By Chris Goldberg & Tom Peace
TopLaxRecruits.com, Posted 7/10/13
As long-time and respected coaches in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA), Andy Hilgartner (McDonogh School) and Bob Shriver (Boy’s Latin) have seen the amazing growth of club lacrosse during the summer recruiting season.
So in an effort to give high school teams the chance to play together in a highly-competitive setting, they created the National High School Lacrosse Showcase (Warrior & Rabil are sponsors).
The event, which takes place Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Genesee Valley’s complex at the Outdoor Learning Center in Parkton, Md., features a star-studded field of 22 high school teams from eight states and the District of Columbia.
“The goal was to try and find high school programs that had really strong traditions over the years and that come from diverse geographical locations,” said Hilgartner. “I think we have eight of the top 22 or 25 teams from the LaxPower or Inside Lacrosse rankings.”
The tourney features nine teams ranked in the final TopLaxRecruits.com Rankings or its Under Consideration teams. The field is headed by MIAA’s Boys’ Latin (No. 2), McDonogh (No. 16), Calvert Hall (No. 17) and St. Paul’s (Under Consideration); DC-WAC champion Gonzaga (No. 6) and runner-up St. Paul VI; and DC-IAC champion St. Stephen’s & Agnes (No. 23) and DC-IAC teams Georgetown Prep, Bullis School, Episcopal and St. Alban’s. The field also has two Long Island powers Chaminade (No. 5) and Syosset; New Jersey powers Don Bosco Prep (UC) and Summit; and four teams from out of the Mid-Atlantic, Indiana’s Culver Academy (No. 8), Florida state champion Lake Highland Prep, (UC) Georgia’s Lovett and Colorado’s Regis Jesuit.
“We are trying to get traditionally strong high schools together,” said Shriver.
“We have great geographical diversity,” Hilgartner added. “We have some Really traditionally strong programs and known HS teams. We feel that if we make relationships with schools that have traditional programs, we’re always going to have great competition.”
Hilgartner said this tourney is different because it gives the college coaches (more than 50 are expected) a chance to see players in their more natural high school surroundings.
The tourney will allow every team to play seven games. Eight teams will advance to the playoffs (based on pool play), which begin Saturday night with quarterfinals. The semis will be played Sunday at 10:10 a.m. with the title game at 1:25 p.m. The 14 teams that don’t qualify for the playoffs enter into a consolation tourney.