The Inaugural East Coast Fall Showcase and Team Invitational kicked off its first day of events at The Landon School in Bethesda, Md. on Saturday with some great weather providing the backdrop for a showcase of about 120 of the area’s top uncommitted talent. The day’s events concluded with an all-star game, in which Team Dark defeated Team White 8-6.
For more information on the event, check out our preview from Friday – Here are a dozen players players who stood out in the first day’s events.
Taite Cattoni ’17, A, Rundel College Prep (Alb.) – A bit of a sleeper heading into the All-Star game, Cattoni exploded in the finale with two goals and two assists to earn All-Star game MVP honors. The younger brother of current Johns Hopkins midfielder Holden Cattoni, the Canadian attackman was superb at feeding and distributing the ball throughout the day, with some pinpoint accurate passes opening up good looks for his teammates. He also showed great quickness, vision, and typical Canadian craftiness.
“I don’t think I’m a prototypical Canadian finisher like my brother is,” said Cattoni after the all-star game. “I’m a little more athletic, but speed, craftiness, good stick, and good vision are for sure the strong suits in my game.”
Matthew Fisher ’16, A, St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes (Va.) – A special nod goes to Fisher for being one of the most intense players at the entire tournament, with the St. Stephen’s and St. Agnes product seemingly going all out in every game. Fisher had just a commanding presence on offense, with his physical dodging, great vision, and skip pass ability characterizing his game throughout the day. Fisher had a nice individual dodge from X and score in the all-star game.
Reeves Dunn ’17, A, Charlottesville (Va.) – Definitely a favorite of many of the coaches in attendance, Dunn displayed some serious left-handed craftiness and stick skills. MVP of Team 1, Dunn also showed quickness and speed dodging ability. He had a particularly impressive dodge from X to his left and near corner finish in the all-star game.
Garrett Stemmler ’16, A, MadLax California – “Just superb stick skills” was what I wrote in my notes about Stemmler, who had a great showing throughout the day’s events. The lefty was great at commanding the offense from behind the cage, but also showed the ability to score on his own if need be. Stemmler was simply a great passer, feeder, and dodger with a ton of flair in his game.
Luke Kurtz ’15, M, Landon (Md.) –Kurtz was all over the field and always seemed to have the ball in his stick, whether he was dodging from the top of the box or being a human clear for Team 6, for which he won Team MVP. Sheer athletic ability and endurance were the hallmarks of Kurtz’s play throughout the day’s games.
Eriksen Johansen ’16, M, Landon (Md.) – It was hard to miss Johansen, as his size and athleticism in midfield stood out. A linebacker on the Landon football team, Johansen was a downhill, power dodger in every game and a force in the all-star finale, with two unassisted goals off bull dodges from the top of the box.
James Tonkel ’16, M, Maret School (D.C.) – A tall and lanky midfielder, Tonkel was surely one of the fastest players in the entire tournament, and was Team White’s primary dodger and initiator in the all-star game. Tonkel also displayed some great stick skills and was a favorite of the coaches in attendance.
Jack Liebel ’16, D, Fauquier (Va.) – Liebel had pretty much everything a college coach looks for in a close defenseman, with a large size and frame, great tactical awareness, and solid stick skills. But Liebel also displayed some wheels, with enough speed in his game to self-clear for his team if the need arose. Liebel was named the team MVP of Team 3, a high honor considering nine players from that team were featured in the all-star game.
John Scalia ’17, D, The Heights (Md.) – An outstanding and athletic defender, Scalia was another defensemen to be named team MVP, taking that honor for Team 5. Scalia excelled in on-ball situations and one-on-one defending, and had some head-turning takeaways and clears in the all-star game.
Jack Gibbons ’16, LSM, Manhattan Beach (Calif.) – The MVP of Team 4, Gibbons was a force in every game he played, and was definitely a ‘do it all’ long-stick midfielder that college coaches are crazed to recruit. His athleticism, excellent stick skills, and clearing ability brought comparisons of LSM’s like Joel White and Jesse Bernhardt to mind.
Justin Shockey ’17, F/O – Shockey had an impressive day at the face-off X, coming away with the majority of draws in almost every game he played. The MVP of Team 2, Shockey also showed out in the all-star game and was instrumental in Team White’s late comeback attempt that ultimately fell short.
Shane Corcoran ’17, G, The Heights (Md.) – Corcoran was hailed by coaches and evaluators as the goalie with the most impressive day. Corcoran participated in the all-star game where his quick hands and verbal command of the defense were put on display. In the all-star game, he had some slick stops against some of the tournament’s best finishers.