By Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 6/17/11
The Private All-Stars bolted to an 8-3 halftime lead and coasted to a 13-6 victory Thursday in the Juniors game at the third annual Eastern Pennsylvania Scholastic Lacrosse Association (EPSLA) Showcase at Plymouth Whitemarsh.
More than 40 college coaches from around the nation attended the Showcase, which featured four all-star squad of 22 players clashing in Private-vs.Public formats.
Joe McErlean (Bishop Shanahan), Tim, Browne (St. Joseph’s Prep), Zach Rego (Haverford School) and Jeremy Omrod (Holy Ghost Pep) scored two goals each for the Private stars. Connor McCann (Episcopal Academy), Pat Swanick (St. Joseph’s Prep), Blaine Fleming (St. Joseph’s Prep), Reid Blynn (Haverford School), and Tyler Earley (Penn Charter) each scored once.
In goal, Tyler Morrell (Episcopal Academy) made four saves and Jackson Tamasitis (Penn Charter) had three.
For Blynn, the exposure was critical as he looks to play at the college level. He played sparingly this year on a team that went 23-0 and is being considered by all to be the national high school champion.
“I was a little tired today; it’s been a while since I played a whole game,” said Blynn. “But I thought I played pretty well and it definitely feels good. It makes whole year feel like a success.
“I played with a couple of the guys from the Public team on PennStar and others on my township team for Radnor. It’s fun; and I enjoy playing with Inter-Ac kids.”
For Morrell – who also played in last year’s Sophomore game – the Showcase was important because he felt his season had a lot of ups and downs as the Churchmen struggled following a good start.
“I am starting over (in the recruiting process) and I felt like this really helped me for the summer,” Morrell said. “I’m trying to get my name out there. I felt I played pretty well and cleared the ball better than last year; that’s what I needed to work on.”
For the Public stars, Chris Vetter (Central Bucks East) and Calvin Hopkins (Pennsbury) each scored a pair of goals while Radnor teammates Mike Barnes and Ben Junior each scored once.
Steve Brodeur (Strath Haven) made six saves in goal and Andrew Sabia (Plymouth Whitemarsh) made four.
“What I wanted first was to learn the offense and learn everyone’s strength and play to them,” Vetter said. ‘We got off slow at the beginning, but at the end we figured it out.
“I was just looking to show some hustle and some skills. I wanted to show I could take it to the cage and that I knew when to take it and when to set someone up. I also wanted to look for open spots up top.”
Did Vetter think about the college coaches on the sideline?
“The only time I thought about them was after I did something bad or something good,” he said. “If I did something bad, I may have looked over to see if someone was watching.”
Public stars defenseman Matt Ward (Ridley) said the poles tried to work as a team with limited time together.
“I was looking to show coaches what I could do, but that it’s not just an individual game,” he said. “I wanted to show I could communicate with others I barely know.
“But I was trying to put them (the coaches) out of my head and block them out.”
Private 13, Public 6
Private 5-3-4-1 – 13
Public 1-2-1-2 – 6
Private – Tyler Morrell (Episcopal Academy) 4, Jackson Tamasitis (Penn Charter) 3
Public – Andrew Sabia (Plymouth Whitemarsh) 4, Steve Brodeur (Strath Haven) 6
Private – Joe McErlean (Bishop Shanahan) 2g, Tim Browne (St. Joseph’s Prep) 2g, Jeremy Omrod (Holy Ghost Prep) 2g, Zach Rego (Haverford School) 2g, Connor McCann (Episcopal Academy) 1g, Pat Swanick (St. Joseph’s Prep) 1g, Blaine Fleming (St. Joseph’s Prep) 1g, Reid Blynn (Haverford School) 1g, Tyler Earley (Penn Charter) 1g
Public – Chris Vetter (Central Bucks East) 2g, Calvin Hopkins (Pennsbury) 2g, Mike Barnes (Radnor) 1g, Ben Junior (Radnor) 1g