Are you thinking about attending the Syracuse University Lacrosse Camp this summer? Camp dates are July 24-July 27, with optional positional camp July 23.
Parent Peggy Williams (mom of Chad on JV Orange and Reed on Frosh-Soph) is willing to coordinate the StC group. Parents, please contact her if your son is interested in attending this camp.
Nick Campana commits to
D2 St. Leo University MORE Nov. 2008
Paul De Bord commits to
D1 Towson University MORE Nov. 2008
Sean McGushin commits to
Bellarmine Univ. MORE Nov. 2008
of four 2011 seniors to date to commit to NCAA programs for next year. The others are Colin Haley, Andrew Jurewicz and Jesse Nagelberg, committed to D3 Augustana. Pat credits his strong showings at key recruiting camps the past two summers as helping him gain notice. He was invited as one of only 12 goalies in the country last summer to participate in the most prestigious lacrosse recruiting camp. “The Nike Blue Chip Camp really gave me a chance to see how I stacked up against the best goalies in the country. I had a lot of fun playing with the best players in the country and was glad I had a good tournament,” he says. Stony Brook is located on Long Island, NY, and is currently one of the strongest lacrosse programs in the country. The Seawolves missed going to the NCAA Final Four by one goal last year when they lost to Virginia in the quarterfinals. Pat also considered Syracuse, Siena, Providence, and St. John’s. After recruiting visits to all five schools, Stony Brook quickly rose to the top
of his list. “The coaching staff is incredible, the quality of the facilities is top notch, and they have a very strong academic reputation. I also like the size with about 15,000 students,” he said. U.S. News & World Report ranks Stony Brook among the 50 best universities in the country and The Wall Street Journal ranked Stony Brook eighth in the nation for placing students in elite graduate schools in medicine, law and business. Pat plans to major in business with an emphasis in marketing. Pat was also the St Charles North Stars' safety this past football season. Unlike his brother Sean, who is currently a quarterback for the University of Illinois and also had Division I lacrosse offers, Pat is not torn between which sport to play. “My number-one athletic goal has been to play Division I lacrosse and I couldn’t be happier to be playing for a Top 10 program like Stony Brook. Long Island is THE hotbed for lacrosse," Pat says. "I am excited and proud to be an Illinois goalie going there to play.”
Varsity Goalie Pat McGushin has signed an NCAA National Letter of Intent with Division I Stony Brook University to play lacrosse. Pat is in his second season as StC's starting goalie (and his third on the Varsity), during which StC has won 26 of 32 games (including 8 of 11 through April 30, 2011). He earned All-Conference and All-State honors last year as a junior. Pat is the sixth StC player to commit to a D1 program, and is one
Varsity players PJ Bogle, Will De Bord and Riley Martin have been named to the Illinois regional team for the Adidas National All-American Lacrosse Tournament in Maryland this July. The Illinois squad will compete against 19 other elite state teams.
Will De Bord
In July 2010, StC 2010 Varsity defenders Trace Evans(back row
far left) and Pat Killeen(back row far right and inset) hosted the third annual Backyard LAX Camp on the grounds of the Evans family estate in St. Charles.
A total of 10 "campers" attended, including StC younger siblings Trace De Bord(foreground) and Connor Evans(back row, white singlet).
Trace and Pat somehow
snuck the camp in between
this summer's stifling heat,
the thunder and downpours,
and the soggy humidity.
"These kids are really good," says Trace. "Most of them have been coming to this camp for
all three summers. They're
better than I was at that age, that's for sure."
One veteran camper, Connor Jones(back row, green singlet), particularly enjoyed the faceoff instruction he received.
"I already knew how to do some faceoffs," says the rising 7th grader, "but Trace and Pat taught me new moves like the plunger and the laser. It was a lot of fun." Photos by Holly Watson-Evans
It's been a memorable summer for 2010 StC Varsity players Taylor Coughlin, Ben Dvorak, Chad Ellis and Colin Haley. Their New Wave Lacrosse U19 team wrapped up a successful summer league campaign by taking the title at the Indian Prairie Showdown in Naperville, beating the defending champs Velocity from Ohio. Then, in post-season honors, StC rising senior Colin Haley was named the squad's Most Valuable Player - Midfield.
New Wave's U15, U17 and U19 fall/winter tryouts are August 29 in Naperville.
StC longpole Will De Bord, a freshman member of the 2010 StC Varsity, was named to the All-Star team at the prestigious Peak 200 Rising Juniors Camp this summer.
Peak 200, in Smithfield, Mass., is a highly regarded recruiting showcase and instructional camp, and players must be nominated by their coaches in order to attend
His nine goals in three Champion High School Showcase games, including three in the Final, earned
StC All-American Chad Ellis "All-ESPN RISE" honors. Chad's team, Spirit, took first in the July event.
