Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 11/21/10
The following are comments from the Jr./Sr. MVPs at the Gait Fab Forty all-star games from the Philly Girls’ Lacrosse Showcase Sunday at Episcopal Academy.
Offensive MVP: Rachel Shaw, North Penn, Blue, Jr.
Why did you sign up?
“My coaches introduced me to (the Showcase) and that it was good for college coaches to see. I love lacrosse so I figured it would be a fun thing to do.”
On playing against top players:
“At my high school we also go through tough competition and there’s always good teams out there. So it’s a good thing to try to get better. I was really nervous coming here, but I try not to think about it (the coaches watching).”
Defensive MVP:Ally McLaughlin, Harriton, White, Jr.
How difficult was it to adjust to the new teammates?
“It was a little hard in the beginning because you didn’t know anybody. We got used to them when we learned each other’s names and talked to each on the field.’
What did you learn?
“To bring more clothing to showcases because it’s really cold! It’s good to know how to play with people you don’t know because you have to play with everybody. I’m sure it will help (in recruiting). There were a lot of college coaches here.”
Offensive MVP: Ali Karwoski, Great Valley, Blue, Jr.:
“It was a lot of fun. I wasn’t sure how it was going to go. It ended up being a great experience. A few of my friends were (signing up) and I heard there would be a lot of coaches. I thought it would be worth it.”
Defensive MVP: Caroline Doran, Haverford High, White, Jr.:
“I think it’s really good exposure for recruiting. Also, I signed up because it’s fun to play lacrosse; it’s Fall, you’re in the off-season. It’s a nice time to come together and play with another group of girls I hadn’t played with.
“I like working with new girls, especially communicating with the defenses on the run.”
The following are comments from seniors and juniors on the Philly Girls’ Lacrosse Showcase during morning games:
Allison Frymoyer, Upper Merion junior goalie: “There’s a lot of colleges I like here, and it’s a really good way to be seen. Lacrosse is my life so I go around playing anyway.”
The goalies rotated from team to team.
“I had to pick things up really quick. I was with this team for two games and now I am switching.”
Katie Stroup, Garnet Valley junior goalie: “This is the first time playing with this team, and I’ll be playing with another. It’s a little difficult, especially at first. You have to get the vibe of how they play and then adjust. But all the girls are really nice. I just wanted to get out and have coaches watch. And I like playing.
Britta Hjelm, Conestoga junior midfielder: “I heard of it (the Showcase) before, and I know i it was only for boys. I can definitely see it growing, too, as years go on, I think it was well ran.
“I got to play against a bunch if people. It was fun because I’m passing and scoring with girls who normally play defense against me.”
Olivia Kerrigan, Strath Haven senior goalie: “It was really good. I was interested to see how it was, playing with girls I never played with before. But everyone was so nice and the coaching staff was amazing. We meshed very well.”
Note: Frymoyer, Stroup, Hjelm and Kerrigan were later named to the Gait Fab Forty all-star teams.