Standouts From Adrenaline’s Western Prime and All-American Game

IMG_1458.JPGWe’ve all heard it before: location, location, location.

For any summer lacrosse event, it will be hard to top the gaudiness that the facilities at Adrenaline’s All-American Game and Western Prime provided on the grounds of the Ford Center at The Star.

Taking place at the Dallas Cowboys’ new 12,000-seat practice and multi-purpose complex in the city of Frisco, the inaugural event hosted a boutique recruiting tournament that gathered five established clubs from different pockets of California and Texas. In addition, Adrenaline hosted its yearly All-American Game, consisting of the very best graduated HS seniors from west of the Mississippi. 

“The Western Prime at ADRLN All American event was truly game-changing for Western lacrosse.  Getting a major partner like The Star involved with the game of lacrosse only boosts it exposure in the West and nationally,” said Adrenaline CEO Alex Cade. “The Star at the Ford Center is a massive organization with a world-class facility and we are honored that they chose to partner with us on this marquee event.  Combining the absolute top club programs in the West, an amazing facility, 40 NCAA recruiters and the ADRLN All-American game in one event was a dream come true for us as a company.  All Americans, NCAA coaches and the club directors all raved about the experience.”

How could they not?

Massive video boards in the endzone showed the games happening in real time. Players had access to the swanky locker rooms on site, and recruiters were given access to the spa and fitness center. Like many Adrenaline events, there was an instructional aspect broken down by position, including appearances by MLL standouts Greg Gurenlian, Adam Ghitelman and John Galloway from Face-Off Academy and G3 Lacrosse to work with face-off men and goalies. All in all, there was just about everything you could ask for. Due to the small size of the tournament, it was all extremely manageable and college coaches left having a really good feel for each club program (RC, SD United, Chaos, Iron Horse and ADVNC) and individual graduating class involved.

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Recruiting Rundown was in attendance for all three days. Here’s who stood out between the AA game and the Western Prime event, with a focus on the 2017 and 2019 classes.

ADRENALINE ALL-AMERICAN GAME NOTES

Asher Nolting ’17, A, Cherry Creek (Colo.) – High Point 
Where do I begin? Nolting was flat out absurd at the Adrenaline All-American Game as he worked his way to MVP honors (five goals and a few pretty assists) with a flair for the dramatic. After finishing the season with 48 goals and 66 assists, Recruiting Rundown’s No. 52 senior picked up right where he left off just seconds in, taking his man from the end line then scoring a beauty low just a yard or so above GLE. Seconds later, the big and nimble playmaker tossed a cross-crease pass right on the money for an assist. Even when he missed it was pretty, picking up a GB off the ride and trying a lefty one-hander or an around-the-world that went wide. In the third quarter, he had a wildly impressive inside roll before laying out for a backhander as well as a play where Nolting drew attention then threw another cross crease assist. In general, the Colorado native is so athletic for his size and has incredible stick control, poise and footwork around the cage. We probably robbed him of Under Armour All-American status, and he’ll probably prove the selection committee wrong as he heads down to High Point and almost certainly puts on a show from Day 1.

Myles Hamm ’17, M, Westminster (Conn.) – Harvard 
In all likelihood, the MVP award probably could have been shared between Hamm and Nolting, as the two worked impeccably together throughout the whole night. The Calgary (Alb.) lefty had somewhere around six points on the big stage as well as a plethora of groundballs to get possession for his team. He has ridiculous hands and a dialed in stick (that’s an understatement, actually) that allows him to catch everything and make keepers move with a series of fakes. Of course, everyone will remember the Canadian’s #SCTop10 worthy fake jump shot goal or the picturesque low shot fake before burying a low-to-high. Then there was the BTB fake to freeze his defender or the one-handed swim move inside to brush off checks and finish inside. It’s hard not to gush about the unique skill set that he brings to the table, and it’s something Harvard hasn’t had in quite some time. It will be hard for Chris Wojcik to keep him off the field whether it’s attack or midfield, where Hamm has been able to show how athletic and lethal in transition he is. He definitely benefited from two years at a New England prep school (probably worth checking out his junior year highlight reel), which will help tremendously as he heads into the Ivy League.

Andrew Beacham ’17, M, La Costa Canyon (Calif.) – Towson
The San Diego Player of the Year has one of the snappiest overhand releases in the 2017 class, and it was put on display at The Star last month, finishing with a hat trick for the South team. On his first tally, he caught the ball out of the box and put a right-to-left split on his man and then re-dodged his way to a goal down the left side of the field. His best goal was his second, taking a shorty, hesitating enough to lose his man and then blasting a low-to-low past the goalie. The future Tiger the hat trick early in the third stanza to tie the game at 9-9, getting to the middle of the field and shooting offside high. Beacham has been outstanding over the years at Adrenaline events, but has continued to master his outside shot and dodging prowess to the point that he could very well find a spot on one of TU’s first two midfields as a freshman.

Scott Phillips ’17, LSM, Palos Verdes Peninsula (Calif.) – Bryant
Constantly pushing transition, Phillips is the type of LSM that thrives in All-Star Game situations. He was a vacuum off the ground and even dodged in settled situations, having an assist in the second quarter. With his motor and overall playmaking ability, he’ll thrive for Mike Pressler, who likes to have his poles push the tempo.

