Lacrosse player off to NCAA showcase

Dakota Hollister will take on the best the Western U.S. has to offer in an All-American lacrosse game.

Local lacrosse product Dakota Hollister is off to the U.S. to see what he’s up against next year when he begins his NCAA career with the Bellarmine University Knights.

Hollister, along with 49 other lacrosse players who’ve committed to respective NCAA schools in the Western U.S., will go head to head at a game in Orange County in California to get a taste of future competition.

“It’s to show all the top kids going to universities and what’s going to be happening next year in the NCAA,” said Hollister.

The athletes will be decked out in free sponsored gear and equipment, and a professional game featuring players from LXM Pro will take to the field before the showcase, which will be aired live by ESPN.

“This will be the highest level lacrosse you can play, other than college,” said Hollister. “…You could say it’s for fun, but it’s going to be competitive as well. No one’s joking around.”

He’s playing for Team North on a roster that features a lot of familiar faces, which includes friends made while attending Adrenaline lacrosse camps and tournaments over the years.

“I know most of the kids,” Hollister added. “My whole Tropics team is on the roster, I think I’m playing against most of them, though. And then there’s one other kid from B.C.”

Hollister will be busy over the summer with a few other Adrenaline events, as well as spending a day training with Paul Rabil, who Hollister called, “one of the best lacrosse players in the world.”