By Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 7/2/12
BOYDS, Md. – Great Valley’s Dillan Buettner feels he made his mark here at the Brine National Lacrosse Classic at the Germantown Soccer Complex.
The rising senior midfielder was one of two members of the Pennsylvania boys’ team to be named to the 2013 All-Star team and finished the two-day tourney with six goals.
Unfortunately for Pennsylvania, it failed to qualify for the playoffs after tight losses today to Virginia (9-8) and Tennessee (9-7). PA, coached by David Waldman (recently retired as Strath Haven coach), finished 1-2 overall in pool play over two days and was 2-2 including a 7-6 win over the Australian U19 national team.
Attackman Brendan Barrett (Seton Hall Prep) also made the 2013 all-Star team from the PA squad. Meanwhile, six PA players were named to the 2014 All-Star squads: midfielders Dylan Protesto (Penncrest), Luke Gomez (Wissahickon), and Sean Delaney (Chestnut Hill Academy) and defensemen Liam O’Donnell (Penncrest), Zach Wentzel (Hempfield) and Machenzie Foltz (Manheim Township).
In the boys’ middle school competition, the PA boys fonished 4-0-1 and qualified for the playoffs. The seeds were not yet determined.
Buettner and Barrett played with the 2013 All-Stars in an exhibition vs. the Australian U19 National Team, which leaves next week to compete in the World Championships in Finland. The Aussies won, 9-6.
The tourney was a good capper to Buettner’s season, which featured a key role for Great Valley in its run to the District 1 semifinals and a berth in the state tournament.
“This tournament was a lot of fun,” Buettner said. “Our (PA) team played well together; we just lost some close games lost by one or two goals.
“Overall, I loved it. When we played Australia this morning we were down 5-0 and beat them 7-6. So it was a good day.”
Buettner – who plays club lacrosse for HEADstrong – said he wanted to get seen by college coaches who are looking for a quick, two-way middie that likes to pass.
He said he is considering some schools in the south.
“I made a lot of new friends, and I got to work on what I wanted to do,” he said. “I want to get committed by the end of the summer and I got to show my skills.
“I think my quickness and great vision (are my biggest attributes). I am more of a feeder than a shooter, and I can make great no-look passes.”
Barrett, who had five goals in the loss to Tennessee, was the lone New Jersey native who made the PA team. He enjoyed blending in.
“We had a couple tough losses,” he said. “But I enjoyed it, I played here last year and some of my friends committed after the tournament because they got seen by a lot of college coaches.
“I thought I might as well come back. I didn’t know anybody when I came to the tryout a couple weeks ago, but it was a great group of kids and all of them are good players.
‘I like playing with kids from other areas.”
Barrett described himself as a late bloomer. He played midfield in 2012 for Seton Hall Prep but said he is close to deciding on a college.
“I think the recruiting process has been a little wild for me personally,” he said. “But I am going to keep doing my research and hopefully I will figure it out, whether it’s a D1 or D3 school.”