Hopefully, this helps wide eyed Yinzers understand how hard it is to play Division 1 lacrosse.
There are 15 Pittsburgh graduates currently on D1 rosters. Does that number seem high or low to you?
Seven of them are freshmen with an asterisk going to Tucker Gilman, who took a prep year at Avon Old Farms, and Jimmy Perkins, who redshirted due to injury.
Yinzers on Current D1 Rosters
Army (#13) – Robby Woodings – Freshman – Shady Side Academy
Bellarmine (#45) – Kyle Rullan – Freshman – North Allegheny
Boston (#32) – Patrick Donnelly – Junior – Mt. Lebanon
Detroit Mercy (#51) – Seth Horwat – Junior – Butler
Georgetown (#18) – Tucker Gilman – Freshman – Shady Side Academy
Jacksonville (#63) – Doran Graham – Junior – Mt. Lebanon
Lafayette (#60) – Jack McMahon – Junior – Mt. Lebanon
Marquette (#27) – Andy DeMichiei – Junior – Hampton
Mercer (#61) – Nigel Wynn – Sophomore – Central Catholic
Princeton (#15) – Dylan White – Senior – Mt. Lebanon
Robert Morris (#53) – Bryan Newcamp – Freshman – Pine Richland
Robert Morris (#53) – Jimmy Perkins – Redshirt Freshman – Quaker Valley
Siena (#59) – Brian Kelly – Freshman- Mt. Lebanon
VMI (#68) – Cody Sheetz – Sophomore – Peters Township
VMI (#68) – Austin Hughes – Freshman – Pine Richland
*2015 LaxPower Power Ratings listed in parenthesis. There were 69 teams in Division 1 in 2015.
Highest School Power Rating
- #13 Army
Lowest School Power Rating
- #68 VMI
School with Most Number of Pittsburgh Athletes
- 2, Robert Morris and VMI
Number of D1 Athletes by High School
- Mt. Lebanon – 5
- Shady Side – 2
- Pine Richland – 2
- Butler – 1
- Central Catholic – 1
- Hampton – 1
- North Allegheny – 1
- Peters Township – 1
- Quaker Valley – 1
Dylan White is a cool story. He joined the lacrosse team this year after finishing up his football career.
Brian Kelly was at Mercer this fall and transferred to Siena over winter break.
Assuming, all 2016 commits make their respective teams, Pittsburgh would have over 20 athletes on D1 rosters next spring.
Of the players that were in college last year, Jack McMahon went 70 of 155 from the face off X and appeared in all 14 games for the Leopards.
Andy DeMichiei was moved to the second midfield as a sophomore after being a first line guy as a freshman. He appeared in fifteen games for Marquette registering 5 goals and 3 assists.
How hard is Division 1?
Cody Sheetz earned four varsity letters on his way to over 200 career points. Last spring, he started four games as a freshman, playing in 11 games total. He had one goal and two assists for the second lowest ranked D1 team in the country.
Doran Graham was a four year starter at Mt. Lebanon. He tallied over 100 points as a senior and was named All American. Now at Jacksonville, he has played in one game as a freshman and nine games as sophomore. He recorded one goal, one assist, and picked up one ground ball in 2015.
Patrick Donnelly was the 2012 Pittsburgh Player of the Year. He transferred from Penn State. In his first two seasons at BU, he’s played in 17 games (13 as a redshirt freshman, 4 as a sophomore) and tallied 3 goals all coming freshman year.
Seth Horwat and Nigel Winn have yet to play in any games.
It’s not say that these players won’t have impacts or be bigger impacts in 2016 and 2017. (Graham is clearly trending up.) One of the challenges for Pittsburgh athletes is to adjust from being regular starters to having to earn their playing time perhaps over the course of the first two seasons and then be better than a blue chip recruit. Not many folks are willing to work for two years just for a chance to play a small role as a junior or senior.
However, if you’re someone who thinks being one of the best players in Pittsburgh means anything at the next level, wake up.
Actually, wake up earlier than you do now, get in the gym, go shoot, and watch film before school starts. Then, do that again before practice. Because that’s what is going to be required to be an impact player at the D1 level. Doesn’t mean you can’t do it.