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Reaction from Fab 40 All-Stars at Philly Showcase (#NXTPS2014)

Sunday, 16th November 2014

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

By Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 11/16/14

Conestoga (PA) 2016 LSM Sam Bouhdary said he never expected to named the MVP (high point scorer) at Saturday’s Philly Showcase.

“I was definitely surprised,” said Bouhdary. “I came in here just to work my hardest and fly 110 percent, and I did that. I have been training really hard in the off-season and it showed here. I flew on the field when the play went upfield and I think my transition (play) helped.”

Conestoga 2016 MVP and LSM Sam Bouhdary (NXT)

Conestoga 2016 MVP and LSM Sam Bouhdary (NXT)

Bouhdary was one of many Fab 40 All-Stars that shined at Episcopal Academy as more than 120 coaches flocked to see the nation’s elite 2016 and 2017 players. This is the first of several articles highlighting Fab 40 All-Stars.

Sam Bouhdary, Conestoga (PA), 2016 LSM, NXT LC

How was the level of competition and how did you adjust your game?
Bouhdary:
“It was more than I expected, to be honest. The competition was great. I have played with some of these guys at various events and some are from my club team, so I’s great to play with them again.”

What type of college are you looking for and what do you have to offer a college program?
Bouhdary:
“I am looking to play college lacrosse, but I am looking more for academics and location and than lacrosse. I kind of want to go out west; that’s my preference. Academically, my grades are going well and, athletically, I think I can bring a certain speed and transition to a college program. I can get the ball down with my stick pretty quickly. ”

What did you learn that you can take with you into the spring season?
Bouhdary:
“Definitely to go 110 percent. Obviously, you are going to make mistakes, but if you’re going 110 percent it doesn’t matter.”

Trinity Pawling 2016 LSM Tanner Baldin (Edge)

Trinity Pawling 2016 LSM Tanner Baldin (Edge)

Tanner Baldin, Trinity Pawling (NY), from Ontario, 2016 LSM, Edge Lacrosse

How was the level of competition and how did you adjust your game?
Baldin:
“It’s a lot different than what I am used to, coming down here. I have never been to a big, big event like this. It’s really tough; every single kid can play and if you let down for a minute the ball is in the back of the net. I knew it was a big event; the Philly Showcase is always a big event. I wanted to go out there and work hard and whatever happens, happens. There’s tons of good kid with the same goals. It’s a lot of fun. Obviously, I did something right to make it to the All-Star Game.”

What adjustments do you need to make to play against American players?
Baldin:
“I haven’t really played the American game a lot down here. With my box (experience), it’s easy to push the ball. I feel like I have the advantage over some, but in other ways I am not used to dodge and re-dodge, so I am getting used to that.”

What type of college are you looking for and what do you have to offer a college program?
Baldin:
“I think I am going into civil engineering, so that kind of narrows down my choices. I am looking to go D1 and whoever has (may major) to offer is something to look at. I think every school needs a Canadian because of our box (background). We can push the ball. I like to press out between the lines, I am tenacious between the lines.”

What did you learn that you can take with you into the spring season?
Baldin:
“I learned there’s a lot of kids competing and if you do get a spot in a college program, be grateful for it.”

Matt Cameron, Blue Ridge School (VA), of British Columbia, 2017 MF, Seattle Starz

Blue Ridge School (VA) 2017 MF Matt Cameron (Seattle Starz)

Blue Ridge School (VA) 2017 MF Matt Cameron (Seattle Starz)

What were your goals and did you feel you reached them?
Cameron:
“I just felt like I wanted to play the best I could play and if someone saw and thinks I could be good enough to play at their school, that would be great. I feel like I did that; I made the Fab 40 All-Star game so I feel I met my goal.”

How was the level of competition and how did you adjust your game?
Cameron:
“It was really different. Back home we play one handed – in box – and down here they are dodging two hands and going down the alley. It wasn’t too hard an adjustment, and I felt i played well.”

What type of college are you looking for and what do you have to offer a college program?
Cameron:
“I am really into history and any school that has that major is good, but I feel I am a good middie, smart, I move the ball and play good D so I think I will be alright.”

What did you learn that you can take with you into the spring season?
Cameron:
“I need two hands!”

Northport (NY) 2017 MF Ryan Magnuson (Team 91)

Northport (NY) 2017 MF Ryan Magnuson (Team 91)

Ryan Magnuson, Northport (N.Y.), 2017 MF Team 91

What were your goals and did you feel you reached them?
Magnuson:
“I just wanted to come here and play my best and make the All-Star team. I had two goals so I was proud of myself. I’d say my dad’s motivation helped, me a lot. My coach helped and my team was good.”

How was the level of competition and how did you adjust your game?
Magnuson:
“It was the best competition I have seen so far. We all go to showcases and know each other. Players like us mesh well since we know how to play the game.”

What type of college are you looking for and what do you have to offer a college program?
Magnuson:
“The college that wants me there and wants me to play there. I think I’m a good offensive middie that uses both hands; I dodge and I can can score.”

What did you learn that you can take with you into the spring season?
Magnuson:
“Just keep playing hard no matter what!”

Christian Blackwell, Patrick Henry (VA), 2016 MF, Virginia Elite

Patrick Henry 2016 MF ChristianBlackwell (Virginia Elite)

Patrick Henry (VA) 2016 MF ChristianBlackwell (Virginia Elite)

How was the level of competition and how did you adjust your game?
Blackwell:
“Everyone here plays two-handed and they move off the ball a lot better than most kids in high school. I had to adjust to that and make sure I was moving a lot more on offense and, defensively, if you move your head and you’re not looking at your guy you’re going to get beat. In the transition game, you can lose your man easily.”

What were your goals and did you feel you reached them?
Blackwell:
“My main purpose coming here as a junior was to exercise all my options and have some colleges that hadn’t seen me before get a chance to come look at me. I think I did a really good job and I played the best I could; I am happy with how I played.”

What did you learn that you can take with you into the spring season?
Blackwell:
“I’d say I need to be a little more two-handed. I have worked on my left a lot, but I need to be able to rip it more. I need to understand when to take shots and when to hit guys, and understand slide patterns a little more from crease poles and when to hit guys (with a pass).”

What type of college are you looking for and what do you have to offer a college program?
Blackwell:
“I’ve visited Hampden Sydney and I am interested in a couple smaller D3 schools, and I talked to some D1s and on lower end of the spectrum some club teams. My goals is to find a school I love and if they happen to have lacrosse, go after it whole heartedly. I would never go to school just to play lacrosse; you could get injured or burned out.

“If I end up participating in collegiate lacrosse at any level, I would hope to bring good decision-making and field recognition to a team. A huge part of lacrosse is just knowing where your teammates will be, and when to get them the ball. If you can recognize what a defense is giving you, then you really have great opportunities to exploit their mistakes. I would definitely do my best to bring a high IQ to a team. However, I still have a lot of learning to do.”


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