Day Two – Drive to Baltimore and tour Loyola, Hopkins and Towson Universities. That was the plan for Wasatch LC as the team departed Chestnut Hill College and headed to Manayunk to pick up breakfast sandwiches from Rose’s and began our trip to Baltimore. After brief traffic we arrived on time at Ridley Athletic Complex home of the Loyola Greyhounds. We were met at the field by PT Ricci, Assistant Coach at Loyola and ’08 Graduate and former MLL Boston Cannons LSM. Coach Ricci guided us through their daily routine, as well as their locker room, weight room, film room, and coaches offices which displays their 2012 National Championship trophy. After a recruiting talk on the field we took the vans down Charles St. to Johns Hopkins.
Arriving at Johns Hopkins we were met at the Cordish Lacrosse Center by Bobby Benson, assistant coach at Hopkins and ’03 Graduate and former MLL Chesapeake Bayhawks Attackman. Coach Benson explained the layout of the lacrosse specific facility located off the end line of Homewood Field. A quick walk through the locker room led to their wall of 1st Team All American certificates, and to the film room where the program also proudly displays their alumni with a framed jersey for each Blue Jay to play in the MLL. In the Blue Jay film room, Coach Benson gave us a talk about the Hopkins program, campus size, and answered many questions from our players. Then we traveled North up Charles St. to Towson University.
The team was greeted at Johnny Unitas Stadium by Danny Cocchi, Assistant Coach at Towson and ’03 Graduate and former MLL Chesapeake Bayhawks Midfielder. The team was given a tour of the stadium and then Coach Cocchi took us through the locker room for an equipment showcase. Players were shown the 2014 uniforms, all 3 sets of each equipment item, 2 game ready and 1 practice Cascade R, custom tiger print Under Armour shafts, three sets of Under Armour elbow pads, three sets of Under Armour gloves, cleats on request and home and away uniforms. Coach Cocchi answered questions and gave some very good recruiting advice before we concluded our Baltimore Division 1 College experience.
On our way out of Baltimore some players asked for gear and equipment, what they were shown was Lax World in Towson. A Mecca for lacrosse enthusiasts, with roots going back to the 1960s, Lax World has provided uniforms and equipment to teams across the nation. Players tried on arm pads and checked out the new Maverik Optik before making some purchases and heading back up I-95 to Philadelphia. After brief period of down time, the team traveled to dinner at Ye Olde Ale House, home of the famous Roast Beef sandwich and Continental Fries.
“It’s really good to get out and look at the Colleges and look at what you want to see or what school you want to go to as you get older. And Geno’s cheesesteaks are the best.” Gage Fisher, Olympus HS 2017
“Definitely has been one of the coolest experiences of my life so far. It’s really cool to come to these campuses you see on TV all the time and just be on those fields all those guys you look up to play on. It’s been a great experience. Geno’s has definitely lived up to his name, looking forward to yesterday.” Payton Kimber, Spanish Fork 2015
“It’s been a great trip so far, I really liked all the colleges we visited. All smiles!” Cavin Huntsman, Waterford 2016
“The trip has been great and very insightful into the way a college supports its lacrosse program. It’s also been real eye opening to what D1 lacrosse really is and how much time commitment it takes. The coaching staff has been great in getting us around and getting us opportunities at different colleges. Overall I’ve ate some really good sandwiches this trip, and I’m looking forward to more.” Talbot Child, Waterford 2017
“My favorite part of the day was touring colleges. I think it was cool to see Division 1 colleges and what they get and my favorite was Towson because we saw a pretty big stadium and jerseys and stuff.” Joe Lambert, Bingham 2015
“Touring Towson was my favorite part of the day, because I really like the stadium and locker room.” Ryan Townson, Waterford 2015
“I like the atmosphere at Towson the best.” Ryan Lunt, Olympus 2016
“Its really fun to be out here again and go to new places like Towson and to get to know all of these college coaches and see what its all about. Just to be out on the east coast is a lot of fun. Ready to play Dukes!” Carter Bean, Desert Hills 2015
“The trip today for team was very beneficial. Our players took awesome tours from well-known assistant coaches who all played in the MLL. It was good to learn what these top college programs are looking for in upcoming players. Our players were able to learn what to do and what not to do when getting recruited. Hearing about the teams, what practice is like, and about what life is like on campus from the college coaches may help our players decide what level of lacrosse they would like to play after they get out of high school. We are hoping that by visiting these schools it will make our players strive to achieve their dreams of playing lacrosse at a higher level.” Ricky Larkin, Wasatch LC Co-Head Coach and Repetition Lacrosse Director.
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