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Players that Shined at @Nat_175 Best of the Best Individual Showcase

Saturday, 2nd July 2016

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

By Jaclynkelli Kronemberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 7/2/16

UNIONDALE, N.Y. – Oak Ridge (CA) 2019 midfielder Ryan Rodgers said competing in Wednesday’s National 175 Best of the Best Individual Showcase at Mitchel Complex was a great opportunity to see how he compared to mostly East Coast players.

Ryan Rodgers

Ryan Rodgers

“I’m from California; I’m most happy about just being out on the East Coast,” said Rodgers, one player that shined in the event that kicked off the bBest of the Best Tournament. “I just took all the opportunities I could.

“I took some decent shots and I was able to beat people pretty consistently.”

Rodgers said he worked on all parts of his game.

“I learned I need to be consistent with everything,” he said “I just wanted improve my overall game.”

Others that shined on Wednesday:

Drew Martin, 2018 Defense, Dukes LC La Salle (PA)

How did you adjust to the competition?

Drew Martin

Drew Martin

Martin: “Once we started to really play together the level really went up. I had to sense the team defense; you have to know where the slides are coming from and definitely push the ball in transition.
What did you want to work on and what went well?
Martin:
“Playing body, forcing the middies down the alley, knowing where to send your next pass is what went well for me today. I was probably most happy about getting ground balls moving it to the attack and getting the transition started.
What did you learn about your game?
Martin:
“I learned definitely that my feet are the most important part of playing defense and that is the biggest part of the game right there. Coming into the showcase I definitely wanted to work on bodying up from x and I think I got better at that today.”

Michael Scarponi, 2018 Attack, Twist, Easton (PA)

Michael Scarponi

Michael Scarponi

How did you adjust to the competition?

Scarponi: “It was tough. To raise my level of play I moved the ball quicker from my stick. I did well at dodging and off ball movement, and cutting.”
What did you want to work on and what went well?
Scarponi:
“I was happy with the level of team chemistry we were able to get in such a short time. We played well together. My coach taught me back cut on the fast break and that helped me. I wanted to work on finishing and pushing a good shot and I was able to do that a few times today.”

Ryan Darby, 2019 Midfielder, CT Chargers, Darien (CT)

Ryan Darby

Ryan Darby

How did you adjust to the competition?
Darby:
“I feel like we could play better defense, but we have been scoring pretty easy and we have been winning. To raise my level of play I’m dodging more, getting more confident and passing the ball and moving it.”
What did you want to work on and what went well?
Darby:
“Today I had a few assists and scored a couple of times. I just played good defense and good team ball. I liked the amount of assists I had today. I wanted to be more confident in myself and in my abilities to play.”

Colton Hayes, 2019 LSM, C2C Georgia Elite, McIntosh (GA)

Colton Hayes

Colton Hayes

What went well today?
Hayes:
“I just had some fun and played really well. I made a lot of good clears, picked up the ground balls and got in extra looks. I was happy about playing good solid defense and making good plays.
What did you learn about your game?
Hayes:
“I learned I have some flaws but I can patch them up when I work hard. I wanted to work on my one on one play and sliding.”

Dimitrius (Jimmy) Goranov, 2020 Defense, CT Chargers, Darien (CT)

How did you adjust to the competition?
Goronov:
“There are a lot of good players and good teams. I just played my game and wanted to work well as a team with other guys. I thought I did well on ground balls and I thought I did well communicating with the rest of my team. I was happy with my communication and team play.”
What did you learn about your game?

Jimmy Goranow

Jimmy Goranov

Goronov: “I learned when things aren’t going your way it is important to still communicate with the rest of your team and play as a team. I just came here to get recruited.”


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