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Thomas White ’26 put his skills to the test during one of the top high-school lacrosse showcases in the country this past weekend on February 11 and 12.
The showcase is run by the top two goalies in the world, Kyle Bernlohr and Blaze Riordan, and features an aggressive, fast-paced, flow style format of goalie drills.
Bernlohr - an All-American at the University of Maryland and current goalie for the Whipsnakes of the Premier Lacrosse League - put the goalies through live shooting drills and more technical work, like hand-eye coordination drills, on Saturday.
"I felt good about Saturday," said White. "I was getting my rhythm back after a couple of months focusing on wrestling for St. Andrew's. It felt good to stop shots and hear a lot of 'good saves' from the coaches."
On Sunday, White and the other goalies competed for the Golden Apex 350 Helmet as the camp's top goalie. Structured in a World Cup-styled tournament, White went undefeated over four rounds in pool play and earned a spot in the eliminate round.
"The absolute highlight of the pool play for me was saving 9 out of 10 shots against a former PLL MVP, Blaze Riorden," said White.
A former All-American at Albany, Riorden is widely regarded as one of the greatest lacrosse goalies of all time. As the goalie for Chaos Lacrosse Club in the PLL, Riorden has won three-straight Oren Lyons Goalie of the Year awards and won the Jim Brown MVP in 2021. In the offseason, Riorden plays as a forward for the Philadelphia Wings of the National Lacrosse League.
After staring down Riorden, White lost in the semi-finals of the competition. Nonetheless, it was an incredible experience for a young freshman goalie competing with some of the best talent in the country.
"I hope to have the opportunity again," said Thomas. "In the meantime, I'm looking forward to this spring with the Saints."
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