By Madeleine Nichols
TopLaxRecruits.com, Posted 11/9/13
BEVERLY HILLS, Mich. – Brother Rice (MI) 2016 face-off specialist Evan Dennis knew what to do when he made it to the finals of the King of the X competition today at the Can-Am Showcase at Detroit Country Day School.
“I knew he was really good at clamping and I knew he would come to a battle,” said Dennis. “I just wanted to get over the ball, make sure I had it in my stick and get it out behind.”
Dennis’ strategy worked as he defeated Grosse Point (MI) 2015 Mac Carroll in the championship draw.
“Usually, I like to go as quick as possible and get in and out as fast as I can,” said Dennis. “Getting to the final four wasn’t all that hard but in the final four, we were all really good face off guys.”
The other King of the X semifinalists included East Grand Rapids (MI) 2015 Scottie Morgan and Skyline (MI) 2016 Zach Schwartz.
The face-off championship showcased just some of the talent today as 238 elite players from 12 states and three Canadian Provinces competed. The recruiting event, run by NXTsports, drew 65 college coaches. Tomorrow’s second day features a tournament that includes 20 club teams from the Midwest and Canada.
Below are comments from a number of players selected to the Fab 40 Select Game (see Select Game rosters).
Davis Prince A 2014 London, ON Mother Teresa 1763 (Fab-40):
“I just wanted to have some fun today and play some lacrosse. I had a really great time. It was lots of fun; I had a lot of friends.”
“The competition was pretty good. I just tried my hardest and tried to create some form of chemistry with the guys with me that I didn’t necessarily know. But I had fun doing it and it was interesting.”
“I learned I should stop turning the ball over and holding it so much, but I think with time it will all fix itself. I’m happy with how I played today and I had fun.”
Peter Fisk A 2015 Grand Rapids, MI Forest Hills Northern True Lacrosse (Fab-40):
“The competition was pretty tough. You always get tough competition coming to these events. Everyone here wants to be recruited and you have to be on top of your game.”
Adam Getty G 2016 Portage, MI Portage Central True Lacrosse (Fab-40):
“There was great competition here. I had to keep picking myself up if they scored a goal and just let it get past me. I’ve gotten better by having better players around me.”
Connor Ward A (L) 2014 Clarkston MI Clarkston Ca$h Cows (Fab-40):
“I wanted to adjust to the competition, I just did everything faster. You have to play fast to succeed.”
Matthew Stebbins M 2014 Bloomfield Hills, MI Detroit Country Day Go Blue (Fab-40):
“I ate a lot of food today to keep going. I definitely got four cheeseburgers in me. I wanted to play well and score goals. There was really good competition from across the Midwest and Canada. I learned that I need to work on my game.”
Jackson Hartje LSM 2015 Bloomfield Hills, MI Detroit Country Day Titanium (Fab-40):
“I wanted to play well and compete at the highest level that I could. I definitely met my goals. Getting in the Select game was an honor. The competition was really good. It was great to have guys from all over come here and play against each other. I learned that I still have a few little things to work on but it seems like it’s all coming together.”
Benjamin Tobias LSM (FO) 2016 Pittsburgh, PA Upper St. Clair Titanium (Fab-40):
“My goal was to make the Select game and improve as a player. The competition was top level. I just have to keep up with the older kids. Being a 2016 kid isn’t easy when you’re playing in a top level recruiting camp. I’m very happy with how I played.”
Emilio Sosa A 2015 Bloomfield Hills, MI Detroit Country Day Titanium:
“I just wanted to have fun and just get around here. It’s a good tournament for Country Day. I played alright, I didn’t play as well as I wanted to, but it’s all for fun at this point.
“The competition was good. It’s good to attract competition to the Midwest and especially Country Day. There were a lot of Canadians here.
“I learned that there a lot of kids from the Midwest who are potentially Division 1 players which is good for us to get some more respect around here and in the lacrosse community.”