Webb VanMeter and Cooper Cason to Transylvania University

WEBB VANMETER

2015 Kings Black Long Stick Midfielder and Defenseman Webb VanMeter has committed to play Division III Lacrosse for the Transylvania University Pioneers in Lexington, Kentucky.  VanMeter will be joining the Pioneers in their 4th season of play and second season in the Ohio River Lacrosse Conference. Webb, a 5’10” 175 defender is one of the best defensive players in the state while also standing out on the football field for the Blue Devils as a Linebacker. A three year starter for the Henry Clay Lacrosse program, VanMeter has lead Henry Clay High School to back to back KLA championship games including a state championship victory in the 2013 season. Webb is a captain and garnered All-State honors as a junior for the Blue Devils.

“Webb is a tremendous athlete and lacrosse player.  He possesses great strength, footwork and stick skills.  He will certainly challenge for playing time when he steps on campus for the Pioneers.  Not only does Webb stand out on the field but his character, work ethic and attitude make him a great addition to Coach Terry Justice’s Transylvania Program."

COOPER CASON

2015 Kings Black Attackman/Midfielder Cooper Cason has committed to play Division III lacrosse at Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky. Cason will join the Pioneers after his senior season at Henry Clay High School.  Cason, a 6’2” 180 pound attackman/midfielder, is one of the elite offensive talents in the state.  Cooper is one of the most dynamic players in Commonwealth Kings history and was recruited by programs at the Division I, II and III levels before setting his sights on playing for the Pioneers. Cooper is also a standout on the ice with the Henry Clay hockey team as their leading point scorer for the Devils.  Cason has garnered All-State accolades twice in three years as a starter including 129 points during his sophomore and junior seasons in addition to leading his team to back to back state championship seasons including a title in 2013.  Cason was awarded All-Star nods at the Chicago Cup, Great Lakes Games and Carolina Summer Shootout.

“Cooper is one of the most dynamic offensive talents ever in Lexington.  He is the complete package you will look for in a player.  He can finish, feed and ride.  Not only does Cooper make an immediate impact on the field but more importantly he is a great leader and teammate.  He would much rather assist a goal than score, he is the consummate teammate.  Coach Justice is getting a player that will immediately make an impact offensively and bring a tremendous attitude."

HIGHLIGHTS

Hudson Bradley Selected for Ohio Pride Games

2016 defenseman Hudson Bradley has been selected to advance to the Pride of Ohio Games. This event will take place June 7th in Columbus, OH at Ohio Wesleyan University. Hudson is a part of a 27 player roster hand picked from the 2015 Brine Regional tryouts.

Pride of Ohio games will allow selected players to showcase their skills to earn a final roster spot on the Ohio team that will compete for a national championship at the 2015 Brine National Lacrosse Classic in Virginia, June 28-July 2, 2015.

See the full press release here

 

SPRING 2014 HIGHLIGHT


Stevan Kriss Commits to Furman University

stevan-kriss

2016 Kings Black close defenseman Stevan Kriss has committed to play at Division I Furman University in Greenville, SC. Kriss will join the Paladins program in their third season of lacrosse and will be coached by current Team USA Head Coach Richie Meade. Kriss, a 6'1" 180 pound defender has been a leader for Kings Black and has played an instrumental role in our success against some of the top club programs in the country. 

Stevan was named first team all-state as a sophomore and as a captain lead Lexington Catholic to their first state championship. He recorded 93 caused turnovers and 88 ground balls including setting a school single game record twice with 10CTs in a game. He was also named an All-Star at the Great Lakes Games, East Coast Lacrosse Camp and played with Team Indiana at the Brine All-American National Lacrosse Classic.

Matt Campbell, current Head Coach at Lexington Catholic HS states, "Furman is getting a phenomenal player, leader, and student in Stevan. He works hard on and off the field and has earned the opportunity to compete at the highest level. He is arguably the best defenseman in the state and will play a vital role in our efforts to repeat as State Champions this season. With another two HS season to further improve, I have no doubts Stevan will excel at the Division I level."

