First and foremost, Connor Darcey is a lacrosse goalie, and a very good one at that. Yet, if the netminder's hopes for his immediate sports future don't pan out, he might have a very real shot at moving to a more offensive position.
Perhaps an extra emphasis should be placed on the word "shot" in that prior sentence. That's because Darcey, the rising senior star of the Wellesley (Mass.) High lacrosse team, recently clocked the second-fastest shot at the Warrior 40 lacrosse showcase.
The Warrior 40 event, which is geared toward gathering the nation's top lacrosse recruits in the same place, featured a handful of different skills competitions, with none more high profile than the annual "fastest shot" competition. That particular contest was won by Timothy Stackpole, an Under Armour All-American who plays his high school lacrosse at St. Anthony's (N.Y.) School.
Still, Stackpole may have been overshadowed by the shocking performance of Darcey, who cranked a shot on cage with the blistering speed of 92 mph. According to the Boston Globe, that was just 7 mph slower than Stackpole's winning effort.
"I've never actually clocked my shot - I always just mess around with my brothers in the front yard," Darcey told the Globe. "I didn't think it would be that fun going into it, but it actually turned out to be really exciting."
Before anyone considers casting the Penn State commitment into a multi-position future, the goalie said he has no intention to leave the cage, where he has always done his best work. That was again the case at the Warrior 40 showcase, where he helped lead his team to a 13-12 victory in the event's all-star game.
That's just more proof that Darcey should be a significant addition to the Nittany Lions in the future, perhaps with more than one position in play, should Penn State need him in a pinch.