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Philly Lacrosse Showcase shows top talents to college coaches; Fab Forty Teams released

Saturday, 21st November 2009

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

By Chris Goldberg, Posted 11/21/09

More than 325 of the top players from the Philadelphia area and the Mid-Atlantic region and beyond competed today in the inaugural Philly Lacrosse Showcase at Episcopal Academy in one of the fall’s top boys’ recruiting event.

More than 100 coaches from over 70 Division I, II and III colleges attended the event, looking for talent and watching the three “Fab Forty” All-Star games (see All-Star selections below) that showcased the top 40 players in the sophomore, junior and senior classes. These teams were selected by the Showcase coaches.

Following open registration, each player was placed on one of 16 teams, coached by top Philly scholastic coaches. Each team played three games as college coaches roamed the six Episcopal Academy fields (two turf) searching for talent. The event was co-sponsored by

“The people in Philadelphia always put on a great event,” said Hofstra coach Seth Tierney. “It’s organized, it’s well run and the talent is as good as anywhere in the country. The Philadelphia area has come a long way and it’s an event that cannot be missed.”

Tierney said he mostly was looking at juniors, but also was interested in top seniors that had not signed yet and sophomores that are just beginning to emerge.

“We’re looking for everybody,” said Tierney. “We want to see what’s out there. We’re really looking for juniors, but if there are seniors out there that don’t have a home and if there are sophomores out there that want to get on the radar earlier, we like to see them.

“We like to see guys that play very hard. They may not be the most skilled guys, but if they play hard and are coachable, we like to see that.”

Kevin Meany, coach at Division III Alvernia, said he was looking at players that fit into his program.

“We’re looking at seniors that haven’t settled yet,” he said. “And now we’re starting to look at some juniors. There is a lot of good talent here.”

Meany said not all players are looking to go to Division I colleges and that many want to just find a college program where they are happy with the academics and will get the chance to play.

“Kids have to find the right fit,” he said. “There’s plenty of opportunities. If you want to play you can. We’re looking for athletes, players that can play at the next level.”

One of the players, Germantown Academy sophomore goalie Jacob Adoni, was looking to get a kick-start on college recruiting while also getting experience against top competition.

“As a sophomore, I am just starting the recruiting process,” said Adoni. “I wanted to just get a couple looks from colleges. But I pretty much wanted to have fun. I know a couple people out here, but it was about having fun and playing lacrosse.”

A senor, Interboro goalie Adam Moore, was looking to earn a spot on the Fab Forty team in hopes of getting more Division I looks. He has at least one Division III school on his radar, but wanted to keep his options open.

“It went really well, I enjoyed all my teammates and it was great playing having (Springfield-Delco) coach (Michael) Friel as my coach,” said Moore, who later learned he made the Fab Forty game. “It was an awesome experience. My main goal was to broaden my experiences and broaden the level of coaches that could come to see me. It was an unbelievable level of competition, seeing players from all around the state of Pennsylvania, out of state and out of the area.”

The player that came from the greatest distance was St. Ignatius Prep (San Francisco, CA) defenseman Chase Whittingham, who earned a ticket to the Junior Fab Forty game.

“I think there’s great competition over here that we don’t normally get in California,” said Whittingham, who said two of his teammates that originally signed up were unable to attend the event. “It’s an opportunity to play against the best and try to improve. I have been talking to several schools but at this point it’s up in the air.

“I’d say the East Coast game is much cleaner. Overall, it’s a better level of competition compared to California where they’re better athletes, but the overall (level) is not as high.”

In the Senior Fab Forty All-Star game, Gerry Smith (Episcopal Academy) and Jason Demato (St. Augustine Prep, NJ) each scored twice to lead the White team to an 8-6 triumph. Julius Mouser (Shipley School) and Shane Morrell (Episcopal Academy) both had two goals to pace the White team to an 11-5 victory in the Junior Fab Forty contest. The Sophomore Fab Forty game ended in a 6-6 tie as Graeme Weaver (Malvern Prep) tallied three times for the White team and Calvin Hopkins (Pennsbury) notched two goals for the Blue squad.

Look for more coverage and pictures tomorrow from the Philly Lacrosse Showcase

Senior Fab Forty All-Stars

Blue All-Stars

Kenneth Warren, A, Pennsbury

Nate Hare, A, Upper Merion

Chris Brady, A, Neshaminy

Lee Minkoff, A, Cheltenham

Matt Macey, M, St. Augustine, NJ

Luke Laszkiewicz, M, Ontario, Canada

Ercol Acri, M, Mechanicsburg

Josh Sutterfield, M, Spring-Ford

Patrick Nolan, M, Plymouth Whitemarsh

Tom Sardelli, M, Notre Dame, (Rochester, MI)

