Loveland (OH) High School Lacrosse Recruit Update:
Junior Standout Brian McElveen Commits to Division I Robert Morris University
For Immediate Release
For some high school athletes, the path to college athletics is a smooth one. Graced with size, speed, or even a combination of the two, for the lucky few getting to the next level is an easy road. For others, achieving that goal takes a little more. For Loveland High School junior Brian McElveen, his path to Division I lacrosse included a lot of hard work, dedication and focus, and even a little support from the local lacrosse community. When McElveen felt he needed help sharpening some fundamental skills, he didn’t hesitate to dial up a familiar face.
“Brian called after his freshman year to ask if I could work out with him,” recalls one of his old Loveland youth lacrosse coaches. "He got a lot of playing time that year, but was having some trouble adapting to the speed of the high school game. So we spent time on some innovative drills to help him adjust to the skill level he was going to need to be able to play at the level that Loveland varsity plays."
An intense love of lacrosse and the desire to compete at the next level fueled McElveen's development. Following freshman year, McElveen's dramatic improvement established him as one of the premier attackmen in Cincinnati. In October, the two-year starter for the Loveland Tigers committed to play NCAA Division I lacrosse at Robert Morris University in Pittsburgh.
"In 8th grade I set a goal to play college lacrosse," said Brian. "The youth and middle school program here in Loveland, and of course my high school coaches Coach Lynch and Coach Fedders, really put me on a path to do that. But I know the real preparation begins now. I’m very motivated to compete at the next level."
McElveen also drew interest from other top schools like High Point, Towson, Salisbury and Stevenson University.
"I chose Robert Morris because they have an excellent business school and a strong focus on academics," he noted. "It’s a great school to play high level DI lacrosse and get a great education."
Heading into his junior season, McElveen reflected on being an integral part of the talent-heavy Division I Loveland Tigers.
"Our team has some great players. We’ve worked really hard," commented McElveen. "With an All-American in the goal for us again (senior Paul Newbold - 2012 USILA All America, committed to DI power West Point), and deep talent both on offense and defense, our coaches have developed a team that's ready for big things this spring," he said. "This will be a stellar year for the Tigers. I'm proud to be a part of this team."
Coached by Loveland Head Coach Mark Lynch, the two-sport athlete (lacrosse, golf) garnered All-Conference and All-Region lacrosse honors sophomore year, as well a selection to the All-Academic Team freshman and sophomore years. Carrying a 3.3 GPA off the field, McElveen is a certified lacrosse ref and a student leader for Ballers for Christ and Soles for Souls.
"Brian embodies what being a Loveland lacrosse player is all about; skill, discipline, dedication," noted head coach Mark Lynch. "He puts the team ahead of himself. You see it in his ability to distribute the ball and set up opportunities for his teammates. And his faith is important to him as well, which helps him make a positive impact on others."
With his decision to attend at Robert Morris University behind him, McElveen can now turn his attention to making the most of his final two seasons as a Loveland Tiger.
FROM THE NATIONAL COLLEGE LACROSSE LEAGUE
CONGRATULATIONS TO LHS ALUM JOE WERNER ON HIS FINAL FOUR MVP AND NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP. JOE ALSO HELPED LEAD LOVELAND HS TO THE 2008 DII
STATE CHAMPIONSHIP GAME, OUR FIRST SEASON AS A VARSITY SPORT.
Updated: 05/07/2012 at 3:36 PM
Annapolis, MD -
In a game of the ages, the Bearcats of Cincinnati had to wait until overtime before capturing their first NCLL Division II National Championship in Annapolis, MD. With explosive speed and accurate shooting, the Bearcats jumped out to an early 4-1 lead against upstart George Washington in the first quarter. Reminiscent of other Division II games for the Bearcats, the GW faithful were wary of a blowout loss to the wire to wire top seed in the University of Cincinnati. Slowly battling back from a 7-3 deficit, it appeared that GW would close the gap as they regrouped after halftime and narrowed the score to 9-8. However, Cincinnati went on one of their patented runs to extend their lead to a convincing and possibly game changing 12-9 moments later. After the 12th goal, GW rightly called timeout to change their strategy going into the last 12:22 of play. Over the next 10:00 minutes, GW scored four straight to take their first lead of the day (the only time UC would trail in the entire tournament) for a 13-12 stake with 1:14 left in the fourth quarter. Less than 15 seconds later, Cincinnati seized back the momentum with an equalizer with 56.7 seconds on the scoreboard. With stellar play on both sides, extra time would be needed to settle the score after GW fended off an EMO opportunity and Cincinnati held onto the ball as time expired in regulation.
Heading into overtime in EMO, Cincinnati could not get past a resilient GW defense and almost as quickly as the penalty expired and GW was set in their 6 v 6 defense, sophomore attackman Branden Yoshino dodged from behind the cage, made a lightning-quick inside roll then fired a shot from right on the doorstep over the goalkeeper’s shoulder and into the top right corner of the net to give Cincinnati a thrilling 14-13 overtime victory over George Washington.
