Seattle Starz HS Boys teams are for players and families that are seeking a highest level of lacrosse
competition, coaching and recruiting support. Seattle Starz players want to test themselves by playing
with the Northwest’s best players and competing at the top regional and national level recruiting
tournaments. Seattle Starz is for players that are passionate about lacrosse and want a development
pipeline to play at the highest levels. Seattle Starz is not for everyone – we are looking for players that
are committed to putting their skills to the test. Here’s what we look for in a Seattle Starz player:
Drive and desire
Unparalleled work ethic
Amazing and supportive parents
If you are a top-tier player, with the determination and dedication to play for and represent
Washington’s premier Elite teams, we strongly encourage you to tryout. Our high school players
consistently attract the attention of top D1, D2 and D3 coaches with 18 current Seattle Starz players
already committed to play in college (11-D1 commits, 2-D3 and 5-D2). Over the past five years, 82% of
players from Washington State who received and accepted D1, D2 or D3 offers are Seattle Starz players.
Our partnership with Adrenaline Lacrosse provides exclusive access to West Coast Starz (one of the most
elite teams in the country) and a host of premier Adrenaline recruiting events and showcases. We also
work closely with NXT Lacrosse and Legends Lacrosse to offer access to a broad array of recruiting
showcase that meet the needs of our players.
Boys HS Fall 2018 Teams and Coaches
- HS Elite – Rich Schwartz, Matt Leveque
- 2021 Elite – Jack Pruitt, Matt Shannon
- 2022 Elite – Lewis Ratcliff, Larry Maurer, Austin Gaiss
- HS United – Mike Pittas, Matt Lizotte
2018 HS Boys Fall Tournaments
Please note that the following tournament schedule is preliminary and may change.
Fall 2018 Tryouts are closed. Please check back here for information on the Summer 2018 season when it is available.
The price for Fall 2018 will be all inclusive aside from airfare. It includes all tournament registration fees, lodging, food at tournaments, ground transportation at tournaments, uniforms, practices, coaches and coach travel, fields, etc. There are no other charges for the season; this fee is all inclusive aside from airfare.
- HS Elite – $2,995
- 2021 Elite – $2,995
- 2022 Elite – $2,995
- HS United – $2,195
HS Boys Coaches
Lewis Ratcliff played professional lacrosse in the National Lacrosse League. In his 14 seasons in the NLL he scored over 1,000 points and after his final season was the 6th leading scorer in the league. He was also a member of the Victoria Shamrocks (WLA), on both the junior and senior team, that won the Mann Cup Championship twice. Ratcliff played Division 1 NCAA lacrosse at The Ohio State University.
Rich Schwartz is a veteran Seattle Starz coach and the Managing Director for the club. In addition to coaching Starz for nearly a decade, Rich served as a high school varsity coach at both Seattle Prep and Eastside Catholic. Rich has a proven track record of developing players and helping them achieve their goals of playing NCAA lacrosse (20+ NCAA players from his 2015 team and similar numbers from his 2018 team including seven D1 commits). Rich played MCLA college lacrosse for University of California, Davis.
Matt Leveque is a former NLL player who was on the Colorado Mammoth and Calgary Roughnecks. While with the Mammoth, Leveque played on the 2006 championship team and in 2011 was top face-off man. That same summer, Leveque was a member of the WLA Championship winners Langley Thunder. Matt is currently the head coach for Team BC.
Jack Pruitt (Starz ’12) played NCAA D1 lacrosse at the University of Denver and graduated in 2016. The defensive midfielder was a member of the 2015 NCAA National Championship team and received the NCAA Elite 89 award that same year in recognition of his academic achievements. Throughout his collegiate career he was recognized for his success in the classroom; he was named to the CoSIDA All-District team in 2016 and earned ECAC All-Academic honors 2013. Pruitt has also been a head coach for Denver Elite in addition to being on the Seattle Starz sidelines.
Austin Gaiss recently graduate from Notre Dame and was a four year member of the men’s lacrosse program.The midfielder was part of a Fighting Irish class who won the ACC Championship in 2018, took the ACC regular season title in 2015 and were NCAA Finalists the year prior. Gaiss moved to Seattle this summer and works as a Financial Analyst for Microsoft.
Matt Shannon was a four time letter winner and two year starter for the Tar Heels from 2011-2015. During his sophomore year he led the long stick midfielder unit in both caused turnovers and ground balls. He was a two time recipient of the Baddour Award for Academic Excellence and a three time member of the All-ACC Academic team. The LSM was also honored as the Athletic Department Scholar of the Year in 2014. Shannon brings a wealth of coaching knowledge to the west coast after being on staff for multiple UNC camps and select DC area travel teams. The Connecticut native recently moved to the Seattle area to take an exciting opportunity with Zillow.
Mike Pittas is a veteran Starz coach for both the boys and girls programs. Pittas is also the offensive coordinator for the Eastside Catholic boys varsity team where he has lead two All-Americans and 13 All-Conference selections. The Crusaders won the 2017 WHSBLA Private A State Championship. Prior to moving to the Seattle area, he also coached for club lacrosse programs in the Pittsburg area. Pittas played lacrosse at Robert Morris University.
Matthew Lizotte joins the Seattle Starz staff this Fall following a successful career at the University of New England. The midfielder helped the Nor’easters tie the program record for most wins in a season his senior campaign, a spring that saw the program go 14-5 overall (6-2 in conference) and reach the CCC semi-finals. Lizotte earned four additional varsity letters as a member of the Men’s Soccer team.
Keith Gagne is a veteran coach whose lacrosse expertise is multifaceted. At the youth level, Keith has earned 4 Provincial Championship Gold Medals over the last 7 seasons coaching Box and Field for New Westminster along with a Bronze at the 2016 BC Summer Games representing South-West BC. He also coaches the New Westminister Warlocks where he and the team won the 2015 Canadian National Championship. In addition to coaching, Gagne is an indoor lacrosse official at the Professional and International levels having refereed in the NLL, at the 2015 Indoor Worlds and at the 2017 Indoor Europeans.
Larry Maurer played field and box lacrosse at Cicero-North Syracuse High School in Syracuse, New York. He has coached at every level for the last eight years in the Pacific Northwest for Juanita Lacrosse, Starz youth program, Starz High School program and for Woodinville lacrosse. He played close defense in high school and is a defense focused coach who stresses the importance of the fundamentals. Dr. Maurer is a foot and ankle surgeon who specializes in sports medicine. He also works for the Seahawks as a game day action photographer. His oldest son has committed to McDaniel College and will start there in the fall. His youngest son is a freshman attacker at Juanita High school and plays on the 2021 elite Starz team and on the West Coast Starz.