By Chris Goldberg
TopLaxRecruits.com, Posted 11/1/15
Patrick Sullivan figured no one would understand why he trekked from Upstate New York to compete in Sunday’s Southern Showcase in Mercer University.
But Sullivan had his reasons – and the results were fantastic.
Sullivan, a 2017 face-off specialist from Pittsford Mendon and the Rochester Flyers, won the King of the X title and earned Fab 40 honors at the inaugural NXT Showcase event and hopes he paved the way for a future at a southeastern college.
“My family is planning to relocate to South Carolina when I graduate high school,” said Sullivan. “I am interested in going to school in the Southeast. It is a lot warmer than Upstate NY. The timing of the event NXT put together was perfect because my high school soccer season just ended.”
Sullivan said competing at the Southern Showcase was the perfect way to kick-start his recruiting season and get back on the lacrosse field.
“I wanted to come and get in front of college coaches in the south,” Sullivan said. “I have been training hard this fall and wanted to see how I could do. I wanted to win the King of the X.
“The competition was challenging with guys from many different states. I was strong with my technique and quickness and I fought hard the whole time.”
In the King of the X final, Sullivan defeated Milton (GA) 2017 Dylan Colter.
“I was taking each faceoff one one at a time and was really able to focus on the whistle,” said Sullivan, who mentioned the Faceoff Factory and coach Joe Nardella for helping him improve. “I wasn’t thinking about who my opponent was, I was just thinking about winning the faceoff.”
What did Sullivan learn from the day’s work? “I need to work more on my defensive draws and my overall midfield skills,” he said.
Sullivan wants to play at a school that also provides the right academic program.
“I’m looking for a school that will challenge me both academically and athletically,” he said. “At the moment I am considering either physical therapy or going to medical school.
“It would be great if the school had connections with a local hospital. What division I play at does not matter that much to me, I want to be able to compete and help my team be successful.”
Interview with Morning Session MVP Carson Sorrells, 2017, A, Allatoona (GA), LB3 ATL
What goals did you have coming in today and what do you feel you accomplished?
Sorrells: “I’ve been playing playing football all fall and have been trying to keep a stick in my hand but haven’t been getting true competition. My goal was to showcase my talents for all the recruiters, win for my team and have a good time playing lacrosse. After the games were over I felt that I played very good lacrosse and showed all the coaches my talents. So I felt the I accomplished all that I had wanted to and that the day was successful.”
What went well today on the field to help you earn the MVP?
Sorrells: “I was put on a team with a great coach and some great players which made my day a lot easier. They helped me play the lacrosse I know how to play.”
How was the competition today and what did you do to adjust?
Sorrells: “There were plenty of good players at this showcase so I knew I needed to step up my game to be successful. After the first game I felt that my teammates and coach trusted me with the ball and would let me do my thing and that helped a lot personally.”
What did you learn about your game that will help you moving forward?
Sorrells: “I recognized my strengths and weaknesses after this showcase and I know now what to work on and I’d like to thank the coaches for fixing my problems and showing me how to play better lacrosse.”
What type of college are you looking for academically and athletically?
Sorrells: I hope to play Division 1 lacrosse and get a great education at whatever school I may attend.