View Stevan's full Inside Lacrosse post here.

HIGHLIGHTS

Matt Campbell announced as Director of Box Lacrosse Operations

Commonwealth Kings Lacrosse is pleased to announce Matt Campbell as the Director of Box Lacrosse Operations. Campbell, most recently the head coach of Stickhead Elite, will take over all duties involving box lacrosse camps, clinics, tournaments and teams.  Campbell will also serve his previous positions on the coaching staff with our elite teams.

A former star defenseman for the Orangeville Northmen Junior A Box teams, Campbell went on to play field lacrosse at the Trinity Pawling School and earned a scholarship to play at Division I lacrosse at Bellarmine University.  Campbell started for the Knights during his 4 year career, earning the Coaches Award and was named a team Captain.  He is the current head coach of the Lexington Catholic High School Knights and lead them to a 2014 KLA State Championship. Campbell also has collegiate and pro coaching experience as the head coach of the University of Kentucky team and offensive coordinator for the Kentucky Stickhorses. Campbell’s most recent successes with the Stickhead Elite team have lead them to new heights from previous seasons of competition with an overall record of 16-2-1 and two tournament championships.

Matt Campbell is an invaluable component of our staff.  He brings experience at every level of lacrosse and is a tremendous coach.  His wealth of knowledge of the indoor game will elevate our players immensely.  Bringing a coach of Matt’s caliber to our staff at this capacity will be instrumental to the growth of the Kings program.

Reminder to register for our Box League this Fall!

Chase Johnson Commits to Huntingdon College

Huntingdon College Hawks

Huntingdon College Hawks

2014 Kings Black Long Stick Midfielder and Close Defenseman Chase Johnson has committed to play at Huntingdon University in Montgomery, Alabama.  Chase, at 5’8” and 150 pounds, will be joining a Hawks team that went 10-6 in the 2014 season.  As a three year starter at Tates Creek HS, Johnson used his versatility by playing three positions as a long stick midfielder, close defenseman, and a short stick midfielder. As a sophomore Johnson helped lead his team to a state title.  During his junior season Johnson recorded 18 Caused Turnovers and 26 groundballs to go along with All-State honors.  Johnson was recruited by multiple Division III schools and ultimately chose Huntingdon.

Kings Black head coach Logan Otto states, “Chase is a hard nosed kid that gives 110% on the field.  He is always in pursuit of the ball.  Huntingdon will immediately get a player that will push his teammates and bring tremendous effort every day on the field.  His best years of playing long stick midfielder are ahead of him.”

Brock Slater to Transylvania University

2014 Kings Black Long Stick Midfielder and Close Defenseman Brock Slater has committed to play at Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky.  Brock will be a member of a Pioneers program in their third season of Division III lacrosse and their first season of playing in the Ohio River Valley Conference.  Brock, a 6'1" 175 pound defender was one of the most valuable players on the Black team and was recruited at the Division I, II and III level.  After starting three years of Lexington Catholic High School lacrosse,  Slater was twice named a captain and garnered All-State honors while ultimately leading the Knights to a 2014 KLA State Championship as a senior.

Lexington Catholic Head Coach Matt Campbell states, "Brock is an outstanding player and leader.  Brock has Captained and anchored Lexington Catholic for the past two years, appearing in two consecutive State Championship games.  He is rock solid as a 1v1 defender and excels at getting the ball off the ground and up the field.  Brock is a huge addition for Transylvania University,  I look forward to following his success at the college level."

