West Coast Starz “2011 Summer Highlights”:
1) Bulldog Jamboree (Yale) July 7, 2011
2) Mid-Summer Classic (UMass) July 9-10, 2011
West Coast Starz “2011 Summer Highlights”:
1) Bulldog Jamboree (Yale) July 7, 2011
2) Mid-Summer Classic (UMass) July 9-10, 2011
The first lacrosse game I saw was at Torrey Pines when I went to watch Cito and Kenny Williams play in high school. I instantly fell in love with lacrosse and begged my Mom to sign me up for CYL. I first did an instructional camp and then started with CYL in 5th grade.
You recently won an elite So Cal Cup with the Del Mar Bears, tell us a bit about that experience…
Winning the Starz Cup at Del Norte High School was a great experience for our team. We were missing a few kids and had to bring some players up from the other Bears Elite team; and, those boys played their hearts out and gave us what we needed to succeed. Also, the leadership of our veteran players played a key role in the outcome. We were down 5 to 2 at halftime in the Championship game, and were able to keep our heads and come out with a win. I couldn’t have been happier with the result. It was a true team effort.
You recently committed to play lacrosse for Ivy-League powerhouse Cornell University. What role did Starz play in the recruiting process for you?
The Starz organization played a HUGE role in getting me noticed by the lacrosse world. I played for both RC and Del Mar Bears, attended clinics, and participated in many Starz tournaments. In addition I was fortunate to be a part of West Coast Starz and was able to compete on the east coast, which offers a high level of lacrosse play. Each of the camps and showcases Starz offered were opportunities for me to show the coaches and other players what I can do with a lacrosse stick in my hands. Without the consistency and support from the Starz family, I don’t think I would have been as successful nor had the exposure in lacrosse. The coaching and guidance on and off the field will never be forgotten.
Which coach has been the most influential in your playing career?
The coach that has been most influential in my career is Jono Zissi. Zissi has been my coach in some capacity for 6 consecutive years, and helped me accelerate my game, particularly in the middle school years. He was also instrumental in guiding me through the recruitment process for which I am so thankful. Recently
, Zissi was hired as Head Coach of my high school team, so I have the next two years to learn and develop as much as I can with him at the helm. Not only has he been a great factor in my lacrosse career, but he has helped me compose myself on and off the field.
Do you have any goals for this upcoming season and at Cornell?
My goal for the upcoming season is to win a CIF championship. I have two more opportunities at Torrey Pines, and I believe if we work hard enough we can achieve that goal. As for being a freshman at Cornell, it is still two years away so I’m trying not to get too antsy. I want to focus on preparing myself as a student and an athlete so I can immediately contribute to the Cornell Family.
If you could improve one aspect of lacrosse on the west coast, what would it be and why?
If I could improve one aspect of lacrosse on the west coast it would be to add more NCAA Division 1 and Division 3 college lacrosse teams. I would love to attend a collegiate level lacrosse game instead of watching it on TV for a change!
What pro athlete would make the best lacrosse player and why?
I would have to say Chad Ochocinco because of his athleticism and outstanding hand-eye coordination. Plus lacrosse needs a big time personality like Ocho.
What do you think will be the biggest adjustment for you jumping to the east coast?
In all honesty, I would have to say the lack of authentic Mexican food would be my biggest adjustment to the east coast. I’m most definitely going to have serious Roberto’s and California Burrito withdrawals!
If you could sit down to dinner with three historical figures/celebrities/pro athletes who would it be and why?
I would sit down with Chris Farley, Kobe Bryant, and Marcus Luttrell. Farley because he was the funniest guy in the world; Bryant because he is an extremely focused athlete who only gets better at his game; and, Luttrell because I have a HUGE respect for Navy SEALS, and am in awe of the heroism he displayed to benefit our country.
How long have you been playing lacrosse, and who first got you into it?
I have been playing competitive lacrosse since I was in 5th grade. My dad has played his whole life so he was the person who got me to play in the first place.
What teams do you currently play for?
I play for Torrey Pines High School, The Coastal Cougar Starz Elite and The West Coast Starz.
When did you first start hearing from college coaches, and what role did Starz Lacrosse play in your recruitment process?
