It took only a few moments to complete, but when done, three Corner Canyon lacrosse players made history Nov. 17.
That was the day Garrett Michaeli, Garrett Bullett and Matt Graney signed letters of intent to play lacrosse at the collegiate level. Their acceptance of college scholarships was the first time a Charger athlete in any sport signed an offer to continue playing past high school.
“It was a big day for the boys and a big day for the school,” Corner Canyon offensive coach David Michaeli said. “The school is in its second year, so it was nice for the boys to be recognized for their efforts on the field.”
Michaeli and Bullett accepted scholarships to play at Rutgers University, while Graney is going to Colorado Mesa in Grand Junction, Colo.
“There are about 45 players on any given collegiate team, and only about 12 of them get scholarships,” coach Michaeli said. “So for us to send out three the same year on scholarships is pretty special for our school.”
Lacrosse is currently played as a club sport in Utah high schools. There is a movement underway that could see it join the same athletic ranks as basketball, soccer and other high school sports, but it hasn’t happened as yet.
“We pretty much have to do our own advertising to get our sport recognized,” Michaeli said. “But there is a large population of lacrosse fans in Utah, and it is growing each year.”
Bullett, who plays in the midfield, has been sought after for a few years and had thought of going to Maryland. A visit to Rutgers last year, however, changed his mind, and he decided to join Garrett Michaeli, a long stick defender, at Rutgers.
“The two have played lacrosse together for years and have been on the same competition teams,” coach Michaeli said. “They are comfortable out on the field together and are excited to continue as teammates.”
Graney plays on the offensive side of the field and brought his talents to Corner Canyon this year after playing at Juan Diego. All three players also played for the Blackhawks, a local competition team.
Michaeli and Bullett also played for the West Coast Stars, which is a collection of some of the best players in the western states.
“They went back East and played against a lot of good teams,” coach Michaeli said. “It gave them some exposure and perhaps helped Rutgers see them as candidates for its team.”
Michaeli and Bullett were part of the inaugural season lacrosse team at Corner Canyon. The duo helped the team reach the championship game, where they finished as runners up.