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Reaction from players that excelled at Quaker LaxFest at Radnor

Sunday, 2nd November 2014

Categories Boy's/Men's, Club, Recruiting  
 

By Justin Farrell
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 11/2/14

More than 100 coaches attended the Quaker Fall LaxFest today at Radnor High as the opening weekend of the fall tournament season kicked off with 30 elite teams.

The event was played on seven fields and featured a freshman (2018) division for the first time. Also, the England Academy U17 club team became the first squad from outside of North America to compete at the LaxFest (feature story coming Monday). Below are interviews from players that excelled from six different teams (a second story will be posted Monday).

Bryce Reid (Duke's LC, Avon Grove)

Bryce Reid (Duke’s LC, Avon Grove)

Bryce Reid, 2016 MF, Duke’s Lacrosse Club, Avon Grove (PA)

How was the competition and what did you do to raise your game to the high level?
Reid:
“It was always going to be good. Tenacious Turtles, Crabs, Tri-State; all the good teams were here and we knew we were going to have to play fast and smart. The competition was definitely here today.”

What were your individual goals today and what went well for you?
Reid:
“I was just going to go out there and play the best that I could. I wanted to try and get my teammates involved and just play my best.”

What did you learn about your game today that will help you for the rest of the fall and moving into the spring?
Reid:
“The game is definitely growing and I know I am going to have to play a lot faster. So I am hoping I can bring back my speed and my lacrosse IQ back to my team.”

What type of college are you looking for, academically and lacrosse-wise?
Reid:
“I am looking for a school with good academics; that’s always that’s always first for me personally. Lacrosse-wise, I am looking for a school that has a lot of good history and coaches that are really involved.”

Jack Parr (Crabs, McDonogh)

Jack Parr (Crabs, McDonogh)

Jack Parr, 2017 ATT, Crabs, 2017 ATT, McDonogh School (MD)
How was the competition and what did you do to raise your game to the high level?
Parr:
“Seeing the teams here we knew the level of competition was going to be high. We saw we were playing teams like the Tenacious Turtles so we knew we were going to have to step up and play our best game.”

What were your individual goals today and what went well for you?
Parr:
“I just wanted to play my best, execute what we were trying to do, get some looks from the great college coaches out here, and just do what our team wanted to do. I thought our team that really well.”

What did you learn about your game today that will help you for the rest of the fall and moving into the spring?
Parr:
“I learned that even to play in these conditions, it being pretty cold out, you still have to power through, give your best effort and work to make an impact on the varsity team this year.”

What type of college are you looking for, academically and lacrosse-wise?
Parr:
“Academics is always first and I feel like I am a pretty smart kid. I have always taken academics very seriously so I am looking for that first and for lacrosse the team is an added bonus.”

Evan Falkowski (Twist, CR South)

Evan Falkowski (Twist, CB South)

Evan Falkowski, 2016 MF, Twist, Central Bucks South (PA)

How was the competition and what did you do to raise your game to the high level?
Falkowski:
“I knew that the most recent team (FLG) was good; they beat the Dukes and the Dukes are always good competition but we just stuck with it.”

What were your individual goals today and what went well for you?
Falkowski:
“I wanted to just relax and not be nervous, especially with coaches around.That can just nerve you up.”

What did you learn about your game today that will help you for the rest of the fall and moving into the spring?
Falkowski:
“Just hustle for yourself, which is a good model for others. They will follow you, and that encourages other players to hustle.”

What type of college are you looking for, academically and lacrosse-wise?
Falkowski:
“I want a respected academic school. I am looking for a nice D-I school that supports me.”

Zach Masessa (Leading Edge, Montgomery)

Zach Masessa (Leading Edge, Montgomery)

Zach Masessa, 2017 DEF, Leading Edge Elite, Montgomery High (N.J.)

How was the competition and what did you do to raise your game to the high level?
Masessa:
“We knew we were going to play a lot of good teams and that the competition was going to be hard. We had to step up our game and we had to pass the ball pretty well, catch it, and do the fundamentals. I think we executed pretty well.”

What were your individual goals today and what went well for you?
Masessa:
Giving a positive attitude for everyone and keeping my head up high. I wanted to make good plays so that everyone around me could be a better player so that we all could come out successful and win the game.

What did you learn about your game today that will help you for the rest of the fall and moving into the spring?
Masessa:
“I have to keep my head up more and not get down on myself. We have to catch and throw better and just play as a better team.”

What type of college are you looking for, academically and lacrosse-wise?
Masessa:
“Mainly I am looking for a school with good academics so I can pursue my career. I want lacrosse to keep me in shape and make great relationships with people for after college.”

Tommy Sopko, 2017 ATT, NXT 2017, Conestoga

Tommy Sopko (NXT, Conestoga)

Tommy Sopko (NXT, Conestoga)

How was the competition and what did you do to raise your game to the high level?
Sopko:
“It is really solid; we are playing some really good teams. We played really good offense and my teammates were giving me really good passes, which allowed me to score. It is really fun with a lot of good teams here.”

What were your individual goals today and what went well for you?
Sopko:
“I wanted to score and get some assists and ride well. Overall though I just wanted to go 3-0 with my team and get good team wins.”

What did you learn about your game today that will help you for the rest of the fall and moving into the spring?
Sopko:
“Just cutting off balls, not trying to dodge every time but cut off the ball and get some easy shots. Move the ball and create good team offense.”

What type of college are you looking for, academically and lacrosse-wise?
Sopko:
“I want a solid school with good academics that can help me succeed in life. I want a program that will give me the opportunity to let me play.”


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