an opponent throughout the event. His build and game reminded me of Alex Woodall to some extent. I mistook him for a wrestler; he actually plays water polo.”
Joining Mitch Myers in the Recruiting Rundown Top 100 are four other Californians: No. 17 J.J. Sillstrop (Denver) of La Costa Canyon; No. 65 Jonathan Ford (Notre Dame) of Torrey Pines; No. 72 Michael Mines (Maryland) of Torrey Pines; and No. 81 Topher Bligh (Brown) of St. Ignatius.
“In my 11 years of coaching in California, Mitch is one of the best-rounded players that I have come across,” Bosco coach Jewett said. “Mitch is a great leader with a very high lacrosse IQ. He not only wins face-offs but stays on the field to play offense and defense. Mitch is a throwback do-it-all midfielder, which is very rare in today’s lacrosse scene. I am excited to have him for the next two years at Bosco and confident that Mitch will be a successful student-athlete in college.”
Myers, a native of Huntington Beach, attended St. Bonaventure elementary school. He began his lacrosse career in fourth grade, playing for Best Coast Lacrosse in the Orange County Lacrosse Association.