By Laura Frankenfield
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 11/17/10
He will come from a small, unknown Midwestern town in lacrosse terms, hoping to impress the college coaches in a major Eastern recruiting tournament.
But junior Brendan Sheehan, an attackman/midfielder from Adlai E. Stevenson High in Lincolnshire, Ill., a Chicago suburb, welcomes the challenge of playing lacrosse in the Philly Showcase this Saturday.
“I chose the Philly Showcase because of the high levels of talent and the number of coaches that will be attending,” he said. “After doing some research on the showcase’s website and Inside Lacrosse and seeing that over 119 coaches had registered for last year, I was extremely impressed.”
Sheehan will be one of 347 boys at Saturday’s event, which is expected to draw more than 100 college coaches to what has quickly evolved into one of the fall’s top recruiting events. The weekend kicks off with the pre-Showcase Friday at Cabrini College and concludes with the Philly Girls’ Showcase Sunday.
Sheehan, a starter since freshman year who plays on Team One Red for the True Lacrosse All-Stars, has enjoyed coming East to play in major tourneys.
He already has played in the Hotbeds, King of the Hill, Blue Chip 225 and Top 205. “Each tournament I learned a minor detail that really helped me improve my game,” he said.
The Philly Showcase also has attracted coaches from some of the top programs, such as PA state champion Conestoga (coach Brian Samson), Central League champion Springfield-Delco (coach Tom Lemieux) and Tennessee’s No. 1 ranked team, McCallie School (coach Tim Foote).
Sheehan expects to face top competition coming into the Philly Showcase.
“The majority of the kids that are attending this showcase have high aspirations to play college lacrosse, so the level of play should be very competitive,” he said.
Without a doubt, Sheehan is prepared to play at the same competitive level as he has the same aspirations as all the other 346 players have, to play in college. He noted that he is looking for a D1 school and that excellence in both academics and athletics is crucial in his choice of college.
“Academics matters just as much, if not more than athletics because the lacrosse experiences I have while in college will only last me four years – but my education will stay with me for the rest of my life,” added the honor roll student and National Honor Society member.