Breakdown of 2017’s, 2018’s and 2020’s Who Stood Out At Crabfeast

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The 10th annual Crabfeast went down this past weekend, drawing a collection of the nation’s top club teams to the Baltimore area in front of a triple-digit amount of college coaches. Leading Edge (2017, pictured above), NH Tomahawks (2018), Madlax (2019) and Looney’s (2020) took home championships on Sunday and Recruiting Rundown covered each of the four classes, with the 2019 standouts detailed earlier this week.

Contributor TJ Oursler took care of the 2017s and a handful of ’19s, while Tal Bruno nailed down the 2018’s and 2020’s. Check back in the coming days for coverage of Maverik Showtime rising freshmen and the Under Armour games.


Jacob Kelly ’18, A, FCA Maryland / Calvert Hall (Md.) – UNC
I was able to see Kelly play in his first game of the weekend and was not disappointed. He put up two goals and an assist, but his overall play was most impressive. The Tar Heel commit has solize size and great lacrosse IQ that lands him in a quarterback role within the offense. He’s a fast and athletic player that appears to play a slightly different style of lacrosse from the rest of his family. Much like his cousins at UNC, however, he brings a high level of intensity to his game. A big time lefty shooter, Kelly finds time and room to get his shots off with velocity and accuracy, and they are truly something to behold. Always moving, cutting backside, sneaking around the crease and finding space in the defense, the rising junior also rides hard in transition and directs his teammates in settled offense. Kelly acts as an on-field coach, calling plays and switching between offensive sets while handling the ball. He’s a true competitor and doesn’t hesitate to pick up tough groundballs or even go over midfield to play defense on a fast break.

Logan McGovern ’18, A, LIE North / Darien (Conn.) – Bryant 
McGovern is a quick left-hander that seems to be able to get his hands free whenever he wants. He’s an energetic dodger and shooter and deals out ankle-breaking splits and roll dodges all game long. I was able to watch him score four goals against a strong Resolute defensive squad and was impressed with his speed and impossibly quick change of direction behind the goal, which led to his defender falling over the net. McGovern keeps the defense in grey areas with slick stick fakes and his ability to score low angle goals. He always looks to be moving toward the face of the goal and always has his eyes up looking for passing lanes. A dangerous dodger from behind the cage, he prefers to get his hands open coming around from X, but also initiates from the high alleys. He has the physical ability to break down defenders, as well as keen field awareness to handle the ball while directing teammates.

Eric Scheuerle ’18, M, HHH / St. Joe’s Prep (Pa.)
A big, strong midfielder, Scheuerle uses his size to bully defenders on his way to the goal. He notched three goals in a game I watched against BBL, displaying a dominating bull dodge that opens his hands up to let shots fly on the run. His use of the bump-and-run creates separation, and he has confidence in his ability to place his shots with blazing speed. He’s a physical right-handed player that will prove to be a strong initiator as he continues to improve, and will make an impact at the next level.

Ricky Miezan ’18, M, MADLAX / Episcopal (Va.) – UNC
If you can’t tell that Miezan is a stud, you might need glasses. The 6’1 athlete is a Mack truck in the middle of the field with speed, size and strength to overpower opposing teams’ best defenders. He has remarkable stick skills and a rocket shot on the run or stationary. I counted two goals in his first game of the weekend as he took over Resolute’s middies with ease. He forces turnovers, runs through groundballs, and beats his matchup consistently. Perhaps the best all around midfielder in the class, Miezan has the ingredients to be a savage at the Division I level and a work ethic and aggression to go with it. He was one of the most sought after 2018 recruits before committing to Carolina, and for good reason.

Henry Schertzinger ’18, M, Resolute / Summit Country Day (Oh.) – UNC
Schertzinger scored one goal in his first game of the tournament, but impressed me as an effective initiator. He’s a tall, lanky dodger, with quick split-roll moves that catch defenders turning around as he runs by. His unorthodox dodging style is complimented by a bouncy stride and a heavy shot on the run. The Tar Heel commit is confident with both hands and forces matchups to play him straight up, in turn opening up more dodging lanes. His ability to move defenders allows him to push scoring opportunities and put opposing players in uncomfortable situations. The Cinci native displayed promising athleticism that will propel him forward at the next level under Coach Breschi’s leadership.

