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‘Players Who Shined’ at @passport_alliance @Nat_175 Liberty Bell Challenge Individual Showcase

Wednesday, 13th July 2016

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

By Chris Goldberg, Posted 7/13/16

Coming from the non-traditional lacrosse region of Reno (NV), 2018 midfielder/LSM Cole Flores said he would not allow himself to be intimidated by the competition Friday at the Passport Alliance/National 175 Liberty Bell Challenge Individual Showcase at Plymouth Whitemarsh.

Cole Flores (left), Nick Pacheco

ADVNC 2018 MF Cole Flores (left), Evolve USA 2017 FO/MF Nick Pacheco

“You can’t be scared or nervous or you can’t play your game. I think I can play with them and I think I’m good enough to go places and represent Reno,” said Flores after Friday’s 2017-18 All-Star Game. “Determination is the reason I made the All-Star team. Usually you don’t see Northern Nevada kids out here.”

Flores, who attends Robert McQueen, played with ADVNC 2018 during the Liberty Bell Challenge team tourney. He said he has gotten interest from Division II and III coaches, but seeks more exposure.

“It’s super fun and super relieving to make the All-Star team with all the hard work I have put in,” Flores said. “The competition is really good.”

Others that shined in the All-Star Game:

Nick Pacheco, 2017 midfielder/FO, Evolve USA, Valor Christian-CO
“You go to some showcases and kids are just doing it for themselves. For the most part all the kids here were easy to work with and they help you. I felt like my training just came together and I felt I did a good job. I like to come out with a little bit of confidence every time; it’s a mindset that I have. I am still open to anything and trying to get looks; that’s why I am doing showcases.”

On his high school season, which ended in a Class 4A state title following an 0-3 start: “I had to watch from the sidelines the first three quarters of the season. Two days before the first game I broke my collarbone. It was kind of a bummer watching, we had a rough start. But it was fun to watch it develop. My little brother (Eric, a 2019 Denver commit) was tearing it up (at FOGO, where Nick was the starter) and on an all-state path so I decided to play D-middie and let him do his thing. Now I feel more comfortable about that position.”

Elliot Fish, 2017 ATT, Evolve USA, Upper Canada High (ONT)

Evole USA 2017 Elliot Fish (left), Duke's L.C. 2018 LSM Matt Lane

Evole USA 2017 Elliot Fish (left), Duke’s L.C. 2018 LSM Matt Lane

“I think overall our ball movement was really good (during the showcase games). We really bonded as a team and that showed through the whole day. It helped that we had camaraderie on offense; and more specifically in the All-Star game we chose to ride a two-man attack in back with one in the middle. I was hanging out above the crease and that allowed for some great movement. We were all righties and we were definitely successful; we could rotate pretty easily and get the ball out pretty quick. I play for Evolve Canada and heard about the Evolve USA team being coached by John Grant Jr. and I thought it would be a great chance to play with some committed players. I am not committed and I thought I could fit in well. The lacrosse is so much better here.”

Matt Lane, 2018 LSM, Duke’s L.C., Lancaster Country Day-PA
“I was really relaxed the whole day; it was a fun event and I finished with six or seven goals. I had a hat trick in a half in one of the games and three in the All-Star Game. I was fortunate enough to know a lot of the kids on my team and the event wasn’t too far away so I could get some sleep. I love the opportunities Dukes give; their programs are all over and coming from my high school (near central PA) I appreciate the exposure I get.”

Others Who Shined during Showcase team games:

Duke's LC 2019 MF Jake Waltz, NJ Riot 2019 MF Chris Crapanzano

Duke’s LC 2019 ATT Jake Waltz, (left) NJ Riot 2019 FO/MF Chris Crapanzano

Jake Waltz, 2019 ATT, Kingsway (NJ), Duke’s LC, All-Star Selection
“My strength today was definitely on groundballs and moving off ball. To compete here you have to do a lot of communication and talking off ball. You have to get to know the other players and see what they like to do.I did a lot of looking to the middle of the field and kept my head up and eyes open. I had some good assists. My goal is to try and improve my outside shot. I get a lot of goals in the crease and by dodging. The d-poles were big and fast and had quick hands. I am looking at D3 school in the Maryland/Carolina are, so it’s not too far away.”

Chris Crapanzano, 2019 FO/MF, NJ Riot, Ridge-NJ, All-Star Selection
“I wanted to step up my game to put my name out there at a higher level. I think I have been playing better lacrosse than I ever have. I am winning more face=-offs and showing I am more than just a FOGO; my offensive skills are improving to the point that I am a stay-on top of player. I learned to never give up on the groundball. Sometimes the ball is in the scrum or the other player may have won the draw initially but you can still get the ball. I am looking at D1 have a few schools, but I am trying to keep my offers open. The opportunities will be there, but I want to make my decision by the end of the summer.”

Will Stahl, 2017 midfielder, Duke’s L.C., Harriton (PA), All-Star Selection

Duke's LC 2017 MF Will Stahl, Team Long Island 2017 G Robert Kruszeski

Duke’s LC 2017 MF Will Stahl, Team Long Island 2017 G Robert Kruszeski

“My goal was to keep hustling and be a team player that is never selfish. I dodged well down the alley, but I have to keep looking up. At a showcase like this you have to learn their names and just try to create chemistry with your teammates and find their tendencies. I am looking for a bigger school and I want to major in Biology.”

Robert Kruszeski, 2017 goalie, Team Long Island, Mattatuck-NY, All-Star Selection

“The goal was to play to my best and hopefully impress the coaches on the sidelines. We had four goalies so getting playing time was tough, so it was great that college coaches and college players were getting us shots between games. It helped get the shots necessary to get in the work. Coaches were working on making sure we communicated and that we made the saves we’re supposed to make and make some that we’re not necessarily supposed to make. I think I made some routine saves and others that were not necessarily routine. I wanted to distinguish myself from the other goalies. I am looking for a good academic school. Obviously you go to college for a good education. I am not going to be playing lacrosse after four years. Academics come first and I love playing lacrosse so hopeflly I can impress a coach that can provide that.”

Luke Vando, 2019 attackman, Twist Lacrosse, Pennsbury-PA

Twist 2019 ATT MF Luke Vando (left), NJ Riot 2017 AT Andrew Aspesi

Twist 2019 ATT MF Luke Vando (left), Twist 2019 DF Andrew Aspesi

“I wanted to get noticed by colleges and play up to my ability. The competition was very good, there were a lot of strong players. I wanted to use my speed and athletic ability and agility and get to open spaces to get shots. I am just looking for a good school where I fit in and get a good experience. You always have options, but it would be good to commit early so you could know the coach and program earlier.”

Andrew Aspesi, 2019 defenseman, Twist Lacrosse, Lower Merion-PA

“The goal was to distance myself from the other players and get some nice groundballs and make good checks. I think I had to talk a lot and learn the names of the players and how they like to play. That helped me learn to always communicate. I don’t want to go to that big of a college; I just want to find one that’s a good fit and has good academics.”

Chris Goranow, 2020 midfielder, CT Chargers, Deerfield Academy-MA

CT Chargers 2020 MF Chris Garanow

CT Chargers 2020 MF Chris Garanow

“I had a goal to see how much I could improve. We all worked well on my team. There was a lot of talent on the field and it shows how hard you have to work to get better. I played with a lot of 2019 players that were more physical and stronger than me. I had to try to outsmart them with cuts off ball and on-ball as well.”


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