YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, N.Y. — Yorktown senior Brett Makar has accomplished a lot in his decorative athletic career as a Husker, but his recent honor may top them all.
Makar was one of the first 11 players, and the only one from New York, chosen to participate in the 13th-annual Under Armour All-America Lacrosse Game on June 30 at Johns Hopkins University’s Homewood Field in Baltimore at 8 p.m., which will be preceded by the girls game at 5:30 p.m.
The defenseman is the first Yorktown player to earn such an honor since Huskers’ John Ranagan and John Fennessy were named to play in the game in 2009.
“It is truly an honor,” Makar said. “It means a lot just to be mentioned in the same breath as John Ranagan and John Fennessy, it’s actually unbelievable. Both of them were superheroes to me growing up and for things to come full circle and get to play in this same event as they did is really special. The best thing about it is that Yorktown High School gets to be represented on a national stage. I love where I’m from and this place deserves all the recognition.”
Yorktown coach Sean Carney said that Makar, who will play next season at defending national champion University of Maryland, is one of the truly amazing people you could ever meet.
“He leads by example by working hard on and off the field,” Carney said. “For him to be selected shows how much time and effort he has put in to become one of the best players in America. He represents not only the lacrosse program but the school and Yorktown community with the utmost class and dignity. A true role model for our youth and leader for our young men.”
This will actually be Makar’s second time playing at legendary Homewood Field this year. The Huskers opened the season on that same field March 24 with a 16-4 win against Dominion of Virginia.
“I think every player dreams of getting the opportunity to play in this game,” Makar said. “You always watch every year on ESPNU getting to see great talent from across the country all on one field. I always worked for opportunities like this in the back of my mind but never really thought about it when we were at Hopkins earlier this season. It was surreal playing on Homewood Field in a Yorktown jersey with my boys and I’m looking forward to getting to touch that turf again in June.”
The fact that Makar will once again play at Homewood Field came as no surprise to Carney.
“Brett needed to be considered one of the top ten defensemen in America to gain this honor,” Carney said. “We play a highly-touted schedule which puts him up against some of the best players in America on a weekly basis. His athleticism on ball and skills picking the ball off the turf are second to none in America.”
Makar said the opportunity to play in such a prestigious game was made possible by a host of people.
“I really have to give all the credit to my coaches, Sean Carney, Dave Marr, Rob Doerr Joe Colarusso, Dave Graham, and Mitch Lieberman, my teammates, friends and family,” Makar said. “They have all put me in a position to achieve this goal, making sure to never become content or satisfied with where I’m at. The support system I have is amazing, and I am extremely thankful.”