Sunday, October 30, 2016
MSI Sports Institute in Aston, PA
Thanks to all the players, coaches, officials, parents, fans, staff, vendors and sponsors who helped make The Match™ 2015 a success. The event featured 80 student-athletes (2018, 2017, 2016 graduation years), representing six states, playing in a slightly different and certainly more participatory and intimate showcase format.
The feedback from the college coaches in attendance was positive, both with regard to the level of play and the format, which gave them a chance to see all participants on offense, on defense, in the goal and in transition in an efficient setting. We heard from a number of players and parents that they enjoyed the event. We welcome your feedback and invite you to contact us with any comments, testimonials and/or suggestions – Feedback
We hope the theme – “Focus on the Fit, Not the Frenzy,” resonated and will continue to do so in this fast-paced and frenetic world of early recruiting and widely held views that Division I lacrosse is the ultimate measure of success. Please remember there are many great options and opportunities for prospective lacrosse players to find happiness as students and athletes at top notch Division II and III schools.
Based on recommendations and input from the coaches/clinicians who watched/coached the teams in the full field Match-Ups™ and 7v7 games, we have selected an “All-Match™ team (see All Match 2015). Congratulations to the players who were recognized among a large group of talented individuals. So many players acquitted themselves well in the competition over the course of the day. We and the coaches were impressed with the quality of all participants and thank all our players for their effort and enthusiasm and for coming to The Match™ ready to Light It Up!
DVDs/HIGHLIGHT FILM: You can still obtain game film/highlights from ConnectLax, which captured high quality video footage of every game on every field during the event, including all 7v7 full-field games. This may be a good opportunity to obtain meaningful film footage and, if you are interested, highlight films, since the format was designed to optimize each player’s participation and the chance to showcase his skills. We saw so many great goals, looks, feeds, ground balls, checks, saves… No doubt the game footage is rich with content. For more information, click HERE
NOTES OF APPRECIATION: As always, a special note of thanks to our clinicians, who started us out with specialized positional instruction, including Adam Mueller, Offensive Coach of the US Men’s Indoor Lacrosse Team, Steven Holmes, former Virginia All-American and MLL All-Star defenseman, and Dave Mullen, former University of Delaware great and Head Coach at The Hill School. We hope you enjoyed the instruction. We are grateful to Brian Dougherty (Chestnut Hill College) and Dave Zazzaro (Rhodes College) for their advice, insights, humor and words of wisdom regarding recruiting and the Division II/III value proposition during our lunch break, and to our other coaches and officials, who helped us manage the games in a safe and efficient manner. And a special note of thanks too to The Hill School, for permitting us to use its wonderful Far Fields Complex for the event.
FINALLY, AGAIN, A HEARTFELT “THANK YOU” TO ALL PLAYERS FOR PARTICIPATING WITH GREAT EFFORT, HEART AND ENTHUSIASM IN OUR THIRD ANNUAL EVENT! WE WISH ALL OF YOU WELL, AND ENCOURAGE YOU TO CONTINUE FOCUSING ON THE FIT IN YOUR COLLEGE SEARCH.