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Warrior 40 record goes down after Day 1

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COMMERCE CITY, Colo. -- Four athletes broke the 100 mph mark for the first time in event history as the Warrior 40 kicked off at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colo. on Tuesday.

Kieran Eissler from Coronado (Las Vegas) won the fastest shot skill competition with a 103 mph shot in the final to set a new Warrior 40 record.

“Paul Rabil is my idol and when I saw him break the world record I thought if I work hard in the weight room and practice every day I can do that too,” Eissler said. “I’ve been clocking my shot for a year now. I’ve been using weighted shafts and doing everything I can. About six months ago I was in the high 90s and my brother and I were working hard every day and it’s progressively gotten faster week by week. My goal is to hit 106 before the year ends.”

However, Eissler was not the first Warrior 40 athlete to break the century mark. JT Blubaugh from St. Francis DeSales (Columbus, Ohio) set the tone for the day when he laced a 100 mph shot on the third try to break the previous record of 99 mph set by Timothy Stackpole at the 2011 event.

La Salle (Wyndmoor, Pa.) rising senior Matt Rambo hit 102 and John-Jay (Cross River, N.Y.) defender Jack Lambert hit 101 to make it four players to make it into triple digits.

Rabil, of Major League Lacrosse’s Boston Cannons, set the World Record of 111 mph in 2010.

Better With Age

Nick Fields from Bullis (Potomac, Md.) is one of four returning Warrior 40 athletes. This year the rising senior won the agility competition with a time of 10.41 seconds.

The defender placed in the Top 10 as a sophomore last year, but held the top spot for the entire event this season.

“I knew how to cut and that’s a football thing and we’ve been doing drills for that all summer,” Fields said.

Jack Lambert from John-Jay (Cross River, N.Y.) placed second with a time of 10.65 while Bear Goldstein from St. Mark’s (Dallas) and Garret Van de Ven from Dallas Jesuit (Dallas) tied for third with a time of 10.78.

Mile High Impact

Known as the Mile High City, Denver is one mile above sea level and according to the Denver Convention and Visitors Bureau, even finely tuned athletes can feel the difference.

The post on the board’s High Altitude Tips webpage recommends that runners who normally run 10 miles a day opt for six instead, for example.

Ken Clausen was a four-time All-American at the University of Virginia and was drafted by the Denver Outlaws in 2010 and knows a little about the effects of the elevation change.

“I remember the first game I played with the Outlaws. I told the trainer I was going to die. I thought I was going to pass out,” Clausen said. “Even more than playing I remember going up the stairs to my apartment and having to stop and catch my breath.”

But after one day of skills and drills, the effects didn't seem to weigh on the minds of the athletes who are competing 10 miles outside of Denver.

“You can definitely feel it. It’s not too bad, but as you keep going harder and harder you can tell it’s harder to breathe.” Justin Guterding from Garden City (N.Y.) said. “We’re not too worried about it; this is all for fun and I don’t see one guy out here who hasn’t had a smile on his face all day.”

“I’ve noticed it’s not as humid as it is in Florida,” Lake Highland Prep (Orlando, Fla.) rising senior Devon Lewis said. “You don’t sweat as much out here as you do in Florida and I feel like I’m running better.”

The Warrior 40 athletes take the field at 10:40 a.m. Wednesday as part of the Warrior 40 final competition.

To get live updates, follow ESPNHS Lacrosse editor Mike Loveday on Twitter @ESPNMike in addition to @Warrior40Lax and #Warrior40.

Final additions to Warrior 40 announced

June, 7, 2012
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ESPNHS announces the sixth and final wave of players to be added to the 2012 Warrior 40 roster.

This week 12 players are being added to bring the roster total to 40 confirmed* athletes.

The Warrior 40 is a three-day competition that features the nation's top underclass high school lacrosse players. Players will receive coaching from Major League Lacrosse stars and participate in skills competitions and a final competition.

This year's competition takes place Aug. 13-15 at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colo.

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First round of US Lacrosse girls’ All-Americans announced

May, 31, 2012
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US Lacrosse honored 40 high school girls’ lacrosse players as US Lacrosse High School All-Americans, the first of three groups of honorees to be announced over the next month.

A total of 16 first-team All-Americans and 24 honorable-mention All-Americans were selected from the Central Texas, Gulf Coast, Fla., Houston, Orlando, South Carolina and South Florida chapters of US Lacrosse. US Lacrosse uses a calendar-based recognition process to accommodate for the different timeframes of high school lacrosse seasons across the country. The second and third girls’ groups will be announced in June.

