By Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 11/21/11
A startling total of 559 players in the classes of 2012, 2013 and 2014 competed in the Philly Boys Showcase this weekend.
It’s hard to imagine anyone that relished playing more than Lawrenceville School (N.J.) post-grad Jon Sax.
Sax, a defenseman, was a starter at 2011 PA state finalist St. Joseph’s Prep who had his senior year basically lost due to a broken leg and other complications sustained during the 2010 football season. This summer he sustained a sports hernia, but he endured rigorous rehab and was a two-way starter for the Lawrenceville football team.
Then, Sunday at Episcopal Academy, he made a triumphant return to the lacrosse field by playing well in three games at the Senior Showcase. Can he fulfill his dream of playing Division I or even DII or III college lacrosse?
That’s to be determined. But is he pleased to be back?
“I feel like I did alright, it was nice getting back in the swing of things,” Sax said. “I played two games with Lawrenceville Saturday (at the Tri-State Fall Tournament) so this is my first time playing since the Summer Sizzle here during the summer.”
Sax had to deal with tendinitis and a stress fracture as a result of his broken leg. He also had two sports hernia operations.
His biggest concerns in coming back to the lacrosse field?
“My flexibility, footwork and conditioning,” he said. “I am already a big strong guy. But I have to get used to using my hips again.
“You have no idea. It’s been a long road.”
Sax was pleased he earned a key role on the Lawrenceville football team, which capped a 6-3 season by defeating arch-rival Hill School in its final game this month.
“It had been so long since I played in a competitive environment; I was just so happy to suit up with pads,” he said. “It had been kind of a 12-month whirlwind in terms of injuries.
“The doctors said I would be back one week before football season. I came back and worked hard on my conditioning. I was sucking wind the first few weeks, but I did alright.”
His lacrosse future? Sax has high expectations for the spring season since the Big Red is a lacrosse power and has several dates with Philly powers. Lawrenceville also competes in the Inter-Ac Invitational.
Sax also is concerned that there are not many spots left on college rosters. But he is hopeful someone had a position left for a hard-hitting and heady close defenseman.
“I think the key issue at this point is that classes are filling up quickly,” he said. “Even sophomores are committing.
“If someone has a spot, I feel like I can play with anyone. I played with the likes of (Penn Charter’s) Joey Sankey (now a top freshman at North Carolina) and (Haverford School’s) Carl Walrath (now a toip freosh at Virginia).
“I just have to keep working hard and keep my head up. I am getting ready for the off season. I felt I am in pretty good shape.
“I am a little winded, but I am just out of football and looking forward to playing at Lawrenceville. We have some great players and we’ve got Malvern Prep, Haverford School and Deerfield – we have a very tough schedule.
“I just don’t want them to be concerned about my health.”
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