By Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 11/4/10
The Long Island Sting, one of the top boys’ club teams on lacrosse-rich Long Island, is returning to compete Sunday in the 2nd Quaker Fall LaxFest at Radnor High.
The invite-only event is drawing 16 of the top club teams in the Mid-Atlantic Region and Canada in one of the fall’s major recruiting tournaments. Seven teams from Philly (Duke’s L.C., HEADstrong Elite, LB3, Mesa Fresh 2012, Mesa Fresh Select, Rebel Elite and Twist 2012) will be joined by three from Long Island (also LI Select and LI Express), two each from greater Baltimore (MadLax and Roughriders) and Ontario, Canada (Edge Srs. And Jrs.), and one each from New Jersey (Leading Edge 2012) and upstate New York (CNY RoadHawks). (See schedule below).
The Sting’s founder and varsity director, Ken Miller, said he was happy to return. The event, expected to draw coaches from at least 80 college programs, is co-directed by Radnor High coach John Begier and Pennsylvania men’s coach Mike Murphy.
“It’s limited to 16 teams and it really affords the kids a greater degree of exposure,” said Miller. “Coaches Murphy and Beiger do a great job organizing it; last year the sidelines were packed with coaches, and they have easy access to all the fields.
“My parents remarked to me how much they liked it last year. And we had four or five kids receive tremendous exposure and follow-up recruiting from the event.”
The Sting, in existence for 11 years, is comprised mostly of Long Island players, but also will bring two from Texas and one from Philly – Shipley School’s Mike Litner, a 44-goal scorer last year for the Friends Schools League champion.
Miller’s team is competing in six fall tournaments. In the summer, the Sting won championships at the Hotbeds and Top 16 in Baltimore. Miller said this tourney is crucial for rising juniors that are looking to play at the Division I level.
Miller – also the owner of Everest Recruiting – noted that some top Division I programs already have concluded their recruiting of juniors, but may want to add someone else to their list if the player shines in this type of setting. He also said that post-graduates get another chance to be seen against top teams and younger players get early looks.
“I think for rising kids (juniors) this is very important because they get an early read from the top Division I coaches,” Miller said. “The competition is very good and a lot of the D1 coaches want to find out early if the kids are legitimate Division I recruits.”
Games will be 60 minutes running time, 2-minute halftime, PA High School rules. Teams will be allowed one 30-second timeout per half. There will not be an overtime if a game ends in a tie.
Field #1 Twist 2012 v Edge Srs
Field #2 Mesa Fresh 2012 v Leading Edge (NJ) 2012
Field #3 CNY RoadHawks v Rebel Elite
Field #4 LB3 v Headstrong
#1 Edge Jrs v Long Island Sting
#2 Long Island Express v Dukes
#3 Long Island Select/FLG v MadLax (MD)
#4 Roughriders (MD) v Mesa Fresh Select
#1 LB3 v Leading Edge 2012
#2 Edge Srs v Rebel Elite
#3 CNY RoadHawks v Mesa Fresh 2012
#4 Twist 2012 v Headstrong
#1 Roughriders v FLG
#2 Dukes v Mesa Fresh Select
#3 Long Island Express v Edge Jrs
#4 Long Island Sting v MadLax
#1 Mesa Fresh 2012 v Rebel Elite
#2 Headstrong v Edge Srs
#3 Twist 2012 v Leading Edge 2012
#4 CNY RoadHawks v LB3
#1 MadLax v Dukes
#2 FLG v Edge Jrs
#3 Long Island Sting v Roughriders
#4 Long Island Express v Mesa Fresh Select