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More reaction from MVPs from #NationalShowcase by @Victory_Events

Monday, 3rd November 2014

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

Editor’s note: This is the second story on MVPs from Saturday’s National Showcase. Click here for the first article.

By Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 11/3/14

Cole Travia said he had to dig deep to adjust to the rain and cold during Saturday’s National Showcase at Avon Grove High.

“The conditions yesterday were tough to say the least,” said Travia, a 2018 midfielder from Glen Ridge (N.J.) and STEPS who earned the MVP for Team Tigers. “Those are the days when you really have to rely on your mental toughness to overcome the elements.

2018 MF Cole Travia (Glen Ridge, STEPS)

2018 MF Cole Travia (Glen Ridge, STEPS)

“My teammates were great all day, we worked hard to assure that everyone was staying involved. I thought we shared the ball and played very unselfish lacrosse. It is easy to lose the battle to the weather when aren’t seeing enough touches. We focused on making sure that didn’t happen.”

Besides playing in full field games on Saturday, 180 players received positional training, Parisi Speed and Agility training and were given a Division I coach’s panel recruiting seminar. The event was run by Victory Events.

Travia also answered these questions.

How was the level of competition and how did you adjust your game in order to maximize your performance?
Travia: “The level of competition was high. I am fortunate to play for Glen Ridge High School and STEPS Elite (club team); both have prepared me to compete at a high level on a regular basis.

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?
Travia: “The success I enjoyed yesterday will boost my confidence as I begin my fall tournament season next Sunday. When playing against top level opponents it is easy to start to doubt yourself, but you need to stay positive in order to be successful.”

What type of school are you looking for and what do you think you have to offer a college program as a student-athlete?
Travia: “I am a freshman so I am just beginning my college search. The panel of coaches that the staff of Victory Events sponsored yesterday was terrific. They provided so much detailed information that will help me and my family navigate the recruiting process down the road. I hope to play for a D1 lacrosse program in college. I am hard working and would lead by example on and off the lacrosse field. I look forward to having the opportunity to continue to make lacrosse the fastest growing sport in the country.”

Other MVPs:

TJ Malone, 2018 ATT, The Haverford School, NXT L.C., Quakers MVP

Tj Malone

2018 ATT Tj Malone (Haverford School, NXT LC)

How was the level of competition and how did you adjust your game in order to maximize your performance?
Malone: “The level of competition was strong. There were a lot of good players. To maximize my performance, I took a lot of risks but it wasn’t always successful. I tried a few behind the back shots and passes, sometimes it worked out, and sometimes it didn’t.”

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?
Malone: “I learned that I can play more than one role in the game. I am usually a feeder and dodger from X but I learned that I can be a finisher. I can use this to help make me an all around player.”

How did you and your team mesh and what did you do to work together in rather poor weather conditions?
Malone: “We meshed by figuring out everyone’s strengths. We had to know what everybody could do to help the team under the conditions and we worked around that.

What type of school are you looking for and what do you think you have to offer a college program as a student-athlete?
Malone: “I am looking to get as strong an education as possible and also a place where I can contribute to a team. An Ivy League or that type of school would be a great thing to shoot for! What I offer to schools for a student-athlete is a strong work ethic and a high lacrosse IQ. I also think I’m a good team player and like to have fun.

Kevin Cummings, 2017 ATT, Southern Lehigh (PA), Old School Lacrosse, Blue Hens MVP

Kevin Cummings

2017 MF Kevin Cummings (So. Lehigh, Old School)

How was the level of competition and how did you adjust your game in order to maximize your performance?
Cummings: “I thought that the level of competition was outstanding. I believe that playing against kids of all age groups really made me want to leave it all on the field. In order to maximize my performance, I did my best to match up against a defender in a red striped pinny, so I knew that the opponent had an age difference, which made me perform my best.

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?
Cummings: “The biggest thing I learned about my game throughout the showcase is that I belong. I am always a little scared to go to showcases and prospect camps, because I am afraid that I will get matched up against somebody that will end up being a D1 commit or something like that. However, after my experience at the National Showcase, I realized that I belonged.”

How did you and your team mesh and what did you do to work together in rather poor weather conditions?
Cummings: “At this past showcase, the team I was on killed it. I think that we meshed because we were all talented players that were unselfish. Therefore, we were constantly making one-more passes and giving everybody on the team a chance to shine. The poor weather conditions only made us bond more. We were able to talk about the weather and realize that we were all very much alike.”

What type of school are you looking for and what do you think you have to offer a college program as a student-athlete?
Cummings: “I am looking for a college with a very good engineering program, because school is my main focus needs to be school. However, I would also like to attend a Division 1 school to play lacrosse. If I am fortunate enough to attend a division 1 that has a very good engineering program, then I believe I am going to be able to be the least of the coach’s concerns. I believe that I am a very coachable kid, and I am a good student. Therefore, the coach of my team will not have to worry about me keeping my grades up or me being ineligible, and I will do as he says, creating a great team player.”

Kevin Lacon, 2016 ATT, La Salle, Phillie Elite, Panthers MVP

La Salle 2016 ATT Kevin Lacon (Phillie Elite)

 2016 ATT Kevin Lacon (La Salle, Phillie Elite)

How was the level of competition and how did you adjust your game in order to maximize your performance?
Lacon:
“The level of competition was pretty high, but it was evident that players had to change their game to adapt to the poor weather conditions. To maximize my performance I took more of a leadership role over my team. Since I was one of the older players at the event, I had much more experience playing at the high school level that the ’17s and ’18s, so I gave them as much advice as I could. Because I played X attackman most of the offense ran through me so I tried my best to distribute the ball and create opportunities for not only me, but other players on my 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?
Lacon:
“I learned that I am able to make separation with my defender with my quick change of direction and speed. This helped me because it has made me more confident with the ball and will help me as a player through the rest of November and into the spring.”

How did you and your team mesh and what did you do to work together in rather poor weather conditions?
Lacon:
“As a team we started our first game a little slowly which is understandable because we have never played with each other before. As the day went on, and we became more used to the cold, wet weather, we began to work better and we became more comfortable with one another. We all began to single out each of our strengths and used them to help win our games.”

What type of school are you looking for and what do you think you have to offer a college program as a student-athlete?
Lacon:
“I am looking for a school with a high academic reputation that will challenge me academically as well as athletically. I believe I can help any college program with my determined personality and coachable nature.”

A player that traveled as far as anyone to compete Saturday was Episcopal High (VA) 2018 midfielder Darius Scott (West Coast Starz, ADVNC), a native of San Francisco, CA.

How was the level of competition and how did you adjust your game in order to maximize your performance?
Scott:
“The competition was good. I didn’t really need to adjust my game because I was already used to playing with older guys.”

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?
Scott:
“It was the first time I’ve played on the East Coast in November and I was so wet and cold that I couldn’t feel my hands. I learned how to play through the shivering and numbness.”

How did you and your team mesh and what did you do to work together in rather poor weather conditions?
Scott:
“My team was a group of really good guys. Our coach was cool and he got us really fired up.”

What type of school are you looking for and what do you think you have to offer a college program as a student-athlete?
Scott:
“I’m open to different types of schools. My brother (Cyrus Scott) got recruited (Colgate commit) so I’m familiar with the process. In terms of what I have offer a college program, I put in the work into my grades and training – face offs, ground balls, dodging, shooting – whatever it takes.”


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