Two-sport athlete Dante Trader has to wait for football season, but on Friday, he got a chance to showcase why he's among the nation's best lacrosse players in the in the STX National High School Lacrosse Showcase based out of Columbia, Maryland.
Trader scored a goal in the second quarter of the second win of the day to push McDonogh’s (MD) lead ahead to four. The Eagles held on for the 9-7 victory of the Dons Squad, securing their invite to today’s championship game at 4 PM against the Taft School (CT).
But Taft scores six consecutive goals and never looked back as McDonogh fell 11-3 in the round robin tournament. The Eagles entered the championship game 4-1 in the round-robin tournament that features Calvert Hall (MD), Culver Military Academy (IN) and Deerfield Academy (MA), all within the 2020 preseason top-five.
McDonogh entered a Friday 2-1 after defeating Conestoga (PA) 10-4 in their first game before falling 11-7 to Taft School (CT). The Eagles closed the day with a win against St. Stephens St. Agnes. Eagles continued their winning ways on Friday, defeating Culver Academy (IN) 7-2 before taking out Dons Sqaud en route to the championship game.
Trader, considered the fifth-best player in the country according to Inside Lacrosse, committed to Maryland lacrosse head coach John Tillman heading into his junior season as he transferred into McDonogh. It wasn't long before football head coach Mike Locksley extended an offer to Trader on the gridiron as Trader made the easy decision to become the second commit of Maryland's 2021 class. His potential in both sports gives Maryland a dynamic two-sport athlete who, according to Inside Lacrosse, can make an immediate impact.
A superior athlete with upside to spare, Trader is starting to show tremendous progress as an offensive weapon. Set to transfer from Delmar (Del.) into the MIAA, he displays blazing speed between the boxes, underrated vision and ever-present toughness
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After leading the team in receiving yards as a junior, Trader was tabbed as a Sports Illustrated All-American candidate as the high-ceiling incoming free safety adds plenty of athleticism to the Terps' backline.
Dante Trader Jr. is a well-rounded athlete with high upside because of his quick area bursts, and natural instincts for the football. He plays both ways at the high school level but projects more as a defensive back because of his ranginess, ball skill, and ability to turn turnovers into instant offense. He projects as a Power 5 starter over his career.