Dragons Shine at Texas Top 99 Lacrosse Showcase
Jun 10, 2016 08:43AM
● By Audrey Sellers
Article contributed by Southlake Carroll Lacrosse Association
The summer recruiting season kicked off with the annual Texas Top 99 (a.k.a. T99) lacrosse showcase in Dallas. The event signals the start of a busy summer of events for travel teams and players. These prospects seek to catch the eyes of the college coaches who attend these events to select players for their future squads.
T99 was started by Notre Dame Assistant Head Coach Gerry Byrne as a way to showcase the growing talent level in Texas. Byrne has seen the explosion in Texas lacrosse from his days as a Houston high school coach in the early 1990s to his current position. Running more than a decade, more than 300 T99 players have continued their careers in college.
Nearly 100 coaches, representing 29 Division 1, 10 D2, 43 D3 and 15 MCLA schools descended upon the Metroplex to observe the players selected for this event. These college coaches also provide hands-on coaching and training, and ultimately select the all-star players.
Several players, who all grew up playing lacrosse as Dragons in the Southlake Carroll Lacrosse Association (SCLA) earned All-Star honors. Lead by the strong defense effort of Ryan Thompson, a Varsity Junior defenseman and a two-goal, two-assist game of A.J. Van den Dyssel, a Varsity Senior midfielder, the 2017/2018 White All-Star team prevailed in the final.
The 2019/2020 bracket saw several other SCLA youth program alums earn All-Star designation including Harry Blake, who contributed last year as a Varsity Freshman Attack, Mitchell Gruenewald, a defenseman/long-stick middie, and rising freshman Drew Wasserman. Wasserman’s older brother Casey, a past T99 participant and attackman for the Varsity Dragons, recently announced his college commitment to play for Division 1 Towson.