Standouts From Baltimore Summer Kickoff, Session I

JCGjLpcV_400x400Always one of the biggest and most well attended events of June, the High Point staff has hosted BSK all over the Baltimore area for the better part of a decade. This year’s edition bumped over to Goucher College (with a few fields at Notre Dame Prep and Garrison Forest) and had 125 college coaches attend. Interning with Recruiting Rundown for the second straight year, college intern TJ Oursler was there all day Saturday for pool play as well as the All-Star Games and his recap of the top players at the event. 

Blake Gable ’20, D, Looney’s / Boys’ Latin (Md.) 
The UNC verbal is the next in a long line of studs to come out of the Baltimore powerhouse BL, and the next MIAA talent bound for Chapel Hill. Gable always has his stick on the attackman’s gloves, throwing aggresive checks and playing fundamentally sound on-ball defense that displays a maturity and sense of the game that is beyond his years. The lefty excels when the ball is on the turf, scooping up countless GB’s over the course of the tournament and either delivering the ball to the ear of a breaking middie or clearing it himself with a quick burst of speed. He clearly benefitted from logging some key minutes this spring in the MIAA ‘A’ Conference and will likely become one of the most feared defensemen in the league for Brian Farrell’s Lakers in the years to come.

Anthony Cimino ’19, F/O, LI Dodgers / Shoreham-Wading River (N.Y.)
Cimino dominated the face-off X during Saturday evening’s All-Star Game, often winning the draw forward and using his foot speed and adequate stick work to push the ball in transition. Thanks to his ridiculously quick hands, the Long Island native routinely won the clamp and earned extra possessions for his team. On the rare occasion when he lost the clamp, Cimino scrapped for the contested ground ball and used his low center of gravity and toughness to come out with the rock time and time again. Cimino was one of the top FOGO’s at the tournament and should continue to excel on the summer circuit due to his toughness and speed.

Jack DeSantis ’18, D, Resolute / St. Francis De Sales (Oh.)
Committed to Maryland, DeSantis is a physically imposing lefty who terrorized opposing players throughout the tournament and helped Resolute secure a dominant undefeated record at Baltimore Summer Kickoff. He showed off his versatility, trading in his longpole for a shorty on many instances, often playing on the wings as a shortstick d-middie and occasionally showcasing his impressive skills on the offensive side of the ball. Defensively, DeSantis stifled dodgers with physical checks and used his athletic ability to match feet with even the quickest of attackmen, proving that he was not only one of the best defenders at the event, but in the entire class.

Jack Tabor ’18, M, Iron Horse / Dallas Jesuit (Tex.)
Tabor is an aggressive offensive player who breaks down defenses defenses with explosive split dodges and a powerful righty shot that helped him earn a spot in Saturday’s All-Star Game. In that situation under a spotlight, the Dallas product blew by his man on many occasions, sweeping to his right hand and creating enough separation to let hard overhand shots fly that beat the keeper at will. Given his offensive prowess and toughness in the middle of the field, it’s surprising that Tabor is still uncommitted, but look for him to be a nice late addition to someone’s recruiting class in the near future.

Collin Stewart ’19, M, FCA Maryland / Calvert Hall (Md.)
Stewart is a polished righty who has a knack for getting his hands free and canning efficient shots from twelve yards and in. He was arguably the most impressive offensive player in the 2019/2020 ASG, scoring two goals and impacting the game in a variety of ways. On his second goal, his off-ball skills were on full display as he made an excellent cut to the backside of the crease and finished a pretty feed from his teammate. Stewart’s ability to be effective both on and off the ball makes him a dangerous scorer who can put up goals in bunches if given the opportunity to get his hands free.

Carter Hilleary ’19, M, Resolute / St. Francis De Sales (Oh.)
The Air Force verbal was dominant offensively, often dodging from the left wing and creating scoring opportunities for himself and others. In a game against the Long Island Outlaws, Hilleary blew by his defender with a great burst of speed and used his smooth lefty release to ping a corner. Hilleary’s offensive proficiency was on full display throughout the event and it earned him a spot in the All-Star Game where he continued to impress with his savvy play and impeccable stick work.

Jack Stuzin ’20, LSM/D, Gilman (Md.) 
Stuzin is a tall (6’2) pole with a nice reach who used a combination of powerful checks and blinding speed to harass opposing middies. At BSK, the rangy righty built off of his impressive spring campaign on the Hounds’ varsity by playing with poise and confidence in the 6-on-6 and pushing the ball in transition when appropriate. Stuzin is a vacuum when the ball is on the turf and has the maturity and sense to make the right pass in the clearing game once the ball is in his stick. He was one of the top rising sophomores at the tournament and will be a force to be reckoned with in the coming seasons.

Matthew Caddigan ’19, M, LI Outlaws / Smithtown West (N.Y.)
The righty out of Long Island is an excellent feeder who dodges with his head up, always looking to find a cutting teammate for an easy score. Caddigan is a crafty dodger who understands how to use his leverage to get a step on his defender and drive to the cage. He is an efficient scorer, but prefers to dissect defenses with pinpoint passes and keen decision-making. Because of his polished stick work and great vision, Caddigan is a versatile and dangerous offensive player that can be effective both on attack and in the midfield.

Seth Higgins ’20, M, Looney’s / Gerstell Academy (Md.) 
Higgins is a smooth two-way middie with good size who was all over the field and even took face-offs for a loaded Looney’s team that was amazing their top face-off man. Offensively, he played with excellent composure, showcasing his ability to use his long strides to blow by his man and make smart decisions with the ball once he forced the defenses to slide. If the slide was late to come, Higgins made the defense pay by gliding down either alley and beating the goalie with his slick sidearm release. He was also dominant at the face-off dot, winning the clamp and flying down the field to create numerous fast break opportunities for his team.

Jansen Pusateri ’19, D, FCA Maryland / Winters Mill (Md.)
Pusateri is a disciplined righty with solid stick skills who thrives when the ball is loose, using his athleticism and instincts to snag ground balls on his first attempt and push it up the field. The Maryland native is comfortable once the ball is in his stick and used his speed and craftiness to create transition opportunities for FCA Maryland. Pusateri plays sound position defense and showed his versatility by switching seamlessly from long stick middie to close defense, making an impact at both positions.

HONORABLE MENTION
Owen McManus ’18, D, FCA Maryland / Friends School (Md.)
Alex Breschi ’19, M, FCA Maryland / Loyola Blakefield (Md.) – UNC
Piper Bond ’18, M, Gilman (Md.)
Will DeMuth ’18, M, Gilman (Md.)
David Sprock ’18, M, Iron Horse / Dallas Jesuit (Tex.) – Virginia
Jonathan Taylor ’19, LSM/D, Iron Horse / St. Mark’s (Tex.)
Spencer Frank ’19, M, LI Outlaws / Smithtown West (N.Y.)
Brendan Grimes ’20, A, Looney’s / Boys’ Latin (Md.) – Ohio State
Josh Webber ’20, M, Looney’s / Calvert Hall (Md.)
Sam King ’20, A, Looney’s / Gilman (Md.)
Donny Stock ’18, F/O, Resolute / St. Xavier (Oh.)
Evan James ’19, A/M, Resolute / Dublin Coffman (Oh.) – Loyola
Kevin Holtby ’19, G, Team Turnpike / Immaculata (N.J.)
Ryan Daunt ’18, A, Team Turnpike / Highstown (N.J.)
Canyon Birch ’19, A, Tri-State / Manasquan (N.J.) – Army

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