Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 9/21/09
There are a limited amount of spots left for the inaugural Philly Lacrosse Showcase Nov. 21 at Episcopal Academy where many of the top scholastic boys’ players in the country will participate in a recruiting event before many coaches from the top Division I, II and III programs.
Due to the overwhelming response to this event and its format, the Philly Showcase is expected to be full in about one week. There are approximately 30 spots left across the age levels. The event will feature 210 sophomores, juniors and seniors from the Mid-Atlantic Region and beyond. Registration is still available at www.phillyshowcase.com.
The event – which is being sponsored by Phillylacrosse.com – was developed by Andy Hayes, Episcopal Academy head coach. Hayes noted that some of the top recruits from New England, Illinois, Georgia, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut and Ohio, and as far west as California have registered. The players will be guaranteed to compete in three morning games in front of college coaches. The tournament committee will choose the players to compete in the “Fab Forty” All-Star Game for each class in the afternoon. Hayes expects that coaches from nearly every Division I program will attend. Coaches from top Division II and III schools also will attend. Phillylacrosse.com will provide comprehensive and real-time coverage throughout the day, including updates on the choosing of the All-Star teams, the games themselves and individual player updates as well as the awarding of the Showcase MVP’s (two from each grade level).
“We are finding that players from all over want to be a part of this event,” Hayes said. “It is not about club teams, its about the top players playing together in a format that is highly competitive and provides maximum exposure for recruiting purposes.”
There are no restrictions; players that have signed or committed can still register.
The 2-year-old EA campus at Newtown Square features two turf and two grass fields and plenty of parking.
The morning games will be coached by invited Philly scholastic coaches. Already, Hayes said Brian Samson (of state finalist Conestoga), Dan Keating (Malvern Prep), Eric Gregg (St. Joseph’s Prep), Mark Duncan (Shipley School), Randy McNeill (Abington) and Josh Hanlon (Neshaminy) have committed to be coaches. In the All-Star games, coaches will be paired together.
The rain date for the event is Sunday, Nov. 22.
Philly Lacrosse Showcase, Nov. 21, at Episcopal Academy, Newtown Square, PA
7:30 a.m. Registration
Games will be 2 25-minute halves with 2 min halftime
8:45-9:45 Game #1
9:45-10:45 Game #2
10:45-11:45 Game #3
11:45-12:45 Game # 4
1:15-2:15 “Fab Forty” Senior Game
2:15-3:15 “Fab Forty” Junior Game
3:15-4:15 “Fab Forty” Sophomore Game
All-Star Games will be filmed and sent to all coaches who attend the event.
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