JQ Stramanak ’18, D, Annapolis Hawks / Annapolis (Md.) – Cornell
After seeing the big D-man play in the Baltimore Summer Kickoff, I was once again impressed with Stramanak’s exciting play on Saturday. Aside from his hulking size, the defender possesses surprising athleticism, and jumps at an opportunity to carry the ball over midfield and showcase his skillful stickwork. On defense, he throws opponents around as they attempt to dodge on him. His ability to take the ball from carriers is exceptional as well, as I watched him go over the head of a player and de-stick him, and then go on to strip the next player to pick up the groundball. He’s an electrifying source of excitement on the Hawks’ team and continues to impress at each event.

Reid Delanois ’18, D, Baltimore Breakers / Loyola Blakefield (Md.)
Delanois is a giant with long, galloping strides that drive him up the field in transition. His speed pushes him ahead of riders and he has the poise and skill to handle the ball as he does so, walking the dog and toe-dragging his way around checks. I was impressed with his confidence while in his offensive end, and his athleticism and footwork in the defensive end. He has the size to make an impact at the next level, and has time to keep improving.

Jonathan Oronzio ’18, D, LIE North / Byram Hills (N.Y.)
Perhaps the best fundamental defender I had the chance to watch, Oronzio is a technique-driven defenseman. He isn’t huge in size, but he has spectacular footwork and positioning on ball. He engages dodgers on their hips and holds his spot around goal line extended. When dodgers get close to the islands, Oronzio shuts the door and turns them back behind the goal. His slap checks hit glove or stick consistently, and he relies on strong footwork rather than putting himself out of position for a homerun check. With a few inches to grow, Oronzio looks to be a coaches dream, and he’ll continue to cause problems for opposing matchups.

Aleric Fyock ’18, G, Annapolis Hawks / St. Mary’s (Md.) – Penn State
Fyock is a big right-hander in the Hawks’ goal. He makes impressive saves, diving to get his stick on shots, and stuffing shooters in tight to boost team morale. He’s consistent and his team can rely on him to bail the defense out on breakdowns and miscommunications. Bound for Penn State, he was the most college ready goalie I watched Saturday, and displayed strong technique and hand quickness on shots inside and outside.

Zak Holliday ’18, LSM, Resolute / Mason (Oh.)
Taking the wing of every single face-off, Holliday hunts groundballs and fights for possession to give his team an edge. He’s another big and fast player from the Resolute squad, and uses his physicality and athleticism to punish opponents all over the field. He has a great stick and scoops up tough groundballs under pressure, and can handle the ball well after he picks it up. Holliday throws heavy checks and looks like a surgeon as he causes turnovers between the boxes. He looks natural with a long pole, and will look to continue wreaking havoc off the wing.

Matthew Holland ’20, A, Annapolis Hawks / Calverton (Md.)
A small and sneaky lefty, he possesses spectacular quickness and speed as well as a right to left split dodge that catches defenders going the wrong way constantly. I was most impressed with his patience while dodging plus his vision coming around the goal. He’s one of the Hawks’ main initiators, and while working mainly from below GLE, is often seen coming in from the box. He scored one goal in his first game on Sunday, but made an impact every time he was on the field. Being able to win his matchup, Holland draws slides and gets oppositing defenses moving early, allowing him to make smart feeds and set up teammates for wide open shots.

Chad Teresky ’20, A, NH Tomahawks / Pinkerton (N.H.)
Another sneaky lefty, Teresky makes his money off-ball, scoring three goals against Leading Edge. I was dazzled by his awareness cutting around the crease and his poise handling the ball under pressure. He’s a thicker body with great hands, and is skilled in the two-man game, finding gaps to step in and receive passes on the goal line. He also appears to understand the importance of being patient and displays a calm confidence in his abilities.  Teresky takes his time finishing his shots and makes the goalie move before dumping in a layup. To me, he looks like have the IQ and skills to be a strong member of a Division I attack line if he continues to develop. 

Giovanni Procaccini ’20, M, Annapolis Hawks / Kent School (Md.)
A downhill dodger with swagger, Procaccini scored two goals against Laxachusetts on Sunday. I was impressed with the right-hander’s comfortability dodging and shooting down the alleys, and he looked natural in his role as an initiator from up top. He plays angry, and can hammer in shots on the run that find the back of the net before goalies can react. While he doesn’t have great size at this point, he does display an excellent skill set and athleticism in the offensive end that will only continue to improve.

