By Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 6/17/11
The Private school sophomores broke open a tight game with a 4-1 run in the third period to claim a 10-6 victory Thursday in the Eastern Pennsylvania Scholastic Lacrosse Association Showcase at Plymouth Whitemarsh.
Anthony Marini (St. Joseph’s Prep) and Gavin McBride (Haverford School) each sacored twice for the Private all-stars while Ian Strain (Episcopal Academy), Joe Dunn (Malvern Prep), Dan McMenamin (Lansdale Catholic), Trupert Ortlieb (Episcopal Academy), Mike O’Malley (Haverford School), and Tyler Chambers (Episcopal Academy) each scored once.
More than 40 college coaches attended the game and sat on lawnchairs on the opposite side of the field.
“Any time you come in to this type of game with all these coaches watching kids try to do too much and want to stick top corner and do this and that,” said Marini. “You just have to play within yourself.
“I tried to make smart decisions and move and make other kids better – the little things.”
Marini, who helped St. Joe’s Prep reach the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) finals last week, said it was exciting to see where he stood against the top sophomores in the region.
“Sometimes you wonder when you play with kids going off to college, ‘How do I match up with kids my own age?’” he said. “So when you come here, it’s an awesome opportunity.”
La Salle long stick midfielder Andrew Eidenshink enjoyed the challenge of trying to bond quickly with new teammates, some he knew from past lacrosse experiences.
“Most of the Inter-Ac kids knew each other and I knew a lot of kids from Abington Lacrosse Club and that helped,” he said. “Everybody kind of meshed. We had a fun group.”
Eidenshink said the game-plan was to play aggressively.
“Our coaches emphasized running down the field and putting pressure on the ball,” he said. “So, when they subbed a lot of guys out we doubled. On man down we pressed out and the coach had the shorty lock the man out and that threw them out of sync.”
Did Eidenshink think about the many college coaches?
“I honestly didn’t even look at who was here,” he said. “I figured it was better not to put as much pressure on yourself. It helped that played well as a unit.”
Matt Barrett (Malvern Prep) had four saves as the second-half goalie while Jake Landman (Haverford School) added three for the Private team.
For the Public all-stars, Vail Urso (Garnet Valley) and Mike Rama (Upper Dublin) each scored twice while Trevor Kupecky (Upper Merion) and Robert Raucci (Garnet Valley) each scored once.
“My goal is to get looked at by coaches and I thought I had some opportunities,” said Kupecky, who added an assist. “The first thing was to have a good time. Once the game started I was nervous, but then I got going and had a good time.
“I had a couple feeds. I thought I played my game. Just making the team is a good honor.”
In goal, Brendan Manderack (Radnor) had six saves and Robbie Zonino (Conestoga) added three.
“You try to block them (the coaches) out and pretend it’s a normal game and that nobody is watching,” said Manderack. “I tried not to make many mistakes and play my game.
“I really wanted to win, but a couple mistakes here and there cost us. If we had played a little smarter we could have had that. But I think we had a talented group of guys.”
Private Sophomores 10, Public Sophomores 6
Private 3-2-4-1 – 10
Public 3-1-1-1 – 6
Public – Robbie Zonino (Conestoga) 3, Brendan Manderack (Radnor) 6
Private- Jake Landman (Haverford School) 3, Matt Barrett (Malvern Prep) 4
Private: Gavin McBride (Haverford School) 2g, Anthony Marini (St. Joeph’s Prep) 2g, Ian Strain (Episcopal Academy) 1g, Joe Dunn (Malvern Prep) 1g, Dan McMenamin (Lansdale Catholic) 1g, Trupert Ortlieb (Episcopal Academy) 1g, Mike O’Malley (Haverford School) 1g, Tyler Chambers (Episcopal Academy) 1g.
Public – Vail Urso (Garnet Valley) 2g, Mike Rama (Upper Dublin) 2g, Robert Raucci (Garnet Valley) 1g, Trevor Kupecky (Upper Merion) 1g.