This is one of a series of articles counting down the Top 20 Stories of Philly lacrosse for 2010
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 1/17/11
Philadelphia continued to progress as a city for lacrosse showcases in 2010 – the No. 4 Story of the Year in Philly lacrosse as named by Phillylacrosse.com.
The 2nd Philly Showcase expanded heavily this year; from a one-day boys’ showcase to a three-day event that included the Dan Carr Benefit and the Philly Girls’ Showcase. The boys’ and girls’ showcases were held at Episcopal Academy.
The Dan Carr Benefit featured three games between all-stars from the Inter-Ac League and two top Philly club teams, the Duke’s L.C. and Rebel Elite. The event raised almost $4,000 for Carr, a popular Philly lacrosse supporter fighting brain cancer. The event was well-attended (more than 75 college coaches) despite 30-degree temperatures.
The Boys’ Showcase Saturday featured 335 players from 17 states and Canada. More than 100 college coaches attended. The girls’ event drew 203 players and coaches from over 20 programs.
Earlier in November, Radnor hosted the 2nd Fall LaxFest, featuring 16 of the top boys’ club teams from the Mid-Atlantic region and Canada. Seven of the squads were from Philly, with teams also coming from Long Island, greater Maryland, upstate New York, New Jersey and Ontario. The event drew more than 100 college coaches from 80 programs.
New to the scene was the F4 Showbine at Flemington, N.J. the event, run by several Philly club owners, used a new concept of a tournament and combine (players were tested in 40-yard dash, hardest shot and vertical leap) in a two-day event. Twenty-six teams participated and more than 50 coaches attended.
Also in the fall was the Mid-Atlantic Fall Showcase at Haverford School. The event drew 15 teams from 13 schools and attracted more than 25 college coaches.
During the summer, the Blue Diamonds Lacrosse Showcase and Combine at Owen J. Roberts. The event, run by the Penn Premier club team, featured games and testing by the Parisi Speed School.
The year’s showcases kicked off with the 2nd Eastern Pennsylvania Scholastic Lacrosse Association Showcase. The event was held at Penn’s Franklin Field for the first time and featured 89 of the top Philly juniors and sophomores. More than 50 college coaches attended.