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Recruiting: Recapping today’s National 175 Invitational Fall Showcase at Uniondale, N.Y.

Tuesday, 26th November 2013

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

By Jaclynkelli Kronemberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 11/26/13

UNIONDALE, N.Y. – Salesianum School (DE) 2016 defenseman Chris Colman accepted the challenge of playing a few extra games today at the National 175 Invitational Fall Showcase at Mitchell Complex. Colman impressed the coaches with his play and when a junior or senior class team needed an extra defenseman, he was tabbed to fill in.

Chris Colman, Salesianum School (DE) 2016 defenseman

Chris Colman, Salesianum School (DE) 2016 defenseman

“It felt good to know that the coaches think I can play up a level,” said Colman. “I think I fit in pretty well with the older teams. You just have to assess the situation differently. If you are playing against bigger, tougher players you have to really play safer and make smarter choices.”

Colman was one of the 400 players that competed in the three age classes (2014, 2015, 2016) before college coaches in the final day of the fall recruiting period.

“My goal was to get as many looks as I could,” Colman said, “I feel I played pretty well today. It helped me identify what I need to work on for the spring season.”

Colman said he loves playing at showcases.

“I love playing at showcases because coaches are looking to see how serious you take it not how the serious the team takes it,” Colman said, “Showcases help with my game because by playing with the top players I learn what I need to work on for the spring season.”

Others that competed Tuesday:

Will Hutchinson, Bronxville 2014 middie

Will Hutchinson, Bronxville (N.Y.) 2014 defensive midfielder:

What were your goals coming into the event and how do you feel you played?
Hutchinson: “This is one of the first big showcases I’ve been to, so I just wanted to get a feel for what they were about. I was a little shaky at first but as the day went on I got more comfortable. It’s tough playing with 10 (new) players on the team but it was good to get out here and play.”

How was the competition and what did you need to do to raise your level of play to meet it and blend with your team?
Hutchinson:
“I felt pretty comfortable playing with the other players. Every time you come out here you want to get better and I felt I learned a few things today.”

What did you learn about your game that you need to improve upon?
Hutchinson:
“I learned the transition game is more important than people think. There were no horns today so transitioning back and forth from offense to defense is pretty important. This was definitely a good experience. I had a good day and hopefully I’ll be able to carry that into the season.”

Chris Lasprogata, Harriton (PA) 2014 MF-FO

Chris Lasprogata, Harriton (PA), 2014 midfielder/faceoff:

What were your goals coming into the event and how do you feel you played?
Lasprogata:
“My goals were to be able to showcase my skills one more time before I commit to a college. I played pretty good considering the weather. It was a little frigid but I was still able to perform as well as I could. I wanted to showcase my best so I was playing my best.”

What did you learn about your game that you need to improve upon?
Lasprogata:
“My goal is to play in college next year and this has shown me that I need to be more attuned with my stick skills and my face-offs. This has really shown me what I need to improve on, what I need to do to get to the next level and where the kids that are better than me are at.”

George Peele, King Low Heywood Thomas (CT), 2016 goalie:

What were your goals coming into this event and how do you feel you played?
Peele:
I wanted to have a great day of lacrosse, impress a lot of coaches and have fun. I thought I had a pretty good day. I had a lot of saves.”

How was the competition and what did you need to do to raise your level of play to meet it and blend in with your team?
Peele:
“This is top notch competition. I play with most of these guys year around because I play with the Titans, which Marty Sands coaches. I’ve been playing with all these high level guys so I just played my game.”

What did you learn about your game that you need to improve upon?
Peele:
“I need to improve my clearing. There are a lot of athletic guys out there that get crazy interceptions so I have to be able to clear better. I learned I need to make better decisions.”

Emerson Logie, Deerfield Academy (MA), 2016 attack:

What were your goals coming into the event and how do you feel you played?
Logie:
“I wanted to play well and get noticed by some college coaches. So far I’ve played pretty strong. I had a couple nice goals. I just finished football season so I’m a little bit rusty, but I feel I played good.”

How was the competition and what did you need to do to raise your level of play to meet it and blend in with your team?
Logie:
“The competition was very good today. There were a lot of players from the top lacrosse schools here today and they are very good players. I have to work on my speed. I’m big but I’m not very fast and that would help me a lot to keep up with these players.”

What did you learn about your game that you need to improve upon?
Logie:
“I learned using your off hand is very helpful because going both ways is very effective.”

Cameron Rasco, Choate Rosemary Hall (CT) 2015 defense:

What were your goals coming into this event and how do you feel you played?
Rasco:
“My goals were to look at the level of competition in the Northeast, to get seen by coaches and get my name out there. I played well today; balls were rolling my way and everything was going well.”

How was the competition and what did you need to do to raise your level to meet it and blend with your team?
Rasco:
“The competition was at a very high level. I think I was in a good spot and had no worries. It was fun playing with the competition.”

What did you learn about your game that you need to improve upon?
Rasco:
“I learned how to play with players I didn’t know. This helps me to see where the level is at, what level other players are playing at and what the coaches are looking for.”

Wade Walker, Hicksville (N.Y.) 2015 attackman

Wade Walker, Hicksville (N.Y.) 2014 attack:

What were your goals coming into this event and how do you feel you played?
Walker:
“I wanted to get scouted by the college coaches and hopefully get some letters and emails. I got a couple of goals and a couple of assists so I played pretty well.”

How was the competition and what did you need to do to raise your level to meet it and blend with your team?
Walker:
“There were a lot of good players out here. I think I’m on par with everyone so I didn’t have to raise my level but I definitely had to come prepared.”

What did you learn about your game that you need to improve upon?
Walker:
“I learned to dress warmer. This showcase shows you what level everyone is playing at and helps to show you what you need to improve for the season.”


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