By Chris Goldberg
TopLaxRecruits.com, Posted 10/19/15
Chanhassen (MN) 2016 defenseman Quinn Scallon said playing for the HEADstrong Foundation made winning the Face-Off Against Blood Cancer tourney championship in Hopkins (MN) that much more special.
“I do know the HEADstrong Foundation i about raising money for blood cancer and supporting families while spreading awareness on the condition,” said Scallon, whose squad went 6-0 and defeated host Blake School, 7-5, for the crown. “Winning this is a good feeling because we won with a great group of guys but also it’s going toward such a great cause.
‘It’s comforting to know we are competing at the highest level for something greater than just the love of the game. It’s for the whole lacrosse community and for the common cause.”
Scallon was a mainstay on defense for the Storm, who went 6-0 and outscored their foes, 63-9.
“I think we were successful because we really jelled as a team and even though this is an off-season tournament where people like to work on their own craft, we stress the team aspect,” said Scallon, who said he is close to choosing a college. “I think we were able to use each person’s individual skills but in a structured way. We used a lot of formations and jelled together.
“Communication was strong. Everyone was working hard, but even more than that people wanted to win and we were having a good time.”
Also competing in the two-day event from Minnesota were the Polar Bears, Champlin Park, Lakeville South, East Ridge, Minnetonka and Prior Lake.
Scallon said his team, which went 11-4 in 2015, should contend this year for state honors.
“Our younger players have a lot of experience after playing a few years at the varsity level and in combination with our seniors we are ready to excel,” he said. “Our upperclassmen, over the years, have learned what works and what doesn’t.
“We are going into this year with a great coaching staff and skill level. I believe we will be a state contender.”