By Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 6/19/16
Duke’s Lacrosse Club 2019 defenseman Ricky Amorim said competing at Friday’s Battle of Baltimore Individual Showcase was an ideal test of his abilities.
“You learn you have got to be ready for every game because every game is an important one for the college coaches,” said Amorim, who was selected to play in Friday night’s All-Star Game. “You have to show up 100 percent of the time.”
A group of 125 players in the classes of 2017-2020 competed in the Individual Showcase at Blandair Park in Columbia, MD. The showcases kicked off the first Battle of Baltimore team tourney, run by Passport Alliance, which opened Saturday and concludes today. Inall, 52 teams are competing in six age groups, 2017-2022, with games also being held in Elkridge and Ellicott City.
Amorim was pleased with his play in the showcase games Friday: “I felt fast, and I was throwing good checks. Pretty much I just played my game. I treat every game the same; I treat it by being competitive.
“Our team did well. I had some Dukes kids – it was good to have some of the family on the team. And it was good to adjust to new guys as well.”
Amorim is also competing for the Dukes L.C. in the team tourney and said he had several goals for the weekend.
“Honestly, the big goal obviously is that everybody’s dream is to get recruited,” he said. “But a lot of people forget you have to get better. I think if I get better the recruiting stuff will take care of itself.”
Connor Slein, 2020, attack/midfield, Rock/ St. Paul’s
How did the showcase go?
Slein: “I was one of only a few 2020s in the showcase. I wanted to make decisive cuts and be quick. I did not have a lot of time to sit and think. I wanted to make the right decisions for the team and make sure I used every opportunity. I had to play smart.”
How did you adjust to the level of competition and playing with older players?
Slein: “I think it’s a mind game. I treated it like a normal game. I just wanted to play fast and play smart.”
What goals did you have coming in?
Slein: “Overall, my goal since I was really young is knowing I had an opportunity to go against older and top kids. If I play well and hard, maybe I can get a couple looks. But my main goal is is getting better – I have to d that to play high school lacrosse.”
What did you learn from the showcase?
Slein: “I guess I wasn’t as physical. I have learned to use my body, leaning into kids. This was like a big tryout and I just tried to do my best.”
Tommy Hellman, 2019 midfielder, All-Star pick, CT Chargers, Darien High
What went well in the showcase”
Hellman: “I think I got separation from my man. I ran the field well. I definitely think my shot placement could be better, but all around everything went well. It was good competition and there were a lot of good athletes. Everyone can run and get by their man. I really had to step up and compete.”
What was your goal?
Hellman: “It was cool to be seen, but I think my goal was just to play my best and be happy with how I played.”
What did you learn from the showcase?
Hellman: “I definitely began to be more comfortable in facilitating and getting good looks offensively while also setting up my teammates too.”
What type of college are you looking for?
Hellman: “I am not really too focused on that yet. I think first I want to find a place where I can go and (be happy) academically. That’s the key at first.”
Battle of Baltimore Individual Showcase
2017/2018 All-Star Rosters
Colton Presley, Rock, Fallston
Tyler Pelligrino, C2C Atlanta, North Paulding
Jed Speers, Medina-OH
Liam Riordan, CT Chargers, Pomfret School
Andrew Lowman, CT Chargers, Somers
Braden Groff, Duke’s LC, Parkland
Griffin Hanes, Duke’s, Bishop McDevitt
Cameron Herbert, NJ Riot, Columbia
William Filiault, Duke’s, Providence Day School-NC
Brad Apgar, Delaware Valley-NJ
Nicholas Pace, Duke’s VA-Patrick Henry
Jack Ballew, Twist, Easton High
Rob Kruszeski, Team Long Island, Southold
Truman Shelton, Dukes, Moravian
Hunter Krauss, Dukes, Emmaus
Cameron Goodling, Rock, West York-PA
Sean Duffy, Twist, La Salle
Mario Scotese, Twist, Perkiomen Valley
Thomas Diver, Twist, Germantown Academy
Kyle Lando, Twist, Manheim
Jack Frasier, Dukes
Grayson Rech, Dukes Virginia-Patrick Henry
Matt Lane, Dukes, Lancaster Day School
Gavin Taquino, Rock, Northern High
2019/2020 All-Star rosters
TJ Lynch, CT Chargers, Staples
Ryan Stout, Dukes, Central Bucks East
Logan Lazasz, Dukes, La Salle
Tom Hellman, CT Chargers, Darien
Bryce Reece, Dukes, Lenape-NJ
Chris Crapanzano, NJ Riot, Ridge
Bryce Henise, Rock, Eastern York-PA
Anthony Gugluizza, Dukes, Manheim Twp
Dylan Rahm, Dukes, Parkland
Sam Keyser, Dukes, Penn Charter
Ryan Williams, Dukes Lehigh Valley North, Harvest Collegiate High
Philip Maina, Dukes Virginia-Salem
Zach Blake, CT Chargers, Hopkins
Mike Gianforcaro, Dukes, Tower Hill-DE
Will Byrne, CT Chargers, Greens Farms Academy
Zachary Coar, Dukes, La Salle
Devon Cowan, Dukes Hun School-NJ
Brett Kropinski, Rock, Century
Bryce Hutchinson, Dukes, Manheim Twp
Dawson Zerfing, Dukes, Penn Charter
Luke Talago, Dukes, Allentown Central Catholic
Jack Sheridan, Dukes, Germantown Academy
Adam Paymer, Dukes, Hershey
Benjamin Rivera, Dukes, La Salle
Ricky Amorim, Duke’s, Plymouth Whitemarsh
John Gatt, CT Chargers, Brien McMahon
Chris Suter, Dukes, La Salle