By Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 6/22/19
Tucker Fanzo had modest goals when he came to compete Friday in the Beast of the East Showcase at MapleZone Sports Village in Aston.
“My goal was just to compete and play really hard,” said the 2020 attackman from Southern High (Sidewinders club). “I wanted to learn a lot from the coaches and show I could play with other guys. This is an experience not many get to go through.”
Fanzo said that while holding up the Beast of the East belt, awarded to the outstanding player in the event by the coaches. The Beast, run by Victory Events, drew 240 players and over 55 coaches. The All-Star list.
Fanzo, who led Southern in scoring (45 goals, 19 assists) in their drive to the Maryland Public 2A South regional championship game, showed his all-around skills with two goals in the All-Star Game and during Showcase Games.
“We seemed to glue together really quicky and it resulted in winning games,” he said. “Hard work really does pay off; coaches want to see you sharing the ball and using teamwork.
“I offer a work ethic and the drive to be the best I can be.”
Runner-ups to Beast of the East MVP comments:
Logan Tobias, 2020 MF, Upper St. Clair (PA)/Pittsburgh Select
“It’s been my dream ever since I was a kid to play at the top level. I wanted to come in here and play as hard as I could. I shot pretty well and once teams realized I could shoot the ball and score I was able to dish and leave other guys open. I learned you can’t ever take a team lightly; one of teammates was thinking going into one of the games we’d breeze through it and we fell behind and had to battle back.”
Charlie Box, 2022 MF, Marple Newtown (PA)/Mesa
“I love to compete and I love getting the groundballs – groundballs win games. I knew I had to play harder because mostly I was going up against kids that were older and more athletic. I learned where to set up and dodge and how to play against bigger and older guys. If they were bigger I would bring them out and use my speed; if they were smaller guys, I would them take more inside and body them up a little.”
Faceoff Champion Drew Downing, 2020, South Carroll (MD)/HoCo
(Defeated Owen Nuebauer on the final faceoff match)
“I knew I had to clear my head on the last faceoff and focus on the whistle and just react. I didn’t get to go against most of the top faceoff guys in pool play and it was good to compete against them in the All-Star Game. I was working on what to do after I get the clamp, making the right decision and getting it out of my stick so teammates can get it in the back of the net.”
Faceoff runner-up Owen Neubauer, 2020, Monroe Woodbury (NY)/The Swarm
“The key was getting the ball after the scrum and being more athletic than the other guy. A lot of times after the scrum I was able to get the groundball and bring it down and settle it on offense. I felt I showed as well as being a good faceoff guy I was showing offense and defense while being an all around player, not just a FOGO. I had a couple goals, a couple assists. You need to show the coaches how you work after the ball; you can get the clamp every time, but what matters is what you do after the scrum.”