Rounding up the best from the web in the world of lacrosse around the state.
Friend of the blog Clark Bell passes along a photo of De La Salle greats Doug Jolly, Mike Jolly (the current coach at DLS), and Kevin Tait. The photo comes from the Vail Lacrosse Invitational, one of the longest-running club tournaments around. If anyone participated in the event and is hoping Clark might have a shot you can purchase, check out his smugmug site.
Heat Lacrosse took runner-up at the Dick’s Sporting Goods Atlantic Cup just over a week ago in Emmitsburg, Md. That result qualifies them for the national championship.
Penn has officially named former Michigan assistant Judd Lattimore as an assistant coach. No word yet on who the possibilities might be to fill Michigan’s opening.
I have no idea how legit this self-proclaimed “Mel Kiper/Todd McShay of Lacrosse” is, so take what he tweets with a grain of salt, but he certainly seems to think Penn State midfielder/attackman Nick Dolik, a Brother Rice graduate, has MLL potential.
Lacrosse Playground shares a little bit of info about the Warrior 40 event in Mid-August, in which Michigan commits Austin Shanks (2014) and Ian King (2013) will participate. I’m actually pretty interested to see the fate of the event after this year, since ESPN is getting out of the high school camp scene. Will Warrior host the whole thing themselves? Will someone like Inside Lacrosse join in?
Michigan has picked up a commitment from 2014 Brunswick School (Conn.) goalie Tommy Heidt. Michigan has a few solid goalies already committed or in the program, but he may have the most impressive interest list yet:
Tommy Heidt, G, Brunswick School (Conn.) has verbally committed to Michigan. Heidt started for the Bruins between the pipes this past spring and attended Jake Reed’s Blue Chip, as well as All-Star performances at Maverik Showtime and King of the Hill. He’ll be playing with GotSkillz this week at Champ Camp. Heidt strongly considered Army, Dartmouth, Duke, Georgetown, Johns Hopkins and Vermont.
Heidt also picked up a future teammate and fellow star between the pipes in the form of 2015(!) netminder Gunner Garn from JSerra Catholic School in Junipero Serra, Calif. More on both of them down the line. Still have to crank out those 2013 introductions.
PhillyLacrosse.com covers the Michigan women’s commitment of William Penn Charter defender Kelly Kubach.
Cranbrook‘s lacrosse camp included instruction from Michigan’s Mack Gembis, Delaware volunteer assistant Jason Griffith, and many others.
Youth lacrosse camps hit Saginaw for the first time a couple weeks back. Recent Johns Hopkins alumnus Andrew Cote (a Brother Rice grad) was one of the instructors doing his part to grow the game in the state.
But when he stepped onto the field as a freshman at Johns Hopkins in 2009, he had a rude awakening.
“It was playing catch-up from day one,” Cote said. “Their schemes out there are just light years away from what they are here.
“The game is really light years away. Those kids are born with lacrosse sticks.”
I doubt Michigan is catching up to Baltimore any time soon, but any step forward is a good one.