This past weekend, the University of Maryland coaching staff held their annual Terrapin Classic, drawing dozens of club teams to the campus of Chesapeake High School in Maryland. Representatives from high level programs in Division I, II and III made the trek to check out an impressive list of players and squads on both days.
Recruiting Rundown contributor Max Mollihan was on site during Sunday’s action and has his 10 players who impressed below. In addition, read up on standouts from Saturday’s 2019 Big 4 Champions League & Sunday’s event for 2017’s and 2018’s.
Harrison Berke ’19, LSM/D, Leading Edge / Johnson (Tex.)
Berke was one of the most impressive players of the weekend, both at Champions League and at the Terp Classic. With teammate and recent UNC commit Matt Angelo not being able to play this weekend, Berke took over most of the face-off duties and did exactly what you would want a pole to do: making each face-off a 50-50 groundball. On D, he did a great job matching feet while always being active with his stick, throwing well-timed checks that frequently forced erred passes. In the open field, Berke was always exciting when he led breaks and when no one was open, the Texas native was able to show off his athleticism while running it up the field to become a regular scoring threat. In one instance, he faked out the point man and stung the top right corner from way downtown, which had to excite his future coach Dave Pietramala watching from the sidelines.
Max Kesicki ’19, M, Express North / Harvey School (N.Y.)
Kesicki has a tremendous outside shot, whether it’s on the run or spotting up. It’s clear that he’s put in the time perfecting the art, hiding the ball from goalie behind his body until he was ready to unleash a laser to the corners. When in transition, Kesicki pushes the tempo consistently leading fast breaks and either hitting the point man or faking it and taking a shot himself. Either way, it seemed that he always made the decision. If he was apart of the fast break, it usually ended as a goal for an impressive LI Express North squad.
Christian Cechini ’19, A, Leading Edge / Apex (N.C.)
Cechini is an attackman who loves to have the ball in his stick. In addition, the North Carolina native is extremely comfortable when the pressure’s on. He was the go-to guy on offense, always dodging with his head up looking for his teammates on the far side. Cechini always looked to feed the crease to cutters, almost to a fault. At times, I was on the edge of my seat wanting him to shoot. Although he’s primarily a passer, he showed off a quick lefty release that consistently beat goalies and lit up the scoreboard, including a blazing shot against SweetLax.
Alex Slusher ’19, A, 3d Colorado / Oregon Episcopal (Ore.)
A highly touted player based on the summer that he had, Slusher was 3d Colorado’s go-to guy from the attack spot. He loved to attack from behind the goal, overpowering his defender to GLE where he got underneath his man with a quick inside roll. Once Slusher gets to where he likes, he has a knack for putting the ball in the back of the net on a regular basis.
Logan McNaney ’19, G, SweetLax / Corning (N.Y.)
If you scored on McNaney this weekend, I would save the ball because it did not happen often. Although the recent Terp commit is small in stature, he is excellent up high, unlike the lion’s share of undersized keepers. If shooters tried to beat him without changing their shooting planes or a throwing a fake, they weren’t going to score on McNaney. On many instances, he would take opponents’ shots and turn them in to SweetLax transition play. It’s easy to see why John Tillman made the upstate native one of the first goalies in the 2019 class to be committed.
Noah Gels, A, Express North / Ridgefield (Conn.)
Gels is a high energy attackman who usually attacks from X or the left wing. His go-to split dodge is nasty, leaving defenders stuck in the mud all weekend. On the ride, he’s tenacious, never conceding a play – no clear was easy while Gels was on the field. On top of that, Gels’ All-Flow Team nomination looks pretty strong.
Ben Finlay ’19, D, SweetLax / Gonzaga (D.C.)
The Hopkins commit played with confidence all weekend, taking on the other team’s top attackman and usually winning the matchup. Finlay was clean with his checks, which were always on the opposing players hands and then throwing powerful checks that usually put the ball on the ground. Once he put it there, Finlay was a vacuum when scooping up groundballs on the first try and immediately turning it into transition.
Mac Bredahl, A, Leading Edge / Chatham (N.J.)
To put it simply, this undersized Leading Edge attackman plays with a chip on his shoulder and a great motor when he is on the field. He’d frequently set up with dummy dodges that would negate the size differential he faced with almost every defender that covered him. Once Bredahl saw his defender off balance, he attacked to get to GLE and put the ball in the back of the net with little to no angle. He worked extremely well with the aforementioned Cechini, dishing the ball back and forth at X until one of the two saw a weakness in the opponent. On EMO, Bredahl was the triggerman for Leading Edge, sitting at X and pushing the weak side for a 2-on-1 often not being picked up and either finding his teammate for a time and room shot or finishing it himself.
Matthew Heuston ’19, M, NXT / Hempfield (Pa.)
Heuston is a big and athletic do-it-all midfielder, executing a little bit of everything for NXT. Heuston uses his body extremely well by lowering his shoulder in to his defender to create space. What also stood out to me was his ability to create offense in transition. Reminded me of a Notre Dame defensive middie how he always looked to turn his defensive middie run into a goal.
Tyler Previte ’19, D, Express North / Wilton (Conn.)
Previte is exactly type of defensemen every team wants: a good-sized kid who is always talking, calling out who was hot and who was a two. Although not the fastest guy on the field, he moves extremely well for a player of his size. He never conceded on a play all weekend, as I saw him chase down several balls that everyone thought were going out of bounds but stayed in on the tall grass to earn his team extra possessions. Previte was also a crease protector – like most of the Express defenders, he made offensive players earn every shot they took by frequently putting players to the ground as they shot.