Wrap-up of Day 1 of the Under Armour Underclass Games

CJABcSLUcAAeOOUThe Under Armour Underclass tournament kicked off on Friday afternoon, pitting 10 regions against each other and showcasing the very best talent that the United States has to offer. DC, Upstate, LI and West all started 2-0, while South and Philadelphia both stand 1-1. Baltimore, New England, New Jersey and Midwest all sit at 0-2 after the first day.

Take a look below for results as look as well as a look at eight players that impressed on Day 1:

Friday results
Long Island 13, Midwest 5
Upstate NY 11, Baltimore 9
Philadelphia 10, New Jersey 6
Washington DC 13, New England 2
South 11, Baltimore 10 (OT)
West 14, Midwest 7
Upstate NY 14, New England 9
Long Island 10, Philadelphia 8
West 8, New Jersey 7
Washington DC 16, South 7

Nakeie Montgomery ’17, M, South / Episcopal Dallas (Tex.)
A superior athlete, Montgomery made it look easy getting to the cage with his hands free. The Duke commit has an extra gear that comes in handy while acting as a one-man clear or dodging the alleys. On several instances, he’d use a hesitation dodge to lose his man and put accurate shots on cage with a ton of velocity. Through two games, he’s the South’s leading scorer.

Lucas Cotler ’16, M, Long Island / Syosset (N.Y.)
Cotler developed significantly over the course of the spring and looks to be on another level this summer as well. Headed to Yale next fall, he’s dangerous in the open field and dodged hard to the rack, depositing step-down shots and showing strong overall decision-making without ever forcing anything. He can work on his shot on the run but is a phenomenal, well-rounded talent –  another great building block for the Bulldogs’ coaching staff that has done a great job developing players.

Bubba Fairman ’16, A, West / Calverton (Md.)
Since last summer, I’ve become a huge fan of Fairman’s game, so it was enjoyable to watch the Utah native command the West offense and do so with flair. On one play against the Midwest, the Navy verbal beat his man topside and with a sliver of the net open, put in a filthy wraparound goal to finish with five goals. He’s a high percentage shooter who dodges with confidence, plays his tail off and has deceptive speed, using a plethora of moves to beat elite defensemen.

Terry Lindsay ’16, M, D.C. / Georgetown Prep (Md.)
Bound for Duke, Lindsay possesses a skill set that is taylor made for an event like UA underclass, as well as the ACC. He looked to be outstanding in transition, picking up contested groundballs and canning shots on the run with either hand. Coming off of a grueling week at the U-19 tryouts, it would have been understandable for athletes like Lindsay not play their A-game, however he showed no sign of slowing down and was a force for the DC team as they started the weekend 2-0.

Bryan Costabile ’16, M, Baltimore / Mt. St. Joe (Md.)
Costabile, a pledge to the Fighting Irish, is a kid whose game has clearly grown. Along with left-handed attackman Cole Williams (Loyola Blakefield / JHU), he’s been the Baltimore squad’s go-to initiator and has created offense whenever called upon. In a loss against Upstate, he had a beautiful assist to start the second half then added an EMO tally, often sweeping across the top before shooting with his feet moving.

Jarrett Jones ’16, D, West / Palos Verdes (Calif.)
Since he came onto the recruiting scene a few years ago, Jones has solidified himself as one of the very best defensemen in the class. He’s an intimidating presence, throwing hard checks and playing outstanding defense around GLE. Also showed a different side with prowess in transition, putting in a goal or two on the day. If I had to guess, I’d say that he will be a 4-year starter for Kevin Warne at Georgetown.

Lucas Quinn ’17, M, Upstate / Niskayuna (N.Y.)
The Syracuse commit is among the top offensive players in the 2017 class and on Friday, he showed why. After thriving for the state champion Silver Warriors this spring, Quinn has upped his game considerably, adding burst, polishing his shot and starting to make marquee plays on the defensive end. In the game that I watched, he buried two goals in the half, showing range and power from the outside. Looking forward to watching Quinn’s game climb going forward.

Andrew Robshaw ’16, A, New Jersey / Mendham (N.J.)
Deciding on Penn this past winter, the lefty has started to really hit his stride after a series of phenomenal outings on Friday. He uses his body well, essentially barreling over a defender before scoring from five yards against Philly, eventually ending with four or five goals. I liked his ability to break down his man and show comfort dodging from a variety of different spots on the field. He’s an unselfish player who also made a number of plays in the riding game and in transition.

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