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Player reaction from Girls Philly Showcase (#NXTGPS2014) All-Stars

Sunday, 2nd November 2014

Categories Girl's/Women's, High School, Recruiting  
 

By Bradley Schlegel
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 11/2/14

Freshman Georgia Pesot knew she would have to raise her level of play at Saturday’s Girls Philly Showcase while competing against sophomores.

“The competition was pretty good; I thought I had to play better because I was competing against older girls,” said Pesot, a midfielder from Ridge (N.J.) and T3 North. “I had to work harder.”

All-Star MVP Georgia Pesot

All-Star MVP Georgia Pesot

Pesot indeed succeeded, earning the TopLaxRecruits.com MVP award in the All-Star Game as she helped lead the White team to a 10-3 win over the Black squad despite steady rains.

Pesot answered these questions:

How do you think you performed and what did you learn about your game?
Pesot: “I think I did pretty well. I could have done better because I was a little cold.”

How did you mesh with the other players on your team?
Pesot: “On my team everyone got to know each other really fast. We were very friendly to each other, and we got along well. That just influenced us, so everyone played well together.”

What went well in the All-Star game?
Pesot: “We all worked well as a team, and that led to us doing really good.”

How did steady rain affect your performance?
Pesot: “My hands were numb, and all the layers I had on made it tough to run.”

Other All-Stars react:


Emma Luling, 2017 ATT, Shawnee (NJ)/SJ Select

How was the level of competition and how did you adjust your game in order to maximize your performance?
Luling:
The competition was very aggressive and the girls I played were very skilled. I just focused on working hard and playing the game I know how to play.”

What did you learn about your game that can help you as you move through the November recruiting season and into the spring season?
Luling:
“I learned to keep my composure when going to goal and to make sure to look for the open girl on attack and in the ride.”

How did you and your team mesh and what did you do to work together in rather poor weather conditions?
Luling:
“My team meshed together really well. We got along and worked off of what we knew each other was good at.”

What type of school are you looking for, athletically and academically?
Luling:
“I am looking for a school that has high academic standards with a good lacrosse program.”

Skylar Dorenkamp, 2017 MF, Manheim Township/Xtreme

How strong was the competition and what did you do to adjust to the level of play?
Dorenkamp:
“I felt comfortable with the teams I played with and against. In order for me to adjust my game I just needed to focus and give 100% in all the games my team played in.”

How do you think you performed and what did you learn about your game?
Dorenkamp:
“My coach, Brittany Howard from Binghamton University gave me great tips for getting in front of the player with the ball in a fast break. I also learned more about the draw, how if you push the ball you need to pull your stick towards your stomach with your bottom hand and then push up so you have more control of where the ball goes.”

How did you mesh with the other players on your team?
Dorenkamp:
“My team meshed well. We all kept a positive attitude and pumped each other up for the games. We did a good job with communicating with each other in the games we played.”

What type of school are you looking for, athletically and academically?
Dorenkamp:
“I’m looking for a school with great academics and a challenging athletic program.”

Laura Murphy, 2017 ATT, Darien (CT)/CT Grizzlies

How strong was the competition and what did you do to adjust to the level of play?
Murphy:
“I think everyone played very well today. Everyone went real hard and hustled.”

How do you think you performed and what did you learn about your game?
Murphy:
“When you come to things like this, you don’t know your teammates, and you have to quickly adjust and be able to work with everyone, and make connections with people. I think I did pretty well. I was hustling hard. I learned that you have to not give up, and go hard every time.”

How did you mesh with the other players on your team?
Murphy:
“First you have to learn your teammates’ names and what positions they play. But once you get on the field, talking with others and passing back and forth to build connections really helps in the game. You feel more comfortable with them because you know what they are good at.”

How did the steady rain affect your performance?
Murphy: “Your hands get really cold, so it can be hard to control the stick. And wearing all this heavy clothing, you can’t (run) fast. But everyone is in the same boat.”

Bridget Boyle, 2018 MF, Haverford High/Philly Blast

How was the level of competition and how did you adjust your game in order to maximize your performance?
Boyle:
“The level of competition was really great. One of my strengths is communicating with my teammates on the field. I think this really helps in a showcase environment because players don’t know each other too well and verbal communication helps lower on field confusion.”

What did you learn about your game that can help you as you move through the November recruiting season and then into the spring season?
Boyle:
“As a freshman the recruiting process is just beginning for me. It was great to meet some college coaches and learn from them in the clinics and games. It gave me an idea of what they are looking for. There is an emphasis on strong stick skills with both hands and good decision making.”

