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The Man-Up Award

The Man-Up Award

This honor is awarded by New Wave Lacrosse to players that display incredible athleticism, outstanding academic achievement, stand up sportsmanship, and leadership both on and off the field. It is essentially our Club MVP - only one is given out per Club Season and it is the highest honor achievable in the New Wave Boy's Lacrosse Club.

MAX COOK

2019 SUMMER MAN-UP AWARD RECIPIENT

Position: Defense/LSM

High School: IC Catholic Prep

Playing in college or aspire to play in college?:
AbsoluteIy, I plan to play in college, but I haven't decided where yet.

Has anyone or anything inspired you during your lacrosse career?:
My family inspires me to give my all in everything I do, especially lacrosse. I’ve also had countless teammates and coaches in the New Wave community who have inspired me to be the best lacrosse player I can be. Being able to share my talents with younger players also inspires me to set a great example by being the best person and player I can be.


Why do you play lacrosse?:
I play because I love the game and I love to compete. Lacrosse has given me something to work toward and commit to getting better at every day. I’ve enjoyed the sport since the first times I played catch with my friends, cousins and grandfather, who all introduced me to the game.

What do you do when you're not playing?:
When I’m not playing Lacrosse I’m usually hanging out with friends, playing football, or I’m busy with schoolwork

Best teammate you have and why?:
I’ve been fortunate to have had several teammates with me for so long that have done a lot for me. Will Hoeller, Dan Slater, Chris Tapia, Griffin Harmer, and Matt Gemkow have all pushed me to become the player I am today. I have a lot of fun memories on and off the field with all of them and lacrosse has helped us all build lasting friendships.

What lessons has playing lacrosse taught you as an athlete and a person?:
The most important lesson I’ve learned from playing lacrosse is that hard work pays off. All the hours spent on the wall, shooting in my backyard, and studying for school, have made me a better player, student, and most importantly, a better person. Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard

What player do you try to emulate and why?:
There is no specific player I try to emulate. Over the years I have paid very close attention to what aspects of my skill set I’ve been successful as well as what parts of the game I’ve struggled with and I have tried to improve on both. I’ve also paid attention to opponents as well as teammates to see what they do to play well and I constantly try to implement those new ideas into my game.

List Personal and Athletic Accomplishments Below:
2017 2018 2019 Academic All-Conference
•2019 Varsity Captain
•2x Denver Shootout All Star
•2x FLG in 3D All Star
•Chicago Lacrosse Cup All Star
•National Honors Society inductee and Chapter Officer.

How long have you been playing and why did you start playing lacrosse?:
I started playing lacrosse when I was eight years old and my park district started holding camps. My close friend and current High School teammate invited me to come to the camps with him. I quickly became attached to the game and I’ve never looked back.

ETHAN DOSEN

2018 FALL/WINTER MAN-UP AWARD RECIPIENT

Position:
Defense/LSM

High School:
Crown Point High School

Playing in college or aspire to play in college?:
I will be playing at Aurora University.

Has anyone or anything inspired you during your lacrosse career?:
All of my teammates have inspired me. Wanting to be able to compete and be a solid part of the team gave me a drive to work harder.

Why do you play lacrosse?:
In middle school I played baseball and football and was content with it but never really enjoyed it. Then 6th grade year my school started a program and loved it from the moment I touched the field.

What do you do when you're not playing?:
Outside of lacrosse I usually hangout with friends, work, or focus on my academics.

Best teammate you have and why?:
All of my teammates have been great and helpful throughout my high school experience. Some stand out like my best friend from my high school. Since 6th grade we have been highly competitive with each other and always work hard trying to be the better player. Another example is John Arundel who always hyped me up before every game.

What lessons has playing lacrosse taught you as an athlete and a person?:
Playing lacrosse has taught me time management and leadership. With school practice, workouts, and club practice I was very busy and had to organize myself. Being a captain for my school team showed me how to stand up and take control when needed.

What player do you try to emulate and why?:
I don’t try to emulate any certain player but I try to emulate the best characteristics of my teammates. Like trying to play the same as someone good at ground balls or good at man defense.

List Personal and Athletic Accomplishments Below:

  • A/B Honor Roll 2013

  • Crown Point Varsity Most Dedicated 2017

  • Crown Point Varsity Defensive MVP 2018

  • New Wave Most Improved 2018

  • 5th in Indiana for caused turnovers

How long have you been playing and why did you start playing lacrosse?:
I have been playing for 6 years. As I said before I started playing because baseball and football weren’t very enjoyable for me and I wanted something new.

Noah Tobias

Summer 2018
 
Position:
Midfield
 
High School:
St. Rita of Cascia High School
 
Playing in college or aspire to play in college?:
I am planning on playing in college, however, I do not know where yet.
 
Has anyone or anything inspired you during your lacrosse career?:
For the most part, I am a self-motivated person. However, one person that really changed who I am as a person and who I am as a player is Coach Hurst. I am forever grateful for everything he has done for me on and off the field.
 
Why do you play lacrosse?:
I cannot count the number of friendships I have created because of this game. I look forward to seeing my current teammates for our practices, tournaments, and also during the high school season when I get to continue to play with some of them. Also, playing against my other New Wave teammates is always an enjoyable time during the high school season.
 
What do you do when you're not playing?:
I don’t have a lot of free time because I keep myself busy with school and athletics, but when I can manage to find time, I am usually staying active playing pickup basketball or football.
 
Best teammate you have and why?:
For me, I cannot pick just one teammate because I have become such good friends with every single one of my teammates.
 