The first group of 2012 US Lacrosse Girls’ High School All-Americans:

First Team
Key: Chapter: Player, Position, High School, City, State, Graduation Year

Central Texas: Allie Sheftall, M, Bowie (Arlington, Texas), 2012
Gulf Coast: Olivia Ferrucci, M, Barron Collier (Naples, Fla.), 2015
Gulf Coast: Sam Jaffe, A, Barron Collier (Naples, Fla.), 2013
Gulf Coast: Abbey Tirrell, A, Barron Collier (Naples, Fla.), 2013
Gulf Coast: Morgan Weber, D, Barron Collier (Naples, Fla.), 2013
Orlando: Kris Coppolino, A, Winter Springs (Fla.), 2012
Orlando: Anna Lanpher, M, Bishop Moore (Orlando, Fla.), 2012
Orlando: Tyler Thomas, A, Lake Highland (Orlando, Fla.), 2012
South Carolina: Madelyn Katz, M, Fort Mill (S.C.), 2012
South Carolina: Elizabeth Reed, M, Wando (Mount Pleasant, S.C.), 2012
South Florida: Madalyn Blakeman, M, St. Edward’s School (Vero Beach, Fla.), 2012
South Florida: Olivia DiCarlantonio, M, Wellington (Fla.), 2012
South Florida: Olivia Long, D, Vero Beach (Fla.), 2012
South Florida: Caitlyn Miller, G, Vero Beach (Fla.), 2012
South Florida: Mary Katherine Pridemore, A/M, Vero Beach (Fla.), 2014
South Florida: Mackenzie Smith, M, Vero Beach (Fla.), 2012

Honorable Mention

Central Texas: Hadie Evarts, M, St. Stephen’s (Austin, Texas), 2013
Central Texas: Alessandra Quaroni, M, St. Andrew's (Boca Raton, Fla.), 2012
Gulf Coast: Megan Gonder, D, Barron Collier (Naples, Fla.), 2012
Gulf Coast: Claudia Lenart, A, Barron Collier (Naples, Fla.), 2014
Gulf Coast: Bernadette Leone, A, Tampa Catholic (Tampa, Fla.), 2012
Gulf Coast: Mary Kate O’Sullivan, M, Barron Collier (Naples, Fla.), 2012
Gulf Coast: Leigh Wysocki, D, Barron Collier (Naples, Fla.), 2013
Houston: Sydney Dupre, M, Episcopal (Houston), 2012
Houston: Amanda Leavall, M, St. John's School (Houston), 2013
Houston: Casey McCarthy, M, Cy-Fair (Cypress, Texas), 2012
Houston: Sarah Urdahl, M, St. John's School (Houston), 2012
Orlando: Julie Castner, M, University (Orlando, Fla.), 2013
Orlando: Kendyll Darley, M, Oviedo (Fla.), 2013
Orlando: Claire Ferry, M, Bishop Moore (Orlando, Fla.), 2014
Orlando: Grace Gabrovic, M, Lake Brantley (Altamonte Springs, Fla.), 2014
Orlando: Anne L’Heureux, M, Winter Springs (Fla.), 2013
Orlando: Hannah Ricci, G, Winter Park (Fla.), 2013
Orlando: Savannah Wheless, D, West Orange (Winter Garden, Fla.), 2012
South Carolina: Megan Lovine, A, JL Mann Academy (Greenville, S.C.), 2013
South Carolina: Caitlan Walsh, M, JL Mann Academy (Greenville, S.C.), 2013
South Florida: Emily Becker, M, Pine Crest School (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.), 2012
South Florida: Hayley Ciklin, A, The Benjamin School (North Palm Beach, Fla.), 2014
South Florida: Jasmine Docal, M, Pine Crest School (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.), 2013
South Florida: Lucy Sexton, M, Vero Beach (Fla.), 2012

FAB 50 Weekly Highlights

March, 31, 2012
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ESPN760.com has a complete recap, including video highlights, from Benjamin School's 9-8 win over Lake Highland Prep (Orlando, Fla.) on Friday.

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Lake Highland (Fla.) wins in potential FAB 50 meeting

February, 29, 2012
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Lake Highland Prep (Orlando, Fla.) defeated Ponte Vedra (Fla.), 11-5 in the first meeting of teams expected to be in the POWERADE FAB 50 when the preseason rankings are released on Wednesday, March 7.

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Around the Crease: Feb. 23, 2012

February, 23, 2012
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ESPNHS continues its weekly feature, Around the Crease, which takes a look at players, teams and high school lacrosse news from around the country.

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Around The Crease: Nov. 29, 2011

November, 29, 2011
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ESPNHS continues its weekly feature, Around the Crease, which takes a look at players, teams and high school lacrosse news from around the country.


Look Who’s Playing

Alexandra Lista may not be a household name just yet, but if the junior goalie from Mount St. Joseph’s (Villanova, Pa.) continues her play from the Girls’ Philly Lacrosse Showcase into the season, that will change.

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Top 50 junior headed to Georgetown

November, 22, 2011
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InsideFloridaLacrosse.com is reporting that Devon Lewis from Lake Highland Prep (Orlando, Fla.) has given a verbal commitment to play men’s lacrosse for Georgetown.

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Lake Highland (Fla.) senior to Washington & Lee

September, 30, 2011
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InsideFloridaLacrosse.com is reporting that Austin Tamayo from Lake Highland Prep (Orlando, Fla.) is verbally committed to play men’s lacrosse for Washington & Lee.

Tamayo helped lead Lake Highland Prep to the Florida State Championship and a No. 22 ranking in the POWERADE FAB 50 last season.

Washington & Lee is a Division III program located in Lexington, Va. and plays in the Old Dominion Conference.

E-mail lacrosse editor, Mike Loveday, at Michael.Loveday@espn.com with commitments. Follow ESPNHS on Twitter @ESPNMike.

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