By Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 7/11/16
Logan Adams said in-club competition is a big reason the Duke’s Lacrosse Club enjoys so much success.
“I guess the thing about Dukes that’s different than any other team I’ve played on the is the depth,” said 2017 defenseman from Hunterdon Central (N.J.). “There is not really a weak link. Most everyone is the top player on their high school team and everyone wants to dominate and get touches, but everyone shows the ball real well so that’s a good part of being on this team.”
The Dukes won the 2017 title Sunday at the Passport Alliance/National 175 Liberty Bell Challenge, defeating the NJ Riot, 7-4, at Germantown Academy.
Jack Frasier, a 2017 defenseman from Charlotte Christian School (N.C.) said the team meshed well despite a roster with players from North Carolina, Virginia, New Jersey, Delaware, Central PA and the Lehigh Valley as well as from the Philly region.
“I mean I am from North Carolina and we don’t get to practice too much but we mesh well and we played better as the tournament progressed,” he said. “We had a really good groundball percentage and played a lot of good team defense.
“The offense moved the ball well and we got a lot of good shots.”
David Closterman (Academy of the New Church) had two goals for Dukes, which scored three straight goals to seize a 3-1 lead that it would never relinquish. Kyle Long (Springfield-Delco-PA, Maryland commit) added a goal and an assist while Mikey Drake (Salesianum School-DE, Notre Dame), Gavin Saylor (Parkland) and Tom Murphy (Allentown Central Catholic) each scored once. Mike Sisselberger (Southern Lehigh, Lehigh) starred at the face-off X.
“I’d say that was our most complete game,” said Adams. “We came out strong and finished strong.”
Adams, who made the All-Star Game Friday night at the Individual Showcase, said the tournament was a boost for his recruiting efforts. In all, more than 100 coaches from over 90 programs attended the 3-day event.
“It was a really good tournament,” he said. “There was a good amount of exposure and the competition was pretty good. We played some good lacrosse the past couple days.”
Jack Kastenschmidt (Delaware Valley Regional), Vince D’Agostino (James Caldwell) and Frankie Dillon (Pingry School) scored for NJ Riot.