Going down about 30 minutes from the busy Las Vegas strip, Adrenaline once again hosted a massive lacrosse festival at Henderson (Nev.) Heritage Park for teams from all over the Western part of North America. Though held outside the normal Division I recruiting period, there were several Division II, Division III and MCLA coaches present to check out the talent that the tournament had to offer.
On my end, it was a great opportunity to see players that I don’t get to see live during the spring season, so many players helped their case when it comes to Top 100 rankings going forward. Have a look below at the players who stood out in Vegas.
Kaveh Torabian ’16, D, Goon / Oaks Christian (Calif.)
Torabian jumped off the page immediately with a thick frame and a physical style of play, throwing punishing slap checks and disrupting with his hard slides. He clamped down on his man around the crease, showed superb communication qualities and cleared upfield with determination. From what I gather, he’s still uncommitted but is reportedly eyeing NESCAC programs.
Andrew Tippett ’19, G, Seattle Starz / Monroe (Wash.)
I highlighted Tippett in the last event of the summer and continue to dig the skill set of this touted freshman netminder from the Evergreen State. The lefty came up big in a semifinal matchup, reading the ball well from all distances and planes and calmly collecting big save after big save. From there, he tossed phenomenal outlets to middies breaking upfield. Have to imagine he’ll see his fair share of high Division I looks.
Chris Belcher ’17, LSM, Utah Prime / Alta (Ut.)
How is this kid still on the market? Belcher looks the part with his athleticism, footwork and groundball play both on the wings and all over the field. The Utah native was routinely making phenomenal plays to provide his team with extra possessions and boost them to a championship win in Vegas. He was confident with the ball in his stick, executed precise checks and always had his head on a swivel off-ball.
Cal Costa ’16, A, RC / Bishop’s School (Calif.)
It was enjoyable watching Costa play after seeing the Ohio State signee in limited time since his commitment a few years ago. He possesses burst and carries himself with a noticeable swagger and confidence, challenging his man and making standout plays. Costa racked up goals off catch-and-shoot opportunities, handled contact well and rode to the midline relentlessly. In addition, he could also create offense from up top and has an excellent time and room shot.
Duke Cohen ’18, M, Goon / Westlake (Calif.)
Billy Segal ’18, M, Goon / Newbury Park (Calif.)
I watched this squad for a game and a half and came away equally impressed with this trio. Cohen struck me as a nifty and confident dodger who scored pivotal goals for his team, while fellow middie Segal had a handful of great tallies on EMO. In addition, he showed explosiveness coming out of the box to make plays and exploited shortsticks and longsticks alike to get his hands free.
Tucker Dordevic ’17, A, Black Rhinos / Edison (Ore.)
The Delaware-bound playmaker has been written up several times here on Recruiting Rundown, however it’s hard to ignore his play in Sin City over the weekend. Among the most talented 2017’s the West has to offer, Dordevic had the Rhino offense churning when he had the rock in his hands. He used great deception, including one goal where he turned the corner and seemingly without even looking, whipped a shot near pipe to draw a raucous reaction from the sidelines. Very well-rounded player whose game will continue to grow.
Blake Gagen ’18, D, RC / Torrey Pines (Calif.)
Another absolute steal for Delaware (choosing the Hens over a few Top 15 programs), Gagen rose his stock with me in a major way this past weekend. He’s an animal when covering his man, staying on their hands and disrupting any hope at offense whether it’s up top or down low. What I loved was his stick work, as he’s able to elude defenders while handling his stick like it was a toothpick, using either hand to clear the ball upfield and give it to the O.
Bubba Fairman ’16, A, Utah Prime / Brighton (Ut.)
With Fairman, where do you begin? Once committed to Navy, this is a kid who went from being a slightly above average recruit two years ago to a top 10 player nationally and bound for Maryland, which speaks volumes about how hard the kid has worked. Quick off the dodge and demonstrating strong vision, he commands heavy attention with the ball in his stick but also off-ball making plays in that fashion. He showed off a Pannell-like question mark dodge that was hard to stop as well as some nasty pinpoint feeds and takeaways in the ride. Will PG at Deerfield Academy in Massachusetts before College Park.
Josh Stout ’16, A, Utah Prime / Lone Peak (Ut.)
Often the beneficiary of Fairman’s feeds, Stout was among the most impressive players at the event. He was always getting himself to the right spots to execute the right play and could score in a variety of ways from a variety of different points on the field. He’ll stay in-state with Westminster, a program that has to be extremely amped up about his recent commitment, especially given the fact that they’re undergoing a move from MCLA to Division II.
OTHERS WHO IMPRESSED
Jack Schlendorf ’18, G, Black Rhinos / Oregon Episcopal (Ore.) – MICHIGAN
Casey Bonner ’17, M, Factory / Mira Costa (Calif.)
Brett Reilly ’17, A, Goon / Westlake (Calif.) – JACKSONVILLE
Ryder Mora ’17, M, Goon / Loyola Los Angeles (Calif.) – MARYLAND
Nate McPeak ’17, G, LaxDawgs / Eastlake (Calif.)
Mikhael Eyerman ’17, D, LaxDawgs / Coronado (Calif.) – DELAWARE
Beau Botkiss ’16, D, RC / Torrey Pines (Calif.) – HARVARD
Christopher Tanaka ’19, LSM, RC / St. Augustine’s (Calif.)
Nate Maltry ’19, A, RC / Salpointe Catholic (Ariz.)
Alex Pistorius ’19, A, RC / Torrey Pines (Calif.)
Luke Mikolajewski ’19, M, RC / Torrey Pines (Calif.)
Isaiah Dawson ’18, M, RC / Bishop’s (Calif.) – IVY LEAGUE
Stuart McDonald ’18, M, Seattle Starz / Bothell (Wash.)
Ben Luke ’19, A, Seattle Starz / Mount Si (Wash.)
Calvin Henninger ’19, M, Seattle Starz / Roosevelt (Wash.)
Keenan Brownlow ’17, LSM, Seattle Starz / Inglemoor (Wash.) – ST. JOHN’S
Steve Huetter ’16, LSM, Utah Blackhawks / Alta (Ut.)
Tristan Courtney ’17, M, Utah Prime / Juan Diego Catholic (Ut.) – TUFTS
Dylan Pearmain ’17, M, Utah Prime / Brighton (Ut.)
Max Franckowiak ’17, M, Utah Prime / Corner Canyon (Ut.)
David Mitchell ’18, A, Utah Prime / Judge Memorial (Ut.)