What lessons has playing lacrosse taught you as an athlete and a person?:
Playing lacrosse has taught me how to be more of a leader, perseverance, and how to be a good person.
 
What player do you try to emulate and why?:
I don’t try to emulate one specific person. I tend to find things in my teammates that I believe to be good qualities and I try to hone and perfect those qualities on the field and during practice.
 
List Personal and Athletic Accomplishments Below:
-4 Year Varsity Player
-2015-16 JV MVP
-2016 Amplify Midwest Exposure All Star
-2017 Denver Shootout Game Ball Recipient
-2017 Amplify Midwest Exposure All Star
-2017 University of Denver Ascension Prospect Camp Invitee
-2018 Amplify Midwest Exposure All Star
 
How long have you been playing and why did you start playing lacrosse?:
I have been playing lacrosse since I was 12. I was first introduced to lacrosse in my 6th grade PE class where I didn’t really understand the game. The following year, I joined one of New Wave’s park district teams with a group of my friends. During the spring of 2015, Coach Kyle asked me and a few of my teammates to play that summer for one of New Wave’s club teams. I have played every season with New Wave ever since.

Adam "Goldy" LaRocque

Position:  Attack

High School:  Metea Valley High School

Playing in college or aspire to play in college​?:    

I will be playing for the Iowa State club team

Has anyone or anything inspired you during your lacrosse career?:    

I’ve been fortunate enough to play for many coaches over my 15 seasons with New Wave and each one of these coaches had a strong influence on me. Whether it be the stick skills I gained from Coaches Kyle and Thompson, the footwork developed under Coach Alek, or the confidence and lacrosse IQ gained under Coaches Hurst and Berkman, each coach has had a significant impact on me both on and off the field.

Why do you play lacrosse?:    

I love lacrosse because talent and teamwork will drive success more than brute size and strength. I also love how the game became much more fun when I began to play at the higher levels.

What do you do when you're not playing?:   

When I’m not doing wallball, I work as a security guard. I’m also a pretty good cook.

Best teammate you have and why?:   

It seems impossible to compare all of the friendships I have made with my teammates, each team having different dynamics and attitudes. However, a couple of guys that stick out are John Arundel for being a hypebeast, Ethan Stonis for defending our teammates, and Joey Gareis for really giving it his all.

What lessons has playing lacrosse taught you as an athlete and a person?:    

Being 5’6” and playing on a varsity level team has taught me to overcome things that may be considered a disadvantage. Also, sticking with a solid program with a proven system (New Wave) leads to long term success.

What player do you try to emulate and why?:    

I try to emulate the teammates of mine who play hard, smart, and clean. 

List Personal and Athletic Accomplishments Below:
  • Numerous attack MVP and coaches awards over the years
  • 2 year Metea/Waubonsie Varsity starter 
  •  Oceanside Hustle game ball recipient
  • Admitted to Iowa State Engineering Honors program
How long have you been playing and why did you start playing lacrosse?:

I started playing lacrosse when I was 10 years old. I had played just about every sport out there and they were all just ok.  I saw a lacrosse practice in the field behind my house, decided to give it a try, and joined a park district program organized by New Wave.  After a game Coach Stolzer approached me and asked if I would like to play at the club level. Once I was on my first club team I knew I had found my passion.

GRANT SHAFER

 

Position: Goalie

High School: Lincoln Way West

College Aspirations? I'm looking to play D2 lacrosse in college.

Has anyone or anything inspired you during your lacrosse career? My parents have motivated and pushed me to do my best and work my hardest at lacrosse. My dad coached me since 5th grade and has really made an impact in my life and in my lacrosse career.

Why do you play lacrosse? I play lacrosse because I love the game and over the years, I've developed a passion for it.

What do you do when you're not playing lacrosse? I fly airplanes (Pilot's License)

Best teammate you have and why? It's very hard to choose just one. They have all been an inspiration to me, but if I have to choose just one, it would be Anthony Cresto. New Wave has built a life lasting friendship between us.

What lessons has playing lacrosse taught you as an athlete and a person? Lacrosse has taught me to be a leader, to work hard and to never give up.

What player do you try to emulate and why? Shane Doss because as a goalie, we share a lot of similarities like size, style of play and athleticism.

Personal & Athletic Accomplishments:

- Varsity Starter for 4 years

- 2015 Conference Honorable Mention

- 2016 First Team All-Conference

- 2016 Windy City Lax Bash All-Star Selection

- 2016 LA Shootout Tournament MVP

- 2017 First Team All-Conference

- 2017 Lincoln Way Lacrosse Varsity MVP

- 2017 Brine National Illinois Team

- 2017 Brine National All-Star Team

 

How long have you been playing and why did you start playing lacrosse? I have been playing lacrosse since I was 11 years old. I started playing because my older brother played and he put the stick in my hand. I started playing Goalie when I was 12 years old. My dad put me in the goal because all of the other goalies were afraid of the ball. To this day I love playing goalie and I hope to continue my goalie career in college.

CAM HARMER

Fall/Winter 2016/17
Position
Defense

High School:  
Neuqua Valley High School

College Aspirations:   
Yes, I plan to play lacrosse in college.  I have not chosen my school yet.
 
Inspirational People: 
My brothers are my biggest inspiration.  I want to be a good example for them on how to play the game the right way.  They motivate me to always try to be a better player and a person on and off the field.
 
Favorite Aspect of Lacrosse:  
I love the brotherhood and the game.  I enjoy the competition against others as well as myself.
 
Beyond Lacrosse:
I love coaching youth players and hanging out with my friends.  
 
