By Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 11/24/11
Salesianum School (DE) junior midfielder Craig Zebrowski knew he had to rise to the level of play last weekend when he geared for the Philly Boys Showcase.
But even he admits he was pleased with the result.
Following the morning session Saturday at Episcopal Academy, Zebrowski was named the Top Point Scorer for the Class of 2013 players (more than 250) by Top Left
Lacrosse. The voting was done by independent evaluators.
Zebrowski, a member of last spring’s Delaware state champions, was named to the Gait Fab 40 All-Star Game and then scored two goals for the Black team in an 8-8 tie with the White.
Zabrowski also stood out for Mesa Fresh 2013 in Friday’s Pre-Showcase Benefit game vs. HEADstrong.
“The level of play from everyone was obviously superior to many other tournaments,” said Zebrowski of the Philly Showcase, which drew more than 550 players overall for two days, and another 700 players to Sunday’s Invitational Tournament and the Pre-Showcase. “There were over (500 players) and then once it got narrowed down to the All-Star Game literally the best of the best were playing and I knew I had to step up my level of play to get noticed.
“I felt I did do that with how I played in the All-Star Game and the first three (morning) games.”
The Philly Showcase brought more than 160 college coaches from over 125 programs to the event. Players from 30 states competed.
“It was a lot of fun to play with and against these players and to see so many different styles from different regions,” Zebrowski said.
What did Zebrowski do to adjust to the high level of play?
“I definitely feel that I can keep up with them,” he said. “I had to go faster and faster and use my different speeds.”
What does he still need to work on?
“Stick skills,” he said. “I can work on my wall ball.”
Zebrowski said the extra competition will only help him and his Sals as they prepare to defend their Delaware state championship. Next spring Salesianum will play several top teams from out of state and hopes to make its name among the national powers.
“We are right in the middle of all the other hotbeds,” he said. “(Delaware) is not necessary a hotbed itself, but we are surrounded by a lot of talent. This year we added a lot of out-of-state games and we are really ready to play some of the top teams in the area and show how the Delaware state champions compare to other top teams in nearby regions.”
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