Livingston Boys Lacrosse Goalie Frank Bagolie Mans Net in National All-Star Game 

By Jerry Del Priore 

 

As a freshman goalie on Livingston High School’s lacrosse team last season, Frank Bagolie played behind starting senior netminder Gavin Coyne. 

 

It gave Bagolie the opportunity to practice with the seniors and learn from Coyne.

 

“I backed up the starting goalie,” Bagolie said. “He was a great mentor.” 

 

Sure, he saw limited in-game action in net (five saves and one goal against in one game). But last season’s experience has paid dividends, as he played in the Matt Chandik One-Percent Lacrosse Showcase All-Star game at the Proving Grounds in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania, in July. 

 

It was a competitive national showcase, which required coaches to vote you in, for some of the best class of 2025 uncommitted, talented lacrosse players in the country. The players, from areas such as California, Florida, Texas and Colorado, were broken up into six teams, which squared off in three games. 

 

Bagolie, who also suits up for the Patriot Elite Chrome club team, took pride in the All-Star selection, and said it was due to his unyielding dedication to his craft. 

 

“I was very honored to be picked for that (event),” said Bagolie, who began playing the sport with Livingston’s Super Scoopers program in kindergarten. “Some of the best kids in the country were there (at the showcase). I played hard and well to play in the showcase.”

 

Bagolie’s dad, Ricky, who played DIII lacrosse, said it was important for his son to face that high level of competition, as Frank has aspirations to play in college. 

 

“They (coaches) got to see how you stacked up against the better competition,” Rick said. “Frank played well.” 

 

Bagolie has faced hard shots and tough competition in the past. But this was a different animal for him at first. However, he adjusted and adapted to the fast-paced style of play.  

 

“They (players) were fast, the game was fast,” he recalled. “I just had to play the way I know how. I haven’t faced shots that fast before. Once I got used to it, I was fine.” 

 

While some lacrosse players commit to colleges early at 13-14 years of age, Bagolie and Rick said he is in no particular hurry to pick a college. Bagolie just wants to continue to develop and defend the net the best way possible. 

 

“There’s no rush because it’s still early in the recruiting process,” Rick said. 

 

The rising sophomore, however, has his eyes set on earning the starting goalie position at Livingston next season, and will continue to put in the work to earn college recruiting recognition. 

 

“I’m ready for it,” he said of battling for the starting high school goalie position at Livingston. “I’m happy with the way I’ve played. I’m confident with both teams that I’m getting good looks.”

 

“My main goal is to go D1,” he continued. “If not, I’m humble and I’ll play anywhere.” 

 

While more traditional high school lacrosse power programs might try to poach a player of Bagolie’s caliber, he said he is happy right where he is at the moment. And has no plans to go elsewhere. 

 

The Lancers posted a 12-5 record and made it to the NJSIAA Tournament North Jersey, Group 4 quarterfinals. 

 

“I love my high school, I love my club program,” Bagolie said. “This was a banner year for us (Livingston). We hosted a playoff game, and lost in the quarterfinals to Ridgewood (9-6).”  

 

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