The Adrenaline Challenge has long acted as a premier showcase of the lacrosse talent that the West has to offer, taking place shortly after New Year’s in beautiful Del Mar. Moved a weekend back and now welcoming Division I recruiters, the weekend was kicked off with over 40 coaches at San Diego State walking uncommitted players through drills before they hit the field for game play. Have a look below at who caught my eye during three days of lacrosse in prime SoCal weather.
Tyler Marsh ’18, M, Vegas Starz / Palo Verde (Nev.)
Among recruiters’ favorite players to watch, Marsh was electric all weekend along, definitely helping his stock as a player who may not be uncommitted for too much longer. Armed with an elite first step, he initiated offense smoothly from up top to beat his man and unleash consistently hard and accurate outside shots. On top of that, his speed and motor were on display, getting restraining line to restraining line in the blink of an eye. I also liked that whenever he made a mistake, Marsh seemed to quickly redeem himself every time.
Joe Theuer ’17, G, LA Heat / Loyola (Calif.)
Theuer strikes me as a goalie who will eventually become instrumental in Tufts’ system, acting as a reliable stopper and more importantly, a tremendous clearing goalie who will be relied on with pinpoint outlets to trigger the Jumbos’ transition. Theuer takes up a lot of the cage and though he plays a rather unique style with the way he positions his stick, he’s constantly shutting the door on point blank shots.
Andrew Beacham ’17, M, SD United / La Costa Canyon (Calif.)
Nick Lemus ’17, A, SD United / San Clemente (Calif.)
Along with a strong effort from the defense and goalies, Beacham and Lemus were pivotal components of SD United’s run to a thrilling OT championship win over newfound local rival RC. Headed to Towson and Air Force, respectively, they provided a spark when called upon. Beacham (who had several points in the championship) looks to be one of the better outside shooters in the West, demonstrating a strong split dodge and snappy wrists on his release. Lemus, meanwhile, is a high IQ scorer who turned the corner hard and embraced contact from bigger defensemen despite being undersized. Both are nice high Division I recruits who should make an impact.
Tyler Wenck ’17, M, Minnesota Loons / Farmington (Minn.)
Ben Putney ’18, M, Minnesota Loons / Mahtomedi (Minn.)
The Minnesota Loons had a good amount of uncommitted talent and evaluators took notice. Wenck, who committed to Division II Maryville since the event, went to the rack well with either hand and made things happen off the re-dodge. Along with several others on his squad, he showed grit between the lines and a high compete level. Though perhaps not as polished, Putney jumped off the page by initiating contact on a regular basis, bumping off opposing middies with his meathead dodges.
Austin Lowi ’17, A, LA Heat / Palos Verdes (Calif.)
Bound for Jacksonville, Lowi is a crafty and slick player who plays with a ton of energy. At the Challenge, he was proficient as his team’s go-to carrier at times but was also lethal when he had his hands free from five to ten yards, creating scoring opportunities with sneaky off-ball cuts. He saw the field impeccably and had a nasty backhand goal or two, in addition to caused turnovers in the riding game.
Mo Mirer ’17, M, RC Silver / Cathedral Catholic (Calif.)
The Notre Dame commit was coming off of a championship football season, but it was hard to see much of any rust, as he’s performed consistently better each time I’m able to evaluate him. A big barreling midfielder, he’s a tough matchup because of his athleticism and physicality, always ready to feed or shoot. Originally slated to PG before heading to South Bend, Mirer should compete for minutes in the Irish midfield right away.
Carson Spooner ’19, A, Blue Chip National / Tesoro (Calif.)
Carrying over the momentum from a great summer, Spooner was excellent in Sunday afternoon’s All-Star Game with a multi-point performance. He opened up with a beautiful cross crease pass for the assist, also dazzling with a pretty goal where he picked up a GB, spun around and buried a backhand while laying out. Though not big by any means, he’s scrappy, awesome without the ball and has slick mitts inside.
Trent Pernell ’18, M, Vegas Starz / Palo Verde (Calif.)
Jack Dugan ’17, A/M, Minnesota Loons / Maple Grove (Minn.)
Nate McPeak ’17, G, San Diego United / Eastlake (Calif.) – Syracuse
Shea Peters ’17, LSM, San Diego United / Carlsbad (Calif.)
Dylan Guth ’19, D, 101 Lacrosse / Casa Grande (Calif.)
Conrad Delgado ’20, D, RC / Torrey Pines (Calif.)
Shad Bruce ’19, M, RC / Point Loma (Calif.)
Michael Mines ’19, M, RC / Torrey Pines (Calif.) – Rutgers
Judson Bedell ’18, F/O, True Minnesota / St. Michael’s (Minn.)
Joe Peterson ’18, M, Blue Chip Nationals / Monte Vista (Calif.)
Eric Sherman ’18, M, Blue Chip Nationals / Cherry Hill East (N.J.)
Cole Daninger ’18, M, Seattle Starz / Sumner (Wash.) – Rutgers
Gabe Erickson ’19, D, Seattle Starz / Bothell (Wash.)
Dawson Friers ’20, G, Seattle Starz / Bainbridge Island (Wash.)
Caleb Torres ’20, M, ADVNC South Bay / Pacific Grove (Calif.)
Logan Cantu ’19, D, Mustang Starz / Ronald Reagan (Tex.)
Ellis Geis ’18, A, SoCal Express / Foothill (Calif.) – Denver
Logan Soelberg ’19, A, LA Heat / Crespi Carmelite (Calif.)