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National Showcase followup: Eight MVPs shine vs. elite competition

Tuesday, 12th November 2013

Categories Boy's/Men's, High School, Recruiting  
 

By Patrick White & Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 11/12/13

Eight players were named Team MVPs Sunday in the inaugural National Showcase at Germantown Academy.

The event drew nearly 200 players in the Classes of 2016 and 2017 from 10 states. The morning featured tests in the 40 yard dash, vertical jump, broad jump and 5-10-5 Shuttle Run by the Parisi Speed School. Players also went through position specific groups for skills training with a college coach.

After a College Recruiting Talk for players and parents, athletes were placed on teams (8) for three 45-minute games.

Below are interviews from the eight MVPs, as chosen by the coaches.

La Salle's Michael Mehlmann

La Salle’s Michael Mehlmann

Fighting Irish – Michael Mehlmann (La Salle, PA) – 2016 Attack

What were you looking to accomplish coming into the event?
Mehlmann:
“I played pretty well but felt a little rusty. I just looking to get better and helping other people while giving college coaches a little look. I wanted to see what I needed to work on and what my strengths are.”

What are your strengths as a player?
Mehlmann:
“My strengths are keeping my head up, feeding and just finding the open man. I try to move off ball and create some offense.”

Your teammate at La Salle, Cody Mazurek, won MVP of his team. What does that say about the program?
Mehlmann:
“Win the ship. Win the state championship. It’s a great program and we only have one goal in mind.

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Dragons – Cody Mazurek (La Salle, PA) – 2016 Midfield

La Salle's Cody Mazurek

La Salle’s Cody Mazurek

What were your expectations coming into the event?
Mazurek:
“I was just trying to play along with the team. It’s fun to get along with new guys and learning what you’re good at and what you need to improve on.”

What do you feel you did well and what do you need to improve on?
Mazurek:
“I need to work on my one-on-ones and talking as a team and communicating. I thought that I got better as the day progressed and we built chemistry as a team.”

You play for a highly successful program at La Salle. What are you trying to accomplish this season?
Mazurek:
“Now that I’m a sophomore at La Salle (and we won the state championship), it’s going to be fun getting to know the new freshman and learning along with them. I think I’ll have a bigger role trying to step in for the 15 seniors that graduated last year. I’m excited to get started.”

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Montclair Kimb. Ac's Rob Strain

Montclair Kimb. Ac’s Rob Strain

What did you learn about yourself today playing in this showcase with so many talented players?
Strain:
“I learned that it’s important to learn how your defenseman play and how they can benefit the best on the field. Communication is a big part of defense and playing lacrosse.”

Did the experience live up to your expectations?
Strain:
“It was a good time, meeting new people and meeting new talented players. It was fun just having fun with all these guys playing lacrosse.”

Can you assess your own play and how you competed today?
Strain:
“I think I did a good job on a lot of things, but there is always room for improvement. There were a few passes I could have thrown better and other little things. But it was a fun opportunity to improve and play with some talented players.”

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Greyhounds – Jacob Rucker (Bishop Shanahan, PA) – 2016 Defense

Bishop Shanahan's Jacob Rucker

Bishop Shanahan’s Jacob Rucker

What were your expectations coming into the event?
Rucker:
“My main goal was just to get exposure and take as much advice as they were giving. I made sure I really listened to them and I tried to take what they were trying to teach us in the games.”

How would you describe the instruction by the college coaches?
Rucker:
“First we broke up into defense groups and skill sessions. They college coaches were beneficial and made sure we knew about the clearing game and where we needed to be. They stressed communication and making sure everybody knows where they need to be when clearing and when doing 1-on-1s. They made sure we were in good position and that we used our strength by getting low and pushing them (attacking players) out to keep them away from the goal.

How did you enjoy the competition?
Rucker:
“It was amazing. It was really cool to get to play against people from North Carolina and Texas and other states. It was a really good experience.”

Moving forward, what do you need to work on to improve your game?
Rucker:
“I think my communication skills need to improve a lot. I have to make sure I am talking and helping other teammates out on the field. I have to keep talking. I also really need to work on knowing when to slide.”