Best Teammates: 
It is very hard for me to choose just one.   I have been lucky enough to have so many great teammates over the years.   
 
Lacrosse Life Lessons:
Value of leadership, discipline, teamwork and focus both inside and outside the lines of the field.  I have learned to push myself beyond my self-imposed limitations and to embrace being accountable to myself and my team.
 
Inspiration:
I do not have any one player that I try to emulate.  I focus on being the best player I can be and try to improve my skills every time I step on the field.

Personal and Athletic Accomplishments:
    *    2017 Varsity Team-Neuqua Valley
    *    2016 Varsity Team-Neuqua Valley
    *    2016 Ion Team
    *    2016 Denver Shoot-Out Champs
    *    2015 Ion Team
    *    2015 MVP Summer-Coaches Award
    *    2014 Tesla Team

 
How long have you been playing and why did you start playing lacrosse?
I have been playing for the last four years.  I started playing lacrosse in 8th grade after my brothers had started.  My first coach was Coach Kyle in a summer recreation league.   Coach Paul challenged me to try out for club level lacrosse.  

Summer 2016

Max Czyzycki

Position:
Midfield

High School:
Immaculate Conception Catholic Prep

Playing in college or aspire to play in college ?:
I would like to play club lacrosse in college.

Has anyone or anything inspired you during your lacrosse career?:
I would say my teammates for the friendly competition to be better than one another, and I would also have to include my coaches. Coach Farrell, Blake, and Loyal all pushed me to be the best player I could be.  

Why do you play lacrosse?:
I play lacrosse to refine my ability to work as a part of a team and to build my character.  Also I play lacrosse for the love of the game.  I play whenever I can whether it is serious tournament play or just with my friends.

What do you do when you're not playing?:
When I'm not playing lacrosse I like to work out, play golf, and attend social events with my friends.

Best teammate you have and why?:
I do not have only one best or favorite teammate.  Some of my best teammates were Ben Staubus, Ben Hynek, and Zach Figura.  I have played with these guys for numerous years. We all have great chemistry on the field and have become better friends because of it.

What lessons has playing lacrosse taught you as an athlete and a person?:
One important lesson that I have learned from lacrosse is that I can never stop improving.

What player do you try to emulate and why?:
The player that I currently emulate is Tristan Rai from Lehigh.  He has great vision on the field and a great alley shot. Although I admire him as a player and his skill on the field, I don't focus as much on technicalities while I am on the field. I just try to play to assist my team in any way that I can,


List Personal and Athletic Accomplishments Below:
2013-17 Varsity Starter
2014-17 Team Captain
2015 Second Lead Scorer (46 points)
2015 IHSLA 1st Team All-Conference
2016 IHSLA 2nd Team All Conference
2016 Summer New Wave Man Up Award


How long have playing and why did you start playing lacrosse?:
When I was I 6th grade, I knew that my town was starting a lacrosse team for the fist year but I decided to play baseball for another year while my brother player lacrosse.  I regretted this not even half way through my baseball season because I saw how fun lacrosse was. That turned out to be my worst year of baseball in terms of performance.  I started lacrosse the next year and have played ever since. I started New Wave the summer of 2014 and have enjoyed it ever since I started.

ross hixson


Position:
Goalie
 
High School:
Oswego High School
 
Playing in college?:
Yes, I do plan to play in college! I am still in the process of making my decision.
 
Has anyone or anything inspired you during your lacrosse career?:
Yes, my teammates and, more importantly, my coaches, Jay Farrell and Tim Hurst. They make me want to perform at  my best and have been a huge influence on my lacrosse career, making me into the player I am today!
 
Why do you play lacrosse?:
I play lacrosse because of the competitive nature of the sport and because it constantly challenges me to get better. I feel the need to prove myself as a player, respect the game, and perform at my best.
 
What do you do when you're not playing?:
In my free time, I am hanging with my friends or working. 
 
Best teammate you have and why?:
I've played with so many incredible teammates over the years that I could not choose just one. They all push & support me. My teammates have made my New Wave career more enjoyable and I have many great memories of the battles we have faced together.
 
What lessons has playing lacrosse taught you as an athlete and a person?:
Lacrosse has taught me leadership qualities, teamwork, and to never give up on success. 
 
What player do you try to emulate and why?:
Probably John Galloway or Brett Queener for their high intensity play.
 
List Personal and Athletic Accomplishments Below:
-Founding member of the Southwest Lacrosse Club (Oswego)
-2015 Southwest Lacrosse Club MVP
-2015 Southwest Lacrosse Club Team Captain
-Starting goalie with Southwest Lacrosse Club
-Bill Pilat Goalie Camp tournament MVP
-2015 Fall/Winter Man Up Award Recipient
-Illinois State High School Club Championship (2014)

How long have you been playing and why did you start playing lacrosse?:
I started playing lacrosse five years ago, when I was in 8th grade, after my cousin Jake introduced me to the sport. I have been hooked since that moment, and have enjoyed playing lacrosse with my brother Connor over the years.

evan czyzycki


Position:
Midfield
 
High School:
IC Catholic Prep
 
Playing in college?:
I will be playing club lacrosse for the University of Michigan.
 
Has anyone or anything inspired you during your lacrosse career?:
The most important people in my lacrosse career have been Coach Andy Thompson, who introduced me to club lacrosse and who was my first New Wave coach, and my parents, who have supported me from the start. More recently, Coach Hurst has been a huge inspiration in my last season with New Wave to keep working on and improving my lacrosse skills.
 
