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The Loyola high school team has some of the best players in the country. All of their starting defensemen are committed to D1 schools and have tons of experience. I don’t expect them giving up more than five goals a game to anyone in IL this season. They will be up against some of the toughest competition in the country, then some of the easiest in Illinois. They give their younger players ample experience early on, which provides the team with a lot of depth. I expect this team will be playing in the championship game this year. Top players to watch out for: Billy Jardeleza, Kyle Koch, Najee Taylor & Luca Lazzaretto
New Trier and Loyola will battle for the number 1 seed going into the playoffs this spring. New Trier has an easier schedule compared to Loyola, and they will only face each other once this year. Depth has always been the big reason New Trier has stayed in the top 3 year after year. No one wants to play this powerhouse on their home turf; it is just as intimidating to see New Trier step on an opponent’s field, knowing their 6th attackman is as good as any team’s #1 guy. Top players to watch out for: John McCain, Nate Carlton, Noah Bruno & Nelson Gaechter
I don’t know what is in the water up north, but this team is full of big, strong boys: big defensemen, fast midfielders, and a team that plays with a lot of heart. They don’t want to just win a few games, they want to punish their opponents. Coach Brad Fish has created an awesome culture in the North ‘burbs, beginning with the youth program. Grayslake will have a top 5 team for the next few years. The question is: how much will they rely on their big gun Dami Oladunmoye? (Syracuse commit) Every team will try to shut him down, which might open up more scoring to go around. Top players to watch out for: Griffin Patton, Matt Carr, Boyd Herlt & Dami Oladunmoye
This year’s Viator team will rely on a solid junior class, which has been starting since they were freshmen. This team has depth in every position, which will wear out other teams. They also play with the same chip on their shoulder they had last year when they knocked off some good teams late last spring. Top players to watch out for: Charlie Trunk, Elijah Black, Drake Imhof & Matt Atchison
GBW upset a bunch of teams in the second half of last season. This year, it won’t be an upset since everyone will be prepared for them. GBW returns key players in every position including their face-off man who will guarantee them possession. Their defensemen are mean and can score goals in transition. Physical defensemen always lead to penalties, so they will need to make sure they are not playing most of their games man down. They will be limiting their opponents’ goals, but how many can they put up? Top players to watch out for: Jack O’Grady, Blaise Bishop, Jake Leffel, Luke Andresik & Rob Bystry
Just a few years ago, York was an easy win for a lot of teams. Now, York is the top team in their conference and has been going deep into the playoffs. Elmhurst has become a lacrosse town with an army of youth players. They have a lot of weapons on offense. They play with a lot of heart and will easily be one of the top teams out of the west. Top players to watch out for: Gavin Vandenberg, Joe Chornij, Jack Redick & Pierceson Mapes.
The Spartans have been a post-season contender for the past couple years. They have been known to upset a few teams in the past and have always been a match-up problem. Not an easy team to scout against with their use of zone and man-to-man defense. GBN plays great team lacrosse, but I question their depth this year.
Neuqua did not graduate many players last year. Their junior class is strong and gained a lot of experience last season. They had some nail-biting games that slipped away from them in 2016. I don’t expect that to happen again this year. If they improve their consistency and come out ready to play every game, they should have 15 wins this year.
Yes, Hinsdale Central graduated some of their top guys from last year, but returning this season is their entire defense. Last season, they gave their second string a lot of playing time, knowing they would need to step up this year. The time is now for them to go deep into the post season.
The Wildcats are always a great team from the north. Last year they ended the season with 16 wins including a huge 5 OT game over New Trier. Big coaching change this year will be the only question mark. They will need their senior leadership to step up to keep the pedal down. They return some studs on offense and on defense. I expect them to get to 14+ wins this year.
St Charles North, Lyons Township, Lake Forest, Naperville North
Now that 2016 has come to a close, we have rounded up the True Commitments from across the country to share with you, as we had a number of players make plans to continue their lacrosse careers in college since Summer '16. Congratulations to our True Lacrosse players who made their commitments in 2016!
