Players of the Week - Boys' High School

Updated Wednesday August 29, 2018 by Lovejoy Leopards Lacrosse.

HIGH SCHOOL VARSITY BOYS’ (week of October 21-22, 2017)

On October 21 and 22, several Lovejoy Lacrosse Varsity High School players took part in the Legends Southwest Spotlight and had the opportunity to play with other top lacrosse players in front of several NCAA coaches. Our Lovejoy high school players did great in representing Lovejoy Lacrosse. One of our Lovejoy Players, Trevor Batastini, received a great write up and another, Caden Buckner, received an Honorable Mention.  

Notes From The Legends Southwest Spotlight

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“The Legends Southwest Spotlight went down [October 21 and 22 to] just north of Dallas, attracting a wide swath of talent in addition to a number of top collegiate programs. … The dynamic of the event – one that is roughly two-thirds teaching and instructional – … drew extremely positive reviews from players, parents and coaches alike. I took in each round of games and put together a list of five uncommitted underclassmen that caught my attention, in addition to a more extensive list of players that also deserved a mention.


Trevor Batastini - ’20, M, Lovejoy (Texas)

It’s always enjoyable to come back to Dallas and see how much better a player has become in a short time. Batastini may not jump off the page with any one quality but he’s solid across the board, showing off a growing lacrosse IQ and playmaking ability along with grit between the lines. He has excellent hands and is very crafty with the ball, often freezing defenses with his fakes before sending the ball into the back of the net. Former Towson standout middie Andrew Hodgson just took over Lovejoy after coaching at Manhattan College, so I’d expect Batastini to get even better under his tutelage.



Caden Buckner - ’20, A, Marcus (Texas) [Welcome back, bud!]



On May 6-7, 2017, the Lovejoy Lacrosse High School team traveled to Durant, Oklahoma to compete in the Heart of America Lacrosse Tournament. The team went 4-0 in the tournament, finishing in 1st place, and brought home the Championship Cannon Trophy! The team competed against other lacrosse teams from Texas, Oklahoma, and Kansas. On day one of the tournament, Lovejoy Lacrosse finished 2-0 with wins over the Fort Worth Panthers and the Wichita Rams (Kansas). On Sunday, the team beat Owasso Oklahoma to advance to the Championship game. In the Championship game, Lovejoy faced off against the Andover United Vipers (Kansas). Lovejoy prevailed in a thrilling 12-9 overtime victory over Andover. Lovejoy Lacrosse players Trevor Batastini and Brandon Kofahl also took 1st place in the Braveheart Tournament. Trevor also won the fastest shot competition, shooting 95 mph on the radar gun, which was a new tournament record. 



Congratulations to Logan Nitschke, Cole Griffin and George Butler (left to right), who are this week's Players of the Week!  On April 12, 2017, Logan, Cole and George each signed their respective National Letters of Intent

George Butler.  George is an Attackman and is a Captain of the Varsity Lacrosse team. George will be attending Southern Virginia University in the Fall of 2017 and will be a member of the Knights Men’s Lacrosse team. George plans to major in Business Marketing.  

Cole Griffin.  Cole is a Midfielder and a four year starter on the Varsity Lacrosse team. Cole will be attending the University of Dallas in the Fall of 2017 and will be a member of the Crusaders Men’s Lacrosse team. Cole plans to major in Business.  

Logan Nitschke.  Logan is a Defenseman and is a Captain of the Varsity Lacrosse team. Logan will be attending Minnesota State University, Mankato in the Fall of 2017 and will be a member of the Mavericks Men’s Lacrosse team. Logan plans to major in Automotive Engineering and Design.  

Make sure to congratulate George, Cole and Logan the next time you see them. 


ENTIRE HIGH SCHOOL VARSITY TEAM (week of December 12, 2016)

On December 10-11, 2016, the Lovejoy Lacrosse Varsity team competed in the Big D Fiesta Claxic Tournament in Lewisville to close out their 2016 Fall season. The team competed against other high school and select lacrosse teams from Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas. After playing four games in pool play, the Lovejoy Varsity team earned the #2 seed in the playoffs. The team then advanced to the Championship game against True KS (Kansas). The Varsity team ended up losing 3-4 in overtime in a hard fought Championship game. Overall, the Lovejoy Varsity team finished in 2nd place in the two day tournament and brought home the silver medal. Way to go guys!   

MATTHEW HATHAWAY - HIGH SCHOOL VARSITY (week of February 29, 2016)
Congratulations to Matthew Hathaway, who is this week's Player of the Week!  Matthew is a Sophomore at Lovejoy High School.  On February 27, the high school Varsity team played a double header in Tyler, Texas against the Bishop Gorman Crusaders and the Tyler Spartans. The Lovejoy Varsity won both games 19-0 and 17-1, respectively. But it was the play of Matthew that stood out in both games. Matthew demonstrated superb skills at Long Stick Midfielder. Throughout both games, Matthew scooped the ball perfectly and distributed the ball flawlessly to his teammates allowing Lovejoy to continously maintain possession of the ball. 
Congratulations to Carson Buckner who is this week's Player of the Week!  On February 3, 2016, Carson signed his National Letter of Intent with Birmingham Southern College. Carson will attend Birmingham Southern in the Fall of 2016 and will be a member of the Panther Men’s Lacrosse team. Carson plans to major in Business Finance.  

Carson is a Senior at Lovejoy High School.  He is a Midfielder and is a Captain of the Varsity Lacrosse team. Carson is the overall Lovejoy High School career points leader. During his career at Lovejoy High School, Carson has received an All-District Honorable Mention and was a member of the 2013 Lovejoy Lacrosse D3 State Championship team. In November, 2014, Carson was named to the All-Tournament Team at the Inside Lacrosse Texas Boys’ Invitational.

Make sure to congratulate Carson the next time you see him.