SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Leading the offense of a high-powered Scotch Plains-Fanwood boys' lacrosse team, Jack Brady has been a scoring force for the Raiders early in the season. His breakout week, including a monumental performance Tuesday, has landed him this week's Yeti MMA Athlete of the Week title.
Tuesday against Bernards, Brady erupted for four goals and scooped up three ground balls to lead Scotch Plains to a 12-7 victory over the Somerset County squad. The four-goal performance was the third time in Brady's three-year varsity career that he's scored four or more goals in a game.
"Jack has been a real catalyst for us as of late. He has really shown his toughness and skill set while creating scoring chances with his speed and dodging abilities," Scotch Plains-Fanwood head coach Nick Miceli said of Brady.
Brady followed up the four-goal game Tuesday with a pair of goals in Thursday's close loss to Delaware Valley and scored an additional goal last Thursday against Vorhees.
Part of what makes Brady such a valuable asset to the Raiders is not only his ability to light up the scoreboard with goals, but his passing skill and willingness to find the open man, leading to more goals scored by the Raiders. The junior has collected 10 assists on the season to go along with the 16 goals scored.
"He [Brady] has also shown off his vision when he draws a lot of attention he is able to find his open teammates," Miceli said.
Even more impressive is how Brady has been able to perform at the high level on the lacrosse field after completing two other varsity sports this school year. In the fall, he scored three goals and helped the Raiders boys' soccer team win a sectional title, and in the winter, he averaged 9.3 points per game to help lead a resurgent 22-6 boys' basketball team.
This is not the first time Brady has won Yeti MMA Athlete of the Week. For the week of Dec. 23, 2016, Brady received the honors for his strong performance on the basketball court for the Raiders. Brady is the first SPFHS athlete to win the award in two different sports.
Brady and the lacrosse team will look to rebound after a nail-bitting 9-7 Thursday defeat at the hands of Delaware Valley this Saturday, when they host Southern at 11:00 a.m.
Each Yeti MMA Athlete of the Week honoree is invited to submit an essay entitled, "What It Means to Be a Student-Athlete." The winning submission will receive a $1,000 TAPintoSPF-Yeti MMA scholarship in June 2017.
The Yeti MMA Athlete of the Week is sponsored by Yeti MMA and its owner, David Martin. Located at 2507 Route 22 West in Scotch Plains (next to Bowcraft), the facility offers training in a variety of disciplines: boxing, kickboxing, Brazilian jiu jitsu, Muay Thai, wrestling, and strength training. Call (908) 858-5558 and mention the TAPintoSPF-Yeti MMA Athlete of the Week and get a 15% discount on a one-year membership. For more information, email email@example.com.