The summer before my junior year was when I started talking to coaches. In retrospect, I wish I had gotten myself out there sooner. Starz Lacrosse gave me opportunities to be on teams that were going to tournaments that college coaches were going to be recruiting at.
What made you finally decide on Virginia Tech?
I really liked my coaches and what they want to do with the program. The school had a lot of what I was looking for and when I was visiting other schools I was thinking about Virginia Tech, to me that was a sign that I really wanted to go there.
Which coach has influenced you the most as a lacrosse player?
All of my coaches at Torrey Pines have influenced me a lot. Lauren Dachille and Kaitlin Swagart (my coaches for 2010) really pushed me to get better and helped me when it came to talking to college coaches. As a sophomore I had decided to not try out and run track and my coach at the time, Amanda Bourquin, called me and convinced me to come back so I have her to thank for getting me to keep playing lacrosse.
You recently won a Championship at Torrey Pines in the spring of 2010, what was that whole experience like, and what was the key to success for your team in 2010?
Winning a championship was a really great experience. Our team started the season off on top and it was exciting to finish that way too. The key to success for our team was that we knew what we wanted to do from the beginning, and did everything we could to get there.
What has been your favorite lacrosse memory this far in your career?
Winning CIF would definitely be my favorite memory. In 2009 we were so close, but did not come up with the win. It was amazing to feel like all of our hard work had finally paid off this year.
Off the field Questions:
What is a Hokie?
I’m still a bit confused about it to be honest. The idea got started as a cheer a long time ago, but now you see it as a turkey like bird.
What do you think will be the biggest adjustment for you going to school back east?
I think a big adjustment will be the weather. Right now I say I like snow, but the last time I lived somewhere where it snowed I was in second grade. I think that being in the gray weather all the time will make me appreciate the sunny weather here.
One of your coaches Kaitlin Swagart is a UVA alumnus, what did she say when you first told her you committed to Va Tech?
Kaitlin was, and always has been really supportive when it came to me looking at schools. When I first committed she congratulated me and was very excited for me.
What is your favorite thing to do other than playing lacrosse?
As much as I love technology, I have always really liked reading. I’m a bit of a Harry Potter freak.
What are the best three spots to eat in SD, and what do you get?
The Original Pancake House’s Chocolate Chip Pancakes are amazing. Corner House’s Turkey Avocados and Chicken Clubs are the best. Swirls is my favorite for ice cream, even though it’s technically soft serve.
If you could have any superpower what would it be any why?
I would love to read minds, but I am not sure I could handle hearing everything that people think. Because of that I would have to go with being able to fly or turn invisible.
What is the best thing about living in San Diego?
Though I am not a fan of the lack of seasons, they have an advantage. You know that everyday you are going to see the sun and the beach, something that I think a lot of us fail to appreciate. There are so few places where that is possible.
If you could travel anywhere, where would it be and why…
I’ve been playing lacrosse since the end of 5th grade when I had the opportunity to play for the middle school team in Coronado. I never really liked baseball so it was great to have a new sport to play.
Besides Coronado High School, I play for Laxdawgs and West Coast Starz.
My favorite part of Starz is definitely the big tournaments, specifically the Sonoma Shootout because it’s always a lot of fun.
You recently committed to play lacrosse at Notre Dame University, tell us a little bit about that, and what role has Starz played for you in the recruiting process?
Well first of, I am so excited to go to Notre Dame and play lacrosse there. Not only does it have a great team, it’s also a great school and I’m amped to go to the other sport’s games. Starz helped a ton with my commitment because without them I am sure that Coach Corrigan would have rarely been able to watch me play.
Next year as a Freshman I obviously would like to play or even start for the team but I also understand that I have a ton of work to do before I can make that possible and am fine with waiting a year or two to get my chance to earn a spot on the team.
We have so many great coaches on Coronado it would be unfair to name just one but Coach Cade has definitely had the biggest impact on my lacrosse career as a whole.
My favorite moment would no doubt be winning CIF sophomore year. I was so glad to contribute to such a great team and help in Coronado’s first championship.
Its definitely going to be the weather; winter here is barely any different than summer. It will also be weird having to make new friends since I have had the same friends here since pre-school.
I love everything about Coronado but my favorite things to do are probably swimming at the Del in the ocean or just hanging with my friends at my house or the mansion.
