MCLA Spotlight: Dream Come True for Texas Midfielder

By Agent Ogden, MCLA The Lax Mag

"It's always been my dream to go to Texas since I was in first grade," Texas midfielder Johnny McKnight said.

And his Longhorn teammates are glad he chose to stay home. In 11 games this season, he has 29 goals and eight assists for 9-2 Texas, with many of those points coming against Lone Star Alliance competition.

McKnight comes to Texas with plenty of high school accolades. He was a High School All-America selection from Texas as well as the WSL Texas Boys' Player of the Year. He led his Highland Park lacrosse team to a state title in 2008.

Head coach Noah Fink enjoys having McKnight on the team.

"Johnny is a great addition to the team. He is a very talented player with strong stick skills, a great shot and the ability to beat any defender," remarks Fink. "Most importantly, Johnny comes to practice every day with a great attitude. Not only is he out there working hard and setting a good example, but Johnny has a great time at practice. It is clear to his teammates and coaches that he enjoys being out at the field and playing ball."

Johnny's decision to stay at home and play MCLA ball is a familiar one.

"I was pretty interested to go off and play college lacrosse at a big Division I school, but I got injured during the summer of my junior year, so I wasn't noticed by all of the colleges I was interested in," recalls McKnight. "There were a couple that I liked a lot like Cornell, Notre Dame, Denver, and some others, but I felt like I needed to stay closer to home."

As it turns out, Johnny is glad to be reunited with one of his high school buddies.

"One of my favorite things about playing down here is playing with my older bud, William Lawson. We used to call him Captain America in high school," jokes McKnight. "I have always looked up to him and playing with him now, it's just a complete blast."

Another part of his decision was good old-fashioned competition. He knew that by going to Texas, he would have the chance to join one of the oldest rivalries in college sports.

"This season I am looking forward to many things. First of all we have to get by Texas A&M and make it to the playoffs that's where it starts to get really fun for me," awaits McKnight.

The competition doesn't stop there for the Longhorns. This week, McKnight and company face San Diego State on the road before hosting Illinois next Tuesday.

2009-03-17



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