St Anthonys and Chaminade coaches were absolutely brilliant. I'm talking genius. Starting a club team and make a small mint each. But here is what isn't talked about. They brainwashed the parents. And the parents had no idea it was happening. Hey Joe Parent, don't you want to be associated with a winner? So what if you son is on the C team. You can still stand under our tent, and feel good about yourself. So what if we aren't going to promote your kid. He can still play in summer tournaments. Who cares that there are no college coaches watching? Who cares that the coaching is sub par. Wear our apparel and you too can "feel" like a winner. Over a decade of that thinking and here you have St. Anthonys and Chaminade. If you have been around the lacrosse block a few years, ask yourself this. 15, 20, 25 years ago what parent in their right mind would send their kid to a private school to be 3rd, 4th, 5th string? To be one of 8 goalies? To get cut because 100 kids go out for the team? And pay thousands of dollars on top of that? A travel team mentality now rules the high school lacrosse world. This isn't about their kids. I know of kids that would be stars on their public high school team only to be cut by one of the Big 2. This is about the parents and puffing out their chests that there son goes to a winner. Not plays for a winner. Goes to a winner. Well played directors. Well played. And as an added bonus you get the arrogant MC telling everyone which kids suck and will never play. Only in America. LOL
MC kid was cut from WM which is why he went private. Publics beat privates many times. Anyone who buys the argument that private is better at lacrosse just doesn't go to a good public.
I highly doubt the kid was cut. However, if he was then shame on the coaches. If true that he was cut (which I doubt) the coaches probably cost the team a championship or two. He is by far the best player to come out of that town in the past 20 or 30 years.
Over the years Chaminade and St. Anthony's have had great players from towns that have strong lacrosse programs as well as strong academics. Maybe, just maybe they choose to go to a Catholic School for more than just lacrosse. Kids from Massapequa, Syosset, CSH, Huntington, Ward Melville, Smithtown, Garden City, Manhasset etc...
As for the question of being better for lacrosse. I would ask, over the past 10 years what schools have produced the most NCAA Devision 1 All Americans? The only public that I can think of that would even come close to Chaminade and St. Anthony's would be West Islip. Garden City is a great program but I am not sure of even GC comes close.
There are a lot of great public schools with great lacrosse programs. I do understand why some on this site harbor such animosity towards the privates.