Trent Abeln (goalie, Olathe South High School, KS ’17) commits to Monmouth College
Trent Abeln has committed to Monmouth College. Trent has been playing lacrosse for five years, three of those with True Kansas. He has accrued several honors throughout his playing career: 2016 Fountain City Lax Bash All Star Team; 2015 Twin Cities Showcase All Star Team; 2015 Chicago Showcase All Star Team; Kansas All Metro All State Team, 2014-2016; Defensive MVP, 2014-2016; and he is team captain at Olathe South. Trent also participates in Frisbee golf, ping-pong, and basketball. He is a member of the French National Honor Society; he received the Presidents Award and the Freshman History Award. Trent plans to study international business and French at Monmouth while continuing his lacrosse career. “I chose Monmouth College because of the great business program and wonderful campus. The facilities are very nice and one of the best I have seen.” In regards to lacrosse, Trent said, “I am looking forward to helping Coach Routt and the team have a successful program.” His three years with True Kansas helped develop his game to reach this next step in his playing career. “It helped me hone my skills and expose me to college coaches,” he said of True, adding that his favorite part was “the opportunities to play every day to get better at my craft.” Before committing to Monmouth College, Trent strongly considered Aurora, St. Mary’s University, and Augustana College.
Gionna Alessandro (midfield/attack, Norwin High School, PA ’17) commits to Wheeling Jesuit University
Gionna Alessandro has committed to Wheeling Jesuit University. She has played for True Pittsburgh Girls for the last two years of her three-year playing career. She was also named MVP and served as captain of her team for two years. Gionna played basketball from 3rd grade to freshman year of high school before focusing solely on lacrosse, the sport she’ll get to continue to play for four more years. “I love the campus, it is the perfect size for me,” Gionna said of Wheeling Jesuit. “I enjoyed being with the team during my overnight. Coach Florence is an awesome coach. I can’t wait to be on the field as a Cardinal next year. I am looking forward to meeting new people and competing at the next level.” Gionna credits the True Pittsburgh Girls coaches with helping her get recruited. “True Lacrosse helped me tremendously with the whole process. Since I started playing my freshman year, playing/practicing against girls who have played longer than me, helped me with improving my skills and the learning aspect of the game. Coach Jen did a lot throughout my recruiting process.” Gionna continued by saying, “I loved all the girls on my team. We pushed each other in practices and in games. The coaches were amazing, with their being so many players from each year, Coach Jen knew each player other than on the field. She pushed you and was always trying to help you improve your game. Coach Kayla was an awesome coach as well.”
Elizabeth Baeder (goalie, Hampshire High School, IL ’17) commits to Siena Heights University
Elizabeth Baeder has committed to Siena Heights University. In addition to playing lacrosse for seven years – three of those with True Illinois Girls – Elizabeth also plays volleyball and participates in marching band. She is a member of the National Honor Society, National Society of High School Scholars, and she is an Illinois State Scholar. She trusted her instincts when she decided on Siena Heights. “It’s that feeling you get when you step on campus and you think to yourself, ‘This is where I want to spend the next four years of my life.’” She continued, “I am looking forward to pursuing my dream in college of majoring in nursing and playing lacrosse.” After three years with True Illinois Girls, Elizabeth feels prepared for the next level. “True Lacrosse exposed me to amazing coaches that only wanted me to be the best I can be. They helped me improve my game in many ways and were there for me at every step of the recruiting process.” She added, “I loved the family type bond that my team had!” Before committing to Siena Heights, Elizabeth strongly considered the College of Mount Saint Vincent and Loras College.
