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Players that shined at @NXT_Showcase Philly Freshman Showcase (#NXTPFS2014)

Tuesday, 25th November 2014

Categories Boy's/Men's, High School, Recruiting  

By Chris Goldberg, Posted 11/25/14

Oliver Hollo admitted he was a little intimidated when she stepped onto the field for his first game Saturday at the Philly Freshman Showcase at United Sports.

But quickly his abilities took over.

Deerfield (MA) LSM Oliver Hollo (Patriot)

Deerfield (MA) LSM Oliver Hollo (Patriot)

“I was a little hesitant, obviously, coming into the Philly Freshman Showcase,” said the 2018 LSM from Deerfield Academy (MA) and Patriot Lacrosse. “This is most likely the biggest showcase in the fall.

“The competition was incredible. I was a little reluctant to put it all out there, but once I stepped on the field I realized it was going to be a little easier.”

Hollo indeed “put it all out there” as he was named the Morning Session MVP and earned a spot in the Fab 40 All-Star game. He was one of many that shined Saturday as more than 75 coaches – including one or more nearly every Top 20 team – attended the fall’s premier showcase, hosted by NXT’s Showcase Lacrosse.

The Morning Session runner-up to MVP was Governor’s Academy (MA) attackman Zach Ludd (NH Tomahawks) while Westlake (TX) midfielder Tate Young (LI Express) was the second runner-up.

Hollo said the competition will help prepare him for high school lacrosse: “I learned about being as selfless as possible; that helps you when you move up to high school,” he said. “You have to pick your shots well and know when to take shots. Passing and transition is key. We had a few goals in our first game from transition and that helped us pull out the game.”

What type of college is Hollo looking for? “I am very open minded,” he said. “I am not set on one school. I have my goals; of course, it’s just freshman year and I am just starting out. It’s going to be a challenging four years.”

Others that shined:

Governor’s Academy (MA) attackman Zach Ludd (NH Tomahawks), MVP Runner-up

Governor's Academy ATT Zach Ludd (NH Tomahawks)

Governor’s Academy ATT Zach Ludd (NH Tomahawks)

How was the competition and what did you do to match the level
“There was a very high level of competition on Saturday. I had to give all I had in every part of my game like dodging, cutting and riding.”

What did you learn that you can take to the spring season?
“I learned that my quickness and vision will help me a lot for this upcoming spring season.”

What went well for you?
“I thought that I was able to see the field very well in the morning. My teammates worked well off ball for me and weren’t ball hogs.”

What type of college are you looking for?
“I want to attend a college with a lot to offer academically. I don’t quite know what I want to study yet, so a college with a lot to offer would be great. Athletically, I want to go somewhere where I have a chance to win a national championship and (where the school) also has other successful sports like football or basketball.”

Westlake (TX) midfielder Tate Young (LI Express), Second MVP Runner-up

Westlake (TX) ATT Tate Young (LI Express)

Westlake (TX) ATT Tate Young (LI Express)

What goals did you have coming in?
“First of all, I wanted to come out here and not think about the coaches. I wanted to play my own game and have some fun. It’s the last showcase of the fall.”

How was the competition and what did you need to do to adjust?
“It was some of the best kids in the nation; it’s the most elite showcase of them all. It’s a lot quicker; everything is quicker.”

What type of college are you looking for and what are your strengths?
“I m not sure yet; I am talking to a few. I’m a good north and south dodger. From up top I can feed and I can get my hands up and help score goals and get assists.”

St. Anne’s Belfield (VA) ATT Javon Johnson, Duke’s LC

St. Anne's Belfield (VA) ATTJjavon Johnson (Duke's LC)

St. Anne’s Belfield (VA) ATTJjavon Johnson (Duke’s LC)

How was the competuition and what did you do to adjust to the level?
“It was really good competition. You have to get your own. It’s a great event. To adjust you have got to let the game come to you. With good defenders, you sort of have to play your own game and see how it works out.”

What did you learn about your game to take to the high school season?
“I definitely need some improvement with all this great talent. It makes you want to get a lot better.”

What type of college are you looking for?
“I am looking for great academics and you always want some good lacrosse. There are a lot of good options; you just have to find the right one.”

North Gwinett (GA) ATT Jack Ortolano, LB3 Atlanta

North Gwinnett (GA) ATT Jack Ortolano (LB3 Atlanta)

North Gwinnett (GA) ATT Jack Ortolano (LB3 Atlanta)

How was the competition and how did you adjust?
“I definitely had to play a lot faster than I normally do. And I had to limit my mistakes; I think I played pretty well.”

What did you learn about your game that you can take to the high school season?
“I have to be confident; that helps me a lot. I just think I can play with anybody in the country and if I play like that, I think I’ll do pretty well. But I definitely have to work on stuff; my feeding … this was an awesome experience.”

What type of college are you looking for?
“Academically, I am looking for a well rounded school and lacrosse-wise, I’d love to go to an ACC school. At the beginning I felt pressure that I wasn’t going to get noticed. Then I realized not everyone is going to be recruited as a freshman. But now I came up here and played well so hopefully I get something out of this.”

Fab 40 All-Star stats: Shahe Katchadurian (John Jay-NY, Prime Time) had 10 saves on 14 shots in the first half for the Orange team in a 10-7 loss. Chris Brandau (Boys’ Latin-MD, Breakers) had five saves on seven shots for the Green team. MF Kevin Hussy (Smithtrown East-NY) scored twice for the Orange while Nicky Solomon (Centennial-GA, LB3 ATL, UNC commit) had two goals and Ross Pridemore (Taft School-CT, Sweetlax, UVA commit) had a goal and an assist.


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