By Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 6/17/11
More than 40 college coaches from around the nation attended the Third Eastern Pennsylvania Scholastic Lacrosse Association (EPSLA) Showcase Thursday at Plymouth Whitermarsh.
EPSLA president and event co-organizer Andy Hayes said the Showcase provided the Philly area with the highest of exposure.
“I think it’s pretty clear that the Philadelphia lacrosse area is churning out just as many good lacrosse as anywhere else,” he said. “In college you see Philly kids’ names all over the TV.
“The summer is getting so busy with events that with so few players and so many coaches here, it’s a testament to lacrosse in this area.”
The Showcase featured 88 of the top juniors and sophomores playing in two All-Star games, with players from private school teams meeting players from public school squads. Most of the juniors had not committed.
Coaches from national powers such as NCAA runner-up Maryland, North Carolina and Denver were in attendance, along with coaches from Philly’s Penn, Drexel, Lehigh and St. Joseph’s. Coaches from Division II and Division III teams also were present to watch the private school teams win both games (13-6 in the Juniors and 10-6 in the Sophomores).
“There are very few coaches’ organizations that can put on this type of event,” said Hayes. “The EPSLA works very hard to put this on and the college coaches want to see the best players in the area.”
Public Sophomores head coach Matt Coverdale (Central Bucks West) said the game was an ideal way for Philly players to shine in a team setting.
“I think it’s a great opportunity for these young men to play at this high level with high level teammates,” he said. “They’ve been selected and it gives them an opportunity to build their lacrosse resume and showcase their talents in front of a great group of coaches on the opposite sideline.
“It’s wonderful exposure and wonderful exposure for Eastern Pennsylvania lacrosse. It’s a great event and we look to see the reputation of the event grow for the future.”
Coverdale said both Sophomore teams appeared mesh quickly.
“It’s wonderful to see a group of talented players that have the ability to move the ball and find each other and build some chemistry in such a short time,” he said. “There was a lot of talent demonstrated on both sides of the field by both squads.
“There was a ton of effort for all four quarters by both teams.”