Limestone College recruits FCA’s Sammy Thomolaris

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A few weeks ago, midfielder Sammy Thomolaris (Pittsford HS) announced his commitment to play at Limestone College next year. We caught up with Sammy and asked him a few questions regarding the FCA and him choosing Limestone College.

Here are Sammy’s answers below:

Q. Why did you and your family choose to play for FCA?
A. I chose FCA because I wanted to play with the best and be coached by the best. I saw a lot of talent on the 2019 roster and I knew right from there we could win some big tournaments and do something special.

Q. What has the FCA meant to you?
A. FCA has meant a lot to me and my family. It was very affordable, it creates a brotherhood with your teammates and coaches. And finally it gives you a chance to play the top competition from around the country.

Q. Who are your role models?
A. My main role models for FCA was Coach Kelly. He always pushed us to be the best person we could be on an off the field. He told us the situations and the things college coaches would look for and how they would recruit us. Coach Kelly was a huge role model to me and I thank him for being such a great coach and person.

Q. What do you enjoy most about playing for the FCA?
A. The one thing I enjoyed most about playing FCA was the brotherhood with my teammates. I met kids from all over NYS and I continue to have relationships with them even if they live hours away.

Q. Why did you choose Limestone College?
A. I chose Limestone, because I fell in love with the school and coaching staff. In addition I wanted to play at the highest level and compete every year. They have 5 national Championships and I was given the opportunity to give them another title and contribute to the team right away.


Since 1954, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes has been challenging coaches and athletes on the professional, college, high school, junior high and youth levels to use the powerful medium of athletics to impact the world for Jesus Christ. FCA focuses on serving local communities by equipping, empowering and encouraging people to make a difference for Christ – to see the world impacted for Jesus Christ through the influence of coaches and athletes.

More information can be found at FCA.org.

Nazareth College recruits FCA’s Conor Kelly

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A few weeks ago, Conor Kelly (Aquinas – Defense) announced his commitment to play at Nazareth College next year. We caught up with Conor and asked him a few questions regarding the FCA and him choosing Nazareth. We also asked Conor if he had any advice for juniors and seniors during the recruiting process.

Here are Conor’s answers below:

Q. Why did you and your family choose to play for FCA?
A. I chose to play for FCA because of my three older brothers who played for FCA before me. I saw the close friendships they had made and how they had grown as people and I knew FCA would do the same for me

Q. What has the FCA meant to you?
A. FCA has been something I have looked forward to every summer since sixth grade. It has taught me more about my faith and family.

Q. Who are your role models?
A. My biggest influences in lacrosse have been: My varsity lacrosse coach from freshman year, Brian Sutton. Coach Sutton believed in me and taught me almost everything I know about lacrosse and my position. John Wellington, who convinced me to switch to play defense, as well as Sol Bliss, they both taught me so much about lacrosse and defense and helped me get to the level to be able to play college lacrosse. My three older brothers are also all role models and influences in my life and are always there to push me to do better and to always work hard.

Q. What do you enjoy most about playing for the FCA?
A. The thing I enjoyed most about playing with FCA was building friendships with kids from all around the north east and getting to spend my summers with great people every year.

Q. Why did you choose Nazareth College?
A. I chose Nazareth College because of its amazing reputation for its Physical Therapy program and because of its exceptional lacrosse program. Nazareth really is a great fit for me because I get to pursue my passion as well as continuing my love for lacrosse.

Bonus: Any words of advice for high school juniors / seniors going through the college process?

Some advice I have for younger players is to enjoy the journey, it may not be the same for you as it will be for other players. I started FCA on the Orange team for two or three years. I had a chance to try out for Navy and earned a spot where I played for the rest of my time with the FCA. Remember it is not where you start, it’s where you end up.


Since 1954, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes has been challenging coaches and athletes on the professional, college, high school, junior high and youth levels to use the powerful medium of athletics to impact the world for Jesus Christ. FCA focuses on serving local communities by equipping, empowering and encouraging people to make a difference for Christ – to see the world impacted for Jesus Christ through the influence of coaches and athletes.

More information can be found at FCA.org.