All-American Varsity Attackman Chad Ellis ('10) has added another honor to his portfolio. Chad has been named to the 2010 LaxPower All-Western Region Boys' High School Team, joining a very select group of just 12 Attackmen on the squad. Read the LaxPower story
On a Honor Roll
In a season marked by remarkable accomplishments, the Varsity added a number of individual honors to its list of 2010 achievements.
Senior Chad Ellis again has been named All American, All State 1st team and All Conference 1st Team. Attaining those honors as a 2009 junior was a rare feat; repeating as only the third Illinois player to gain back-to-back All-American acclaim) is truly special. Senior Ben Dvorakhas been named All State 1st Team and All Conference 1st Team.This
is the first time StC has had two All State 1st Team players.
Seniors Dom Imbordino and Pat Killeen and junior Pat McGushin have been named All State 2nd Team and All Conference 1st Team. The five All-State selections are the most ever awarded StC, and ties a state record for most 1st- and 2nd-team All State selections in a single season from one team.
Finally, senior Taylor Coughlin and juniors Trace Evans and Brian Sullivan were named All Conference 2nd Team. Also, four of these seniors competed in the Class A 2010 Illinois All-Star Game on June 10. Taking their place among
the elite seniors in the state were Ben Dvorak, Chad Ellis, Dom Imbordino and Pat Killeen.
As a team, the Varsity this season secured its third undefeated conference championship title in the past four years.
The 6-0 mark gives Head Coach Andy Thompson and his staff -- including Asst. Coach Brian Prodoehl, who was also here in the 9-0 2007 season -- a Conference record of 29-1 over that span, and an overall mark of 66-16, including four straight appearances in the State Final Four.
The Class of '10 is now our most recruited group of players ever.
Eight current seniors have now been recruited to Division 1, 2 and 3 lacrosse programs. Since 2007, 19 StC players have been NCAA recruits, including seven to D1 teams.
And for the sake of the joke, can we agree that parts of Aurora are east of St Charles? Thank you. (Photos: Holly Watson-Evans)
D1 Ohio State
Congrats to Varsity Middie Ben Dvorak,
King of the 2010 StC North Prom
Varsity Goalie Pat McGushin headed to the prestigious Jake Reed Nike Blue Chip Camp in Maryland in summer 2010. Pat is one of just twelve rising senior goalies nationwide so chosen for the elite camp (organizers say that over 90% of campers go on to play D1).
2010 Senior Chad Ellis has been selected by US Lacrosse to compete in the 2010 Champion High School Showcase in Orlando this July. Only 96 players are selected nationwide for this elite camp, which takes place at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Field. Chad also has been named to the 2010 LaxPower All-Western Region Boys' High School Team. He joins a very select group of just 12 Attackmen on the squad.
The Chicago Bears' 2009 coaching changes brought a familiar face to town: Mike De Bord, uncle of freshman Will and alums Paul and Brett De Bord.
Coach De Bord comes to the Bears from the Seattle Seahawks, having also coached at Michigan and Central Michigan. He becomes the Bears Tight Ends Coach, which is good news for those of us with Greg Olsen (and now Brandon Manumaleuna) on our fantasy squads.
On the weekend before Christmas 2009, seven StC players travelled to Naples, Fla., to compete in the inaugural U19 Holiday In Paradise tournament as part of the Players Indoor squad.
The team, which included Taylor Coughlin, Trace Evans, Colin Haley, Dan Morawski, Jesse Nagelberg, Marcus Stammen and Brian Sullivan, ran the table on its way to a 5-0 mark and the tourney championship.
"The team played great all weekend long," says Taylor. "The defense kept every team we played under four goals and every offensive player scored. Everyone did a great job of 'keeping their heads' when times got rough and we won the title with class."
D-pole Trace Evans also lauded his fellow, non-StC defenders. "Our LSM from Oak Park scooped up dozens of ground balls and our keepers were awesome." Right: Colin Haley eludes a Team Crease middie in the title game. Photo by Holly Watson-Evans
DuPage Conference coaches awarded 2009 All Conference honors for the first time ever to JV and Frosh-Soph players. First, Second and Honorable Mention teams were named.
St Charles put 10 players on the JV teams (including five on the First Team), and six players on the Frosh-Soph teams (including three on the First Team).
Congratulations to all StC players who earned these honors.
JV All Conference
Frosh-Soph All Conference
Andrew Jurewicz, 1st Team
Kevin Acton, 1st Team
Spencer Motley, 1st Team
Alec Irvine, 1st Team
Cooper O'Brien, 1st Team
J. Michael Wagner, 1st Team
Mitch Potts, 1st Team
Zach Chapman, 2nd Team
Misha Zaderej, 1st Team
David DiFiglio, 2nd Team
Colin Haley, 2nd Team
Matt O'Brien, 2nd Team
Marcus Stammen, 2nd Team
Tyler Thomas, 2nd Team
Jimmy Ingold, Hon. Mention
Paul Wempe, Hon. Mention
2009's annual Tyler Caruso Memorial Concert on May 28 again helped to raise funds for the Tyler Caruso Scholarship Foundation, a past benefactor of the Club.