I would definitely be like Flash so that I could dominate at sports and rob banks and stuff. Or maybe flying…
I’m embarrassed I know all the characters but I think Edward or maybe one of his brothers would have to be best because they are so fast.
Welcome to the Space Jam-Space Jam.
Living in America-DOM.
Some Chords- Deadmau5.
I’m not your toy- La Roux (Jack Beats remix)
1. Honest Abe because would be awesome, I could ask one of the most famous people in history some pretty weird questions and he would have to be honest.
2. Jesus and or God if available – pretty obvious.
3. Snookie- I think she could make the dinner date pretty interesting.
I don’t really have a ritual except my team and I usually does some gnarly fist-pumping after we win to one of the songs I posted for my warm up. Also, I never wore underwear to school on game days my sophomore year.
The boys high school West Coast Starz ventured east this past month competing in the Bulldog Classic, and the UMass invitational as over 100 West Coast Starz players made the annual recruiting trek to New England.
At the 2011 group, Sean Feeney from Foothill HS anchored the defense. Jake Bernstein was a guy who really stepped up and made plays at the midfield. Bass Barfield from Austin High in Texas played phenomenally in goal. Foster Wisman was the story of the tournament for the older boys at midfield. A D1 frame, Wisman was able to break down midfielders and shoot from outside and really stretch the defense.”
Four different teams had the opportunity to play some outstanding east coast talent, while also receiving some invaluable recruiting exposure from top-tier programs.
“At the Bulldog Shootout, we got off to a slow start, going 0-3 having faced Bulldog Gray, Long Island Express, and Connecticut Rip It. At the UMASS tourney, we righted the ship going 5-0 and defeating Mass Elite, Long Beach, Connecticut Whalers, New Jersey Patriots, and Turf Island A” said West Coast Starz Coach Travis Begay “We had some really great players on both sides of the ball. On the offensive side, Jake Bernstein, Casey Hock, Robbie Stiefler, and Brandon Moranz did a lot of the heavy lifting, although the offensive team played as a unit throughout the week.
Defensively, longpoles Billy Schmitt, Dane Farguson, Ruben Pena, Sean Feeney, and Ryan Colby played outstanding defense throughout. Overall, the kids were a very enjoyable group to be around; they were coachable, had great attitudes, and highly competitive.” he added.
West Coast Starz veteran Xander Ritz was thrilled with the younger WCS classes this season. “I thought we saw great play out of some of the younger guys which is always a good sign for West Coast lacrosse. We continually see our youngest teams playing at a really high level, with really impressive stick work” he stated. “Kieran Eissler from Vegas and Taylor Esoldi really stood out to me as the top offensive 2013’s, both kids had advanced level stick work and seem to understand the game really well.
The 2012’s have some serious talent, Zack Fixen is a middie from Palos Verdes and is one of the most athletic players we’ve had that can do it all between the lines. He’ll only get better as his offensive skills catch up with his athleticism. Guys like Jack Cruzan and Will McKee from San Diego and San Fran respectively both had great showings back east. That attack with Mike Marcott, Sean Doyle, and Chase Brokaw and company was really savvy. Jake Douglas from Tesoro HS in OC and Chas Stringfellow from outside Seattle also stood out with some athletic midfielders.
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How long have you be playing lacrosse, and who first got you into it?
I’ve been playing lacrosse for 6 years. I first started playing because our middle school lacrosse team needed a goalie and they asked me to try it since I played soccer goalie.
What Starz teams do you currently play on?
I play on SD Sharkz and the West Coast Starz team.
You recently had a chance to go back east with the Girls West Coast Starz team. What was that whole experience like, and what was your overall impression of playing lacrosse back east?
It was fun! I liked playing back east. The play is a little more physical, but I thought our team played well.
Recently, you’ve committed to Cal Berkley. What other schools did you consider, and what made you choose Cal?
I really love UC Berkeley and just the city of Berkeley. I think that the school has such a cool history and dynamic. The chance to play D1 lacrosse at a place like that is a really great opportunity. I looked at D-I and D-III schools and tried to keep an open mind about all opportunities.
How has Starz Lacrosse helped you develop as a player?
Starz let me practice in the off season without the pressure of the high school season. Because it was club I got to try stuff out and it really helped me learn how to play outside of the crease, which is so important when you want to become a better goalie.
What’s the best part about playing goalie?
