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Philly Girls Showcase follow-up: MVPs Hacke (Conestoga) & Mastroianni, McDuffee, Noto enjoy top competition

Tuesday, 12th November 2013

Categories Girl's/Women's, High School, Recruiting  
 

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

Conestoga sophomore Eliza Hacke said she enjoyed learning to play with new teammates after being placed on a team of strangers in Saturday’s Philly Girls Showcase at Westtown School.

Conestoga's Eliza Hacke

Conestoga’s Eliza Hacke

“I learned to rely on new players and to trust my own strengths,” said Hacke. “I wanted to go out and play my best. I knew that there would be a lot of strong players.

“I felt that everyone worked together and was there on that freezing morning because they love lacrosse.”

Hacke, a midfielder, and Bridgewater-Raritan (N.J.) 2017 midfielder Allison Mastroianni shared MVP voting in the morning games Saturday. In the morning round robin games (players were split into eight teams), Later, Hacke and Mastroianni were named to the Fab 40 All-Star Game.

St. Anthony’s (N.Y.) 2016 midfielder Kara McDuffee was a close runner-up for MVP honors and Conestoga 2017 midfielder Scottie Rose Growney was the second runner-up. Below are interviews with Mastroianni, McDuffee and Darien (CT) 2017 attack Gabriella Noto, who scored two goals in the Fab 40 Game. Click here for a story on the Fab 40 game and click here for the full list of Fab 40 players.

Hacke enjoyed the challenge of facing elite players.

“The competition was great,” she said. “Sometimes there are a lot of players that know each other on the same team. The Philly Showcase really shuffled everyone, which helped you bond with new people.

“I felt that everyone worked together and was there on that freezing morning because they love lacrosse.”

Allison Mastroianni 2017 Midfielder, Bridgewater-­Raritan, N.J., Steps NJ

What goals had you set for the event and do you feel you met them?

Mastroianni:“During this event, my goals throughout the day were to be highly competitive, to see if I could play at an elite level with the upperclassman girls, and to be noticed by the college coaches who were there. Ultimately, I wanted to be the best lacrosse player I could be. I felt as though I met my goals throughout the games.

Sara Hughes of Methacton (PA) is defended by Rina Rosnow of Overlake School (WA) in the Fab 40 Game – (Photos for Phillylacrosse.com)

How would you describe the level of competition in the event and how did you adapt?
Mastroianni:
“The competition at the event was strong. Everyone had a strong work ethic and as players, we challenged each other all day. Participating in the draw was one of my biggest challenges. I had to face girls that had a lot of experience and skill. I had to remember the fundamentals and give 110% every time I entered that circle.

What did you learn about your game and what do you need to work on moving forward?
Mastroianni:
“From this experience, I learned that I can compete with these high-level girls as long as I am always playing my heart out. I also learned that you do not always have to do the fanciest moves in order to get noticed. Keep it simple, play smart, and give it all you got, and I promise that you will be seen. However, there is always room for improvement. Moving on in my lacrosse career I know I have to continue to work on my shot, draw, and many other aspects of the game.

How do you feel the players meshed together on your team in the morning and afternoon?
Mastroianni:
“In the morning and afternoon, I believe that my team meshed great. We all got along and respected each other, which resulted in us playing well together. Everyone on my team had great skill and it was an honor to play with them. Throughout the day we dominated on the field and it was overall a great experience. My teammates only made me a better player, and I am so thankful that I got to share my skills with them.”

Gabriella Noto, 2017 Attack, Darien, CT, CT Chargers

St. Anthony's Kara McDuffee (left) defends 2017 attack Victoria Barretta of Downingtown East (PA) in Saturday's Fab 40 Game at the Philly Showcase

St. Anthony’s Kara McDuffee (left) defends 2017 attack Victoria Barretta of Downingtown East (PA) in Saturday’s Fab 40 Game at the Philly Showcase

What goals had you set for the event and do you feel you met them?
Noto: “I didn’t know exactly what the competition would be like going into the event, but one of my goals was just to play hard, hustle, and drive to the goal because I knew if I did those things than my game would unfold. Knowing that there would be an all-star team was definitely in the back of my head, and in the beginning of the day I made it an asset to make that team.

How would you describe the level of competition in the event and how did you adapt?
Noto:
“I thought the level of play was pretty high. There were many good players and I love to get the opportunity to play with different people from all over; it gives me a chance to see various styles and connect in new and different ways. I found it natural for my team to mesh together and personally, I think we worked well together moving on and off the ball.”

What did you learn about your game and what do you need to work on moving forward?
Note:
“I think one thing I took away from my specific game is that I can always work on cutting off ball to create opportunities for my teammates and myself. It’s important to just really keep the game flowing on the offensive end and carry the momentum.”

How do you feel the players meshed together on your team in the morning and afternoon?
Noto:
“After the first game, my team got their nerves out and started moving the ball much more fluidly, creating plays and working together as a unit rather than each player for themselves.”

Kara McDuffee, 2016 midfielder, St. Anthony’s, N.Y., Top Guns

What goals had you set for the event and do you feel you met them?
McDuffee:
“I knew it was going to be really hard, so I practiced with my twin sister (Caitlin, also named to Fab 40 team). It was really nice having her on my team (Team No. 1). We worked together and that made it easier. Everyone was nervous, but I knew I had to be confident and keep myself up.”

How would you describe the level of competition in the event and how did you adapt?
McDuffee:
“There were so many talented girls with great skills. I thought it helped me see the field differently. The experience really helped me.”

What did you learn about your game and what do you need to work on moving forward?

McDuffee: “During the Philly Showcase they had clinics that were very helpful. Then, during the All-Star Game I knew what to improve on. I learned a lot playing with these girls and seeing how they played vs. how I played.”
How do you feel the players meshed together on your team in the morning and afternoon?
“We got to know each other and we worked together really nicely. I had really nice coaches, Eric Bayliss and (All-Star coach) Rachel Busza.”

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