By Chris Goldberg
LILacrosseNews.com, Posted 11/18/13
NEWTOWN SQUARE, Pa. – Noah Knopf experienced just about everything one could want in a recruiting showcase this weekend at the Boys Philly Showcase.
The 2016 LSM from Fieldston High in the Bronx, N.Y., was named the morning session MVP for the 2016s Saturday at the individual showcase and played in the Fab 40 All-Star Game. That came a day after his Long Island Express defeated HEADstrong L.C. (PA), 9-7, in the Philly Charity Showdown at Citizens Bank Park – the first lacrosse games ever played at the Phillies’ home field.
On Sunday, Knopf and the Express 2016 squad finished with a 3-0 mark against some top-notch competition, downing Laxachusetts 2016, 11-5; MadLax 2016, 12-7, and the NH Tomahawks, 11-5. Knopf also was joined on the Fab 40 Game Saturday by four Express teammates.
Knopf, besides playing LSM, also took his team’s face-offs today (due to an injury), and also had to face-off yesterday in the morning games while playing a standout LSM. With more than 225 coaches in attendance this weekend, he is sure to be a hot commodity.
“I definitely didn’t see it coming,” Knopf said of the MVP honor, given to the player that receives the highest rating from three round robin games. “I knew I played well and my coach recommended me for the All-Star Game, but I wasn’t aware there was an MVP.
“I actually don’t face off too much, but I had to today because we had an injury and had to yesterday because the team did not have a face-off guy. I think I got a lot of groundballs (yesterday) and played some good defense. I also was pretty vocal.”
Knopf said playing in Friday night’s Charity Showdown on a professional stadium was a thrill.
“That was definitely exciting and it was great to get out and play such an amazing event for such a great cause
(Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia pediatric concussion care) like that. It was nice to be with teammates and come out and win on that field. It was very cool, and the grass (they played on the outfield) was incredible.”
Four other Express 2016s made the Fab 40 team: attackmen T.J. Heagerty (St. Anthony’s) and Eamonn Scaring (Chaminade), defenseman Nick DiPietro (Half Hollow Hills East) and LSM Christopher Adamo (St. Anthony’s). Also, midfielder James Thomas (Manhasset), of the LI Express 2015 squad, made the Fab 40 Game.
“I thought I played pretty well,” said Heagerty. “I did well passing-wise, that is mostly my game.”
What did Heagerty think about the competition at the Showcase?
“It was really good competition; there were a lot of really good kids,” he said. “I have to work on my finishing mostly; I got stuffed a few times. I am not going to lie. And even though I am a strong passer I have to work on that a little more. I also have to get faster and stronger definitely.”
Adams relished playing in the Charity Showdown.
“It was an awesome experience and a good cause,” he said. “The stadium was beautiful and with the lights and the music it was a great.”
How did he fare in the individual showcase?
“I was a little shaky in the first game, but in the second and third games I put it on the line and competed well,” he said. “The competition was great. All around, everyone was an athlete and it was very challenging.”