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True Lacrosse Spring 2017 Commitments Newsletter: PART 1

By True Lacrosse, 04/01/17, 2:00PM CDT


Bringing you the True Commitments from January-March 2017! Congratulations to our players who achieved their goal of taking their game to the next level!

Mitchell Baggett (defense, Grand Blanc High School, MI ’18) commits to Rollins College

Mitchell Baggett has committed to Rollins College. Mitchell has been part of True Michigan for the last three years of his eight years playing lacrosse. He is the captain of his high school’s varsity lacrosse team this season for the second season; last year he was also named the most versatile player on his team. In addition to lacrosse, Mitchell plays football, and is a relay-triathlete. He is part of the National Honor Society, two-time Student of the Month, Junior Class Vice President, and he is a member of the Captains Club. He is an Academic Letterman, DECA Regional Finalist, DECA State Merritt Finalist, and was nominated for the National Academy of Future Scientists. Mitchell plans to study international business and finance at Rollins next year. “I chose Rollins because of the amazing coaching staff and the incredible environment. They really took care of me from the first time I met them,” he said. “I’m very excited about getting to the next level and being a part of a team while in college. I can’t wait to see the speed and skill level of college lacrosse.” Mitchell credits True with helping him achieve this goal. “I couldn’t have done any of this without my coaches and teammates at True Lacrosse. They’ve provided me with the tools I need to become a better player and person in general.” He continued, “Traveling with my team has always been my favorite. I love how we can have a ton of fun but also turn on the intensity when we need to. True has always been one of the best programs in Michigan and it felt great the first time I could say I was part of it.” Before committing to Rollins College, Mitchell strongly considered Amherst College, Colorado College, and Lafayette College.


Jack Cain (defense, Hinsdale Central High School, IL ’19) commits to Dartmouth College

Jack Cain has committed to Dartmouth College. Jack has been playing lacrosse for seven years, and four of those with True Illinois. In that time, he has earned a number of honors and awards, including: Captain of Hinsdale Central Varsity Lacrosse Team (2017); All Star Inside Lacrosse National Recruiting #24 Ranked Defenseman, Class of 2019 (October 2016); Brine National Illinois 2019 All American Team Member (2016); West Suburban (Chicago) Conference Honorable Mention as a freshman (2016); Lacrosse America, CST Expo All Star (2015). Additionally, he has been invited to a number of elite events including the 2017 Project 9, the 2017 Committed Combine 44, and the 2017 Blue Chip 225, to name a few. When he isn’t playing lacrosse, the honor student plays basketball and is involved in the Hinsdale Central Business Club. Jack is excited for the next step in his education and lacrosse career. “I chose Dartmouth because of a combination of the following: the high academics, the chance to be part of their new resurgence in Ivy Lacrosse, and the chance to play for Coach Callahan,” he said, adding he is most looking forward to “improving every day as a student and as a lacrosse athlete.” His time with True Lacrosse prepared him for the next level. “True gave me the training necessary to understand how to compete at the highest level.” He continued that his favorite part was “competing out east and proving we belong with the big boys.” Before committing to Dartmouth, Jack strongly considered UMass, Navy, and Hofstra.


Kristofer Casey (face-off, Barrington High School, IL ’18) commits to Furman University

Kris Casey has committed to Furman University. Kris has been playing lacrosse for nine years, the last five with True Illinois. He was a Towson Summer Gold All Star, Elite 100 All Star, Inside Lacrosse All Star, True National team member, First Team All Conference selection, two-time varsity leader in ground balls, and a two-year varsity starter. Additionally, he is a Presidential Service Award recipient. Now he looks forward to playing at the D1 level next year. “Furman is a perfect fit for me both athletically and academically,” he said. “Academically, Furman has a strong business program and the smaller student to teacher ratio will help me succeed in the classroom. Athletically, Coach (Richie) Meade and the rest of the coaching staff are extremely passionate and I know that the team has a bright future.” He continued by saying, “I am most looking forward to the opportunity to play against the best teams in the country under Coach (Richie) Meade. I am also excited for the beautiful South Carolina weather.” Kris’ five years with True Lacrosse helped his game, from training to recruiting. “True helped me through every step of the process. From developing me as a player to showing me the ins and outs of the recruiting process, True was there for me.” He added, “My favorite part about playing for True was the competitive environment and the friends that I have made over the years.” Before committing to Furman, Kris strongly considered Boston University, Amherst, and Vassar.


