Luke Laferriere is starting to see all of his hard work on the lacrosse field pay off.
Earlier this summer, the rising junior at Greens Farms Academy took part in an Inside Lacrosse event with his Connecticut Wolves club team, coached by GFA Head Coach John Mathews.
By the time the event was over, Laferriere was named to the event’s Inside Lacrosse All-Star Game, competing against and alongside some of the best high school lacrosse players in the country.
“I was honored,” Laferriere said. He was proud to have played a role in the Wolves' 1–1 record. “I’ve never been selected for something like that before or had any notoriety. I think just being selected is proof my hard work is paying off.”
Laferrire said he held his own in the All-Star game, scooping up some ground balls off of face-offs while also finding opportunities to get involved in the offense and firing off a couple of fast-break shots.
He loves the all-around game his position allows and the long stick defensive middie has been working on his game a lot — especially as a key player in the Dragons' 2021 FAA regular season title.
“Luke is a do-everything, hard-working defenseman that every team needs,” Mathews said. “He does what he’s asked and then some.”
Regardless of what his team needs, Laferriere is ready to deliver, his coach said.
“He has covered the other team’s best player, he’ll clear the ball, he’ll get the key ground ball, he’ll take face-offs, he’ll deflect a key shot or pass,” Mathews said. “Luke is a good teammate and makes those around him better.”
Growing up, Laferriere played a lot of ice hockey. Lacrosse, he found, takes many of the components from that sport and others — something he found intriguing as his career progressed.
“It’s all those things mixed together,” he said. “And I like running.”
Laferriere has had a busy summer of lacrosse, traveling to New York, Massachusetts and Maryland every weekend to play and work on his game. Things might slow down a tad in August, but his work ethic won’t slow down.
“I’d like to play in college, definitely,” he said. “I just have to keep working.”
He plans on running cross country this fall and will once again wrestle in the winter months.
Mathews said Laferriere’s work-ethic should allow him to reach his goals.
“Luke has a big upside,” Mathews said. “He’s going getting better with his experience and confidence on the rise.”