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So tired of fighting the good fight for my kid against the "popular" names. Its become to exhausting and I am waiving the white flag. My son, who is graduating this year got a call out of the blue and will be playing lacrosse at the University of Tampa next year. Good luck to all of you D1 hockey dreamers who are not part of the "in" crowd, we will be pulling for you. Thank you to EHF, The Brick, PeeWee Quebec, USA Camp, USPHL, and Prep for the 12 years of fun! 12 years of good hockey and no solid bites, 3 years of lacrosse and going to Florida for 4 years. Hockey is crazy, make sure your kid is an all around athlete, opportunities show up out of the blue, Peace!
Not trying to be be a jerk, but that is good news only if he loves lacrosse. Its common for hockey players to also do lacrosse, and I know three different hockey players that had similar offers to instead play lacrosse in college.
Each one of them quit during college because they realized they like lacrosse, but they don't love it like they love hockey. And they realized the year long serious commitment to Lacrosse was not something they wanted or enjoyed.
So, good luck to your son and I hope he really loves lacrosse. But you will find out soon.
Great post, have heard similar information from others this year. 3 I know of that have decided to go the baseball route instead, 1 lacrosse and 1 for rowing. These are known 02 and 03 kids that have just had enough. Enough of the social media craze of kids, the useless NZ draft, and prep coaches not offering much assistance with getting to the next level. Could be a new trend over the next few years. Good luck to your boy. Love the statement about being an athlete not just a hockey player.
I'm not going to debate the existence of an "in" crowd bias - b/c there definitely is something there.
However, it's not all doom and gloom for everyone else. It's not like every USHL or DI team is filled solely with "in" kids.
My kid is definitely an outsider - he was a late starter from a non-traditional hockey market whose family knows nobody. Hell, I never even played growing up.
Kid earned an invitation to a TPE event, then a Crimson Combine, and did well enough to generate some buzz, get on some lists, and turn that into a good opportunity at a new england prep school and then a DI commitment.
Are there more opportunities for lacrosse - sure. Hard to compare 120ish college hockey programs with over 400 college lax programs.
"In" or "out" it still falls on the kid to develop and get better, and plenty of them do that and are recognized for it.
It's simple math. College Lax programs outnumber College Hockey programs 5:1. Good luck to your kid, sounds like he was pretty good but you might've been his biggest problem.
I would be happy for you if it was at any other school. Rumor has it coach gets a kick back for bringing in players. Look at the varsity and JV roster.
I don't think Boston University or Merrimack has a junior varsity team.
A player on BU is insecure about his statline and haircut and takes it out on 16yr olds on xbox. Cant say who but he is awful crusty and is 3rd line.
40+ kids on roster. 12.6 scholarships. Yeah lax is a panacea.
Yeah $50k to be a 5th string D middie and a degree from the university of Tampa. Extra good luck to your boy.
6-1”. Whooey why didn’t you say so.
Maybe the two best hockey players at our local D-1 h.s. and one went to play D-1 Lax locally and the other went to a nice big southern school to focus on school and play club hockey.
could it be your kid just isn't that good at hockey? i know he's 6'1" and all but...
Kids have their whole lives ahead of them to work. What’s the rush ? Based on above posts, Dad should be able to cover for the kid for an extra 2 years at the family business. The business will be there, sports opportunities will not. Just my opinion