Ethan Barangan (face-off/midfield, Culver Academies, IN ’18) commits to the United States Military Academy at West Point
Ethan Barangan has committed to the United States Military Academy at West Point. Originally from Illinois, Ethan currently attends the Culver Academies in Culver, Indiana, but started playing lacrosse five years ago with True Illinois. Ethan was his team captain at Plainfield High School in 2013-2014, and was named team MVP that same year. The honors student also plays soccer. Ethan will get to continue his playing career with the Division 1 Black Knights. “West Point offered everything, from an outstanding academic institution, the utmost premier leadership training in the country, and a great lacrosse program,” he said. “Also, West Point provides the best opportunity to serve the best nation in the world. I plan to study in the medical field with a focus on surgical oncology.” Ethan is looking forward to playing lacrosse at the next level. “I look forward to being coached from a great coaching staff, having excellent lacrosse facilities, and to help Army to a Division 1 championship title.” His five years with True Lacrosse not only helped Ethan grow his game, but gave him the tools to navigate the recruiting process. “I remember constantly being pushed to play my hardest at practices from coaches like Deane, Gabel, Healy, and Story. They also taught me the recruiting process, which made me more comfortable and organized with recruiting. I can’t thank the coaching staff enough for their hard work to make me a better lacrosse player.” Ethan added, “My favorite part is how much the coaches care for their players. I remember Coach Deane staying after practices with me and helping me get extra face-off reps.” Before committing to West Point, Ethan strongly considered Loyola, Fairfield, and Boston University
Aleezandra Barrera (goalie, William Fremd High School, IL ’17) commits to Colorado State University-Pueblo
Aleezandra Barrera has committed to Colorado State University-Pueblo. Aleezandra has been playing lacrosse for four years, two of those with the True Illinois Girls Program, and was named a Brine All American in that time. She is excited to continue her playing career this fall at CSU-Pueblo. “I chose CSU because I love the coach and the girls on the team,” she said. “I loved my visit and feel at home there. I plan to major in liberal studies and minor in elementary education and Spanish.” Of the next four years of lacrosse, Aleezandra said, “I’m most looking forward to playing with so many great, talented people and learning even more.” Her True Lacrosse coaches helped Aleezandra get to the next level. “True helped me so much. My coach is the one that got me interested in my school.” She added that she is most grateful to “all the amazing coaches and how they all really cared about their players, even if they were not on their teams.”
Owen Bruinius (LSM, Forest Hills Northern, MI ’19) commits to Towson University
Owen Bruinius has committed to Towson University. Owen has been playing lacrosse for six years, and two with True Michigan. The honor roll student also plays football for his high school, but it’s lacrosse he’ll get to play at the D1 level. “I chose Towson University because I loved the campus and the coaching staff,” he said. “I am looking forward most to the competition and competing for a national championship.” Owen’s two years with True Michigan improved his game and helped throughout the recruiting process. “True Lacrosse has helped in so many ways. The practices are intense with a high amount of reps and lots of information. True also helped me through the recruiting process by helping me get in touch with coaches and set up visits.” He added, “My favorite part about playing True is the friendships you make and you get to play with the best kids in the state.” Before committing to Towson, Owen strongly considered Rutgers University.
Maria Cefola (goalie, Franklin Regional High School, PA ’17) commits to Chatham University
Maria Cefola has committed to Chatham University. Maria has been playing lacrosse for seven years, six of those with True Pittsburgh Girls. She is a two-time National Team goalie; two-time All Section goalie; and she was named an Academic All American in 2016. She is Key Club President, Film and Media Club President, and involved in Rotary Club and Interact. Maria is also a member of the National Honor Society, earning highest honors with distinction. She is excited for the next step in her lacrosse career at Chatham. “I was looking for a college that offered a lacrosse program that would help me to continue the sport I love. Chatham reminded me a lot of what I loved about my playing time at True: the coach is amazing, the college fits everything I wanted, and the team will be brand new in 2017, similar to the team I started with at True.” She continued, “I am most looking forward to starting with a brand new team and simply playing at a college level. I am also looking forward to the bond that is created when you have a common goal within a team.” Maria has grown her game immensely with True Pittsburgh. “Before I started playing for True, I was a low defenseman who could barely hold a stick. I am now an All American as well as an All Section goalie. The coaches have built up my physical and mental game every step of the way. I was honestly a very difficult player in their recruiting process. The coaches offered me a lot of college scholarship opportunities, but my parameters for my college were very specific. They committed to helping me work through this process and with True, I was able to find the perfect school.” Maria added, “My favorite part about playing for True was creating a bond with my teammates and coaches that I know will last me a lifetime.” Before committing to Chatham, Maria strongly considered Pitt and Allegheny.
