LILacrosseNews.com, Posted 9/10/13
From Press Release
Registration is now open for The Match (www.matchlax.com), a new recruiting showcase/skills clinic that focuses on elite players targeting Division II and III colleges.
The event, open to all boys’ players, will be held on Sunday, October 20th at The Hill School in Pottstown, Pa.
The Match is specifically designed for players (2014-2017 graduation years) who are (or have the potential to be) strong Division II/III candidates – athletically and academically. Participating players must be nominated by a high school or club coach. They will have a chance to showcase their skills in drills, at stations and in games before an impressive array of coaches.
The event will be run by Heritage Lacrosse, whose founders include Chris Bates, Pat Carney and Scott Growney. Bates, the Head Men’s Coach at Princeton, is a director of the King of the Hill Tournament — one of the top team recruiting camps in the country. Carney and Growney, together with Bates, also run The Patriot Games, which featured 214 teams from 13 states and Canada this past July. They are also coaches in the highly-regarded Mesa Fresh Lacrosse travel program.
The Match, because of its unique design and more focused approach, has already attracted interest from a number of coaches from top-notch Division II and III colleges and programs. A number of schools expressed plans to be in attendance even before the event was officially unveiled, including Bowdoin, Eastern, Franklin & Marshall, Gettysburg, Haverford, McDaniel, Muhlenberg, Salisbury, Stevenson, Swarthmore, Ursinus and York. As word spreads, the list of participating schools is expected to grow considerably.
According to Growney, the name “The Match” is in recognition of the realities of today’s harried recruiting world and a reminder to student-athletes to be diligent and strategic in their search to find the right fit. Many players dream about playing Division I lacrosse, but the truth is that spots are limited, the competition is intense and not every great player will find his way onto a Division I roster, or even onto the field if he does. Some prospects recognize these realities late in the pursuit, but not until after devoting time, emotion and resources and sometimes experiencing a level of frustration in the process, said Growney.
Meanwhile, Growney says another truth is that players can find outstanding lacrosse, happiness as a player, and great academics at schools in the Division II/III world. Strong players, in particular, have the opportunity to leverage their lacrosse talents to get the best education they can, while competing at a very high level.
Heritage has scheduled The Match to precede the established Division I recruiting events and the hype of the November circuit. Participation in those events may still be a part of a player’s game plan. The Match, however, gives serious college lacrosse prospects the chance to acclimate themselves to the competition while showcasing their talents in a concentrated fashion before an attentive audience of Division II/III coaches.
The Hill School is excited to host the event, which will feature its two newly constructed and immediately adjacent turf fields on its Far Fields Complex. Heritage looks forward to featuring The Hill’s new athletic facilities, which provide for an intimate, convenient and efficient setting.
Interested participants are encouraged to register soon as space is limited.
For more information about The Match, to register to play, to nominate one or more players or to confirm your attendance as a college coach, please visit www.matchlax.com. Questions may be directed to Patrick.firstname.lastname@example.org.