By now, you’ve probably seen your fill of lacrosse highlights. May we beseech you to endure one more? Trust us, this one is worth it.
The player you see in the “me against the world” highlight above is Bryan Smyth, who competes for Westminster School in Connecticut. After coming away with a solid hustle ground ball after losing the face off draw, Smith proceeded to split two defensive midfielders, take stock of his position on the field, turn to take the ball behind the cage, use a nice fake pass to juke a longstick defender, cut to the cage with an extended stick roll dodge and then finish with a wrap shot that came from an extended stick that made it nearly impossible to save.
Got all that? Good, because we’d have a hard time taking stock of it all again.
We’ve been unable to determine precisely who Smyth scored this goal against. The Simsbury-based boarding school competes in the New England Preparatory School Athletic Conference against other traditional independent boarding schools (Deerfield, Northfield Mount Hermon, Kent, Taft and Choate Rosemary Hall among them). Many of those academies send numerous players on to the Division I ranks, including Westminster.
Smyth is among that group, heading for two-time defending national champion Duke as a member of the school’s class of 2020. Now we know why the Blue Devils were so keen on him.