Many of you, our loyal readers, voted for the first ever StickStar Lacrosse Player of the Year (POY).
After looking at the results, it was clear that two players distinguished themselves as worthy candidates. Thus, we are happy to name Alec Lucas and Tyler Landis our players of the year. I think this is definitely the right move as each of these players showed their value in Coppell’s championship run.
Alec Lucas’s season was highlighted by dominating performances at the face off X and in the scoring column. In many of the games that mattered, you could find Lucas scoring big goals. Although he did not garner All State or All American, he did get the only prize that matters, the State Championship victory. No one can question his impact on Coppell’s season. Lucas’s best outing was against St. Marks, who was #1 in the state at that point. Big ol’ #34 went 15 – 17 at the face off X and had two clutch goals. Next year he’ll be heading to Stony Brook to play Division 1 lacrosse.
They say that big players make big plays in big games, and Tyler Landis certainly proved that. In the State Championship weekend versus the two #1 seeds of the year, Landis scored 7 goals and added 1 helper. In the midseason matchup versus #1 St. Marks, Landis had three goals including the game winner in OT. It was Landis’ consistency in the big games that made him great this year. He got it done when it was important, and that consistency helped propel Coppell to its first D1 state title. Next year #7 will be heading to Brown University to show that he isn’t only an athlete but a scholar as well.
Statewide there is talent that is certainly rising to the top. It will be interesting to see who is in contention for this title next year. Many of the best players in the state will be competing this summer so as the commitments trickle in we’ll keep you posted.
These two players deserve everything they’ve earned and now we look forward to seeing them continue to develop into tremendous Division 1 athletes. Congrats to Alec Lucas and Tyler Landis, but please remember, its not where you're at, its where you're going. Work hard and continue to establish precedent.