Why do you play lacrosse?:
I play lacrosse because I love the game. Whether it's playing a pickup game on a hot summer afternoon with some friends or playing for the championship in a tournament across the country, there's nothing else I'd rather be doing.
 
What do you do when you're not playing?:
I go to the gym a lot, work, study, go to concerts, and chill with my friends.
 
Best teammate you have and why?:
I've played with so many skilled lacrosse players and great teammates in my years with New Wave that I could never select one as the best. One of the most memorable, though, is Justin Johnson. We played for the same school and joined New Wave together, resulting in seven seasons of being teammates and great chemistry on the field. We would constantly push each other to improve, and, although we are no longer on the same team, he remains one of my closest friends to this day.
 
What lessons has playing lacrosse taught you as an athlete and a person?:
Lacrosse has taught me that there is always something to improve. I've learned that I'll never finish growing both as a lacrosse player and as an individual and that I should always strive to be better in everything that I do.
 
What player do you try to emulate and why?:
I don't really try to emulate any specific lacrosse players; I always just try to perform the best I personally can.
 
List Personal and Athletic Accomplishments Below:
2011-15 Varsity Starter
2012-15 Team Captain
2014 IHSLA 2nd Team All Conference
2015 Lead Scorer (50 points)
2015 IHSLA 1st Team All-Conference
2015 Illinois All-Star
2015 Summer New Wave Man Up Award

How long have you been playing and why did you start playing lacrosse?:
In seventh grade, I was tired of playing baseball and heard that my town's park district was starting a lacrosse team. Lacrosse looked like way more fun than baseball, so I signed up. Even though we weren't very good, I loved it. That was six years ago. I joined New Wave about two years ago in the summer before my junior year, but I would have joined earlier if I had known about it.

Jacob Taylor

2014/2015 Winter Man-Up Award Recipient

Position:
Midfield

High School:
Wheaton Warrenville South

Most Influential Person in Lacrosse:
There is no way for me to possibly use this small a space to emphasize how influential and pivotal my father has been in my life, and especially lacrosse. He is always pushing me to become the best student, player, and man that I can be, and never giving up on me despite my stubbornness and rigidity. While he deserves much more than such a small show of gratitude, I wanted to use this space to simply say thank you for the unconditional love, advice, and guidance through the first 18 years of my life.

Playing in College?:
I will be attending Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio, where I will be playing Division III lacrosse for Coach Jay Owen and the Tigers

Why do you play lacrosse?:
Lacrosse is more than simply a game for me. My closest friends have come from lacrosse. My mentors have been my coaches and the directors. Simply saying I play it for competition or for fun is an understatement. I play it because I really do love the sport and the people around it.

What do you do when you're not playing?:
I've been spending a lot of time rehabbing both my knee and back, but as I have found more free time, I have spent it with my best friends, the ones who have to drive 45 minutes to come over, but want to anyway.

Best teammate you have and why?:
I don't have any clue how I could possibly say one person, because I became so close with so many of my teammates. All of them fantastic guys. If I had to narrow it down, I would have to say both Kevin Belter and Zach Woeste. Kevin has always been professional, and always wants to win. His attitude lightens up any situation he is in both on and off the field, and I'm glad I got to play with him. Zach has been a great and supportive friend, as well as an amazing teammate, and I have enjoyed the last few years playing with him tremendously.

What player do you try to emulate and why?:
I never have found myself trying to emulate one single player, but rather assimilating many different aspects of different players styles. I watched a lot of Tom Schreiber, Rob Emery, Ryan Tucker, and Colin Briggs.

List Personal and Athletic Accomplishments Below:

  • 2012 Denver Shootout All-star
  • 2012 Chicago lacrosse showcase All-star
  • 2011-12 New Wave winter u-17 MVP
  • 2012 Adrenaline Challenge All-star 2014-15 group
  • 2012 Iron Man award winner


How long have you been playing and what got you playing lacrosse?:
I have been playing lacrosse for 8 years, and originally, I started playing because I needed an off-season sport to get in shape for football, and I had heard you could hit in lacrosse, so I chose that over baseball. The rest is history.

Kevin Belter

2014 Fall Man Up Award Recipient

Position:  
Goalie

High School: 
Geneva High School

Most Influential Person in Lacrosse:   
It's really hard to pick one person, as I've been lucky to be surrounded by so many great people.  I would have to say that Coach Hurst has been a great influence on me, as he is the reason I started playing lacrosse.  Coach Taylor has been a mentor and advisor and has always pushed me to perform to the best of my ability.  My goalie coach from Geneva, John Butler, has worked with me through the years to teach me the fundamentals of my position.

Playing in College?: 
Yes - I haven't made my final decision on which school yet , but am leaning towards the University of Iowa or Indiana University, which both have MCLA programs.

Why do you play lacrosse?: 
I enjoy the competition and the brotherhood.

What do you do when you're not playing?: 
I enjoy hanging out with my friends, playing video games and watching all kinds of sports.

Best teammate you have and why?: 
Being a goalie, a solid defense is my best friend and I have been lucky to be surrounded by some of the best defensemen around.  If I had to mention one person who I have really enjoyed playing with, it would have to be Jake Taylor.  He is a great competitor, has an admirable love for the game, and he is always trying to help others on and off the field.

What player do you try to emulate and why?: 
John Galloway has always stood out to me due to his explosiveness to the ball and his quickness on the clear.

