By Chris Goldberg
TopLaxRecruits.com, Posted 11/26/13
DOWNINGTOWN, Pa. – They came from California, Colorado, and many points on the East Coast from 3d New England, but 3d National looked like a bunch of lacrosse players that knew each other for years Sunday at the Philly Freshman Invitational at United Sports.
3d won the Pool “A” title Sunday based on a hard-fought 7-4 victory over the Long Island Express Turtles. 3d finished 2-0-1, also tying with host NXT L.C., 7-7. The event Sunday featured 22 elite 2017 club teams; on Saturday more than 230 of the nation’s top freshmen competed in the individual Showcase.
Eight members of 3d were named to the Fab 40 All-Star Game on Saturday (see story).
“Most of us out West know each other, and a few 3d guys played with the Colorado guys,” said midfielder Peter St. Geme Jr. (Sacred Heart Prep, CA). “It’s kind of interesting, having kids on the East Coast playing with guys from the West Coast. I feel we all play well together.
St. Geme Jr. was one of the eight 3d players to be named to Saturday’s Fab 40 Game.
“I just wanted to play hard; I didn’t really think about coaches at all,” he said. “I just focused on my defense and overall playing well. It was great competition all around in every game. You really had to compete in order to play well. Same as today; everyone is great.”
3d attackman Patrick Brosnan (St. Ignatius Prep, CA) agreed:
“Yesterday it was tough. There are a lot of good kids out here. I just try to play as hard as I can every time I am on the field. I can’t think about the (college) coaches; you just really want to perform.”
Although two players on the 3d 2017 squad already have committed to Division I programs, Brosnan is not thinking about picking a college yet.
“I have no clue,” he said. “I am just trying to play hard and not worry about it.”
Added St. Geme Jr: “I am not really thinking about it. I am just letting the whole process takes its course. I am taking it as it goes. I have a couple more recruiting events next summer and I will just see how it goes.”
3d midfielder Jack Elders (Redwood, CA) also made the Fab 40 squad Saturday. He said mental preparation helped him.
“The past two weeks I spent a lot of time thinking about myself and what it comes down to is pushing yourself as far as you can go in all ways, not just lacrosse,” he said. “I was getting in the mindset that you can do it if you go as hard as you can.
“That led me to go this weekend and push myself as hard as I could and played as well as I could.”
Elders said it was easy to blend in with players he didn’t know.
“I knew all the California kids and a couple Colorado kids, but at first it’s a little different because you are playing with kids you don’t know,” he said. “But as soon as you get into it its fine. We all mold together because we all have similar interests.”
Defenseman/LSM Jack Calderone (Cherry Creek, CO) enjoyed the competition, but also the learning.
“I was just trying to play my best and it ended up getting me to the Fab 40 and playing my best,” he said. “I learned that I have been over-committing and kind of going for overheads and big checks. I got burned a few times.”
Calderone also said it was easy for the 3d players to work with their new East Coast teammates.
“Jamie (Munro, the 3d CEO) has a great system set up all around the country,” he said. “The offense is playing well and the defense is playing well, too. Everything is implemented well throughout the nation.”
Is Calderone worried about committing early?
“I think it will happen when it happens,” he said. “It will be when I am ready.”