Zac Ciupka (goalie, Barlett High School, IL ’17) commits to Aurora University
Zac Ciupka has committed to Aurora University. Zac has played for True Lacrosse for four years of his five-year playing career. He has been a starter on the Bartlett varsity team since his sophomore year, and served as team captain his junior year. The honor roll student also played football and wrestled for most of his life up until sophomore year. This fall, he’ll continue his education and playing career at Aurora. “I chose my college due to the academic opportunities with my major of sports management, and also the successfulness of the lacrosse program. I am looking forward to making new relationships with new teammates.” His time with True Lacrosse helped with every aspect of Zac’s development. “True Lacrosse has strongly enhanced who I am as a lacrosse player, and as a person. I have been given the opportunity to play for True Lacrosse and also coach the youth teams for True Lacrosse. They have helped immensely in the recruiting process by offering showcases that have helped me get exposed to college coaches.” He continued by saying, “My favorite part of playing for True Lacrosse is the relationships I have developed with all of the coaches, also having the ability to coach the youth teams.” Before committing to Aurora University, Zac strongly considered North Central College, Carthage College, and Monmouth College.
Belle Coffey (defense, Hinsdale South High School, IL ’17) commits to Bard College
Belle Coffey has committed to Bard College. Belle has been playing lacrosse for seven years, four of those with the True Illinois Girls Program. She currently plays for the 2017 Elite Team. In addition to playing lacrosse, Belle also earned All Conference honors in cross country, indoor, and outdoor track. Belle chose Bard to help her achieve her long-term goals. “I chose Bard because, out of all the schools I considered, Bard was the right fit for me academically and will put me in the best spot to get into medical school,” she said. “I love its location, campus, and international connections and opportunities. And also the lacrosse program’s understanding of the difficulty of going pre-med.” Belle is looking forward to helping revive the Bard lacrosse program. “I’m excited about the Coach’s vision to re-start the lacrosse program and bring in a lot of academically and athletically motivated and talented students. Building up a program won’t be easy, but I’m ready for the challenge and the competition at playing the collegiate level. I never had a high school team so having a whole half of my year dedicated to the sport I love most is the aspect I’m looking forward to the most.” Since she didn’t play for her high school team, her True Lacrosse experience was vital in developing her skills and love of the game. “True Lacrosse shaped me into the player I am today. What’s so special about the program is the staff and coaches look at the potential of athletes and help everyone with what they need the most. My coaches were so involved in helping me decide what would fit me in the division, size, location, and more of a school. Things I would have never even thought of. They helped me realize what I needed, and helped me contact coaches and programs that would be the right fit. Even with all the exposure we got from the tournaments we attend, it’s the learning experience that came along with them, like learning how to talk to coaches and such that makes all the difference. “ She added, “My favorite part about True Lacrosse was my team. The program values the ‘family’ feel of a team so much, and it truly makes all the difference on and off the field. Especially over the summer, my teammates are my best friends.” Before committing to Bard, Belle strongly considered Skidmore, Rhodes, Haverford, and the College of Charleston.
Riley Doyle-Odenbach (midfield, Sandburg High School, IL ’17) commits to the Florida Institute of Technology
Riley Doyle-Odenbach has committed to the Florida Institute of Technology. Riley has played lacrosse for four years, and the last two with the True Lacrosse Illinois Girls Program. She was named the Most Improved Player on the varsity team as a freshman. In addition to playing lacrosse, Riley has played basketball for 10 years, and played boys lacrosse for three years; she is an excellent student and ranks in the top 5% of her class, and is a state scholar. She plans to study either pre-med or marine biology as she continues her lacrosse career at the Florida Institute of Technology this fall. “The campus was very modern and beautiful,” she said of her decision to commit to FIT. “The coach and the team were extremely warm and kind. As soon as I walked on campus, I knew this was the school for me.” Riley added that she is most looking forward to “the level of competition, not only with other schools, but within the team as well. I want to be pushed to my limit and play against my older teammates to constantly improve my game.” True Illinois Girls helped Riley learn the game and develop her skills. “I started playing women’s lacrosse freshman year, and I did not know much about the game. True has improved my lacrosse IQ and skill set immensely, and I continue to grow every time I step onto the turf.” She concluded by saying, “I absolutely love my teammates. I wouldn’t trade them for the world. They’ve become some of my best friends and I have no doubt we will continue to stay in touch.”
