By Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 11/23/14
Joseph Neuman said his expectations were clear when he entered the King of the X tournament at Saturday’s Philly Freshman Showcase at United Sports.
“Winning the (championship) was a really big goal,” he said.
Neuman, of Walt Whitman (N.Y.) and the LI Outlaws, defeated LSM Thor Adamec of John Jay (N.Y.) and the LI Express, 2-1, in the finals.
“I just sued Matt Schomburg’s strategy; take every face-off like it’s a new face-off and the first one, and it worked,” said Neuman.
Neuman, who also was giving up size to Adamec, tried to compensate with his quickness.
“I held the ball a little longer and spun to see where the pole was going and (pushed) it out the opposite way and picked up the groundball,” he said. “It was really good competition.”
Neuman, who estimates he won about 95 percent of his face-offs, also won most of his draws in the Fab 40 All-Star Game.
“You need to come in imagining yourself before the game winning and just come out and do it,” he said.
What type of school is he looking for?
“It’s kind of hard; I’m talking to a lot of schools, but I will let it go with the flow and see what happens,” he said. “I don’t want to rush anything.
“I want to be challenged academically. I don’t want to go through school easily. I want to be challenged on the field, too.”
Adamec was happy to reach the finals.
“I had to just get down to the motorcycle position and always be ready for the next one,” he said. “I had a nice long run for second place. It was fun.”
Adamec said the elite competition forced him to be focused on every face-off.
“You’re not always going to go against the easiest kid out there since this is one of the top national showcases in the nation,” he said. “It’s always about what you’re going to do next, and planning ahead.”