(Photo courtesy of Henry Clay Lacrosse)
The Kentucky high school lacrosse season ended last week with St. Xavier winning the Kentucky Scholastic Lacrosse League (KSLL) title and Henry Clay winning the Commonwealth Lacrosse League (CLL), and one of the main themes consistently talked about in circles across the state this spring was the amount of young talent and the dispersion of that talent.
Normally these are the two best programs – Trinity and St. Xavier – with almost all the top talent and some of those second tier programs are able to fight and house top players every few seasons. But this trend may be starting to change. While the Shamrocks and Tigers have and probably always will have the most talent in the state, the gap looks like it may start to narrow a bit over the next few seasons, which is great for the health and growth of the game. through the Bluegrass.
Nowhere else can this talent gap be seen in the 2023 and 2024 classrooms. The talent and production that we have seen across the state from sophomores and freshmen have been duly noted. rated by many and made coaches and spectators alike wonder how things could be for the future of lacrosse in Bluegrass State, especially with the KHSAA sanction likely to come in the next year.
Here’s a look at some of the top freshmen and sophomores who made strides last spring in the Commonwealth:
Tommy DeWitt, Middle, East –One of the most notable players in his class heading into spring, DeWitt lived up to the hype and established himself as one of the Eagles’ leaders last season as a rookie. DeWitt has those traditional downhill dodging skills of a midfielder, but also works great in tight spaces and uses physicality to his advantage due to his background in the box game where he’s known as the one of the best in Bluegrass.
Trevor Havill, Attack, Saint-Xavier – A dual-sport athlete also playing QB in football, the All-State selection could very well be not only Kentucky‘s best freshman, but also one of the best in the South in general. The 6-foot-3 earned St. Xavier their 14th state title in program history while being one of the Tigers’ top scorers.
Huck Campbell, Midfielder, Trinity – Campbell had a freshman season for the Shamrocks, helping them qualify for a state title. The rookie has established himself as one of the most elite shooters for Trinity last season, being very dangerous as an off-ball threat from the top as the first out shooter.
Lawson Cantley, Attack / Midfielder, KCD – Cantley came onto the Kentucky high school scene with guns and records. The Honorable Mention All-State led the Bearcats with 108 points on 74 goals and 34 assists, breaking the school record for points and goals in a single season.
Jack Pund, Defense, Lexington Catholic –A Knights defense leader, Pund was a dominant force last spring while helping his Catholic side Lexington to an appearance in the CLL title game. He swallowed 45 balls on the ground, caused 10 turnovers and distributed an assist.
Michael Lanier, Face-off, Bluegrass Bulldogs – The Bluegrass Bulldogs made their very first appearance in the CLL semifinals last season, and Lanier was instrumental in that race. He went 124 for 191 (64%) to the point while adding three goals and three assists.
Joshua “Aaron” Trammell, Midfielder, Henry Clay – The 6-foot-3, 198-pound Trammell has been on the radar of many across the state since it started making serious headway last summer. He continued to do so last season, helping lead the Blue Devils to a state championship. The sophomore has always shown his ability to be a serious threat as a marksman, especially on the run as more of a traditional downhill con artist. He had 23 points on 14 goals and 9 assists last season.
Tommy Mullikin, Attack / Midfielder, Sayre – A traditional forward who likes to attack from behind the X-cage and travel to the island, Mullikin dominated last season. The 5-foot-9, 145-pound scoring machine scored 99 goals and provided 36 assists for 135 points as a sophomore to lead his Sayre Spartans squad and be one of the top point scorers in the world ‘State.
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Evan Mason, Attack / Midfielder, South Oldham (Ky.) – One of the most productive players in Bluegrass State, Mason has been dominant for the Dragons all season and helped lead them to a KSLL semi-final appearance. Threat off the ball, Mason started the season with consecutive performances of five and six goals. He has continued to look good and is expected to see his stock increase this season as one of the leaders of perhaps the best South Oldham team of all time.
Henry Mercer, Middle, St. Xavier (Ky.) – Speedster, the southpaw has shown his ability to make an impact from several places on the pitch. While he seems much more comfortable in this traditional midfielder role on the outside, he can also do damage as an off-ball player on the inside and as a dodge on both. wings, up.
Jackson Campisano, Defense / LSM, Saint-Xavier (Ky.) – Probably projecting himself more as an LSM at the college level, Campisano could be the top athlete currently grazing the lacrosse field in Bluegrass State. He’s a great ground and transition ball player, he can get the ball on the ground at an impressive rate and knows how to use his body. Against national powerhouse Culver (Ind.), The sophomore really shone, especially when he faced off against midfielder signing Duke Jackson Gray, having his cookies multiple times.
Other notable names
Clay Fink, goalkeeper, Paul Laurence Dunbar – 2023
Jude Koura, Attack / Midfielder, Paul Laurence Dunbar – 2023
Chandler Newton, SSDM, Trinity – 2023
Tate Tinker, attack, Catholic Lexington – 2023
Ryder John, Defense, Saint-Xavier – 2024