Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 1/26/11
Former Springfield-Delco coach Michael Friel and Downingtown East coach Caitlin Barbakoff are returning as the head coaches of the Philly teams in this year’s Under Armour Underclassmen Games.
Friel, now the athletic director at Radnor, was an Honorable Mention Phillylacrosse.com Coach of the Year pick as well as the Eastern Pennsylvania Scholastic Lacrosse Association Coach of the Year in 2010 when his Cougars won the Central League championship and fell to Conestoga in the District 1 finals.
Barbakoff led Downingtown East to a fifth-place finish in the District 1 tournament and into the second round of the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) tournament.
Friel’s assistants this year will be current Springfield-Delco coach Tom Lemieux – formerly Friel’s assistant – and Conestoga head coach Brian Samson. Samson took his Pioneers to the District 1 and PIAA titles last year and Lemieux was the PIAA Assistant Coach of the Year. Lemieux assisted Friel last year in the UA Games.
Barbakoff’s assistants again will be Boyertown coach Pam Wernersbach and former Strath Haven coach Jen Duckenfield. Wernersbach led the Bears to their seventh straight Pioneer Athletic Conference in 2010 and was named a Phillylacrosse.com Honorable Mention Coach of the Year. Duckenfield led Strath Haven to a share of the Central League crown – its first Central League crown ever – in 2010.
Barbakoff, Wernersbach and Duckenfield led a young Philly team to a fifth-place finish last year at the UA tourney.
The Under Armour tournament has expanded this year to include two more teams – from the West and South – and now has 10 teams in all for boys and girls. The Games will be held the weekend of July 1st-3rd at Johnny Unitas Stadium on the campus of Towson University in Towson, Md.
This year’s 10 regions will include Philadelphia (Pennsylvania and Delaware), Baltimore, Long Island, Midwest, New England, New Jersey (N.J. and Delaware), Upstate NY, South, Washington, D.C. and West.
The Philly boys’ tryouts are June 13-14 at Radnor High (5-8 pm); the girls also will have tryouts at Radnor (5-8 p.m.) on June 15-16.
All boys and girls in the graduating classes of 2012, 2013, and 2014 are eligible to tryout and receive the opportunity to be one of the 24 players selected by a panel of coaching experts to represent their region. All participants will receive an Under Armour event shirt, an event reversible, a subscription to Inside Lacrosse magazine, as well as an in-depth biography page in the college coaches’ recruiting booklet. College coaches will attend tryouts and the tournament.
The Under Armour Underclassmen Tournament is part of the Under Armour All-America games that feature 44 of the best 2011 senior class boys and girls from around the country, squaring off against each other in a North vs. South format. Similar to past years, Inside Lacrosse will select the players for the Under Armour All-America senior games.
To nominate a player from the class of 2011 for All-America consideration, CLICK HERE.
Underclass Tryouts: Dates, Times, Locations, Coaches
Boys: June 13-14 (5pm-8pm); Radnor HS (Radnor, PA); Coach: Mike Friel
Girls: June 15-16 (5pm-8pm); Radnor HS (Radnor, PA); Coach: Caitlin Barbakoff
Boys- June 1-2 (5pm-8pm); McDonogh School (Owings Mills, Md.); Coach: Brian King
Girls- May 21 (9am-3pm); McDonogh School (Owings Mills, Md.); Coach: Wendy Kridel
Boys: June 11-12 (6pm-10pm); John Burns Park (Massapequa, NY); Coach: Mike Chanenchuk
Girls: June 20-21 (3pm-7pm); John Burns Park (Massapequa, NY); Coach: Corrine Broesler-Lomangino
MIDWEST (AR, IA, IL, IN, KY, KS, MI, MN, MO, NE, ND, OH, OK, SD,WI, WV)
Boys: June 5-6 (5th: 5:30pm-9pm; 6th: 4pm-7pm); Dublin Jerome HS (Dublin, OH); Coach: AJ Auld
Girls: – June 5 (9:30am-12pm, 1pm-3pm); Loyola Academy, Glenview Campus (Glenview, IL); Coach: John Dwyer
NEW ENGLAND (CT, MA, ME, NH, RI, VT)
Boys: June 12 (9am-4pm); Avon Old Farms (Avon, CT); Coach: John Pierce
Girls: May 15 (9am-12pm, 1pm-3pm); Acton BoxBorough HS (Acton, MA); Coach: Scott Biron
Boys: June 12 (1pm-5pm); Moorestown HS (Moorestown, NJ); Coach: Baron Wallenhurst
Girls: TBD; Coach: Bonnie Conklin
SOUTH (AL, FL, GA, LA, MS, NC, SC, TN, TX)
Boys: May 21-22 (21st: 4pm-8pm; 22nd: 10am-12:30pm); Lovett School (Atlanta, GA); Coach: Jim Buczek
Girls: May 22 (9am-12pm; 1:30pm-3:30pm); Bartram Trail HS (St. Johns, FL); Coach: Sarah Gallion
UPSTATE NEW YORK
Boys: June 15-16 (5-8pm); Hobart College (Geneva, NY); Coach: Mike Stagnitta
Girls: May 22 (9am-11:30am; 12:30pm-3:30pm) Hobart College (Geneva, NY) Coach: Phil Luckette
Boys: June 8-9 (5pm-8pm); Episcopal HS (Alexandria, VA); Coach: Scott Conklin
Girls: May 22 & 24 (22nd: 10am-4pm; 24th: 5pm-8pm);22nd: St. Johns College HS (Washington, D.C.), 24th Episcopal HS (Alexandria, VA); Coach: Sarah Aschenbach
WEST (AK, AZ, CA, CO, HI, ID, MT, NM, NV, OR, UT, WA, WY)
Boys: May 29 (8am-11am; 1pm-3pm); Coronado HS (San Diego, CA); Coach: Alex Cade
Girls: May 28 (8am-11am; 1pm-3pm); Coronado HS (San Diego, CA); Coach: Sarah Spillet
All participants are required to show up on the first day to be included in the tryouts. Please arrive one hour early to check-in. Players can register at www.underarmourlacrosse.com. For a full event schedule and more information visit us online, or call Corrigan Sports at 410-605-9381.