How did you and your team mesh and what did you do to work together in rather poor weather conditions?
Boyle:
“Our team got along great and that really helps especially in tough conditions. My club coaches at Philly Blast, Julie and Josie really focus our training on fundamentals and making the smart passes. This really helped me since the weather was so bad.”

What type of school are you looking for, athletically and academically?
Boyle:
“I have just started looking at schools. So far the idea of attending Annapolis or West Point appeals to me, but getting the chance to attend and play for programs like Princeton, Stanford, Vanderbilt or Duke would be awesome, too.”

Brooke Schmeusser, 2017 MF, Ursuline Academy (DE)/SEPA

How was the level of competition and how did you adjust your game in order to maximize your performance?
Schmeusser:
“The level of competition in my opinion was great; girls from all over the East Coast came out to show their skills and abilities. I had to adjust in order to get the upper hand on the great talent that was displayed throughout the showcase.”

What did you learn about your game that can help you as you move through the November recruiting season and then into the spring season?
Schmeusser:
“This showcase made me realize that I need to improve defensively over the winter as well as focusing hard to get where I want to be come the spring season.”

How did you and your team mesh and what did you do to work together in rather poor weather conditions?
Schmeusser:
“My team worked very well together we had good plays and great talent. The poor weather conditions did not stop us from excelling with our passes and shot selections.”

What type of school are you looking for, athletically and academically?
Schmeusser:
“Athletically, I am looking for a school that has high athletic standards for their student-athletics. From an academic point of view, I am looking for a school with recognizable medical majors, such as health care or veterinary studies.”

Shannon Etts, 2017 MF, Sacred Heart Academy (NY)/Team Elevate

How strong was the competition and what did you do to adjust to the level of play?
Etts:
“The competition varied, but overall there were a bunch of really good players. It wasn’t bad adjusting. I play with a lot of different people all the time.”

How do you think you performed and what did you learn about your game?
Etts:
“I think I did well. I learned that I’ve got to get better at playing with different teammates.”

How did you mesh with the other players on your team?
Etts:
“I always have fun meeting new people. Everyone was friendly. We had to figure out how everybody played in the first game, and there were a few rough points. But by the second game we knew a little bit more how everyone played.”

How did the steady rain affect your performance?
Etts:
“The weather was brutal. At some points when I started playing my hands were really cold. But after five minutes, it was fine.”

Jessica Goralski, 2017 G, Moorestown (NJ)/SJ Select

How strong was the competition and what did you do to adjust to the level of play?
Goralski:
“I thought that the level of competition was very high, which I enjoyed because good competition only makes you work harder and become a better player. I realized very quickly that I was getting scored on because I would challenge the attacker too much. I would step out too soon and the attacker would shoot around me. In order to maximize my performance, I tried to make myself more patient in goal. By the end of the day, I had achieved my goal and by doing so, it helped me to make the All Star team.”

What did you learn about your game that can help you as you move through the November recruiting season and then into the spring season?
Goralski:
“I think I learned to have more confidence in myself and more discipline. If I can train myself to be patient all the time, I believe that my game will be even better! Playing in the freezing cold and rain also prepared me for possible weather conditions this fall because you never know how weather can be. That was my first time this season playing in weather that cold and rainy and I already feel like I improved as a goalie in that aspect. I think that I now have an advantage against other goalies that have never played in that type of weather. So, I’m prepared if we get another chilly day like this weekend. Just like anything, the more you practice, the better you become.”

How did you and your team mesh and what did you do to work together in rather poor weather conditions?
Goralski:
“I had no problems at all with my team. Everyone worked very hard because we were all there to achieve the same goal, to make ourselves seen and to hopefully be chosen as an All Star. My teammates knew that they would have difficulty passing and catching the ball because it was so wet, but we had to work around it. Everyone was in the same situation so no one had an advantage, we just had to want it more.”

What type of school are you looking for, athletically and academically?
Goralski:
“I’m looking for a school that wants me just as much as I want them and where I can receive my masters degree.My perfect college is one that will challenge me academically as well as on the lacrosse field. I love meeting people with different personalities, I love diversity … especially on the team. I want to see that the team embraces everyone’s differences. When I wake up at college, I want to feel its my home, and that I know the team is counting on me and trusts me. I want to feel important, and not be living in the shadow of someone ahead of me. It doesn’t matter if the school is big or small, urban or rural, cold or warm, I want to go somewhere where I fit in, not only as an athlete, but as an individual person. I am going to be spending four years in the place of my choice, I want to make sure that its the right place for me.”


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