Cole Ciambro, a 2012 Milford High School graduate, first learned about lacrosse in the fall of his fifth-grade year from a flyer in the school newsletter announcing the arrival of the sport at Milford the following spring
Not long afterward, his mom came home with some old wooden lacrosse sticks from a garage sale, which Ciambro and his step brother began using to toss the ball around in the yard.
“I was hooked right away,” Ciambro said. By the time spring rolled around and he got on his first team, “I just loved every aspect of it - cradling, shooting, hitting.
“I used to be a pretty aggressive player because I had played football and I started on defense. But in sixth or seventh grade I decided I wanted to score, so I switched to offense and stayed there.”
He was good enough to earn a scholarship to Limestone College in South Carolina - the NCAA Division II school won the national title in 2014 - but found it wasn’t a good fit and transferred to Miami University in Oxford. While his playing career might have ended, his love of lacrosse had not.
So Ciambro approached Miami neighbor Talawanda High School and athletic director John Thomas about creating a club team at the school. About six weeks later - after Ciambro tracked Thomas down in the press box at the football field - he got his wish.
Returning to his Milford roots, Cimbro littered the school with flyers, set up a table at the school and waited for players to sign up.
By early January only six or seven players were on board. Ciambro turned to the nearby Butler County Lacrosse Club and made overtures to join forces. The two agreed in principle, but Ciambro decided he had worked too hard to cede control.
He actively called students and reached out where he could, collecting enough players to open the season as an independent team. The Braves played 12 games, finally winning their first May 9 against Cincinnati Country Day. By the end of the season, 24 players manned the roster.
“At our first practice, none of them had ever even held a stick,” Ciambro said. “Now we have five or six guys playing club lacrosse this summer on some good select teams. It’s amazing coming from where we were. It’s caught on big time.”
Ciambro - entering his junior year at Miami with a full academic schedule as a mass communications major with a double minor - enjoys the challenge of building not just a team, but a program.
“A good busy is good,” he said. “If you’re being productive, there’s no reason you can’t make time for it. Yes, I’m a student and it’s a lot of time, but I love it. When I was at Milford, lacrosse was everything to me. This has kind of ignited my passion again in that same way.”
Ciambro plans to add girls varsity and JV teams, a boys JV, boys and girls middle school teams and a fourth- and fifth-grade introductory squad this school year.
Best Wishes to Our 2014 Commits & Royals Alumni in the Spotlight
by posted 07/09/2014
Congratulations to the Class of 2014, we wish you all the best in the next step of your education and athletic careers. We will be watching you all over the country; we are proud to call you Alumni!
Cincy Royals Class of 2014- NCAA Committed Players
Ben McCormack- High Point '18
David Sturgis- Robert Morris '18
Ben Randall- Stony Brook '18
Matt Young- Florida Tech '18
Connor Jones- John Carroll '18
Ian Sagester- Ohio Wesleyan '18
Sam Long- Centre '18
Noah Maxwell- Otterbein '18
Mitch DeShurko- DePauw '18
Paul Newbold- Army '18
Evan Henry Singelton- Defiance '18
Royals Alumni in the Spotlight:
University of Michigan
David McCormack # 5
Height / Weight: 5-11 / 170
Hometown: Terrace Park, Ohio
High School: Mariemont
At Michigan ... 2013 Big Ten Distinguished Scholar.
Junior (2014)... Season Highlights: No. 4 on squad in scoring with 13 goals and in points (23) ...Tallied one goal, three assists, and one ground ball pickup against Robert Morris (April 26) Scored a career-high three goals on nine shots, six of which were on goal, while also adding three ground ball pickups against Air Force (March 29) ...
Cincy Royals Alumni Interview with David “D-Mac” McCormick:
CRL: What surprised you most about playing at the collegiate level?
D-MAC: The biggest surprise for me in adjusting to the collegiate level was certainly the time commitment. In high school, we practiced for a max of about 2 hours per day for 5 or 6 days of the week. The NCAA allows for 20 hours per week and a max of 4 hours per day. We certainly get almost every minute out of that time limit. This 20 hours is mostly spent at practice and in the weight room, but also encompasses various other activities that the coaches facilitate. Make no mistake; your commitment per week is many more than 20 hours. We are constantly watching extra film, putting in extra-work, studying game plans, traveling to and from practice, etc. All of these activities are not considered countable hours by the NCAA, but they are necessary to succeed at this level. Meanwhile, we are also trying to balance a full academic schedule and social life. It is certainly exhausting, but you learn to manage your time efficiently very quickly.
CRL: How did you go about developing the confidence that you could compete against the top players in the country?
D-MAC: Developing confidence to compete against the top players in the country is something that you develop day-in and day-out in practice. Practicing for a full fall semester and the month of January gives us ample time to become the best possible players we can both in terms of skill and conditioning. By the time the season rolls around, I felt fully prepared to go against anybody because of the countless hours that I had invested inside and outside of practice. Obviously, once the whistle is blown and the ball is rolled out there, things change. For me it was important to have a short-term memory in all aspects and return to each possession with a clear head and full confidence in myself and teammates.