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Record Number of Utah Boys Invited to Adrenaline All-American Game

Carson Dutkanych

Four college-bound Utah lacrosse players, Carter Mannix, Jace Thomas, Carson Dutkanych, and Grant Pierce are following in the trailblazing footsteps of former Utah All-Americans Zac Bullet, Chris Severson and Aaron Fjelsted by being invited to attend the prestigious Adrenaline All-American game that will be held in Mission Viejo, California on June 7, 2014.  Due to outstanding play and commitment to the sport from players, parents, coaches and trainers, Utah lacrosse is finally gaining recognition.  This is the first year more than one player has been invited to represent Utah lacrosse at the Adrenaline All-American game, and each of these four young men have also committed to continue their lacrosse careers at Division I NCAA colleges.
The top players from the entire West are selected by the Adrenaline Evaluation Team for this prominent award and competitive game.  After years of western players being ignored in the national arena, Adrenaline Lacrosse created the All-American game as a chance to highlight the top western players and to offer thanks for what they have done to grow the game.  The Adrenaline All-American game is also nationally broadcasted live by The Lacrosse Network.
Carter MannixCarter Mannix, a Team Captain from Juan Diego Catholic High School is a US Lacrosse All-American and Utah Lacrosse Association’s Defensive Player of the Year as well as 1st Team All-State and 1st Team All-Conference.  Carter started playing lacrosse in 2nd grade and says his happiest lacrosse moment was seeing his 2nd grade Chumash teammate, Pete Benda, who suffered a traumatic head injury get back on the field this year.
Carter has been blessed to play with some very good teams, including Juan Diego (2012 & 2013 ULA State Champs), the Utah Starz, the West Coast Starz and the Adrenaline Tropics.  He has participated in many elite, invitation-only teams and camps including the Jake Reed Nike Blue Chip, Utah Starz Elite, DHL Lax (w/Kyle Harrison), Sonoma Showcase and Adrenaline High Rollers.  Carter’s awards include NSCLA Championship All-Star, Sonoma Elite All-Star and San Diego Adrenaline All-Star.  He said another great memory was playing with the Utah Starz against Six Nations (Iroquois) and beating them at the national club championships in Florida.
Carter is a member of the 2014 recruiting class for Marquette University and will compete in the Big East next year.  He is a mentor and example to young defensive players statewide and it will be exciting to follow his college career where he is sure to excel!
Jace ThomasJace Thomas, a Team Captain for the Bountiful Braves is a 2x US Lacrosse All-American and Utah High School Lacrosse League’s Defensive Specialist of the Year, 1st Team All-State and 1st Team All-Conference.
Jace started playing lacrosse in 8th grade quickly gaining ground on longer-term players.  He was named to the U-15 National team and then joined the Utah Starz.  He was picked up by the West Coast Starz and also played for their elite team, the Adrenaline Tropics. Jace also had the opportunity to represent the West on the Under Armour All-American Underclass Team.
Jace said an important moment for him was being chosen for the U-15 National Team as that was his first opportunity to play club lacrosse.  He said the invitation to play for the Adrenaline Tropics was also a great honor, and something he worked for.  He is excited to be entering the US Airforce Academy this coming July and playing his college lacrosse there.  Jace has shown that you don’t have to start playing at an early age to excel in lacrosse and will continue to show Utah players that hard work on the field and in the classroom pays off!
Carson DutkanychCarson Dutkanych, a Team Captain for the ULA 2014 State Champion Park City Miners also played high school lacrosse for Calvert High School in the MIAA league in Towson, Maryland and earned Varsity letters each of his four high school years.  Carson is a ULA 2014 1st Team All State recipient and will play for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes U19 team in Vail this summer.  He has played for the West Coast Starz, Brady’s Bunch and the Under Armour All America Midwest Team.  He was invited to attend the UNC Fresh Soph Camp and was only Utah player invited to the Adrenaline Black Card.  He has played at the Maverick Showtime, the Adrenaline Showcase, Sonoma Shootout, and was on the Warrior 40 watch list.
Carson is a versatile, multi-sport athlete who also played football as a running back and wide receiver earning Varsity letters all four years.  He is a member of the US Ski & Snowboard Association participating in freestyle and slalom racing since he was 6 years old.
Carson has signed a national letter of intent to play for Albany University graduating high school with a 3.81 GPA and as a member of the National Honor Society.
Grant PierceGrant Pierce is a 1st Team All State, 1st Team All-Conference player from the UHSLL 2014 State Champion Brighton Bengals.  He has played for the Utah Starz, the West Coast Starz, the Adrenaline Tropics and Brady’s Bunch.  He was invited to the Maverik Showtime National Recruiting Spotlight, the Adrenaline Showcase, the Peak 200 and the New England 180.  He has played in the Terrapin Classic, the UMass Summer Classic, the Adrenaline Sonoma Classic and Legacy Lacrosse Invitational in Massachusetts.  Grant was named to the “Top 10 High School Players in Utah” and to many All-American and All Tournament teams.
Grant said it is such an honor to be invited to play in the Adrenaline All-American game because it is “invitation only” and all of the chosen players are college recruits.  Another highlight for Grant was playing at the Maverik Showtime because there was the most amazing talent with almost all of the players heading to Division 1 NCAA colleges.  He said it was a real high for him to play with other boys of the same or greater caliber.
Grant has some advice for Utah lacrosse players who aspire to play in the higher ranks of college lacrosse.  He recommends they put in the time to get invited to the showcases as it will make a difference in their game and in their ability to get recruited.  He encourages players to be courageous and approach the coaches who are wearing the colors of the college they want to attend, and talk to them so they can see who you are.  His last recommendation is to “Keep your grades up or you will have no chance of being recruited, no matter how good you are”.
Grant will be heading to Furman next season.
Photo credits: Carter Mannix (Mykel Severson), Carson Dutkaynch (Mykel Severson), Grant Pierce (Mel Ota)

  1. Thank you so much, Mykel and ULN, for acknowledging the accomplishments of these young men! The three lacrosse events that standout for me in Grant’s lacrosse life were the invitation to Maverik Showtime, the day he signed his NCAA Division 1 National Letter of Intent with Furman, and his invitation to the Adrenaline All-American team. Man, those were really fun days for a mom!
    The invitation to this event is an honor shared by few and is due not only to the incredible hard work and dedication of these four players, but to the men of Utah who have advanced the game and worked so hard to get our boys on the national stage. There are too many to name, but the ones who I know personally are Mike Acee, Mason Goodhand, Brad LeVoy, Bruce Grogg, and Dan Mannix — the thousands and thousands of hours they dedicated over the years to the sport and getting our boys seen by college coaches outside the state is directly correlated to our sons having the opportunities they have now and going forward. So THANK YOU, THANK YOU to each and every one of you (both named and unnamed) for everything you have done for the sport of men’s/boy’s lacrosse in Utah.

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