By Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 10/11/11
Cherry Creek High (CO) sophomore midfielder Colby Goettelman said she chose to compete in the Philly Showcase to gain more exposure.
“I heard about it through my dad because he was going to sign my brother up,” she said. “I think it’s nice to get my name out there and see how girls from the East play. I definitely want to play Division I lacrosse.”
The Philly Girls Showcase will be held on Saturday, November 5 at Westtown School in West Chester, PA. Currently over 165 players from 12 states are registered for the event. Player registration for the remaining spots remains open at https://thriva.activenetwork.com/Reg4/Form.aspx?IDTD=3207603&RF=6509142&mode=0.
Coaches from more than 35 colleges in Division I, II and III will be attending the Philly Girls Showcase. Showcase Lacrosse will publish the final list of attending coaches in advance of the event.
The Philly Girls Showcase event is open to current female high school lacrosse players, freshmen through seniors. Every participant will be placed on a roster and guaranteed at least three games in front of college coaches in the morning, and also has the chance to be selected to one of the afternoon DeBeer Lacrosse Fab Forty All-Star Games.
Goettelman was promoted to the varsity late in the 2011 season and was a member of a powerhouse Cherry Creek squad that won the Colorado state title and finished 19-1. She plays club lacrosse for Team 180.
Goettelman is looking to show her all-around game to the coaches at the Philly Showcase.
“My strengths are that I see the field pretty well and I always look to set teammates up,” she said. “I am a team player. I am really working on improving my mental toughness. I also will be working on positioning; I want to learn to play any position and play the whole field.”
Goettelman is confident she can adapt to fitting into a new team quickly at the Showcase.
“I hope to quickly adapt to their playing styles,” she said. I want to push myself so I can stand out as an individual while also helping my teammates.”
Another out-of-town sophomore, Bedford High (N.H.) midfielder Aleah Mackay, has high hopes for the Philly Showcase. Mackay earned New Hampshire Division II All-State honors as a freshman for a 14-6 team. She also is hoping to catch the eye of D1 coaches with her ability to pass.
“I concentrate on just playing my game and I make sure that I always see the field to find the open pass when needed,” she said. “I feel that it’s more important to play as a team rather than individuals. Although it’s a showcase, a good player knows that a coach is looking for the whole package and not just a scorer.
Mackay – who lays club lacrosse for Granite State Elite – is excited for the chance to play against top competition.
“It’s an excellent opportunity to play in front of a large group of college coaches,” she said. “I found the Philly Showcase online when I was looking for fall/winter tournaments to attend. It got good reviews and had an impressive list of coaches attending.”