Dawson Matter, M, Pembrooke, NH

Ryan Kreston, M, Hatboro-Horsham

Stephen Lewallen, D, Neshaminy

Will Thompson, D, Great Valley

Ben Vessels, D, St. Augustine, NJ

Ferrick Maxwell, D, Great Valley

Steve Oppenheimer, G, Germantown Academy

Chris Shubert, G, Pennsbury

White All-Stars

Jason Demato, A, St. Augustine, NJ

Nate Kotarra, A, Harriton

Dale Smith, A, Ridley

Daniele Weymer, A, St. Augustine, NJ

Alex Gibbel, M, Warwick

Gerry Smith, M, Episcopal Academy

Adam Yee, M, Penncrest

James Stanley, M, Bishop Shanahan

Craig Hunsberger, M, Pennridge

Johnny Gregitis, M, St. Joseph’s Prep

James Hennessy, M, Owen J. Roberts

James Lamb, D, Penn Charter

Michael Irvine, D, Malvern Prep

Jonathon Gilmartin, Malvern Prep

Shane Dacey, D, Holy Ghost Prep

Tim Durkin, D, La Salle

Adam Moore, G, Interboro

Mike Zikoski, G, St. Joseph’s Prep

Junior Fab Forty All-Stars

White All-Stars

Kohl Batdorf, A, Owen J. Roberts

Cory Scheuerle, A, St. Joseph’s Prep

Michael Bernier, A, Malvern Prep

Andrew Grabowski, A, Penn Charter

Shane Morrell, A, Episcopal Academy

TJ Hanzsche, A, Malvern Prep

Julius Mouser, M, Shipley

Bradley James, M, St. Joseph’s Prep

Keith Dreyer, M, Malvern Prep

Bill Flatley, M, Conestoga

Keegan Lawton, M, Bishop Shanahan

Bryan Barry, M, Duxbury, MA,

Brendan Montrello, M, Niskayuna, NY

Trevor Hornby, M, Avon Grove

Ryan Crane, D, Germantown Academy

Alex Warden, D, Garnet Valley

Dan Marr, D, Pennsbury

Kevin Barrow, D, Avon Grove

Jim DeCarlo, D, La Salle

Beau Gomez, D, Wissahickon

Grant Nice, G, Souderton

Corbin Booker, G, Chestnut Hill Academy

Blue All-Stars

Andrew Blundin, A, Salesianum, DE

Joel McGowan, A, Bishop Eustace, NJ

Mike Devine, A, Malvern Prep

Colin Joka, A, Plymouth Whitemarsh

Matt King, A, Don Bosco Prep, NJ

Aiden Scott, A, Ridgefield, CT

Drew Kennedy, M, Malvern Prep

Jake Cabble, M, Sachem North, NY

Vincent Travaglini, M, Malvern Prep

Billy Schwartz, M, Bergen Catholic, NJ

Gryphin Kelly, M, Plymouth Whitemarsh

Will Glover, M, Abbey Park, Ontario, Canada

Richard Graf, M, Conestoga

Ryan Nowell, D, Bayard Rustin

Carl Lampe, D, Episcopal Academy

Bobby Tait, D, Germantown Academy

Dylan O’Donnell, D, Penncrest

Tim Cloud, D, Severna Park, MD

Chase Whittingham, D, St. Ignatius Prep, CA

Victor Garcia, G, La Salle

Hank Altschuler, G, Lower Merion

Sophomore Fab Forty Teams

White All-Stars

Connor Haab, A, Episcopal Academy

Ryan Ambler, A, Abington

Zach Rego, A, Haverford School

Connor Frisina, A, Conestoga

Dillon Walker, A, Salesianum School, DE

Aaron Murphy, A, Downingtown East

Matt Figueroa, M, Abington

Will McNamara, M, Haverford School

Paul Finley, M, Malvern Prep

Graeme Weaver, M, Malvern Prep

Jack Mott, M, Conestoga

Brett Incollingo, M, Pennsbury

Eddie Morris, D, Malvern Prep

Casey Eidenshink, D, La Salle

Zach Micciche, D, Eastern, NJ

Connor Bailey, D, Haverford School

Tanner Biemesderfer, D, Warwick

Kevn Samolsky, D, Malvern Prep

Jackson Tamasitis, G, Penn Charter

Andrew Fritschi, G, St. Anthony’s, NY

Blue All-Stars

Tyler Brooke, A, Conestoga

Shane Carr, A, Penn Charter

Parker Self, A, Central Bucks East

Calvin Hopkins, A, Pennsbury

Henry Blynn, A, Haverford School

Tyler Earley, A, Penn Charter

Sam Rohr, M, Haverford School

Vincent Loscalazo, M, Rocky Point, NY

Jake Durkin, M, Hatboro-Horsham

Evan Casterson, M, Pennsbury

Michael Buysse, M, Malvern Prep

Gregory Shildkrout, M, Germantown Academy

Miles Thomas, D, Conestoga

Ryan Guittare, D, Garnet Valley

Paxton Moore, D, Haverford School

Ryan Lehman, D, Garnet Valley

James Burke, D, Lower Merion

Tyler Morrell, G, Episcopal Academy

Travis O’Connor, G, Abington



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