Lacrosse brought three Millstone girls to Richmond, Virginia, this summer, but they returned to New Jersey having done more than just improve their skills.
Sophia Schindel, Alyssa Castellano and Morgan Bell competed in the 2017 National Warriors Prospect Invite in Richmond from July 17-18, and then they participated in the Brine National Lacrosse Classic, which was also held in Richmond, from July 18-21.
According to Mark Schindel, Sophia Schindel’s father, the girls were placed on different teams based on their contributions to their schools and community.
“They treat the weekend like a college application,” Mark Schindel said. “The player ‘selection process’ included player nominations that are evaluated based on coach recommendation, academics, athletics and a commitment to helping others in the community.”
Sophia Schindel was selected to the Washington, D.C., team, while Castellano was named to the Pennsylvania team and Bell was selected to the Garden State team. The teams played in a tournament that showcased 25 teams.
Castellano’s Pennsylvania team won its division title, while Bell’s Garden State team advanced to the semifinals and Schindel’s Washington, D.C., squad placed second in its division.
Schindel was selected to an all-star team at the end of the camp and played in a game that featured the top players of the camp.
The girls will be back as teammates in the fall when they play for Allentown High School.
“I was only able to play against Morgan Bell based on how the teams were scheduled,” Schindel said. “It was a little weird to be on opposite sides but also kind of fun. We were next to each other on the field during the games. It was fun to talk and have a few laughs during a game. Alyssa, Morgan and I were able to hang out between practice and games.”
Castellano was reminded of what an honor it is to be selected.
“This was my second year participating in the Brine,” Castellano said. “I loved the challenge and the competitive play. Being on team Pennsylvania, I got to play against my best friends from my town as well as many girls from my travel club team. It was fun and exciting knowing the competition I was faced with.”
Castellano also liked that the event forced her out of her comfort zone.
“The event helped me prepare for this upcoming year by improving my skills and how to work with different coaching styles,” Castellano said. “As I start my high school year not knowing everyone, I’ve learned how to work with others outside of my immediate circle.”
Schindel agreed with how valuable the experience was.
“I met so many great girls from all over the country,” she said. “It was so much fun to meet new people. The coaches were great, too. They helped me develop and grow my lacrosse knowledge and skills.”
She is anxious to start play in high school.
“It gave me a look into what the competition may be like in high school,” Schindel said. “I also improved on some skills, which will help me to be able to reach the next level in girls’ lacrosse.”