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Coach Helmick and Coach Horgan v. Highland Park


The Highland School Varsity Boys Lacrosse Program has enjoyed great success as it enters only its seventh Varsity season of competition in the Spring of 2006. Prior to its first full Varsity season in 2000, former Highland parent and current avid school supporter Max Tufts and former Highland teacher Brian Kirby started Highland lacrosse as a competitive Upper School club team at first and they lead the teams to very successful early seasons. After becoming an official Boys Varsity Lacrosse Program and Varsity team in 2000, through Head Coach Paul Horgan, Highland later added and developed a full and competitive Upper School Junior Varsity program. Highland also enjoys supporting its highly successful Middle School Varsity and Junior Varsity Boys lacrosse teams and their contributions as many of those players move on to the Upper School.  In the 2004-05 season, Kevin Helmick took over as Head Coach of the Highland Lacrosse team and head of the lacrosse program.

Apart from being part of a VAIS-accredited school, Highland School Boys Lacrosse is not a team - it is a program, under which its teams compete. This is an important distnction from the lacrosse teams offered at many other schools, where the emphasis is for that school to support merely a single season and/or one-team effort. Highland Boys Lacrosse encompasses among other things, two competitive Upper School teams, at least two Middle School teams, five full-time coaches and other retained specialists and all-year lacrosse involvement and preparation, as the students' schedule and his family permits.Highland lacrosse players are encouraged to play other high school sports. A Lacrosse Program is what fully develops the individual player into the best he can be as a person and an athlete, offers the greatest college opportunities if the player so desires, best develops the teams into competitive units and best helps protect the players' well-being and health. If a player wants just a lacrosse "team", they have probably chosen the wrong school.

Since its first year as a Varsity sport in 2000, the Boys Lacrosse team has enjoyed unprecedented success for such a young team and program. In its six years of Varsity competition, it has earned 101 Wins and only 32 losses, including a 40 game in-conference win streak. In nine years of Varsity competition, Highland has earned 7 consecutive Virginia State playoff berths, 6 consecutive State Final Four berths and been in 5 consecutive State Championship games.

In the nine years of Varsity competition, at least 18 Highland players will have gone on to play College lacrosse at the DI, DII, DIII and club level at various universities and colleges, including Army, Brown, VMI, Gettysburg, Washington and Lee, Lynchburg, Washington College, St. Lawrence, Wooster, Ohio Wesleyan, Wingate, Mary Washington, Goucher College, Ursinus,  Guilford, Queens University, Alfred University, St. Andrew’s and Virginia Tech.

Highland Varsity lacrosse players also have earned more than  60 All-Conference awards (and 7 Conference MVPs), 35 All-State designations, 31 Washington Post All-Extra awards (and 3 All-Extra Player of the Year) and 5 Washington Post All-Met players and  3 All-American players . To achieve 5 Washington Post All-Met designees in the ultra-competitive D.C./MD/VA area and 3 All-American players in just 9 years as a Varsity team is quite impressive.

Highland Varsity Lacrosse players are routinely invited to and have earn All-Star status at select recruiting camps such as Top Star, Top 205, Peak 200, Blue Chip 225 and the 102 player select Jake Reed STX Blue Chip camp. The players have also earned All-Star, Face-off Champ and Most Improved Player status at other college lacrosse camps such as those at Navy, Carolina Tar Heel, University of Virginia, Brown Challenge and VMI. Our players have been invited to play on select summer travel lacrosse teams such as FuZe, Advantage Metro, MasLax, Virginia Travel, Baltimore Fireballs and the Loudoun All-Star teams, among others.

The Highland Upper School team players, though many are Varsity athletes on other school and travel teams, participate in organized lacrosse conditioning and skill development as well as Fall tournaments and indoor Winter leagues throughout the year. They have beaten many strong teams in those tournaments including St. Mary's Ryken School, Mt. St. Joseph's School, Oakton High School, Annandale High School, Bishop O'Connell, Lake Braddock High School, the Virginia Travel Club. among others.

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