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Southern California High School Lacrosse Profile: Coronado Islanders Long-Pole Middie Johnny Poe Interviewed By Starz Lacrosse

 Starz Lacrosse Club - California

How old were you when you first started playing lacrosse?

Jonny Poe Coronado

Coronado Islanders Long-Pole Middie Johnny Poe will be playing for Washington College in 2009-2010. Photo by LaxBuzz

I was in 6th grade, I was about 12. We were on the Choctaw team with Coach Cade, we had about 15 kids on our team, and most of them lived on the Island and continued playing with me through high school at Coronado.
Has playing in Starz helped develop your game throughout your career?

Most definitely, constantly playing lacrosse in all season has helped, getting to play with different players with different styles. Playing on Laxdawgs elite has been great, Coach Chrismer and Meehan are the best coaches a player can ask for, and we’ve won four consecutive Starz Cups  
What role has Starz played in the recruiting process, and getting accepted to play at Washington College?
They first talked to me up at Sonoma, I was playing for the Laxdawgs last summer. Recruiting can get pretty hectic, you have to wind down the number of schools  you want to look at. I chose Washington College because both my coaches went there. They gave me a good perspective, and when I went to visit, I fell in love with the place because it’s exactly like the place I grew up.

What are your expectations of playing lacrosse and going to school on the east coast?

I expect myself to give all I can for the team. As  far as going to school on the east coast, it’s going to be a big change from Southern California but I’m looking forward to it. I got a chance to preview it on spring break this year when we traveled to Maryland.

What was the highlight of your lacrosse career so far?

Definitely winning the championship this year with the Islanders, and the SD tropics in Sonoma. We [Coronado] were a younger team this year, but a lot of the younger kids played big roles, stepping up in spots where they needed to. And all the older guys helped bring them along, as the captains coached them in areas they weren’t too sure of.
You also coach for the Laxdawgs middle school team, what’s it like being on the other side of things and helping out with coaching as opposed to just playing?

It’s a lot better to be able to spread your knowledge of what your coaches have told you along the way, passing it on to another group of kids which are the future. It’s been a good experience, and a lot of fun.
Do you have any advice to any currents players looking continue playing lacrosse in college?

Try and get your recruiting done earlier, and definitely focus on your academics as well as lacrosse. Coaches look for you being a leader, and staying optimistic on the field.

Off the Field:

Do you have any pregame rituals?

I ate a pear before every game. I used to each peaches my junior year and then I switched to pears senior year. 
Are you going to stick with that in college?

Most definitely sticking with pears, after winning a championship.
What’s your top five pump-up songs for a pre game mix?

Can’t be touched – Roy Jones Jr.
Second Coming –Julez Santana
Nado Lax – Colenium… he’s a former player from Coronado. He’s got some great stuff, check him out
Victory – Notorious B.I.G.
Eve of war – Jedi Mind Tricks feat. Gza
What’s your favorite thing to do other than lacrosse?

Go to the beach, run and work out, cliff jumping up in Sunset Cliffs

Favorite Movie?

What’s your go-to restaurant?

Applebees – The cowboy burger with onion rings, Angus beef and BBQ sauce…. it’s delicious.

Will Washington College beat Salisbury in the next four years?

Yes, badly.. 20 -0.

Southern California High School Boys Lacrosse Recruiting: Carlsbad High School Middie Taylor Graves To Play For Robert Morris Men’s Lacrosse In 2009-2010 Season

Taylor Graves – Named first team all-conference in his junior and senior seasons … Started as a varsity midfielder all four years of high school and was the team captain for three years … Three-time most valuable player and named to the All-CIF team three times … Named to the San Diego Union-Tribune All-Academic Team.

“Taylor is one of the most talented players to come out of California from last year,” said Davis. “He has a great shot with both hands. We love his enthusiasm for the game and feel his work ethic will bring continued improvement. We look to see great things out of Taylor in the future.

Sixth-year head coach Bear Davis announced the addition of 13 athletes to the 2010 roster. This year's recruiting class consists of three defensemen, four attackmen, one LSM and five midfielders.

Sixth-year head coach Bear Davis announced the addition of 13 athletes to the 2010 roster. This year's recruiting class consists of three defensemen, four attackmen, one LSM and five midfielders.

The 2010 recruiting class includes players from New York, Missouri, Oregon, Maryland, California, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and the Canadian provinces of Ontario, Alberta, and British Columbia.

This group of 13 athletes will join a veteran squad of eight defensemen, seven attackmen, three LSM’s, 17 midfielders and four goalies. Last year the Colonials recorded their best performance in the program’s history, finishing with a 9-7 overall record and a 2-4 conference record.

2010 National Letter of Intent Signees (12)

Ben Lewis          D     5-11   Fr.  Cazenovia, N.Y./Cazenovia Central
Kevin Neufeld      D     6-4    Fr.  Coquitlam, B.C./Dr. Charles Best Sec.
Tyler Digby        A     6-3    Fr.  Westminster, B.C./New Westminster
Jake Hayes         A     5-6    Fr.  Calgary, Alberta/Central Memorial
Jason Hodgson      A     5-0    Fr.  Beaverton, Ore./Smithridge
Kyle Nicholas      A     6-0    Fr.  Syracuse, N.Y./Westhill
Nicholas Stoop     LSM   5-10   Fr.  Crofton, Md./Archbishop Curley
Justin Bailey      M     5-9    Fr.  Hampstead, Md./North Carroll
Taylor Graves      M     5-10   Fr.  Carlsbad, Ca./Carlsbad
Connor Martin      M     6-2    Fr.  Maumee, Ohio/St. John’s Jesuit
Zachary Uhler      M     6-1    Fr.  Bradfordwoods, Pa./North Allegheny
Mitchell Wilde     M     6-3    Fr.  Brooklin, Ontario/Donald A. Wilson

2010 Transfer

Stephen Lindsley   D     6-4    So.  Chesterfield, Mo./Lindenwood U.