Quentin Buchman (Santa Margarita ’18) will play in the 13th annual Under Armour All-American game at Johns Hopkins University’s legendary Homewood Field on June 30. The former Santa Margarita midfielder and soon to be Fighting Irishman of Notre Dame will be on the All-America South Roster.
The UA All-American gathers approximately 40 of the top seniors in the country for the game, and announce invitations in four waves. Buchman’s name appeared in the first wave of announcements back in April, with the second, third and fourth waves being released later in April and into May. Being picked in this tournament is a high honor for athletes all over the country, and having a player picked from the area shows that there is great talent all across the country, including Southern California.
“It’s a dream come true,” Buchman said. “It’s what you work for and after watching the highlights of past tournaments, it’s like you finally made it.”
Invitations to the UA All-American game are still rare for Southern California players. Buchman will play alongside just two other Southern Californians this year Isaiah Dawson (Bishop’s-Harvard) and Evan Egan (Torrey Pines-North Carolina). Buchman will join Nate Marano (Foothill ’15) and Hugh Crance (CdM ’15) as the only players from OC High School to play in the prestigious event.
“Kids from non-hotbed lacrosse areas can make it,” Buchman said. “It’s been years and years of grinding and grinding, and showing the east coast schools that west coast kids are a new breed, and we’re here to play.”
Buchman had a breakout performance in last year’s Underclass games scoring 11 goals to lead the West team to a perfect 4-0 record in pool play before dropping out in the semi-finals. That performance cemented Buchman’s status as one of the top players in the country, and it was not long afterward that he accepted the offer from Notre Dame. Performances like that show that as the game continues to grow in the west so does the talent pool, paving the way for more Californians in the future.
“It’s possible,” Buchman said. “The best players in the country can come from California. I think all of us SoCal kids are really going to pave the way for other kids to really believe and inspire in lacrosse.”
Buchman had another great season for the Eagles this past spring, leading the team in points (71) and goals scored (56). The superstar midfielder was third on the team in assists with 15 and wracked up seven caused turnovers on defense for Santa Margarita.
Note: In a tradition that was started a few years back at Santa Margarita high school, Buchman’s old number 19 signifies the Eagles best all-around player. The now alum has passed along that number to returning sophomore defenseman Kai Solomon.
“I think the best player on the team should have 19 and I think the person with the best chance at playing D1 lacrosse and showing the world that Santa Margarita and Orange County lacrosse can do it, so I believe [Solomon] can be that next great player from SM,” Buchman said.