By Chris Goldberg
TopLaxRecruits.com, Posted 7/20/15
Ozaukee (WI) 2015 defenseman/LSM Zack Ladd will play Division III lacrosse at Kalamazoo College.
Zack Ladd ledger:
High School: Attened Cedarburg High School, WI; played at Ozaukee High, WI
Graduation Year: 2015
College Choice: Kalamazoo College (begins varsity play in 2015-16)
Club Affiliation: Milwaukee Golden Eagle Elite
Major lacrosse honors, camps and showcases: All- Conference junior and senior year, Sacred Heart Prospect camp in summer of 2014, Captain of high school team all four years and all time leader in ground balls and forced turnovers
What will you major in/study? Biology or Chemistry
Why did you choose school? “I chose Kalamazoo College because of the exceptional academics and the chance to be a founding member of a new lacrosse team, making an impact right away and laying down the base for what is to come at Kalamazoo College. I visited there twice and I loved the culture of the institution. I felt it was a right fit for me right away, it felt like home. When I first spoke with head coach Vincent Redko, I knew that this was a guy who I would share a strong relationship with. His lacrosse knowledge and coaching abilities are distinguished, and he also wants to set us up for life outside of lacrosse, a quality that stood out to me above many other coaches. With Kalamazoo’s accomplished academics and commitment to make its students succeed in life after college, I knew this was a place where I can make an impact in the classroom and on the field right away.”
Thoughts on your HS team’s season? “I played my high school lacrosse for the Ozaukee Wolfpack, a club team made out of surrounding schools in the area because, as many people know, lacrosse in Wisconsin isn’t big outside of Marquette University. We were a newer team with many underclassmen, but we had a solid season in my final year. Years before, we would lose a lot to more experienced and older teams, but this year we had a strong junior and senior class which lead us deep in the playoffs. We finished the season 14-6, and ended ranked eighth in the state. I am proud of how our team faced adversity as we were able to win tough games against quality opponents. We won our conference and lost in the playoffs to the No. 1-ranked team in the state by a goal. With the amount of experience the younger guys on our team got, I am positive that they will be able to go further than we did this past season. The amount of talent and solid coaching Ozaukee lacrosse has will take the organization as a whole very far and I am grateful that I had the opportunity to lead a new team and set the foundations of it all as I will have the same chance at Kalamazoo College.”
Thank You: “I would like to thank my first coach and friend, Keven Ringgold, who taught me everything I know about lacrosse and made me the player I am today. I wouldn’t even be playing if it wasn’t for him and I am very grateful for all that he has done for me. I would also like to thank my other coaches: Bret Naggs, Jeff and Greg Roberts, Patrick Hake, James Raveret, Jerry Nobile, and Jim Lardy. I couldn’t have done it without my family and friends as well: Moey Lardy, Hunter Naggs, Pete Picciolo, Mike Picciolo, and Drew Decker. Thank you guys for everything, especially my mom and dad!”
Other schools considered: University of Indianapolis, Illinois Wesleyan University
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