Skimming the roster of any men's power program is sure to bring up dozens of New England players.
Until recently, New Englanders haven’t had an overflow of local Division 1 options — the selective Ivies, Vermont and Hartford in America East, Providence and UMass and Bryant a few more. That’s been adjusted with the rise of new programs at Boston University and UMass-Lowell.
Yet, plenty of top talent from the region has elected to go west or south for their collegiate careers. The likes of national powers Johns Hopkins, Duke, Ohio State, North Carolina and more are ripe with talent coming from the Northeast.
So how do those intersections occur? What puts a top local player on the radar of a power program from outside the area?