By Chris Goldberg
LiLacrosseNews.com, Posted 11/14/11
Excuse Lucas Clay for feeling a little more confident while firing on goal these days.
The Garden City junior attackman was one of five members of the Long Island Sting selected to participate Sunday in professional lacrosse superstar Paul Rabil’s unique shooting clinic called “Under My Wing.”
Held Sunday at the Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J., the clinic was organized in conjunction with Warrior/Red Bull and the F-4 Showbine tournament at Flemington. Eight of the top players from the tourney were pre-selected to participate and two others that won the shooting contest at the Showbine’s combine earned their spots.
Others from the Sting that competed were Cold Spring Harbor senior Daniel Simonetti, and Manhasset juniors Bobby and Liam Young, Manhasset (Manhasset). Senior Daniel O’Connell of Chaminade was unable to compete.
Clay said Rabil was a great teacher.
“He was great,” said Clay. “Just having him there to show you what you did wrong; and then he’d fix it. Just by turning your hips I can add five miles to my shot.
“He is a great guy and he was really helpful. He was friendly and he knew what he was stalking about.”
What was the best advice Rabil gave?
“Keep my head up and hide my stick from the goalie so he doesn’t get any insight to where the ball is going to go,” Clay said.
Rabil was a four-time USILA All-American and a two-time NCAA Division 1 champion at Johns Hopkins. At the pro level, he plays for the Boston Cannons of the MLL and the Washington Stealth of the NLL. He has won two MLL MVP awards and a championship title in both leagues.
Each player had a personalized locker filled with gifts from Warrior, a top lacrosse apparel company. Each player received T-shirts, shorts, cleats, shoes, helmets, pads and sticks.
Participants in the event
Daniel Simonetti, Cold Spring Harbor (Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y.), Senior.
John Longordo, Bridgewater-Raritan (Bridgewater, N.J.), Senior
Daniel O’Connell, Chaminade, (Mineola, N.Y.), Senior (could not attend)
Vail Urso, Garnet Valley (Glen Mills, Pa.), Senior
Lucas Clay, Garden City, (Garden City, N.Y.), Junior
Bobby Young, Manhasset (Manhasset, N.Y.), Junior
Liam Young, Manhasset (Manhasset, N.Y.), Junior
Austin Williams, Delbarton (Morristown, N.J.), Junior
Tanner Barbieri, St. Peter’s Prep (Jersey City, N.J.), Sophomore
Paul Houck, Saucon Valley (Hellertown, Pa.), Sophomore