High-SchoolLacrosse: Warrior 40

2012 Warrior 40 teams announced

August, 13, 2012
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Colorado lacrosse emerging as hotbed

August, 10, 2012
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Wilkins Dismuke, Rock Canyon, Warrior 40Doug Austin/ESPNHSWilkins Dismuke from Rock Canyon (Littleton, Colo.) participated in the 2011 Warrior 40.


When you think of traditional lacrosse hotbeds, the usual suspects are grouped together in the mid-Atlantic region -- Virginia; Maryland; Long Island, N.Y.; etc.

But a new hot zone may be emerging out west. Colorado is producing elite players and fielding some of the best high school teams in the country, and the national spotlight will be shining on the region Aug. 13-15, when the Warrior 40 will be held in Commerce City, Colo.

The marquee event will provide an opportunity for Colorado to assert itself as a budding superpower, as the nation’s best players in the classes of 2013-14 compete.

The Rocky Mountain State will be well represented in the game, with three Colorado natives on the Warrior 40 roster.

Pete Aplet, a Wheat Ridge (Colo.) attackman in the Class of 2013, is part of the home-grown trio, as is Regis Jesuit (Aurora, Colo.) defender Brian Wegner (2013).

The third member of the hometown group is Wilkins Dismuke, an attackman from Rock Canyon (Littleton, Colo.). He's ranked No. 17 in the ESPNHS Top 50 Juniors list, and he's no stranger to the Warrior 40 -- he scored three goals and won Offensive MVP honors at last year's event, which was held in Boston.

Dismuke is relishing the chance to perform closer to home this time around.

"The atmosphere at last year's game was great," Dismuke said, "but having it in my home state of Colorado is very exciting. It's going to be a lot of fun."

Dismuke thinks this could be an opportunity for Colorado to show how far it's come in the lacrosse world.

"Normally, kids back east look at Colorado and the west coast and think it's not up to the same level," Dismuke said. "But I think it's really coming on strong. The last couple years we've had a lot of kids going to Division I, and I think we already have eight or nine kids from my class who have committed to DI schools. The talent is there."

Colorado’s ascent isn’t limited to producing elite players. The level of competition in the region is getting better and better, with teams breaking into the national rankings. Arapahoe (Littleton, Colo.) went 19-0 en route to a state title in 2012 and finished the season ranked No. 33 in the POWERADE FAB 50.

And the state's recent surge may not be limited to the high school level. While Dismuke has committed to college powerhouse Johns Hopkins, Aplet and Wegner are staying close to home, as both have pledged to Denver.

Q&A with Paul Rabil from W40 athletes

July, 5, 2012
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Paul RabilVaughn WinchellPaul Rabil answers some questions from the Warrior 40 athletes in the first of a six part series.
Paul Rabil of Major League Lacrosse's Boston Cannons is asked a lot of questions on a daily basis. Maybe the most asked is “can I have your autograph,” which the MLL MVP is more than happy to provide.

But as the first in a six part series featuring Rabil, the two-time NCAA champion answers questions that participants in the 2012 Warrior 40 want to know about the star.

Over the next six weeks ESPNHS will showcase Rabil as a lead in to the Warrior 40, which takes place Aug. 13-15 at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colo.

ESPNHS: In a recent article, you stated that you're never satisfied. How do you keep all things in perspective if you're never satisfied?
Paul Rabil: “When I say I’m never satisfied it means I want to continue to win. You hate losing and losing sets a fire in you to go out, play better and win. For me when I win the next thing is to win again. When you win a championship after you’re done celebrating it feels so good you want to do it again.

ESPNHS: How did the excitement and pressure of playing in the final four or the national championship affect you and how did you stay focused while you were there?
PR: “That’s a difficult questions because I think it’s something that comes sort of natural or I attribute it to coach Dave Pietramala [Rabil’s coach at Johns Hopkins] and our practice and preparation before that game. You get so excited, but once you walk on the field you tone everything out. When you’re in the game it felt no different than playing on Homewood Field or right down the street on the park.”

ESPNHS: What advice or words of wisdom would you give to future D-I lacrosse players before they leave for college?
PR: “Focus on yourself and set goals for what you want to do at the school you’re going to. Watch film on guys that you want to play like or aspire to be. That’s what I did when I was in high school -- I watched a lot of the college All-Americans and pro players and tried to adapt to their game.”

