After a season in which Mountain Lakes attack Brad Smith was named to the first teams for Group I, NJAC-American and Gibbs divisions, as well as named an All-American and Player of the Year by the New Jersey Chapter of US Boys Lacrosse, the senior was selected to play in the Under Armour Senior All-America Boys Game.
The 10th annual Under Armour All-America Lacrosse Game will take place on July 3 at Towson University’s Johnny Unitas Stadium, where 88 high school lacrosse players, 44 boys and 44 girls from around the country, will play in a men’s and women’s senior showcase game.
“It’s a huge honor to be selected for this game,” Smith said. “I’m excited to get down there and play with some of the guys I’ll be with next year and I’ll be playing against some of the top talent in the country, so that’s awesome to end my high school career with a game like that.”
Smith, who is headed to Duke in the fall, will compete for the North squad with players from eight other states as well as Canada. The boys’ senior game will start at 8 p.m. and will be aired live on ESPNU. The girls’ game will start at 5:30 p.m.
“I’ve heard it’s a very fun weekend and I’m hoping to play against some of the best kids in the nation and get better as a player,” Smith said. “It will give me a good example of what the competition will be like next year, so it will get me prepared for next year and for what I’ll be seeing in the future.”
Along with the All-America Games, the weekend will continue with an Underclass Tournament and Uncommitted Showcase. Delbarton’s Jack Kielty and Connor Kirst, Morristown-Beard’s Connor Morin, Mendham’s Drew Robshaw and Morristown’s Tim Sanford, who attends the Westminster School, were selected to play in the Underclass Tournament.
“I just really want to play against the best competition I can,” Morin said. “I do know a lot of the kids I’m playing against, I’m just really excited to play against them and work on my own skills against guys at a high level and to get to know kids I’ll be seeing in college and the people I’m going to be hearing about for the next couple of years.”
On the girls side, Mountain Lakes’ Julie Krupnick and Grainger Rosati, Diana Kelly of Chatham, who attends Oak Knoll, and Kady Glynn of Florham Park, who plays for Summit, were chosen.
For the Uncommitted Showcase, Mountain Lakes defenseman Emily Krupnick and Chatham attack Schuyler Bixby were selected.
“I’m really excited to play with some of the best players in the country that I’ll be playing with in college,” Krupnick said. “It’s a tournament, so there’s bracket play and then playoffs, and depending on how well we do we’ll keep going. Usually it’s a really strong team, so hopefully we can do really well.”
Along with the Under Armour Games, a number of local players were also selected to play in the Brine National Lacrosse Classic.
Entering its eighth year, the tournament is open to high school players as well as middle school players who will play for regional teams and compete for a national championship in front of NCAA lacrosse coaches. The Brine will be held from Monday, June 29 to July 2 at the River City Sportsplex in Midlothian, Virginia.
Morris Catholic junior midfielder Rachel Mills was selected, along with teammate Hanna Driscoll, a freshman midfielder.
“Last year I missed the opportunity to try out, so this year I wanted to try out and just see if I could make the team,” Mills said. “Just being able to try out with all those talented players was an honor. Just the experience is great, and definitely playing with all talented players is going to make me a better player and the opportunity definitely will help me get my skills up for the upcoming season.”
Twelve girls and seven boys were selected from Morris County, including Mount Olive junior goalie Kevin Geiger and Morristown-Beard goalie Garrett Ryon.
Geiger said he’s tried out the past three years and was finally selected this year.
“Ever since I started playing, I’ve been dedicated to the sport and continually trying to improve myself,” Geiger said. “It shows that hard work pays off and I’m finally able to make the team.”
Staff Writer Lauren Knego: 973-428-6674; firstname.lastname@example.org
Players selected to Brine National Lacrosse Classic
Luke Artiglere, Madison, midfield
Luke DiIorio, Mendham, defense
Mike DiIorio, Mendham, midfield
Kevin Geiger, Mount Olive, goalie
Terrance Mahon, Denville, midfield
Garrett Ryon, Morristown-Beard, goalie
Quinn McDonald, Seton Hall Prep (Parsippany), defense
Hanna Driscoll, Morris Catholic, midfield
Sophia Fagan, Mountain Lakes, defense
Madeline Finnen, Chatham, midfield
Kim Jenkins, Boonton Twp., defense
Tessa Luzi, Chatham, defense
Caroline Mahoney, Chatham, defense
Rachel Mills, Morris Catholic, midfield
Sarah Monteleone, Mountain Lakes, attack
Harper Rosati, Mountain Lakes, midfield
Callie Sundin, Morristown, midfield
Kelsey Thompson, Mountain Lakes, goalie
Jackie Wolak, Kinnelon, attack