Zak Blackwell Commits to Limestone College

2014 Kings Black Midfielder Attackman/Midfielder Zak Blackwell has committed to play for Limestone College in Gaffney, South Carolina.  Zak will be a member of the Saints’ Championship winning program next season after they captured the 2014 NCAA Division II National Championship.  Zak is a 5’6” attackman/midfielder that is one of the most dominant offensive players in the state of Kentucky and one of the most potent offensive threats for Commonwealth Kings Black last summer.  Blackwell was recruited at the Division I, II and III level.  He was awarded an all-star nod at the Great Lakes Games and had a standout fall with the Kings at UP Lax in Annapolis, Maryland.  Blackwell is a four year starter for Tates Creek High School Commodores.  As a 4 time 1st team All-State lacrosse player at multiple positions including Faceoff Midfielder, midfielder and the Attack positions, Blackwell brings versatility to the Saints recruiting class.  Blackwell finished his TCHS career with 130 goals, 40 assists, 300 Groundballs and a 66.7% Faceoff percentage.

2014 Division II National Champions - Limestone College

2014 Division II National Champions - Limestone College

“Zak is a tremendous athlete that can take over games because he is relentless in his pursuit of the ball.  He is one of the best riding attackman I have seen in Kentucky lacrosse and is arguably the hardest worker I have ever coached," said Kings Coach Logan Otto. "Limestone is getting a kid that is very coachable and willing to do anything for his team to win.  Zak brings remarkable talent as an offensive threat and will bring championship level work ethic to a championship level program.”

HIGHLIGHT

Declan Keegan to Wilmington College

2014 Woodford County Yellow Jacket Declan Keegan (Commonwealth Kings Black) has committed to Division III Wilmington College in Wilmington, Ohio.  Declan will be a member of the Wilmington Quakers.  Declan is a 5'7" attackman/midfielder that is one of Central Kentucky's most dynamic offensive players.  Keegan was recruited by multiple Division II and III programs across the country after strong showings for our Summer and Fall team tournaments and most notably making the All-Star game at Ohio State Team Camp.  As a junior, Declan recorded 20 goals and won over 57% of his face-offs for the Yellow Jackets.  Keegan has followed that up with a stellar senior season thus far recording 37 goals, 7 assists and 20 ground balls in 12 games.  

"Declan is a dynamic offensive player that is going to make an immediate impact at WIlmington College.  He is a tremendous athlete and tireless worker in between the lines.  Declan's game is unorthodox but effective and has been fun to coach over the year. Coach Marzano is getting a player that has buckled down in order to reach his goal of playing college lacrosse.  I could not be more proud of the development Declan has made, not just as a lacrosse player but as young man of character."

Brandon Smoot Commits to Asbury University

Photo Courtesy of Asbury University

Photo Courtesy of Asbury University

2014 Paul Laurence Dunbar Bulldog Brandon Smoot (Commonwealth Kings Black) has committed to play MCLA lacrosse at Asbury University in Wilmore, Kentucky.  Brandon is the state's first signee to the program for their upcoming 2014-2015 season and was an All-star at the Carolina Summer Shootout.  Brandon is a three year starter for the Bulldogs at the Long Stick Midfielder/Defense position.  He will be a captain for his senior season and as a junior recorded 20 Caused Turnovers, 29 Ground Balls and 2 goals.

PLD Head Coach and Commonwealth Kings SIlver Coach Dwight Hammons said, "Brandon is a great kid who deserves to play at the next level because he did everything the right way.  It's great for our program to have him as a captain his last year on the team so he can show the younger players what it takes to succeed.  I'm sure his versatility as a long stick midfielder or close defenseman will benefit Asbury's team in their upcoming seasons."

Asbury University Article: http://www.asbury.edu/athletics/men/mens-lacrosse/news/2014/01/28/21259

Josh Mesmer Commits to Transylvania University

Photo courtesy of  MesmerPhotos

Photo courtesy of MesmerPhotos

2014 Lexington Catholic Knight Josh Mesmer (Commonwealth Kings Black) has committed to Division III Transylvania University in Lexington, KY. Josh will be a member of the Transylvania Pioneers after this season. Josh is a 6’ 2” attackman/midfielder that is one of the state’s premier offensive players. Josh was one of Commonwealth Kings most potent offensive threats over the past two summers at the U19 level and was recruited at the Division I, II, and III level.He was awarded all-star nods at Carolina Summer Shootout, Great Lakes Games and LB3 Summer Jam. Mesmer is a three-year starter going in this season after breaking the school’s single season scoring record with 74 Goals and 21 Assists last year.  Josh’s accomplishments are not limited to the lacrosse team as Josh was a three-year starter for Lexington Catholic’s football team and three-time all-city linebacker.

