August 5, 2009

Recruiting: CT Super Sophs Video, Wrap

from staff reports

The inaugural CT Super Sophs was held Saturday at New Canaan High School. The event featured 120 of the top rising boys' lacrosse juniors from the state in a full-day round robin capped by an all-star game.  

You could not have asked for a better day of lacrosse. The weather was gorgeous and the turnout of players, parents and college coaches exceeded expectations for a first-year event. 

The day started off with a recruiting talk by event organizers Alex Whitten, head coach of New Canaan High School, and Matt Wheeler, co-founder of Both speakers emphasized the importance of maintaining good grades and how players have to self market themselves more than ever.

After the recruiting talk, the players participated in a dynamic warm up and Nike SPARQ training.  The 120 players were split into six teams to play in a round-robin format. Each team played four games, giving college coaches ample opportunity to get a good look at the players at the event. 

After a long day of lacrosse, the top 36 players were selected to play in an all-star game (video highlights above). In true Connecticut fashion, each player received a custom Vineyard Vines CT Super Sophs jersey. 

CT Super Sophs was created to fill a void in the state of Connecticut.  As the recruiting process has started earlier and earlier, the rising junior summer is increasingly important for recruiting at each level of college lacrosse. College coaches -- including those from Harvard, Fairfield, Yale, Stony Brook, Bryant, Hartford, Hobart and Notre Dame -- were impressed by the level of play, and it gave them a chance to take a closer look at players on their recruiting radar.

"As someone who has been on the frontlines of the recruiting process, CT Super Sophs was a great opportunity to take the best features of other events and put together an efficient, well-run event that everyone enjoyed," said Chris Meade, event director and co-founder of 

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