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2018-06-21 / Sports

Legends’ Beetow garners Player of the Year honors

by JASON NADOLINSKI
Reporter


Lancaster’s Brett Beetow, the 2018 All-Bee Boys Lacrosse Player of the Year, became just the second player in program history to earn U.S. Lacrosse All-American status after helping the Legends claim their first-ever Section VI Championship this spring. Beetow finished his career with 121 goals and 39 assists despite missing 11 games during his sophomore campaign. 
Photo by Kathleen KramerPurchase color photos at www.BeeNews.com Lancaster’s Brett Beetow, the 2018 All-Bee Boys Lacrosse Player of the Year, became just the second player in program history to earn U.S. Lacrosse All-American status after helping the Legends claim their first-ever Section VI Championship this spring. Beetow finished his career with 121 goals and 39 assists despite missing 11 games during his sophomore campaign. Photo by Kathleen KramerPurchase color photos at www.BeeNews.com Anyone who saw Brett Beetow play for Lancaster’s boys lacrosse team this spring got to watch an athlete who opposing coaches noted to Legends’ coach Dave Mazur was “one of the most college ready players in the area this year.”

So it should come as no surprise that the player Mazur called “an athletic freak,” a player who helped Lancaster win 17 games on the year — including the program’s first-ever Section VI championship — in his final season with the club, was selected as the 2018 All-Bee Boys Lacrosse Player of the Year.

A Second Team All-Bee honoree last spring, Beetow capped his high school career by scoring 53 goals and assisting on 19 others this season, pushing his career totals to 121 goals and 39 assists. Beetow, who was Lancaster’s Team MVP, an All-Section VI First Team all-star and a U.S. Lacrosse All-American this season, could’ve realistically been even closer to 200 points for his career were it not for an injury that cost him 11 games during his sophomore campaign.

“Brett is just a special player and just a solid player in every facet of the game,” said Mazur, who was named the All-Bee Boys Lacrosse Coach of the Year for the third consecutive spring. “Brett was always one of the last kids to leave after being the first kid at practice. He’s just the type of kid you want in your program and is a great example of what it takes to play collegiately.”

Beetow could seemingly do it all on the lacrosse field as a defensive-minded midfielder, Mazur said, and has worked hard enough at his craft to become equally effective with his right or left hand. Though Mazur noted that Beetow has “one of the hardest shots in the area,” he also said that Beetow would happily do whatever it took in order to put the team in position to have success, even if it wasn’t entirely in his comfort zone.

A prime example of Beetow’s selflessness came while he was chasing the school’s single-season scoring record this spring. Despite sporting a sore knee midway through the season, Beetow could’ve very easily asked to be put in spots to have a shot at getting additional goals. Instead, Beetow told Mazur that he would do whatever was best for the team in terms of the Legends being able to have the best shot at ending its sectional title drought.

It clearly was the right call.

“Brett was just so very unselfish,” Mazur said. “His leadership above all was probably his greatest attribute. When we broke the huddle, he was the one doing a lot of the talking. And he was a great leader by example, too, whether it was in the weight room in March when we couldn’t get outside, or in a practice or a game. It definitely helps the program to have a guy like that come aboard.”

Having a leader who can also produce at a consistently high level doesn’t hurt either — especially when that production turns up a notch or two in the playoffs. Beetow shone brightest on the bigger stage, with Mazur recalling a pair of goals Beetow scored during Lancaster’s come-from-behind 12-9 win over the Quakers in the Class A final, as well as another in the Legends’ 11-7 triumph over Penfield in their Far West Regional debut, as being particularly impressive.

“Brett just really took off in the playoffs and really put us on his back,” Mazur said. “He had two goals in the Orchard Park game that really switched the tide of the game in our favor, including one where he won the faceoff, came down and scored. And on the second one, he got hit twice but still managed to get the shot away while he was sent spinning. Even in the Penfield game, he had a goal that was a top-shelf stinger in the corner.

“Brett’s really just an amazing athlete,” Mazur continued. “His balance and his strength are both incredible, and he put a tremendous amount of time in where learning how to shoot on the run and dodge to left were concerned. He’s just a workaholic; he’d stop at my house all the time and say he needed the ball bag so he could go shoot on the net at school.”

Beetow, who is just the second Legend to earn All-American status, will continue his career starting in the fall at an NCAA Division II lacrosse powerhouse, the University of Tampa.

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