The common theme amongst the coaches at the National High School Lacrosse Showcase (NHSLS), which began a three-day run at Blander Park in Columbia on Friday, is it’s nice to have their kids playing with their high school team and instead of a club team.
In its third year running, the NHSLS is a unique summer event that is compiled of the top high school lacrosse programs in the country. Founders of the event are Bob Shriver, who recently retired after a 36 year run as head coach at Boys’ Latin, and McDonogh head coach Andy Hilgartner.
Per the showcase’’ web site, the event was created “to allow high school teams across the country to compete that most likely would not meet during the spring season and for the players to receive recruiting exposure.”
Six schools from the MIAA were included in the event and here is a recap of how they fared on day one, Friday.
Calvert Hall played Lincoln Sudbury (MA) and Chaminade (NY) and won both games by a combined 15 goals.
Cardinals head coach Bryan Kelly spoke highly of the event.
“I love it. You don’t pack, you don’t come prepared, you come together as a team and everyone knows what they are doing,” said Kelly. “I feel like it’s not selfish lacrosse, like you see in the club world sometimes. Its guys playing as a team, for me it’s a joy.”
McDonogh, which won the NHSLS title in 2014, also went 2-0 on Day 1, beating St. Albans (DC) and Lovett (GA) and Boys’ Latin handled their business by beating St. John’s (DC) and Smithtown Red (NY).
“This is good for us because we lost 19 seniors so this is important for us to see the next version, the next chapter, seeing what guys can do and have them get used to each other,” said St. Paul’s head coach Rick Brocato, whose team went 1-1 with a win over Summit (NJ) and a loss to Yorktown (NY).
Gilman also went 1-1 with a loss to Gonzaga (DC) and victory over St. Viator (IL).
And the MIAA B Conference champion John Carroll went 1-1, beating a tough Don Bosco (NJ) team and falling to DeMatha.
Saturday will have more showcase games, followed by round robin play to set the stage for Sunday’s playoffs and championship game.