Dane Swanson ’20, M, Crabs / Home-schooled in MD
Swanson is the big man in the Crabs’ offense, standing tall at 6’2 and appearing nearly unstoppable at times. Seeming to be ambidextrous, he beats defenders with ease and shoots around slides or over top of them. I watched as he slammed in two huge goals against FCA, each looking magical as they hit the corner. He has a slick split-roll move that gets his hands free for big time and room opportunities, or a powerful shot on the move. He already looks like a fully developed player physically, and his ability to score with both hands makes him dangerous from anywhere on the field. When he plays with conviction, he is dominant over short sticks and long poles alike. Swanson will continue to progress and be a premier force at the midfield.

Gable Braun ’20, F/O, Looney’s LC / McDonogh (Md.)
A recent transfer from St. Andrews (Fla.) to McDonogh, Braun went 81 percent on the year as an eighth grader on varsity. I had the opportunity to watch him play for the Crab Feast 2020 Championship versus a very strong Crabs team and was extremely impressed with his level of skill already as a rising freshman. The FOGO is tall and lean, and plays the game with confidence. In a 5-4 overtime victory, Braun won 13 of 14 draws for Looney’s in dominant fashion. Perhaps most impressive is Braun’s ability to pull the ball wherever he needs to, even hitting his wingmen in full stride from the clamp. At this point, he’s widely considered the top FOGO in the 2020 class and proved it on Sunday.

Ethan Robinson ’20, LSM, Crabs / McDonogh (Md.)
Robinson is another solid prospect from the Crabs program and a linchpin in his team’s defense. Showcasing great athleticism, the LSM flies around with furious speed and strength, laying aggressive checks and forcing turnovers. He has a regular spot on the faceoff wing, as well, and displays strong acceleration off the line, and a great eye for the ball. He seems to always be involved on groundballs, often coming out of scrums with possession. He can harrass ball carriers, cause turnovers, and pick up groundballs before pushing transition, proving himself as one of the best in the class at his position.

Connor Morin ’17, A, Leading Edge / Morristown-Beard (N.J.) – Notre Dame
Ranked No. 10 in the class, the tall righty was absolutely dominant in the championship game against Long Island Express, scoring three goals and controlling the game by playing smart, turnover-free lacrosse. Morin was comfortable even when his defender had his stick in his gloves, and often initiated contact, using his 6’3 frame to lean into his man and create enough separation to get off high quality shots.  He is as smooth as they come, slipping through double teams with nice face dodges and possessing strong wrists that allow him to get the ball out of his stick effortlessly. Because of his size, athleticism and stick work, it’s easy to see why Morin is considered a gem for Notre Dame’s recruiting class.

Matt Licciardi ’17, M, Long Island Express / Cold Spring Harbor (N.Y.) – Cornell
Although he’s only 5’6, Licciardi plays with a chip on his shoulder and took over multiple games due to his ability to make impact plays on both sides of the ball.  Between the lines, the Cornell commit used his speed and toughness to win contested ground balls and earn extra possessions for his team.  Running on a loaded LIE first line, Licciardi made the most of his offensive touches and canned shots with his efficient and quick release.  He’s a dual-threat guy who blew by his man with explosive split dodges and made smart skip passes to unmarked attackmen on the backside that resulted in dunks on the crease.  On the defensive end, Licciardi used his quickness to match feet with his opponents, successfully preventing them from driving to the hoop.       

Alex Rode ’17, G, Crabs / St. Paul’s (Md.) – Virginia
The southpaw netminder was phenomenal in the cage throughout the tournament, baffling opposing shooters with his ridiculously quick hands and supreme confidence.  Rode fills up the cage nicely and made numerous stops on the doorstep that changed the momentum of the game.  He is also a great communicator who quarterbacked the defense by barking out commands and getting his teammates in the right spots.  Once he made the save, Rode threw precise outlets to breaking middies that started transition opportunities at the other end of the field.  The future Wahoo is a game changer who has the chance to become one of the most decorated keepers in the history of MIAA lacrosse before it’s all said and done.

Jared Reinson ’17, D, Leading Edge / Montgomery (N.J.) – Johns Hopkins
Reinson is a hulking lefty who terrorized opposing attackmen all day with his physical style of play and punishing checks.  He plays great on-ball defense and on multiple occasions, threw deadly over the head checks that consistently put the ball on the ground.  Reinson also showed that he’s dangerous with the ball in his stick, using his speed and athleticism to start fast breaks and create offense.  Because of his size and lockdown on-ball ability, Reinson looks like a player with a lot of upside who should excel in a few years at Homewood Field under coach Dave Pietramala.