Alfred University recruits FCA’s Justin Mosher

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A few weeks ago, attackman Justin Mosher (Hilton HS) announced his commitment to play at Alfred University next year. We caught up with Justin and asked him a few questions regarding the FCA and him choosing Alfred University. We also asked Justin if he had any advice for juniors and seniors during the recruiting process.

Here are Justin’s answers below:

Q. Why did you and your family choose to play for FCA?
A. My family and I chose FCA because I wanted to be able to compete at a high level every practice and game. I also wanted to be part of a team where I was able to build good relationships with my coaches and teammates.

Q. What has the FCA meant to you?
A. FCA means a lot to me, because it gave me the opportunity to make new friends and learn a great deal about myself and the game of lacrosse.

Q. Who are your role models?
A. My role models are my Dad and my coaches. They have all taught me not only about the game of lacrosse but also about becoming a better person.

Q. What do you enjoy most about playing for the FCA?
A. My most enjoyable memories while playing for FCA had to be hanging out with my teammates at the hotels. All of my teammates have become more than friends to me, they are like brothers. These are relationships I will have for the rest of my life.

Q. Why did you choose Alfred University?
A. The reason I chose to attend Alfred University was because it had all I wanted in a school. I would want to attend Alfred, even if I was not playing lacrosse. I really enjoyed my visits to campus and spending time with all of the Coaches, players and students.

Bonus: Any words of advice for high school juniors / seniors going through the college process?

My advice for players who are looking to play at the next level. First off you want to look at school that has the major you are looking for. You are attending college to get your degree, not just play lacrosse. Secondly, make sure it’s a school that you are comfortable with, because this is where you will be living for the next four years. Lastly, you have an opportunity to play four more years of lacrosse. Try to find a place where you have an opportunity to play as much as possible, during your four years.


Since 1954, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes has been challenging coaches and athletes on the professional, college, high school, junior high and youth levels to use the powerful medium of athletics to impact the world for Jesus Christ. FCA focuses on serving local communities by equipping, empowering and encouraging people to make a difference for Christ – to see the world impacted for Jesus Christ through the influence of coaches and athletes.

More information can be found at FCA.org.

NCAA Placement

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FCA Ramps Up Efforts on Player Recruiting and NCAA Placement

Each year, FCA Upstate Lacrosse continues to place kids into the right colleges where they have achieved success. More than ever this summer, FCA is able to allocate more focus and effort into assisting their players and their parents in the process of deciding where they want to attend college.

One of the factors for FCA’s success in recruiting is the high level of tournaments. Some of the showcase events that FCA’s players receive invitations to be a part of include: Blue Chip 225, Elite 100, Jake Reed Invitational, 3d Blue Chip, Adrenaline Blackcard, FLG Legit 120, and the Under Armour All-American Games.

Another contributor to the growth of FCA’s recruiting process has been the high caliber of FCA’s coaches who not only prepare the players for high-level tournaments and their next level of play but who are also diligent in utilizing their networks to make connections and introductions for the players.

Where are our players committing? Where do our alumni play?

“As a program, we stay up-to-date on the recruiting process and as the process continues to change, we continue to stay abreast of current trends and protocol. It’s something that we continue to focus on as we support the parents and the kids through the process,” said boys program director Solomon Bliss who recommends players for showcases, events and contacts college coaches on behalf of the players. Bliss also helps talk the parents through the recruiting process steps to help find the best fit for their son.

All Recruited Years FCA players also receive a Sports Recruits membership that helps connect them with college coaches and organize their recruiting process through webinars and training sessions. Another building block in the ever-strengthening recruiting process: those FCA players who get placed into colleges and experience success who often return to the FCA program. “When they return to coach and ‘give back’ to the program, we only get stronger,” Bliss said.

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Since 1954, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes has been challenging coaches and athletes on the professional, college, high school, junior high and youth levels to use the powerful medium of athletics to impact the world for Jesus Christ. FCA focuses on serving local communities by equipping, empowering and encouraging people to make a difference for Christ – to see the world impacted for Jesus Christ through the influence of coaches and athletes.

More information can be found at FCA.org.