Skylar Bays (midfield, Marian High School, IN ’18) commits to Baldwin Wallace University
Skylar Bays has committed to Baldwin Wallace University. Skylar has played lacrosse for eight years, two with True Illinois. He was also selected to the True National Team (Summer 2017). Additionally, Skylar has earned a number of awards throughout his playing career: Marian High School Team MVP (2017); leading scorer and total points (49 goals, 43 assists, 92 points); All State Midfielder, 2nd Team (2017); All Conference, 2nd Team (2017); 2017 Overall Team MVP (Marian High School, 2016); sophomore starter and leading scorer (43 goals, 30 assists, 73 total points); 2016 All Diocesan Team; 2016 East/West Indiana All Star; 2016 Michigan Wolverine War All Star Selection; 2015 Team Offensive MVP (Marian High School); freshman starter, 2nd in team scoring (23 goals, 30 assists, 53 total points); and Blue Chip 2015 and 2016 Elite Division Invite. As he plans to study software engineering, Skylar looks forward to continuing his education and lacrosse career at Baldwin Wallace. “I chose Baldwin Wallace because the second I stepped on campus, I knew that it was the right place for me. They are not far from home, they are strong academically, and are on the rise athletically and I had to be a part of that,” he said, adding, “I am looking forward to the competition and the chance to play for a national championship.” Although he went to high school in Indiana, Skylar played for True Illinois, and the experience helped improve his game and get recruited. “True helped me hone my skills and play faster. True also helped me get seen by more coaches, which put me in contact with more schools. True also counseled me when I was narrowing down my choices so that I would choose the best school for my future. I enjoyed playing with my teammates and competing at every practice and tournament. Before committing to Baldwin Wallace, Skylar strongly considered Capital, The College of Wooster, Ohio Wesleyan, MSOE, and Chestnut Hill.
Melanie Brown (attack, Lake Zurich High School, IL ’18) commits to Keiser University
Melanie Brown has committed to Keiser University. Melanie has been playing lacrosse for 10 years, the last three with True Illinois Girls. In that time, Melanie earned Second Team All Conference, Most Improved Player, two-time First Team All Conference, two-time MVP attack, and All State Honorable Mention. She was also named to both the honor roll and high honor roll. This fall, she will get to continue her playing career when she heads to Florida to attend Keiser. “I like the feel of a small school; smaller class sizes, you know everyone. Also, almost everyone at this school plays a sport, so it’s an environment I want to be in, not to mention I really got along well with the team.” Melanie continued, “I’m excited to be constantly challenged to be a better player and to get the experience of playing at a higher level with all new people.” Melanie credits the True Girls program with getting her to the next level in her playing career. “I can 100% say I would not be where I am without True. All of the coaches and players made me step up my game to a whole new level. I learned something new at every single practice. All the tournaments I got to play in with True are the reason I was able to be recruited and exposed to so many colleges.” As for her favorite part of playing for True, Melanie said, “I loved being able to travel all over to play lacrosse, not to mention I made some great friends and have had the best coaches ever. I have played for multiple teams but True is by far my favorite team that I have been on. We all became a family and that’s what I really love about True.” Before committing to Keiser University, Melanie strongly considered the University of Arizona.
George Eisenhauer (midfield, La Lumiere School, IN ’18) commits to Colby College
George Eisenhauer has committed to Colby College. George has played for True Lacrosse for the past seven years of his nine-year playing career. In that time, he has achieved a number of honors and awards, including: La Lumiere Team MVP, Freshman and Junior year; La Lumiere Contribution Award, sophomore year; and Warrior NPI All-Star. When he isn’t playing lacrosse, George is also active in football (four-year letter winner), Chinese Honor Society, and National Honor Society. Additionally, he has earned several academic awards: Magna Cum Laude, freshman year; Summa Cum Laude, sophomore and junior years; and class awards in Algebra 2, Chinese 2, and Chinese 3. Now, he plans to study Government and Economics, and incorporating Chinese into his studies, too, when he attends Colby later this year. “I chose Colby College for its location, liberal arts dynamic, and its academic prestige. Also, the opportunity to play two sports played a major role. I was primarily recruited as a football player, so having the chance to play two sports at such a high level at a great academic school like Colby was hard to pass up.” George continued, “I am really excited about the skills that I will develop and acquire throughout college. From time management to networking, I will be able to mold myself into the best person that I can possibly be. Having a schedule that includes two varsity sports and school will push me to my limits and show my true character. Playing football and lacrosse in the NESCAC is going to be a great challenge due to the tremendous competition that I will have to face week in and week out.” George is grateful to True for helping him grow as a lacrosse player and as a person. “Without True Lacrosse, I would not be playing college sports. It has taught me so much over these past years. When Coach Healy first spotted me at a clinic back when I was in fifth grade, I had no idea where lacrosse could lead me. Now, I have not only become a better lacrosse player, but also someone who is ready for the world after sports. From talking to coaches, sending proper emails, eating right, learning how to travel on my own, and how to drive on I-94 to practice. All of the coaches have always been there for me no matter the situation.” He added that his favorite part of playing for True Lacrosse was “getting to know so many kids and coaches from across the country. Before True, I would have never guessed that some of my best friends would be from high schools in the Chicago suburbs. I have gone to their dances, family parties, and lived with them for half of the summer just so I could get to True practices. I have been able to meet and develop relationships with a number of kids at tournaments because of our connections through the lacrosse fraternity. True has opened my eyes to a world that is so much more than just Northwest Indiana.” Before committing to Colby College, George strongly considered St. Lawrence, Union, and Middlebury.
