Five former FCIAC players, including four recent graduates, are heading into prime time tonight as they play in the 11th Annual Under Armour North/South All-America lacrosse game at Towson University in Maryland.
The North’s roster includes defenseman Mark Evanchick of Darien, attack Will Perry of Greenwich, and attack Michael Kraus, defenseman David Strupp and midfielder Kyle Smith of New Canaan, as well as middie Reilly Walsh of the Brunswick School in Greenwich.
The game will begin at 8 p.m. and will be carried live on ESPNU.
Kraus is a member of the NCHS Class of 2015, and he recently completed a post-graduate year at the Taft School where he set the school’s single-season record with 57 goals while earning All-Western New England honors.
Kraus set New Canaan’s single-season points record with 108 during his senior year, and he was a three-time All-State and All-FCIAC player, as well as an All-American as a senior.
He will play for the Virginia Cavaliers next season.
Evanchick had a spectacular career with Darien’s football and lacrosse teams. After the fall football season, when the Wave won the state Class LL championship, he was named the Gatorade Player of the Year. He is Connecticut’s all-time sacks leader with 63.5.
He helped lead Blue Wave lacrosse team to a perfect 22-0 season and a third consecutive state championship this year, while collecting 27 groundballs on the defensive end of the field. He was named the Connecticut and MSG Varsity Player of the Year, and is a three-time All-State First Team All-State and All-FCIAC selection.
Evanchick will play lacrosse at the University of Pennsylvania next year.
A midfielder from Riverside, Perry had a great senior campaign for the 10-6 Greenwich Cardinals, racking up 53 goals and 31 assists for 84 points, while also scooping up 40 groundballs.
Perry was twice named All-State and All-FCIAC, and had more than 200 points during his career.
He will play at the University of North Carolina next year.
Strupp led a fantastic New Canaan defensive unit, which limited Daniel Hand to just one goal in each half during a 13-2 rout in the CIAC Class M final.
During his Ram career, Strupp was three times named All-State and All-FCIAC, and earned All-America honors as a captain this spring. He was also a captain of the NCHS football team, which won a state title during the fall, and received the school’s Sikorski Award in June.
Strupp collected 65 groundballs and dished out three assists from the defensive side, as the Rams finished 19-4.
Strupp will play lacrosse at Harvard next spring.
Smith, a midfielder, was a three-sport captain in football, basketball and lacrosse, earning state titles in football and lacrosse as a senior. In lacrosse, he was was named All-State and All-FCIAC three times each, and All-America twice.
During his senior season, Smith tallied 41 goals and 29 assists for 70 points, while also picking up 45 groundballs.
Smith will play for legendary college coach Bill Tierney at Denver University next year.