Alderik van der Heyde ’17, A, Torrey Pines (Calif.) – Middlebury 
To put it simply, Dave Campbell is getting an absolute steal in this late-blooming scorer. Van der Hyde had one of the plays of the night when he caught the ball, buried a between-the-legs tally with his back to the goal. He also nailed a high bouncer in the second quarter after Harry Wellford drew the double and dumped it to him from eight yards out.

Jack Elders ’17, M, Redwood (Calif.) – Georgetown
Though he’s a kid who I admittedly haven’t seen a ton of, Elders showed that he has a skill set that will fare well in Division I, finishing the night with two goals. He has an outstanding split dodge, then beating the slide with a face dodge and a hard lefty shot early in the game. He mixes up his release points and has the burst, athleticism and IQ that should make Kevin Warne happy as he looks for more contributors on offense.

OTHER GRADUATED SENIORS THAT IMPRESSED
J.P. Morris, A, Oklahoma Christian (Okla.) – Mt. St. Mary’s 
Jake Frane, M, Mountain Vista (Colo.) – Notre Dame 
Ryan Darby, G, Plano West (Tex.) – Johns Hopkins
Ryder Mora, M, Loyola Los Angeles (Calif.) – Maryland
Chase Lynch, F/O, Santa Margarita Catholic (Calif.) – Denison
Nick Mohler, D, Loyola Los Angeles (Calif.) – Boston U.
Bryn Evans, M, St. Ignatius (Calif.) – Harvard
Teddy Sullivan, A/M, Deerfield (Mass.) – Denver
Owen Seebold, A, Highland Park (Tex.) – Syracuse
Christian Marshall, M, Faith Lutheran (Nev.) – Air Force
Harry Wellford, M, MICDS (Mo.) – Virginia
Nakeie Montgomery, M, Episcopal Dallas (Tex.) – Duke

STANDOUTS FROM ADRLN WESTERN PRIME

Max Manyak ’19, M, RC / Oak Park (Calif.)
Nobody would call it farfetched when calling Manyak, who verballed to Notre Dame shortly after Thanksgiving, the best player at the event. While there’s no one quality that blows you away, Manyak is consistently smooth and solid across the board, thriving in transition and hitting a high percentage of his shots from the outside. He sweeps across the top, gets to the middle of the field for a quality hands-free shot – every time you’d look up, it seemed like he was making another smart play that boosted his team.

Jonathan Taylor ’19, LSM, Iron Horse / St. Mark’s (Tex.)
A lefty overflowing with upside, Taylor is a former midfielder who gets up and down the field in a hurry with his long strides and endurance. Of course, it’s no surprise to hear that the 6’1, 180-pound athlete is the football team’s starting running back. Beyond just his quicks, he stayed right on opponents’ gloves and used his body well in scrum situations, often clearing the ball himself and passing it off in the offensive zone. Taylor definitely gives opposing middies fits with his tenacity, and will only help his collegiate stock as he continues to bring along his defensive fundamentals and off-ball play.

Wynton Bastian ’19, A, SD United / La Jolla Country Day (Calif.)
There were a lot of standout attackmen in attendance, but Bastian caught recruiters’ attention with his knack for finishing plays. A lefty who could let it go, he regularly made things happen while dodging from the wings, using the bounce in his step and ability to get back to his left for shots from five to ten yards. He could probably add more weight to his frame and work on the two-handedness, but it’s certainly been effective, further evidenced by his 40 goals this past spring.

Joey Rosen ’19, LSM, Chaos / Oak Park (Calif.)
A guest to Texas-based Chaos, Rosen was very enjoyable to watch throughout the week, often acting as the catalyst for his team’s transition game after executing takeaway checks. He habitually  hunted down ball carriers with timely trail checks, showing off a great handle as he chugged upfield. Rosen took great approaches when on-ball, stayed heavy on the hands and successfully matched feet with the quickest middies.

Jack Goller ’19, M, ADVNC / Marin Catholic (Calif.)
Tommy Barnds ’19, M, ADVNC / Sacred Heart Prep (Calif.) 
Have fun trying to stop these two surefire Top 20 prospects when they’re both on the field. At Western Prime, teams didn’t have the defensive balance to do so simultaneously, and they helped ADVNC to a 2019 championship on the final day. Goller isn’t super big but brings a lot to the table, clearing it himself, separating from longsticks and shorties alike and tearing it up from the outside with a heavy and accurate ball. He found numerous ways to get to the rack, possessing the quickness and awareness to beat the slide and get in close. Barnds, meanwhile, is a hard-nosed and sturdy kid who could also let it go down the alleys with either hand. What he may lack in quickness off the dodge, he makes up for with high IQ plays and a downright nasty shot. Expect to hear more from this Northern California pair once we hit September 1st.

OTHERS WHO IMPRESSED
Harry Blake ’19, A, Chaos / Southlake Carroll (Tex.)
Caleb Holdridge ’19, A, Chaos / Greenhill (Tex.)
Andrew Bell ’19, D, SD United / Coronado (Calif.)
Morgan Watson ’19, G, RC / La Jolla (Calif.)
Christian Rasmussen ’20, A, RC / Torrey Pines (Calif.)
Will Patterson ’19, M, ADVNC / Aptos (Calif.)
Sam Fortenbaugh ’19, LSM, ADVNC / Menlo (Calif.)
William Moran ’19, G, Iron Horse / Dallas Jesuit (Tex.) – Hofstra
Matthew Priddy ’19, M, Iron Horse / Dallas Jesuit (Tex.)
Tommy Hovivian ’20, A, Iron Horse / Dallas Jesuit (Tex.)

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