Griffin Fries (attack, Shawnee Mission East, KS ’19) commits to the United States Air Force Academy
Griffin Fries has committed to the United States Air Force Academy. Griffin has been playing lacrosse for eight years – seven of those with True Kansas – and earned such honors and awards as All Metro Midfield his freshman year, and Under Armour Underclassman All American. He also helped his team win the state championship. In addition to lacrosse, Griffin is also running back for his high school’s varsity football team. He chose the Air Force Academy to continue his education and lacrosse career “for the unbelievable academic and athletic opportunity,” adding that he is most looking forward to “being a part of a team and competing for a national championship.” His many years with True Kansas “helped me not only improve my lacrosse skills but also taught me what it means to be a part of a team.” His favorite part of playing for True was “the tournaments with awesome coaches and great teammates.” Before committing to the Air Force Academy, Griffin strongly considered Denver and Virginia.
Katie Haley (midfield, Maine South High School, IL ’19) commits to the University of Colorado at Boulder
Katie Haley has committed to the University of Colorado at Boulder. Katie has played for the True Illinois Girls Program for the last three-and-a-half years of her six-year playing career. She earned a number of lacrosse honors and awards throughout that time, including being selected to the first-ever True National Girls Team; 2016 Under Armour All-America Midwest Command team; 2016 starting center and captain for True Lacrosse IL 2019 State Team; 2016 Under Armour 150 attendee; 2016 Maine South High School varsity starter, during which time she helped her team to finish 4th in the state and earned 2nd place in goals. She concluded the 2016 season with 54 goals, 24 assists, 47 GB, and 37 CT. While she has focused her efforts on lacrosse, she used to play basketball, travel soccer, and travel softball. She is part of the Photography Club, Key Club, and Varsity Club at Maine South. In 2015-2016, Katie received the Outstanding Artist Award in Photo 1; she also received the Excellence in Performance Award in Biology 1, and maintains a 4.0 GPA. Katie is excited to continue her education and lacrosse career at UC Boulder. “After I made an unofficial visit to Colorado in the fall, I knew CU was the perfect fit for me. Coach Elliott, Coach Frank, and Coach Kempney are awesome, and I love their passion for lacrosse and winning. I am also a firm believer in the cornerstone of their program: hard work, belief, positive attitude, and never give up! Colorado is a great school with superior academic support for their athletes. Lastly, CU Boulder is a beautiful university that has so much to offer its athletes and students.” Katie continued by saying, “I can’t wait to take my game to the next level and learn from one of the best college coaches out there. CU Boulder is such a great college town with awesome support for their athletes. It’s also going to be cool to play in the PAC 12.” Katie is grateful to True Lacrosse and its coaches for helping her reach this next step. “My True coaches challenged me to continue growing my game and pushed me to take my game to the next level. Coach Rich supported me throughout the recruiting process. Coach Rich was my biggest advocate, and she is well respected in the college lacrosse scene. I love playing for True Lacrosse because of my teammates and coaches. My teammates are some of my best friends. And my coaches have been so supportive and have pushed me to be the best, on and off the field.” Before committing to the University of Colorado at Boulder, Katie strongly considered Marquette, Oregon, and Delaware.
