By Brian Mahoney
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 11/18/12
Over 150 college coaches watched Saturday as 470 elite juniors and sophomores competed in the Philly Showcase at Episcopal Academy.
The event was capped by the inaugural King of the X Challenge and two Easton fab 40 All-Star games. After each game one player was named the Phillylacrosse.com MVP.
Garnet Valley sophomore Daniel Lanham (HEADstrong), King of the X Challenge winner.
Fifty players started in the grueling tournament played out in front of the fans, coaches and players as the names of the Fab 40 teams were being prepared. Lanham defeated St. Augustine Prep junior William Fox (South Shore Lacrosse), 2-1, in a best two-out-of-three championship round.
“It was the proudest moment of the year,” said Lanham. “The toughest part was fighting against fatigue, and just keeping my head in the game and going to the whistle and not just reacting first.
Lanham, an LSM, posed with pride afterward with a winning t-shirt but gave insight on his journey ahead.
“I’ll have to work on my strength; that way the battle on the ground is easier to get the ball to myself,” he said.
Conestoga sophomore midfielder Chris Brady (NXT) – 2015 Phillylacrosse.com MVP for Easton Fab 40 game.
Brady scored two goals for the White team which fell to the Black team, 7-5.
The assortment of All Stars selected for both sides to play with one another presented some adjustments.
“All of them (the All Stars) can make plays on their own,” Brady said. “It was about making smart plays, one at a time.”
Brady’s two goals in the Fab 40 game came at crucial times. His first goal gave White a 3-1 lead in the first half. His next goal broke a 3-3 tie in the second half. However, Black retaliated with a four-goal run.
Brady said he uses his heart against bigger players.
“I play bigger than my size and work my butt off,” he said.
Guilford (N.C.) junior goalie David Meyer (Team Carolina) – 2014 Phillylacrosse.com MVP for Easton Fab 40 game.
The 2014 Easton Fab 40 All Star Game was truly a tale of two halves. Although the second half solely belonged to the Black team and its offensive firepower in a 7-4 win, the first half gave insight to the nearly unstoppable goaltending by Summerfield native (north of Greensboro) David Meyer.
Meyer gave up only two goals but saved 7 with his stick, legs, and chest. But every possession was a challenge for Meyer as well.
“I was trying to get the names (of my teammates) right, first of all,” Meyer said, noting he had to adjust to a new pace of competition, far beyond what he has seen down in North Carolina.
“The North is a lot faster,” said Meyer, who also will compete today with Team Carolina Elite.
Meyer surely saw a difference Saturday. He stopped open feeds from certain angles and didn’t miss a beat. He kept his composure amid the White team’s persistence in his zone.
What does he feel his strongest traits are? “Clearing the ball and leading (over) the net,” Meyer said.