Brandon May a Lake View resident, helped his Rochester Regional team to a 5-1 record at the 2014 Brine National Lacrosse
Classic. He led Timon to another MMA crown in 2014 in the spring. Photo by Jeffrey T. Barnes.
Brandon May just finished his junior season as Bishop Timon-St. Jude’s top defensive player. As he becomes one of the few returners on next year’s lacrosse roster, May is a lot more confident in his athletic and leadership capabilities after participating in a national high school lacrosse circuit.
May was named as a 2014 Brine National High School All-American. His selection included participating in the 2014 Brine National Lacrosse Classic from June 30-July 3 in Boyds, Maryland.
Close to 1,900 of the top freshman, sophomore and junior high school lacrosse players competed in the seventh annual event, which helped May show off his abilities for plenty of college coaches while going up against offensive styles that he is not used to from playing in Buffalo.
“It’s going to help me because we’re graduating like 14 seniors. Being really the only returning starter from last year, I’m getting a whole new team. I have to take them under my wing,” said May, a native of Lake View. “And then playing against fast-paced teams is always good. So bringing all of the best guys together is cool. The ball movement is crazy.”
A first team selection on the MMA and All-CPOWNY teams in 2014, May was joined by Josh Slowinski of Clarence on the Rochester Regional team. Slowinski was an All-WNY pick and an All-CPOWNY first teamer, as well.
May led Rochester to a 5-1 overall mark in Maryland. The fifth victory came in the quarterfinals, during which Rochester was able to overcome a 7-1 halftime deficit against New England to win the game, 9-8, on a game-winning goal with 20 seconds left.
“Everyone just went nuts,” May said about the go-ahead goal. “We had two groups of defenses and when my group was in we had a pretty good hold on them. Our group was probably the better of the six defenders.
“We held them pretty well and we just knew we had to push transition, so we pushed the ball more than normal. And we had a really good faceoff guy who won five or six in a row at the end that helped us a lot.”
May and his Rochester Regional team would advance to the semifinals, falling to Long Island, 8-3, after not being able to make a second half comeback for a second game in a row.
“After squeaking out the first one, it was the first competition we had so we were kind of intimidated,” said May. “We were on our heels at the start again. We were down like 6-0 at halftime. They were pretty good. They had a really good goalie. We were getting off shot after shot and their goalie was just stopping everything.”
During pool play, Rochester escaped a tough division with a 4-0 mark.
“We knew we were pretty good but we didn’t know we were going to do that,” May said about his team’s impressive start. “Games were pretty long, too. It was like 115 degrees. It was a rough tournament but we just pushed through. We kind of grouped together in the first game to see what we could do, and we said ‘Wow, we can really do something with this team.’”
Before making it to Maryland at the end of June, May had to attend a tryout in Rochester in the middle of the month.
About 90 players attended, but only 44 were going to be selected to participate in the lacrosse classic. There was a Rochester Regional team for the top 22 players at the tryout. The other 22 players would be selected for the Buffalo Regional team.
Despite competing against many Rochester-area boys and his unfamiliarity to the coaching staff choosing the teams, May liked his chances to being chosen for the Rochester club.
“There were a lot of Rochester guys, so most of the Buffalo guys were pretty intimidated,” May said. “We grouped together in scrimmages and stuck together. A couple of the better guys ran the group because the coaches were from Rochester and we didn’t know them well.
“I was feeling really good about Rochester. I thought I did pretty good at the tryout.”
May has made a name for himself in recent years on the local lacrosse scene. He helped Timon go undefeated in 2014 to capture the MMA championship by leading the team with 50 groundballs and 23 takeaways.
At press time, he was participating in the Legacy Invitational in Malborough, Massachusetts from July 7-8 with Joe Smith’s Champion Select travel team.