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Top high school players nationwide have been selected to compete this Saturday, November 17th. Featured are 2021 players to keep an eye on throughout this one-day event
The Boys Philly Showcase attracts elite talent and college coaches from across the country to one of the top venues on the east coast, United Sports in Downingtown, PA. Last year's Boys Philly Showcase attracted over 600 athletes and 188 college coaches from the Division l, ll, and lll levels.
With a 5:1 player to coach ratio, the athletes will be able to maximize their exposure to college coaches. Each team will be lead by an NCAA college coach throughout the entire day. The Showcase will feature athletes from 2020, 2021 and 2022 graduation years.
After a competitive selection process, top high school players nationwide have been selected to compete this Saturday, November 17th, pairing with one of the largest high school recruiting events on Sunday, November 18th, the Boys Philly Invitational. Featured below are four of the top 2021 lacrosse players that Brett Manney has highlighted as player previews for this year's showcase.
Midfield | Top Gun Fighting Clams | Phillips Exeter Academy, NH
Teddy Lisa, a former Philly Freshman Showcase Fab 40 All-Star from last year, is back for more. The Massachusetts native plays club for Fighting Clams and high school ball for the prestigious Phillips Exeter Academy. Lisa possesses a strong shot on the run. His size makes him a dangerous dodger from up top as he has no problem getting his hands free for a shot. Watch out as I'm sure he will once again be in contention for an all-star nomination.
MOST UNUSUAL TALENT: Bocce
BIGGEST PET PEEVE: When someone in front of you is walking too slow and won’t let you pass.
FAVORITE QUOTE: "No free lunch"
PREGAME RITUAL: Listen to music
SUPERPOWER: Time travel
ANIMAL: A yellow lab because they get to play outside all day.
SPORTS IDOL: Tom Brady
Attack | Blackwolf 2021 | Gonzaga College High School, MD
The talented and smart attackman currently plays for Gonzaga College High School in Baltimore. His brother has played in our Showcase events previously and now plays at Dartmouth College. I'm sure there have been some good battles in the Schaffner backyard and I'm also excited to see what the next Schaffner brings to the table for this fall Showcase.
MOST UNUSUAL TALENT: I had the opportunity to be a child actor for the Disney Channel, but I turned it down because I did not want to give up playing sports
BIGGEST PET PEEVE: When a pole runs a fastbreak and gets checked while trying to shoot instead of passing the ball to the attackman
FAVORITE QUOTE: “Yesterday’s home runs don’t win today’s games.”- Babe Ruth
PREGAME RITUAL: I always call my grandparents
SUPERPOWER: Mind reading because I would always be one step ahead of my opponent
ANIMAL: I would like to be a griffin because it is a combination of the king of the jungle (lion) and king of the sky (eagle). The creature is fierce yet majestic.
SPORTS IDOL: Russell Westbrook
Midfield | Leading Edge Elite | The Pingry School, NJ
McPherson is a great two-way middie, who some might say are hard to come by these days. He has great range on his shot and plays with some pop. McPherson plays his club ball for Leading Edge Elite and will suit up in the spring for The Pingry School. The New Jersey product is also another former Philly Freshman Showcase Fab 40 All-Star who will look to make the game again.
LSM | Philadelphia Freedom | Kennett High School, PA
Vincent Cresci was a Manney’s Men Honorable Mention selection this past summer. He shined at both the Philly Summer Showcase and Invitational. Cresci is a good defenseman who is capable of covering a ton of field. He is very comfortable with the ball in his stick and definitely isn’t afraid to let it fly. McPherson plays for the local Philadelphia Freedom Club and also plays for Kennett High School.
MOST UNUSUAL TALENT: Stinging corners
BIGGEST PET PEEVE: Slow Walkers
FAVORITE QUOTE: “The champ is here”- John Cena
PREGAME RITUAL: Listening to music
SUPERPOWER: Super strength
ANIMAL: I'd probably be a horse because they are crazy fast and insanely strong
SPORTS IDOL: Brian Dawkins
Goalie | Team 91 Blaze | Shoreham Wading River High School, NY
Troyano brings tons of energy and emotion to the field. He is a stud in between the pipes using his athleticism and quick reaction to make stops. Once the ball is saved it is almost immediately downfield as he loves to push transition. Robbie plays for Team 91 Blaze and was a Philly Freshman Showcase All-Star last year.
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