By Chris Goldberg
For Victory Events
Nolensville 2024 defenseman Jesse Garcia believes that being a key member of this spring’s Tennessee Division 2 Public A state champion will provide him with a blueprint for future success.
“We had our ups and downs during the season, losing to some upper division teams,” he said. “But one thing we did was never lose high sight of the real goal.
“Staying in the moment was key for our team. One game at a time. I learned that I must worry about what I can control, do my job, and be a good teammate. We had a close game with Hillsboro in the semifinal, and staying positive was important. Make the next play. This can help me in the future with difficult game situations.”
Garcia was a second-team Tennessee State Lacrosse Association choice this year as Nolensville went 11-3 and defeated Signal Mountain, 11-5, for the state crown. He is a Player to Watch Friday when Victory Events holds the Southeast Elite Showcase in Nashville at the Ted Rhodes Fields.
The event – for boys in the Classes of 2024 through 2027 – has some spots open for all positions and is limited to 150 players. Game film is included and the registration price of $275 includes a custom reversible jersey and 3 showcase games coached by NCAA coaches. Players also receive a free SportsRecruits profile and game film is sent to all D1 and D2 coaches. Players should register by June 14, but late applicants and walk-ins may be accepted.
Coaches from more than 25 colleges will be attending. Check-in begins at 12:30 p.m.
Garcia, who plays club for No Excuse, is excited to face elite competition.
“My goals are to succeed at playing against higher competition compared to what I would see in our area,” he said, “and also to grow as a player by learning from college coaches.”
Garcia sees his greatest strengths as his team play and lax IQ, “Some strengths are my ability to adapt to any situation on the field – being a team player, not making a selfish play.
“I’m looking to improve my 1v1, become even more of an enforcer, and then just expand my knowledge of the game from different coaches and players that I play with.”
Where is Garcia in the recruiting scene?
“I’m talking to some D3 schools, and I am going to some visits to schools during the summer. I’m looking for a D2 or D3 school and am not particular to a specific location.”