By Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 11/7/12
The Long Island Sting was one of 20 teams that competed Sunday at Radnor High (Pa.) in the Quaker Fall Laxfest, an event that drew over 100 college coaches.
The tourney featured three other Long Island teams, the Outlaws, the Express and FLG. They were joined by 10 Philly teams – Duke’s L.C. Green (2014) and Blue (2015), Mesa Fresh 2014 and 2015, Twst, NXT, Phillie Elite, ManUp and Rebel Elite, as well as the Hardshells (MD), MadLax (VA), VA Lacrosse Club, the New England Storm, Leading Edge (N.J.) and the Roadhawks (N.Y.).
The Sting regularly competes in the Laxfest and features players from around the country. This year it had two players from California as well as players from Texas, Florida, Georgia and Illinois.
One from California, Malibu’s Ross O’Shea, a lefty attackman for Harvard-Westlake High in North Hollywood, managed to find some warm clothes for his trip to the East.
“Everybody her has a lot of goals and the main one is being recruited,” he said, “but my main goal is becoming a better lacrosse player.
“Out on the West Coast we have great competition, but coming here to the East Coast with all these hotbeds definitely helps me to develop skills as a player and teaches me things I never see on the West Coast. The defense is amazing here; my biggest goal is to become a better all-around attackman.”
O’Shea admitted that the weather in California was much warmer than the frigid conditions Sunday – but he did not mind.
“Right now it’s 90 degrees in California,” he said. “When you are out West and packing you definitely need tights and sweatshirts. But when you get out here it’s not too bad. I like the cold.”
Bronxville sophomore attackman Ted Forst played some varsity last year for a team that reached the New York Class C state semifinals. He relished being scouted by the many coaches.
“I have been playing on the Sting for a couple years and my main goal is to have a lot of an win some games,” he said. “There are a ton of coaches all over the sidelines and this ia great opportunity. It’s one of the top Fall tournaments and it’s always fun to play out here.
“You play against some of the best competition and you also get to watch some of the best players. You get to take in their moves and see where you rank up against them.”
Forst attends school just north of Manhattan. He was one of many in the New York city and Long Island area that got hit hard by Hurricane Sandy.
“I still don’t have power; we were supposed to get it back on Sunday night, but they have been saying that the last couple days,” he said.
Ben Lipscomb is a senior (headed for PG year) midfielder/attackman from The Woodlands, north of Houston, Texas. He earned All-State last year when he helped his team go 16-2 before it fell to eventual state champion Highland Park.
“I love coming out to the East,” he said. “Lacrosse is getting strong in Houston and our top rivals are in Dallas.
“I want to get recruited and play out here in college. It’s great competition; the goalkeeping is phenomenal and everybody’s sticks are a lot better. The caliber of play is just better out here.”
LI Outlaws excel, go 3-0
Playing in the Laxfest for the first time, the LI Outlaws went 3-0 and had a victory over the highly-touted Duke’s L.C. Green club, 9-6. The Outlaws also downed Rebel Elite, 10-4 and Phillie Elite, 9-7.
“We went because it’s one of the top recruiting team showcases in the fall,” said Outlaws President Pat Brennan. “Every top D1, D2 and D3 coach was there.
“Our kids did great and the sidelines were packed with coaches.”
Brennan listed the following players for their performances: Liam Brennan (attack), who played with a broken finger and had 6 goals and 2 assists; Billy Martin (attack), who was a strong playmaker and had four goals and three assists; Ben Kocis (midfield), who had three straight big goals in the Phillie Elite win; Brendan McLaughlin (midfield), who came up with some big groundballs and added a few goals;
Sam Esposito and Liam Sugrue, who each stood out on defense all day; and Robert Beshlian (goalie).