East Chapel Hill's Ian Levin has a lacrosse scorer's mentality

tstevens@newsobserver.comMarch 31, 2014 

East Chapel Hill boys’ lacrosse standout Ian Levin has an uncanny ability to score.

He has 31 goals and 26 assists this season for 57 points. Levin led the area in scoring last year with 109 points.

Levin said he has a scorer’s mentality.

“Every shot I take, I expect to go into the goal,” he said. “Most of the credit goes to my teammates for setting me up and getting me the ball, but if I shoot, I think I’m going to make it.”

Levin’s accuracy attracts defensive attention and his unselfishness helps pile up assists because he is an adroit passer.

“Ian has a natural field presence and vision that allows him to see opportunities, both scoring and otherwise, that other players generally overlook,” said coach Dominic Koplar.

That field presence is a result of having played lacrosse since he was in the fifth grade and from reading and studying the game. Levin has a 4.2 GPA on a 4.0 scale with extra credit for advanced courses, and he applies the same study habits to learning about lacrosse as he does to his academics.

He said he learns a lot about the game every day.

“You can’t learn it all,” he said. “There is too much to it. The more you learn about playing, the more you understand that you’ve got a lot to learn. There are so many concepts”

Levin sees lacrosse as a combination of many of the best elements of football, basketball, baseball and soccer.

A 6-foot, 190-pound Hampden-Sydney recruit, he was a starting linebacker for the Wildcats and he said the toughness needed in football has helped him in lacrosse, which he plays year-round.

“He makes excellent decisions with the ball in his stick, including a handful of behind-the-back goals, which were appropriate to the situation (as opposed to showboating), a collection of hard-nose dodges into pressure, and many transition fast break goals and assists,” Koplar said.

“He has exceptional accuracy with his shot and the uncanny ability to work within tight confines to create a scoring opportunity.”

Koplar said Levin does much more than play the game extremely well. He also helps others play well.

“Ian is a natural and respected leader on the team who understands how to motivate his peers – both by example and verbally,” Koplar said.

Stevens: 919-829-8910

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