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True Lacrosse Spring 2017 Commitments Newsletter: PART 2

By True Lacrosse, 04/01/17, 1:45PM CDT


Jake Leffel (face-off/midfield, Glenbard West High School, IL ’17) commits to Augustana College

Jake Leffel has committed to Augustana College. Jake is a five-year member of True Illinois, and has played lacrosse for nine years. In 2016, Jake was a Chicago Showcase All Star; he was named varsity offensive MVP and leading goal scorer at Glenbard West. In 2015, he was a Top 100 Rising Stars All Star. He chose Augustana to continue his playing career and education for “the small class sizes, the alumni base, and the campus.” He is looking forward to “the faster pace, and being able to continue traveling the country, playing guys from all over.” He credits True with giving him the tools to get recruited, including “how to get in touch with coaches, how to make a resume, and what to put in a good highlight tape.” He added that his favorite part was “getting to travel to the east coast every summer.” Before committing to Augustana, Jake strongly considered Illinois Wesleyan, DePauw, Limestone, and Otterbein.



Andrew Lis (goalie, Brother Rice High School, IL ’17) commits to Clarke University

Andrew Lis has committed to Clarke University. Andrew has been part of True Illinois for all three years of his playing career. The varsity starter at Brother Rice helped his team earn the CCL Title twice during his high school career. With plans to study physical therapy, Andrew is excited to attend Clarke this fall. “I chose Clarke because of the campus and because of the atmosphere of the team. When visiting, the team made me feel like I was already a member,” he said. “I am mostly looking forward to playing and having fun. Being able to compete for another four years is great.” His three years as part of the True Southside program helped develop his skills to prepare him to play at the next level. “True helped me by just making me a better goalie and player overall. I started playing my sophomore year of high school and joined True right after that and it has only helped me get noticeably better.” He continued, “My favorite part of playing for True was definitely the new friends I met. At the start of summer season, you might not know everyone, but by the time fall ball is about to start, you know everyone and can talk to each other.” Before committing to Clarke University, Andrew strongly considered St. Ambrose.


Luke Majick (midfield, Forest Hills Central High School, MI ’19) commits to Furman University

Luke Majick has committed to Furman University. Luke has been playing for True Michigan for the last three years of his ten-year playing career. He was named All Region in 2016, and helped his Forest Hills Central team to state champions that same year. In addition to lacrosse, the honor roll student is also quarterback for his school’s football team. Now, Luke gets to look forward to four more years of lacrosse after his high school career. “I chose Furman for a chance to get a great education in a great area of the country for a prestigious coach in Coach Meade, along with amazing young assistants,” he said, adding that he is looking forward to “playing better competition and competing to win a national championship.” Luke’s three years with True Michigan equipped him with valuable tools for both lacrosse and life. “They helped me develop a great work ethic and taught me to lead and work on every aspect of my game whenever I was in need.” He continued by saying that his favorite part of playing for True was “winning the Sweetlax Tournament last summer and just getting a chance to hang with all of my teammates.” Before committing to Furman, Luke strongly considered Marquette, UDM, Rutgers, UMass, and Richmond.


Sean Mills (midfield, Batavia High School, IL ’17) commits to Queens University of Charlotte

Sean Mills has committed to Queens University of Charlotte. Sean has been a member of True Illinois for the last four years, and has played lacrosse for eight years. The four-year starter was a First Team All Conference selection, named team MVP, and Chicago Showcase and Midwest Top 80 All Star. In addition to lacrosse, Sean also plays football. He will head south this fall to continue his education and lacrosse career at Queens University of Charlotte. “It is a great fit for me considering I have a lot of family close and they have a good business program, which is what I am looking to study in college,” he said. “The thing I am looking forward to the most is just growing, learning, and competing at a higher level while experiencing a new city.” Sean benefitted from working on his game throughout the year with True Lacrosse. “True Lacrosse helped me in many ways, but I think the most important was the year round coaching and training that enabled me to develop as a player over the past four years. Also, the connections between True coaches and college coaches helped me a lot throughout the process.” He added, “My favorite part of True was being able to travel and play against the best teams in the country while making friends and having fun with my teammates.” Before committing to Queens University of Charlotte, Sean strongly considered Rollins and St. Leo.