James Gorecki (attack, Peotone High School, IL ’18) commits to Aurora University
James Gorecki has committed to Aurora University. James has been playing lacrosse for seven years, four with True Illinois. Throughout his playing career, James helped his team to win the High School Club State Championship, and won Offensive Player of the Year. He was also a three-time All Star. When he isn’t playing lacrosse, James also plays hockey and football, and was named to the All Academic Team. With plans to study Sports Management, James is looking forward to attending Aurora. “I chose Aurora because I really liked the campus and heard great things about their lacrosse program. I am most looking forward to being able to be a part of a team that could possibly make it deep into the National Tournament.” Of his training with True Lacrosse, James said, “True Lacrosse helped me improve my game with my junior year on the State team. I felt like I improved and became a more complete player due to the excellent coaching at True.” He added, “My favorite part about playing for True Lacrosse was going to tournaments and playing against top competition and being tested every game.” Before committing to Aurora, James strongly considered University of Indianapolis, Lake Erie College, and Ohio Northern University.
Danny Karbowski (attack, Hinsdale Central High School, IL ’18) commits to DePauw University
Danny Karbowski has committed to DePauw University. Danny has played lacrosse for eight years and spent six of those with True Illinois. He is a three-year member of Hinsdale Central’s varsity lacrosse team, and he is an honor roll student. Danny plans to study Economics when he attends DePauw this fall. “I chose DePauw for the outstanding academics and opportunity to continue playing lacrosse at a very high level. I love the campus and knew it was the place I wanted to spend the next four years. Also, Coach Ambrose and Coach Kulczyk are building a very strong program and made me feel very welcome.” He added, “I look forward to competing against the best in a very competitive conference and to continue to develop as a student and player.” Danny credits True Lacrosse with helping him achieve his goal of playing at the next level. “I would not be the player I am today without all of the practices and training sessions True provided the past six years. Coach Gabel and Coach Deane have always challenged me to become the best player I could be and I would like to thank them for that. They also assisted me in finding the right fit for me when it came to deciding on a school.” When asked what his favorite part of playing for True Lacrosse was, Danny said, “Getting to play with the best players in the state and compete in some of the best tournaments in the country.” Before committing to DePauw, Danny strongly considered Clemson, College of Wooster, Auburn, and University of Colorado-Boulder.
Luke Lockard (defense, Mount Carmel High School, IL ’18) commits to Saint Michael’s College
Luke Lockard has committed to Saint Michael’s College. Luke has played lacrosse for seven years, the last two with True Illinois. Luke was named MVP for forced turnovers on his Mount Carmel team, and was part of the winning team at the Sticks and Stones Tournament. When he isn’t playing lacrosse, Luke plays varsity football, is part of the varsity swim team, and is active in Art Club, fishing, mock trial, and campus ministry. He has been an honors student throughout his entire high school career, and earned the James Barda Leadership Award. Luke chose Saint Michael’s for a myriad of reasons. “I really wanted a smaller Liberal Arts and Sciences college with a great academic reputation and business program. Saint Michael’s is ranked among the top 100 best national liberal arts colleges by U.S. News and World Report 2017. I love the amount of engagement the professors have with students and the 440 acre campus in Vermont was really beautiful. It also has a great study abroad program. Finally, Saint Mike’s also sits in the NE 10 Division II lacrosse conference, which was really appealing.” Luke added, “I am looking forward to making new friends and getting to know my teammates and playing lacrosse in a tough conference. I know I will learn much from Coach Alex Smith at SMC.” In Luke’s short time with True Lacrosse, he was able to vastly improve his game to prepare for the next level. “The quality of the coaching I received at True was what really propelled me into college ball. I learned so much from Coach Gabel about body positioning and foot work, and Coach Deane really improved my lacrosse IQ.” Luke continued, “I really enjoyed meeting and playing with so many great players from all over the Chicagoland area when I joined True. The level of talent really was great and helped me grow as a player. I really had fun with my True State team at our tournaments. It was eye opening to see the level of play when we went east, and how well we could hold our own!” Before committing to Saint Michael’s, Luke strongly considered John Carroll, Lincoln Memorial, Catholic University, Marquette, and Indiana University.
Jack Meagher (attack, Lyons Township High School, IL ’19) commits to High Point University
Jack Meagher has committed to High Point University. Jack has played lacrosse for seven years, the last five with True Illinois, and in that time earned All Conference honors two times (freshman and sophomore seasons); and was a Baltimore Summer Kick-Off All Star. He achieved 93 points during his sophomore season for Lyons Township (73 goals/20 assists). The honor roll student also helps coach youth lacrosse. Jack is excited for the next step in his lacrosse career and education. “They have a fantastic schedule in the SoCon,” Jack said of his decision to commit to High Point. “HPU plays some of the best teams in college lacrosse every year. Along with that, the campus and athletic facilities are first class. Finally, I was really impressed by Coach Torpey and the rest of the coaching staff.” Jack plans to pursue a degree within the school of business at High Point, and is most looking forward to “getting a good education and continuing to improve my lacrosse. I am really looking forward to the level of competition in college lacrosse, from practices to games.” In his five years with True Lacrosse as part of the State and National teams, Jack grew his game through every facet of True’s training. “The coaching and practices throughout the years definitely improved my game. True offers lots of training options and I took full advantage of them. The exposure you get at the tournaments is fantastic. True goes to some of the best tournaments and plays against some of the strongest competition in the country. True’s practices really prepared me to play well at those tournaments. As far as recruiting goes, True was there every step of the journey.” As for his favorite part of playing for True, Jack responded, “The team. I have known a lot of guys on the team for many years and have made some great friends. I look forward to seeing them on the field in college.” Before committing to High Point, Jack strongly considered the University of Massachusetts and Marquette University.