Kelson Connors (defense, Flint Powers Catholic High School, MI ’18) commits to University of Detroit Mercy

Kelson Connors has committed to the University of Detroit Mercy. Kelson has been playing for True Michigan for the last four years of his five-year playing career. In that time, he earned All State and All Conference honors his freshman and sophomore years; he was an FLG in 3D All Star; Boston Legacy All Star; Fairfield Invitational All Star; Chicago Showcase All Star; and was selected to the True National team. In addition to lacrosse, Kelson was a D1 recruit for football; he was the 2nd leading tackler on the state finalist team as a sophomore. He was voted MLives Top 3 Most Tenacious Linebacker, DZones Top Running Back Watchlist, and made the All State Academic Team. He is also a candidate for the National Honor Society. With his sights set on staying in the Midwest, UDM checked all the boxes in his search for the perfect school. “UDM had the major I wanted and I really liked the official visits and prospect days. The coaching staff was very welcoming and made me feel part of the UDM lacrosse family. I also wanted to play my college lacrosse in the Midwest.” He continued, “I am looking forward to competing against the best talent in the country. It’s a level I worked very hard to get to.” His training with True Michigan prepared him for the high level of competition he’ll face in college. “The fast pace of True’s practices and playing the top level travel clubs in the nation helped prepare me for the fast play of D1 lacrosse. In practices and games I have defended some of the best offensive players in the nation, which definitely helped prepare me. Coach Catzere and the True staff have really helped guide me through the whole recruiting process. They were always there for me answering all types of my questions.” He continued, “The guys in the True program are like brothers to me now. All the travel and practice times we spent together we have formed a strong bond, which will last for years. I have seen many parts of the US that I would not have seen if it wasn’t for True.” Before committing to UDM, Kelson strongly considered UMass, Rutgers, Cleveland State, Ohio State, University of Tampa, and Fairfield University.


Demetre Crews (midfield, Adlai E. Stevenson High School, IL ’17) commits to Michigan State University

Demetre Crews has committed to Michigan State University. Demetre has been playing lacrosse for six years, the last three with True Illinois. Now, he’ll keep with tradition when he attends Michigan State this fall. “Attending Michigan State has become a sort of tradition for my family, and I felt the big school environment as well as the good finance program was right for me,” he said. “I’m excited to meet new people and to move forward to the next stage in my life.” His time with the True North Stars program in Illinois helped Demetre grow his game over the last three years. “True has been great. They’ve helped me with the process but also the coaches have helped me improve my game immensely. I’ve enjoyed becoming so close to all my teammates and coaches, and I plan to stay in touch with them in the future and stay a part of the community.” Before committing to Michigan State, Demetre strongly considered Indiana University and University of Colorado Boulder.


Shaye Fitzpatrick (goalie, Batavia High School, IL ’19) commits to Duke University

Shaye Fitzpatrick has committed to Duke University. Shaye has been a member of the True Illinois Girls program for the last four years of her six-year playing career. She was a UA 150 Under Armour All American (most saves in command division), defensive MVP on the JV boys lacrosse team at Batavia High School, and the JV boys captain. The honor roll student is also Student Council Vice President. Shaye gets to look forward to continuing her education and playing career at Duke in 2019.  “I chose Duke because it was the school that I felt would benefit me most during and after my college career. Also because of the coaching staff and amazing team chemistry. I have not decided what my major will be but I plan on going into either the science or medical field.” She continued, “The thing I am most looking forward to would have to be the increased level of competition and the opportunity to play and be coached by some of the best in the nation.” Shaye credits her True Illinois Girls coaches with helping her reach this next step. “True Lacrosse provided me with the best coaches, facilities, and exposure possible. I would not be where I am today with the experienced coaches that have trained me throughout my time at True. My recruiting process was great! Thanks to Coach Rich, Colleen, Jordan, and many others. Because of their direction, suggestions, and connections, I had the best exposure possible.” She added, “My favorite part about playing for True Lacrosse is definitely the love and support from my team and coaches, but also the incredible goalie coaches that made me the player I am today.” Before committing to Duke, Shaye strongly considered Johns Hopkins, Brown, UPenn, University of Richmond, High Point, Quinnipiac, and Drexel.


Stefan Fleps (defense, Wheaton North High School, IL ’17) commits to Vassar College

Stefan Fleps has committed to Vassar College. Stefan has been a member of True Illinois for the last five years of his seven-year playing career. He was named defensive MVP at Wheaton North. The honor roll student also plays soccer, and is a member of the Math Honor Society and the French Honor Society. With plans to study biology, Stefan chose Vassar because it is an “excellent liberal arts college with a high medical school acceptance rate.” He is most looking forward to “pursuing my goal of being a student athlete in an academically challenging environment.” His training with True helped Stefan grow his game. “True offered the most extensive training available and superior coaching. Most notably, Jake Deane provided consistent support throughout my recruiting process. True provided opportunities to compete at high levels, which is essential to be recruited at the college level.” Before committing to Vassar, Stefan strongly considered MIT, Middlebury, UMass Lowell, and Amherst.


