InsideLacrosse had this to say about California’s Top Boy’s Player:
1. Roy Lang, Midfield, St. Ignatius Prep, Calif., Cornell
One coach mentioned that DI teams might have missed the boat on Lang during the recruiting process, and that Cornell had a steal. Lang’s size (6-feet-4), end-to-end speed and shot were definitely impressive, plus he notched two goals. He’ll be a perfect fit for coach Jeff Tambroni’s midfield.
(And here is the article from “West Side Lacrosse” which named Lang “California Boys Player of the Year”)
St. Ignatius Prep doesn’t have detailed statistical records for all its past lacrosse seasons, but it’s hard for Coach Greg Angilly to imagine any player has exceeded the 77 goals senior middie Roy Lang scored in 2007.
“The six years I’ve been there, it’s the most goals scored by leaps and bounds,” Angilly said.
And Lang, who added 27 assists, could have had more. Much more. Angilly estimated that Lang played only half the fourth quarters of games this season, because St. Ignatius often was comfortably ahead and Angilly would pull Lang and other starters from the games.
“We were joking around at the end-of-season banquet that the only person that can stop Roy Lang is me, because I can get him off the field,” Angilly said. “I’d say he clearly ranks as one of the best, if not the best, guys that has played the sport at the school.”
What made him so good? More than his size (6-foot-3, 185 pounds), speed, shot and natural athletic ability, it was the dedication he had to practice and the quality of work he did to improve his game. As impressive as Lang was in leading St. Ignatius to a 19-1 record, the No. 2 spot in WSL’s final Top 25 and a second consecutive top finish in WSL’s California rankings, he was even better in practice.
“To the average fan that watched him play a game, I wish they could have seen him on a rainy day in February,” Angilly said. “The way he showed up every single practice, that turned heads and allowed him to jump from a good lacrosse player and great athlete to a great lacrosse player.”
Case in point: While Lang was an offensive force in previous years, coaches wanted him to improve his defense. So before the season they sat with him and showed him tape of his play on the defensive end of the field.
“It was because I wasn’t a very disciplined defender during my junior year,” Lang said. “I didn’t play within the team. I kind of just went after a guy one-on-one. Instead of funneling him down and taking him to a spot, I took risks that were unnecessary, so sometimes I’d get beat.”
Not this year.
“To his credit, by midseason he was one of our best defensive players,” Angilly said. “He never once shrugged off a suggestion. He just went about getting better every single day.”
Lang, who is bound for Cornell, is continuing to work on his game this summer. He’s currently lifting, shooting and working out with friends.
“I want to show up in the best shape I can and put myself in position to help the team,” Lang said.
It’s a good bet he will.
“I suspect they’ll be pretty happy in Ithaca when arrives,” Angilly said.