Becoming one of the top three recruiting events of the summer, Maverik Showtime has become the premier invite-only event of the entire year in a short time, showcasing the nation’s best players. This year, former Syracuse standouts Paul Carcaterra, Joe Ceglia and Mike Springer rolled out a new wrinkle by adding a separate camp for rising freshmen. From Monday to Wednesday night, the top 2020’s competed in front of representatives from over 15 top universities. Have a look below at who stood out at Western Connecticut State all week.
Brennan O’Neill, A, St. Anthony’s (N.Y.)
Where do you begin? Arguably the most polarizing and talked about recruit since Nicky Galasso made waves as an 8th grader on Long Island ten years ago, O’Neill is already remarkably polished for such a young age. He’s big and left-handed with dialed in stick work and the ability to frustrate goalies with a series of fakes, scoring in a number of ways. He’s not explosive but almost doesn’t need to be (and that’s an area he may develop) with all of the other strong qualities he brings to the table. In particular, his vision is phenomenal and since he receives so much attention from opposing defenses, he’s also able to thread the needle for beautiful assists. Penn State has had his commitment since March, though they’ll want to hold on for dear life from opposing poachers.
Kaden Brothers, D, St. Edwards (Fla.)
Brothers was certainly one of the best close defensemen at the event and jumped off the page from the first game with his size (5’10, 170 or so) and aggression. All he did all week was make plays, putting the ball on the ground and upfield to breaking middies or scooping key groundballs quickly off the carpet. When the ball was in Brothers’ stick, he showed his athleticism and elusiveness beyond the midline. It’s no surprise to hear that the SweetLax Florida standout is already receiving a lot of attention.
Eric Malever, A, Woodward Academy (Ga.)
No recruit put himself on the radar more than the kid from Georgia, who is now being courted by a plethora of top colleges. Malever has a phenomenal first step, using his quickness and change of direction to lose opposing defensemen before turning the corner impeccably. His question mark was a thing of beauty and his poise around GLE (whether he was feeding or scoring) was impressive, as the Thunder product racked up a ton of points over the course of the week in Danbury.
Michael O’Connell, M, Chaminade (N.Y.)
O’Connell shares many of the same qualities that made his brother, Thomas, an early recruit for Maryland, where he is currently a rising sophomore. He’s athletic and plays with energy, able to run all day and explode out of his dodges with a split or a rollback to his strong hand. Tough in between the lines, O’Connell will become one of the better middies in the ’20 class as he continues to develop his game on the offensive end.
Camden Hay, A, Victor (N.Y.)
The future is bright for the Victor Blue Devils with a strong youth movement in the home of the back-to-back state champs, and Hay’s part of that. All he did was produce, getting to the cage consistently and playing with a confident swagger. Hay tossed passes right on the money and moved extremely well out of the cage, using his growing frame (5’9, 155) to his advantage while always making the smart play.
Michael Scharfenberger, G, Manhasset (N.Y.)
What first stood out was Scharfenberger’s communication and leadership qualities, making life easier for his teammates and encouraging his teammates to talk more. As the week went on, the Long Island Express standout dazzled with precise outlets and play out of the cage. He made some awesome stops, gobbling up outside shots or stepping out to make key saves in tight. Scharfenberger picked up Goalie MVP honors and deservedly so.
Frankie Hapney, LSM, St. Paul’s (Md.)
Hapney has an incredible handle and was a threat in transition whenever the ball was in his stick, but also winning groundball wars and disrupting his opponents with pesky 1-on-1 defense. He accumulated a noticeable amount of points while fleeing upfield with a perpetual green light. Once Hapney starts to grow and hit the weights, there’s no doubt that he’ll become one of the most coveted longpoles in the entire class, picking up positional MVP honors at Showtime.
Ben Hull, A, Kennesaw Mountain (Ga.)
Hull was a lot of fun to watch, demonstrating a shifty dodging style and a nose for the goal, turning the corner well and finishing plays. He took care of the ball as a carrier at X and was consistently getting to the front of cage, scoring multiple goals in each game he played. Hull was fluid in every sense and has clearly spent a lot of time on the wall or in the backyard taking shots. He also showed flash with a few pretty BTB’s as well as some strips in the riding game.
Michael Lizzio, M, St. Andrew’s (Fla.)
Already six feet tall, Lizzio is a good-looking athlete who created a lot of fast break offense throughout the week. He could separate from his man with a quick first step, but also made things happen with an excellent split dodge or by sweeping across the top and letting one go on the run. He has a nice motor and could go left or right, also feeding cutting teammates for a handful of assists. This is a kid with a ton of upside that coaches will surely covet as the years go on.
Xavier Arline, A, Shoreham-Wading River (N.Y.)
