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Phila Stars debut as 2019 committed and uncommitted players from 9 club teams forge new concept

Wednesday, 7th November 2018

Categories Boy's/Men's, Club, Posted 11/7/18
From Press Release

The Jersey Invitational set the stage for the Phila Stars to make their introduction to the lacrosse world. The Phila Stars represent a new concept on the local lacrosse club scene.

They are a collection of 2019 players – both committed and uncommitted – hailing from nine different clubs, motivated to continue their club lacrosse careers during their senior year in high school. The Stars scored 34 goals on the day with just four goals against.

“It’s been refreshing to coach seniors that are motivated, skilled and just want to play. The last few years I’ve seen so many seniors take their foot off the gas, instead of recognizing the need to continue improving if they want to be an impact player at the next level,” said Peter Lawrence, President of NXT, coach of the Stars, and former head coach at the University of Hartford. “The ball movement, relentless defense, solid goalie play, dominate face off play and amazing energy made our inaugural event a real joy.”

The Stars were led by newly elected captains on the scoreboard and sidelines Kyle Gucwa (Bishop Shannhan/Freedom/Manhattan commit) and John Lux (Cedar Crest/Rock/Salisbury commit).

Many other players shined on the day including goalies Chris Straub (Berks Catholic/Blak Widow/Misericordia commit) and Cole Hiller (Tatnall/NXT/Roanoke commit). Leading the way in the scoring column were Tyler Falco (Lower Merion/Dukes/Ursinus commit) and Bryce Witmer (Hempfield/NXT/uncommitted).

“We were not sure what to expect since we have only had a six training sessions. The players’ performance and unselfishness far exceeded our expectations,” said Nick Taylor, another Stars coach and head coach at Haverford College.

The Stars project has brought together 2019s to form an 18-man roster and end the trend of seniors playing less lacrosse. While the team is run and organized by NXTsports, the players hail from a variety of clubs including HHH, Fusion, NXT, Dukes, Twist, Freedom, Blak Widow, Rock and Black Bear. Out of respect for the players’ relationships with their former clubs, the team is branded as a Philadelphia team, not a NXT team. This is the reason for the name and uniforms inspired by the Philadelphia Eagles colors.

The team is led exclusive by current or former college coaches, alongside Lawrence and Taylor, David Alyankian of Franklin & Marshall has also been assisting with training. The Stars will play their final tournament November 18th at the Philly Invitational.

If any other players committed to college are looking for additional training against elite competition, NXT is running a NXT Lacrosse Academy exclusively for committed players this January and February at Main Line Sports Center in Berwyn. The staff will exclusively consist of current and former college coaches pushing the idea that if you want to be the best then you must train with like-minded players and professional coaches. For more information on the PHILA Stars and NLA Committed visit


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