By Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 11/16/10
Face-off specialist Evan Caterson said he was always known for his good speed, but now he has proof.
Sunday at Diamond Nation in Flemington, N.J., Caterson and the Duke’s Lacrosse Club excelled at the F4 Showbine, a combination showcase and combine that attracted 26 top club and high school teams and more than 50 college coaches to a unique recruiting tournament.
Caterson, a junior at Pennsbury, had the fastest 40-yard dash time (4.63) in Sunday’s competition (Twist’s Greg Farris ran the fastest time for the weekend in 4.52). He also helped the Duke’s go 2-0-1 in the tourney, claiming wins over the Long Island Sting (7-5) and Connecticut Chargers (8-3). Duke’s LC also tied the Long Island Express, 6-6.
“I’ve been know for my speed and I guess this reinforced it,” Caterson said. “I’ve never done that (combine) before. It was interesting; it gave college coaches a different look.
College coaches got to watch all the action from a temperature-controlled tower, two stories tall, in the middle of the complex.
Also for the Dukes, defenseman Mike Paoline (Downingtown West junior) had the fastest shot, at 102 MPH. Caterson and Paoline won Cascade Helmets.
“I was pretty impressed with the turnout of coaches,” Paoline said. “The Showbine was a different scheme. It was fun.
“We fooled around over summer with a gun and I got 93 (MPH). The first time I shot here I had a 93 and then 98 two times.
“Then on the last one I hit 102. I couldn’t believe I went over 100.”
The event, held for the first time, was played at a venue that had four turf fields and two practice fields where physical skills in the sprint, the vertical jump as well as shooting on the run and fastest shot were held.
“The facilities were great and there were a ton of college coaches and plenty of great teams,” said Caterson. “Everyone was right there. You didn’t have to walk around.”
Caterson said he is looking at Division I and Division III schools.
“I sure hope this helped me,” he said. “It gets my name out there. It’s good for advertising yourself.”
Another Duke’s LC member, senior midfielder Dan Kinek (Emmaus), had a strong showing as he tries to impress Division I coaches. He was voted the team MVP by his coaches.
“We played lot of good competition and there were a lot of coaches there,” said Kinek, an all-league performer at Emmaus who is being looked at by several Division I colleges. “We all got great exposure.”
Duke’s coaches reported these other team highlights:
Offensive MVP’s were Dan Kinek, Emmaus midfielder; Connor Haab, Episcopal Academy attackman; and Jeremy Omrod, Holy Ghost Prep attackman/middie.
Defensive MVP’s were Colin Brown, LSM from Wilson West Lawn; and Bubba Kluver, defenseman from Abington.
Face-off MVP’s were Brad Perz, Bishop Shanahan ;and Evan Caterson, Pennsbury.
Overall MVP: Dan Kinek.