Relishing the opportunity to get evaluated by over 70 college coaches, 30 different high school teams transcended on Cedar Lane Park in Columbia (Md.) for the fall edition of the National High School Lacrosse Tournament. The event (we highlighted Session 1 and Session 2 this past summer) has been a popular destination for college coaches to check out players playing in an organized high school setting. Recruiting Rundown was there on Saturday, putting together an anonymous report derived from coaches in attendance.
BOYS’ LATIN (MD)
Payton Giberson, F/O, 2020 – The graduation of Penn State freshman Jake Glatz might have been a cause for worry on Lake Avenue. Not with Maryland commit Giberson at the X now. He controlled the ball the vast majority of the time in the games that I witnessed. The Laker faithful are in good hands.
Reagan McNemar, D, 2019 – A verbal to Air Force, McNemar is the leader on a young Laker defense. He has gotten much better with his speed and change of direction. As expected of a service academy commit, he is vocal and has a great understanding of the game.
Brendan Grimes, A, 2020 – Grimes is big and rangy, driving to the cage with power. Considered to be one of the better players in the class, the lefty Ohio State commit answered the bell whenever Boys’ Latin needed a goal.
Jack Morton, G, 2018 – Playing in the shadow of classmate and No. 56 ranked Chris Brandau, Morton took advantage of his opportunity during his time in cage, showcasing his skills inside the crease and on outlets. He made plenty of saves from close range, demonstrating a poise that belies his varsity playing time.
Connor Shellenberger, A, 2019 – Saturday was Shellenberger’s first time playing with Bullis after transferring from St. Anne’s Belfield (Va.), so it was a coming out party of sorts despite the fact that he’s the nation’s No. 1 recruit. The UVA commit scored at will in the biggest game of the day against Calvert Hall, as the 30+ college coaches filling the sidelines were in awe of the power and placement of his shots. With his speed, power and high IQ, he led the offensive attack for Bullis.
Jack Fracyon, G, 2021 – If it was a coming party for Shellenberger, then it was definitely one for Fracyon too. He demonstrated quick hands, command of the defense and good outlets, especially in the game against Calvert Hall. His play belied his years, so Coach Bellistri has a good one on his hands for the next four years.
Robert Schain, A, 2019 – Bound for Penn, Schain was able to initiate and finish from the wings. The No. 32 junior showed that he and Shellenberger will work well together for the next two years in the Bullis offense.
TC White, D, 2019 – White is a tall, rangy and aggressive uncommitted prospect. The 6’5 defender played with aggression and was able to get numerous balls off the ground and going the other way.
CALVERT HALL (MD)
Zach Green, A, 2018 – Green demonstrated all of the skills that got him recruited to the University of Maryland. He has the speed, shot and savvy that you look for in an attackman. The righty showed why the Hall should be considered a favorite to repeat in the MIAA even after graduating contributors like JT Bugliosi, Omari DeBerry and Brendan Curry.
Grant Mitchell, M, 2019 – In his second year at Calvert Hall, the Georgia transplant is learning to use his physical frame to get to the goal. He is a big bodied, powerful midfielder with a lot of upside, demonstrating that potential against Bullis in the game that I watched.
Jacob Kelly, A, 2018 – Kelly continues to wow while doing the things that he does. When initiating from X, the Kelly family’s next in line of Tar Heels looks equally adept at going to the goal or drawing a slide and hitting a cutting teammate. While watching the game against Bullis, Kelly had two goals and an assist from what I saw.
Garrett Zungailia, D, 2018 – The tall lefty defenseman showed good instincts in covering his man and playing team defense. He showed an athletic play in the middle of the field by picking off a clearing attempt and bringing it back to initiate the CHC offense.
Garrett Leadmon, M, 2018 – The Duke-bound senior, ranked No. 51 in his class, showed why he is going to the ACC. He is a big bodied and athletic midfielder who had two goals in the game that I saw against Gilman. Coach Scott Morrison certainly has some great pieces to work with in the middle of the field.