ESPNHS: What type of work did you put in as a kid that got you to where you are today?
PR: “Tons of wall ball, tons of shooting. I get on the wall five hundred times a day and I shoot 100 to 200 shots a day.”

ESPNHS: What is the biggest transition from high school to college?
PR: “The speed of the game and the way it’s played. In high school you can get away with sheer athleticism and pace and endurance. In the college game when you’re tired you don’t have room to be tired. Everyone that’s on the field and in practice is always going 110 percent.”

ESPNHS: Who is the toughest defenseman you have ever gone against and why?
PR: “There’s been several for different reasons, but the best all-around defenseman I’ve gone against is Brodie Merrill. He can defend well, but he’s also such a threat when the balls on the ground and on the clear. He gets up the field as a long pole, right after a shot on the clear that makes me go back and defend. He’s forcing the offensive players do things that we’re not used to in different situations. That’s what makes him great.”
The third annual Warrior 40 competition is Aug. 13-15 in Commerce City, Colo. The three-day event hosts the nation's best high school boys lacrosse players.

Each week until the final roster is announced, ESPNHS will profile three to four athletes from our Warrior 40 Tracker.

Dean Ferris, Jr., Culver Academy (Culver, Ind.), attackman
Ferris has already committed to Ohio State, so you know he's got the offensive skills to make an impact in any game he plays. And if he makes the roster for Warrior 40, expect him to bring his speed, quickness and a knack for finding his way to the front of the net.

Brier Davis, Jr., McCallie (Memphis, Tenn.), attackman
Davis was simply unstoppable for McCallie in 2012, posting 58 goals and 20 assists in 20 games. He scored four-plus goals in six separate games, including a six-goal performance in a 13-5 win over Brentwood. The Hofstra commit is relentless in the offensive end, so Warrior 40 defensemen won't be able to rest for even a split-second if Davis is in the game.

Chandler Kirby, Jr., Jericho (N.Y.), midfielder
Kirby stands just 5-foot-7, but underestimate his physicality at your own risk. He can bang with the best of them, and his two-way ability makes him an intriguing option for a spot on the Warrior 40 roster. Kirby committed to Cornell in December.

Jimmy Wyrick, Jr., St. Stephen's & St. Agnes (Alexandria, Va.), defenseman
Wyrick is one of the nation's top defensemen, and he's also one of the most experienced. He's played on the St. Stephen's & St. Agnes varsity squad since his freshman year, so he's spent a lot of time going up against elite offensive players. He could definitely hold his own at Warrior 40, making the star attackmen work for every scoring opportunity.

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Tyler ButlerMark ButlerTyler Butler has the skill set to play long stick midfield or defense.
The third annual Warrior 40 competition is Aug. 13-15 in Commerce City, Colo. The three-day event hosts the nation's best high school boys lacrosse players.

Each week until the final roster is announced, ESPNHS will profile four athletes from our Warrior 40 Tracker.

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Matt BarrettJimmy HurlburtMatt Barrett is considered one of the top goalies in the class of 2013.
The third annual Warrior 40 competition is Aug. 13-15 in Commerce City, Colo. The three-day event hosts the nation's best high school boys lacrosse players.

Each week until the final roster is announced, ESPNHS will profile four athletes from our Warrior 40 Tracker.

Read More »

The third annual Warrior 40 competition is Aug. 13-15 in Commerce City, Colo. The three-day event hosts the nation's best high school boys lacrosse players.

Each week until the final roster is announced, ESPNHS will profile four athletes from our Warrior 40 Tracker.

Justin Anderson, Soph., Centennial (Las Vegas, Nev.), midfielder
Anderson could bring some West Coast flavor to the Warrior 40, as he's one of the region's top players regardless of class. A midfielder, Anderson excels at moving the ball and creating for his teammates. He showed his all-around skills in an April 17 game against Spring Valley (Las Vegas, Nev.), totaling seven goals and five assists in a 21-7 win. Despite being one of the younger players on the Warrior 40 Watch List, Anderson has to be given serious consideration at this point. The sophomore committed to North Carolina in March.

Tyler Andreassi, Jr., Sachem North (N.Y.), long stick midfielder
As one of the top long stick midfielders in the country, Andreassi brings great versatility to the position. He's capable of shutting down elite offensive midfielders and creating opportunities going the other way. Andreassi is ranked No. 37 in the ESPNHS Top 50 Juniors, and he's No. 3 among LSMs. He has committed to Stony Brook, where he will play with his older brother Michael, a sophomore attackman for the Sea Wolves.

