Warwick's excellent attackman Alex Bushong has committed to Lebanon Valley College for his post secondary education studying digital communications and to play lacrosse. He will join the LVC Dutchmen, who is directed by Head Coach John Haus, who has coached at the premier levels of Division I lacrosse and is building an excellent lacrosse program that plays in the NCAA Division III MAC Conference.
Alex has played with Blue Mountain for two years, and this year was an integral part of our top Blue Mtn team including our Summer Sizzle team that finished second in the tournament, our excellent Champ Camp Blue team, and helped our outstanding PA Keystone Games team earn a Bronze Medal. Alex has improved tremendously with skill and understanding the game at a higher level. Alex is very coachable, and works diligently to make adjustments that make a difference in game situations, and brings an intensity that is matched by his love for the sport. You can expect to see Alex making a great impact for the Warwick Warriors this season, as his game keeps elevating.
Why I chose Lebanon Valley College: When I first visited LVC their academic programs drew me in the most. After learning about the digital communications program I knew I had found the perfect fit and once I talked to coach Haus the lacrosse team sounded like it would be a great fit too. I went on my overnight visit and after that I knew I wanted to spend the next four years there. Coach Haus has a tremendous resume and is a really cool guy. He has a lot of experience and the team gets better every year. The attitude of the team was also a big factor for me. All the guys on the team were committed to being great athletes as well as working hard in the class room. The team also consists of a couple players that I've played with over the years at Warwick and Blue Mountain. I'm very excited to continue my athletic and academic careers at LVC.
Alex writes: First off I would like to thank my parents for always supporting me throughout my lacrosse and college pursuits. Secondly I would like to thank all the Blue Mountain coaches for making me the player I am today. I would especially like to thank Coach Bailey and Coach Keeley for always pushing me to get better. I have made some great friends and improved a lot over the past two years. Blue Mountain has been an awesome experience.
Coaches: Mark Stratton, Ursinus College; Jake Weber, Ursinus College; and Jordan Norris, Eastern College.
Players: Jordan Ream, L-S; Max Warmingham, L-S, Mitchell Phillips, Wilson; Alex Bushong, Warwick; Mike Weaver, Cedar Crest; Katon Yantek, Central York; Austin Arroyo, Governor Mifflin; Ben Lefever, PM; Doug Templeton, Hershey; Gianni Raineri, MT; Zach Shrift, Hershey; Hagan Seeley, Hershey; Cameron Epple, Warwick; Peter Juzwiak, Loyola-Blakefield; Damon Cummins, PM; Anthony Ciccarone, Warwick; Scotty Eberle, Hershey; Tommy Poulos, Elizabethtown; Jake Wilson, Hershey; Tim Ferguson, Berks Catholic; Dylan Garrett, L-S; and Kyle Kondracki, Hershey.
Blue Mtn Lacrosse at all levels had a great season, learning lacrosse and learning to work together with new teammates from all over Central PA, as well as making incredible new friendships.
Our top U19 teams at tournaments had incredible success at Summer Slam, UP Lax, Summer Sizzle, Champ Camp, and at the PA Keystone Games and Chocolatetown Shootout USA tournaments.
Our U19 teams under that level faced adversity, great challenges and grew tremendously throughout the summer learning to play at a higher level of expectation, and certainly that growth was evident with the great success we claimed here on our last weekend of summer lacrosse.
On July 27 and 28, we had forty-seven (47) U19 players at work playing lacrosse, and had a combined record of 14 wins, 1 tie and 1 loss. That only loss was by one goal. One Chocolatetown Shootout USA Championship and one PA Keystone Games Bronze Medal effort.
Cumberland Valley's talented midfielder Nick Zumbrun has committed to attend Lindenwood University for his post secondary education and to play lacrosse. The Lindenwood University Lions are a NCAA Division II program, and compete in the ECAC conference. The Lions are coached by Jim Lange.
Nick will bring great sprinter's speed off the dodge as well as a great on the run, overhand Division I shot from that midfield dodge. His impact with Blue Mtn was incredible. Nick quickly made a presence as an intelligent and very athletic player, who was also a superb team player. Simply, he makes others around him better with his intensity and his positive presence. Nick played on our top U19 teams this summer including our very successful Champ Camp team. Lindenwood University has picked an excellent talent from Central PA.
Why I chose Lindenwood: When making my decision about college, I knew that I wanted to go to a liberal arts college with a really good science department, close to a major city, with an enrollment of at least 5,000 students, and that had a great lacrosse program. I flew out to Lindenwood for my visit and I was really impressed by all it had to offer both academically and athletically and Coach Lange was as genuine in person as he had been in our conversations and emails. I really respected his coaching philosophy and his commitment to the school and the lacrosse program. The athletic facilities were awesome and they were definitely something that made my decision that much easier not to mention the school itself was a great mix of old and new architecture, had small class sizes, and great dorms. Lindenwood was founded in 1827 and although not everyone has heard of it, its continued growth has made it the fastest growing University in the Midwest. Since the school is about 20 miles outside of downtown Saint Louis, it will provide a wealth of opportunities and make it easier for me to get home on the holidays. From my recruiting experience I learned not to exclude a school just because of where it was located.
