By Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 8/5/11
Philly-based LB3 was one of 14 boys’ club lacrosse teams from around the country that participated last weekend in the National Scholastic Club Lacrosse Association (NSCLA) “Champion’s Cup” tournament at St. Joseph’s HS in Metuchen, N.J.
LB3 squads competed in all divisions (2012, 2013, 2014). The 2013 Elite squad reached the semifinals before bowing to Patriot Lacrosse.
Over 90 college coaches were in attendance, including over 30 of the top Division 1 programs. The event has emerged as a premier recruiting venue, as evidenced by four players making D1 commitments on Saturday at the event.
In addition to those who made decisions at the event, there were over 60 other players in attendance that had already made their college choices, some to programs such as Syracuse, Hopkins, Maryland, and UNC….
The 14 NSCLA member affiliates besides LB3 are: NY Roadhawks, Edge Elite (Ontario), CT Hurricanes, LI Express, NJ Patriot, Leading Edge (NJ), Baltimore Crabs, Roughriders (MD), Madlax (Md/Va), Team Carolina, True Lacrosse (Chicago), NH Tomahawks and Denver Elite. There also was a division for combined 2012/2013 players.
In addition to club tournament play, the NSCLA also recognized 56 players as All-Americans. From LB3, All-Americans named were Casey Eidenshink (2012, defenseman, LaSalle College HS), his brother Andrew Eidenshink (2013, defenseman, La Salle College HS), Connor Crump (2012, midfielder, Germantown Academy) and Eric Berger (2013, midfielder, Penn Charter).
“We share the same values as the teams in this organization,” said LB3 founder and director Liam Banks. “These are true club teams, not all-star teams.”
Banks noted that the NCSLA is supported by many top college coaches, including board member Bill Tierney, the legendary coach at Denver and formerly of Princeton.
“One of the main reasons we joined was to get the opportunity to play at the highest level,” Banks said. “And anything that coach Tierney is involved with is respected.
“This is a chance to showcase our players and they have created an environment where coaches expect to see great players and great competition. Our players get a lot of calls from college coaches because of this event.”
Visit the NSCLA Tournament website: http://leagueathletics.com/Default.asp?snid=kCIJ\2N2^&org=nscla.com for complete information about the All-Americans, tournament bracket and coaches who attended the event.
Additional information about the NSCLA can also be found on the Association website: http://www.nscla.com/