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Landon School’s Rupp wins MVP in Showcase Game at Rabil-Millon Project 9.9

Wednesday, 16th October 2013

Categories Boy's/Men's, High school  

By Chris Goldberg, Posted 10/16/13

A group of 52 invited high school boys’ lacrosse players from around the country and Canada competed Saturday through Monday in the Paul Rabil-Mark Millon Project 9.9 at St. Paul’s School.

The players – most of who have committed to major Division I – were treated to elite status and received coaching from the likes of Rabil and Millon (event directors) as well as Patrick McCabe, Buddy Hoffman, Scott Rodgers, Ben Rubeor, Stephen Berger and Greg Bice and strength and conditioning coach Jay Dyer (Johns Hopkins).

Fifty-two of the top high school players (all invitees) attended the Paul Rabil-Mark Millon Project 9.9 for elite instruction and competition - Photo for

Fifty-two of the top high school players (all invitees) attended the Paul Rabil-Mark Millon Project 9.9 for elite instruction and competition – Photo for

The event was launched in 2012 as a way to improve player development by some of the world’s top players and coaches. This year’s event focused more on committed players in hopes of getting them prepared for the college game while providing intense skill-building to take back to their high school and club programs.

Landon School (MD) 2015 attackman Colton Rupp was named MVP of the Showcase Game on Monday. “I think I was taught little things that will really help me out going into the 2013/2014 season,” he said. “I also learned a lot about the mental part of the game and how I can practice the things they taught us all through out the year.

“The coaches stressed to us throughout the week that the little things are important in taking your game to the next level. There was great competition in the game, everyone out there wanted to be great and were giving great effort. The players were willing to work together on offense and make space for each other. There was some great ball movement and unselfish play as well.”

“One of the things they said is that every player wants to be great,” said Haverford School (PA) 2015 Grant Ament, a Penn State commit who was named by coaches as the No. 2-ranked attackman in the event. “They said the reason we were there is because they wanted to make a bridge to get us to that place.

“They said, ‘You can take the drills however you want. But if you want to get better, you better use them. This is the stuff we used to get where we are today.’

“I truly believe I did get better from playing against better guys and being criticized by top players in the world. It’s much easier to get criticized by top players in the world than any other coaches. You have to know they know what they are talking about.”

St. Ignatius Prep (CA) 2014 goalie Cyrus Scott, a Colgate commit, said the coaches used film to break down each player’s game so the best instruction could be provided.

“The film was a huge part of it,” said Scott. “As a goalie they broke down even little hitches in my game.

“The amount of lacrosse we played was amazing. We didn’t get just one or two sessions a day. These were entire days of lacrosse. We got so many reps and over three days they evaluated you and told you and showed you what you needed to work on.

“This definitely helps me a lot. Usually you don’t get that many tips and that type of criticism going into your senior year of high school.”

Scott, one of four from California, said instruction from former Notre Dame standout Rodgers was demanding.

“Coach Rodgers’ warmup drills were very helpful and they put the goalies through so many good competitions,” Scott said. “They made it fun to compete against each other.

“Coach Rodgers was intense. You could see he really loves the game and definitely cares about what you are doing. He pushes you to give the maximum effort.”

Salesianum School 2014 Freddy Freibott (Ohio State commit) was named the top-ranked defenseman. He said the intense scrutiny by the coaches can only help.

“It was a great experience; the coaches were so knowledgeable and they helped me with so many little parts of the game I hadn’t noticed before,” Freibott said. “They had video on you and in individual meetings showed you in slow motion the little things to improve your game.

“Then we got to play such great competition with top players from 16 states and Canada. I learned so much. It was probably the best weekend of lacrosse I ever experienced.”

Other top-ranked players included 2014 goalie Tyler Blaisdell of Thayer Academy (MA, committed to Princeton); 2014 midfielder Sam Bonafede of Chaminade (N.Y., Princeton) and 2014 attackman Kieran Byrnes of Garden City (N.Y., Villanova).


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