Orange County laxers comprised about one-fifth of this weekend’s Pacific Lacrosse Recruiting Showcase and they didn’t disappoint. The weather was rainy and cold but the event weathered the storm and a few OC players really stood out. A usually sunny San Diego turned stormy on Saturday just in time for the start of the showcase. While this may have kept parents huddled in the farthest corners of Del Norte High School’s football stadium, the players seemed to not even be bothered. The showcase consisted of 114 players from all over California and Arizona. Almost 50% of the participants had GPA’s above 3.5 and over 90% had above a 3.0.
Heading up the showcase is Dennis Yeatman. You might be familiar with his son, Will, who was one of the first nationally known names in Division 1 lacrosse to come out of Southern California. Will was recruited to Notre Dame and then transferred to the University of Maryland to lead the Terps in two NCAA quarterfinal appearances. The Pacific Lacrosse Showcase has an excellent player-to-coach ratio (114 players and 25 recruiting coaches) because it is the only showcase to highlight academics as part of the recruiting process. This means that every player is very easily recruitable and extremely eligible for the colleges in attendance. Some of the schools that recruited at the event were Williams College, Bates College, Ohio-Wesleyan, Adams State, Notre Dame de Namur, Arizona State, and Concordia.
OC PLAYERS WHO IMPRESSED:
–Riley McQuaid (Tesoro High School, D/LSM)- Played physical and smart. Knew how to handle in pressure in the middle of the field.
–Billy Senecal (Santa Margarita Catholic High School, M/FOGO)- Quick and smart. Looked good in transition.
–Steven Barron (Aliso Niguel High School, M)- Very athletic and really shifty. His ability to attack his defender straight up and shake him to his left and right hand made coaches approach him right after his games.
–Patrick Fallon (St. Margaret’s Episcopal School, A)- Although he is slightly undersized he didn’t play like it. A few broken ankles behind GLE and some strong drives inside caught the attention of coaches across the board.
–Kevin Cox (St. Margaret’s Episcopal School, M)- Tall and fast, Kevin had looks even before he pulled up and ripped from 12 feet out to score at the end of his last game Saturday.
The weekend was an overall success and coaches told us that they were extremely satisfied by the level of talent and commitment to academics that most players showed. This is a can’t-miss opportunity for players to get looks in a very intimate setting and the event will only continue to grow.
–Christopher Jacobs, MaxLaxOC.com