NEWTOWN SQUARE, Pa. -- The Boys Philly Lacrosse Showcase brought 460 athletes from 30 states to Episcopal Academy (Newtown Square, Pa.) for a day of lacrosse on Saturday, culminating in the Gait Fab 40 All-Star game.
Nine states, Washington, D.C., and Canada were represented in the all-star games, which were split into a game for the 2013 graduates and one for 2014 graduates, giving athletes from non-traditional areas a chance to showcase their skills. Such was the case for Michael Diener of Pinecrest (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.).
“I didn’t do anything over the summer because I was injured so this is a big event to get looks,” Diener said. “This is big to stack up against the kids from the traditional hotbeds. The first game I was nervous, but by the second game I was gaining more confidence.”
Diener was joined by his Pinecrest teammate, Harris Stolzenberg as an all-star.
“Every college coach was here and you see them lining the sideline. It’s a great feeling,” Stolzenberg said. “It’s nice to come up here and see that we can stack up with anyone in the country.”
McDonald Earns MVP
Players were evaluated and scored by an independent coach during the morning session and those with the most points were awarded all-star berths. The player with the most votes was awarded overall MVP honors.
John McDonald, Ballston (Ballston Spa, N.Y.) received the most votes from the morning session to earn overall MVP honors.
Ryder Garnsey, a sophomore from Brewster Academy (Wolfeboro, N.H.) who earned MVP honors, scored the game-winning goal with less then 10 seconds remaining to give the 2014 Black Team a 11-10 victory over the White Team in the 2014 game.
“I had the ball with about 10 seconds left and it was great time to dodge. I got at the X, drove the cage and luckily it went in,” Garnsey said.
Trupert Ortlieb from Episcopal Academy scored the game-tying goal for the White Team as the buzzer sounded to finish the 2013 All-Star game in an 8-8 tie.
Ian Strain from Episcopal Academy (Newtown Square, Pa.) was awarded the game MVP honors from the 2013 game.
Goals: 2: Griffin Connor, Bernards (Bernardsville, N.J.); Sean Kirkpatrick, Wilmington Friends (Wilmington, Del.); Reilly Hupfeldt, Haverford School (Haverford, Pa.). 1: Jeff Cimbalista, La Salle (Philadelphia, Pa.), Trupert Ortlieb, Episcopal Academy (Newtown Square, Pa.).
Goals: 2: Craig Zebrowski, Salesianum (Wilmington, Del.); Ian Strain, Episcopal Academy (Newtown Square, Pa.); Noah Joseph, Great Valley (Great Valley, Pa.). 1: Harris Stolzenberg, Pine Crest; Bobby Young, Manhasset (Manhasset, N.Y.).
Goals: 2: Sam Bonafede, Chaminade (Mineola, N.Y.); James Farrell, Manhasset (Manhasset, N.Y.). 1: Austin Barta, Lincoln-Sudbury (Sudbury, Mass.); Danny Seibel, Belmont Hill (Belmont, Mass.); Joe Stucky, Bullis (Potomac, Md.); Dustin Vitagliano, Hanover (Hanover, Mass.); Jordan Walter, Cold Spring Harbor (Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y.); one goal unavailable.
Goals: 2: Ryder Garnsey, Brewster Academy (Wolfeboro, N.H.); Pat McCormick, Hicksville (Hicksville, N.Y.). 1: Pierre Atkinson, Conestoga (Berwyn, Pa.); Tyler Blaisdell, Thayer Academy (Braintree, Mass.); Peter Blynn, Haverford School (Haverford, Pa.); Colby Hall, Lincoln-Sudbury (Sudbury, Mass.); Mike Herring, Avon Old Farms (Avon, Conn.); John McDonald, Ballston Spa (Ballston Spa, N.Y..); Will Robinson, Mendham (Mendham, N.J.).