By Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 11/20/11
Pat Swanick is taking one last shot this fall.
The St. Joseph’s Prep senior attackman is one of 85 seniors playing today in the 2012 division of the Philly boys Showcase at Episcopal Academy.
The event is just part of a massive day of lacrosse here at Newtown Square in the final day of a three-day event that has brought more than 200 college coaches and 150 programs as well as more than 1,000 lacrosse players to the Philly region.
The Senor Showcase is being held along with the 36-team Philly Invitational Tournament. Games are being held on eight fields until 4 p.m. today with club teams from as far as Calgary (Elev8) and Ontario (Edge) and throughout the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions.
The tournament also features many Philly club and high school teams such as Duke’s L.C., LB3 and NXT Lacrosse, Haverford School, Malvern Prep, St. Joseph’s Prep, Episcopal Academy, Downingtown East and Downingtown West.
In two high-profile games today, Haverford School edged Georgetown Prep (Md.) and Malvern Prep tied Christian Brothers Academy (N.Y.).
Top club teams from around the East Coast include MadLax and Green Turtle from the Maryland/DC/Virginia region, Top Gun Clams and Laxachusetts from Massachusetts, and 2Knights from New Jersey. There also are a number of top high school teams from surrounding regions.
Swanick, who helped St. Joe’s Prep reach the state finals last year, is a diminutive attackman known for his quickness and smarts. He excelled last week while playing for HEADstrong in the Ultimate Performance Fall Shootout at South River High near Annapolis, Md., and is looking for a late shot at a D1 school.
“This is definitely my last recruiting event for the fall,” he said after scoring four goals in the first two games of the three-game event. “It’s definitely a great chance to get seen.
“The competition is great and I am having as lot of fun. I am just looking for a chance to get seen. I play ice hockey as well so I don’t get out as much as I could.
“I would like to go D1 but if it doesn’t happen that’s alright since I have decent grades.”
Swanick said he hopes the coaches continue to notice his speed and vision.
“My strengths are my quickness and hopefully my stick and vision on the field,” he said.
“The first game was a little slow, but by the second game we knew each other’s names and we moved the ball a lot better.”
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