USA vs Canada HS Challenge

Inaugural HS Challenge Cup: Players that shined for Team Maple Leafs, Team Stars and Stripes2014 usa canada snip

Editor’s Note: This piece originally appeared on Chris Goldberg’s on September 22nd.


Cam Garlin, A, Team Maple Leafs – Unbelievably crafty and reliable within five yards of the cage, Garlin put on a show in his six-goal outing which included the overtime winner. A product of Whitby (Ont.), his stick work makes him nearly impossible to stop when dodging, using swim moves, box fakes and all sorts of eye-popping moves that would remind lacrosse fans a bit of Mark Matthews. Have to imagine that he’ll be committed after a big fall with Evolve Elite.

Sean Barry, A, Team Stars & Stripes – The Smithtown East (N.Y.) sophomore, long overshadowed by fellow stalwarts on the vaunted Tenacious Turtles club team, went ahead and put his team on his back late in the fourth quarter. Down 15-13 with 6:31 remaining, he accepted feeds from William Reed (Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y.) for two huge goals in 27 seconds before then finishing a nasty rip from the left side with 1:27 remaining to force overtime. Can see Barry being an excellent pickup for a mid-to-high Division I program.

Charlie King, LSM, Team Stars & Stripes and Ben Cirella, LSM, Team Stars & Stripes –Committed to Loyola and Michigan, respectively, these two patrolled the middle of the field and were superb off the wings. King, who plays for Lassiter (Ga.) and Thunder Lacrosse, showed tenacity and excellent footwork, not allowing much from Canada’s midfield. Cirella, who plays for Manhasset (N.Y.) and the Turtles, was a force in transition, picking up a big hockey assist early in the game and demonstrating a highly impressive motor and knack for being in the right place.

Finlay Collins, M, Team Stars & Stripes – A seasoned dodger for Darien (Conn.) and Jeff Brameier’s CT Chargers, Collins appears to be one of the better sophomore middies available (he’s looking hard at some Ivies). Put up one goal and an assist, doing a good job getting to the cage, playing both ways and setting up his teammates. Nice athlete as well.

Justin Tkachuk, FO/M, Team Maple Leafs – A member of the Nepean Knights’ field team up in Ontario, Tkachuk was outstanding and dominant at the face-off X. Though he’ll need to put on some more weight, he’s super quick and anticipates the whistle incredibly well. Definitely a big reason why the Canadians were able to pull out the win on Sunday morning.

Quinn Commandant, A, Team Maple Leafs – Blessed with phenomenal hands and wrists, Commandant racked up an unofficial four goals and one assist. He had really strong chemistry with his fellow attackmen, doing an impressive job putting himself in the right spots to be successful with his shots. College coaches, watch out for this kid.

More standouts:
Jack Keogh, A, Manhasset (N.Y.)
Peyton Bogard, D, Lovett (Ga.)
Michael Procaccino, FO/M, Chaminade (N.Y.)
Bryan McIntosh, D, Central Bucks East (Pa.)
Michael Wilson, A, Lakeland Regional (N.J.)
Ethan Fernandez, D, Team Maple Leafs
Matt Federau, G, Team Maple Leafs
Tait Cattoni, M, Team Maple Leafs
Aidan Conlon, A, Team Maple Leafs


Jared Hershman, FO/M, Team Stars & Stripes – ‘Dominant’ seems like a justifiable term used to describe the Marquette verbal’s performance on Sunday. Winning 25 of 31 face-offs, the Hendrick-Hudson (N.Y.) junior made it look easy out there, winning the ball to himself as well as popping it to his wings. Athletic and boasting great agility, Hershman also netted a goal in USA’s 18-12 win in which they quickly built an 11-3 halftime lead.

Michael Sands, A, Team Stars & Stripes – A transfer from prep program Loomis Chaffee to Greenwich (Conn.) this fall, the Lafayette pledge notched a hat trick on the day playing on the campus of Union, where his older brother is a second team All-American. Like how he used the roll dodge to create separation and get quality shots off, continuously keeping his feet moving and head up while dodging.

Ryan Kinnard, M, Team Stars & Stripes – Bound for Hofstra, the Penncrest (Pa.) state champion tallied a hat trick on the afternoon, one of five Americans to put up at least two goals in their resounding victory. Though undersized, he has an explosive first step and a fantastic release on his left-handed shot. Tough cookie who also seems to move really well without the ball.

