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Reaction from players that shined at @adrenalinelax Invitational at Plymouth Whitemarsh

Monday, 10th November 2014

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

By Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 11/10/14

Zach Friedland said his West Coast Starz National Green 2018 squad may come from all regions west, but the squad has already become close.

“I thought we had a connection and great chemistry,” said the Torrey Pines (CA) attackman-midfielder after his team finished a 6-0 weekend at the Adrenaline Invitational at Plymouth Whitemarsh High. “We all like each other and we’re closely intertwined.

2018 ATT/MF Zach Friedland, WC Starz Green/Torrey Pines, CA

2018 ATT/MF Zach Friedland, WC Starz Green/Torrey Pines, CA

“It’s interesting. It would seem like we’re not able to play much together. But whenever we see each other at tournaments we hang out together and from doing these, we actually have all played together once or twice before before. It’s fun playing with one another.”

The Starz were one of 44 teams, of all classes, that competed before more than 100 coaches Saturday and Sunday.

“There’s a lot of great competition,” Friedland. “I am so excited and so happy our team did so well and performed so well on the East Coast with all these top teams.”

Friedland said he is not stressing about the college recruiting scene

“I am thinking about it a little bit. it’s starting to happen, but it’s sort of in the beginning for me. I have had a lot of contact with coaches and I think a lot (of others) are, too, but I am hearing to keep my options open, which sounds good to me. Whatever comes to me, I can decide after I get all my options.

“When we really play together and have fun and stay positive, it all works. If don’t worry about recruiting and just have fun, it will come to you.”

Others that excelled

Bobby McClure, 2016 ATT, HEADstrong LC, Haverford High, PA

2016 ATT Bobby McClure, HEADstrong LC, Haverford High, PA

2016 ATT Bobby McClure, HEADstrong LC, Haverford High, PA

What has the competition been?
McClure:
It’s been really competitive. It’s helped to see kids from California and how they play. We’ve done alright and should have done better. But playing these kind of teams is different.”

Wat type of college are you looking for?
McClure:
“I was looking to go D3; definitely a big college with good lacrosse and good academics and somewhere in the field of sports medicine.”

What do you have to offer a college program?
McClure:
“I would say my vision from behind the net and ability to pick apart a defense.”

What can you take from this tourney?
McClure:
“To be a little smarter with skip passes and don’t be lackadaisical and pick the right ones. You can make a great play or you could mess up a play and throw it away.”

McCabe Watson, 2018 ATT/MF, LB3, Ravenscroft, N.C.

How was the competition and what did you do to adjust to the level?
Watson:
“The competition was great and everybody played well. From all across the nation there’s a ton of talent and some different playing styles. You have to adjust defensively from teams up North to teams on the West Coast.”

2018 ATT/MF McCabe Watson, Ravenscroft, NC

2018 ATT/MF McCabe Watson, LB3/Ravenscroft, NC

Has your team played together much and how did the players adjust?
Watson:
“No we haven’t (played together much). There’s a couple Atlanta kids that played together a while. There are some kids from California and some from down South, like me, and other from Philly. We had to adjust to each other and play as a team.”

What type of college are you looking for?
Watson:
“I would like to go to one of bigger D1 schools or maybe the naval Academy. It starts with school. You have to have a growth mindset and do your work and when you get to the lacrosse field you always have to be working if you want to play at the top level. I just think everybody needs to play calm and not get nervous; play like you practice and always work hard and always know someone is watching you

Frankie Dillon, 2017 Goalie, NJ Riot, Pingry School, N.J.

2017 G Frankie Dillon, NJ Riot, Pingry School, NJ

2017 G Frankie Dillon, NJ Riot, Pingry School, NJ

You played every minute of the four wins in four games on Saturday. How did you handle the playing load?
Dillon:
“I managed pretty well; it was fun playing the whole game. Sometimes in the second half it got a little tough, but that was more mentally than physically taxing. My voice got horse after the first game.”

What skills do you have to offer a college program?
Dillon:
“I am really good at clearing. I think I am an athletic goalie, which is hard to find. I can take it, and run it to midfield. I am not one of those guys to just go and shoot. I am very good on clears and very good low. If you shoot on the ground, most of time I am going to get. I am very vocal and not afraid to yell at people and kick them on the butt, but I always say, ‘Good job’ and I am always positive.”

What type of college are you looking for?
Dillon:
“Some place definitely with good academics. In the end it’s not about lacrosse, it’s about getting into the right school for you.

Why has your team enjoyed success?
Dillon:
“It’s a lot of fun to play on the Riot and great how we stay together all four years. We create team chemistry and that helps a lot.”

Dylan Wolf, 2017 Midfielder, Rock 2017, Fallston, MD (helped HS team will state title as a freshman starter)

2017 ATT Dylan Wolf, Rock, Fallston, MD

2017 ATT Dylan Wolf, Rock, Fallston, MD

How have you adapted to the level of play in the tournament?
Wolf:
“It’s been challenging trying to become a team since it’s my first year with the program and it’s our first tournament. That will come as we get our offense together and get more familiar with each player’s strengths.”

What do you have to offer a college program?
Wolf:
“I just play my hardest and give everything I have got. If you give everything you’ve got, coaches see you and your coaches are proud of you. I go 100 percent on groundballs and I hustle.”

What type of college are you looking for?
Wolf:
“I haven’t really thought about it. I want a good environment, good academics and a school that will help me in the future. I want to take my time and I don’t want to commit early; I want to find a school that suits me.”

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