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College Lacrosse: “Recruiting Advice For West Coast Players” From RIT Men’s Lacrosse Head Coach Jake Coon And ConnectLAX


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This week we chat with RIT Head Men’s Lacrosse Coach, Jake Coon. His Tigers currently boast a 15-0 record and are no. 1 in the USILA DIII poll. Coach Coon has amassed a 68-13 record in only four years at the helm of the RIT men’s lacrosse program. In that time the Tigers appeared in four straight NCAA Tournaments, including a trip to the National Championship in 2013.
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RIT Men's Lacrosse Head Coach Jake Coon
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When it comes to the recruiting process, Coach Coon believes players need to demonstrate initiative and be proactive in order to find the best fit school. If a player works hard and is willing to be coached, then Coach Coon can find a role for that player on his team. Finally, there’s a lot of competition throughout college lacrosse. Young players need to become dynamic players that always look to refine their skill set.
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What advice do you have for players interested in playing Division III lacrosse?
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When considering Division III schools young players have a lot of options both academically and athletically. They need to do their homework. Find out what majors a school offers and see if the academics match their needs.
Aside from a Division III label, you are still going to play high level lacrosse. It’s very competitive and demanding. RIT often scrimmages and beats Division I programs in the off season.
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What is the best way for players to get on your recruiting radar?
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Be proactive with emails and phone calls. We typically want to see a recruit play over their fall and summer seasons. Again, be proactive. We like young men who reach out to us and express their interest. 

Yes, the coach has some responsibility to recruit the player, but in the end players should initiate and maintain contact throughout their recruiting process. 

What type of player do you look for–raw athlete or refined lacrosse player?

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It really depends on our current team. If we’re losing 4 midfielders, then we’ll look for 2 offensive and 2 defensive midfielders. We generally try to match our needs.
Our players tend to be grinders. They’re very skilled as well. Being physical off-ball and having a scrappy mindset is important for us. If a player is willing to be coached, then we can find a role for them.
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What areas of development would you recommend players focus on to compete at the Division III level?
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Players should get out of their comfort zone. Become dynamic players. Many kids come into college with only one hand. An attackman that masters the question mark dodge, for example, should look to develop another move. Defensive players who are really good at ground balls should look to improve their footwork or other areas of their game. Always be thinking, “What’s next?”
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How has the accelerated recruiting landscape affected your approach to recruiting? 
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We try not to let it affect us. We do get early commitments and we also pick up kids late in the process who are very talented. During the season I don’t do much recruiting at all.
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Some final thoughts from Coach Coon:
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There’s a lot of parity in college lacrosse. We see a lot of great teams and a lot of great, developing programs each year. The competition remains very high among all college teams, even those that aren’t ranked. Our cross town rival, Nazareth, isn’t ranked but they still play us close each time we meet.

Bottom line, if you have talent you can find a home in the lacrosse world.

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NCAA Div III Lacrosse: RIT Men’s Lacrosse 2014 Schedule Features Stevenson, Ithaca, Cortland State, Clarkson, Vassar, Union And Skidmore


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The RIT men’s lacrosse team will play two games at the Carrier Dome on the campus of Syracuse University during the 2014 season versus Stevenson University and SUNY Cortland.
“We are very excited to play at the Carrier Dome against two great teams,” said RIT head coach Jake Coon. “It is also an excellent opportunity to play in a big time environment that has hosted some of the greats in the lacrosse world.”
The Tigers will open the 2014 season versus Stevenson University in a rematch of the 2013 NCAA Division III National Championship Game on Saturday Feb. 22 in a triple-header with Syracuse playing Maryland, and Cornell facing Hobart. RIT will also face SUNY Cortland in a rematch of last year’s National Semifinal on Wednesday, March 12 at 7 p.m.

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“2013 NCAA Men’s Div III Lacrosse Championship”: RIT Men’s Lacrosse Ends Historic Season With 16-14 Loss To Stevenson In Finals On May 26 (Video)


The RIT men’s lacrosse team (19-3) led 13-10 heading into the fourth quarter, but could not hold on, losing to Stevenson University (22-2) 16-14 in the NCAA Division III Men’s Lacrosse Championship from Lincoln Financial Field in front of 25,211 fans on a sunny Sunday afternoon. Sophomore Kyle Aquin (Hamilton, Ontario/St. Jean De Brebeuf) tied the NCAA Division III Men’s Lacrosse Championship Game record by scoring a career-high seven goals. He matched the mark set by Salisbury’s Sam Bradman in 2011.

RIT trailed 5-0 just 5:37 into the contest, and 6-1 after the first quarter, but stormed back, scoring five in the second and seven in the third, out-scoring the Mustangs 12-4 over that span to take a 13-10 lead into the fourth quarter. Unfortunately for RIT, Stevenson scored five straight goals in span of 2:27 early in the fourth quarter, than hang on late to win its first Division III National Championship.

