Jackson Reid, M, Culver (Ind.) 2017 to High Point
If we’ve learned anything, it’s that you can never have too many Canadian scorers.
Nestled 45 minutes away from Notre Dame’s campus, Jon Posner’s Culver (Ind.) program has a penchant for producing top Ontario talent on offense. After finishing No. 2 in the country last year in the UA/IL National Rankings, the Eagles lost a ton of midfield production to graduation and will be looking for new faces to produce alongside some of the talent waiting in the wings. Luckily for them, Posner brought in several pieces to the puzzle in the ’17 and ’18 class to help the Eagles reload and on Monday, one committed to High Point, an up-and-coming Division I program.
Sophomore lefty Jackson Reid, a highly underrated midfielder for Edge Canada, just pledged to the Panthers over schools such as Vermont, Cornell and Hofstra. He’ll be relied on in several areas as a player who catches just about everything thrown his way, makes heads up plays on the defensive end and finishes feeds with flash and precision. Reid uses BTB and around-the-world moves in the proper circumstances to create a better angle and even shows promise scoring from the attack position, as demonstrated in the above highlight reel from last fall.
There are gobs of players at Culver who fit the same sort of mold. Jon Posner’s squad might struggle to win face-offs after losing Beau Ecksten (Delaware) and a plethora of important midfielders so you have to imagine that he won’t only be asked to contribute a good amount but also fits in impeccably. At High Point, Torpey loves players who can create their own shots from anywhere on the field (and Canadians in general, i.e. Dan Lomas), so Reid will be welcomed with open arms.
Phillip Puccio, LSM/D, Garden City (N.Y.) 2017 to Bucknell
When Garden City prospects aren’t heading to the Ivy League as they often do, they’ll usually attend schools within a short drive down south. The CAA, Big East and several Division III conferences have long been beneficiaries of Steve Finnell’s Trojans hoping to further their education and athletic future, though surprisingly the Patriot League hasn’t been a super popular destination (except for a Lafayette Leopard here and there) for GC lacrosse careers.
Sophomore defenseman Philip Puccio, however, decided on October 22nd to join Frank Fedorjaka’s Bucknell Bison, selecting the Lewisburg, Pa. destination over Fairfield, Michigan, Cornell and Air Force.
A veteran for FLG over the years, Puccio recently made the decision to join Team 91, a team that has seemingly thrown their name into the nation’s top teams overnight. There, he’ll be coached by Jim Mule and will join fellow Division I-bound defensemen Joe LiCalzi (South Side HS / Georgetown) and Leif Johnson (Garden City HS / Penn).
Puccio is a player who is outstanding off the ground and has some of the best stickwork of any pole in the 2017 class. Due to his ability to handle his longpole like it’s a toothpick, he’s dangerous clearing upfield in unsettled situations and is often a threat for a goal. Puccio has the advantage of being a lefty, which allows him the opportunity to lock down right-handed defensemen. With a few more years of strong coaching both in the spring and summer, the tw0-sport athlete (he also plays football) has the potential to be a force in Nassau County.
At Bucknell, he’ll join a system where poles are encouraged to put the ball on the ground and push transition.
Bubba Fairman, A, Calverton (Md.) to Navy
Not even including his commitment, it’s been quite the six months for skilled junior attackman Bubba Fairman.
First, it was a state championship with the Brighton Bengals in Salt Lake City, Utah. Next, it was a monstrous summer with the West Coast Starz, Brady’s Bunch and Utah Blackhawks. Not too long after, Fairman made the trip out east to Calverton School, who recently finished building dormitories for the first time.
Now, he has finally settled on attending the United States Naval Academy, located in the state capital of Annapolis – just an hour away from Calverton’s sprawling campus in Huntingtown.
A high percentage shooter who put just under half of his shots in the net this past spring, Fairman is crafty and possesses remarkably quick and soft hands inside. He showed off those particular attributes at Adrenaline’s Black Card Showcase and Platinum Cup on the campus of Rutgers University in New Jersey. The Midshipmen staff was in attendance and walked away impressed with what Fairman brought to the table for the West Coast Starz.
Seeing how impressive he already is, it’ll be intriguing to see where Fairman is able to take his game over the next few years with increased coaching in Maryland. The Cougars will ramp up their schedule and have the guns to do so with Fairman and Brown verbal Ty Yanko, a junior scorer out of British Columbia.