John Greer (defense/LSM, Evangelical Christian School, TN ’17) commits to Centre College

John Greer has committed to Centre College. John has been playing lacrosse for 10 years, and the last two with True Tennessee. He has earned All District, Region, and State recognition; he helped his team to win the 2016 TSLA D2 State Championship, and he is the 2017 team captain. In addition to lacrosse, the honors student is also active in football, wrestling, debate team, Model UN, and Boy Scouts. With plans to study computer science and possibly enroll in Air Force ROTC, John is looking forward to the future. “I chose Centre College for many different reasons, but primarily due to its academic prestige, talented lacrosse program, and very nice campus,” he said. “I am looking forward to furthering my education and preparing myself for a career, while also getting the opportunity to play for a talented lacrosse program.” After two years with True Tennessee, John has improved his game and is ready for the next level. “My coaches for True Tennessee, in particular Collin Welsh and LJ Clark, were a huge help in my recruiting process. They helped me hone my skills as a defenseman, while also walking with me step-by-step in the recruiting process. Ultimately, they were a huge factor in helping me decide whether or not Centre College was the right place for me. I cannot express enough the sincere gratitude I have for the entire coaching staff at True Tennessee, and I wish them the best of luck.” He concluded by saying, “My favorite part about playing for True Lacrosse was getting to better myself as a player, while also getting the opportunity to travel to tournaments and play new competition.” Before committing to Centre College, John strongly considered Roanoke College, Giulford College, Berry College, Illinois Wesleyan, and Carthage College.


Charlie Heinz (defense, Lyons Township High School, IL ’19) commits to Boston University

Charlie Heinz has committed to Boston University. Charlie has been playing lacrosse for seven years, four of those as part of True Illinois. The honor roll student also plays football at Lyons Township. His future is bright as he anticipates attending Boston University in 2019. “I chose Boston University because of its reputable academics and their commitment to their lacrosse program,” he said, adding, “I am most looking forward to my continued development as a player while competing against top-level lacrosse programs.” His time with True gave him a personalized experience to improve his game. “True Lacrosse has given me constant practices and training events that I can attend and one-on-one meetings strictly about me as a player that will help me take my game to the next level.” Charlie continued by saying, “My favorite part about playing for True Lacrosse is being able to play at such a high level and also the number of friendships I have made throughout the fall and summer tournaments.” Before committing to Boston University, Charlie strongly considered Towson University.


Ricky Hoover (midfield, Wheaton Warrenville South, IL ’19) commits to Hobart College

Ricky Hoover has committed to Hobart College. Ricky has been playing for True Illinois for the last three years of his seven-year playing career. He is a varsity starter at Wheaton Warrenville South, and earned All Conference honors. He was selected to Jake Reed Blue Chip, and was a Baltimore Summer Kickoff All Star, Towson Summer Gold All Star, and Towson Autumn Gold Standout. He decided on Hobart for its “great academics, campus, and lacrosse program,” adding that he is most looking forward to “getting better and competing everyday. Living and growing close to my teammates.” His tenure with True helped him develop his game to prepare him for college lacrosse. “All the True coaches pushed me out of my comfort zone and made me a better player in every aspect of my game.” He continued by saying that his favorite part of playing for True was “making great friends while playing at a high level.” Before committing to Hobart, Ricky strongly considered Towson.


Abigail Juzwick (defense, Shaler Area High School, PA ’17) commits to Edinboro University

Abigail Juzwick has committed to Edinboro University. Abigail has been playing lacrosse for seven years, five of those with True Pittsburgh Girls. The two-year varsity starter was named most improved player during her sophomore year on her high school team, and earned the Golden Stick award her junior year. Abigail has also played tennis while at Shaler Area High School, and is a member of the Latin Honors Society. This fall, she’ll head to Edinboro to continue her education and lacrosse career. “I chose Edinboro because they had the program for what I wanted to major in, which is education, and the school is not too big or small, which is perfect for me,” she said. “I am most looking forward to the competition at the Division 2 level. I know it will be a challenge for me to be a better lacrosse player. I am also looking forward to playing for a great coach and playing with my new teammates who were all so welcoming at the overnight visit.” After five years with True, Abigail is grateful to the coaching staff, who helped her grow her game. “True Lacrosse helped me because the coaches for my team were always helping us improve during practices and in tournaments. They were passionate about lacrosse and made you want to be a better player. Going on the tournaments, you have so many opportunities to have coaches watch you. I was able to find the school that was a good fit for me because of True.” She added, “My favorite part was going to the tournaments in different states and traveling with teammates.” Before committing to Edinboro, Abigail strongly considered Chatham University.


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