“I’m extremely proud of the entire team,” said Head Coach Jake Coon. “They battled the whole game, and we were in it right to the end.”

Aquin led RIT with seven goals, while Eddie Kiesa (Syracuse, NY/Jamesville-Dewitt) had six points on two goals and four assists. Allister Warren (Toronto, Ontario/Malvern Collegiate Institute) had three goals, while Brad Gillies (Oakville, Ontario/St. Thomas Aquinas) had a pair of assists. Pat Johnston (Norwell, MA/Norwell) took the loss in net, making 11 saves.

“2013 NCAA Div III Men’s Lacrosse Tournament”: RIT Men’s Lacrosse Plays For National Championship For First Time In 46-Year History; “Knocking On Door For Four Years” (Video)


For the first time in the 46-year history of RIT men’s lacrosse, the Tigers will RIT Men's Lacrosseplay for a NCAA Division III National Championship. The Tigers will face Stevenson University on Sunday, May 26 at 4 p.m. at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pa. in the 2013 NCAA Division III Men’s Lacrosse Championship.

RIT advanced to the championship with a thrilling 10-9 overtime win over top-seeded and previously undefeated SUNY Cortland in the semifinals Sunday. Allister Warren (Toronto, Ontario/Malvern Collegiate Institute) and Taylor Wisman (Seattle, WA/Inglemoor) worked the Hidden ball trick play to perfection, with Warren scoring the game-winner into an open net with 1:55 to play in overtime to send the Tigers to their first championship game. Jack Krzyston (Bedford, NH/Bishop Guertin), Kyle Aquin (Hamilton, Ontario/St. Jean De Brebeuf) and Eddie Kiesa (Syracuse, NY/Jamesville-Dewitt) each had two goals for the Tigers, while Wisman dished out three assists. Tyler Brooks-Lambert (Seneca Castle, NY/Midlakes) was dominant once again at the face-off “X”, winning 15 of 21 draws, grabbing eight ground balls and scoring a goal. Pat Johnston (Norwell, MA/Norwell) picked up his 19th win of the season, making 10 saves.

RIT opened the tournament with a 22-13 win over Cabrini in the second round, then ousted Tufts 14-5 in the quarterfinals, before Sunday’s dramatic win in the semifinals. RIT has outscored its opponents 46-27 in three NCAA Tournament games this season.

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“2013 NCAA Div III Men’s Lacrosse Tournament”: RIT Men’s Lacrosse (19-2) Faces Stevenson (20-2) In Championship Game On May 26 After 10-9 Overtime Win Over #1 SUNY Cortland In Semifinals (Video)


RIT Men's LacrosseFor the first time in the program’s illustrious history, the RIT (19-2) men’s lacrosse team will play for the NCAA Division III Men’s Lacrosse national title thanks to Allister Warren (Toronto, Ontario/Malvern Collegiate Institute)’s overtime goal with 1:55 left, giving the Tigers a 10-9 win over top seeded and previously undefeated SUNY Cortland (19-1) in the semifinals on Sunday. RIT will face Stevenson University (20-2) in the championship game on Sunday, May 26 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pa. at 4 p.m.

“I’m so excited and proud of the guys,” said an elated Head Coach Jake Coon. “It was a typical RIT/Cortland game that came down to the end. We stuck with our game plan and were able to come up with the plays down the stretch. This is a great day for our team, alumni, students and administration.”

Warren scored off the hidden ball trick with the assist going to Taylor Wisman (Seattle, WA/Inglemoor) with 1:55 to play in overtime. Warren and Wisman crossed at the top of the box. Warren appeared to flip the ball to Wisman, but kept it himself. Cortland goalie Mike Kaminski followed Wisman, allowing Warren to fire a shot into the open net, sending the Tigers onto the championship game.

“We had a pick play called in the huddle,” said Warren. “Coach WIlkens and Coach Dutton said if that didn’t work go with the hidden ball trick. I saw the goalie follow Taylor so I fired it into the open net.”

RIT ties a single-season school record with 19 wins, also set in 2011. The Tigers enter the national championship game having won 13 straight games and are 68-12 since the start of the 2010 season.

Eddie Kiesa (Syracuse, NY/Jamesville-Dewitt), Jack Krzyston (Bedford, NH/Bishop Guertin) and Kyle Aquin (Hamilton, Ontario/St. Jean De Brebeuf) each had two goals for the Tigers, while Wisman finished with three assists. Pat Johnston (Norwell, MA/Norwell) picked up his 19th win of the season, making 10 saves, including three late in the fourth quarter after Cortland made a run to tie the game.