“Josh is a work horse athlete that is going to have great success playing for Coach Justice at Transylvania University,” said Commonwealth Kings Black Coach Logan Otto,  “Josh brings great skill and is going to be a very tough matchup for any defender at the next level.  Coach Justice is getting a phenomenal lacrosse player but an even better person who puts in the effort on the field and in the classroom.  We are very glad he found a school that is the right fit for him.”

Summer 2014 Rosters

COMMONWEALTH KINGS 2014 SUMMER ROSTERS

First we would like to say how much we appreciate everyone who came out to tryouts. We had close to 140 kids participate over the course of two weekends. This was a huge increase from the number of players we saw last year. The talent level spread throughout all age divisions was extremely impressive as well. Both of these statements are evidence of the tremendous growth of the game within Central Kentucky.

As with any travel team, there are many tough decision that must be made when putting together rosters and unfortunately, there are only so many spots available. As far as choosing players, there are many factors that must be considered but our end goal is to field the most competitive team possible.

Again, thank you to all who participated. We cannot put into words how much we appreciate your support.

Below are the 2014 Rosters.


FUTURE

Alec Bell

Carter Schuck

Christopher Austin

Cole Preston

Gaelen Robinson

Garrett Fields

Griffin Coates

Hawkins Schnaebel

Jake Falcone

Logan Barberie

Mark Cervoni

Matt McGee

Matt Stamper

Nolan Cunningham

Ryan Smith

Ryan Sullivan

Story Tepper

Tommy Baird

Will Sheroan

William Tinker

RISING

Alexander Noal - D

Allen Westerfield - M

Ben Schaeffer - A

Brooks Dorman – M

Colton Warner - M

Connor Haney - G

Evan Deskins - D

Evan Kinniard - D

Garret Rea - D

Ian Schaeffer - M

Isaiah Adkins – LSM/D

Jackson Nash - M

Kedrick Cobo - M             

Nicholas Calhoun - G

Nicholas Dennis - M

Quinn Fox - M

Quint McDonald - A

Sean O' Mara - G

Sean Pelton – M

Spencer Harris – LSM/D

Thomas Dare - D

Will Hickey - D

Will Johnson - M

Worth Coons – A

 


SILVER

Alex Wood - G

Austin Bell - D

Ben Barberie - D

Cameron Bellamy - M

Cole Detty - D

Colin Glenn - A

Colin Hunt - D

Craig Settles - M

Hugh Ronald - A

Hunter Rice - M

Jack Farrell - M

Joe Mulert - A

Jordan Tobbler – LSM/D

Josh Price - D

Kevin Carlson - A

Luke Winkler - M

Mason Saunders - M

Preston Brooks - M

Rand Kelly – LSM/D

Sheldon Brown - M

Strohmann Breeding - G

Tyler Smith - A

Vincent Pisacano – M

BLACK

Brian Mulert - G

Charlie Blondell - M

Chris Schaefer - A

Cooper Cason - A

Ethan Borkosky - M

Hudson Bradley - D

Jacob Covington - D

Jacob Gilbert - M

John Rawlings – LSM/D

Mason Blackburn – LSM/D

Michael Fredlock - A

Parker Gann - M

Riley Cunningham - G

Robby Fields - M

Sam Boutilier - A

Scottie Southall - M

Sloan Warner - M

Stevan Kriss -D

Tanner Wright - M

Taylor Simms - D

Trenton Sneed - A

Webb VanMeter - D

Zach Stamper - M


Players who have made the team have two weeks to accept their roster spot and pay the initial deposit. If this is not done prior to the two week time window, the roster spot will be offered to another player.

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