By Chris Goldberg
LILacrosseNews.com, Posted 11/8/11
RADNOR,Pa – The Sting was one of three Long Island club teams that competed in Sunday’s Quaker Fall LaxFest at Radnor High (PA) in suburban Philadelphia.
Besides For the Love of the Game and the LI Express, the event drew top teams from Philadelphia, Baltimore, Virginia, New Jersey and upstate New York as well as the Canadian Edge. Most players were in the classes of 2013 and 2014. The focus of the LaxFest was to provide great competition and get players exposed to a large amount of college coaches.
The event drew over 100 coaches from 90 Division I, II and III programs, from Stony Brook to national champion Virginia and runner-up Maryland to new programs such as Michigan, Marquette and Division II Arcadia in suburban Philly (see list at bottom).
The Sting featured players in the classes of 2012, 2013, and 2014 as well as others that plan to spend a year next year as a post-graduate. The Sting also has players from throughout the region of New England, the Midwest and the West Coast.
Five of the Sting players commented on the event and their experiences with LILacrosseNews.com.
Junior attackman Dino Lavalle of Manhasset High:
“Just to come out and play well in front of the top coaches in the country is great. There are only four fields, so definitely you’ll get a good look. These are some of the best teams in the country for 2013 and 2014 teams so it’s definitely good exposure. It’s really interesting to see teams geographically from other parts of the country and see how you play and how they play.”
Junior goalie Matt Cortese of Garden City:
“The biggest goal coming out here was to get some good experience in front of top D1 coaches. I know I’ll face a lot of shots today and get great exposure to all the different teams across the country. It’s always fun being around kids you don’t really know, especially since you’ll probably see these kids later in life when you get to the next level. I also like seeing other styles. Overall, it has been a great experience.”
Junior attackman Lucas Clay of Garden City:
“We’re getting great competition and you get to play with older and younger guys. We haven’t played together that much, but I was impressed with our overall performance.”
Sophomore defenseman Luc Valenza, of Foxboro High (MA) has been starting on the school’s football team at fullback and linebacker.
“This is some of the best competition I have ever faced,” he said. “Before we started today, I didn’t know how it would go, but after the first 10 minutes we stated talking and we got along so well. From the start, we hit it off.
“Hopefully I will get noticed. It’s just great to play the best teams so you can get better.”
Sophomore LSM/defenseman Andy “Bug” Carper, of Governors Academy (N.H.), recently became the first sophomore to commit to play college lacrosse, choosing North Carolina. He also has been playing football all fall – starting as a linebacker on an undefeated team.
“Even though I committed, I still need to get better in every single part of my game,” he said. “I have a long way to go to play college lacrosse. It’s great to get back on the field, lacrosse never gets old; it’s so much fun to play in this setting.”
Colleges that had coaches attend Quaker Fall LaxFest
Franklin & Marshall
Mount St. Mary’s
Washington & Lee