The interest from Syracuse came out of left field. The Orange were never on Burr’s radar beforehand, but he couldn’t pass up the opportunity to become the first Division 1 college lacrosse player from the Hamilton-Wenham program.
”I always thought that being a post-graduate I’d gain more exposure to get another summer with the Top Gun Fighting Clams (elite lacrosse team),” Burr said. “I thought I could develop more and be a better overall recruit.
”But Syracuse said my academics checked out and I could come in and be on the team now. I had never really considered Syracuse. I was thinking more along the lines of the Ivys and the NESCACs. When they called, I was kind of shocked.”
Hamilton-Wenham coach Jim LaSelva seems a little less shocked than his star midfielder. According to LaSelva, Burr put the effort in, and his parents — Susan and Bob — did everything they could to help their son get noticed in the offseason.
”Since Elliott was a freshman, they were driving him around to tournaments and camps,” LaSelva said. “That’s a credit to his parents to get recruited, getting his name out there and letting them know who he is. You can’t sit back and wait.”
Burr was a rock for the Generals ever since he broke into the lineup four years ago. As a senior, Burr scored 61 goals and dished out 40 assists. He was an easy All-League selection in the Cape Ann League and was generally viewed as a terrific all-around player for Hamilton-Wenham.
No one could overlook his skills on faceoffs, and LaSelva figures those will only get better as he devotes more time to improving.
”He’s a big kid (6-feet, 200 pounds). He’ll be working with a faceoff coach. This is Division 1, so they have someone who is just a faceoff coach,” LaSelva said. “It’s an important part of the game, and they want to get him there and get him used to the system. Even if he’s a backup, he’ll be learning a tremendous amount.”