By Chris Goldberg, TopLaxRecruits.com, Posted 6/28/21
FREDERICA, Del. – Lars Homan said it’s easier to get psyched for showcases this summer because coaches are on the sidelines. Motivation was high Friday for the Duke’s Elite and North Penn HS (PA) 2022 midfielder, who was named MVP of the Victory Events Liberty National Elite Showcase at Delaware Turf.
“Really, I just wanted to make a name for myself and get recognized,” he said. “I really am excited this summer that the dead period is over and coaches get to be on the field recruiting and watching us play.”
The 6-foot-2, 190-pound Homan showed off a strong dodge, good transition and passing skills and a solid ride.
“It feels great; I wasn’t expecting it (The MVP award) coming in, but getting recognized by the coaches feels awesome,” said Homan, whose Duke’s Elite squad reached the 2022 AA championship game at the Victory Liberty National Elite Tournament. “The Showcase went well, and things worked out on the field.
“I had great coaches on the sidelines helping me out and my teammates were moving the ball around well. I was making all my shots and getting a lot of attempts and good dodges. I was happy with how I played.”
This season at North Penn, Homan was a team captain and an Honorable Mention Suburban One National Conference selection, collecting over 20 goals and assists. He said he was happy to get a full season after the disappointment of losing the 2020 campaign and a chance to play with his older brother, Jake, who played this spring at Chestnut Hill College.
“It (the pandemic) was pretty hard, especially losing the high school season,” said Homan. “That hurt, losing the chance of playing with my older brother and other friends on the team.
“But once we had the quaratine, I really had time to go work on my shooting and work out. I focused on the (last summer).”
Homan describes himself as a middie who enjoy “playing two-way, I am pretty good in transition and can push the ball down field and dodge downhill hard.”
Homan is not picky on his college choice, but wants to stay fairly close to home.
“I am looking at a mix of schools,” he said. “I want to stay somewhere on the East Coast.
“Obviously, I have to keep working on my stick skills – they can always get better. I will keep hitting the wall and work on my shooting. Overtime everything should improve. I want to get better at making one hard move and dodging downhill and moving the ball quicker out of my stick.”
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Other All-Stars and their comments:
Owen Ryan, 2022 DEF, 10-29 LC, Thomas Worthington, OH
“Coming here (the East Coast) tests your skills. I really wanted to stand out and put it all out on the field. I knew I had to communicate and you have to get to know you defenders and know how they play so you can get some chemistry. My strength is groundballs and ball control. This (event) showed me how to be a leader. We expanded our club team to another school and I didn’t know the guys; also at the showcase you have to be a leader.”
Cam Wilcox, 2022 DEF, Myers Park, Team Carolina, NC
“I really didn’t have too high of expectations because I got wait-listed, so it was just a good opportunity to come out and play. This is really my first full season in the club lacrosse spectrum, so coming out I knew the competition would be tough. I took a deep breath and just played how I always play – use the body, and it worked out well. I like communication land I love quarterbacking the defense.”
Grant Rose, 2022 DEF, Richmond Roughriders, Kellam, VA
“Everything went well and it was great to meet new players and learn new tips and tricks from other coaches while .understanding college coaches and the recruiting process. I am looking anywhere from D1 to D3; my strengths are communication, and teamwork and, I would say, 1-v-1 defense. I am 6-2, 185 and I would say I need to keep getting in the weight-room and work on my speed and size to help me at the next level.”