Santa Cruz, CA – As testament to the quality of lacrosse that the Box Lacrosse Academy and Cali*Lax ALL-STARS produces, Cali*Lax ALL-STARS Logan Rooney is now a Whitby Warrior and a member of the top Junior A Box Lacrosse program in Canada.
The Whitby Warriors Jr A team won the Minto Cup, Canada’s National U21 Championship in 2011, and whose roster includes some of the NCAA’s top players including Mark Matthews (Denver University), Zack Palmer (Hopkins), Mark Cockerton (UVA), Dan Lintner (Cornell), Chad Tutton (UNC), Reilly O’Conner (Georgetown) and more. The Warriors are at the epicenter of the recruiting frenzy taking place in Canada. Much attention has been placed on this program by top NCAA teams after Duke gambled on an unknown Warrior lefty named Zach Greer who went on to score more points in the NCAA than any other player in the history of the college game. Last year the entire Warrior roster was snapped up by D1, D2, and D3 NCAA college lacrosse programs and seem to never disappoint in production when playing at top NCAA schools. Most of the Warriors lead or are at the top of their NCAA school’s scoring charts.
Rooney has been a student of Shaydon Santos’s Box Lacrosse Academy and a part of the Cali*Lax ALL-STARS High School Elite program. “I told Logan to not get caught up in recruiting tournament and recruiting clinic frenzy that others are in, but to trust the game and his ability as an American to adapt to the Box game, if he could, I told him that he’ll be playing with the best players on earth and the school aspect of the equation would take care of itself” says Shaydon Santos who before his 12 year NLL career captained the Whitby Warriors Jr A team.
“I sit next to Mark Cockerton in the dressing room, the guys across from me I watch every week on ESPN, all of a sudden I’m putting on the same jersey as these guys and fighting for a Minto Cup. It’s surreal to say the least” says Rooney who wears number 23 for his new team.
“I love the Box game, it’s so fast, so skilled, so intense, it’s incredible. I’ve always loved field but I finally feel like I’m playing lacrosse, there’s nothing I can compare it to. I can’t explain that feeling right before we hit the floor, I’ve never been in war but I bet it would be something like this” says Rooney.
You can follow Logan Rooney and the Whitby Warriors this summer as they defend the Minto Cup on Inside Lacrosse’s NLL INSIDER and you can also check out the Warriors You Tube page and see Rooney and these NCAA Stars in action.