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Pace twins take part in elite lacrosse academy
by Greg Oshust
July 30, 2013 03:22 PM | 3456 views | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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From left, rising Pace freshmen Drew, top, and Josh Simons, bottom, play in the National Lacrosse Classic, part of the Brine All Star Lacrosse Academy.
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From left, rising Pace freshmen Drew, top, and Josh Simons, bottom, play in the National Lacrosse Classic, part of the Brine All Star Lacrosse Academy.
Twin brothers Josh Simons and Drew Simons are looking forward to beginning their high school lacrosse careers at Pace next spring.

The rising freshmen have already compiled some impressive accomplishments in the sport, however.

The Simons brothers were among the about 400 middle school players from around the nation who earned a trip to the Brine All Star Lacrosse Academy in Boyds, Md., June 30 through July 3.

The Simons brothers secured their spots in a regional tryout at Mill Spring Academy in Alpharetta May 31.

“We found out [about the tryout] through another teammate and decided to try and we made it and [it] ended up being very fun,” Josh said.

The twins also participated in the National Lacrosse Classic tournament, which was held in conjunction with the academy.

It was an educational experience for the Simonses, who participated in a number of clinics and got a chance to practice and play against some of the best lacrosse players in the nation in their age group.

In the tournament, they played for Team Alabama instead of Team Georgia, since it was the only way they could play together.

Drew had one goal and three assists, while Josh had one goal and two assists for Team Alabama, which finished eighth in the round-robin tournament.

“It was kind of structured like the World Cup,” Robert Simons, their father, said. “Team Alabama made it through the pool play and into the tournament phase and then lost to the eventual champion, Long Island North.”

“We both played pretty well,” Drew said. “There were some pretty good players there. It was tough, but we were pretty successful.”

For Josh, the experience gave him a good look at a higher level of lacrosse.

“There are a lot of really good players outside of Georgia,” Josh said. “We will have to work harder to get better.”

The twins have also enjoyed a lot of success this summer playing for the Atlanta Thunder, considered to be one of the top travel teams in the state. They helped lead the squad to five tournament championships throughout the Southeast.

“I’m definitely proud of them and they worked very hard at it,” Robert Simons said. “They practice all the time. In addition to practice for their various teams, they practice together at home all the time and they really, really enjoy it.”

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