St. Charles residents Jacob Collins, Justin Collins, Liam Drummond, Carson Nenni and Lucas Segobiano helped their Fox Valley Lacrosse club team to a 77-0 record in the past two seasons.
The quintet is bound for Baltimore as a partial result.
Those five players, all incoming freshmen – Drummond and Segobiano at St. Charles North, the others at St. Charles East – have earned invitations to this week’s Brine National Lacrosse Classic at one of their sport’s premier cities.
“They’re very known and prominent for their lacrosse up east, but our coaches think we have the potential to hold our ground with them,” Drummond said.
Drummond, Segobiano and Jacob Collins will be midfielders for their All-Midwest Region age group team, while Justin Collins and Nenni help the cause on defense. There are eighth-grade, ninth-grade and varsity teams participating.
More than 1,900 lacrosse athletes from around the nation are set to take part in the event, which includes showcase games, seminars and training.
Nenni’s father, Michael, coached the freshman group’s Naperville-based club team and is looking forward to being a spectator with other parents. Although he didn’t play lacrosse himself, Nenni warmed quickly to the sport as his three sons did after discovering it in an afterschool enrichment program.
Seeing how some of St. Charles’ top young lacrosse talent competes especially excites him.
“They have great character, they work their butts off, their parents are fantastic at getting the kids back and forth,” Michael Nenni said.
Although their club profile certainly helped the St. Charles group gain recognition, players still had to try out during the winter at The Dome at Rosemont.
Tryouts consisted of drills and scrimmages, with the ultimate prize the chance to go to Baltimore.
“That was like the biggest news I’ve ever gotten,” Drummond said, “lacrosse-wise.”