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Malvern Prep's Billy Coyle

Malvern Prep’s Billy Coyle

Tigers – Billy Coyle (Malvern Prep, PA) – 2017 Attack

What were your expectations coming into the event?
Coyle:
“I was looking to become a better player and have some fun meet while meeting some college coaches. My goal was to score some goals; I also had a lot of assists.”

What did you learn from the event?
Coyle: “I learned to take 1v1’s whenever I have a matchup. It was fun; it was great competition. There were a lot of good players from around the country.”

What is your biggest asset?
Coyle:
I use my speed and try to avoid getting a lot of contact with the big guys.”

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Quakers – Jake Martellucci (Episcopal Academy, PA) – 2017 Midfield

Episcopal Academy's Jake Martellucci

Episcopal Academy’s Jake Martellucci

What were your expectations coming into the event?
Martellucci:
“My main goal was to perform well for the college coaches. I am trying to get recruited early.”

What did you learn from the event?
Martellucci:
“I tried to dodge hard; that’s what coaches tell me I need to do. I need to initiate contact. I usually steer away form contact.”

How would you describe the pressures of competing in this type of event?
Martellucci:
“Going into this I thought there would be a lot of pressure, but I didn’t think about it when I was playing. I didn’t think about the college coaches. It was good competition. I still have to work on my dodges and catching it in close.”

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Terriers – Frankie Dillon (Pingry School, N.J.) – 2017 Goalie

Pingry School's Frankie Dillon

Pingry School’s Frankie Dillon

What were your expectations coming into the event?
Dillon:
“I really wanted to come out and get some more work in; especially with goalies, it’s hard to get people knowledgeable about goalies. But this morning one coach (Princeton’s Brad Conlon) helped me with my stance and checking where I am in goal. This will be very useful to work on when I get home.”

How did you fare today?
Dillon:
“Coming in, I just wanted to win some games and have some fun. I wanted to play my game. Today in the games I thought I had good passes and some good clears. I also had some good inside saves; I have been working on that a little bit.

Moving forward, what do you need to work on?
Dillon:
The last game I fell into a slump. I have to stay more consistent.”

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Panthers – Shawn Coulter (Perkiomen Valley, PA) – 2017 Attack

Perk Valley's Shawn Coulter

Perk Valley’s Shawn Coulter

What were your expectations coming into the event?
Coulter:
“I wanted to show what I could do for some of the colleges I didn’t know that well. I wanted to show that I was worthy of being on their teams. Our team didn’t work that well at first, but by the end of the day we were all working together. It was a team effort and everyone contributed to help me get the MVP.”

How would you describe the instruction by the college coaches?
Couler:
“When doing the drills, I learned a lot about how to dodge from X and the wing. I feel I was a little weak in those areas, so that helped me.”

How would you describe the competition?
Coulter:
“There was a lot of good competition, especially the freshmen from Maryland. I am going to keep working and I am going to improve my work ethic. We have a couple kids (on my club team) that have committed and I want to keep up with everyone around me and improve my game.”


READERS COMMENTS (3)

  1. Houston Holland says:

    The Philly Showcase was a great event. I am a 2017 Attack from Chapel Hill High School in Norht Carolina. I will be back next year for sure. I learned a lot, and the compeetition was really good. I especially liked meeting players from different parts of the country. I am looking forward to meeting more coaches and entering more events like this to improve my skills. Houston Holland

  2. Jerry Smith says:

    The National Showcase event was a disappointment for almost all people there except for the promoters. Besides the six or seven college coaches who ran the drills, there were no other ones there to evaluate recruits. And they did not stay for the afternoon game format as far as I could tell. Overall, the level of play by the kids there was average, dragged down by boys with mediocre skill sets.
    The high point of the day was the lunchtime discussion when the coaches went over recruiting questions.
    Lastly, while these MVP’s played well, they didn’t stand out and there must have been an agenda to select them. Can you say Mesa Fresh?

  3. NS says:

    We were not very impressed overall, there were not many (any?) coaches there besides the few who gave the presentation.

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