Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 5/29/11
By Alex Frazier
Courtesy of SuburbanOneSports.com
Nothing lights up a defenseman more than whacking the stick out of an opponent’s hands.
Certainly Pennsbury’s Dan Marr thrives on that.
In his last regular season game against Lower Merion, he had a great time.
“He probably threw five checks where the kids literally dropped their sticks because he threw it with such accuracy and velocity,” said Pennsbury coach Jamie Huber.
“It’s always fun,” said Marr. “If they leave them hanging…they’re fun checks to throw.”
It was Marr making the defensive play that set up the game winner in last Saturday’s 4-3 quarterfinal upset of Avon Grove in the district quarterfinals. That win, in overtime, helped the Falcons earn an automatic berth into the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) tournament. Pennsbury finished fourth in the District 1 tourney after bowing to eventual champion Conestoga in the semifinals and Downingtown West in the consolation game.
Pennsbury will meet District 12 champion St. Joseph’s Prep in the first round of the PIAA tourney Wednesday at 6 p.m. at Plymouth Whitemarsh.
It’s not unusual that Marr is matched up against the other team’s best player.
“He always does a great job of shutting guys down,” said Huber. “I can use him whenever I want to, wherever I want to.”
Marr also said that playing against good players on his own team in practice day in and day out has made him a better player. This year Marr has scored one goal and assisted on two others. He has 50 ground balls and 80 takeaways.
Marr says that his height (6-1) is an advantage.
“(It’s an advantage) with knocking down passes and going over the head with some of the checks,” he said.
Marr started as a midfielder in sixth grade but in seventh his coach handed him a long pole and he never went back.
“I tried it out and liked it,” he said. “At the time they were in need of defensemen, and I volunteered and have loved it ever since.”
At Pennsbury, he started as a long stick midfielder for his first two years, but moved to close defense as a junior, which suited him just fine because there was less running and he was on the field longer.
“What I like about it a lot is the defense comes together as a unit and you’re in constant communication with everyone,” he said. “On offense I feel it’s more individual work, one-on-one dodging.”
Marr is a four-year starter. Though he did not make all-league as a freshman, perhaps an egregious oversight, he has been on the first team every other year. Last year he was the team’s Defensive MVP and is likely to repeat that this year and is in the running for overall MVP.
He has also been a two-year captain.
“I’m not the one to vocalize,” he said. “I’m more (like) I’ll pull you aside and tell you what to do and get you going in the right direction.”
“He’s not a very vocal leader,” confirmed Huber, “but when you take into consideration everything else he does, it’s a minuscule thing.”
Besides excelling in lacrosse, Marr is an excellent student with a 4.0 GPA on a 5.0 scale. Last year he took AP microeconomics.
“Somehow I’m still maintaining some A’s in my classes even though it’s second semester senior year,” he said. “I’m pretty happy with that.”
He was also a Chair of the Prom Committee and is an active leader in his church’s youth group.
For the last two summers, he’s gone on a mission to the Bahamas, working with the natives on such things as vegetable gardening, painting and roofing. He plans to go back again this summer.
Next year Marr will try to walk on at Penn State. Having attended fall football games and this year’s Blue and White game, it’s not surprising that he was attracted to the school.
“That was a huge factor for me,” he said. “I just fell in love with the campus.”
Though he was recruited by some Division III schools, he wanted a bigger campus. “Small schools weren’t really for me,” he said.
If he doesn’t make the lacrosse team, so be it. “I love lacrosse but it’s not something that’s going to make or break my college experience,” he said.
As for a major, one day it’s political science, the next hotel management.
“My mind changes every day, every time I see something cool on TV or in the paper,” he said.
Whatever it turns out to be, he’ll attack it just like it was the other team’s best player.
“I can’t say enough good things about him,” said Huber.
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