Holding their Invitational for the second weekend in a row (the first session went down in Philly), Adrenaline Lacrosse held this edition down in Leesburg, Va., hosting dozens of top club programs at sprawling Morven Park.
As many coaches did, I took this mostly as an opportunity to eyeball West Coast Starz prospects for the first and only time in November, though they were accompanied by several other intriguing teams from all over the country. Here are my standouts from Saturday’s action as well as additional coverage from this month’s recruiting circuit.
MORE COVERAGE FROM NOVEMBER
NLF Fall Frosh Showcase (11/1) – 2019’s
Quaker Lax Fest (11/1) – 2017’s, 2018’s, 2019’s
Big 4 Champions League (11/8) – 2017’s, 2018’s
Big 4 Champions League (11/7) – 2019’s
Terrapin Fall Classic (11/8) – 2019’s
Tucker Dordevic ’17, A, West Coast Starz / Edison (Ore.)
Someone who has played both attack and midfield extensively, the Delaware commit was able to dodge with fluidity from just about anywhere, demonstrating a blistering shot on the run. In addition, he turned the corner extremely well and embraced contact, though Dordevic has the type of explosiveness that made it hard to catch up with him. The Oregon native has certainly taken a big step forward in a year’s time, showcasing an excellent outside shot and change of direction.
Joey Soran ’17, LSM/D, Team Colorado / Regis Jesuit (Colo.)
It’s hard not to notice how impactful Soran is. Bound for Penn State, he made a habit of turning his man at X with strong footwork and position play, often acting as a force in the clearing game as well. On one instance, he had a huge over-the-head check to cause a turnover around the crease, following that up with a filthy toedrag on his way to a goal in the second half. Between Soran and Hopkins commit Hunter Graefe, the Team Colorado defense was a lot of fun to watch.
Shayne Grant ’18, M, West Coast Starz / Torrey Pines (Calif.)
Receiving a bunch of attention as of late (taking visits to several schools over the next week or so), Grant was extremely impressive at the Adrenaline Invitational. The San Diego native dodged with aggression, leaning into his man and getting shots off quickly or using a diverse reportoire of dodges to create separation. It was easily apparent how much confidence he’s gained since the summer, as Grant plays a swagger and scored some outstanding goals.
Jonathan Donville ’17, M, Edge / St. Michael’s College (Ont.)
Committed to Cornell, this Canuck essentially got to the cage at will. More than just a scorer, he threaded the needle on some phenomenal assists and always had his head up when making his way down the alleys. Whether it was a pretty twister to finish in close, a cannon of a time and room shot or a straight dodge on the right hand side, he kept defenses guessing and also made everybody bite on some sick fakes.
Jake Engelke ’19, A, Leading Edge / Seton Hall Prep (N.J.)
A handful of different LE 2019 attackmen have been highlighted this month, however it was Engelke to put on a show and have a breakout weekend. What stood out the most was just how much mustard he puts on the ball, getting shots off in a hurry from a variety of spots on the field. He has a fundamentally sound overhand shot and isn’t just a spot shooter, often using a great inside roll to gain separation.
Graham Bundy ’19, M, West Coast Starz / MICDS (Mo.)
Bundy raised his stock in a major way down in VA this past weekend, garnering interest from several of the most established programs in college lacrosse. He’s incredibly athletic, either hammering shots on the run coming down the alleys or using superb stickwork to elude defenders in traffic to get closer to the rack. Bundy made some great plays between the lines and is simply a kid who does a ton of different things well and will only get better.
Nicky Bond ’18, M, Leading Edge / Westfield (N.J.)
Leading Edge’s lethal midfield unit has gotten plenty of coverage over the past year or so. On Saturday, Bond was the star of that first middie line. Having pledged to Navy last month, Bond made several impressive plays with both his left and right hand, showing assertiveness when creating from up top. He’s got some wiggle in his step and also never hesitated to put his shoulder into guys.
Griffin Gharrity ’17, A/M, Team Colorado / Cherry Creek (Colo.)
Though he’s listed as both attack and midfield, this is a player who likely fits best as a midfielder once he begins his career at Rutgers in a few years. He was all over the field demonstrating tremendous athleticism, scooping up a ton of key groundballs between the lines and then pushing transition. When he had the ball, he had some nice hitches and face dodges to beat his guy.
Tommy Bavuso ’19, D, Leading Edge / Rumson-Fair Haven (N.J.)
Bavuso was probably the most impressive uncommitted freshman defenseman that I evaluated this weekend. He had some mean holds to hinder his man from getting shots or feeds off, using a strong frame that already looks the part of a defenseman who will be a target of high Division I recruiters. Bavuso is physical and gritty, gobbling up some big boy GB’s before pushing transition.
Alex Pistorius ’19, A, West Coast Starz / Torrey Pines (Calif.)
Possessing a tall and lanky frame, Pistorius seems to be more of a lefty off-ball finisher but also looked comfortable with the ball in his stick when dodging. On a number of different shots, he pinged the top corners when given time and room. As a bonus, Pistorius gained extra possessions for WCS by riding his tail off all the way up to the midline.
OTHERS WHO IMPRESSED
Trevor Patschorke ’17, M, API / Severna Park (Md.)
Michael Zichelli ’17, M, API / Severna Park (Md.) – UMBC
Jake Boudreau ’17, M, Edge / David Suzuki Secondary (Ont.)
Jack Kelly ’17, M, Edge / Birchmont Park (Ont.) – PENN STATE
Luca Dannetta ’18, A, Edge / St. Michael’s (Ont.) – LEHIGH
Zach Massessa ’17, LSM, Leading Edge / Montgomery (N.J.) – PROVIDENCE
James Zusi ’18, F/O, Leading Edge / Pingry (N.J.)
Brian Mitrow ’18, M, Leading Edge / Hunterdon Central (N.J.) – HOBART
Evan Place ’17, A, Team Colorado / Mountain Vista (Colo.) – AIR FORCE
Connor Till ’17, M, Team Colorado / Cherry Creek (Colo.)
Alderik van der Hyde ’17, A, West Coast Starz / Torrey Pines (Calif.)
Lucas Pederson ’17, D, West Coast Starz / Bainbridge Island (Wash.) – FAIRFIELD
Matt Marino ’18, M, West Coast Starz / Bellevue (Wash.)
Beau Pedersen ’18, A, West Coast Starz / Park City (Ut.)
Andrew Tippett ’19, G, West Coast Starz / Monroe (Wash.)
Grayson Feick ’19, LSM, West Coast Starz / St. Mark’s (Tex.)