By Tom Peace & Chris Goldberg
TopLaxRecruits.com, Posted 6/11/17
DALLAS, Texas – There were many talented players competing last week at the C2C Spotlight at the Greenhill School – and one group singled out by college coaches was the pool of goaltenders.
For several years, Texas has developed many standout D1 boys’ netminders. After three three-day event in Dallas, it’s apparent that the state is developing many top girls’ goaltenders as well.
The C2C Spotlight 2017 Most Valuable Player went to Cy Fair goalie Rachel Hall, a 2018 committed to Division 1 Oregon.
Another goalie that earned All-Star honors was 2020 Aaliyah Jones of Stephen F. Austin.
Overall, there were 11 goalies at the camp, including three committed players, Greenhill 2018 Brooke Allen (Army) and Southlake 2018 Chloe Monroe (Marist). Other goalies that made impressions were Episcopal School of Dallas 2019 Gianna Pope and Hockaday 2020 Margaret Woodberry, who was recently selected to the Under Armour Southwest Underclass team.
The event featured elite instruction from 13 Division I college coaches from NCAA champion Maryland, Syracuse, Virginia, Stanford, Denver, Duke, and others.
“I think it’s great for the sport and how it’s growing in Texas,” said Hall, who moved to Texas from the hotbed of Upstate New York (Niskayuna) at the age of 12. “Elite college coaches quickly evaluate your play and make recommendations for improvements that most high school coaches aren’t aware of. Summer events like C2C spotlight make me a better player in preparation for my final high school season and for playing at the college level.
“I think this event is a really great opportunity for kids down here. We are not in Maryland and New York so we can’t drive to tournaments. This camp, being here, we get to have really good coaches and we get looks from top schools.”
Hall said she learned many new skills that will help her prepare for her senior year and for the rigors of college lacrosse. Throughout the week, in addition to working with the college coaches, the Hall and the rest of the goalies received elite instruction from former US team goalie and current Boston Sound goalie Liz Hogan.
“The event had amazing coaches,” she said. “As a goalie I always learn a lot from top competitors. Any time an event sponsors top goalie talent, like Liz Hogan, high school goalies can’t help but learn and get better.
“The competition included multiple all-American and all-state committed players. Shots come at you from all directions at high speeds. Focus and tracking the ball was essential in making the stops.”
Hogan praised the group of goalies.
“The C2C spotlight camp has always brought some of the best talent not only in the Texas area, but from states near and far alike,” she said. “This year was no exception, especially when it came to the goalie department.
“Throughout all of the lessons, working directly with the goalies, observing their involvement in field player drills and scrimmages, every keeper brought some of the best talent I have seen in one camp in quite some time. From top D1 commits to freshmen, every goalie was constantly stifling opposing offenses. Furthermore, they all were like sponges and came away from camp even better.
“I was continually impressed from day one with the talent that the spotlight camp brought. There’s no better feeling than seeing players learning a new skill and being able to implement it in game situations. It was an absolute pleasure to coach everyone, especially the goalies, and I look forward to seeing the best attend next year as well!”
Jones said she came to C2C Spotlight to work on her form and to become more aggressive.
“I am trying to get better form and put in as much work as I can in learning how to go to the ball,” she said. “I want to be more accurate with stepping to and keeping my eye on the ball so I can make a clean save. And I am working on my bounce shot.”
Jones enjoyed the competition at the C2C Spotlight as well as the quality instruction.
“I love how challenging it is,” she said, “I just take away as much as I can since this is a once-in-a-lifetime thing and not many people get to experience this.”