The event commemmorates Tyler, brother of Cam Caruso '08 and son of Marilyn and Tony Caruso, who died suddenly in 2002 at the age of 17. Young as he was, he'd already made an impact on his school, St. Charles East, and on his community, and the annual concert honors his memory and encourages other young people to be similarly involved. MORE
Paul De Bord receives Foundation grant
Senior Middie Paul De Bord is one of several 2009 Tyler Caruso Scholarship Foundation recipients.
The honor was announced at the recent St. Charles East Senior Awards Night.
Read about Paul here.
2009 Junior middie
Spencer Swarts recently earned a Competency Award at the
DECA International Career Development Conference 2009 in Anaheim. Through its high school and college programs, DECA "develops future leaders in marketing, management and entrepreunership." Spencer's project? How to run a lacrosse retail store.
Senior Day 2009 was Saturday, May 9, between games of the StC vs Hinsdale Central doublebill. Following the JV's 8-6 win and just prior to the Varsity's 14-7 victory, our eight graduating seniors, their parents and escorts were introduced and honored.
All save one of the eight have been four-year members of the Club, and all have contributed in so many ways to the Club, both on and off the field, during their time with us.
Thank you, Seniors. And best wishes and good luck.
Varsity names 2009 Co-Captains
Paul De Bord
The varsity recently electedits 2009 Co-Captains: • Senior Paul De Bord, headed to D1 Towson University • Junior Ben Dvorak, a unanimous 2008 First Team
All Conference selection
• Senior Sean McGushin, a 2007 and 2008 First Team
All-Conference selection, and headed to D1 Bellarmine Univ.
• Senior Alek Szmajda, headed to D3 Carthage College
Photo by Dennis McGushin
Senior Alex Szmajda headed to D3 Carthage College in Fall 2009
"It's great to finally have a player from St. Charles," says Carthage College Head Coach Dave Neff, who will welcome senior attackman Alek Szmajda to the Kenosha, Wisconsin, school this Fall.
Alek is the fourth St Charles senior to commit to play for a NCAA program in the Fall. Earlier, Nick Campana, Paul De Bord and Sean McGushin also announced plans. Last year, his first on the varsity, Alek's five goals and two assists ranked seventh on the team in both categories. His sophomore year, he started at attack for a JV squad that went 10-1 in conference play and 15-4 overall.
Alek has also been a member of several offseason tournament teams, including this past summer's Players Indoor Centre U19 Elite team, which took third place at the Vail Shootout.
"I think one of the nice things about Alek is that he has a familiarity with [other recruits] that were with Coach Stolzer and Coach Thompson this past summer on the Players Indoor Vail team," says Coach Neff. "[Current Red Men] Spencer Curley, Alex Rearick, Kyle Honn, Brian Teschke and George Sikes were all teammates with Alek..
"It's an exciting class," says Coach Neff, who was the St Charles Head Coach in 2005 and 2006. "We'll be bringing in twelve to fifteen
players, and we have had players turn down
schools like Kenyon and Denison and choose Carthage."
Evans-Erickson Academy is now open
2008: For months, the younger boys in his neighborhood had been asking soph d-pole Trace Evans (back row, left) to teach them how to play lacrosse. So, in August, Trace and fellow soph Greg Erickson (back row, right) gathered up their own equipment as well as items from the Club's stockpile of used equipment, and conducted their own backyard lacrosse camp. It was intended to be a one-week camp, but proved so popular that Trace and Greg extended it to two weeks.
StC Quartet Battles Blue Lions, Crabs and Bears
2008: Quite a weekend it was for Head Coach Andy Thompson (bottom, 2nd from left) and '08 varsity players (left to right) Brian Sullivan, Sean Brogan and Alek Szmajda, who were part of the Players Indoor Sports Centre U19 Elite team that took third place at the recent Vail Shootout in Colorado. The squad went 4-2, losing only to the eventual tourney champs and eventual
"This was certainly a trip to remember for all our guys," says Players Coach Paul Stolzer. "In addition to some great lacrosse [there was] a whitewater raft trip down the Eagle River and a black bear confrontation in a parking garage."
Sean Brogan, who safely negotiated that "confrontation," also was one of just three middies named to the All-Tournament team. "They only took 12 players out of the 200 or so players in the tournament," says Coach Thompson. "Sean had a great tournament and deserved the recognition."
Stephen Colbert -- and Sean
Brogan -- know all about bears.