Derek Hogel (defense/LSM, McHenry East High School, IL ’17) commits to Illinois Wesleyan University
Derek Hogel has committed to Illinois Wesleyan University. Derek has been playing lacrosse for six years, just one with True Illinois. He has earned a number of awards and honors including Brine All American, Blue Chip 225 All-Star, Fox Valley All Conference, and he is his high school team’s captain and was named team MVP. Derek excels in the classroom as well, and is a member of the National Honor Society and the French Honor Society; he also serves on student government. Derek found the perfect school for his academics and athletics in Illinois Wesleyan. “I chose Illinois Wesleyan because of their great academics and lacrosse program. I plan on studying international business and they offer a great study abroad program in which I’m looking forward to taking part. As soon as I met with the coaching staff, I knew that Illinois Wesleyan was the perfect fit for me.” Derek added, “I’m extremely excited about being able to play lacrosse at a high tempo and competitive level. Also, I’m looking forward to the relationships I’ll make with my teammates throughout my time at IWU. Academically, I’m really looking forward to the challenge of my courses.” In his short time with True, Derek improved from the high-quality training True offers. “True helped me become a better overall player by offering training almost year round,” he said. “The training is run at a fast pace, so I was able to get as many reps as possible. Also, the tournaments we went to gave me great exposure to college coaches around the country. I really liked the amount of times I was able to compete in practice and how well practices were run. I also really enjoyed the amount of time I was able to spend with my team at tournaments.” Before committing to Illinois Wesleyan, Derek strongly considered Lynn University and Belmont-Abbey College.
Kara Jans (midfield/attack, Shaler Area High School, PA ’17) commits to the University of Findlay
Kara Jans has committed to the University of Findlay. A five-year player for the True Pittsburgh Girls Program, Kara has been playing lacrosse for seven years and earned a number of awards throughout her playing career, including, two-time WPIAL champion, ALL-WPIAL, All-Section three-year varsity captain, midfield MVP, and Golden Stick Award recipient. In addition to playing lacrosse, Kara also plays varsity tennis, and is a member of the National Honor Society and Art Honor Society. She will continue her lacrosse career while pursuing a degree in strength and conditioning at the University of Findlay this fall. “The University of Findlay has everything that I am looking for,” she said. “They have an incredible lacrosse program and equally impressive academic programs. I am most looking forward to being a part of a highly competitive team that will work with me to hone my skills.” As part of True Pittsburgh, Kara had multiple opportunities to play in front of college coaches. “True Lacrosse provided me with lots of exposure to different programs and helped me when it came to making my final decision.” She continued: “My favorite part about playing True Lacrosse was playing in tournaments and being a part of a team with people that I became good friends with.” Before committing to the University of Findlay, Kara strongly considered Gardner Webb University and McDaniel College.
Lauren Katayama (midfield/attack, Maine South High School, IL ’18) commits to the University of Massachusetts Lowell
Lauren Katayama has committed to the University of Massachusetts Lowell. A three-year player for True Illinois Girls, Lauren has been playing lacrosse for seven years. She was a First Team All-Conference selection her freshman year; varsity starter freshman and sophomore years; and top scorer of her team her freshman and sophomore years. While she remains undecided, she is interested in perhaps studying business or criminal justice, while continuing her lacrosse career at UMass Lowell. “I chose UMass Lowell because it was a perfect fit for me. The size and atmosphere of the school was perfect and I love how close it is to Boston.” She is excited for all college has to offer. “I believe college is going to be an amazing experience for me academically and athletically. I feel lucky that I was able to find a university that will allow me to be successful in the future. I’m looking forward to being a part of something special as the UMass Lowell program continues to grow. As for lacrosse specifically, I’m just really excited to learn everything I can from my future coaches and teammates. Even though I know playing at the Division 1 level is going to be difficult, there is nothing else I would rather spend my time doing.” Her True experience made the difference in her training and helping her achieve her goals. “Three years ago, I decided to switch from my original club to play at True, and it was one of the best decisions I could have made. As soon as I started playing for True, the coaches were focused on getting me recruited because they knew it was my goal to play in college. Any time I needed help, I was confident that I could reach out and any of my coaches would be able to help me. On the field, there was always such a positive environment, which helped me play better because I was always having fun. I would not have been able to do this without the help of all the True Lacrosse coaches. I genuinely appreciate all that they have done, giving me the opportunity to do more of what I love.” When asked what her favorite part of playing for True Lacrosse was, she responded, “My team. They are the most amazing group of girls you will ever meet. Somehow we got super lucky and the perfect group of girls came together at the perfect time. Practicing and playing with my team forces me to keep pushing myself because of how talented every single girl is. The people that make up this True Family are easily the best part about the program.” Before committing to UMass Lowell, Lauren strongly considered Butler, West Point, and Oregon.