Trever Moore (attack, Naperville Central High School, IL ’17) commits to Augustana College

Trever Moore has committed to Augustana College. Trever is a five-year member of True Illinois, and has been playing lacrosse for six years. He was a Blue Chip 225 All Star, and in addition to lacrosse, Trever runs cross-country. He is also an Academic All American for cross-country. He plans to study mathematics and secondary education when he attends Augustana this fall. “I chose Augustana because when I visited it felt like home and everyone there was extremely welcoming. I also liked what Augie had to offer academically for me.” He continued, “I’m looking forward to the opportunities that I’ll get academically and the challenge of trying to win a national championship.” The coaches at True helped guide Trever to finding the perfect school for him. “True helped me a lot with the recruiting process. They would answer any question I had and were constantly calling coaches for me,” he said. “My favorite part would probably be traveling out east and playing good competition.” Before committing to Augustana, Trever strongly considered Robert Morris, Arizona State, Tampa, Union, and Nazareth.


Daniel Napier (attack, Henry Sibley High School, MN ’17) commits to Chatham University

Daniel Napier has committed to Chatham University. Daniel has been playing lacrosse for 10 years – one of those with True Minnesota – and has earned a number of awards and honors in that time: All Conference Honorable Mention (2016), Mr. Hustle Award, St. Paul Celts (2015), MVP of the St. Paul Celts (2016), and team captain in 2017. In addition to lacrosse, Daniel also plays hockey, football, and golf, and serves as a youth coach in his free time. The AP student plans to study finance and marketing when he heads to Chatham later this year. “I chose to go to Chatham University because of my interest for lacrosse. I liked the location and size of Chatham,” he said. “I am looking forward to improving my skills while getting a good education. Also, I am looking forward to continuing my passion for lacrosse to a higher level.” His brief time with True Minnesota made the difference in Daniel’s recruitment. “True has helped me by pushing me every day to work on my weaknesses. True has also helped me get exposure at different tournaments this summer. Without True, I would never have started talking to college coaches.” Daniel added, “My favorite part about playing for True was being able to travel across the country to challenge my skills and compete with other talented kids. Another part I loved about playing for True was all the good players and coaches that helped me develop as a person and teammate.” Before committing to Chatham, Daniel strongly considered the University of Missouri, Carthage College, and Hood College.

Jack Parker (defense, Culver Military Academy, IN ’19) commits to Rutgers University

Jack Parker has committed to Rutgers University. Jack has been playing lacrosse for four years, two of those with True Michigan. He was an FLG in 3D Summer Shootout All Star, and when he isn’t playing lacrosse, he participates in basketball and enjoys surfing. Jack felt right at home at Rutgers and is excited to attend in 2019. “I chose Rutgers because when I visited, I could see myself there in a way that I didn’t at any other schools. I love the big school size and know the academics would fit me well. The coaching staff is amazing and the players that I met all loved it there.” He added, “I look forward to consistently playing against the best players in the country. Being pushed in practice and in the classroom everyday. I look forward to seeing different areas of the country and playing on TV.” The coaches at True Michigan helped Jack not only develop his skills but guided him throughout the recruiting process. “When I started with True in the fall of my freshman year, I had never even thought about playing lacrosse in college. I was a good athlete and a below par lacrosse player. I dedicated my time to lacrosse and the coaches at True developed me into the player I am now. I tried out for varsity in the spring of my freshman year (at Forest Hills Eastern) and the varsity coach had never heard of me. I started every game that year. On the recruiting side, the True coaches set up phone calls with coaches and visits to colleges. Without them, I would have never had even close to as much exposure as I did.” He continued, “My favorite part of playing True Lacrosse has been the friends and memories I’ve made. I have met kids from different areas of Michigan that I am now really close with, but would not have met if I hadn’t played True. And I have made some great memories with these guys while traveling out east, hanging out in the hotels, and just having fun at practice.” Before committing to Rutgers, Jack strongly considered Towson and Air Force.

