Set on the beautiful sprawling campus of Plymouth Whitemarsh (Pa.), the first ever Adrenaline Fall Invitational was jam-packed with the country’s top players and clubs, drawing several dozen college coaches from all levels to fill the sidelines.
A wildly successful and highly thought of event and apparel company, this was a stellar event with nonstop competition at a great venue. Knowing how well it went, this is a tournament that will take a giant step forward in 2015 once word of mouth spreads.
Dan Rooney ’16, A, SweetLax / Smithtown East (N.Y.) – Part of an absolutely loaded SweetLax Committed squad, Rooney is a nasty finisher with quick feet and outstanding hands. The OSU verbal is crafty and has a phenomenal stick, making it very difficult for defensemen to jar the ball loose while he was heading to the net. Teamed up well with fellow LI product Matt Gavin (Manhasset, N.Y.), a Duke verbal who is also a stud inside scorer.
Matthew Magnan ’18, M, Prime Time / Fox Lane (N.Y.) – This future Syracuse Orange baller is pretty incredible to watch – nobody could slow him down. Magnan’s stickwork is at an extremely high level and he always knows what to do with the ball, showcasing an absolute hammer of an outside shot as well as sound decision-making. One of the top freshman midfielders in the entire class for sure.
Jack Ortolano ’18, A, LB3 / North Gwinnett (Ga.) – A fleet-footed and hard-shooting standout, Ortolano has a lacrosse IQ so strong that you might even mistake him for a seasoned hotbed player. While he he’s mostly a mid-range shooter and inside finisher, he also had some nice looks and was constantly looking for cutting teammates. A lot of potential on this attackman from greater Atlanta.
Isaiah Dawson ’18, M, West Coast Starz / Bishop’s (Calif.) – After hearing all sorts of praise about this freshman for months, Dawson did not disappoint despite being held back by a hip flexor. He’s a 6’2, 170-pound freak of an athlete who has a nasty split dodge to create separation from opponents, generally doing a terrific job setting up his dodges. Currently one of the more highly recruited players in the entire class, Dawson has upside similar to what Bishop’s School alum Jake Seau (Duke) had a few years ago at this time.
Augie Fratt ’17, M, West Coast Starz / Bellevue (Wash.) – Love a throwback, do-it-all midfielder like Fratt. He dodges with vengeance, lighting it up for a hat trick in a 8-3 loss to the Turtles on Sunday afternoon. The uncommitted recruit has all of the right intangibles and has a great plus-minus rating that top Division I coaches will want on their rosters. Special weekend for the athletic Seattle native.
Mick Upchurch ’17, D, LB3 / McCallie (Tenn.) – The Jacksonville native imposed his will in a major way on Sunday. He has some excellent size and long arms like tree branches, using them to his advantage when covering his man 1-on-1. Although he can improve his off-ball defense, Upchurch is an uncommitted defensive recruit to watch going forward. Recently transferred from Episcopal Jacksonville over to southern power McCallie in Chattanooga.
Brian Calabrese ’18, A, Prime Time / Wilton (Conn.) – With a superb change of direction, Calabrese is a creative dodger at X and is always a threat to take it to the cage or throw a spot-on feed. Showed a nice question mark goal or two and was always creating separation from his man. Teammate Matthew Baugher ’18 (Greenwich, Conn.) was also terrific, making eye-popping plays on a regular basis.
Ian Laviano ’17, A, Tenacious Turtles / Cold Spring Harbor (N.Y.) – Appearing significantly more comfortable after last weekend with the Turtles (he spent a year with Team 91), Laviano was fantastic as part of a special attack line. Dangerous from the wings, the Virginia-bound No. 8 sophomore has a filthy release on his shot and is great at beating his man or assisting his teammates. Also caused a lot of turnovers in the riding game as well.
Mac Molloy ’17, G, West Coast Starz / La Costa Canyon (Calif.) – I’m going to go ahead and call Molloy the best remaining keeper in the 2017 class (which is a mystery to me, for the record). Filling up a lot of the cage, he has sick hand speed for a big guy and throws perfect outlets to breaking middies. Really talented stopper who helped the Mavericks to a championship crown last spring.
Bobby Burns ’17, M, LI Outlaws / Smithtown East (N.Y.) – Bound for Penn State, the sophomore was steady and reliable while dodging from many different areas from the field and playing with confidence. His on-field smarts are still getting there, however he’s already established himself as a nice player on the Bulls’ varsity and will be a very good player when it’s all said and done.
Evan Egan ’18, D, West Coast Starz / Oak Park (Calif.) – Cali longpoles are always heading to play at a high level of Division I and I’d predict that Egan will be next in line. A physical monster, he runs the field incredibly well for his size and is a groundball vacuum, as is Bishop’s (Calif.) LSM Jonathan Ford. The Starz defense was lights out on Sunday, so these two and goalie Makail Fraboni (Brophy Prep, Ariz.) were all extremely impactful.
Harrison Bardwell ’16, M, Prime Time / Wilton (Conn.) – A member of the junior watchlist bound for Cornell, Bardwell is an elite shooter on the run, putting snap on his shots with quick wrists and seldom making mistakes. He’s awesome without the ball in his stick as well, setting himself up for greatness by constantly cutting for an open look. Excellent recruit for Matt Kerwick’s Big Red.
OTHERS WHO STOOD OUT
David Peterson ’17, D, ADVNC / Sacred Heart Prep (Calif.)
Will Burckley ’17, A, BBL Black / Ridge (N.J.)
Patrick Kennedy ’16, D, BBL Black / West Morris Central (N.J.)
Thomas Zusi ’16, A, BBL Black / Pingry (N.J.)
Joey Chestnutt ’17, M, LB3 / Hereford (Md.)
Cooper Isaacs ’18, LSM/D, LB3 / Agoura (Calif.)
Nicky Solomon ’18, A, LB3 / Centennial (Ga.) – NORTH CAROLINA
McCabe Watson ’18, M, LB3 / Ravenscroft (N.C.)
Daniel Cassidy ’17, D, LI Outlaws / Shoreham-Wading River (N.Y.)
Jack Traynor ’18, A, Mesa Fresh Fever / Malvern Prep (Pa.)
Jesse West ’18, A, NJ Riot / Sparta (N.J.)
Griffin Gelinas ’18, A, Prime Time / Brunswick (Conn.) – SYRACUSE
Jack Gorman ’18, M, Prime Time / John Jay (Conn.)
Bailey Savio ’17, F/O, Prime Time / Greenwich (Conn.) – LOYOLA
Wilson Stephenson ’18, D, Prime Time / Brunswick (Conn.)
Ben Cirella ’17, LSM, Tenacious Turtles / Manhasset (N.Y.) – MICHIGAN
Brendan Haggerty ’17, G, Tenacious Turtles / Manhasset (N.Y.)
Frankie Tangredi ’17, D, Tenacious Turtles / Chaminade (N.Y.) – IVY LEAGUE
Travis Ford ’16, M, SweetLax / Webster Thomas (N.Y.) – FAIRFIELD
Tucker Dordevic ’17, A/M, West Coast Starz / Thomas Edison (Ore.)
Beau Pedersen ’18, A, West Coast Starz / Park City (Ut.)
Lucas Pederson ’17, D, West Coast Starz / Bainbridge (Wash.)