NSW Feature // Redhawks Flying East for Higher Education

They aren’t your typical “lax bros”. Naperville Central lacrosse has D-1 talent up and down the lineup & the choice of higher education may surprise a few. NSW’s Joe Olmo takes a look at where some of these current Redhawks will soon call their future homes.

“Fake and finish, alright? Here we go.”

Naperville Central boys lacrosse assistant coach Alex Giovanni runs the young men through drills on a cold and windy spring night. A small price to pay for a program that has the potential and the talent to make a deep run in the state playoffs and beyond

“Next year I will be attending attending Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana” said Joe Graf.

“Princeton University” quickly exclaimed Jordan Crissy

“I’m going to the University of Massachusetts next year to continue playing lacrosse and to study sports management” Nick Roy mentioned.

Three seniors heading to division one schools. Throw in Jack Graff who is still undecided and sophomore Tommy Coyne who has already committed to Rutgers and you have yourself what could amount to an all-star team…. all this coming from a school in Illinois.

“People say we have great D-1 talent but everyone forgets that we have people that aren’t even playing in college that are absolute great players and could be playing at Division One lacrosse” said Roy.

History tells us the power in college lacrosse is on the east coast. So it’s no wonder why we see Jordan Crissy, Nick Roy and Tommy Coyne, just to name a few, making their way out there.

“That’s just where the good lacrosse is. Most of it is on the east coast, but a lot of these schools are really good academically. So you have to play good on the lacrosse field and also do good in the classroom.” explained Graf.

And as the sport continues to grow as it has here in Naperville, so too will the power shift out west.

“Denver now is a huge lacrosse team. As it continues to grow out west, more larger schools are going to pick it up.” said Crissy.

As for Naperville Central, the Redhawks hope to grow a perennial state contender.

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