By Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 7/11/08
Philadelphia players will be showcased Saturday in the third Under Armour Classic at Towson University.
Five Philly players – four boys and one girl – will compete in the North-South All-Stars games, featuring the top 90 seniors in the country. The girls’ game will be at 6 p.m. at the Johnny Unitas Stadium, followed by the boys’ game.
Meanwhile, Philly boys’ and girls’ teams will compete in the first Underclassmen Classic, a four-team tourney that also includes teams from New Jersey, Baltimore and Washington, D.C.
Malvern Prep midfielder Chris Layne (signed with North Carolina), Downingtown East attacker Owen Blye (Maryland), Haverford School defender Peter Borror (Virginia) and La Salle midfielder Conrad Ridgway (Pe nn State) will play for the North in the boys’ senior all-star game.
A fifth player, Malvern Prep’s Matt Mackrides (Penn State), was selected for the South team, but is playing Saturday for the U.S. in the title game against Canada in the International Lacrosse Federation U-19 World Championship at Coquitlam, British Columbia.
In the girls’ game, Radnor midfielder Kelly Barnes (Georgetown), named a co-Player of the Year by Phillylacrosse.com, will play for the North All-Stars.
The Philly Underclassmen boys’ and girls’ teams will meet Baltimore squads at 9 a.m. on the outside fields while New Jersey’s teams will face the Washington, D.C. teams at 11 a.m. The consolation games will be played at 2 p.m. on the outside fields; the girls’ championship will be at 2 p.m. in Johnny Unitas Stadium, followed by the boys’ title game.
Founded by Corrigan Sports Enterprises, the UnderArmour event was created as a forum for the elite high school lacrosse players in the country.
Participants in the senior games were chosen on May 22 from some of the best high school lacrosse players in the country. This year, rosters are dotted with players from Florida, Illinois, and Arizona, among those from traditional lax powers like Maryland, New York, Philly and New Jersey. The Philly Underclassmen girls’ team was selected after tryouts on June 8 and the boys’ team was named after tryouts on June 11-12.