List Personal and Athletic Accomplishments Below:

  • 2013-2014 New Wave Fall/Winter MVP Defense
  • 2013 Summer New Wave MVP Defense
  • 2012-2015 Geneva High School Varsity since Freshman year - two-time Captain
  • 2012 PEAK 200 attendee
  • 2011-2012 New Wave Fall/Winter MVP Defense

How long have you been playing and what got you playing lacrosse?:   
I started playing lacrosse in 7th grade because Coach Hurst, being a friend of my dad, suggested that I try it.  I started to play goalie in 8th grade and I have loved it ever since.  

Danny Thuma

2014 Fall Man Up Award Recipient

Position:  
Goalie

High School: 
Lyons Township High School

Most Influential Person in Lacrosse: 
My dad, Mike Thuma, he has always been there, from when I first started with Western Springs and not only did he watch, he took over the program. He has been a great influence in everything I do.

Playing in College?: 
YES! Absolutely!

Why do you play lacrosse?: 
To have fun and enjoy the physical challenge of playing against others.

What do you do when you're not playing?: 
Doing school work or relaxing, I love to ride bikes, longboards, and be outside.

Best teammate you have and why?: 
Any of my teammates from New Wave. Everyone has such a great attitude for the sport, they always play hard and try their best. If someone goes down, you don't just pick them up, you talk about what they could do differently and how to do it better. 

What player do you try to emulate and why?: 
Mike Gabel, he is a great guy and his achievements are only surpassed by his attitude.

List Personal and Athletic Accomplishments Below: 

  • 2012 Lyons Township HS Unsung Hero Award
  • 2013-2014 Lyons Township HS Coaches Award
  • 2012-2014 New Wave Coaches Award 
  • 2014 New Wave Man Up Award (this ones new)
  • Having a great time playing the best game ever with all my friends! 
How long have you been playing and what got you playing lacrosse?: 
I've been playing since 5th grade... 8 years!

Adam Borgetti

2014 Summer Man Up Award Recipient

Position: 
Midfield

High School: 
Naperville Central High School

Most Influential Person in Lacrosse: 
Coach Hurst...Coming into this sport as a soccer player with ankle socks not really knowing much more than just to run, Coach Hurst has help to develop my skills as a Lacrosse player and as a confident individual.  He motivates me to work my hardest and accept nothing less than my personal best.  He has been there during the worst times (losing a state championship) and the best times (winning the lacrosse cup state championship)

Playing in College?: 
I plan to play at the collegiate level but have not committed to any particular college yet.

Why do you play lacrosse?:
I play Lacrosse because I love the sport. I love everything about the game.  It is a stress reliever to me and an adrenaline rush with its fast pace tempo.  It is also what I love to do to hang with friends.

What do you do when you're not playing?: 
Love fishing and anything outdoors....if I'm sweating, I'm doing it!

Best teammate you have and why?: 
Ryan Porter because he always motivated me to be better.  He helped to build my confidence as an underclassman. 

What player do you try to emulate and why?: 
Myles Jones is a Lacrosse player to emulate because he is midfield beast and all around amazing athlete.  He is fast,  strong and gets the job done.

List Personal and Athletic Accomplishments Below: 

  • 2014 MVP Player Award in Lacrosse State Championship Game
  • 2014 MVP Award - Naperville Central Varsity Lacrosse
  • 2014 IHSLA 1st Team All Conference Midfield
  • 2014 Naperville Central Varsity Lacrosse Captain
  • 2014 Led Naperville Central Varsity team in goals (39 goals)
  • 2014 New Wave Ion Summer Season - MVP Middie
  • 2014 CHGO Lax Cup All-Star Game (2 goals & 2 assists)
  • 2014 CST Lax Expo All-Star Game
  • 2013-2014 Fall/Winter Season - New Wave Ion Coach's Award
  • 2012 New Wave Fall/Winter MVP
  • 2012 Naperville Central Varsity since Freshman year

How long have you been playing and what got you playing lacrosse?: 
It was the summer going into 8th grade that my neighbor Ian Schinelli gave me my first lacrosse stick and that's when I started playing with New Wave and I have been playing with New Wave ever since. 

Rich Mix

2014 Spring Man Up Award Recipient

Position: 
Defense/LSM

High School: 
St Charles North High School

Most Influential Person in Lacrosse: 
Coach Jeremy Taylor

Playing in College?: 
Yes, Benedictine University 

Why do you play lacrosse?: 
I play lacrosse because I love everything about the sport. I love the fast paced nature and the way the whole game can change in a matter of minutes. I’m an adrenaline junkie.

What do you do when you're not playing?: 
Depends what time of year it is. In the winter, I’m always up for some pond hockey, but in the spring and summer I like to fish and go up to my lake house in Wisconsin with my boys.

Best teammate you have and why?: 
The best teammate I have is Zach Behrens. We are both extremely competitive people and when we get matched up in practice there's no telling what will happen. It gets chippy at times, but we make each other better players.

What player do you try to emulate and why?: 
I really don't try to emulate anyone. I like to play in my own style, and push my abilities to the limit until Coach tells me to calm down before I get a penalty.

List Personal and Athletic Accomplishments Below:

  • ·      2013 Brine All American Classic
  • ·      2013 Blue Chip attendee
  • ·      2013 All Conference
  • ·      2014 All Conference Honorable Mention (Missed half the season with injury) 

How long have you been playing and what got you playing lacrosse?: 
I’ve been playing since I was in 4th grade, and my neighbor who just moved in across the street asked if me and another one of my friends wanted to try playing lacrosse with him.

