By Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 7/8/14
Thirty-eight teams – including many of the top-ranked squads in North America – will compete this weekend in the second annual National High School Lacrosse Showcase at two sites in Columbia, Md.
The lineup includes 11 state/major conference champions and the top two teams (Boys’ Latin, Culver Academy) and five of the top 10 from the final Warrior/TopLaxRecruits.com Rankings. Games will be played at Blandair Regional Park (three turf fields) and nearby Oakland Mills High (one stadium turf field, one grass field). Conestoga is the lone PA in the tourney.
Boys’ Latin coach Bob Shriver and McDonogh’s Andy Hilgartner are the founders of the event, which is sponsored by Rabil/Warrior.
“That field is amazing,” said Shriver. “You can make a very strong argument that this is the finest collection of high school teams ever assembled.
“Everyone will be missing a player or two (due to Under Armour games being held in Towson), but that will allow another player to get a chance. Last year we had 22 teams and that was the first go-round. Everybody heard what a nice event it was and we are thrilled with the quality and quantity and the diversity of the teams.”
Shriver noted that there are two teams from Texas (Dallas Jesuit and Highland Park) as well as one from the West (Washington’s Mercer Island). Colorado state champion Regis Jesuit was unable to return because of its participation in the World Games, but it is expected to come back next year. The Midwest teams include Culver (IN), Ohio state champion Upper Arlington, Illinois state champion New Trier and Hudson (Ohio state semifinalist).
The venue features turf fields, stands, concessions, lights and scoreboards at Blandair and two more fields 300 yards away at the high school.
Each team will play six games with a championship format; the playoffs will be held Sunday. Admission is free and there will be food and lacrosse vendors.
Boys’ Latin (MD) – No. 1 in final Warrior/TopLaxRecruits Rankings, MIAA champion
Dallas Jesuit (TX)
Ward Melville (NY)
Bronxville (NY), Class C state champion
Highland Park (TX)
Massapequa (NY) – No. 6, Class A state champion
McDonogh (MD) – No. 12
New Trier (IL), state champion
Mercer Island (WA)
Mountain Lakes (NJ)
St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes (VA)
Yorktown (NY) – No. 15, Class B state champion
Calvert Hall (MD)
Smithtown West (NY) – No. 16
Paul VI (VA)
Smithtown East (NY)
St. Paul’s (MD) – No. 18, MIAA runner-up
Upper Arlington (OH), state champion
Bishop-Timon (NY), MMHSAA champion
Georgetown Prep (DC) – No. 5, DC IAC champion
St. Andrew’s (FL)
Culver (IN) – No. 2, North American lacrosse Invitational champion
Don Bosco (NJ)
Flyers (NY) – No. 9, many players members of CHSAA champion
Gonzaga (DC), DC WCAC champion
Lake Highland Prep (FL) – No. 24, state champion
St. Albans (MD)