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 2019 Teams & Coaches
- 2021 Elite – Matt O’Neill, Jack Pruitt
- 2022 Elite – Larry Maurer, Austin Gaiss
- 2023 Elite – Stewart Kerns, Jack Cerchiara
- HS United – Trey Yadon, Brian Archer
The Fall 2019 Tournament schedule is preliminary and subject to change.
Sunday September 8th, 2019
Marymoor Park Field 3
6046 West Lake Sammamish Pkwy NE
Redmond, WA 98052
2023 (9th Grade*) Info:
Check-In & Warm-up – 8:30 a.m.
Parent Q&A – 8:45 a.m.
Tryout – 9:00-11:00 a.m.
2021 & 2022 (11th & 10th Grade*) Info:
Check-In & Warm-up –11:30 a.m.
Parent Q&A – 11:45 a.m.
Tryout – 12:00-2:00 p.m.
*denotes grade as of 2019/20 school yearHS Boys Registration
The price for Fall 2019 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.
- 2021 Elite – TBD
- 2022 Elite -TBD
- 2023 Elite -TBD
- HS United – TBD
HS Boys Coaches
Jack Pruitt - HS Boys Director
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.
Brian grew up in Michigan and after watching his first University of Michigan lacrosse game in 2009, knew that was where he wanted to play. During his senior campaign in 2017, the Wolverines had the highest winning percentage in program history. Brian is currently a Manufacturing Engineer at Microsoft and a volunteer coach for the Skyline lacrosse program.
Chris Carter joins the Starz HS Boys coaching staff after four years at Notre Dame. The 2017 graduate was part of a class that reached the NCAA Quarterfinals twice, Semi-finals and the Championship game. Prior to his time with the Fighting Irish, Carter was one of the best from the west and the country. His senior year of high school he was ranked the 16th defensive player (60th in the top 100 incoming NCAA freshman) in his class nationally by Inside Lacrosse. He now works with his former UND teammate and current Starz coach Austin Gaiss as a Financial Analyst for Microsoft.
JC played attack and midfield for NCAA D3 Kenyon College from 2002 to 2006. JC has been the head coach of the University of Washington Men’s Lacrosse team since 2012 after spending 4 years as the team’s Offensive Coordinator, earning PNCLL Coach of the Year honors in both 2018 and 2019. JC has a PHD from the UW and studies penguins.
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.
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.
Matt O’Neill was a four year member of the Nazareth College Men’s Lacrosse team and 2016 graduate. The midfielder played in all 18 games his senior year. In his final season for the Golden Flyers, the purple and gold went 12-6 overall and 7-1 in conference play falling to Stevens in the conference semi-finals. O’Neill was named to the Empire 8 all-conference first team twice and ended his career having scored 71 goals and 20 assists.
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.
Trey grew up in Nashville, TN where he played for Team Tennessee and The Adidas All-American Southern Team. Yadon was an attacker for NCAA D3 Rochester Institute of Technology men’s lacrosse program. In 2013, the Tigers went undefeated in conference play en route to becoming Liberty League Champions and made an appearance in the D3 National Championship. He dual majored in Computer Engineering and Computer Science and was named an Academic All-American. Trey currently works as a Program Manager for Microsoft.
Lewis Ratcliff - Club Advisor
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 - Board Advisor
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.