Tuesday’s piece analyzing the skill sets displayed in highlight videos did well, so this is something that we’ll be continuing over the next few weeks as recruits finalize commitments. RR contributor Spencer Turkel will be spearheading this feature while I continue to work on Top 100 rankings, which will be released shortly after Labor Day weekend.
If you haven’t by now, submit your updated highlight video – committed players can fill out this form here on the site, while uncommitted prospects can e-mails theirs to firstname.lastname@example.org. In addition, new commitments can be sent in at this link.
YALE: Jack Mattei ’17, M/FO, Cathedral (Ind.) / Sting
The former Dartmouth commit is far from a FOGO. Committing to Yale earlier this week, The now Yale verbal was as big of a threat with the ball in his stick than he was at the dot for the Indiana state champions. Those stats speak for themselves, 27&38 while winning 73% of his draws. A member of the Faceoff Academy, his technique is impeccable and his hands are fast. He does a terrific job of popping the ball out in front to create quick offense. In a six-on-six situation, athleticism jumps off of his highlight tape. He is quick, shifty, and has great change of direction. The Indianapolis native gets to the goal whenever he pleases, or he draws a slide. Being such a dominant face-off guy (as well as an offensive initiator) will allow the Bulldogs to dictate tempo during his four years in New Haven.
PRINCETON: Bear Lockshin ’19, M, Westminster (Conn.) / 3d New England
First of all, Bear is a hands-down 1st Team All-Name Team selection, and I’m digging his song selection as well. Furthermore, the Princeton commit has no problem finishing under pressure. As seen throughout his highlights, he finishes with defensemen on his hands, whether he is going behind the back in traffic or quick sticking a feed in the middle of the D. When dodging, he uses his body extremely well to increase his angle, as seen in the first play as well as 1:10 in. He initiates contact and dips under his defender just to get the slightest amount of room to shoot with his right. Lastly, in his highlights, Lockshin stages his ability to be a stretch shooter from the outside. Should translate well to the NE West after transferring in from Cardigan Mountain School.
PENN: Owen Cauley ’19, D, Severn (Md.) / Crabs
Right off the bat in his highlights, the rising sophomore out of Severn makes it known that he is an aggressive, physical defenseman, as he slides with the body three times in the first three defensive clips. On ball, he is active with his stick on the ball carrier’s hands. Often guarding the X attackman, Owen is in a low, powerful defensive stance when guarding the ball. He does a good job of initiating contact to drive his opponent out once he gets to GLE. Off-ball, besides sliding effectively, his stick is in the passing lane. In the clearing game, he works hard off-ball. To add on, when he has the ball, he protects his stick well – often rolling back, finding the open man and making the smart play.
PENN: Sawyer Moody ’19, A, Phillips Andover (Mass.) / 3d New England
It’s easily apparent that the Penn commit is a slick quarterback operating from behind the cage. He plays his angles well, waiting for his defender to make the slightest mistake and he capitalizes off of it, whether it is finding a teammate back cutting their defensemen, or taking a rocker step, rolling, or question mark dodging to score. When playing above goal line extended, he showcased his ability to have a quick release and throw a variety of fakes at the goalie to finish. Though he’s not super fast, his highlights showcase great vision paired with accurate passing, which bodes well going forward.
CORNELL: John Danforth ’19, M, Skaneateles (N.Y.) / Orange Crush
This young Section 3 standout works for the slightest bit of space to free up his hands, and when he does, he has a cannon. He has so much torque to his shot, shielding his stick from the keeper and fiercely rotating his core to send a snipe past the goalie. He is not the typical dodger that operates from the midfield who wants to go hard down the alley to send an on the run shot. In contrast, John showcased a great ability to draw a slide, and re-dodge to set his feet for a time and room shot. That being said, he is still very capable of sending on the run shots past keepers with either hand. All in all, Danforth is one of the better pure shooters I’ve seen in the 2019 class. Great job by Cornell to keep him home in upstate New York.