One strong performance after another in recent months has elevated Niskayuna rising junior Brock Behrman into an elite group of scholastic lacrosse players.
The attackman, who helped lead his Adirondack team to a gold medal at the Upstate Games earlier this summer, is on the Inside Lacrosse national top-10 recruits from the Class of 2022.
Three New York players made the list that was released Monday, with attackman Joey Spallina of Mount Sinai and midfielder Joey Terenzi of Manhasset joining Behrman.
“He’s worked really hard to get to this point, and he’s reaping the benefits,” said Behrman’s dad, Union College football coach Jeff Behrman. “We are very proud of him.”
Brock Behrman was told of the honor by his dad Monday while they drove to Delaware for the Elite Eight showcase event.
“I didn’t know it was happening,” Brock Behrman said Tuesday evening. “We were in the car, and my dad said the rankings are out. I checked my phone, and there it was.
“It’s awesome. I’ll take that number. It’s nice for all the hard work to pay off.”
Brock Behrman was well-known among college recruiters before his sensational summer, when he displayed his many skills at showcase events in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Connecticut, Tennessee, and New Jersey as well as Delaware.
“Perhaps the biggest riser in the Class of 2022, putting on a show time after time on the recruiting circuit. He’s a slasher who can break ankles and rack up points in a variety of ways,” Ty Xanders of Inside Lacrosse wrote of the 16-year-old Behrman.
“It’s a nice feather in his cap,” Jeff Behrman said. “It’s a blessing. We’re very grateful.”
Brock Behrman went to the showcase events with a goal of playing hard and smart, knowing film of his performances would be going out to college recruiters.
“The number one thing for me was hustle and compete. Work my butt off,” he said. “It’s about making little plays. Take the opportunities when they are there, but don’t force it. Play my game.”.
The younger Behrman took part in the invitation-only Main Stage event in Maryland in July, and capped his effort there by being named the all-star game offensive most valuable player.
“This was a big recruiting summer for him,” Jeff Behrman said. “I just tell Brock, ‘You play because you love the game. Do what you do.’ ”
Brock Behrman grew up in lacrosse hotbed Long Island, and came to the Niskayuna school district in 2016 when his dad was named Union College’s football coach.
He played for Niskayuna’s junior varsity as an eighth-grader in 2018, and joined its varsity team as a freshman in 2019. No spring sports were played in New York in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“Without the spring season, that gave me free time, and I tried to take advantage of it,” Brock Behrman said. “I put on a few pounds. I shot two or three times a day.”
During Behrman’s freshman season at Niskayuna, he played a significant role in his team’s run to the Section II Class A championship. He finished with 38 goals and 53 assists.
Lucas Quinn (2014), Aidan O’Brien (2012) and Dan McKinney (2006) had previously started as freshmen for Niskayuna’s varsity, and each of them earned All-American honors later in their high school careers.
“His knowledge of the game is way beyond his years,” Niskayuna varsity lacrosse coach Mike Vorgang said of the 5-foot-8, 155-pound Behrman. “His lacrosse IQ is excellent. The biggest thing, though, is his competitiveness.”
Division I college lacrosse recruiters were allowed to make contact with rising juniors beginning Tuesday at 12 a.m. Many of them had Brock Behrman’s number.
“Since midnight, it’s been non-stop,” Jeff Behrman said Tuesday afternoon. “From midnight to 1:30 [a.m.], he had six phone calls.”
Brock Behrman said by Tuesday evening, he had made some kind of contact with about 60 college coaches, including multiple coaches from several institutions.
“It has been crazy,” he said.
Brock Behrman also plays football, and started at quarterback for Niskayuna’s varsity as a sophomore. He is a high achiever in the classroom, too.
“He has been able to look at a lot of different schools because he is a standout student, as well,” Jeff Behrman said. “He’s a smart kid.”