High-SchoolLacrosse: Tommy Mallon

Around the Crease: Jan. 10, 2012

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Nick Ramsey, DeMathaCourtesy Greg Speed/ESPNHSNick Ramsey from DeMatha (Md.) with his club team, SoCo.
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

DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.) could have one of the better-kept secrets in the nation waiting to get his shot in goal.

Sophomore goalie Nick Ramsey was a member of the Stags junior varsity team last season, but over the summer he participated in the Brine Shootout and put on a show for the college coaches in attendance.

“For a kid who just finished his freshman year and to go out there and play goalie, he had incredible poise and ability to position his defense,” Ramsey’s club coach Greg Speed said. “He didn’t care that he was a rising sophomore. He just took control.”

The 5-foot-10, 155-pound sophomore separates himself from other goalies in his class with his ability to read the opposing offense and put his teammates in the best possible position.

“He is a kid who could play at a high level,” Speed said. “I’ve already spoken to several college coaches about Nick.”

News & Notes

ESPNHS learned over the weekend that Kanatiio Adams from Salmon River (Fort Covington, N.Y.) passed away on Jan. 2.

Adams was ESPNHS's No. 14 long stick midfielder and had been accepted to play men’s lacrosse at Cornell.

Adams had transferred to Salisbury School (Salisbury, Conn.) for his senior year and was recently selected to play for the U19 Iroquois Nationals Lacrosse Team.

No details were given surrounding Adams passing.

What You Might Have Missed

Top Story: The Friday before Christmas, ESPNHS reported on the story of Tommy Mallon who broke his neck during his final high school lacrosse game and has used that event to help athletes recognize the signs of concussions and other head and neck injuries.

For the second-straight week the Mallon story has been the most popular story on the site.

The story and video can be seen here.

Top Girls’ Commit: New Trier (Winnetka, Ill.) junior attacker Kelsey Murray is the No. 19 player in the ESPNHS Top 50 Junior list and is the latest player to announce her verbal commitment to play women’s lacrosse for Stanford.

Top Boys’ Commit: Conor Whipple’s verbal commitment to Georgetown was announced over the weekend and picked up enough views to be our top boys story for the week.

The St. Andrew’s (Boca Raton, Fla.) junior has been a starter since his freshman year and has 134 career points.

On The Horizon

This week we continue our build up to the 2012 season with the release of the assist leaders who return this season. We started last week with goal leaders and launched 2012 Season Preview Central.

The 2012 US Lacrosse Convention is this weekend in Philadelphia, Pa. Billed as "the unofficial start to the lacrosse season," this event gathers the very best the sport has to offer, and provides the sport’s largest educational opportunity. ESPN analyst Herm Edwards will be the keynote speaker on Friday.

Around the Crease: Jan. 2, 2012

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Colton McCaffrey, Chaparral Sheri McHenry Lynch/ESPNHSColton McCaffrey from Chaparral (Colo.).
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

Chaparral (Parker, Colo.) sophomore attackman Colton McCaffery is anther example of how much the game of lacrosse has grown out west.

McCaffery made the varsity team his freshman year, which his coach Michael Magrin said was a choice that was “non-negotiable." McCaffery lead the team in scoring as a freshman with 43 goals and had 23 assists in 2011.

“His lacrosse IQ matches his athletic ability," Magrin said of McCaffery. "He understands that great players don't just happen and he is willing to put in all the time and effort in the off-season to increase his fundamentals.”

McCaffery was named First team All-League and Second team All-State and was the only freshman to receive both honors. Magrin said the 6-foot-1, 171-pound sophomore has caught the eye of top Division I programs including Duke, Denver, North Carolina, Virginia and Ohio State.

Player of the Year

The Bellevue Reporter announced its Best of 2011 last week and Sammamish (Sammamish, Wash.) senior Tyvan Schmidt was named Player of the Year.

Schmidt is a modern renaissance man. Not only does he play lacrosse, but also sings has taken to glass blowing and performs community service.

To read more about Schmidt, check out the orginal story here. The Reporter’s Best of 2011 story can be found here.

What You Might Have Missed

Top Story: The Friday before Christmas, ESPNHS reported on the story of Tommy Mallon who broke his neck during his final high school lacrosse game and has turned the event into a call to help athletes recognize the signs of concussions and other head and neck injuries.

The story and video can be seen here.

Top Boys’ Commitment: Kevin Gayhardt from Episcopal Academy (Newtown Square, Pa.) gave Pennsylvania men’s lacrosse a verbal commitment and will enter the admissions process at the Ivy League school.

Top Girls’ Commitment: Last week, Amanda Sutor from St. Paul’s School for Girls (Baltimore, Md.) gave her verbal commitment to Michigan and was our most viewed commitment of the week.

Looking Ahead

The Adrenaline Challenge kicks off 2012 as the first big recruiting event of the year. Held in Del Mar, Calif., the Challenge boasts 70 teams from the West over two days from Jan. 7-8.

The event boast two high school divisions -- Elite and High School -- for players from 9th to 12th grades.

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