Hot Pot Of Lax: Meet Patrick Donovan

Billy Donovan

I don’t always watch highlight videos on the internet, but when I do I prefer solid defense.

Meet Patrick Donovan:

Freedom High School – South Riding, VA
Class of 2011; GPA: 4.2; Rank: Top 10%
6’4″, 180 lbs
Defense, LSM

I randomly stumbled across his highlight vid last night, and I must admit it’s impressive. At 6’4″/180, the kid is a speciman! While his body positioning and stick skills might not be amazing, just imagine if a coach like Dom Starsia picked a kid like this up. Ken Clausen 2.0, anyone?

Gotta appreciate a well-done highlight video. The circle pop-ups are clutch.


– Some of you may have already seen this, but I think it’s worth sharing again. This Riddell commercial was created by San Diego State University film student and the SDSU lax team hard at work.

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Giving Lax

My name is Bobby Rauch and I am a 9th grade lacrosse player at Saint Andrew’s School in Boca Raton, FL. While we all love to play lacrosse, unfortunately, not every child will have the opportunity to play this great game. I established “Giving Lax”, an organization dedicated to bringing lacrosse to underprivileged youth in South Florida.

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  1. Young Defensemen, Let this be a lesson to you: Never show a hightlight clip that includes you getting beat top side, not moving your feet, and luckily landing a desperation trail check before the ball is in the back of the net. Especially not in the first minute of your highlight film.

    • I would tend to agree, this highlight film doesn’t do this defenseman a ton of favors. When I was finishing high school I had a ton of coaches over here on the best coast tell me the same thing: “We don’t want to see a reel of you at your best just like we wouldn’t want to see a reel of you at your worst. Send coaches film of one game in which you think you performed well and let it speak for itself.” Lacrosse is situational, and as such some plays are much easier to understand and some players are much easier to know in the context of a game. After 11 minutes of quick cuts and circle indicators the viewer is still left with relatively little information from a coaching perspective, information that perhaps one could gather from one quarter (or about 12 minutes) of a game film.

      • In terms of type/length of film, I’m not sure it’s fair to make assumptions as we don’t really know if this is the only thing the kid sent out to coaches. In general though, you are totally right. To my knowledge, standard procedure is 5 minutes of highlights and 1 half of game film.

        I would argue completely against the fact that including the trail check is a faux pas. Given the youngster’s age and size alone, a smart coach would’ve already realized this kid is going to lack a bit of coordination and quickness. But remember, you don’t always want to recruit the kid who’s fully developed in high school – especially on the defensive side of the ball. Many coaches, a la Starsia, look for poles they can mold into their system. Give a 6’4″ 180lb kid with some impressive wheels another year of high school and a freshman year under an solid coach, you may just get yourself a 6’4″ 205 lb monster who closes the gate and clears the crease in his sleep. For now, at least he knows how to make up for that growth spurt with a solid trail check!