Daily Archives: March 26, 2011

San Diego High School Lacrosse Recruiting Profile: Coronado Boys Lacrosse Sr. Attacker Kyle Runyon Has Overcome Adversity To Lead Team And Commit To Play For Notre Dame Men’s Lacrosse

Runyon was recruited by several Division I lacrosse programs but elected to play at Notre Dame, noting the academics and the presence of the Fighting Irish lacrosse team in last year’s NCAA finals.

Coronado senior Kyle Runyon, who also has excelled in soccer, plans to play lacrosse next spring for Notre Dame. Picture from Sean M. Haffey

Kyle Runyon, a senior at Coronado High, Runyon has committed to play lacrosse for Notre Dame. Sixteen years ago he was diagnosed with retinoblastoma, a rare type of eye cancer, when he was 18 months old. The cancer was contained to his left eye, which was removed.

Up until he was 4 years old, Runyon was seen four times a year to make sure the cancer hadn’t spread to his other eye. He still gets a checkup every year.

“It would’ve been great … if he had been a bookworm or taken up golf,” said Sue Runyon, his mother. “But he didn’t. From the day he stepped on the soccer field as a 5-year-old he was usually the best kid on the team. He’s been a natural athlete his whole life.”

Though doctors said Runyon wouldn’t be able to play baseball or any other sport because of his lack of depth perception, that didn’t stop him.

“The coach put him in center field and he was catching fly balls with blue skies behind him,” his mother said. “So everything they said he couldn’t do he was doing. It hasn’t hindered him. It’s just he doesn’t have an extra (eye) like everybody else does.”

Runyon was required to wear protective goggles when playing baseball and because of that he said he didn’t stick with the sport.

Instead, he continued to excel in soccer and lacrosse, which he began playing in the fifth grade.

Runyon was sidelined most of his junior year after discovering he had stress fractures in two vertebrae. He wasn’t allowed to do much of anything for five months, missing the entire soccer season and part of lacrosse.

Runyon returned to play soccer his senior season and added a second San Diego Section title to his résumé this winter as Coronado (24-1-1) beat Francis Parker 1-0 in the championship game. He was named All-Central League after leading the Islanders with 17 goals and 10 assists.

Coronado soccer coach Brian Hiatt, who has worked with Runyon since he was 8, said his visual impairment has never been an issue.

“Never made an excuse about it,” Hiatt said. “Never talked about it.”

Hiatt said opposing coaches and referees are surprised when they learn of the challenge Runyon has overcome.

“He’s basically our strongest forward. He’s extremely creative with the ball,” Hiatt said. “If you wear No. 10 in soccer, you’re the best player on the field.”

Runyon has swapped his No. 10 soccer jersey for a lacrosse uniform this spring. The All-American is vying for his second section title after helping Coronado earn a championship in 2009.

For more:  http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/2011/mar/25/coronado-lacrosse-standout-focused-on-big-picture/#

Colorado High School Lacrosse: Smoky Hill Boys Lacrosse (2-4) Defeated Eaglecrest 19-7 To Win “The Hammer” For Sixth-Straight Year

The Hammer has been getting used to its green and red paint job lately.

The traveling trophy that goes to the winner of the Smoky Hill-Eaglecrest boys lacrosse game — a sledgehammer adorned with the school colors of the victor — hasn’t traveled in five years and it will stay put at Smoky Hill for another year after the Buffaloes’ 19-7 win over the Raptors Friday night at Stutler Bowl.

Josh Fossum, left, and members of the Smoky Hill boys lacrosse team raise The Hammer in the air after winning the traveling trophy for the fifth straight season with a 19-7 victory over rival Eaglecrest on March 25, 2011, at Stutler Bowl in Greenwood Village. (Courtney Oakes/The Aurora Sentinel)

Senior Ty Vogel returned from a three-game absence for score a team-high seven goals, while junior Hunter Gillespie added six tallies for Smoky Hill, which improved to 2-4 overall going into a spring break trip to Arizona. Vincent Cardella had two goals and Josh Fossum, Logan Wold, Don-shae Ragland and Lawrence Benally also scored.

Senior Draius Mills scored twice for Eaglecrest, which dropped to 2-5 and hasn’t had possession of the Hammer since 2006. The Raptors got a single goal each from Jacob Cebina, Justin Williams, Kyle Larson, Johnathan Docherty and Ryan Ford.

Date Opponent Conference PR Top 10 Score    
03/10 Thompson Valley (0-3) CO North 76.2   W 6 – 3    
03/12 at Denver South (4-2) CO FRange 84.7   L 11 – 12    
03/16 Castle View (3-2) CO DougCo 88.8   L 10 – 14    
03/18 at Monarch (4-3) CO North 94.1   L 3 – 13    
03/23 Loyola Academy (2-2) IL A Cathlc 88.9   L 3 – 13    
03/25 Eaglecrest (2-5) CO Centenn 78.2   W 19 – 7    
03/30 at Notre Dame Prep (3-2) AZ 2 Div-2 86.7      –      
04/02 at Chaparral (5-2) AZ 1 Div-1 92.4      –      
04/06 at Overland (2-4) CO Centenn 76.7      –      
04/08 Cherokee Trail (5-1) CO Centenn 94.7 8    –      
04/13 at Arapahoe (1-4) CO Centenn 96.4 3    –      
04/15 Mullen (3-2) CO Centenn 91.7      –      
04/20 at Cherry Creek (6-0) CO Centenn 98.7 1    –      
04/22 at Grandview (3-1) CO Centenn 93.5      –      
04/28 Colorado Academy (1-1) CO FRange 94.2      –

For more:  http://www.aurorasentinel.com/sports/prep_sports/boys_lacrosse/article_33848acc-574e-11e0-bcbd-001cc4c03286.html