Zach Behrens

2013/2014 Winter 'Man Up' Award Recipient

Position: 
Attack

High School: 
Saint Charles North

Most Influential Person in Lacrosse: 
Andy Thompson, I truly believe this because I haven't been in a position where he hasn’t known what to do.

Playing in College?: 
Carthage College

Why do you play lacrosse?: 
I play lacrosse because it is what I really like to do. It is fun and I enjoy the people I play with.

Best teammate you have and why?: 
Erik Koppang, we have not been playing together for long but we have this chemistry on and off the field that helps me perform at my best.

What player do you try to emulate and why?: 
Austin Patrick, he never got angry on the field and always put the ball in the right place.

List Personal and Athletic Accomplishments Below:

  • 1st team all conference for the 2013 season

How long have you been playing and what got you playing lacrosse?: 
I have been playing lacrosse since 5th grade and my good bud Dustin Sullens convinced me to start.

Corey Segall

2013 Fall Man Up Award Recipient

Position: 
Midfield

High School: 
Oswego East High School

Most Influential Person in Lacrosse:
My coaches over the years have all had a big impact on my passion for lacrosse. Most of all my Dad, who always makes sure that he attends my practices, games, and tournaments, and is the first one to tell me what went well and what I can improve on.

Playing in College?:
Yes, plan on playing for a local college.

Why do you play lacrosse?: 
Ever since I was little, I never found a sport that was as enjoyable as lacrosse. I love the adrenaline rush I get when I face-off and the fast-paced action.

What do you do when you're not playing?:
When I am not playing, I'm usually with my friends listening to music or playing video games.

Best teammate you have and why?:
It's hard to choose because I have had many teammates over the  years that I have played well with and who have supported me as a player.

What player do you try to emulate and why?: 
Kenny Nims, he played for both Syracuse University and the Chicago Machines. He plays attack and I respect his character and leadership.

List Personal and Athletic Accomplishments Below:

  • High School Captain
  • Offense Award 2012 - High School
  • MVP 2013 - High School
  • 2011 NILAX All-Star Team
  • 2011 Coaches Award - New Wave Lax

How long have you been playing and what got you playing lacrosse?:
I started playing lacrosse in New York at the age of 8. Lacrosse was the "big sport" out east, and it was just one of the sports that I happened to play.

Johnny Danko

2013 Summer Man Up Award Recipient

Name: 
Johnny Danko

Position: 
Attack

High School: 
Lockport Township High School

Most Influential Person in Lacrosse:  
All of my coaches, they have taught me everything I know and always keep me motivated to be the best that I can be.

Playing in College?: 
Augustana College

Why do you play lacrosse?: 
It's so exciting and competitive. There is never a break in the action and it's impossible not to love the game

What do you do when you're not playing?: 
I usually hang out with friends or listen to music.

Best teammate you have and why?: 
All of my teammates this season were amazing, but I would have to say Drew Flanagan because we have great chemistry on the field and we feed off of each other very well.

What player do you try to emulate and why?: 
I try to emulate Joey Stankey from UNC, he knows how to get to the crease and put the ball in the back of the net.

List Personal and Athletic Accomplishments Below:

  • Lockport Varsity Lacrosse Captain
  • Second Team All-Conference
  • New Wave Lacrosse Team Ion Attackman of the Year 2013

Steven Laduzinsky

2012/2013 Winter Man Up Award Recipient
 
Name: 
Steven Laduzinsky 
 
Position:
Goaltender
 
High School:
Geneva Community High School
 
Most Influential Person in Lacrosse:  
For me it's been just about every goalie coach I have worked with. You learn something different from every one. Putting all of the little techniques together make up who you are as a goalie. 
 
Playing in College?: 
Yes at Illinois Wesleyan University
 
Why do you play lacrosse?:
I play for the pressure and just out of pure enjoyment for the game. There's no better feeling than making A big save and keeping your team in it or keeping the lead . It's a rush.
 
What do you do when you’re not playing?: 
I try to relax but i also work out and hang out with my buddies.

Most exciting Game or game moment?:
Probably  a game I played in Kentucky. We a were down by 3 in the 4th quarter and we were able to tie it up. With three seconds left the opposition got a shot off and I did the splits and made the save! Went on to win in overtime!
 
Best teammate you have and why?:
That's a tough one. I have a few. Duncan Lanzirotti, Kyle Fortsch, Josh Rhodes, Paul Westman, Drew Dubsky, and of course Billy Spingola. Not only are they all great players, but we have been playing together for so long we know each others tendencies and are able to really talk through any offense and shut it down. I wouldn't be able to do my job without them. 
 
What player do you try to emulate and why?:
I emulate the goaltender from Notre Dame John Kemp. He's so calm in the cage and is an unbelievable ball stopper. His play inspires his teammates and lets them know they have a great last line of defense. I try to do the same.
 
List Personal and Athletic Accomplishments Below:
  • All-Conference 2012
  • Geneva Team MVP
  • 3.3 GPA

Sam Ford

2012 Summer Man Up Award Recipient

Name:
Sam Ford

Position:
Attack

High School:
Marmion Academy

Most Influential Person in Lacrosse:
My teammates

Playing in College?:
Hopefully, I’m looking at schools where I can compete and help the team succeed.

Why do you play lacrosse?: 
I have played a lot of sports in my life, but I couldn’t find one that I really enjoyed. I went to a lacrosse camp one day, and haven’t turned back since. I love the sport, and I love how there will always be something that I can improve on, no matter how long I play or how good I get.

What do you do when you’re not playing?:
 In my free time, I enjoy hanging out with friends, listening to music, and going to concerts.