Pete Aplet, Jr., Wheat Ridge, (Colo.), attackman
With his ability to apply constant pressure in the offensive end, Aplet would seem like a natural to earn a Warrior 40 invite this summer. And he wouldn't have to travel very far, either, as this year's Warrior 40 is being held in Denver. So far this season, the junior attack has compiled 40 goals and 32 assists in 13 games. He has already enjoyed four four-goal games this spring.

Nick Aponte, Jr., West Islip (N.Y.), midfielder
Ranked No. 26 in the ESPNHS Top 50 Juniors, the Aponte has lived up to that billing by scoring clutch goals all season long for West Islip. With Aponte leading the way, West Islip is currently 8-1 and ranked No. 6 in the POWERADE FAB 50. The midfielder is currently undecided on college.
After two years in Boston, the Warrior 40 is on the move.

It was announced Monday that the 2012 event will take place Aug. 13-15 in Commerce City, Colo., at Dick's Sporting Goods Park. This will be the third Warrior 40, and the first one not to be held at Harvard Stadium in Boston.

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Catching Up with defender Matt O'Keefe

February, 29, 2012
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Duxbury (Mass.) senior defender Matt O’Keefe had an impressive fall, leading the football team to its second-straight undefeated season and second state championship as the starting quarterback.

His fall came on the heels of being named one of the players from to the 2011 Warrior 40 over the summer.

O’Keefe thrives as a big-time lacrosse player as well as a great quarterback, who has won in the stadium where Tom Brady plays for the New England Patriots.

ESPNHS tracked the Johns Hopkins commit down to ask him some questions about his off-season training, his future, and what it's like to win the "Super Bowl."

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ESPNHS 100 goalie commits to UPenn

February, 8, 2012
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Ahmed Iftikhar, Warrior 40Doug Austin/ESPNHSAhmed Iftikhar from Detroit Country Day (Beverly Hills, Mich.) at the 2011 Warrior 40 held in Boston, Mass.
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Detroit Country Day (Beverly Hills, Mich.) goalie Ahmed Iftikhar has confirmed to ESPNHS that he verbally committed to play men's lacrosse for the University of Pennsylvania.

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Pa. player wins Paul Rabil as mentor

November, 14, 2011
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High school lacrosse players join Paul RabilJohn Neopolitan/ESPNHSSome of the best lacrosse players from the New York metro area joined pro player Paul Rabil, center, for a three-hour clinic Sunday night at Red Bull Arena in New Jersey.
See photos from the event

HARRISON, N.J. – Paul Houck woke up Sunday morning expecting a typical weekend day.

Play a little lacrosse. Lunch. More lacrosse. Dinner. Homework. TV. Sleep.

Same old, same old, right?

Not so fast.

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St. Andrew's (Pa.) players praise former coach

November, 11, 2011
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ESPN 760 has an good signing day story and video from players at St. Andrew's (Boca Raton, Fla.) talking about the influence former coach, Jeff Goldberg, had on their recruiting.

Among the players interviewed is Warrior 40 alumni Max Susskind who will attend Princeton.

Warrior 40 Alum chooses West Point

September, 23, 2011
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Warrior 40 alum and St. Christopher's (Richmond, Va.) senior midfielder,

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Warrior 40 alum chooses Denver

September, 21, 2011
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Gordie Koerber, GilmanDoug Austin/ESPNHSGordie Koerber from Gilman (Baltimore, Md.) at the 2011 Warrior 40.
Related Commitment Links: Most Recent Commits | Class of 2012 Boys | LaxPower Recruit Database

Gordie Koerber, a senior from Gilman (Baltimore, Md.) has given a verbal commitment to play men’s lacrosse for

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Warrior 40 alumnus selects Albany

September, 14, 2011
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Ky Tarbell, Salmon River Central, Warrior 40Doug Austin/ESPNHSKy Tarbell from Salmon River Central (Fort Covington, N.Y.) at the 2011 Warrior 40 in Boston, Mass.
Related Commitment Links: Most Recent Commits | Class of 2012 Boys | LaxPower Recruit Database

Ky Tarbell from Salmon River Central (Fort Covington, N.Y.) has given a verbal commitment to play men's lacrosse

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