Reid Lanigan (attack/midfield, Christian Brothers High School, TN ’17) commits to University of Utah
Reid Lanigan has committed to the University of Utah. Reid has been playing lacrosse for eight years, three of those with True Lacrosse Tennessee. Throughout his playing career, Reid has achieved a number of honors including All-Region and All-Metro; he is the leading goal scorer in Christian Brothers’ High School history; he has played for the True National Team, and was a True Tennessee Box League MVP. Reid is a member of the National Honor Society and is a De La Salle Scholar. He will take his game to the next level this fall when he enrolls at the University of Utah. “I chose the University of Utah because of the eminent announcement to become a Division 1 program,” he said. “Also, the knowledge that Coach Holman and his staff bring to the table is something that would be hard to find at any other school. Lastly, the campus itself along with the beautiful facilities convinced me that Utah was the right place for me.” Reid continued, “I am really looking forward to getting on campus and meeting all of my future teammates and growing as a player and a person. Also, I anticipate competing for a Division 1 championship after the transition is made.” Reid credits his coach and the True National program with helping him get recruited. “True Lacrosse has been very helpful throughout the recruiting process. The National Team opened doors for me that eventually led me to decide on Utah. My coach, Collin Welsh, who is the director of True Lacrosse Tennessee, worked very hard in order to help me find the school that was the right fit for me. He pushed me to continue reaching out to schools and he encouraged me every step of the way.” Reid’s favorite part of playing for True “was being able to connect with other True teams throughout the country. Whenever we faced a team from a different area, you could be sure that it was going to be a competitive game.” Before committing to the University of Utah, Reid strongly considered Stevenson, Denison, and Centre.
Gabe Liebetreu (goalie, Grand Haven High School, MI ’17) commits to Queens University of Charlotte
Gabe Liebetreu has committed to Queens University of Charlotte. A two-year True Michigan player, Gabe has been playing lacrosse for seven years. He achieved the Michigan Single Game Saves State Record (30) and Michigan Single Season Saves Record (269); the four-year varsity starter also earned a number of awards including: 2016 Inside Lacrosse Invitational All Star; MHSAA 2016 All Conference; MHSAA 2015 All Conference Honorable Mention; and Grand Haven Team MVP in both 2015 and 2016. Gabe is also a member of the National Honor Society. This fall, he will get the opportunity to continue his academic and athletic career at Queens University of Charlotte, with plans to study business and marketing. “I chose Queens because it was a great school with a great overall athletic and academic package,” he said. “I was looking for schools in the south and fell in love with the city of Charlotte.” He continued, “I’m looking forward to college for the opportunity to study something that I’m really interested in, and get the chance to branch out to another part of the country. I’m most excited to play lacrosse at the next level because of the high level of competition and being a part of a college team.” Gabe’s experience with True Michigan was vital throughout the recruiting process. “True Lacrosse helped me through training and the recruiting process, as it assisted to make me the best player that I could be and get connected with possible schools that were in reach for the player that I am. My favorite part about playing for True Lacrosse was traveling to tournaments out east…and getting to hang out as a team.” Before committing to Queens University of Charlotte, Gabe strongly considered Palm Beach Atlantic University, Skidmore College, and Rollins College.
Evi Malagise (attack/midfield, Blackhawk High School, PA ’17) commits to Allegheny College
Evi Malagise has committed to Allegheny College. She has played lacrosse for five years, the last two with the True Pittsburgh Girls Program. Evi is a three-time letter winner, earned the Rookie of the Year award, was named Offensive Player of the Year, and received the Future Team Captain award with her high school team. She is a member of the National Honor Society, NHS tutor chair, three-time Academic Excellence award winner, and has maintained her place in the top 15% of her class for the last three years. In addition to playing lacrosse, Evi runs cross-country, participates in mock trial, and is a middle school lacrosse coach. Now, she looks forward to playing lacrosse at Allegheny. “I looked for a school with a high standard for academics,” Evi said. “I visited the campus multiple times and loved the opportunities the college offers.” She continued, “I’m looking forward to taking a bunch of different classes, and playing lacrosse with the team.” Her experience with True Pittsburgh Girls helped with her training and recruitment. “True helped me develop and maintain my skill level over the summer. I got a ton of exposure from True, and it really helped me get recruited.” Evi’s favorite part of playing for True was the relationships she made. “The 2017 girls are awesome. I loved how much fun we had during the games and how well we worked together as a team.”
