Smoky Mountain lacrosse is excited to once again sponsor the Knoxville Player of the Week for the 2017 season. The Knoxville area is represented by teams from:
Each week players from the six squads are eligible to have their accomplishments recognized as the Knoxville Player of the Week.
2018 Knoxville Player of the Year
Morgan Ernst - 2018 SMLC Player of the Year
Among the varsity division 2 midfielders over a 12 game season, Morgan was ranked #1 for:
These statistics are even more impressive when you consider that the Webb senior was primarily matched up against the top line of every opponent. Referred to by Webb head coach Rico "The Sieve" Silvera as "a once in a generation or once in a coaching career type player", Morgan displayed a complete package of lacrosse skills with the ability to dominate face-offs, defend against dangerous attackers, push the ball in transition, and also initiate the offense with dynamic dodging.
Coach Silvera had additional words of praise for the future West Point Cadet, saying:
" Morgan is simply the best pure athlete I have ever coached. You cannot stop Morgan by sliding one man to him. Some of his goals border on ridiculous. He is an auto clear with the ball in his stick where he uses his athleticism and 4.5 speed to create fast breaks out of settled situations. In the state semifinals last year he scored 6 goals. He is biggest in the big games. He has received an appointment to West Point where he will play Division 1 football as a defensive back."
CONGRATULATIONS TO MORGAN FOR A FANTASTIC SEASON AND LACROSSE CAREER AT WEBB.
WE WISH HIM WELL IN THE FUTURE AT WEST POINT AND POINTS BEYOND !!!
Davis Delozier - 2017 SMLC Player of the Year
Davis Delozier is a Junior attackman at Webb, who accounted for 35 goals, 19 assists, 56 groundballs, and 12 takeaways during 16 games this season. After playing midfield last season, Davis transitioned to attack in 2017. His coach, Rico Silvera, was effusive in describing his player, saying:
"He is, in my opinion, the top attackman in the region and one of the top three in the state. He got better and better as the season progressed and as he adjusted to a new position, leading the team in goals and assists. He is an explosive dodger, was second on the team in ground balls, and is a relentless rider who tied for 4th on the team in takeaways on attack. He drew every team's top defender, however he was still capable of forcing a defensive slide. He has an excellent shot and dodges with great vision.
Davis's stats were not amassed in blowouts against weaker teams. Webb played the toughest schedule in the East and one of the toughest in the State. We went 13-3 (11-1 in classification) against a schedule that included 9 games against 8 of the possible 11 D2 playoff teams and 3 D1 teams. Twice we played two games in one day (once against 2 elite D2 playoff teams). Davis, who was honored as a team captain as a junior, was a key to our success and was an emotional and performance leader for our team."
CONGRATULATIONS TO DAVIS FOR A FANTASTIC SEASON AND GOOD LUCK NEXT YEAR !!!
2017 Knoxville Players of the Week
SMLC Player of the Week for April 30th is Davis Delozier of Webb School, who had 12 goals, 3 assist, 13 groundballs, and 5 takeaways as the team went 4-0 for the week.
Farragut nominated Tyler Stinnett who totaled 12 g, 2a in 3 games
Catholic nominated Grant McKeown who had 20 saves in 11-2 loss to Farragut.
West Knoxville nominated Jack Dance who had 3g, 6 a and 6 gb in win over Roane Co.
SMLC Player of the Week for April 16th is Webb School Midfielder Morgan Ernst who had 4 goals and 2 groundballs in a 9-2 Webb victory over West Knoxville.
Trace Molzon from Catholic with 3 goals, 1 assist, 5 groundballs, and 3 takeaways while playing both ways in loss to CAK.
SMLC Player of the Week for April 3rd to April 9th is Webb School Sr Midfielder Jack Nadaud who had 6 goals and 2 assists plus 6 gbs in leading Webb to victories over Ensworth 9-6 and Signal Mountain 15-4.
The senior goaltender for Farragut had a sensational performance, registering 22 saves in a hard fought 10-9 victory over Western Division power St George's from Memphis.
Farragut Head Coach Taylor Clark had this to say about Ethan's performance:
"Ethan played lights out for us and made clutch saves when he had to and it definitely put us in a position to win the game over a very tough opponent. Our defense also tightened up at the end of the first quarter only letting two goals in the rest of the game which is a tribute to his play in the cage and our defense's ability to shut down their offense."
Congratulations to Ethan Smalling, Knoxville Player of the Week for March 20th-26th.
Jr Attackman Davis Delozier of Webb: 3 g's 3 assisis 3 gbs 1 take away in leading Webb to a 15-2 victory over previously undefeated Cookeville team.
Junior attack Jack Dance led a very balanced West Knox attack with a nice 5 point game against a good St. Georges team with 2G & 3A in an exciting 10-8 come from behind victory.
Ethan Smalling - Laser focused
2016 Knoxville High School Player of the Year
Knoxville Catholic Irish
Smoky Mountain Lacrosse is pleased to announce Trace Molzon as the 2016 Knoxville Lacrosse Player of the Year.
As a junior defender last season Trace was the spearhead of Knoxville Catholic’s rebuilding program as he was awarded First Team All-Region and Second Team All-State honors as a long-stick defender.
According to Catholic coach Marty Sutton, “Trace Molzon was by far our #1 guy for defending one on one vs the best players…he also was a one-man clearing machine. I don’t remember seeing any or many that were much better in our region. In addition, I would add that Trace is one of those special lacrosse players with an exceptional work ethic and desire to be the absolute best player he can be. He really could play any position on the field, if needed. He leads by example and always gives 110%.”
We thank Trace for his dedication to lacrosse and wish him the very best in the future.
KNOXVILLE HIGH SCHOOL - PLAYER OF THE WEEK - April 23rd
Senior West Knox attackman Elliot Granju has been named SMLC's Knoxville Player of the Week for April 30th. In crucial games vs. Webb & Hendersonville, Elliott scored 7 goals including dramatic game winners in both games. Congratulations Elliot!
Smoky Mountain Lacrosse has selected West Knoxville junior face-off middie Jacob Noel as the Knoxville Player of the Week for April 23rd. In wins over Centennial, Farragut, and CAK, Jacob won 44 of 56 face-offs (76%) and grabbed 31 ground balls. Congratulations Jacob!
Smoky Mountain Lacrosse has announced that Farragut senior attackman, Bobby Lessig has been awarded Knoxville Player of the Week. Bobby tallied 7 goals, 4 assists and recorded 6 ground balls as Farragut split a couple of games for the week. Coach Dan Feehan noted, "Just a great weekend for Bobby" as the Admirals fought to close an early deficit against undefeated Signal Mountain. Coach Feehan felt that the win over Soddy Daisy was a turning point for Bobby as things have begun to "click" for Bobby on the lacrosse field. Congratulations, Bobby Lessig, our Knoxville Player of the Week.
Jared Isaacs - POW for Week of April 10th
Sophomore goalie, Jared Isaacs of the Webb School has been named Knoxville lacrosse Player of the Week for his performances in two wins over rivals Farragut and Catholic. Jared recorded 14 saves over the two game span while only allowing 6 goals in key divisional matchups. The wins put Webb's record at 6-3 with pivotal games with Signal Mountain and West Knoxville looming on their schedule.
Ethan Smalling, Farragut
Tucker Davis - POW for Week of April 2nd
SMLC congratulates Tucker Davis as the inaugural Player of the Week. Tucker was selected on the strength of a 5 goal and 1 assist performance in Catholic's 12-11 come from behind overtime win at Christian Academy of Knoxville (CAK).
Players who were also considered were: