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Reaction from MVPs from #NationalShowcase by @Victory_Events

Sunday, 2nd November 2014

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

By Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 11/2/14

Kip McGuire said the college coaches made it clear during Saturday’s National Showcase instruction what they want in potential recruits at all ages: good stick skills.

“All of the coaches that were at the National Showcase repeatedly expressed the importance of having solid stick work,” said McGuire. “Even the most athletic kids need to be able to catch, pass, and shoot. These repeated reminders motivated me to continue to hit the wall and shoot as much as I can.”

Westtown School 2016 MF Kip McGuire

Westtown School 2016 MF Kip McGuire

McGuire, a 2016 midfielder who plays for HEADstrong LC, was named the MVP of the Leopards in Saturday’s event. Besides playing in full field games, 180 players received positional training, Parisi Speed and Agility training and were given a Division I coach’s panel recruiting seminar.

Other questions answered by McGuire:

How was the level of competition and how did you adjust your game in order to maximize your performance?
McGuire: “The competition was very strong for sure. There were solid players at every position especially in the younger age groups. I tried to stick to my game and take advantage of my athleticism in the open field both defensively and offensively.”

How did you and your team mesh and what did you do to work together in rather poor weather conditions?
McGuire: “My team instantly meshed. We went 3-0 with three commanding victories. Our team had the tendency to run in straight lines and that helped keep us on our feet in poor weather conditions. Everyone on the team was on the same page about playing fast but organized. Everyone shared the ball and made smart decisions throughout the day. The weather was bad but we tried our hardest to motivate each other.”

What type of school are you looking for and what do you think you have to offer a college program as a student-athlete?
McGuire: “My search is still pretty open. I would love to play on a competitive D1 or D3 school but most importantly I am looking for the school that will give me the most opportunities after my collegiate career is over. What I can bring to a collegiate program is athleticism and a strong desire to improve. I have only been playing the game for 19 months so I believe that I can only get better and will improve a lot over my collegiate career.”

Other team MVPs:

Dan Jordon, La Salle (PA) 2018 DEF, Tar Heels MVP, Mesa Fresh 2018

La Salle (PA) 2018 DEF Dan Jordon

La Salle (PA) 2018 DEF Dan Jordon

How was the level of competition and how did you adjust your game in order to maximize your performance?
Jordon: “The level of competition was high, yet most of the guys did not play to their fullest potential due to the harsh weather conditions. In order to maximize my performance, I simply played the best that I could, despite the weather.”

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?
Jordon: “Personally, I learned that, being a freshman, it was a true honor to receive the award of Most Valuable Player. But, there were many kids on my team that deserved this award as well. I learned that I have to keep working hard in order compete at the highest level possible.”

How did you and your team mesh and what did you do to work together in rather poor weather conditions?
Jordon: “From a lacrosse standpoint, our team quickly realized that the best way to be successful was to work as a team, as opposed to trying to do everything ourselves. From a social standpoint, myself, as well as a few others, made it a goal to get to know our teammates a little bit, in order to bring the team together.”

What type of school are you looking for and what do you think you have to offer a college program as a student-athlete?
Jordon: “I am looking for a school that will challenge me academically, but is also a good fit all around. I’d like to be at a college with kids like me, who would like to consider themselves more than just “some lacrosse player.” I have to offer a strong commitment to lacrosse as well as one to academics and would like to be around those who feel the same way.”

Ryan Kirkpatrick, Rye (N.Y,) 2017 MF, Dragons MVP, Westchester Predators

Ryan Kirkpatrick (Rye, NY)

Rye (N.Y.) 2017 MF Ryan Kirkpatrick

How was the level of competition and how did you adjust your game in order to maximize your performance?
Kirkpatrick: “The competition was very impressing at the showcase. The competition at the showcase forced me to play faster and stronger because every player challenged me.”

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?
Kirkpatrick: “I learned the importance of stick skills in lacrosse. For instance, coaches were constantly telling me that what separates the good from the bad players is stick skills. Colleges will take the player with better stick skills over a player with better athleticism.”

How did you and your team mesh and what did you do to work together in rather poor weather conditions?
Kirkpatrick: “Being put on a team with random players was a challenge at first but after getting to know each other’s style of play, we meshed together well. The weather conditions forced us to value each position and get the best shot possible. This is because the ground balls became key in this weather.”

What type of school are you looking for and what do you think you have to offer a college program as a student-athlete?
Kirkpatrick: “I am looking forward to playing lacrosse at the next level. I work hard in the classroom and on the field. I am a versatile player that hustles whenever I’m on the field, and i want to go to a school that will ultimately challenge me in the classroom and on the lacrosse field.”

This is one in a series of stories on MVPs and others that excelled at the National Showcase


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