Starting last year, Corrigan Sports and Inside Lacrosse switched up the process of releasing the Under Armour All-American picks, announcing them in four waves of 11 players each. The first and second waves dropped earlier in the spring and now it’s time for Wave III, a group that I worked on extensively with the recruiting and high school gurus over at IL. Those 11 names were announced on Monday afternoon by @CSELax so it made sense to add a little something extra and analyze what those players bring to the table.
It’s important to note a couple of circumstances before getting started – as many people are aware, the U-19 world games take place this summer, so the players on the United States team are unable to participate in Under Armour weekend. They will be honored as All-Americans but because they have pre-tournament training camp, they can’t play in the actual game. However, we recently found out that the Canadians can indeed participate.
Additionally, the PG rule has been amended – players can play in the Under Armour Game after a postgraduate year, just not before. You’ll notice that there are a few players from Recruiting Rundown’s Top 100 who will PG starting in the fall, but they’ll be considered for the 2017 event. Without further ado, here’s a look at the 11 picks:
Ryan Finlay, D, Gonzaga (D.C.) – BROWN
Possessing remarkable footwork and position play, Finlay efficiently blanketed some of the prep lacrosse’s most established attackmen throughout the past two seasons. He’s a pest to the point where nobody wants to dodge him, set to likely compete for minutes early in his career at Brown despite the fact that they’ll return everybody on defense in 2017.
Jack Kielty, LSM/D, Delbarton (N.J.) – NOTRE DAME
Though more of a natural LSM, Kielty has adjusted his game to cover the opponent’s best scoring option regardless of position, showing off his athleticism while flying all over the field and overwhelming ball carriers. In the fall, he thrived as a center back on the soccer pitch who won NJ.com Player of the Year honors. It’ll be hard to keep Kielty off the field in South Bend.
Josh Kirson, G, Hill Academy (Ont.) – OHIO STATE
Kirson, a postgrad out of Rivers School (Mass.), was selected as the All-Tournament goalie at July’s UA Underclass Games and has really blossomed since then. He’s a big kid who takes up cage and intimidates shooters, pushing Brodie Merrill’s Pride to an undefeated season with strong leadership qualities. Should make the Buckeye goalie competition interesting in the fall.
Michael Kraus, A, New Canaan (Conn.) – VIRGINIA
The New Canaan native has been on an absolute tear during his PG year for the Rhinos, putting up 45 goals and 22 assists through 14 games after an 108-point season a year ago. He rides relentlessly, turns the corner extremely well and is an asset with his hard overhand shot. Feels like he’ll become a focal point of the Hoos’ offense over the next four years.
Danny Logan, M, Upper Arlington (Oh.) – DENVER
Also a standout in hockey and football, Logan has taken his outside shot to another level in terms of velocity and displayed it best at late July’s IL Invitational. He plays with an excellent motor, displaying well-roundedness between the lines and routinely scoring goals hugely important to his team. Expected to make a big impact for Bill Tierney’s Pioneers.
George Loring, M, Noble & Greenough (Mass.) – HARVARD
A physical dodger who loves to get into his man, Loring has tremendous range on his shot and is an absolute horse when dodging the alleys. Harvard has a plethora of outstanding midfielders headed to Cambridge headed its way in the next two seasons, but they’ll need Loring’s skill set early. Has 18 goals and six assists despite missing five games to injury.
Nick McEvoy, FO/M, Gonzaga (D.C.) – PENN STATE
McEvoy posted some absurd stats this spring: 37 goals, 21 assists, 201 groundballs and 79 percent at the face-off X. He’s a gritty throwback midfielder who fills a number of roles and is a force when the ball is on the ground to trigger transition. PSU has Gerard Arceri coming in, but McEvoy will see the field plenty whether that’s at the X, on offense or at SSDM.
Nicky Petkevich, A, Bullis (Md.) – COLGATE
Colgate’s first Under Armour AA since Peter Baum, Petkevich has 54 goals and 24 assists on the season, including nine hat tricks. Remarkable without the ball and possessing great hands, he’s a crafty shooter who is nearly automatic from 10 yards and in. Provides a big boost to the Bulldogs, a team with what’s arguably the nation’s most daunting attack unit.
Jeff Teat, A, Hill Academy (Ont.) – CORNELL
It’s not at all farfetched to say that Teat has been the high school scene’s most dominant senior this year. The lefty beats double teams with ease, scores in a variety of ways and has a stellar release. He notched five-plus goals in the lion’s share of Hill’s game and will be a transformational recruit for Cornell but first, he’ll look to lead Canada to the U-19 world title in July.
Matt Trowbridge, G, MICDS (Mo.) – MICHIGAN
The tall, wiry shot stopper from St. Louis has been a force on the recruiting trail the past few years. He boasts great technique, throws pinpoint clearing passes and is incredibly consistent, helping MICDS to a 16-1 record so far with his leadership qualities. With current Michigan keeper Gerald Logan’s status unknown, the staff expects Trowbridge to contend for playing time early.
Ethan Walker, A, Culver (Ind.) – DENVER
The Peterborough (Ont.) native has registered flat-out silly goal numbers during his time at Culver, destroying opposing defenses with a nasty time-and-room shot and his ability to get underneath defensemen. He makes things happen in a number of ways and is a perfect for Denver’s system, becoming the program’s highest ranked recruit ever.