By Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 11/13/11
FLEMINGTON, N.J. – Kevin Louie and Daniel Anderson admit they are not be the most well known lacrosse players in the Philadelphia region.
So they were pleased to get their chance in the spotlight as member of Black Bear Blue Saturday in the first day of action at the F-4 Showbine lacrosse tournament at Diamond Nation.
Louie is a junior attackman at Concord High (DE), and Anderson is a senior attackman at Collegium Charter in Exton. Each hoped to get a few looks while playing in an event that featured a round robin tourney and skill testing in shooting and the 40-yard dash.
More than 40 teams are competing in the two-day tourney that drew 31 college coaches Saturday and is expected to draw at least 40 more today when some of the elite teams play. Coaches can watch all the action on the four turf fields from a tower in the middle of the complex. Click here for today’s schedule.
Louie has started at Concord since his freshman year and also will compete in the Philly Showcase next weekend.
“I really want to play college lacrosse; that’s my dream,” he said. “I come from Delaware and you don’t get too much exposure so you really have to put yourself out there,” said Louie, who clocked 83 MPH for his best shot and also 73 MPH while shooting on the run after a dodge. “Playing for Black Bear and playing in the Showbine is a way to get seen.
“I came here last year here and it was a great experience. I hope coaches can see me and see what I can do. I talk to a lot of coaches but you got to get ou there and get seen. I hope they see me and make a contact.”
Anderson may not be a household name to most Philly lacrosse followers, but he has enjoyed a standout career at Collegium Chartewr, which plays in the small Inter-County League. He set a school record for goals last year with 50 and had eight in one game, helping his squad finish 10-6 and qualify for the league playoffs. He also has 128 career goals and is aiming for 200 overall.
He says playing in major recruiting tournaments is essential for him.
“We have a really small school and the lacrosse program is small like the school so it’s hard to get someone out there,” he said. “Thats why have to come to tournaments to get seen. Plus, this is the greatest way I can spend my weekend; I love lacrosse.”
Anderson’s best shot was 78 MPH and his best time for shooting on the run was 70 MPH. “Dodging on the run is always more difficult,” he said. “You have to time the shot with the movement of your feet.
“This is the first time at the F4 Showbine and I want to get to as many tournaments as I can. We just played a team from Florida (the Swashbucklers) and I didn’t know they had lacrosse players as good as that in Florida. It’s really impressive how much lacrosse has grown.”