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Philly players shine at the Nike @Elite_120 by @STEPSLacrosse

Monday, 19th January 2015

Categories Girl's/Women's, High School, Recruiting  
 

By Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 1/19/15

Allison Lanzone said talking to her new teammates on Team Irish was a key factor in her success this weekend at the Nike Elite 120 at the Indoor Sports Pavilion in Randolph, N.J.

Radnor's Hope Smith (left), Natalie Junior, Allison Lanzone

Radnor’s Hope Smith (left), Natalie Junior and Allison Lanzone competed Saturday and Sunday at the Nike Elite 120

“Elite 120 reinforced how key communication is on the field, especially when you have just met the girls on your team,” said Lanzone, a Radnor High 2017 defender who helped Team Irish won the team title. “During lacrosse season this year, I will be more vocal in an attempt to make the defensive play more cohesively.”

Lanzone was one of 240 2017 and 2018 players that competed in a showcase event run by STEPS that featured a championship tournament and SPARQ testing Saturday and Sunday. The event typically draws close to 100 college coaches.

All athletes were tested in an NFL-style speed and agility testing session run by Parisi Speed School. Testing disciplines included the 40 yard dash, a 5-10-5 shuttle, and a 300 yard shuttle (50 yard increments).

Below are interviews with players that shined, including Lanzone and Baldwin School 2018 Eliza Thaler:

Allison Lanzone, Radnor (PA), STEPS Philly, 2017 DEF, Team Irish (champion)

How was the competition and how did you adjust to the level?
Lanzone:
“The competition was tough, and I knew that it would be before arriving at Elite 120. On the field, I did my best to be vocal and to play strong in order to contribute on my team.”

What do you see as your strengths and areas of need after playing in this event?
Lanzone:
“I feel like one my strengths would be my work ethic on the field. I do my best to stay engaged during each game for my teammates. On defense, I am going to continue to work on being more aggressive in order to keep up with powerful attackers.”

What was the reason for your team’s success?
Lanzone:
“I believe my team really came together and was able to bond on and off the field. We communicated effectively during the games, and this was made easier by the fact that everyone understood that teamwork was the only way to win.”

How did you do in the Parisi testing?
Lanzone:
“It’s easy to look back and wish I had done better. However, since I am a multisport athlete and am currently in season for Varsity basketball, I feel as though I was able to give a good representation of my skills. Placing sixth in the 300 yard shuttle and well in the other two events helped to give me a confidence boost going into the games.”

What type of college are you looking for lacrosse-wise and academically?
Lanzone:
“I want to play lacrosse at a strong Division 1 program where I am appropriately challenged in both academics and lacrosse.”

Eliza Thaler, Baldwin School (PA), Phantastix, 2018 MF, Hoyas (team champion)

How was the competition and how did you adjust to the level?
Thaler:
“The players at this tournament had incredible talent, and I loved playing at the highest level. I knew immediately that I would have to play my absolute hardest, and stay focused in every single game.”

What do you see as your strengths and areas of need after playing in this event?
Thaler:
“I think that my biggest strength is my speed, which helps me a lot in transitioning the ball in midfield. I really look forward to improving all aspects of my game in the upcoming years.”

What did you learn about your game that you can take into the season?
Thaler:
“I learned that being physically aggressive is equally important on attack and defense.”

What was the reason for your team’s success
Thaler:
“My teammates were what made this experience so amazing. They had incredible talent, and we had a great team chemistry. Every single player contributed to each game, and capitalized on their strengths.”

How did you do in the Parisi testing?
Thaler:
“The Parisi training was one of my favorite parts of the tournament. I came in 5th out of 120 in the 300 yard dash, which I was very happy about. I would like to thank my winter track coach Ije Iheoma for pushing very hard in practice every day.”

What type of college are you looking for lacrosse-wise and academically?
Thaler:
“I would like to go to a college that has outstanding academics and a strong lacrosse program.”

Lily Stump, Archbishop Spalding (MD), Maryland United East, 2017 ATT, Team Irish (champion)

How was the competition and how did you adjust to the level?
Stump:
“The competition was amazing; it was awesome to be able to play with girls who play at such a fast pace, as well as girls that have so much skill.”

What do you see as your strengths and areas of need after playing in this event?
Stump:
“I think some of my big strengths are my feeds and my crease rolls. I want to improve on my speed and footwork in order to get to the level I need to be at – elite.”

What did you learn about your game that you can take into the season?
Stump:
“It helped me to realize what my strengths really are, by playing with girls you have never played with before and are playing at such a fast pace.”

Nike Elite 120 2017 champion Irish

Nike Elite 120 2017 champion Irish

What was the reason for your team’s success?
Stump:
“I think a huge part of our success was our ability to play together as a team. We were very encouraging of one another and all played very well together. When you aim to make not only yourself look good, but try to make the other people on your team look good, it all flows smoothly.”Communication is huge in the game of lacrosse; when we were all talking and cheering on and off the field we preformed and executed very well.”

How did you do in the Parisi testing?
Stump:
“I was happy with my results in the Parisi testing, I think that basketball season has helped me be prepared with the 300 run and the 5-10-5.”

What type of college are you looking for lacrosse-wise and academically?
Stump:
“I want a school where I can excel both in the classroom and on the field. Academics are extremely important to me and so is lacrosse, so I am looking for a school that has the best of both worlds.”

Natasha Rahal, Queensbury (NY), ADK, 2017 MF/DEF, Team Irish (champion)

Nike Elite 2018 champion Hoyas

Nike Elite 2018 champion Hoyas

How was the competition and how did you adjust to the level?
Rahal:
“There were was some girls that definitely stuck out to me. I did a lot better than year than last because I felt like I had more confidence coming in and I knew how the camp was because I was here last year.”

What do you see as your strengths and areas of need after playing in this event?
Rahal
: “I see my strengths are getting ground balls and getting off the circle on draws and looking for the open player on attack and my defense. Another thing I see as my strength is always playing 110% and hustling. Some areas that I need to work on are not thinking so much before I’m shooting and just shooting the ball. I can always improve on my left hand and my stick skills.”

What did you learn about your game that you can take into the season?
Rahal:
“My coach was awesome and so supportive and she taught my team about some tricks to come out of a double team and it worked really well. I will bring that into my season this year!”

What was the reason for your team’s success?
Rahal:
“We had really good midfield transition and we all just connected really well. We played together like we’ve played as a team for longer than just two days. Also, we had really good draw controls and on defense we had really good communication and slides.”

How did you do in the Parisi testing?
Rahal:
“On my testing I think I did average, but like I said last year I don’t think the test shows how much I hustle on the field.”

What type of college are you looking for lacrosse-wise and academically?
Rahal:
“I’m looking for coaches that will push me beyond my limits and have a close bonding team. Also, I want to go to a competitive school that’s also looking to improve their game. I think I’m looking to go into the medical field but I’m not sure exactly what I want to do yet in that field.”


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