By Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 6/29/14
There were players from a wide diversity of lacrosse backgrounds Saturday at The Hill School as the second day of the 3d Rising D1 Showcase focused on both box and field lacrosse instruction.
Several players had never played box lacrosse, while one, attackman Carter Zavitz of Denis Morris High in St. Catherine’s, Ontario, has played the sport since he could pick up a stick.
Zavitz is one of 160 players from the 2016 and 2017 classes competing in the inaugural 3-day event that concludes Sunday with showcase games before an expected crowd of about 50 college coaches.
Darris Kilgour and Tom Ryan, former National Lacrosse League coaches, are led the box instruction along with a number of 3d coaches.
“This event is a big help for my field lacrosse,” said Zavitz, a 2017 who will reclassify as a 2018. “Usually, I play all box.
“I feel that even when I am on the field my box lacrosse skills help me. I am one step ahead of the field guys. This combined box and field helps everyone.”
Zavitz, a strong student, said his goal is to play Ivy League lacrosse. He said he needs to work most on his left hand.
“I am pretty efficient at dodging to my right, but my left kills me,” he said.
Mac Molloy, a 2017 goalie from LaCosta Canyon (CA), said this is his first box experience and is improving his positioning and footwork skills.
“Obviously, I came here for some exposure,” he said. “I am getting a lot of good instruction. It’s nice to have that at a recruiting event. “In box we are working on positional skills; like the one-way step.”
Molloy said he learned much from Friday’s motivational speech by Keith Wilford (former standout at Widener University).
“The motivational speaker kind of woke me up,” he said. “If you really want to play D1, you have to put the effort in.”
Plano (TX) 2017 defenseman/LSM Jonathan Robbins said the box instruction will help him with positioning on the field.
“I came here because I wanted to get better and I want to play Division I lacrosse,” he said. “I never played box before. There is a lot of off-ball movement and picks. You have to be good at positioning.
“Sometimes I bite on their fakes, so this will make me better.”
Robbins also enjoyed a 45-minute presentation on recruiting by7 3d CEO Jamie Munro, the former coach at Denver.
“I haven’t even taken my SATs yet so I know I need to do well,” he said. “Now I also know how to make a highlight video.”
Tim Irvine, a 2016 middie from nearby national power Malvern Prep (PA), said he also never played box before.
“It’s a lot of inside rolls and pick and rolls – it’s making my inside game a lot better,” he said.
“On the field, they are teaching me how to move closer to the net when dodging, how to get a good jump shot and how to duck down low and hide the ball and shoot high.”