EPSLA Showcase News
June 17th at Franklin Field; tryouts are June 13th
The top junior and sophomore prospects from The Eastern Pennsylvania Scholastic Lacrosse Association will be on display for college recruiters on Thursday, June 17, 2010 at Franklin Field @ the University of Pennsylvania. The Showcase will consist of two games, one for sophomores and one for juniors. Each game will feature a public school team vs. a private school team. The sophomore game will be played first at 6:00 PM, and the junior game will follow immediately afterwards. Click here for EPSLA Showcase 2010 Dates.
“The event will start a rigorous summer recruiting circuit that many of our players endure. We believe the best players in Eastern PA will be showing their talents on June 17th at historic Franklin Field,” said EPSLA President and Episcopal Academy Head Coach Andy Hayes.
This event has been created in the spirit of the EPSLA’s mission statement “to promote the growth of lacrosse in Eastern Pennsylvania.” The EPSLA has historically organized an end-of-year tournament for all high school teams in the region. With the sanctioning of boys’ lacrosse by the PIAA, the tournament is now in the hands of the state organization and is therefore limited to PIAA member schools—a new configuration that excludes some of the best programs in the region. The EPSLA’s Showcase promises to redress that problem by ensuring all the top juniors and sophomores from EPSLA member schools will have the opportunity to showcase their talents for college recruiters. We also fully expect The Showcase to recapture the excitement of previous years’ tournaments.
The four teams for The Showcase will be selected through a tryout at Plymouth Whitemarsh on Sunday, June 13th. Each team will carry 22 players and will be coached by a staff of EPSLA head coaches selected by their peers. The tryouts are tentatively scheduled for 1pm-4pm (sophomores) and 4pm – 7pm(juniors).
The inaugural EPSLA Sophomore and Junior Showcase was a huge success and proved to be an excellent recruiting opportunity for the area’s elite lacrosse underclassmen as it was attended by over 60 Division I, II, and III head coaches and assistants.
“It will be an honor for both players and coaches to participate in this event. We have many elite lacrosse players in this area and The Showcase will be a great way for them to get exposure to college coaches,” added Mike Friel, EPSLA Vice-President and Springfield High School Head Coach.
More information about The Showcase can be found at www.eplsa.org.