By Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 11/20/10
The Duke’s Lacrosse Club swept two games and more than $4,000 was raised in the Dan Carr Benefit at Cabrini College Friday as the Philly Showcase weekend kicked off in style.
Eighty-five college coaches braved 30-degree temperatures as the Duke’s L.C., Rebel Elite and the Inter-Ac League All-Stars competed in three games. Proceeds went to help Carr, a popular Philly supporter who is fighting a brain tumor.
The Duke’s L.C., five-time winners at Champ camp and rated the No. 1 club team by Inside Lacrosse in 2009, earned victories over the Inter-Ac, 6-2, and Rebel Elite, 11-1.
Also, the Inter-Ac defeated Rebel Elite, 7-3. (See scoring summaries).
Action continues today in the weekend event as nearly 350 boys compete in the Philly Showcase at Episcopal Academy. On Sunday more than 200 girls will compete in the Girls’ Showcase at EA. Admission is free.
The event Friday served several roles: showcasing a number of uncommitted Philly boys’ players, while also supporting Carr, considered a Philly lacrosse ambassador.
During the event it was announced that Penn Charter was starting a “Score for the Cure” campaign where players raise money for the Dan Carr Fund by getting sponsors for each goal they score in 2011. Also, wristbands wil be sold for $5.\
One of Carr’s sons, Penn Charter junior Shane, played Friday for the Inter-Ac stars and plays for the Duke’s L.C. His older brother, Dan, is a starting goalie at Lehigh and also played at Penn Charter and for the Duke’s L.C.
“I’ve known Mr Carr since I was in third or fourth grade,” said Penn Charter senior Joey Sankey, who plays both for Rebel Elite and the Duke’s L.C. and has signed with North Carolina. “Mr. Carr has always been the most positive and passionate person about lacrosse and about life.
“It kills me to see what he’s been going through, but as always he’s been positive about it.
“He loves lacrosse and he’s always been at so many games and he’s always supported me and my family, and everyone he knows.”
Said Shane Carr: “It’s awesome how the lacrosse community in the area reached out to us. To see all these people here is cool. But this is also a great event. It was great looking at the sidelines and seeing so many coaches.”
To learn more about the efforts to help support the Carr family, click here to learn about the “Dan Carr Fund to Fight Brain Cancer.”
The Duke’s L.C. got three goals from Dan Kinek (Emmaus senior) and two more from Jeremy Omrod (Holy Ghost Prep junior) in its 6-2 win over the Inter-Ac stars. Goalie Victor Garcia (La Salle senior) did not allow a goal in the first half.
In their first game, the Dukes got three goals from Ryan Ambler (Abington junior) and two each from Parker Self (Central Bucks East junior) and Henry Blynn (Haverford School junior). Garcia and Tyler Morrell (Episcopal Academy junior) handled the goaltending chores.
“I was fortunate enough for (coach) Ebe (Helm) to ask me to come out and play,” said Kinek, who scored four goals and is looking for the right Division I school. “I was all pumped up.
“There were like 80 coaches; it was awesome. I was nervous at first, but once the game started I got into a groove and everybody played well. It was great exposure. It was weird playing at 9 o’clock at night, but the whole team played well.”
Garcia, who saw regular time last year for La Salle but was not the starting goalie, also is searching for a Division I home. He will play today in the Philly Showcase.
“I just wanted to get some looks,” said Garcia, who also will play in a recruiting event Sunday in Maryland. “I wanted to get out and have a good showing and get my swag back in a big-game situation under the lights.
“Overall, the defense played well, the offense was firing and the whole team played great. This helps (in getting seen); it’s even bigger because (I wasn’t a starter).”
The Inter-Ac stars rallied for the win over Rebel Elite after falling behind, 3-1, in the first half. Jake Glancy (Malvern Prep junior) scored twice for the Inter-Ac in that game and Connor Crump (Germantown Academy junior) scored once in each game.
“It was a lot of fun playing with a bunch of guys you usually play against in the season,” said Crump, who is playing today in the Showcase. “I have heard from a couple schools, and I am waiting to see how the process works out.”
Frankie Magazu (junior from Kingsway, NJ) had a goal in each game for Rebel Elite.
“I wanted to get some college looks and it was great competing with some of the best teams in Philly,” he said.
Rebel Elite featured four players from Allentown Central Catholic, a budding program that went 19-4 last year and figures to challenge for a Lehigh Valley Conference title in 2011. one of the players, senior attackman Adam Wydra, scored once. The other ACC players included senior Brian Topper (LSM) and juniors Matt Savage (MF) and Steve Mussoline (attackman).
“We’re all just trying to get looked at by college coaches,” Wydra said. “he exposure here was great.”