Brock Bosco, A, Team Maple Leafs – I became a huge fan of the way that this kid plays. Putting up a hat trick, Bosco showed off some sweet jukes while getting to the cage and did an awesome job creating scoring opportunities. When the ball was in his stick, he dodged like he didn’t care that his team was getting blown out and constantly made things happen.

Tanner Cook, M, Team Maple Leafs – Like Bosco, Cook is a player who went hard for the entire game, including a beauty of a low-to-high shot with time and room for his second of three goals on the afternoon. Crafty and intelligent player out of Courtice (Ont.) who likely increased his exposure with a nice showing on Sunday.

More standouts:
Caelahn Bullen, G, Trinity-Pawling (N.Y.)
Jake Southren, A, Randolph (N.J.)
Zane Anderson, M, Woodstock (Ga.)
Chris Pickel, M, Bayport-Blue Point (N.Y.)
Nick McCabe, M, Boca Raton (Fla.)
Brett Lafonte, G, Team Maple Leafs


Jake Fox, A, Team Maple Leafs – Ranked as Inside Lacrosse’s No. 23 senior, the Hill Academy senior (and Hopkins pledge) put on an absolute show with a six-goal, two-assist campaign. He seems to get better every time that I watch him, dodging with confidence and pulling off fakes and moves that made opposing defensemen look silly. Though he’s much more of a lefty scorer, his vision is largely underrated.

Teilen Celentano, FO/M, Team Maple Leafs – The unofficial stats have the Canucks down for winning 27 of 41 face-offs on the day and Celentano is a substantial part of that number. With a thick, strong build, he went 9-for-10 in the first quarter to give his team the lead, also notching a nice bouncer of a goal to open the second stanza. Would be an awesome late pickup for any program.

Andrew Alban, A, Team Stars & Stripes – A skilled lefty out of William Floyd (N.Y.), committed to NYIT, had three goals, including two nice goals in the final few minutes of the first half. The Long Island native hustled and didn’t take any plays off, which benefited him on a nice garbage goal to open up the scoring for the Americans.

Sean Seaberg, D, Team Stars & Stripes – Another product of Long Island, playing for Scott Craig’s heralded West Islip program, Seaberg is a great defender who excelled while forcing low quality shots out of the Canadian sticks. He had some heavy takeaway checks to put the ball on the ground. Committed to Stony Brook University back in May.

Decker Curran, M, Team Stars & Stripes – Tall and athletic, the Michigan-bound senior was ranked as IL’s No. 47 player in the class and backed up that billing on Sunday. He moved extremely well without the ball and got some fantastic shots off, playing both ends well and making the right decisions. Expect him to have a big spring season with Greenwich (Conn.) before heading to Ann Arbor, where it may even make sense to put him at attack and keep him on the field at all times.

Jake Kelly, G, Team Maple Leafs – A high energy lefty for Hill Academy (Ont.), Kelly was all over the place in cage (in a good way), making at least a dozen saves in the time he spent in cage. His technique was pretty strong and though small, he intimidated the American shooters all afternoon. Even came fifteen yards out of the cage for a jarring hit that was flagged, one of many chippy instances in this US-Canada affair.

Tyler Dunn, A, Team Stars & Stripes – A future Penn Quaker, the Manhasset (N.Y.) standout posted a hat trick. A slippery dodger with great stick work and riding ability, Dunn was a tough cover and made some rather impressive plays throughout the day. Needs some touching up on his game but is a great player who does a lot of things well.

More standouts:
Lantz Kilburn, D, Team Maple Leafs
Andrew Simeon, D, Westminster (Conn.)
Parker Lane, D, Woodstock (Ga.)
Cody Ward, A/M, Team Maple Leafs
John Tierney, M, Wilbraham & Monson Academy (Mass.)
Keenan Cook, A/M, Team Maple Leafs
Jacob Howes, M, Trumbull (Conn.)
Cody Burr, M, Team Maple Leafs
Cyrus Scott, G, Phillips Andover (Mass.)
Luke Finneran, A, Avon Old Farms (Conn.)







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