By Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 11/12/12
Playing in Central PA for a relatively young program, Wilson sophomore attackman Connor Howell realizes the need to get exposure in the Philly area.
That’s why he was happy to be named to the All-Star Game when he scored two goals Sunday for the White team in a 6-6 tie at the Big 4 Invitational Showcase at Shipley School. The event featured 140 elite players, mostly from the Philly region. Sunday’s competition was preceded by the eight-team Big 4 Champions League tourney Saturday at Penn Charter.
“Lacrosse is getting there (in Central PA),” said Howell, who plays for the Duke’s Lacrosse Club. “But it’s not as good of competition as I see in Berks County.
“To come out and play with guys like this is always a pleasure. My teammates were skilled and it’s a blast playing with them.”
Howell said he had three goals and three assists in the three round robin games, but his squad dropped all three contests. He scored the final two goals for the White All-Stars on strong ibdividual efforts.
“The day went very well,” he said. “My team went 0-3 today so I really wanted to get a win in the All-Star Game. It was a perfect opportunity. I knew I wouldn’t get a ton of touches, so I knew when I did get the ball I had to do something with it.”
Also scoring for the White team were sophomore midfielder Matt Donnelly (Clearview Regional, N.J.), sophomore attackman Phillip Robertson (Salem, Va.), sophomore defenseman Jackson Ehlert (Exeter) and freshman midfielder Jack Marshall (Haverford School).
The White team goalies also excelled as sophomore Ran Kern (Salesianum School) had four stops and freshman Alex DeMarco (Haverford School) added three.
DeMarco is one of many freshmen that have already began to make names for themselves in philyl and beyond. He was excited to play with older players.
“It was really fun, especially playing with older kids,” said DeMarco. “It was a good mix of older age groups. I got to play with people I didn’t know and some I did know. So, overall it was great.”
DeMarco fared well Saturday in helping Mesa Fresh 2016 place seventh in the eight-team tourney that featured mostly 2014 and 2015 players from elite club teams.
“We played for Mesa 2016 team yesterday against some really good teams,” he said. “They were older so we got to play up. It was a good experience playing that good competition. We learned a lot about the importance of taking care of the ball.”
DeMarco said he will not put pressure on himself to make an early college choice, despite seeing many sophomores commit this year.
“It’s really speeding up,” he said of the recruiting process. “In the grade above (us), classes are filling up.
“I’m just going to wait and have them come to me. I don’t want to rush anything. Committing in your sophomore year is really early; I just want to see what happens.”
Junior goalie Bryce Womack (Perkiomen Valley), who starred for Mesa Fresh 2014 in its title-winning performance Saturday at the Champions League, was again a standout with six saves for the Red team Also strong in the cage was Bishop Shanahan freshman Jason Yoquinto (3 saves).
Shaker (N.Y.) junior middie Jake Quay had two goals for the Red team while senior attackman Brandon White (Penn Charter), freshman attackman Adam Goldner (Malvern Prep), junior midfielder Sean Tornetta (Perkiomen Valley) and sophomore midfielder Michael Risser (Downingtown East) also scored for the Red.
All-Star Game boxscore
Jake Quay, Shaker (N.Y.), M, 2014 – 2 goals
Brandon White, Penn Charter, A, 2013 – 1 goal
Adam Goldner, Malvern Prep, A, 2016, – 1 goal
Sean Tornetta, Perkiomen Valley, M, 2014 – 1 goal
Michael Risser, Downingtown East, M, 2015 – 1 goal
Jason Yoquinto, Bishop Shanahan, 2016 – 3 saves
Bryce Womack, Perkiomen Valley, 2014 – 6 saves
Connor Howell, Wilson, A, 2015 – 2 goals
Matt Donnelly, Clearview (N.J.), M, 2015 – 1 goal
Phillip Robertson, Salem (Va.), A, 2015 – 1 goal
Jackson Ehlert, Exeter, D, 2015 – 1 goal
Jack Marshall, Haverford School, M, 2016 – 1 goal
Alex DeMarco, Haverford School, 2016 – 3 saves
Ryan Kern, Salesianum School, 2015 – 4 saves