By Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 10/2/11
Christopher Baughan will take special pride in competing in the third Philly Showcase on Nov. 19 at Episcopal Academy.
The sophomore goalie from Portsmouth Abbey School (R.I.) is the grandson of former Philadelphia Eagles great Maxie Baughan. A transfer from Foxboro High (MA), located minutes from the New England Patriots home field, Baughan also starts at wide receiver for the football team at Portsmouth Abbey.
But Christopher’s No. 1 sport is lacrosse – and he is excited to compete in the Philly Showcase, where his grandfather is expected to among those in attendance.
Philly Showcase: The third Philly Showcase will be held Nov. 19-20 at Episcopal Academy. The event is broken into Sophomores and Juniors (Nov. 19) and Seniors (Nov. 20). More than 100 college coaches are expected to attend the event, one of the biggest of its kind each fall. Players that wish to participate who have not yet received registration instructions may place themselves on the Philly Boys Showcase Wait List at http://showcaselacrosse.com/2011boyswaitlist/ .
Christopher Baughan bio: A sophomore at Portsmouth Abbey (R.I.), he excelled at the New England Top 150 Camp in July and stood out for club NESLL. He is a starting wide receiver on the Portsmouth Abbey football team.
Why did you sign up to compete in the Philly Showcase?: “I heard it’s awesome. Ken Allis the head guy at NESLL, recommended it. It’s a great opportunity to get down there and impress some coaches. It’s one of the better tournaments I can go to.
How will you handle competing in an individual tournament? “I have to talk it up with the other guy before the game and make some simple calls. Each type of tournament has its advantages. When you play in a team tournament, coaches can see you work with your teammates. When it’s an individual tournament, your skills can pop out.”
His football roots: Grandfather Maxie Baughan was a standout rookie on the Eagles’ last NFL championship team, in 1960. He played six seasons for the Eagles and 10 overall in the NFL, also playing for the Rams and Redskins. He made the Pro Bowl in nine of his 10 seasons. Baughan, who later was head coach at Cornell, is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame. Christopher’s father, Mark, played football at Cornell.
“Everyone in my family played football,” Christopher said. “But lacrosse is my first sport. I got into it as soon as they started the program in Foxboro. My dad is super supportive and it has worked out well.
Christopher Baughan’s top attributes/areas of need as a goalie: “I definitely have quick hands. Clearing the ball is one thing I need to work on. I also need to be a little louder on the field. I worked on that this summer and improved a lot.”