Wed, May. 16, 2012 - [Men's Lacrosse]
Orlando, FL – Shawn Sagraves and John Michael Louis both signed their letters of intent to play for Emmanuel College on Thursday, May 10 according to coach Patrick Johnston. Both Sagraves and Louis hail from The First Academy in Orlando, Florida. Sagraves and Louis helped led the TFA Royals to 12-5 record and top 25 state ranking in 2012 despite being in one of the toughest districts in the FHSAA. During their tenure at The First Academy, the team earned an impressive 43-14 in the past four years under Head Coach David Oliver.
Shawn Sagraves comes to Emmanuel with three years of varsity high school experience where he was one of the team leaders and team captains for the Royals. Despite playing in the toughest district in Florida, Shawn racked up some impressive numbers in his career including 87 Goals, 51 Assists, and 178 Ground balls. Sagraves was also recently named to the Central Florida East-West All Star Team. According to TFA Coach David Oliver, "He has tremendous offensive skill as he is a natural scorer from both sides, but can feed equally as well. Shawn is a scrappy player and has over 35 take-aways in his career." Lions coach Patrick Johnston added, "Shawn is a superb young man who is active in his church and youth group. Not to mention, he has one of the quickest releases I've seen plus with an unparalleled work ethic. He also makes our eighth high school team captain to sign as a member of the Lions Lacrosse Family. I have no doubt, Shawn will be a big part of what we do on and off the field."
John Michael Louis has also played on The First Academy varsity squad for three years. JM Louis has played and has been a key athlete for both the TFA Lacrosse and Basketball teams. On the lacrosse field, Louis has been used mostly as a defensive midfield specialist where accumulated 102 ground balls and where he's shut down some of the best players in Central Florida. Royals Coach Oliver said, "He is lightening quick and is a human clearing machine. JM has also been used as a lockdown middie and is very difficult to beat one v. one. JM is a tenacious player that will bring unprecedented speed to the Emmanuel squad." Emmanuel's coach Johnston responded that "JM is flat out fast, he's NFL fast. I really see JM playing both ends of the field for us because he brings a hard-nosed, blue collar work ethic to everything he does and you add ankle breaking speed to that equation, and you've got something special. He's also as good of a young man as he is quick - - he's another strong student in the class and he's active in his church community."
"Both JM and Shawn helped build TFA to a competitive lacrosse program while also maintaining its good Christian atmosphere, and that's exactly what we will be doing at Emmanuel. They played for a dynamic coach in Coach Oliver, and they'll bring his philosophy to the Lions. These two young men come to Emmanuel with the ability and experience to do great things during the season, but I can't wait to see what they do in the season of their lives. They'll both make us all better as a team and as a lacrosse family," continued Johnston.