In 2018, our 7th time awarding the StickStar Player of the Year Award, we decided to make some enhancements. First, we wanted to highlight this player in our coverage kickoff so that we could truly appreciate what a great career that player had. Second, while StickStar has always presented this yearly accolade as part of our #StickStarReport coverage, in 2017, we enhanced the experience by including a physical, tangible, award. Well, not so much an award; more of a belt. Only a title belt would suffice for the StickStar Player of the Year!
The 2017 StickStar Player of the Year!
While the candidates were plentiful in 2017, the StickStar Player of the Year ultimately had to go to Luke Millican, goalie from Dallas Jesuit, who is currently playing Division 1 Lacrosse for the North Carolina Tar Heels in Chapel Hill. In the State of Texas, Millican had a storied career.
While Dallas Jesuit has traditionally had outstanding goaltending, the Rangers claimed their first-ever, elusive State Title the first year that Millican stepped in the cage for them. It was 2016 when Millican put together an amazing performance against the Highland Park Scots giving up only 4 goals against in the Title Game and earned 2016 State Championship MVP Honors. In 2017, he followed up that performance in tremendous fashion by only giving up 3 goals combined in the 2nd halves of the Final 4 match-up against HP and the Championship against ESD. Millican anchored the comeback effort for Jesuit in the title game as they were down 6-1 heading into the 2nd half against a potent Eagles squad.
1x All American ‘17
2x State Champion ’16 & ‘17
2x State Champ MVP ’16 & 17
1x All State ‘17
1x All District ‘16
2x Texas All Star ’16 & ‘17
Adrenaline All American ‘17
Texas All Star Round Up Overall MVP – Class of 2017 Contest ‘16
Back to Back Jesuit POYs (Priddy '16 & Millican '17).
Millican is the real deal and was the model of consistency in crunch time. Unflappable, with an ability to take buckets off the board in tight, and good luck from deep. With an excellent stick and the propensity for making plays outside of the cage, Luke was one of the best we have seen in the Lone Star State. He is already getting it going in Chapel Hill, and we cannot wait for yet another Texan at the Next Level to make his significant impact. For Luke, it’s not if but when! Congrats to our 2017 StickStar Player of the Year – Luke Millican!
Looking solid in Carolina Blue!
#StickStarReport18 is YOUR home for the most consistent coverage of Lacrosse in the Lone Star State. Please, stay dialed in! Like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter and Instagram (@StickStarLax), and @StickStarReport. Please, share our content and tweet at us all year with scores and use the hashtag #StickStarReport18. Head over to the #StickStarReport homepage and vote in our latest poll. We are PUMPED for this year and hope YOU will share our content all season long!