The Hill Academy Post Graduate Lacrosse Program provides a one year Post Graduate environment to help prepare student-athletes for the demands of being a student-athlete at the post secondary level. With a schedule consisting of year-round lacrosse practices; fall and spring lacrosse seasons competing against top NCAA, CUFLA, and Prep Schools in North America; daily strength and conditioning, and a demanding academic course load, PG student-athletes are prepared and ready to make an impact once they arrive at the next level.
Recently the Hill Academy Post Graduate team has prepared players to make an impact at the following post secondary institutions: University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, Lehigh University, Robert Morris, Providence College, St. John’s University, Penn State, Marquette University, Michigan University, Jacksonville University, University of Vermont, Albany University, Limestone College, Rochester Institute of Technology, Virginia Wesleyan, and Florida State University respectively.
The night started out with a box lacrosse tournament between the U16 Prep team, the U18 Prep team, the PG team and an Alumni team.
It was great to watch our Hill Alumni play. Current student-athletes could see first hand the skill and athleticism at the next level. The Alumni that are having success at the highest levels were at one time at The Hill experiencing the same set of challenges that our current student- athletes are facing. They are great role models for our current student-athletes!
Alumni in Attendance:
Dan Lintner '10- Cornell University
Chad Tuttuon '10- University of North Carolina
Sean Young '11- Syracuse University
Jake Wilkinson '12- Quinnipiac University
Ryan Johnston '13- Boston University
Samantha Yurechuk '13- Limestone University
Reilly O'Connor '11- Georgetown University
Callon Williams '12- Binghamton University
Bryan Cole '11- University of Maryland
Anthony Joaquim '13- St. Joe's University
Kylie Whitlow '11- Marquette University
Mackenzie Neal '13- University of Albany
Henry Elmhirst '12- University of Vermont
Brianna Plester '13- Adrian College
Josh Currier '12- Virginia Wesleyan
Ian Mackay '13- University of Vermont
Dallas Bridle '13- Denver University
Joe Rainoldi '13- Drexel University
Keyan McQueen '13- Mercyhurst College
Eddie Desiderio '13- Adelphi University
Connor Morris '13- Clark University
The PG lacrosse team spent the October break playing four games against top Division 1 schools in four days.
The trip started Thursday October 16th in Bethlehem, PA with a game against Lehigh University. After a morning shoot around at the school the team prepared for a 7:30 game under the lights at Lehigh’s lacrosse only stadium. The game was a hard fought battle between the two teams that featured a ton of goals, saves and big hits. Nolan Apers was the leader on offense burying two goals and chipping in with 2 assists. On the defensive end Jake Cook and Adam Bellamy put in a great performance causing numerous turnovers and scooping up some key ground balls. After the game, the team returned to the hotel to rest up for the next match up against Rutgers University.
Friday morning the squad made the hour trip from Bethlehem, PA to New Jersey for a game against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights. A slow start put the PG’s behind early but some great determination and resilience saw the team fight back to close the gap on the score board. Chris Young was a dominant force at the faceoff X going 13-18 against numerous Rutgers opponents. Offensively Nick Karam lead the way burying a hat trick and adding an assist. Defensively James Barclay was outstanding in a utility role that saw him playing both close defense and LSM. After the game, the team toured the Rutgers basketball arena and some of the other beautiful athletic facilities on campus. From New Jersey, the team then headed to Philadelphia, Pa to prepare for a match up against St. Joseph's University.
Saturday marked the third game of the week for the PG’s as they faced off against St. Joseph's University. Bad luck plagued the team early as they hit 4 posts in the early stages of the game. From that point on the game got away from the PG’s as they dug a hole that was too deep to climb out of. Despite a tough game on both sides of the ball, Jake Cook was a dominant force on the field. He led the team in caused turnovers with 5 and ground balls with 7. After the game the team loaded the bus and headed for Pittsburgh for a Sunday game against Robert Morris University.
The trip concluded with a 2 o’clock game against Robert Morris University on Sunday, October 21st. The team showed tremendous energy and determination in the last game of the weekend going into half time up a goal. As the game wore on the fatigue of playing four games in four days began to show as Robert Morris built a slight lead to finish the game. Offensively Chris Cloutier was outstanding scoring a hat trick and leading a man up unit that went 5 for 6. Defensively Ian Magnan had a great day, locking down his attack man and even contributing on the offensive end with an end to end goal.