Most exciting Game or game moment?:
Going 5-0 in New your with the 2013. Each game had some really exciting momemnts and they made for a great trip.

Best teammate you have and why?:
I’ve had so many great teammates over the years that it would be unfair to name just one. But they all shared a common trait; they loved the game and were always trying to improve. People with those two qualities are the hardest workers and the best teammates.

What player do you try to emulate and why?:
I cannot think of anyone specific, but I always try to play “heads up lacrosse.” The best players have phenomenal field awareness and are able to capitalize on minor mistakes. 

List Personal and Athletic Accomplishments Below:

  • ·       Team Captain
  • ·       1st Team All Conference 2012
  • ·       Attack Assist Leader 2011, 2012
  • ·       Attack Goal Leader 2012
  • ·       Points Leader 2012
  • ·       New Wave Attack MVP 2011, 2012
  • ·       New Wave Most Improved 2012
  • ·       New Wave Attack MVP 2011, 2012

Bobby Glasgow

2011/2012 Winter Man Up Award Recipient

Name:
Bobby Glasgow

Position:
Attack

High School:
Sandburg

Most Influential Person in Lacrosse:
Coach Tom Haggerty

Playing in College?:
Most likely club at Indiana University.

Why do you play lacrosse?:
I started to play freshman year because I was an awful baseball player and decided it wasn't for me. Tried lacrosse and ever since then I haven't looked back. Lacrosse is just what I love to do.

What do you do when you're not playing?:
Listen to music and hang out with friends.

Most Exciting Game or game moment?:  
Scoring 4 goals in a minute against Lemont (and a bunch of my New Wave teammates).

Best teammate you have and why?:  
Even though he didn't pick me... Tyler Rauwolf and I have great chemistry on attack so I'd have to go with him. 

What player do you try to emulate and why?:
Steele Stanwick. He can do it all. 

List Personal and Athletic Accomplishments Below

2009 - Chiefs Rookie of the Year

2010 - New Wave U17 Team MVP: Fall

2011 - Chiefs Attack MVP

2011 - 1st Team All-Conference

2011 - New Wave U19 Most Improved: Summer

 

Tyler Rauwolf

2011 Summer Man Up Award Recipient

Name:  
Tyler Rauwolf

Position: 
Attack

High School: 
Carl Sandburg High School

Most Influential Person in Lacrosse: 
Coach Andy Thompson. Coach Andy gave me my first opportunity about 3 or 4 years ago by selecting me to be an alternate for the u17’s. Ever since then I have worked my hardest and he has done everything in his power to make me a better player. Coach Andy helped give me the confidence to be the player I am today. 

Playing in College?: 
I hope to play at the collegiate level but have not committed yet to any particular college

Why do you play lacrosse?: 
I play lacrosse because it’s what I love to do. I am always holding a lacrosse stick and always looking to improve my game.

What do you do when you're not playing?: 
In my down time I like to relax and chill with my friends and occasionally play XBOX.

Most Exciting Game or game moment?: 
My most exciting game was definitely in Denver this last summer (2011). We were neck and neck the whole game and in the last minute we were down 9-8. Ryan Solon dodged from the top as I cut across the crease and caught the ball. I had my back turned to the goal and put it between my legs and it bounced perfectly in top right. Everyone went nuts because now we were going into O.T. After 1 minute of man up of no scoring and an amazing save by Johnny Forsythe, I caught the ball on another man up situation and let one fly. Sure enough it went past the goalie and into the net. This was my most exciting game by far because not only did I have a fancy goal to tie it up but I had the O.T winner and it was a great note to leave on for our flight home.

Best teammate you have and why?: 
I really don’t have a best teammate. I love playing with everyone at New Wave and I don’t think one person deserves it over another because lacrosse is not an individual sport; you need the whole team in sync to play to perfection.

What player do you try to emulate and why?: 
Coming from an area that is not a hot bed for lacrosse, I really don’t try to emulate a particular player. When I get on the field I go with my gut instinct and simply play my hardest- sure enough it works.

 Accomplishments

·        Chiefs youth lacrosse team rookie of the year- Spring 2009

·        Led Chiefs youth team in points (45 total)- Spring 2009

·        Made New Wave U17 team after first year of playing - Fall 2009

·        Made Chiefs HS lacrosse varsity team as a freshman- Spring 2010

·        Chiefs HS lacrosse varstiy team rookie of the year- Spring 2010

·        Lead the Chiefs HS lacrosse varsity team in points (21) and was 2nd for scoring (14)- Spring 2010

·        MVP attack man for New Wave U17 (36 pts in 14 games) - Summer 2010

·        Started on New Wave U19 as a sophomore - Fall 2010

·        New Wave U19 Most Improved Player award - Fall 2010

·        Lead Chiefs HS lacrosse varsity team in scoring (42) and points (67) as sophomore - Spring 2011

·        Chiefs HS lacrosse varsity team MVP award - Spring 2011

Alex Crescenti

2010/2011 Winter Man Up Award Recipient

Name: 
Alexander Crescenti

Position:  
Attack

High School:  
Jacobs High School, Algonquin, IL

Most Influential Person in Lacrosse: 
Coaches Gorman and Stolzer

Playing in College?: 
Not sure yet, most likely Augustana.

Why do you play lacrosse?: 
I love the game.

What do you do when you're not playing?: 
Hang out and play Lacrosse with friends

Most Exciting Game or game moment?:  
Winning the State Championship last year with my school.

Best teammate you have and why?: 
Everyone on U19 Gold

What player do you try to emulate and why?: 
I am happy just being me right now.

