By Justin Farrell
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 7/2/14
Hempfield 2017 midfielder Colby Smith scored four goals and JSerra Catholic (CA) 2016 attackman Matthew Karzak added two goals as the White All-Stars defeated the Black All-Stars Tuesday night in the Boys Philly Showcase Camp Fab 40 Game at St. Joseph’s University.
The camp, run by NXTsports’ Showcase Lacrosse and featuring 240 elite players from 24 states, concludes today with the championship rounds of the team tournament.
“You are playing with and against the best players and getting the best instruction from a bunch of college coaches,” said Smith. “The biggest thing I have learned is to play as a team and you have to be sound all together.”
“It is really good to play against high quality players in this game and it helps me because I am getting good experience plying against people as good as each other or even better,” said Haab, who like Smith plays for NXT Lacrosse Club.
When asked about his preparation and prediction for next season Haab said, “We will have a really good team this upcoming season and have a very good chance to win the Inter-Ac next season.”
One of the best performances of the night came from White All-Star and 2015 goalie Jameson Hill (Wilton, CT), who had six saves and three goals allowed in the second half. Three of those saves coming at point blank range.
“It is an accomplishment to play out here with so many good players who are great competition,” said Hill. “This camp has brought out the best in me and helps prepare me for next season.”
Karzak has enjoyed coming east to compete and learn. “It is really limited in terms of recruiting showcases out in the west so for me to come out here and show me abilities as a California player is just great,” he said. “The East and West Coast lacrosse is very different and it is great to play against great players and a different type of player.”
All of these players share a common dream of playing college lacrosse, winning a state and national championship, and being around the sport for there whole life. All-Star coach Brett Manney, NXT Director of Showcase Lacrosse and the assistant captain for the Philadelphia Wings, says the best part for the kids is “to come in and not only become better lacrosse players, but also better people.”
White All-Stars 9, Black All-Stars 6
Colby Smith (2017 Hempfield, PA) 4g
Matt Karzak (2016 JSerra Catholic, CA) 2g
John Mead (2016, Sparta, NJ) 1g
Shawn Milione (2015, Battlefield, VA) 1g
Kevin Todd (2016 Spring-Ford, PA) 1g
Eric Haab (2016 Episcopal Academy, PA) 2g
Joseph Carney (2016 Chaminade, NY) 1g
Griffin Gelinas (2018 Bronxville, NY) 1g
Liam Byrnes (2015, Garden City NY) 1g
Bryan Potesta (2017, Lockport Township, IL) 1g