Sunday, July 01, 2012

DU Recruit Named MVP Of Lax All-Star Classic

(above) DU recruit Gordie Koerber
From: InsideLacrosse.com & LaxMagazine.com

In a tight affair, the Under Armour boys' South team beat the North team 12-11, led by a fantastic game by a future DU Pioneer.  The Under Armour All-America Classic featured 44 of the best high school lacrosse players in the country.

Attackman Gordie Koerber scored three goals, including the final South goal to give his team the victory, and won MVP honors for his work in the game. Koerber is bound for the University of Denver this fall

Koerber, with his team up just a goal with less than three minutes to play, took a feed from Spencer Parks behind the net and ripped a shot low past North goalie William Ryan. He was named the game's Most Valuable Player after scoring on all three of his shots.

"We knew the North was going to come back strong after the first half," Koerber said. "But I just got that great pass and I was wide open in front and buried it low."

Koerber, a humble and gracious MVP winner, deflected praise and credited his teammates for putting him in good positions to score.

"I had a lot of great players around me, and they made my job easy. I just stuck a couple close ones," he said. "To win MVP was a great honor. I'm humbled to even be at this event."

Koerber is a crafty lefty who "plays Canadian," said South coach Ryan Boyle, the four-time All-American at Princeton and five-time MLL All-Star.

"Gordie catches everything. He's got great wrists," Boyle said. "He's a heady player. He knows how to get open. When he gets the ball, and he catches everything, then he finishes everything. I told him, 'Denver is a perfect fit for you.'"

Koerber smiled when he said he has "no clue what the deal is, or what to expect," going to Denver next year, but added that offensive coordinator Matt Brown's Canadian-infused "system is pretty similar to the way I play, so I'm real excited to get out there."

Koerber's left-handed finishing ability could make him a logical candidate to slide into the role previously played by All-American Mark Matthews, now with the MLL's Denver Outlaws.

7 comments:

Aluuum said...

What is "playing canadian"? What style is that as opposed to the American style,whatever that is ?

Anonymous said...

Playing 'Canadian' refers to the skills needed to excel in box lacrosse, the indoor game played on a converted hockey rink.

Canadian players grow up with box lacrosse more than field lacrosse, and box lax requires the ability to pass, catch and shoot in very tight spaces.

Canadians adapt these skills to the field game, and the best Canadians are now highly recruited by NCAA schools.

Anonymous said...

Should team up very well with Berg, Noble. Flint, Law, Carraro and Danko next year to provide a very good DU offense.

DU's whole defense returns along with two good goalies.

Should be in the hunt for league and national titles.

Aluuum said...

Anon 9:32 what is playing American than ?

dggoddard said...

Imagine if all the kids in Canada played indoor soccer in hockey rinks and all the kids in the US played outdoor soccer.

The indoor kids would be better at quick passing, shooting & rebounds and the outdoor kids would be better at long passes, dribbling with both feet and heading the ball.

That's basically what's happened with lacrosse. The Canadian kids set picks, don't need to learn to shoot or pass with both hands and are "better" in tight situations.

As college lacrosse has evolved in defensive ball-control slugfests, close-in goals have become a premium and DU's Canadian players have become prized commodities.

Anonymous said...

Virtually everyone in the hockey world is buzzing right now about the free-agent frenzy going on....and you clowns are talking about Lax.....wtf?

I realize that there are very few ex-pio's in the NHL but at least pay attention and give your boy Carle some attention.

Get with it, DG!

Anonymous said...

Carle is in a holding pattern until Suter signs. Not much else to report.