Champion HSS to Air on ESPN Networks
by Brian Logue | Lacrosse Magazine Online Staff
The Champion High School Showcase, a US Lacrosse event featuring the top high school boys' and girls' lacrosse players in the nation, will be featured on the ESPN networks. The Champion High School Showcase begins on Sunday, July 18 from the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., and runs through Thursday, July 22.
Both events, along with the US Lacrosse Boys' and Girls' U-15 National Championships, are part of the ESPN RISE Games, which features events in multiple sports involving elite athletes at the complex.
The girls' HSS event features 80 players from 19 states competing on four teams and opens with three pool play games on July 18. Following pool play, there will be a consolation and championship game that will both be aired live on espn3.com on July 19. The consolation game begins at 10 a.m. and the championship game will be held at 12 noon.
Among the notable players in the event are Kelyn Freedman, a midfielder headed to Georgetown that won the Beth Stone Award as the top player in the Seniors Only Division at the US Lacrosse Women's Division National Tournament in May and also led her Radnor (Pa.) High School team to a state championship; Taylor Virden, a defender headed to Duke that helped McDonogh win Maryland's private school championship while earning Baltimore Sun All-Metro honors; and Kara Mupo, an attacker headed to Northwestern that scored 84 goals for Rocky Point (N.Y.) High School this spring.
The boys' event features 96 players from 30 states competing on four teams that will begin pool play on July 20. The championship game will be held on July 22 and will air on a tape-delayed basis on ESPNU on Sunday, July 25 at 7 p.m.
Highlighting the boys' players are a pair of North Carolina recruits. Nick Galasso, an attackman from New York champion West Islip High School who set the Long Island career scoring record with 500 points, and Troy Kemp, a midfielder from the McCallie (Tenn.) School, are both headed to Chapel Hill next year.
This Champion High School Showcase traces its roots to the national boys and girls high school all-star games that were held in conjunction with the US Lacrosse Youth Festival each year. Those games featured some of the game's brightest stars, including future U.S. team standouts Michael Powell and Acacia Walker.
In 2004, the US Lacrosse National Senior Showcase began as a stand-alone event for the nation's top high school boys players, while the girls' all-star games were folded into the US Lacrosse Women's Division National Tournament. The NSS was held in St. Louis from 2004 to 2006, moved to Denver in 2007, Chicago in 2008 and Providence, R.I., in 2009.
Over the last six years, the game has featured some outstanding players. Among the recent standouts have been Ned Crotty, the 2010 Tewaaraton Trophy winner and current Team USA member who led Duke to the NCAA championship this season; Matt Abbott and Kenny Nims, two of the key stars of Syracuse's 2009 championship; Joe Cinosky, a former All-American defenseman at Maryland who is now on Team USA; John Lade and Jack McBride, two stars of the U.S. U-19 World Championship team in 2008 who have gone on to All-America college careers at Syracuse and Princeton, respectively; and many more.
ESPN Schedule of Championship High School Showcase
|July 19||Girls HSS Consolation||ESPN3.com||10 a.m.|
|July 19||Girls HSS Championship||ESPN3.com||12 noon|
|July 25||Boys HSS Championship||ESPNU||7 p.m.|