Mitchell Perez (attack, Glenbard West High School, IL '17) commits to Monmouth College

Mitchell Perez has committed to Monmouth College. Mitchell has been a member of True Illinois for the last two years of his seven-year playing career. In addition to lacrosse, Mitchell participates in Football Choir Theater, a stage production. Mitchell chose Monmouth for a number of reasons: "the lacrosse coach, field of study - computer science - and location of the school." He is looking forward to the coaching, competitive play, and camaraderie with the team. He says True Lacrosse "made him a better player, pointed me toward tournaments where college coaches were recruiting," and says his favorite part of True was the "laid back approach yet excellent coaching and training." Before committing to Monmouth, Mitchell strongly considered the University of Dubuque, Alma College, Loyola, and Purdue. 

John Pickett (face-off/midfield, Marian Catholic High School, IL ’17) commits to the University of Indianapolis

John Pickett has committed to the University of Indianapolis. John has been playing lacrosse for four years, the last two with True Illinois. He has earned a number of honors in his career including Rookie of the Year, Most Improved Player, All Conference honors, and he was named junior captain of his team. In addition to lacrosse, John is an honor student who is also active in bowling and horseback riding. He plans to study accounting when he attends the University of Indianapolis later this year. “I like the location and the atmosphere of the campus. I am looking forward to a change in the ‘school’ environment, and getting the chance to play lacrosse at a high level.” The coaches at True helped develop John’s skills to prepare him for college lacrosse. “They reached out to different coaches for me for recruiting. They narrowed down on my strengths and weaknesses in training.” He added that his favorite part was “getting the chance to challenge myself on a new level. I got to play with much better guys than the normal high school level.” Before committing to the University of Indianapolis, John strongly considered Limestone College and Maryville University.


Jacob Prinz (face-off, Forest Hills Central High School, MI ’17) commits to University of Detroit Mercy

Jacob Prinz has committed to the University of Detroit Mercy. Jacob has played for True Michigan for the last year of his five-year playing career. In 2016, he was First Team All State Face-Off Specialist, Academic All State, and Forest Hills Central Special Teams MVP. In addition to lacrosse, Jacob also plays football and is a member of the National Honor Society. He plans to study medicine this fall at Detroit. “I chose UDM because it was the best fit for me and gave me the opportunity to play at the highest level,” he said, adding he is most looking forward to “playing against some of the top competition in the country and working together as a team for a common goal.” His True Michigan coaches helped guide him throughout the recruiting process. “They put me out there for the coaches to see and told me what to work on to be recruited.” He continued by saying that his favorite part was “the camaraderie of the team and coaches, and the bonds that were formed from playing together.” Before committing to UDM, Jacob strongly considered Ohio Wesleyan.



Chris Smith (attack, South Elgin High School, IL ’17) commits to Concordia University Wisconsin

Chris Smith has committed to Concordia University Wisconsin. The four-year member of True Illinois has been playing lacrosse for five years, and was named the South Elgin Offensive MVP his junior year, and varsity captain his junior and senior year. Chris has earned high honor roll all four years of his high school career, and is a member of the German National Honor Society. With plans to study actuarial sciences, Chris is excited to attend Concordia next year. “I chose Concordia because the view is great, and I can see myself at the school even if lacrosse wasn’t an option,” he said. “I am looking forward to rooming with a friend I made through the True Lacrosse program, and I really want to get to the next level because I love a challenge.” The True experience provided Chris with even more than excellent preparation to play at the next level. “True Lacrosse helped me throughout my training by giving me someone that has been a great mentor, and someone to look up to, over the last few years in Coach K (Chris Kochajkiewicz).” He added, “My favorite part about playing for True Lacrosse was definitely our trip to Ohio State because it was a great experience for team bonding.” Before committing to Concordia, Chris strongly considered Montevallo, Carthage, and Augustana. 


