USA TODAY High School Sports is launching a series called “60 for ’16” to highlight 60 members of the Class of 2016 who we will be watching in the coming 12 months. The athletes were selected by the USA TODAY HSS staff.
Name: Jamie Trimboli
School: Victor (N.Y.)
Sport: Boys lacrosse
What we’ve seen: Trimboli was one of four juniors to make the 15-person ALL-USA Boys Lacrosse Second Team. He led Victor to the New York State Class B championship, where the Blue Devils took down Manhasset, 17-8. In the final, Trimboli scored a hat trick and assisted on four other goals to cap off Victor’s 22-0 season.
“It’s unbelievable after looking at all of the hard work we put into this year,” Trimboli said after the state final. “Coming in and playing as a team like that, being able to do what we did in this game means alot. It’s really a statement and it puts a stamp on the end of our season. 22-0.”
For the season, the dodging-minded midfielder tallied 59 goals and 23 assists, almost coming in at a hat trick per game.
Those 82 points led his team a year after he transferred from Greece Athena in Rochester. Almost two years ago, before even starting his sophomore season, Trimboli committed to Syracuse and coach John Desko after posting 33 goals and 15 assists as a freshman at Greece Athena.
Why we’re watching: Trimboli was yet another early commit, an increasing trend in college lacrosse. High school players are committing in their freshman or early sophomore years and coaches have to hope the traits they recruit as a freshman will be the same or better three years later. Trimboli will come to the national powerhouse Orange and could factor on one of the backup midfield lines if Desko doesn’t manage his freshmen like he did this season.
Only one got playing time – faceoff specialist Nate Farrell – and the rest redshirted. It’s common in college lacrosse, and especially when there’s such a senior-laden team such as the 2015 Orange.
Trimboli has one year left to up the eye-popping offensive numbers he put up last year and continue to carry Victor into a national spotlight that he helped them break into this year. The team finished No. 8 in the final Super 25 rankings provided by 3d Rising.
Victor is one of only three boys lacrosse teams from Section V to win the state championship and the first since 2009.