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Knostman earns spot at All-American LAX Showcase

All-American lacrosse player Jacob Knostman has been selected to play in the 2013 Champion All-American Showcase national prep all-star tournament.  -
All-American lacrosse player Jacob Knostman has been selected to play in the 2013 Champion All-American Showcase national prep all-star tournament.
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He’s going to Disney World.

Spartan standout lacrosse player Jacob Knostman has been picked to play in the 2013 Champion All-American Showcase national prep all-star tournament.

The tournament, held by US Lacrosse, is July 22-27 at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

Knostman graduated this year from Bainbridge High School. He was a four-year letterman in boys lacrosse for the Spartans and a 2013 All-America selection.

Knostman was one of just three lacrosse players in Washington state chosen to play in the tournament.

Jack Beall of Camas High School also earned the honor to play in the boys tournament. And Redmond High School’s Claire Monsaas was chosen for the girls tournament at the Champion All-American Showcase.

The boys players were selected by the US Lacrosse High School Area Chairmen, and invited after careful consultation with high school coaches in all regions across the country. For the girls competition, 80 players from 27 states have been selected.

The tournament invite was a fitting finish for Knostman’s highlight-reel year. He broke his own Washington state record for points in a single-season with 116 this year, and nailed the net 67 times.

A captain his junior and senior year, Knostman earned First-Team All-State honors in 2012 and 2013. He finished his high school career with 49 wins, 164 goals, 134 assists and 174 ground balls.

The All-American Showcase features a four-team round-robin pool for both boys and girls teams.

Knostman will play on Team Spirit. Teams will compete in three pool-play games before the championship and consolation games, Friday, July 26. The boys championship game will air live on ESPNU at 4 p.m. Friday, July 26.

Knostman, an attackman, is planning to pick up the pole again soon in college.

Knostman will play on the mens lacrosse team for Fairfield University and is one of a highly regarded 16-man incoming rookie class.

Stags Head Coach Andy Copelan said it was a great group.

“We set out to add depth at every position and in the process feel that we increased our IQ, overall athleticism and toughness,” Copelan he said.  “While we return a pretty upper-class roster, it wouldn’t surprise me to see a couple of these guys make an early impact.”

In the past two seasons, the Stags have won

20 games, including a program-best 12-4 mark during the 2012 season. Fairfield has spent 16 weeks in the USILA National Poll the past two seasons, reaching as high as 13th in both seasons.

The Stags will play their ninth season as a member of the Eastern College Athletic Conference Lacrosse League in 2014, before joining the Colonial Athletic Conference for the 2015 season.

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