By Chris Goldberg
TopLaxRecruits.com, Posted 6/23/18
ASTON, Pa. – Mason Garrabrant’s goal is to be a key part of Salesianum School’s drive next year for a fifth straight Delaware state championship. He is hoping his performance Friday in the Beast of the East Showcase is just the start.
The 2020 attackman, who plays for Fusion Lacrosse, scored two goals in the Beast of the East All-Star Game at Maple Zone Sports Village and was named the “Beast” after an impressive showing on offense all day.
“Its an honor winning this and I am going to use what I learned on this field on the high school field next season,” said Garrabrant, who was a reserve for Sallies, which toppled Caesar Rodney, 14-9 to win the state crown earlier this month. “What we did (four straight titles) has never been done before.”
The event drew 215 players and more than 50 college coaches from 46 programs.
Garrabrant said grit helped him earn an All-Star spot.
“To get into the All-Star game you’ve got to hustle for loose groundballs,” he said. “And in these All-Star Games people go to the rack; it’s important to keep your eyes up and look for one more (pass). That is very important.
“The level of competition was very high. The poles were getting out on our gloves as soon as you had it so you had to adapt to high pressure. The middies and attack were spinning the ball really well. There were some great dodges.”
Garrabrant knows what he needs to do to secure a regular spot on the Sallies attack rotation.
“I definitely need to work on my left hand,” he said. “I gotta hit the wall this summer. Also, you need to keep your head up when dodging, always looking for that one more.”
Others that excelled Friday:
Gavin Carzello, 2020 LSM, Westfield (MA), Connecticut Valley
Carzello helped the Team 1-to-6 All-Stars claim a one-goal win.
“It was pretty challenging to be able to hold my own,” he said, “I had to get the checks I needed and get the ball on the ground and then get it upfield,” he said.
What helped him to successful during the showcase games? “The kids I was playing with – I could trust the. They were easy to pass and easy to just have all around chemistry with. You need to listen to your goalie and trust him since he can see the whole field. You start to believe in him as the day goes and you start talking and become friends and everything starts to click.”
What did he learn from the event? “There’s always better kids out there and you have to keep getting better.”
Stephen Hanscom, 2019 DEF Eastern Regional-NJ, SJ Shamrocks
Hanscom missed his entire sophomore year with a torn ACL in his right knee, but rehabbed and played this past spring at full strength for Eastern. “Everything feels great, it really feels stronger than before,” he said.
Hanscom said his goal was to give notice to D1 and other coaches that he was a prospect. (see his ConnectLAX profile)
“I just wanted to come in here, work my butt off and try my hardest and it showed well what I did today,” he said. “I think the big part of my game is talking on defense. That’s what you have to do. When you come to these showcases you don’t really know anyone. That’s what gets everyone on the same page and it makes it easy to communicate.”
Face-off champion Nate Rollins, 2020 MF/FO, Archbishop Curley (MD)/MD Wolfpack
Rollins played mostly midfield during the showcase games, but won the faceoff championship by defeating Germantown Academy’s Liam Rosato in the final, 2-1.
“Probably light, quick hands and knowing where to put the ball helped me,” said Rollins. “Some guys beat me, but had confidence and did my thing.”
Besides his skills at the X, Rollins sees himself as a two-way middie who can score and defense. “Probably my dodging is my strength on offense and I can play defense,” he said. “At the faceoff X, its my quick hands.”
Also in the All-Star Game, Matt Lowther (FO/MF, 2019, Nanuet-NY, Brotherhood) had two goals for the Team 1-to-6 squad while Kellum Foster-Palmer (MF, 2020, Wyoming Seminary-PA, Montclair LC) had the game-winner while Ethan Darrenkamp (MF, 2019, Daniel Boone-PA, Roughriders) and Casey Domanski (MF, 2020, Broadneck-MD, Peninsula Lacrosse) each scored. For Team 7-to-12, TJ Herron (ATT, 2020, Dallas-PA, Zombies Lacrosse) had a goal and an assist and Patrick Lanigan (MF, 2019, Parsippany-NJ, Jersey Thunder) scored once.