On Friday November 13th the Everest Prep Lacrosse team traveled to Detroit, Michigan to attend the CanAm Showcase event.
Before attending the showcase, the team and coaches were fortunate enough to visit Detroit Mercy University, a Division 1 school with a well established lacrosse program. The team was taken on a tour of the campus and facilities by DMU lacrosse coach Jeff Turner. After viewing several facilities, such as the training center, study hall, and men’s lacrosse locker room, the team was able to meet up with Everest alumni Joe Vega, who is currently enrolled at DMU and studying engineering. Both Joe and Jeff fielded many questions and were very helpful throughout the tour. The team thoroughly enjoyed this first class D1 experience.
The team was up early Saturday morning for the NXT CanAm Individual Showcase. Players from all over Canada and the United States were grouped into teams and played in front of a number of NCAA recruiters. The Everest Lacrosse program continues to build momentum as Coach Clem found himself answering dozens of questions from scouts and coaches from all over the country. It’s hard to ignore the “buzz” surrounding the team lately.
The individual showcase ended on a high note, as 6 of our student athletes were selected to the Showcase All-Star team. Congratulations to Curtis Conley, Mike Harris, Owen Grant, Ethan Stannard, Corson Kealy, and Tristan Hanna on the All-Star nods.
The Screaming Eagles were back with their teammates come Sunday, facing off against Illinois State Champs Loyola High School in the first game of the Team Showcase. With execution and discipline Everest won handedly, defeating Loyola 15-3. Leading all scorers was Corson Kealey with 5 goals and 2 assists. Tyrus Rehanek also had a strong game, scoring 4 goals for 6 points, earning the “Big E” award for his poise with the ball and smart decisions.
Brother Rice High School was next on the schedule for game two of the showcase. Everest expected some solid competition from the Michigan State Champs. The Eagles came out flying, building an early lead and never looking back. Off a superb effort from goaltender Jackson Brown, who made 7 saves on the day, Everest made a statement winning 11-3. This win generated a lot of interest at the showcase, as everyone wanted to know about “that team from Canada” who just ran right through 2 different State Champs.
By the third and final game, it was clear that the Eagles were getting fairly fatigued. The showcase brought 6 games in two days for the team, some playing 7 in two days including the All Star game. Despite trailing to the host team Detroit Country Day Killer Bees, Everest showed true grit and determination, pulling out an 8-7 win on a late game winner by Tristan Hanna.
3-0 in game play, 6 All Star nominations, and tons of great feedback from everyone at the event. Needless to say the coaches were very proud of the team’s accomplishments, but most importantly how they carried themselves and represented Everest Academy throughout the entire weekend.
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