The annual Legacy Super 8 Invitational took place on Sunday, November 2nd in Lancaster, Massachusetts – the event is considered one of the top showcases in New England, featuring some of the best club teams in the country. Unfortunately, the weather was the worst of the year in the area with the temperatures in the upper 30’s while having winds of up to 50 MPH, though it was still a terrific event with loads of college coaches despite the tough conditions.
Here are the ten players that stood out on the day during my limited time of seeing Legacy’s prospects, jumping from field to field:
By Brian Foley (@BFoley82)
Xander Dickson ’18, A, Eclipse / Taft (Conn.)
Dickson is an attackman who showed excellent speed working out of the midfield and attack spots on the day. He made one play where he faked a pass blowing by a Team 91 defenseman, taking the ball right to the cage scoring a goal. Has elite speed and will continue to develop his game.
Alex Bamford ’18, A, Team 91 / Brunswick (Conn.)
Coming out of Fox Lane in New York, he scored one of the best goals on the day while being advanced beyond his years. Bamford scored only one goal when I was watching his Team 91 squad against the Eclipse team but it was an absolute beauty – he used a fake to get by his defender and rip a shot into the upper 90 that set the field ablaze with its speed. It reminded me of some of the elite college lacrosse players in the entire nation with its power and precise location on the cage. Bamford’s body type reminds me of former Navy great Ian Dingman.
Liam Burke ’18, M, NH Tomahawks / St. Augustine School (N.H.)
Liam Burke is a midfielder from New Hampshire who showed excellent skill taking shots on the run, with his most impressive goal coming when he drove to the left shooting back across the goal. He was solid running the midfield for the Tomahawks and had good speed to compete at the upper levels of college lacrosse.
Donavan Welsh ’18, A, SweetLax / Fayetteville-Manlius (N.Y.)
A product of Syracuse-area program Fayetteville-Manlius, Welsh found his way to the net on many occasions on Saturday afternoon. He has the insight to find himself to the open net and has good size. His biggest issue was consistency and needs to show better effort throughout each possession but is a very nice prospect.
Ryan O’Connell ’17, M, Eclipse / New Canaan (Conn.)
The future Michigan Wolverine midfielder was impressive on the day, showing excellence in the clearing game which led to him setting up several goals and scoring twice on his own. One of the goals came from about ten yards out when he took a right handed shot that beat the goalie high. This came after picking up a groundball on the defensive side and getting by three defenders in the clearing game, as he could not be stopped.
Liam Belhumeur ’17, A, Eclipse / Fox Lane (N.Y.)
Belhumeur scored four goals in the game I watched for him against Team 91’s 2017 squad, showing a nose for the ball scoring a couple of garbage goals finding a groundball and beating the goalie. His expertise was the bounce shot as two of them came from right down the middle and the goalie had no answer. He was the Eclipse player that was most dangerous in the game that I attended.
Colin Hendrickson ’18, A, NH Tomahawks / Bedford (N.H.)
Colin Hendrickson is a freshman attackman from Bedford (NH) High School who scored two goals in a game against a Laxachusetts squad including a beautiful inside roll dodge to get to the front of the cage leaving his defender in his wake. He was a decent sized player with good hands.
Jake Weinman ’16, A, Team 91 / Bayport Blue Point (N.Y.)
Jake Weiman is an excellent attackman out of Bayport-Blue Point HS in New York’s Class C. He scored three goals in the game I watched of his against Laxachusetts – his best goal came after he made a couple of fakes as he was one on one with the goalie beating him easily. He also scored a beautiful rip from about 12 yards out into the corner of the net.
Tim Moriarty ’18, G, Laxachusetts / Hingham (Mass.)
Moriarity was the best goalie that I saw on the day, making several outstanding saves for the Laxachusetts squad against Eclipse. He made three stops in rapid succession before a rebound finally beat him. Moriarty’s quick skills and ball tracking was top of the line and should make him one of the better goalies to follow in the 2018 graduating class.
Alex Mabbett ’18, M, SweetLax / Victor (N.Y.)
Mabbett, who committed to Hopkins earlier this fall, had a solid game from the midfield by scoring two goals in the half of action that I saw. He had excellent skills which should translate over his high school career while getting faster and stronger to get up to the level that is needed to play in the collegiate game.
OTHER PLAYERS TO WATCH
In my opinion, here are a few other players who stood out but were just barely behind the group listed above:
Leif Johnson ’17, D, Team 91 / Garden City (N.Y.) – Johnson is an extremely physical defenseman who showed a mean streak while being tenacious with his stick. He could develop into a very good defensive prospect and is committed to UPenn.
Charlie Ricotoni ’17, G, Team 91 / Half Hollow Hills West (N.Y.) – He was solid in the cage barking out orders to his defense. Made several solid stops but sometimes got very little help from his defensemen who let offensive players into quality scoring areas.
Todd Redman ’18, A, NH Tomahawks 2018 / Nashua North (N.H.) – Redman had excellent toughness even though he was one of the smaller players on the field. He went into the dirty areas to get groundballs on the offensive attack zone while finding seams to get his shot off. He could be a player to watch in the coming years to see if he develops into a stronger and bigger offensive player.
Benjamin Girolamo ’18, A, LI Express/Pelham Memorial (N.Y.) – Girolamo’s LI Express squad struggled at getting the ball to the offensive box but Girolamo scored a gorgeous goal between the goalie’s legs for the only goal I saw scored by the Express squad.
Mike Novitsky ’18, D, SweetLax / Victor (N.Y.) – Novitsky is listed as a defenseman but played short-stick defensive midfield on the day. He has elite size but his can work on his stick skills – if he develops better a better stick, he could become an elite college prospect.
Matthew Parker ’16, LSM, Laxachusetts / Moses Brown (R.I.) – Parker made an excellent trail check on a Team 91 midfielder causing a turnover. He showed excellent closing speed on the play and was all over the field.
Connor Galante ’18, A, Eclipse / New Canaan Country School (Conn.) – Galante is a talented but very lanky attackman who needs to grow into his body which he should be able to do in the next couple of years to become a great college recruit.
Ben Clark ’17, G, Thunder / Cambridge (Ga.)
Clark had a strong game between the pipes barking out defensive calls to his defenders while making a couple of high quality stops high. Clark has an excellent poise in the cage while having good size back there. For being from a non-traditional market, he stood out for the Thunder 2017 squad.