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Clams program sees eight All Stars named at the Philly Showcase


Clams program has a jaw-dropping eight All Stars named at fall's most competitive event The Philly Showcase, an event many feel is the country's most competitive fall venue, once again exceeded expectations this past weekend. No other fall event draws as many coaches to such an amazing site, and features such competitiveness and parity over the course of a weekend.

Sending a total of 26 Clams to the individual event on Saturday was in itself a remarkable honor for the Clam program. But the true icing on the cake was when we had eight All Stars named, six from the 2014 class and two from the 2015 class.

This far surpassed last year, when we had only a dozen players in the event's individual day, and saw only two All Stars named. It is worth noting that the two All Stars from last year, Danny Seibel (Belmont Hill/Villanova) and Parker Mckee (Nobles/Michigan) were committed to strong D1 program within a year of being named All Stars at this event. In each player's case, receiving the All Star recognition at this prestigious event proved a pivotal building block to their recruiting process, and in each case this foundation was harkened back to in conversations with various college coaches. In short, All Star recognition at this event serves as a badge of honor that resonates throughout one's recruitment. And I'm psyched that this year, 4 times as many have this foundation that at this time last year. It bodes extremely well for the future indeed!

To start with the 2015's, this year there were two, Tre Galligan (attack/midfield, Brewster) and Skyler Mickunas (LSM, St. Johns Prep).

Tre is a very fast and extremely exciting midfield/attack who has possesses game-changing athleticism. All reports from Saturday were that that his athleticism was clearly on display, and that indeed this event showcased his skill effectively. Skyler is a big, strong, tough LSM who plays an aggressive style. This too was on display on Saturday, as Skyler held nothing back en route to his All Star performance.

It cannot be argued that our 2014's had a banner day, and for that matter a banner weekend. All told, six juniors got the coveted All Star nod. You could argue two were more or less expected. Parker Mckee (Nobles/Michigan, 1G in All-Star Game) and Connor Donahue (Bishop Guertin/Denver, 1G, 1A in All-Star Game) are already committed, but were uncommitted at the time of their registration to the event. Unlike some of their teammates, they decided to stay registered due to competitiveness of the day. And both nabbed the All Star nod (in Parker's case for the second time).

The four uncommitted players who made it this year were Matt Knight (midfield, Westminster), Rob Shaw (goalie, Roxbury Latin), Collin Orr (F/O middie, Rivers, 5/8 FO in All-Star Game) and Austin Gaiss (midfield, Phillips Andover, 1A in All-Star Game). According to one source at the event, in the final game prior to the All-Star Game on Saturday, Matt had perhaps the best game this evaluator had seen, putting up 3 goals and adding an assist, and getting the "shooter" call throughout the game. Rob was steady throughout, displaying his textbook vocal leadership and skill and toughness between the pipes. Collin Orr was, well, Collin Orr. Dominant throughout the day, and a pit-bull at the X, Collin won about three-quarters of his face-offs on the day, which is roughly his average (conservatively) this fall. And this far, less than 24 hours after the two-day event has concluded, more coaches have contacted me about Austin Gaiss than any other player. Downright explosive and tireless - not a bad tandem - Austin seems to have truly hit his stride, and on the biggest stage of the fall, he played his best ball in the eyes of those who have seen him repeatedly.

All in all, it was a great day - and a great weekend. And having just read that in-state competitor Laxachusetts got eight All Star recipients as well, it does indeed sound like it was a great weekend down in PA for Massachusetts lacrosse.

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