Daily Archives: November 10, 2008

Lacrosse Magazine Article On College Recruiting In Men’s Lacrosse: Roy Lang Of St. Ignatius Signed With Cornell Early And Took Pressure Off Senior Season


“Fear is probably the biggest reason,” Tambroni said. “With 57 programs and so many kids out there, the thinking is, ‘What will be left for me if I wait until tomorrow?’”


“…Roy Lang, a 6-foot-3 blue-chip midfi elder from St. Ignatius Prep (Calif.), chose the Big Red (Cornell) over Dartmouth and Duke before his senior year…”


“…Nowhere was this more apparent than in late July at Binghamton University, which played host to the 2008 Empire State Games. On paper, the coaches had about 240 athletes open for evaluation, a number that, until recently, made the games a showcase mecca for New York state lacrosse players.
Not so much anymore. High-profi le coaches still flock to the annual event — Johns Hopkins’ Dave Pietramala, Cornell’s Jeff Tambroni and Albany’s Scott Marr, among others, made appearances — but they  coveted a select few: the rising juniors.
Such is the current state of lacrosse, in which high school players are committing earlier and earlier to college programs — most before their senior years. This domino effect has aff ected all aspects of the game, but maybe none moreso than the  increased importance placed on the “verbal commitment.”
“It’s a two-way street,” said Tambroni, who has spent 11 years at Cornell in a coaching capacity. “I know some people think we, as college coaches, are pressuring these kids to make a decision, and I would say if you look at it from a recruiting standpoint on the inside, just as many kids are pushing college coaches to make decisions.”
Tambroni called the driving force the “fear factor.” Lacrosse has seen incredible growth at the youth and scholastic level on a national scale, he said, but that hasn’t spawned an equal rise in new Division I men’s college programs.

Each year, Division I programs have a larger talent pool to recruit. Wait too long to make your decision, the thinking goes, and you get left out.

High school males and females alike can sign national letters of intent with their chosen university — excluding Ivy League institutions — during two “signing periods” in November and April, eff ectively bringing closure to the recruiting process.

But final decisions, in many cases, are made long before those signing periods commence, and a verbal commitment doesn’t mean the athlete’s recruitment necessarily ends.

Although his program won’t recruit a prospect who has verbaled elsewhere, Tambroni said he doesn’t blame other coaches for continuing their pursuit in those circumstances. He declined, however, to name specifi c examples.

“If you’re going to spend some time recruiting someone who’s already committed, then that’s your choice to budget your time down a lot of one-way streets that may not give you anything,” he said. “So you may be budgeting a lot of time that may be spinning your wheels. But sometimes it works out. It happened this summer, a number of times, where some schools recruited kids who were heading to other schools, and got them to change their minds.

“If a kid is wavering in her commitment, though, they call back,” he said. “They’ll call me and say, ‘If she’s wavering, let me know.’” Last spring, Tambroni didn’t have to worry about one of his prized recruits changing his mind. Roy Lang, a 6-foot-3 blue-chip midfi elder from St. Ignatius Prep (Calif.), chose the Big Red over Dartmouth and Duke before his senior year. Th e decision was not made without some anxiety. Would Lang gain admission to the university? What happens if he didn’t?

Would another program take him? Lang put his faith in the coaching staff . “I definitely trusted the coaching staff when they said I met the qualifications,” he said.

Lang said the early decision took the weight off his shoulders during his senior year. He added that the other coaches who recruited him didn’t pursue him once he broke the news of his decision to them.

“It was great,” he said. “Especially since some of my friends had that extra thing to worry about. You could tell they had to spend more of their time on college recommendations and just their overall stress.”

Lang said he felt comfortable committing verbally because of the trust built between him, his family and Tambroni. 

Cal Berkeley Men’s Lacrosse Hosting Thanksgiving Weekend Lacrosse Camp





November 28th, 29th and 30th.
10 AM – 4 PM

Get your game ready for the Spring, learn new skills and strategies and put yourself on Cal’s recruiting radar. Join the Cal coaching staff and the players of the 2009 California Gold Bears at the 24th Annual UC Berkeley Thanksgiving Weekend Day Camp. This camp has been redesigned for high school age players in the 9th through 12th grades. It is open to the first 70 players on a first come first served basis. UC Berkeley admissions information along with a campus tour will be available to all campers.
UC Berkeley head coach Dan Nourse, assistant coaches Pete Lankammerrer, Andrew Goodhand and Sam Harvey will lead the staff of coaches and current Cal players. We will have an 8 to 1 coaching ratio. The goal of the camp is to teach the fundamentals of the college game, refine the individual skills of each player and evaluate the players skills. This is your chance to show yourself and the Golden Bears that you can play at the next level.

The camp cost is $350. Each player will recieve an official Cal camp reversible.No refunds. Golden Bears and campers play rain or shine.



Fitness Edge Lacrosse Sports Performance Training