2014 Tewaarton Award Nominee and Cabrini 's Corey Elmer (Blue Mtn and Conrad Weiser alum) is on of many Central PA HS players proving you don't need to go "Philly" in the summer to become great or get recruited!
Corey originally was recruited and attended Division I Robert Morris University, and transferred to Cabrini after his first semester.
Congrats Corey for keeping the path to success open for Central PA players in the future!
The Blue Mtn U19 Premier Team finished with 43 wins-8 losses-2 ties in the Summer of 2013. Blue Mountains top teams played in Lava Lax, Lehigh Laxfest, SummerSlam, Summer Sizzle, Champ Camp, Chocolatetown USA Shootout and the PA Keystone Games.
Blue Mtn Lacrosse at all levels had a great season, learning lacrosse and learning to work together with new teammates from all over Central PA, as well as making incredible new friendships.
Our top U19 teams at tournaments had incredible success at Summer Slam, UP Lax, Summer Sizzle, Champ Camp, and at the PA Keystone Games and Chocolatetown Shootout USA tournaments.
Our U19 teams under that level faced adversity, great challenges and grew tremendously throughout the summer learning to play at a higher level of expectation, and certainly that growth was evident with the great success we claimed here on our last weekend of summer lacrosse.
On July 27 and 28, we had forty-seven (47) U19 players at work playing lacrosse, and had a combined record of 14 wins, 1 tie and 1 loss. That only loss was by one goal. One Chocolatetown Shootout USA Championship and one PA Keystone Games Bronze Medal effort.
Wilson-West Lawn's "Wile" Attack-Midfielder Mitchell Phillips chooses Widener University, planning to study and prepare for a career in Mechanical Engineering, and play lacrosse. The Widener University Pride play in the NCAA Division III MAC Conference Commonwealth Division under the direction of Head Coach Brendan Dawson.
I described Mitchell's game as wile. The dictionary defines wile as "devious or cunning stratagems employed in manipulating or persuading someone to do what one wants." Synonyms: tricks, ruses, ploys, schemes, dodges, manuevers. If you observe Mitchell Phillips play, you realize you are watching someone who has mastered the art deception on the lacrosse field. I've coached lacrosse for a pretty long time, and I love watching Mitchell play the game and making defenders wander "what just happened?"
Mitchell has great field sense, excellent fundamentals, and is a consumate team player. Add to that a cunning ability to get his hands free to unleash a great right handed or lefthanded blistering accurate shot, and well, you got a seriously dangerous player that you must account for as a defensive coach, both as a playmaker and a finisher. Mitchell doesn't command the press that some other players have in District III, but in my opinion, he's one of District III's best attackman.
Mitch has had great success with Blue Mountain, and was a huge part of our 2013 summer season helping our Premier team to a 43-8-2 record this summer. Mitchell owns two PA Keystone Games medals. In 2011 anchored a great attack that helped Blue Mountain win a Gold Medal, and in 2013, he led his Blue Mtn team to a Bronze Medal.
Widener has got a good one! Mitchell Phillip's got game!
Elizabethtown College's and Ephrata's Tucker Keefer, played for the 2011 PA Keystone Games HS Blue Mtn Gold Medal team as well as the 2008 7th/8th grade team Gold Medal team; click here to read and learn more about Lancaster, Lebanon and Berks Co. players who have made lacrosse history with Blue Mountain at the PA Keystone Games.
The 2013 Blue Mtn Keystone Games HS team sought gold, but came away with the Bronze Medal at Penn State University. Only going down in defeat once during the entire tournament, and in that defeat losing only by a goal, the Blue Mtn-Keystone HS team made their coaches proud of their great effort and heart, and will to work their game.
Blue Mountain made it to the semi-finals with a 6-0-1 record, dropping a 3-2 contest with a very good York Co. team in a great battle in the semifinal matchup. In the contest, York midfielder Colin George (also of Blue Mtn), scored 2 goals against the Blue Mtn-Keystone team. Blue Mtn then faced Delaware Co. in the Brnze Medal game, with Blue winning a hard fought battle 9-8 OT victory to claim the Bronze medal.
Lehigh Valley won the Gold medal over Silver medalist York Co., 7-5.
This tournament also marked the inaugeral 5th/6th grade (Youth) division. Blue Mtn's 5th/6th grade team was 2-2 in the tournament pool play and dropped a 9-8 decision to Lehigh Valley in the Bronze medal contest. After the game, Coach Adams summed up the team's first Keystone Games experience perfectly acknowledging defeat, but also clarifying the team's heart, and ability to battle and get better through the tournament play.
The 7th/8th grade squad finished the tournament with a 3-3 record, but challenged all but one of the Keystone Games squads throughout their tournament play.
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#37 Colin Riley cranking it up on the run lefty at Summer Slam!
Coach Jake Weber and Matt Curcio helped guide the Blue Mtn's HS team to the Tournament Championship this past weekend at Chocolatetown, with a 6-1 victory over the Bison Brawlers in the Championship contest.
More details to come, but an exclamation point on a great June and July of lacrosse for Blue Mtn, with great success at Lehigh Laxfest, Summer Slam, UP Lax, Summer Sizzle, Champ Camp and Chocolatetown. With multiple teams having success and battling adversity at our tournaments, the strong end of the year showing is really a testament to the sometimes humbling journey our players had on the road to great success.
A lot of great work helped Blue Mtn finish strong and make a statement on our process of helping grow and develop great lacrosse here in our backyard.
Click here to view the Championship Choclatetown roster.