Jack O’Grady (LSM, Glenbard West High School, IL ’18) commits to Furman University
Jack O’Grady has committed to Furman University. He has played lacrosse for seven years, five of those with True Illinois. Although he plays football, hockey, and soccer, he will head to Furman to continue his lacrosse career. “The campus was great,” Jack said, “and it makes me feel right at home. I plan to study economics, business, or chemistry.” Jack is most looking forward to “getting to play against some of the top players in the country,” as part of Furman’s D1 program. Jack is confident True prepared him for the next level. “The practices were hard, which was good because it will prepare me for the road ahead.” He continued by saying that his favorite part of playing for True was “getting to play and hangout with the boys.” Before committing to Furman, Jack strongly considered Mercer, Jacksonville, Dartmouth, Towson, and Salisbury.
Alyssa Pollak (attack, Greensburg Central Catholic, PA ’18) commits to Duquesne University
Alyssa Pollak has committed to Duquesne University. She has played lacrosse for three years, only one with True Pittsburgh Girls. She helped her high school team to winning the state championship and becoming WPIAL champions. The honors student will continue her education at Duquesne next year, where she plans to pursue a degree in medicine. “I chose Duquesne because I think they can offer me lacrosse and academics,” she said. “I enjoy playing lacrosse and I have a passion for the sport.” Her brief time with True Pittsburgh improved her game. “True Lacrosse helped me understand the game and increased my strength,” she said, adding that her favorite part was “learning new skills and working together as a team.” Before committing to Duquesne, Alyssa strongly considered University of Cincinnati, RMU, Hofstra, IUP, and the University of Manhattan.
Reece Potter (midfield, Hartland High School, MI ’19) commits to Towson University
Reece Potter has committed to Towson University. Reece has played for True Michigan for the last three years of his eight-year playing career. The scholar athlete was named to the IL All Tournament team. Reece also plays football, but it’s lacrosse he’ll get to continue at the D1 level at Towson, a school he chose because he “liked the atmosphere, thought the campus was a good fit for me,” adding that he is most looking forward to “the competition.” He plans to study sports management. True Michigan’s coaches helped Reece grow his game and get recruited. “My lax IQ improved as well as my stick skills,” he said. “Playing for True gave me a lot of exposure. My coaches were always available to talk to and guide me.” His favorite part of playing for True Michigan was “meeting new people and friends. Playing competitive teams.” Before committing to Towson, Reece strongly considered Army, UMass, Marquette, and Lehigh.
State Team Coaching Staff
Jake Deane – Umass
Mike Gabel – Vermont
Kevin Finn - Salisbury University
Kevin Benages -
Tom Wood - United States Naval Academy
Cosey Carlisle – University of North Texas
Sandy Romans – CW Post College
Doug Tillet – Syracuse
Mike Blouin – Air Force
Pat Larmon - UMass
Riley Mann - Georgetown University
Dominic Dalmaso – Indiana University
Jack Moran – Furman University
Austin Spencer – Johns Hopkins
Jake Mann - Lafayette College
Jack Ambrose - Yale
Ty Roselli – Roanoke College
Director, State Teams
Director, State Teams
True Lacrosse Winter League
January 8, 22, 29
February 12, 19, 26
Max McCook Sports Complex
4750 Vernon Ave
June 17th-18th, 2017
July 1st-2nd, 2017
Cherry Bomb Lacrosse Tournament
July 21st-23rd, 2017
Traverse City, MI
*2023A Team will attend Cherry Bomb
Four Star Classic
July 21st-23rd, 2017
*2023AA Team will attend this event
Tournament of Champions
Brent Hassert Park