Being able to change the momentum of the game is probably the coolest part. I love making a big save and having my team feed off that.
What’s the hardest part about playing goalie?
It’s getting pegged in the fingers for sure. I don’t mind getting hit, but I hate getting thumb jams. They really hurt.
What coach has influenced you the most during your lacrosse career?
Sarah Spillett. I always forget that she’s a young coach because Sarah is always so together and on top of things. You would never guess she just finished her second year of varsity coaching because she’s already such an important figure in the lacrosse community.
What are your current goals for your senior year, and collegiately at Cal?
I want to get good grades, and I want to be the best goalie around.
Off the field Questions
Do you have any idea of what you would like to study at Cal?
What is your favorite type of art, and who are your favorite artists?
That’s such a hard question. I like almost all types of art. I hate the Rococo style though. Anything with that much curlicues has no reason for existence. I don’t really have a favorite artist just because I find out about so many new artists all the time, but right now I kind of like the British artist Paul Noble.
What person do you admire and look up to the most?
My sister, she’s super smart, and she’s really good at balancing her time. She gets good grades at UCLA, works as a life guard and swim instructor, interns at art museums, and still keeps enough time to keep up with her sorority’s social life. I have no idea how she does it, but I hope I can attempt to be even remotely as responsible as her when I’m in college.
If you could sit down to dinner with three historical figures/celebrities/athletes (alive or dead) who would it be any why?
Jack Johnson the boxer because he is probably one of the most dominant athletes to ever live while also having an extremely forceful and crazy personality, Eleanor Roosevelt because she’s Eleanor Roosevelt, and Tina Fey because she’s funny.
What are your plans for the rest of summer?
Sleeping, mostly and going to the beach. I’ll probably make myself run somewhere in there so I won’t get too fat.
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In the late-day finals the Elite match-up was one of the most highly-anticipated games of the day. The Laxdawgs are playing as the two seed today after losing to a talented SD Shredderz team last week in Regional Starz Cup finals. The “Redeem Team” has its sights set at the top of the podium as the “Creehan” coaching tandem (Dan Meehan/John Chrismer) is ready to get them there. The 101 Starz coached by Geoff Seobold, have excelled in the Starz Cup playoffs, having moved into the finals over the #1 seeded SD Shredderz in the previous semi-final bout. 101 storms out of the gate, winning the opening draw but turns the ball right over the Laxdawgs. The Laxdawgs follow suit, and immediately turn the ball over on a botched clear as 101 attackmen Grant Consoletti (Oak Park 12’) wastes no time in scoring first. 101 again regains possession off the draw, as attackmen Camron Chupp (Grace Brethren 11’) strikes again on an unassisted topside effort making the score 2- nil in the way of 101. Hungry for a goal, Laxdawgs close defender Billy Schmitt ( Coronado 11’) makes a great play on defense stripping his man, and bringing the ball up through transition. The Laxdawgs are in the hunt for the icebreaker goal as Kyle Runyon (Coronado 11’) makes a great move from X, driving the left side and taking a jump shot over his defender that sails wide. The Laxdawgs retain possession working the ball up to midfielder Warren Brody (Francis Parker 11’) who shakes his defender cleanly on a left-to-right split from X but is promptly stuffed on a doorstep attempt. Again on defense, the Laxdawgs are called for a 30 second holding penalty, as 101 works the ball around in the first extra-man opportunity of the day. Luke Hegeman (Westlake 12’) absolutely tattoos the top shelf with a lefty-laser from outside putting 101 up 3-0. Needing a spark, Laxdawgs’ midfielder Warren Brody again splits from X, feeding the crease for the first Laxdawg goal of the day. After some sloppy play on the ensuing possessions, Laxdawgs regain possession and midfielder Chris Banks (Coronado 11’) creates a spectacular dodge from the left wing, face-dodging through two 101 defenders to score low bringing the Laxdawgs within 1 goal. The Laxdawgs win the draw thanks to some fine FOGOing by Patrick Butler (La Jolla Country Day 11’) as Zack Rice (Patrick Henry 11’) capitalizes off a great look from Sergio Flores (Coronado 11’). It’s 3-3 at the half, as I make my way to the adjacent field to catch the second half of the middle school finals.
Final Score: Laxdawgs 8, 101 Starz 4