Arline helped lead a huge contingent from the Team 91 Crush team at Showtime, committing to North Carolina a few hours after checking out. After putting up 43 goals as an 8th grade starter on varsity, the slippery 5-foot-6 dodger has incredible foot speed to explode from his spot at X, burying high percentage shots in close or finding his teammates on Team 7. He’s excellent with either hand and has a special feel for the game when he’s out there. Arline was banged up out throughout the week but kept producing despite nagging injuries.
Marshall McGuire, M, Lake Oswego (Ore.)
McGuire snagged Midfield MVP honors to represent the West Coast, building more and more confidence and consistency as the week went on. There are aspects of his game like his shot mechanics that are definitely raw, but his 6’2, 175-pound frame is impressive and his athleticism is intriguing. The Oregon product kept chugging along through the week and when everybody else was tired, McGuire was still posting points during the final two sessions.
Rory Jones, A, Calvert Hall (Md.)
Justin Mintzer, A, Calvert Hall (Md.)
Brendan Grimes, A, Boys’ Latin (Md.)
These three future MIAA recruits all stood out as legitimate scorers who should fare well in Baltimore going forward. Jones – who plays for FCA Maryland – was money inside with soft hands, flashy finishing work and strong off-ball play. He caught everything and finished reliably, but also helped on the ride. Mintzer and Grimes played off each other for Team 6, continuing their chemistry built while playing together for Looney’s LC, a team that recently won Crabfeast. They’re both big, lanky targets with lacrosse IQ’s that far surpass other kids their age, picking apart defenses in a plethora of ways. They scored in tight spaces under pressure, also working hard on groundballs to retain possession.
Hunter Parucki, M, St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute (N.Y.)
It was enjoyable watching Parucki play, as he demonstrated the ability to score on the run, using outstanding acceleration as well as both accuracy and power on his shot. He ran the field well and played rock solid on-ball defense and had smooth fundamentals as well as some flash when he was attacking the cage from up top. I’m interested to see his game develop over the next four seasons.
Jack Cerza, M, West Essex Regional (N.J.)
Cerza looks like he’ll become one of the more promising midfielders in the whole group, thriving with his ambidextrous tendencies, hard downhill dodging and confidence on the offensive end. He rolled back to his strong hand for several goals, but also liked to use face and split dodges to beat shortsticks. In general, there’s a lot to like with Cerza’s game.
Andrew McAdorey, FO/M, St. Anthony’s (N.Y.)
McAdorey has been talked about a bunch as a Swiss Army knife type of player who was close to automatic at the face-off X who also stayed on to play steady offense and defense. He’s small, but made up for it thanks to his ability to fight hard for possessions with his grit and fast hands. In addition, I became a huge fan of teammate Marc Psyllos (Manhasset, N.Y.), who was also undersized but did a ton of things well and has potential on the offensive end.
OTHERS WHO IMPRESSED
Cal Ewanich, A, Amador Valley (Calif.)
Griffin Schutz, A, Trumbull (Conn.)
Christopher Arceri, F/O, Smithtown East (N.Y.)
James Carmouche, FO/M, Cardinal Gibbons (N.C.)
Kevin McKenna, M, Archbishop Stepinac (N.Y.)
Nathan Laliberte, F/O, NH Tomahawks (HS not listed)
Tyler Cordes, M, Team 91 (HS not listed)
Christopher Kirst, A, Leading Edge (HS not listed)
Joey Pezzimenti, A, Victor (N.Y.)
Casey McDermott, A, Brighton (N.Y.)
Jack Daoust, M, Xaverian Brothers (Mass.)
Jack Walsh, M, St. Anthony’s (N.Y.)
Sean Cameron, M, Bedford (N.H.)
Russell Maher, A/M, Mt. Sinai (N.Y.)
Freddie Amato, M, Huntington (N.Y.)
Russell Thorndike, A, 3d (HS not listed)
Ty Thureson, M, Stillwater (Minn.)
Ryan Sheehan, M, West Genesee (N.Y.)
Carter Parlette, M, Hagerty (Fla.)
Marquez White, M, Poway (Calif.)
Jake McIntyre, M, Chaparral (Colo.)
Brett Martin, M, Half Hollow Hills East (N.Y.)
Tommy Drago, LSM, West Essex (N.J.)
Teagan Bultman, F/O, Poway (Calif.)
Michael Mauricio, A, Brunswick (Conn.)
Michael Boehm, A, St. Ignatius Cleveland (Oh.)
Cam Rubin, A, Belmont Hill (Mass.)
Jason Tingue, G, Bay Shore (N.Y.)
Ryan Mackenzie, M, Christian Brothers Academy (N.Y.)
Michael Lenskold, FO/M, Bridgewater-Raritan (N.J.)
Joe Urlacher, D, Canandaigua Academy (N.Y.)
Grant Litchfield, D, Belmont Hill (Mass.)
Wallace Halpert, LSM, Gilman (Md.)
Eric Nicholson, A, Smithtown East (N.Y.)
Christian Sullivan, M, Garden City (N.Y.)
Jack Schirtzer, LSM/D, Shoreham-Wading River (N.Y.) – Ohio State