Nick writes: I want to thank my family, especially my mom, and all of the coaches that really helped me become a better player. Coach Bailey, Coach Keeley, Coach Ketchum, and Coach Dubois as well as all the other Blue Mountain coaches, provided me with an incredible lacrosse experience this summer and I only wish I hadn’t had shoulder surgery and was able to try out for the team the summers of my freshman and sophomore years. I also really appreciated the recruiting advice I got from Coach Newman and the coaching advice I received from Coach Bogaczyk and Coach Pagni as well as all my other coaches since third grade who helped me develop my skills and made it possible for me to play at the next level.
Manheim Township's superb defenseman, Griffin Schultz, has committed to West Point Military Academy, and the Army Lacrosse program. Griffin, a junior at Township, will be playing for Head Coach Joe Alberici for the NCAA Division I Black Knights who play in the Patriot League.
Griffin excels in the classroom, as well as on the wrestling mat and on the lacrosse field. Griffin has multiple talents on the field, including playing the face-off, wing face-off play, as well as LSM and close defender. Basically, Griffin presents a coach with many options for utilization for the benefit of the team. The two sport athlete will bring superb skills and athleticism to Army. His strength is derived from great commitment and determination to succeed no matter the obstacle. He exemplifies two time Heisman Trophy winner and Ohio State's Archie Griffin's 3D's: Desire, Determination and Dedication.
Why I chose Army: Throughout the recruiting process, I found many schools that fit me both academically and athletically. In the end, I felt West Point provided me with the greatest opportunity for my future as well as the chance to play lacrosse at the highest level. I will be able to receive a top notch education for free, play division 1 lacrosse, as well as have opportunities available to me that are simply not offered anywhere else in the world. While visiting West Point, I simply felt extremely comfortable with the school, the coaches, and the players. I feel my personality and goals are completely in line with the current players at Army and I am extremely excited to have made this decision. Army also provided me with the unique opportunity to play with my older brother, Austin, as well as multiple other players from the Lancaster area.
Griffin writes: I just wanted to say thank you to all my coaches over the years, Coach Bailey, Coach O, Coach Piper, Coaches Keeley and Ketchum, as well as all the other Blue Mountain coaches for helping me improve my game and providing me with such a great experience at Blue Mountain. I would also like to thank my parents for their support and patience throughout this process. I had a great time playing Blue Mountain and getting the chance to play with other players from this area.
Hershey's stellar attackman Logan Calhoun commits to John Carroll University, and will play for the Blue Streaks in the Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) in NCAA Division III. The Blue Streaks start their inaugural season this Spring, and are coached by Brian Small.
Logan plays attack and midfield, and is a versatile offensive player with the ability to finish inside and get open for the time and room shot. Logan will bring a high Lax IQ to JCU, and he will bring a great work ethic that will lead to some great success both in his senior year as a leader at Hershey HS, and as a college freshman making an impact at John Carroll University. He's a great feeder, and is dangerous on the crease on a backside cut. Logan had a great summer with Blue Mtn, helping his Blue Mtn Varsity teams to a 38-7-1 tournament games win-loss-tie record at some of the top tournaments in the country.
Elizabethtown College's and Ephrata's Tucker Keefer, played for the 2011 PA Keystone Games HS Blue Mtn Gold Medal team as well as the 2008 7th/8th grade team Gold Medal team; click here to read and learn more about Lancaster, Lebanon and Berks Co. players who have made lacrosse history with Blue Mountain at the PA Keystone Games.
The 2013 Blue Mtn Keystone Games HS team sought gold, but came away with the Bronze Medal at Penn State University. Only going down in defeat once during the entire tournament, and in that defeat losing only by a goal, the Blue Mtn-Keystone HS team made their coaches proud of their great effort and heart, and will to work their game.
Blue Mountain made it to the semi-finals with a 6-0-1 record, dropping a 3-2 contest with a very good York Co. team in a great battle in the semifinal matchup. In the contest, York midfielder Colin George (also of Blue Mtn), scored 2 goals against the Blue Mtn-Keystone team. Blue Mtn then faced Delaware Co. in the Brnze Medal game, with Blue winning a hard fought battle 9-8 OT victory to claim the Bronze medal.
Lehigh Valley won the Gold medal over Silver medalist York Co., 7-5.
This tournament also marked the inaugeral 5th/6th grade (Youth) division. Blue Mtn's 5th/6th grade team was 2-2 in the tournament pool play and dropped a 9-8 decision to Lehigh Valley in the Bronze medal contest. After the game, Coach Adams summed up the team's first Keystone Games experience perfectly acknowledging defeat, but also clarifying the team's heart, and ability to battle and get better through the tournament play.
The 7th/8th grade squad finished the tournament with a 3-3 record, but challenged all but one of the Keystone Games squads throughout their tournament play.
Click here view Blue Mtn's rosters.
Coach Jake Weber and Matt Curcio helped guide the Blue Mtn's HS team to the Tournament Championship this past weekend at Chocolatetown, with a 6-1 victory over the Bison Brawlers in the Championship contest.
More details to come, but an exclamation point on a great June and July of lacrosse for Blue Mtn, with great success at Lehigh Laxfest, Summer Slam, UP Lax, Summer Sizzle, Champ Camp and Chocolatetown. With multiple teams having success and battling adversity at our tournaments, the strong end of the year showing is really a testament to the sometimes humbling journey our players had on the road to great success.
A lot of great work helped Blue Mtn finish strong and make a statement on our process of helping grow and develop great lacrosse here in our backyard.
Click here to view the Championship Choclatetown roster.
#37 Colin Riley cranking it up on the run lefty at Summer Slam!