By Chris Goldberg
TopLaxRecruits.com, Posted 11/2/22
Dante Avicolli still relishes his days as a youth lacrosse player – especially since his stick sticks as a young attackman have helped him as a high school goalie.
“One of my strengths is clearing and also handling with my stick,” said Avicolli, a 2024 from Campolindo High, east of Oakland, CA. “I started as an attackman with the U-9 age group and that helped me develop stick skills a lot when I became a goalie. I can clear the ball downfield for fast breaks.”
Avicolli, who plays club for the Pinnacle Aces, was a starter for a Campolindo team that reached the sectional (North Coast) semifinals in the spring. He had a 54.8 save percentage (164 stops) and is a Player to Watch for the Nov. 4 Cowboy Cup Showcase by Victory Events in Plano, TX.
The event is for boys in the classes of 2023, 2024, 2025, and 2026 and will be held at Russell Creek Park. Click here to register. Currently there are only spots remaining for defensemen and LSMs; others can join the wait list.
“I can make the up-close saves that most goalies should make to help my team’s momentum,” Avicolli said. “Of course, I am trying to get stronger and you can always get quicker.”
Avicolli said competing in a showcase as far as Texas can only help his progress.
“I just want to do what I do best and when the smoke clears I want to do a good job of communicating before all the great coaches there,” he said. “I am excited to meet a bunch of guys I wouldn’t meet in California.
What type of school is Avicolli seeking? “I’m mainly looking for NCAA D3, in the Midwest or East Coast,” he said. “I do want a mix of a solid and good program and good academics.
Avicolli said his high school team has high expectations for 2023.
“Junior year is a big year for lacrosse leading into college,” he said. “And our team has big goals. We are looking to win our league (Diablo Athletic League) and hopefully our section.”
Cowboy Cup Showcase
Date | Friday, November 4
Location | Russell Creek Park (Plano, TX)
Price | $225/Player
- Brand-new elite showcase featuring NCAA coaches, the night before Cowboy Cup!
- Price includes custom reversible jersey, clinic, and 2 showcase games coached by NCAA coaches!
- Players receive game film and SportsRecruits profile!
- Game film sent to all D1 and D2 coaches!
- All-Showcase team featured on TopLaxRecruits.com – MVP is featured with full article
- Boys Grad Years: 2023, 2024, 2025, 2026
- 2 games per team
- 150 Athletes