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New Tournament Will Be Geared Toward College Recruiting
A new tournament will allow high school lacrosse players another opportunity to showcase their skills to a wide array of college coaches this year.
The Intercollegiate Men's Lacrosse Coaches Association recently partnered with Maryland-based Corrigan Sports to launch the first IMLCA National Cup. The tournament will feature club and high school teams at Lebanon Valley College in Annville, Pa., June 16-18.
In addition to games, the IMLCA National Cup will offer instructional clinics and recruiting seminars hosted by coaches from NCAA Division I, II and III men's programs.
"Events like this offer a greater opportunity for college coaches to educate prospective student-athletes and parents about the recruiting process," said Mike Murphy, vice president of the IMLCA and head coach at the University of Pennsylvania. "By leading instructional clinics and recruiting seminars at this event, we can accomplish more than simply evaluating talent on the field. The IMLCA National Cup provides a chance for college coaches to communicate directly with the players and families that represent the future of the game."
Corrigan Sports has extensive experience running these types of tournaments and is the operator of the Under Armour All-America Lacrosse program. Corrigan is also the exclusive event partner of the IWLCA and manages its annual girls' club lacrosse recruiting tournaments.
"By working together, we intend to do more than just create an outstanding tournament," said J.B. Clarke, head coach at Limestone College and president of the IMLCA. "The IMLCA National Cup will be a platform for the most qualified voices in the sport to teach the game and prepare the next generation of players for the college experience."
Local Players Named To U.S. Women's Lacrosse National Team
Several players with ties to area high schools were recently named to the United States women's lacrosse national team.
The group is led by midfielder Taylor Cummings, a McDonogh and Maryland grad who is the first and only three-time winner of the Tewaaraton Award. Cummings is joined on the team by three other former Maryland teammates who played high school lacrosse in the Baltimore area -- defender Alice Mercer (Century), attacker Brooke Griffin (South River) and midfielder Katie Schwarzmann (Century).
Two other former Maryland players, attacker Alex Aust, an alum of the Bullis School in Potomac, Md., and defender Megan Douty, who prepped at Rumson Fair Haven Regional High School in Rumson, N.J., also made the roster.
Other local players earning a spot on the team were midfielder Allyson Carey (John Carroll, Vanderbilt), defender Kristen Carr (Mercy, North Carolina) and midfielder Kelly Rabil (Hammond, James Madison).
The U.S. women's lacrosse national team will compete for the World Cup in England scheduled for July.
PressBox Lacrosse Spotlight: Hereford Long-Pole Midfielder Sam Furman
Hereford High School long-pole midfielder Sam Furman is part of a talented group of underclassmen who are expected to make a significant impact for the Bulls this season. He played in the Under Armour Underclass Tournament this past summer. Furman also made the Blue Chip camp, one of the top recruiting events in the country. He will help handle face-off duties for the Bulls. "This kid can do it all, outstanding player in every aspect of that statement," Bulls head coach Salvatore Picataggi said.
What did you like best about playing in the Under Armour Underclass Tournament? Was it difficult to gel with players from so many different areas and teams?
Sam Furman: The Under Armour Underclass Tournament was an incredible experience. I liked that I got the opportunity to play against some of the best players in the country. It was a great experience to be able to compete against players from so many different states. I don't think the Baltimore players had any difficulties gelling as a team. Several of the players I had played with in youth rec ball, so it was fun to see them all again. Even though the team was comprised of boys from all over Maryland and from many different high schools, everyone was a talented lacrosse player and knew the job they had to get done on the field.
What are your goals heading into next season at Hereford?
SM: My No. 1 goal is to help Hereford High School win states. We lost in the semis last year, and this year, I plan on us going all the way. Personally, I want to work on finishing my scoring opportunities. As a long-pole middie, I want to go against the best offensive player the other team has to offer and shut him down. I want to take the ball away from him, go down the field and score.
Is there one area of your game that you've tried to improve the most in the offseason?
SM: I want to make sure I can handle any player I come up against no matter what their size and strength. I have put a lot of emphasis in getting faster, stronger and more agile in the offseason. I run, lift and do agility training daily. I have a very competitive brother, so that helps keep me on my toes. I also work out with a trainer to help me with my shooting and defensive skills.
For more from Furman, including his commitment to club ball, his strategy for the college recruiting process and more, read the full interview here.
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