By Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 11/10/10
The head coaches of three boys’ club teams from Long Island said their trip to Radnor Sunday at the Quaker LaxFest was well worth the time and effort.
The event featured 16 of the top teams from the Mid-Atlantic Region and Canada, including seven from Philly. The Long Island teams included the Sting, the Express and L.I. Select/For the Love of the Game.
“It was everything it was billed up to be,” said L.I. Sting director/coach Ken Miller. “The competition was very good and at every game I saw multiple college coaches watching us.”
Miller said by Monday morning he had already gotten several e-mails from some of the more than 100 coaches from 79 colleges that attended the event.
“As on Monday morning I had gotten six e-mails from college coaches asking about particular kids,” Miller said. “We also had four or five kids receive e-mails from college coaches.
“It was a function of two things – every team in the tournament was good and it was a well-organized event.”
College coaches told Phillylacrosse.com the tournament – run by Radnor coach John Begier and Penn coach Mike Murphy – was first class.
“Even at the last game we played I counted eight or nine college coaches watching the game,” said Miller. “This can be compared to the Brine Shootout in the summer in terms of exclusivity and college coaches in attendance.”
Mike Chanenchuk, the director of the Long Island Express, said his team enjoyed the chance to shine in the Philly spotlight.
“There were a lot of great opportunities to have our kids play in front of a lot of great coaches,” he said. “We think this is one of the best fall tournaments because of the competition and organization.
“We got to play (Edge) from Canada, the Duke’s Lacrosse Club and Mesa Fresh. That’s three great teams. And it’s great to see all the top schools here.”
Chanenchuk also brought his team last year when the tourney began. He plans to come back again if invited.
“They run a great tournament,” he said. “I think the sophomores are on the radar and juniors are now getting picked up.
“I’d say most of the top 50 players have committed, but there are another 550 or so that will play at the Division I level. You have 60 schools that play Division I lacrosse, so there are 550 more spots.
“If you show you can compete here, you can work your way onto a Division I college team since the best of the best coaches are here. It’s like on-stop shopping.”
Long Island Select/FLG coach John Nessler said his team enjoyed getting to play top-flight competition.
“The biggest thing for our guys is that we’re trying to get them recognized by top schools,” said Nessler. “We brought some sophomores down here and we’re trying to open up doors for them and get college coaches to notice them when they’re a little younger.
“And we also have some juniors that haven’t committed yet. Coming down here is good for us. The recruiting process is getting (more competitive) and faster every year; they need the edge to showcase themselves.”