Senior midfielder and captain Cameron Close has been accepted to play for the Hill Academy in Toronto, Canada.

The Hill Academy is considered one of the premier sports development academies for lacrosse athletes in the world.

Cameron will be coached by Brodie Merrill, one of the most decorated lacrosse players in the world. A Tewaaraton finalist and two-time All American and NCAA Player of the Year, Brodie currently plays for the Boston Cannons of the MLL and Toronto Rock in the NLL.

Cameron will be part of the 23-member senior team, which will play one of the toughest schedules in the country. The fall schedule will include top Division 1, 2 and 3 college teams including Albany, Sienna, Towson and Lemoyne College. The spring schedule will include most of the top teams in the country including Culver Academy, Haverford and Calvert Hall.

Cameron is currently coached by Brendan Carney of the McKinney Lacrosse Club.

Cameron Close (right) poses with professional lacrosse player Brodie Merrill.

Cameron Close (right) poses with professional lacrosse player Brodie Merrill.


“It has been great to see Cam mature as a player and a young man,” said Carney. “Watching his game develop and how he went from a quiet All-State Freshman to Senior All-State team leader has been great.

“Cam has changed the face of McKinney Lacrosse and rose the level of play of many of our players. His game is fun to watch, he went from a downhill goal scorer to a vocal leader that gets everyone involved in the game."

Cameron has earned numerous honors during his high school career including All-American Honorable Mention in 2014, 3-time all-state honors, and 4-time all-star at recruiting showcase events such as Maverick Showtime, Jake Reeds Nike Blue Chip, Philly Showcase, Top 205 and C2C Showcase.

In the fall of 2016, Cameron will be a member of the 2016 class at the University of Denver, a perennial top 10 lacrosse program. Cameron will be coached by hall of fame coach Bill Tierney and offensive coordinator Matt Brown, considered an offensive guru. Denver is currently ranked fourth nationally and has been to the final four national championship, four out of the last five years.