Emory Weaver (face-off/midfield, Christian Brothers High School, TN ’17) commits to University of Alabama in Huntsville

Emory Weaver has committed to the University of Alabama in Huntsville. Emory has been playing lacrosse for five years, the last three with True Tennessee, and has earned several awards and accolades throughout his career, including, Brine Pride of Tennessee West Team; Adrenaline High Rollers Tennessee  - Players who impressed; MVP, Christophe Kesterson Memorial Tournament; most recruited player ever out of Christian Brothers High School. Additionally, Emory is an Eagle Scout and member of The Order of the Arrow, which is the scouting’s National Honor Society. Emory plans to study business when he attends the University of Alabama in Huntsville later this year. “I signed with the University of Alabama primarily because of its combined outstanding academic reputation and commitment to excellence in men’s lacrosse. I look forward to playing for Coach McGowan and his staff, who provide a wealth of knowledge and experience and will challenge me to maximize my potential. Associating with the caliber of student athletes that are playing at UAH is an honor.” He added, “Competing for championships are on the horizon at UAH, and I’ll soon arrive on campus and join my future teammates in building on the groundwork they’ve already laid.” After three years with True Tennessee, Emory is ready to compete at the next level. “Playing for True Tennessee gave me the opportunity to gain experience through constant repetition in practices, and then facing elite competition at tournaments sharpened my skills. My True Tennessee coach, Collin Welsh, provided much needed and invaluable direction throughout my recruiting process. I am grateful for his efforts in assisting me and my family in navigating through determining which school was the best fit for me. I can’t thank Coach Welsh and his staff enough for their efforts in helping mold me into the player I am today.” He added, “Traveling across the country with my family and True Tennessee teammates for tournaments was an incredible experience.” Before committing to UAH, Emory strongly considered Virginia Military Institute, University of Montevallo, Bellarmine University, University of Tampa, and Palm Beach Atlantic University.


Frank Zygmuntowicz (defense, Naperville North High School, IL ’18) commits to Rollins College

Frank Zygmuntowicz has committed to Rollins College. Frank has been playing for True Illinois for the last three years of his six-year playing career. He was named captain of his high school team for the 2017 season; earned Honorable Mention All Conference (DVC) last year as a sophomore; he’s a two-time Chicago Cup All Star; Chicago Showcase All Star; Buckeye Battle All Star; and two-time Brine All American. He also earned All-Academic All Conference (DVC) honors. When it was time to decide where to commit, Rollins had everything Frank was looking for in a school. “I chose Rollins because of the beautiful campus, nationally ranked business program, and to play on a competitive team. The coaching staff made me feel at home and the players made me feel like part of the team. It is always nice to be close to a city, and Orlando is only a short 15-minute drive. I plan to do a 3/2 accelerated masters in business with a focus on international business. I am going to study abroad, which will be a great experience. Overall, Rollins filled all aspects I was looking for in academics, athletics, and atmosphere.” He added that he’s looking forward to “meeting lots of new people and continuing to travel across the country playing lacrosse. I want to be a part of a nationally competitive team, and Rollins has improved their record each year.” Frank is grateful to the True coaches who helped him grow his game over the last several years. “Coach Deane and Coach Gabel both helped me to improve my stick skills and my lacrosse IQ. They each helped me with what to do throughout the whole recruiting process. Coach Benages (Naperville North and True Lacrosse) has been a great mentor to me since 7th grade and has encouraged me to be a leader on and off the field. True training has improved all aspects of my game, as well as my athleticism and has reinforced my commitment to lacrosse.” He continued by saying, “My favorite part about playing for True was playing against some of the best teams in the country.” Before committing to Rollins, Frank strongly considered DePauw, Tampa, Franklin and Marshall, and Colorado College.


Other players who committed:

Pierceson Mapes - Augustana College
Ethan Kuykendall - Ohio Valley
Tommy Quinlan - Alma College
Matthew Barigazzi - North Central College