List Personal and Athletic Accomplishments Below:

  • MVP Buffalo Brawl
  • Leading Scorer for league (school)
  • 1st Team All Conference
  • 1st Team All League
  • All area runner up

 

Ryan Stoll

2011 Summer Man Up Award Recipient

"We first met Ryan when he came on our Houston trip two years ago shortly after he returned from Singapore (He spent his frosh and soph years over seas).  In that tournament he had 18 goals in 2 days.  He has been our ‘go to’ guy every since. He has that "Michael Jordan" character trait of ‘he wants the ball in his stick in clutch situations” and we’re happy to give it to him. 

It has been a pleasure working with Ryan and he has been a true leader on the field.  He has all of the traits that a coach looks for.  He has a great stick, great shot, high lacrosse IQ, speed, athleticism and most importantly, an incredible desire to win.  Colorado University (CU) have definitely got a ‘keeper’ in Ryan.  He will be an asset to any team that he plays on." - Director and Coach Paul Stolzer

Over 25 colleges have shown interest in Stoll's game.
 
Name:
Ryan Stoll

Position:
Attack

High School:
Lyons Township High School

Most Influential Person in Lacrosse:
Coach Bill Kalbfleish

Playing in College?
Club at University of Colorado

Why do you play lacrosse?: 
It's the right thing to do for me and it's intense

What do you do when you're not playing?: 
String sticks and listen to music

Most Exciting Game or game moment?: 
Playing in the Denver Shootout All Star game with kids from all over the country

Best teammate you have and why?: 
Ricky Razo, the LT Varsity goalie. He always has a positive attitude, and is a monster in the cage.

What player do you try to emulate and why?: 
I try to emulate the Canadian style of play because they are great power dodgers that only need to use their strong hand.
 
Accomplishments:
  • Singapore American School Lacrosse Club Co founder
  • 2010 New Wave Houston tournament Offensive MVP
  • 2010 New Wave Summer Offensive MVP
  • 2010 New Wave Fall Offensive MVP
  • 2011 Led the Lyons Township Varsity team in goals
  • 2011 San Diego Adrenaline Shootout All Star Game (1 assist)
  • 2011 Denver Shootout All Star Game (3 goals)
  • 2011 IHSLA All Star Game (2 goals)
  • 2011 New Wave Winter League All Star Game MVP (4 goals)
  • 2011 1st team all conference
  • 2011 2nd team all state

Ryan Solon

Spring 2011 Man Up Award Recipient

Ryan has displayed incredible commitment, tremendous talent and has been presented various collegiate opportunities during his prolific New Wave Lacrosse career. 
 
Ryan has played on the New Wave Club team since the fall of his junior year. He  has been extremely dedicated in the off season through playing on the club team, training with Nick Falzone from 2 Quick Performance, and playing in summer and winter leagues through New Wave.  Ryan has become a tremendous role model over at Geneva and has motivated a lot of his teammates to "pick up their stick in the off season".  The benefits of this have already started paying off.
 
Since playing with New Wave, Ryan has been getting looks from quite a few colleges, with the number of college contacts up to 22 now. “One of the questions I hear most at tournaments is ‘Who is #36?’” says New Wave Director and Coach Paul Stolzer, who has been Ryan’s club coach for three years. “He is without a doubt one of the most dedicated, hard working and talented players we have had.”
 
The Geneva Vikings, Ryan’s High School team, won the 2011 Sticks and Stones tournament this past weekend by going 5-0 and winning the championship 10-1.  Ryan was named the tournaments "MVP.”  "I'm not surprised!" says Coach Andy Thompson.  "Geneva has worked as hard as any program in this state during this past off season.  Their players came in by the dozens for our summer, fall, and winter leagues and a bunch of them are playing on our club team now.  It is great to see how contagious this has been with all of the coaches, players, and parents in their program." 
 
 
Ryan’s Facts and Accomplishments:
 
Position:  
Midfield
  • NCAA Clearing house registered
  • US Lacrosse member
  •  Through playing on the New Wave club team in the off season, Ryan had 22 different college programs expressing interest in him as a lacrosse player!
  • He has been invited to play in a high school All-star game down in New Zealand this summer
  • 2010 Adidas All-American team
  • 2008- Midfield MVP and Team MVP
  • 2008- Finish Strong Sportsplex Honorary Athlete of the year
  • 2009-Midfield MVP & IHSLA all conference 2nd Team
  • 2009-Fall Travel Club Team MVP
  • 2010-Midfield MVP
  • IHSLA All conference 2nd Team
  • 2010 Illinois region Adidas National 
  • Lacrosse All American Team
  • 2010- Big Freeze tournament MVP
  • 2010-2011-fall/winter travel team MVP
  • Honor Roll for all four years of high school 
  • Volunteer at Marklund Home (home for physically and mentally challenged adults)
  • Volunteer for the annual food drive for St. Peters food pantry 
  • Walk in the annual Bridge Walk to support cancer victim

Andrew Jurewicz

2010 Fall Man Up Award Recipient

Name:
Andrew Jurewicz

High School:
St. Charles East

Most Influential Person in Lacrosse:
PK (Pat Killeen)

Playing in College?
Yes, at Augustana

Why do you play lacrosse?
It's just the right thing to do

What do you do when you're not playing?
Train for Lacrosse

Most Exciting Game?:
OT thriller vs. Naperville North 2010

Best teammate you have and why?
Will Debord because he's willing to do anything to win

What player do you try to emulate and why?
PK (Pat Killeen) because he's tearing it up at Senia.