Let’s start with the obvious part about theLegends National Cup held at Del Mar Polo Fields outside of San Diego. It’s downright amazing to be able to have a lacrosse tournament in mid-December and have it be 70 degrees outside. The first-year event brought together nearly 100 boys and girls teams and showcased an incredible amount of Western talent.
Legends Lacrosse has been thriving it in its first year, bringing more top-notch events to the landscape in places like California, New Jersey and Utah, and there’s little doubt that it’s going to continue in 2018 and beyond. It doesn’t hurt your chances of future success when you’re able to showcase many of the West Coast’s elite players. There’s always a heightened level of athleticism with Western prospects, something that won’t stop anytime soon.
Some teams would lie and say that it’s a forgotten game buried in the past. Conestoga doesn’t bother doing that.
The Pioneers fell in the PIAA championship game in June, a double-overtime heartbreaker to first-time state champion Avon Grove. Conestoga beat the Red Devils in the District One title game, but Avon Grove learned its lesson and turned the tides on the Pioneers less than a month later.
It’s never easy to lose a state title game, let alone one in double overtime, but if there’s been a redeeming quality to it, it’s that it helped refocus Conestoga for the 2018 season.
It didn’t take long for the North American Fall Lacrosse Invitational to leave an impression on the fall recruiting circuit.
In its rookie year, the event already cemented itself as one of the fall’s better events. More than 60 colleges and 70+ college coaches overall made the trek to the Kirkwood Soccer Complex in New Castle (Del.) to check out the 2019s and 2020s on site. The event filled a gap in what is usually the toughest fall weekend to find the best competition.
“We really wanted to ensure that our event provided a first class platform to showcase the nations top club teams who were in attendance,” PrimeTime director and event co-founder Nick Daniello said. “With the fall season being so compact, it was important for us to put together a high-quality event to draw the top colleges and felt this past weekend’s event offered a high level of exposure and competition for all attending teams. ”
The fall’s limited recruiting window means that you have to impress quickly as a player, but also as a newcomer on the event scene. It did just that, bringing in top teams like PrimeTime, MadLax, New Hampshire Tomahawks, Legacy, SweetLax Upstate and Florida, Long Island Express and a whole lot more.
The high talent level on hand meant that there was a lot to take in, so here’s a look at some of the day’s biggest standouts.
Pearse Glavin knows that his is not a normal situation, and because of that, he appreciates what he’s been given that much more.
It’s not often that you can ask a high school sophomore what is the favorite place he’s visited and get the response, “it’s hard to pick, because there have been a little too many to count.” That’s not him bragging, either, because bragging isn’t Glavin’s style. That being said, when you’ve visited more than 50 countries and more than 100 cities before you can get your driver’s permit, you’re just a little different than everyone else.
“When I was in third grade, my whole family took the year off and went to live in Europe,” said Glavin, a 2020 attackman at The Haverford School (Pa.) and for the Rising Sons. “I guess I’d say my favorite was Vienna, Austria, because that’s where we used as a home base as we figured out where to travel. It was an unbelievable experience and I learned a lot about myself. I learned to communicate with others despite a language barrier and I think it helped develop my empathy for people.”
In eighth grade, Glavin had a similar experience when he got to visit all seven continents, including Antarctica. He fell in love with New Zealand because, “it doesn’t seem like it belongs to this world. It’s so pristine and almost untouched by civilization. There’s nothing like it in the U.S.” A trip to Cairo, Egypt gave him a new sense of perspective when he and his mom and cousin needed to have a caravan escort to get into the city because of the civil unrest in the Egyptian capital.
Alex Albertson plays lacrosse for Parkland and used to run cross-country for the Trojans, but he’s a little different than the rest of his teammates.
For one, they’re his teammates, not necessarily his classmates. His school day usually starts around 9:30 in the morning. By that time, Parkland is usually a couple periods deep into the day. Last year, Albertson helped the Trojans win the PIAA District 11 championship and make the state tournament, but he’s yet to take a class with his teammates.
For Andrew Guagenti, a huge part of the allure to applying to the Fellowship of Christian Athletes’ The Pursuit was the opportunity to play with and against some of the best talent in the country.
The Ohio native knew that there would be enough off-the-field stuff to do at the world-class facilities at Spooky Nook Sports in Lancaster (Pa.), but initially, the goal was to use the three-day camp as a barometer to see how he stacked up with many of the nation’s elite.
In its first year, The Pursuit was designed as a comprehensive training and development camp for players aspiring to play at the next level. With a mix of high-level commits and heralded uncommitted gems, Guagenti figured he’d have an opportunity to see the best of both worlds. Continue reading
Sean Chamberlain and George Breres stood side-by-side, leaning over the fence at UMass’ Richard F. Garber Field, and wearing identical subdued smiles while watching a game during the inaugural Warrior All-America Games.
The duo, which co-founded Dynamic Sports Management, had every reason to be happy about the tournament. Nearly 600 players, primarily from up and down the East Coast and Texas, made the trek to UMass for a tournament that lived up to the vision that Chamberlain and Breres had. Continue reading
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As far as memories with your grandfather go, Torrey Pines (Calif.) longstick middie Jonathan Ford has just about everyone beat.
“I got to go on Air Force One,” Ford said with a big smile. “That was the highlight. Towards the end of July, I’m going to my grandpa’s aircraft carrier commissioning, so that’ll be pretty fun.”
Indeed, because not everybody’s the grandson of a former U.S. President. Ford, though, is, as he and his brother, Christian, a sophomore midfielder at Michigan, are the grandsons of Gerald Ford. The 38th President of the United States, Ford succeeded Richard Nixon in 1974 and served until 1977.
Carter McDaniels’ experience with his future home had been somewhat limited.
The Kentwood (Wash.) and Seattle Starz 2018 defenseman had already committed to play at the University of Utah, the newest member of the Division I family. He’d fallen in love with the campus on his visit, but he didn’t have much of an opportunity to check out the surrounding Salt Lake City area.
Last week’s Legends Western Invitational gave him the chance to do just that. Continue reading
It might be tough to find a more competitive backyard battle than when the Kirst boys square off.
There’s the perfect amount of brothers, too, for some intense pick-up. Five boys means 2v2 with a goalie, and naturally, it’s going to be the baby of the family that gets caught in net. That’s Caden, a 2024 goalie who gets to work on his game by facing shooters that nobody his age will.
They’ll usually pair off evenly, with Connor, a midfielder at Villanova, and CJ, a 2020 at Delbarton, teaming up against Colin, a rising sophomore goalie at Lehigh, and Cole, a 2018 attackman at Seton Hall Prep. After that, game on. Continue reading