Overall the trip was a great experience for the PG squad. Playing against some of the top teams in the country showed our players how far they have come and where they need to be to play at the next level. The next few months we will shift focus onto skill development until they return to game action in late February.
The PG's travelled down the I-90 to face Genesee Community College. The pace of the game was very fast and the GCC team was skilled and physical. GCC jumped out to a quick 5-0 lead and led for most of regulation. The boys dug deep in the third quarter, making some tough hustle plays, remaining disciplined through adversity, and eventually narrowing the gap, then breaking away to an 18-10 victory. The players were excited and you can sense they are starting to really come together. It is a small team (dwarfed by the 40 man GCC roster) so players are playing in many different situations and getting lots of opportunity. Coach Macintosh gave Zach Mermelstein and Adam Bellamy the game balls, but it was a complete team effort.
Jordan MacIntosh, a graduate of RIT (Rochester Institute of Technology), is considered one of the top professional (MLL and NLL) players in the game today. At RIT, Jordan was 2 x All American, and Conference Player of the Year. In 2012, he was drafted 4th Overall in the NLL Draft to the Minnesota Swarm. That same year he earned NLL All Rookie Team and NLL All Star honours, and won a Mann Cup Championship with the Peterborough Lakers. This past year he earned NLL All Star Honours, was named 2013 NLL Transition Player of the Year, and earned MLL All Star Honours with the Rochester Rattlers.
Jordan was a former coach with Edge Men’s Club Lacrosse program and East Ridge High School in Woodbury, Michigan.
This is Coach MacIntosh’s first year at the Hill Academy. In addition to being the Head Coach of the PG Team, he is the Director of Lacrosse Recruitment.
Contact Jordan: firstname.lastname@example.org
Jason Noble, Hill Academy alumni and recent Cornell University graduate, is joining the coaching staff this Fall. Jason has a decorated resume as both a student and a lacrosse player.
Throughout his career at Cornell:
Co-captain of Cornell Lacrosse team senior year; First-Team USILA All-American (2013); 2013 Academic All-Ivy; 2013 USILA Scholar All-American; First-Team All-Ivy (2013, 2012); Second-Team USILA All-American (2012); Honorable Mention USILA All-American (2011); Honorable Mention All-Ivy (2011); Ivy League All-Tournament Team (2011); Member of the Red Key Athlete Honor Society at Cornell University; Lowes Senior Class Award Finalist (2013) - The Senior CLASS Award honors the attributes of NCAA Division I senior student-athletes in four areas: community, classroom, character and competition; 2013 Yeardley Reynolds Love (“YRL”) Unsung Hero Award Finalist; Mario St. George Boiardi ’04 Leadership Award - This award is presented to a senior athlete at Cornell University who embodies leadership, athleticism, and strong work ethic, as exemplified by lacrosse captain George Boiardi ’04.
Growing up in Orangeville, he was a part of 3 Minto Cup Championship teams. This past summer Jason was drafted 10th overall in the MLL Entry Draft, and played his first professional season with the Hamilton Nationals. He was recently drafted 2nd overall in the NLL Entry Draft to the Minnesota Swarm.
Brodie Merrill is one of the most decorated lacrosse players in the world. Brodie has revolutionized how people treat the defensive player in both box and field, with his run and gun transitional style.
Brodie, a graduate of Georgetown University, was a two time All American, Two-Time Tewaaraton Award Finalist and in 2005 was named the NCAA Defensive Player of the Year. He has won multiple awards in his 7 year professional career including 2005 NLL and MLL Rookie of the Year; 2005 NLL Defensive Player of the Year; 2006 through 2011 MLL Defensive Player of the Year; 2009 and 2010 NLL Transition Player of the Year; All-Star status in all 6 NLL seasons; and All-Star status in all 7 MLL seasons . Brodie, who currently plays for the Hamilton Nationals in the MLL and Philadelphia Wings in the NLL, has also won two Mann Cup Championships, a Gold and Silver Medal at the World Field Lacrosse Championships, 2 Golds at the World Indoor Lacrosse Championships and a MLL Championship.
Brodie was one of the coaches of the U19 Team Canada that brought home the Silver medal at the U19 FIL World Field Lacrosse Championships, in Turku, Finland. Brodie was also the Defensive Coordinator for the 2008 U19 Team Canada that earned the Silver Medal in Coquitlam, BC.
Brodie is the head coach and Director of the Hill Academy Men’s Lacrosse team which is highly regarded as one of the top Lacrosse programs in North America.