Garrett Degnon, M, 2018 – The uncommitted senior won’t be that way long after faring well over the last few months, putting up a few points in the game that I saw. He’s tall and athetic with an overall presence on the field that really stood out. On his assist, it was an awesome drive and look through to find an open teammate on the far pipe for the easy goal.
Teigue Norman, D, 2019 – The uncommitted defender played great position on Gilman’s best attackman. He also demonstrated his lacrosse IQ and speed in the clearing game.
EPISCOPAL DALLAS (TX)
Brandon Meaux, A, 2018 – Now an uncommitted senior, the righty attackman was a commit in the 2019 class for Villanova with a PG year in between. He is now entertaining interest from the likes of Georgetown and Colgate next year. He demonstrated the ability to dodge from X or the wing. On one play, he toe-dragged through a double team for a spinning, point blank goal. On another, he looked through the defense to find an open teammate on the backside.
Harry Blake, A, 2019 – The uncommitted righty showed great patience in finishing. A transfer from Southlake Carroll (Tex.), he brings a presence to ESD’s attack unit.
Blair Oden, M, 2018 – Though not big of build, Oden owned the space between the boxes. He effectively uses his experience as a wrestler to come up with GB’s at pace in traffic. He needs to add some size but the toughness is there for this midfielder.
Logan Paff, M, 2019 – The Brown commit commanded the field when he was out there, looking to be by far the best player that I saw playing for the Greyhounds. He played with speed and adeptly dodged down both alleys. On one goal, he stepped in from just inside the restraining line and ripped top cheddar.
Max Carneal, M, 2020 – Carneal is an uncommitted sophomore who won’t be that way for long after next September 1st. He was a terror for the other team between the lines, showing good speed and a nose for the ball. Playing on the wing on face-offs, if he got to the GB, he got it and cleared it with ease. He also displayed great vision in finding open teammates for the hockey assist a number of times.
Xander Martin, D, 2019 – With a number of his defensive linemates out practicing with the football team for Sunday’s MIAA championship, the Yale-bound junior led the backline for the Hounds. Martin will need to work on the timing of his home run and over-the-head checks to limit his opponents’ opportunities.
Evan Long, G, 2019 – The fall Towson commit was playing in front of a depleted defense without football players Rich Dion, BJ Farrare and Chris Smith. He still kept McDonogh in all of its games by making routine saves and some spectacular ones, corralling at least four 1-on-1 saves at crucial times during the two games I witnessed.
Liam Powderly, A, 2019 – Powderly continued where he left off in the spring season as the Eagles’ quarterback. He recently committed to UVA for golf but there’s no doubt that the Wahoos (Kip Turner was on the sidelines at NHSLS) would love to figure out a way for Liam to play both golf and lacrosse in Charlottesville.
Jackson Bonitz, D, 2020 – A Penn State commit, Bonitz was one of the few defensive starters from 2017 playing on Sunday He excelled in close defense and in transition, covering his man well and showing well on GB’s.
Jack Myers, A, 2018 – The Harvard-bound Myers was the obvious leader on offense for the Eagles. The offense will start with Myers but Coach Casey O’Neill has a number of other players ready to assist in the goal department.
Ben Finlay, LSM/D, 2019 – Finlay is almost everything you look for in a defenseman: he has the speed, IQ, communication and the footwork. Add a little size and he will be a menace to most offensive players. He played great individual and team defense and was active in the clearing game. Good things continue to happen when the Princeton commit is on the field.
Kyle Borda, M, 2018 – Borda is a big two-way midfielder who will play a big role this year with the Eagles. He showed his craftiness on a goal where he was able to dip and dunk on the goalie. The Fairfield signee brings an intensity to the field that all players should.
Scott Middleton, D, 2018 – The Loyola-bound LSM was all over the field for the Bulls. Whether it was playing great individual defense, picking off passes in the middle of the field or playing an extended run on offense. He will be a major force for the Bulls if they are to return to the state winners circle in 2018.
