Put on by the staff at High Point University, the Baltimore Summer Kickoff has become a favorite for college recruiters (a total of 109 attended this weekend) and a wealth of established club programs from as far as Illinois, Canada and Florida. Nestled on the beautiful campus of the St. Paul’s Schools north of Baltimore, the event took place on Saturday and Sunday, with a pair of All-Star Games taking place on Saturday evening.
Will Kiley, a former longpole at McLean (Va.) and current student at James Madison University, attended the event on Sunday and has a list of 20 standouts.
Sam Bouhdary, D, NXT 2016 / Conestoga (Pa.)
I saw him play against Landon and I can’t say enough about this kid’s game. He was hands down the most intense player on the field at all times, and matched that intensity with a great combination of hard checks and great use of his body. My one issue with this kid is that for some reason he is not committed anywhere, and has outstanding grades to match a strong skill set.
Ryan Boyle, M, Haymakers 2016 / Dublin Coffman (Oh.)
Saw his game against Low and Away and was immediately impressed by his first goal of the game. He made a great move where he threw a great box fake, turned that into a toe drag and ripped a lefty high-to-high right over the goalie’s shoulder. Throughout the rest of the game he continued to display a great set of stick skills that frequently froze the defense.
Jackson Cummings, A, Breakers 2018 / McDonogh (Md.)
Recruiting Rundown has talked about the lefty attackman before, but his play on Sunday really showed an improved game from fall to summer. Finished a great look while sitting on the crease and then had a nice lefty rip from the left side. Already has a very complete game for such a young player.
Chris Fake, D, Tri-State 2017 / Hun School (N.J.)
Fresh off a great season with a Raiders program that went 19-1 this spring, Fake displayed a strong skillset throughout the day. Although not the biggest physically, he made up for that with well timed checks that usually lead to a take away. Once he got the ball on the ground, he had no problem picking it up and initiating transition.
Andrew Fowler ’17, LSM/D, Landon (Md.)
The first time I saw Fowler play was last summer at Under Armour weekend and every time I’ve seen him since he’s only gotten better. He combines a great stick, footwork, speed, vision, groundball skills and strong cover skill to create a skillset not usually seen in such a young player. In addition to all this he is the toughest player on the field and can run all day.
Tyler Gallagher, D, Tri-State 2017/Montgomery (N.J.)
Gallagher showed a great skill set on Sunday, which displayed why he has been a two-year starter for Montgomery. He runs the field very well and handles well on offense. He showed a high lacrosse IQ coupled with a great stick and can easily clear the ball from the defensive end.
Alex Hunt, G, Breakers 2017 / Severna Park (Md.)
Hunt had a great day in net for Breakers. He made the saves that he needed to make and then made a few that had college coaches asking how he made them. Hunt also had great outlets after saves and made the right looks at the right time.
Peter Ilardo, A, FCA 2018 / Calvert Hall (Md.)
Ilardo worked very well with a very strong offensive unit for FCA. Has great size that he uses to his advantage to body out his defenseman. For two goals he took a great lefty high-to-high rip and also displayed his soft hands on a textbook inside roll.
Jacob Kelly, A, FCA 2018 / Calvert Hall (Md.)
Watching Kelly play, you can see why he is the youngest player on the Under Armour Baltimore roster. Unlike a lot of players who stand out enough to be early recruits, Kelly plays to help his teammates. In addition to his great assist skills, the Carolina commit had a nice step down shot from about 10 yards out and a great sweep across the middle of the field for another goal. You can really tell that his skills developed quite a bit after playing for the Cardinals this spring.
Paul Kern ’17, G, Landon (Md.)
Kern is one of several goalies vying for the starting job at Landon that comes with the graduation of Hunter Sells (Hopkins). Kern was solid in net all game against NXT ’16, making great saves and commanding the Bear defense. Both he and fellow 2017 Will Smith appear to be in great shape to take over the Landon defense.
Logan Maloni, A, Low & Away 2016 / Peters Township (Pa.)
Against the Haymakers, Maloni showed that he had the most complete skill set on his team. He showed a great set of stick skills displayed by his stick fakes and shooting ability while also showcasing his agility. Maloni is a great shooter with a hard, accurate shot.
Nick Nelson, M, Breakers 2017 / Mercersburg (Pa.)
Nelson was one of the most impressive and athletic players on the field on Sunday. He is a great two-way player, clearing the ball for the Breakers several times. Despite the 100-degree heat, it looked as though Nelson could’ve played the entire game without slowing down one bit.
Will Powell ’17, M, Landon (Md.)
Powell was one of the most athletic and complete midfielders all day. He played tough defense and was able to help Landon run their offense through the midfield. He made plays all over he field and picked up groundballs with ease. At one point, it seemed as though he ran through a triple team on a clear and came out unscathed.
Owen Prybylski, D, Tri-State 2017 / Westfield (N.J.)
Prybylski was impressive from the second he stepped on the field with his size. A big kid, he also showed great agility and quickness. He plays great body defense throws big time take away checks. Once he gets the ball in his stick he runs the field very well. To show his versatility, Prybylski took and won the overtime braveheart face-off and ran down the field, finally netting the game winner.
Jack Reilly, D, NXT 2016 / Conestoga (Pa.)
There is a reason Reilly was scooped up by Virginia early on in his career. In addition to showing great size, he appeared to be strong as an ox and a great athlete. Along with his athletic ability, his stick skills are even better. He throws well timed checks that usually put the ball on the ground. He and Bouhdary play great together for NXT and I can only imagine the havoc they create for ‘Stoga.
Mark Schacte, A, Tar Heel 2016 / Cardinal Gibbons (N.C.)
After watching the lefty play today, I can only imagine the damage that he will do heading up to New Jersey next fall to play for Brian Brecht at Rutgers. He showed a great first step above GLE and was very active off-ball. In a display that is what coaches love to see, Schachte was all over the offensive half during clears, really forcing quick passes from the opposing defense.
JQ Stramanak, D, Annapolis Hawks 2018 / Annapolis (Md.)
I saw Stramanak and the Hawks take on FCA ’18 in the first game of the day and immediately saw the talent this young defenseman possessed. He has good size for his age and has really great footwork to go along with his frame. He throws hard checks and plays with good positioning. Against FCA he guarded both Kelly and Ilardo and held his own against both.
Ryan Swain, M, Breakers 2018 / Calvert Hall (Md.)
I could not help but be impressed by Swain’s skills – he’s a nonstop player and controls the game all-over the field. Really showed a lot of versatility with his two goals. The first was a goalie outlet and ran the full length of the field and then scored, followed by a great dodge turned inside roll.
Brendan Tscherne, F/O, FCA 2017 / St. Paul’s (Md.)
Cannot say enough about Tscherne’s game. He dominated the face-off circle all day. A recent Air Force commit, he is a great pickup for the Falcons. He displayed great technique and has very quick hands off the draw.
Steven Warren, G, Haymakers 2017 / Pickerington Central (Oh.)
I saw Warren and his squad take on Greene Turtle near the end of the day and was immediately impressed by the keeper’s skills. In addition to being a great stopper, he was very active in the clearing game. He was a vocal presence on field 3, drawing a wide variety of coaches who could hear him from fields away.