By Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 5/26/14
Germantown Academy rising senior attackman Garret Trucksess was looking to gear for the summer recruiting season against top competition Sunday when he tried out for the Brine National Lacrosse Classic’s Pride of Pennsylvania Showcase at The Hill School.
“My season ended a couple weeks ago and I wanted to get some 1-on-1s and work against a high level of competition,” said Trucksess, one of over 80 players at the tryout. “I came to make this team and help my chances of committing. I am a rising senior so that’s the main focus.”
Trucksess and the rest of the candidates for Eastern PA competed for nearly 3 hours in hopes of being one of 25 selected to represent the East in the Pride of Pennsylvania Showcase. Twenty-five more from the Central and Western PA tryouts also will compete in the Pride Games and the top 25 from that game will represent Pennsylvania at the Brine National Lacrosse Classic on July 1-3 at the Maryland Sportsplex in Boyds, Md.
The players selected to advance to the Pride Games will be announced in the next two days. A team of evaluators chose players by their numbers, not knowing the names or schools of the players they selected.
“I think of myself as a fearless dodger,” said Trucksess, a Second Team All-Inter-Ac League selection this year (32 goals) who plays for Twist Lacrosse. “I am not the biggest guy at 5-8. I am relatively heavier, but I like to be physical with the poles and they normally don’t expect that at my height.
“I like dodging hard to the cage and finishing my chances. It’s also important not be selfish, so I like feeding the ball and looking up and seeing people cutting. That’s something they looked at today.”
Also on June 8, the PA tryouts for the 2017 team (new division this year) and the Middle School Academy team will be held.
On Sunday, 2017 players were allowed to try out and one that impressed was Cumberland Valley midfielder Steven Peters (Chesapeake Rock), who is a candidate for the Pride Games and the PA 2017 squad.
“I came out here because it was a great opportunity,” said Peters, who missed much of his freshman year due to a back injury. “I wanted to play with a lot of competition and some older kids so I would know where I stand as a freshman against older players.
“I think I had an overall good day. I got pushed around a little and at first, it was kind of rough and then I started getting looser and more comfortable with the coaches and players and it started getting fun.
“I want to get better, especially because I missed a lot of the season. I want to elevate my game and the players around me.”
Another player who impressed was Tatnall School (DE) 2016 goalie Sean Esmond (Team 302).
“Last year I came up and made it as an alternate so I said, Why not give it a shot?’” he said. “So I come back up here with the mindset that I needed to beat out the seniors to display my talents. I saw the ball well and stepped to it. I had a solid day overall.”
Esmond said the Brine tryouts are an ideal way to get seen for someone playing in a program that does not get great exposure.
“Coming from Delaware, you come up here and people are whipping the ball upwards of 90 MPH most times,” he said. “To come up from a small state and hopefully make the team is a great opportunity.
“Coming from a small school it’s hard to be seen by big-time lacrosse coaches. I need to step up to higher levels if I want to play at a higher level in college.”