By Brian Holtzapple
For The Daily Item
DANVILLE -- At just 5-foot-10 and a slim 130 pounds, Danville junior lacrosse player Nick Treon doesn't look very intimidating -- even wearing a helmet and full array of pads.
Once you get Treon on the playing field, however, the attackman has the tendency to strike fear in the hearts of the fiercest defenders.
Treon's competitive nature and his nose for the goal helped land the Ironmen captain on the USLacrosse All-American Team. He was honored at the Central PA USLacrosse banquet held May 20 at Eden Resort in Lancaster.
"I was pretty excited, but I also kind of figured Nick was a shoo-in. He has some of the best stats in the state, so it was almost a no-brainer," said Danville coach Matt Gerdy. "It's obviously a big deal for our program. Nick is our first All-American.
"Lewisburg and Selinsgrove have both had All-Americans in years past, so it's definitely a good barometer for (lacrosse) in our area," Gerdy added.
"Obviously, I take great honor on being named All-American," said Treon, 17, the son of Ken and Karen Treon. "I always had it in the back of my mind, but I never had it as a goal (to be named All-American). Getting the team a win is always my first priority."
This past season Treon helped Danville to a 9-8 record and a runner-up finish to District 4 champ Selinsgrove in the Central Susquehanna-Nittany Lacrosse League.
Individually, Treon scored 72 goals and had 40 assists for a total of 112 points for the Ironmen
The goal total was second-best in the state this year and it was good for 12th place nationally, while his point total was also good for third in the state and 11th-best in the country.
"When I go out on the field, I don't think about scoring goals -- just putting the team into a position to score goals and win the game," said Treon.
Kiski Prep junior Eric Gold, who has two inches and several stone's weight on Treon, was the top scorer both statewide and nationally with his 99 goals and 158 total points.
"Nick's best attribute as a player is his game IQ and his obsessive nature. You can't even call it a work ethic -- he is literally obsessed with becoming the best player he can be," said Gerdy. "He's not some ridiculous natural athlete. He just puts in thousands of hours and reps outside of practice to be able to do the things he does.
"Nick is the kind of kid you like to root for because he wasn't born a great lacrosse player; he made himself one through blood, sweat and tears," added Gerdy.
That determination has helped Treon score at least one point in every game he's played in following a scoreless debut he had back in middle school.
"Nick sees the field very well and he understands the game better than most coaches. Lacrosse is probably the most technique-oriented sport next to combative sports like wrestling, martial arts, boxing, etc," said Gerdy.
"When he puts a zero angle shot in the back of the net over three defenders in a game, it's because he has ripped that shot a thousand times on his own."
With one year remaining in his high school career, Treon isn't looking forward to adding onto his personal resume. He just wants to help Danville win a championship.
"We did pretty decent and (the season) came down to a close game in the semifinals (a 10-9 loss to Lewisburg)," said Treon. "We played a good game, but we just didn't pull it off at the end. It was a bummer.
"Personal points aren't something I worry about. Every time out I want to win, and I want to win the District 4 championship."