A Look At The Top Players at Crab Feast, Part 2

0264c151-822a-40e3-b5ea-b6ddfacfe3eaTaking place two weekends ago outside of Baltimore, the Crabs organization hosted its annual Crab Feast for dozens of teams in four age groups, which culminated in an exciting afternoon of championship games on Sunday. Along with intern Reece Belcher – who did an awesome job last week with Part 1 of our recap – Recruiting Rundown was there for both days taking in the action, primarily in the 2019 and 2020 age groups. Have a look below for another look at the top recruits in attendance.

Connell Kumar ’20, A, Leading Edge / Seton Hall Prep (N.J.)
Noticeably improved since the November circuit, Kumar was Leading Edge’s go-to dodger who demonstrated a rather complete game throughout the weekend. He always had his feet moving, made some beautiful looks to his teammates and is a really talented shooter who often attacked from the wings. Kumar contributed a good amount to the Pirates’ varsity team that made it deep into the postseason and is already a hot topic during my recent discussions with college coaches.

Christian Barnard ’19, G, Eclipse / Brunswick (Conn.)
Despite being uncommitted, Barnard has shown so far this summer that he’s one of the better 2019 keepers out there, and will surely have his fair share of looks from high-end academic lacrosse schools come September. He has strong fundamentals in cage and in particular, ridiculously quick hands that allowed him to make a bevy of eye-popping saves on the doorstep. Barnard is more than solid out of the cage and definitely a talker, but when the defense wasn’t in the right spot, the kid bailed them out time and time again.

Tate Hallock ’19, M, Juiced Cherries / Forest Hills Central (Mich.)
Already looking like a college football player with a lacrosse stick in his hands, this downhill dodger created a lot of buzz for his innate scoring ability. Passing the eye test at 6’3, 190 or so, Hallock may be a bit rough around the edges but is unbelievably productive, doing a great job finding the open man in transition or burying shots from a variety of release points. Considering his athleticism, it’s no surprise to hear that his brother will play for Mark D’Antonio at Michigan State & that his father played fullback in the NFL.

Richie Striano ’20, A/M, Team Igloo (N.Y.) / Cold Spring Harbor (N.Y.)
Along with his brother, Peter, the Strianos were a pleasure to watch this weekend. They played their tails off, got in guys’ mitts as d-middies and ran the field well with a number of transition plays highlighting their weekend. Richie wasn’t afraid to nail shots from long range and did so with flair, sending an absolute beauty bar-down. He’s fundamentally sound as a shooter and reportedly can also thrive playing some attack.

Mateo Brown ’20, A, Crabs / Mt. Hebron (Md.)
MIAA guys get a ton of love when it comes to the Baltimore Crabs, but this Howard County product looks like a nice prospect at this early point. He uses his body well and simply knows where to be in order to be successful, scoring multiple goals in the games that I watched. I’d like to see him improve his consistency and off-hand, but he’ll benefit tremendously from the new recruiting legislation as he has plenty of time to work on those attributes.

Charlie O’Connor ’20, A, VLC / Paul VI (Va.)
Another recruit who more than passes the eye test upon first glance, O’Connor is the younger brother of UNC middie Ryan O’Connor and a kid who had a lot of interest from top programs before the big change. He showed plenty of range and shoots the hell out of the ball with time and room. Watching VLC for a game and a half, he definitely carried the load and is incredibly confident with the ball in his stick for a kid his age.

Giovanni Procaccini ’20, M, Annapolis Hawks / McDonogh (Md.)
To put it simply, Procaccini fits the bill of a future Navy player (he committed to USNA last October): hard nosed, athletic and a bonafide competitor. In an exciting OT win against the Crabs, he picked up a hat trick by willing his way to the cage but also did the dirty work off the wings and between the lines with some big GB’s. He had a quick three-quarter release and loved the swim move, appearing very difficult to strip as he booked his way through the teeth of defenses.

Liam Powderly ’19, A, Crabs / McDonogh (Md.)
Connor Humiston ’19, A, Crabs / Georgetown Prep (Md.)

It feels like we’ve been watching these two make plays in tandem forever. Humiston, a verbal to UVA, is a crafty, well-built scorer who had a knack for finding space inside or making plays off the ride. He had a handful of nifty backside cuts for goals but has also improved his vision both in transition and 6-on-6 situations. Powderly, meanwhile, consistently makes smart play after smart play, getting to the island with regularity despite his thin frame. He’s coming off of an excellent season for the Eagles, but word is he’s eyeing a college career in golf (he’s a scratch golfer who is nationally ranked) though that’s not due to a lack of notable interest from college lacrosse coaches.

Daniel Kelly ’20, A, FCA Maryland / Calvert Hall (Md.)
The Carolina commit did his best work when it mattered most, tallying his 5th goal of a semifinal comeback win against rival Looney’s as FCA scored six goals in the fourth quarter to advance to the championship that they eventually win. A crafty lefty with an incredible feel for the game and even better hands, he has a Canadian-like approach to off-ball work and finishing. His lacrosse IQ and compete level jump off the page, in particular, and he’ll be a tough matchup for years to come.

Honorable Mention
Mason Woodward ‘19, LSM/D, Crabs / St. Paul’s (Md.) – Marquette
Quintin O’Connell ‘19, M, Eclipse / New Canaan (Conn.)
Tyler Neal ’19, A, Leading Edge / Delaware Valley (N.J.)
Johnny Hodges ’19, M, Madlax / Quince Orchard (Md.)
Joseph Destro ’19, LSM, Patriot / Don Bosco (N.J.) – UNC 
Garrett Nilsen ’19, A, Annapolis Hawks / St. Mary’s (Md.) – Ohio State
Brian Miller ’19, A, Freedom / Downingtown East (Pa.) – Bucknell
Jack Crosby ’19, LSM/D, Juiced Cherries / Brother Rice (Mich.) – Rutgers
Evan James ’19, A/M, Resolute / Dublin Coffman (Oh.) – Loyola
Nathan Laliberte ’20, FO/M, NH Tomahawks / Pinkerton Academy (N.H.) – Bryant
Jonathan Peshko ’20, FO/M, Edge / St. Michael’s (Ont.) – Hopkins
Patrick O’Hara ’20, M, Juiced Cherries / Culver (Ind.) – Michigan
Sam Ward ’20, A, Laxachusetts / Hingham (Mass.)
Ham McPartland ’20, F/O, FCA Maryland / Calvert Hall (Md.)

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