Brendan Curry ’17, A, FCA Maryland / Calvert Hall (Md.) – Syracuse
The Baltimore native is an intelligent X attackman who takes care of the ball and can break down defenses by creating offense for himself and others in a variety of ways.  FCA depended on Curry late in games and he always produced, displaying a knack for getting his hands free and delivering beautiful feeds to cutting teammates.  In the quarterfinals, he relentlessly dodged to the cage and finished hard shots with either hand, showing his ability to take over a game by scoring three key goals that shifted momentum for his squad.  Curry will be a key piece to the puzzle in his final year under coach Bryan Kelly as the Cardinals try to win an MIAA title for the first time in five years.

OTHERS WHO IMPRESSED 
Preston Heard ’17, G, FCA Maryland / Sidwell Friends (D.C.) – Duke
Jack Keogh ’17, A, Long Island Express / Manhasset (N.Y.) – Johns Hopkins
Trevor Patschorke ’17, M, API / Severna Park (Md.)
Kyle Prouty ’17, M/FO, Leading Edge / New Egypt (N.J.) – Princeton
Nick Salameda ’17, LSM, Crabs / Archmere Academy (Del.) – Colgate
Kobe Smith ’17, D, FCA Maryland / Loyola-Blakefield (Md.) – Navy
Frankie Tangredi ’17, D, Long Island Express / Chaminade (N.Y.) – Harvard
Alex Trippi ’17, A, Madlax / Bullis (Md.) – North Carolina

Basil Aburn ’18, A, Crabs / Boys’ Latin (Md.) – Syracuse
Jake Moss ’18, M, Leading Edge / Pingry (N.J.) – Notre Dame
Thor Adamec ’18, LSM, LIE North / John Jay (N.Y.) – Colgate
Jake Walthour ’18, LSM, Leading Edge / Columbia (N.J.)
Donny Stock ’18, FO, Resolute / St. Xavier (Oh.)
Jordan Ginder ’18, FO, Team 91 / Deerfield (Mass.) – Duke
Anthony Palma ’18, G, Team 91 / East Islip (N.Y.)
Liam Darragh ’18, G, FCA / Calvert Hall (Md.) – Hopkins
Finn Thorne ’18, D, FCA / McDonogh (Md.)
Matthew O’Brien ’18, D, LIE / Chaminade (N.Y.)
Carter Johnson ’18, D, Madlax / Landon (Md.)
Liam Moyer ’18, D, Resolute / St. Francis de Sales (Oh.)
Harrison Schertzinger ’18, M, Resolute / Summit Country Day (Oh.) – UNC
John Geppert ’18, M, Madlax / Landon (Md.) – Bucknell
Piper Bond ’18, M, FCA / Gilman (Md.)
Trey Smith ’18, M, FCA / Calvert Hall (Md.) – High Point
JJ Tolentino ’18, M, Carolina Cannons / Middle Creek (N.C.)
Andrew Betch ’18, Annapolis Hawks / Severna Park (Md.)
Niklas McFarland ’18, M, Annapolis Hawks / Archbishop Spalding (Md.)
Jake Sexton ’18, A, Team 91 / Chaminade (N.Y.)
Connor McCulloch ’18, A, MADLAX / SSSAS (Va.)
Joey Epstein ’18, A, Madlax / Landon (Md.) – Hopkins
Mac McLaughlin ’18, A, HHH / Springside Chestnut Hill (Pa.) – Air Force

Billy Spilman ’20, A, Crabs / Gilman (Md.)
Rory Jones ’20, A, FCA / Calvert Hall (Md.)
Daniel Kelly ’20, A, FCA / Calvert Hall (Md.) – North Carolina 
Cam Rubin ’20, A, Laxachusetts / St. Marks (Mass.)
Andrew Boel ’20, M, Leading Edge / Franklin Lakes (N.J.)
Kyle Stephenson ’20, M, Leading Edge / Clinton Twp (N.J.)
Pierce Washburn ’20, M, Looney’s LC / Gilman (Md.)
Joseph Juengerkes ’20, M, Legacy Taz / Islip (N.Y.)
Sean Barwick ’20, D, FCA / St. Margaret (Md.)
Blake Brookes ’20, D, Laxachusetts / Belmont Hill (Mass.)
JT Morton ’20, G, Crabs / Windsor Knolls (Md.)
James Heitmiller ’20, G, NH Tomahawks / Bishop Guertin (N.H.)
Colin Freer ’20, LSM, Leading Edge / Roosevelt (N.J.)

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