Jasper Gantick will attend the Peak 200 lacrosse camp in Springfield, Mass., on Sunday. The camp draws some of the top prep players in the nation and more than 50 coaches from Division I, II and III schools.

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Jasper Gantick will attend the Peak 200 lacrosse camp in Springfield, Mass., on Sunday. The camp draws some of the top prep players in the nation and more than 50 coaches from Division I, II and III schools.

Gantick heads to elite lacrosse camp

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— Jasper Gantick is pretty confident he'll have an advantage as he prepares for The Peak 200 lacrosse camp in Springfield, Mass.

The rising Steamboat Springs senior has played all over the field, including attackman his first two years of high school and long pole defense his junior year.

But Gantick will attend the camp as a midfielder and said his versatility should allow him to compete with some of the top players in the nation.

"I see that as a definite advantage," Gantick said. "I know what the attack, midfielders and defense don't like and don't like to run against."

The camp starts Sunday, runs through Wednesday and is invitation-only based on coaches' recommendations. University of Massachusetts lacrosse coach Greg Cannella considers the coaches recommendations and helps run the camp.

Steamboat junior varsity coach Jon Mattes-Ritz nominated Gantick for the camp.

"It has been running for 17 years now and has 50 college coaches who work the camp from Division I, II and III (teams)," Cannella said in an e-mail. "It is a great camp for student athletes to be evaluated."

Gantick - who was a second-team all-conference selection this last year - said he's been nervous about the camp since he found out he was nominated. He's been trying to combat that nervousness by playing as much lacrosse as possible and lifting weights. He's been playing with the Steamboat men's team when he can and working on his skills at Gardner Field.

Gantick leaves for the camp today and will spend Saturday getting acclimated to the conditions in Massachusetts.

"It starts fast and furious on Sunday," he said. "I'm hoping to find some Division I coaches that want me on their team."

In addition to working this summer, Gantick will continue working out and preparing for his senior year. He'll play football in the fall and ski in the winter but said if he could do one thing after his senior year, it would to play lacrosse in college.

"I played against some kids from Vail who (played at the camp) and they said, 'Do the best you can and give it all you can,'" Gantick said. "The spotlight will be on you 24-7."

- To reach Luke Graham, call 871-4229

or e-mail lgraham@steamboatpilot.com

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