"My first thought was to look for the open man, but I saw they had two defensemen on the crease and that gave me some room to operate,” Yoshino said. "I drove in and they were slow to slide to me so I decided to take a dive to the crease and see if I could get off a shot.”
Junior attackman Joe Werner scored four goals and was named Final Four MVP as Cincinnati captured its first national championship. Yoshino and junior midfielder Alex Arkeilpane scored two goals each for the Bearcats, who were ranked No. 1 the entire season and finished with a 13-4 record.
"It’s great to see that when a group of young men put their minds to it, they can accomplish anything,” second-year Cincinnati head coach Chip Glaser said. "We had a great group of seniors this season and they really wanted this.”Cincinnati reached the national finals last year, but lost to longtime nemesis Lynchburg.
"We had a meeting at the beginning of the year and I told them …I said that I will be there every day and give you my full effort, but that they needed to give me their complete commitment,” Glaser said. "To a man, every player told me ‘Coach, we’re committed. We will do this.’ I saw in their eyes and in their actions all season that they were determined to finally get over the hump.” Accepting the game ball from the officials, it was evident in Coach Glaser’s eyes how much the win meant to him, his team, and the parents as he held back tears of joy and redemption.
Sophomore midfielder Kyle Torpey had a strong field game and finished with two goals and two assists for Cincinnati. Goalie Ben Connors made 12 saves and got strong support from the close defense of Elliott Ring, Billy Gruber and Connor Hopkins.Cincinnati, which has fielded a club lacrosse program since 1974, beat Lynchburg for the first time ever in the semifinals.
"This feels incredible. Last year, we blew a three-goal lead and lost to Lynchburg in the championship, which hurt so bad,” Yoshino said. "To come back this season and redeem ourselves… it’s such a satisfying feeling.”
Attackman Sam Henderson scored four goals to lead George Washington (13-4). Senior midfielder Nicholas Bryan scored three goals while junior goalkeeper Zach Quinn stopped 14 shots for the Colonials.
Loveland Lacrosse All-American Paul Newbold comitts to West Point
Loveland, OH - Going into the spring of 8th grade, young Paul Newbold was at a cross-roads in his athletic career; stay put in baseball or follow more and more of his buddies to the lacrosse field. The diamond was his first love. But the previous year, Loveland High had established itself as a local lacrosse power, coming a few goals shy of bringing home the school's first-ever team sport state championship. With many of the middle school's top athletes already playing lacrosse, and a chance to spend a spring learning the game in a middle school program that itself had recently made an appearance in the state finals, lacrosse it was. Since then, Newbold has not looked back. In September, Loveland High School senior Paul Newbold, a 2012 USILA All-American selection at goalkeeper, committed to attend and play lacrosse at the United States Military Academy at West Point.
"My older brother Andrew (2010 USILA All-American, Loveland HS, now at Div I Sacred Heart) helped convince me to try it," said Newbold. "I started as a defenseman, but freshman year my coaches urged me to switch to goalie."
The pace of the game stood out for Paul. "I love the quickness of the game and how it requires you to think on your feet," he said. "I'm really looking forward to the challenge of playing at the Division I level."
Newbold was courted by multiple colleges including Sacred Heart, Providence, Lynchburg and Limestone.
"I wanted to go to West Point because of the opportunity to serve my country, the high level of education, and the chance to play against the best competition in college lacrosse," he said. "West Point is a great fit because I want to become an engineer and they have one of the best programs in the country."
A two-sport athlete, Paul earned varsity letters in both lacrosse and football. In three varsity seasons, Paul has an astounding 489 career saves (212 in 2012). His 2012 save percentage was .684%, with a miserly 5.65 goals against. Coached by Mark Lynch at Loveland High, Newbold has earned multiple lacrosse honors, including All-American, All-Region and All-State recognition. Off the field, he excels in the classroom, carrying a 3.2 GPA.
Heading into his final season, Paul reflected on his success as the center of the Tigers defensive core.
"I'm excited to play my senior season with the Tigers, wearing orange and black, leaving it all on the field. Our team has improved a great deal and I’m looking forward to one more season with my teammates," Newbold said. "It's been great to play at Loveland High and for Coach Lynch. His experience as an NCAA goalie and his coaching have been a huge contribution to my success."
Mark Lynch thinks highly of his standout goalie. "Paul has come a long way in a short amount of time. He has all the traits of an elite level goalie - strong work ethic, solid technique, God-given natural ability, size, mental toughness," he noted. "The Loveland coaching staff is very proud of his lacrosse accomplishments, and even more proud of his decision to serve in the United States Army."
With the recruiting process behind him, Newbold will now prepare himself for his final season with the Tigers and his future with the Army Black Knights.