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Girls Philly Showcase Camp focuses on skill building in small groups, and a peek at college lacrosse

Thursday, 18th July 2013

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By Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 7/18/13

For Kate Henwood, it was a chance to come home; and also to work closely with some of the top underclass talent in the Philly region and beyond.

Mairead Janzer (left), Sophie Castillo

Campers Mairead Janzer (left), Sophie Castillo

The three-day Girls Philly Showcase Camp, hosted by NXTsports, concluded today at Westtown School with King of the Hill skills sessions and an awards ceremony. Henwood – who guided Garnet Valley to state championships in 2011 and 2012 and now is head coach at Division I UC Davis – was the co-director along with Princeton assistant and Marple Newtown grad Jenn Cook.

“We wanted to attract the best players in the area and across the Eastern seaboard,” said Henwood, a former Garnet Valley and La Salle great who earned Phillylacrosse.com Coach of the Year in 2011. “I loved having younger players, like the 2017s and 2016s, and helping them to develop fundamentals. We want them to understand the game on a more creative level.

“I love being back. It’s fun seeing familiar faces. A lot of kids remember our little run at Garnet Valley. It’s great making those connections. I love Philly kids; they are always hard workers.”

The camp featured 70 girls and a high ratio of lead instructors (10), all of them college coaches. Some of the coaches included former Radnor and Georgetown great Kelly Barnes, Assistant Women’s Lacrosse Coach at St. Joseph’s University; Mike Faith, Head Women’s Lacrosse Coach at Franklin & Marshall; former Springfield-Delco and Delaware standout Juliana Jeffers, Assistant Women’s Lacrosse Coach, at Temple University; and former Garnet Valley assistant Amanda Kammes, Assistant Women’s Lacrosse Coach at UC-Davis.

“I prefer having lower numbers because we are able to work with them in small groups,” said Henwood. “At the high school level they may not be getting that technical instruction. We want them to take it back to their club teams and showcase their talents at these tournaments.”

Cook, who was a two-time All-American at North Carolina, agreed. “The small numbers allowed us to work 1-on-1 with kids. They really get to see our coaching style hands on. I don’t think 1-on-1 coaching happens that much at other camps.”

Seven campers were honored with Coaches’ awards for their hard work and positive attitudes and energy (see below). One of those honored, Haverford School 2015 midfielder Mairead Janzer enjoyed the varied skill instruction.

“I thought I liked the hwole coches 1 on 1 I thought we learned a lot about the whole college talk about the whole thing lots of bits and pieces – I learned a lot more on attack and really just shooting shot got a lot better.

“With a lot more coaches they could work with you 1-on-1 and pick apart what you did wrong,” she said. “Our group only had nine girls. And we learned something new at every station.

“It definitely helped us get seen by coaches. And I loved our talks on college (and recruiting). It took us step by step and told us what we need to do. It was a checklist and it was super easy to understand, which isn’t always the case.”

Another Coaches’ award winner was 2015 midfielder Sophie Castillo of Parkland. Castillo enjoyed learning about what it takes to play college lacrosse.

“I think it was nice to have little groups with college coaches,” she said. “They taught me about the next level and how it will be if we (play) at the college level; how to stand and where to stand. We learned about the types of slides we need to know at the next level.

“The stations are a good idea. We had defenders playing attack; they were putting us in situations we weren’t used to. It helped you learn every area on the field.”

Coaches’ Awards
Rachel Glenn, 2015, D, Garnet Valley
Betty Wesney, 2015, D, Central Bucks East (fastest shot winner)
Mairead Janzer, 2015, M, Haverford High
Mack Galli, 2015, M, Parkland
Kara Schwartz, 2015, G, Parkland
Sophie Castillo, 2015, M, Parkland
Elizabeth Ingersoll, 2017, M, Conestoga


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