John Talbott, G, 2018 – Part of the stacked Bulls senior class, the Elizabethtown-bound goalie was aggressive in and out of the crease. He was good on a number of close shots and he pounced on groundballs near the crease. Talbott was good on outlets as well.
Peter Karmilowicz, D, 2018 – The senior is a big beefy defender who always seems to be in the right position on the field. On one play against IMG White, the uncommitted senior took the ball away from his defender, scooped up the ground ball and started the transition to a goal.
HILL ACADEMY (ONT)
Dyson Williams, A, 2019 – Headed to Duke, Williams is a big and athletic playmaker who excels above the goal as most Canadians do. The son of NLL legend Shawn Williams, he was the best player that I saw on Saturday and just a joy to watch all over the offensive side of the field.
Billy Coyle, A, 2018 – Great on the wings, the Malvern Prep (Pa.) graduate is taking a PG year with The Hill before going off to play for Cornell. He has the confidence and skill to take his man to the cage or finish off a great feed. Against Gilman, he sliced up their best defender for a number of goals.
Josh Zawada, A, 2019 – The righty attackman benefitted from the presence of Coyle and Williams but was smooth on his own. Committed to Syracuse, the North Carolina native demonstrated the skills that he learned playing box. He was great in tight quarters and smooth in moving the goalie.
IMG ACADEMY (FL)
Chris Merle, M, 2018 – The West Hampton (N.Y.) native showed great dodging ability against some good SSDM’s, bringing great energy to the field each and every time he was on it. Formerly committed to Lafayette, he’ll reportedly head to UVA mid-year.
Chase Scanlan, M, 2018 – The Seneca Nation native showed good vision and stick work for the Ascenders, tossing a nice flip pass for an assist in one game that I saw. Coming off of a spot on the SportsCenter Top 10 last week, Scanlan has signed with the Loyola Greyhounds.
Drew Snyder, A, 2020 – The Syracuse verbal was the best player on the field for his team, and also the most versatile. He took face-offs, picked up groundballs and figured big in the Ascenders’ offense. The sturdy lefty demonstrated his excellent stick work with a nice BTB assist.
JJ Levandowski, M, 2019 – Another Syracuse commit, Levandowski made great plays in transition, recently transferring south after tearing it up for St. Mark’s (Mass.) in the ISL. He had a goal and a hockey assist based on what I saw in one game.
MT. ST. JOE (MD)
Kyle DeCrispino, A, 2018 – The Drexel commit was definitely the best player on the field for the Gaels. He went to the goal with reckless abandon looking for goals or fellow teammates.
Griffin Corbett, M, 2018 – Griffin was MSJ’s leader of the team in the middle of the field. The future Jacksonville Dolphin was critical in organizing their offense and defense in transition, looking great on groundballs and in the clearing game.
Bennett Carr, M, 2019 – The uncommitted midfielder brings a big presence to the Gaels’ offense. He has a hard shot and was easily found on the backside. The 6’3, 185-pound junior will have the opportunity to make plays for Steven Berger.
ST. MARY’S (MD)
Aleric Fyock, G, 2018 – A lot has been written about Fyock over the years. Displaying great positioning and quickness, the Penn State-bound senior was spectacular in the games that I saw on Saturday, also looking strong in the clearing game. Most impressively, Fyock boosted his team by stoning a number of opponents on point-blank shots.
BJ Burlace, LSM, 2019 – The Yale commit proved why the Bulldogs’ staff should be excited about recently flipping the talented University of Maryland legacy. He played well with his feet, moving well 1-on-1 with opponents on offense. Possessing a great stick for a defender, he is big in the transition game as a threat on the offensive side of the field.
Tristan Michie, M, 2018 – Mitchie brings a load to the midfield position. He brought some serious heat from outside by stepping down on a high-to-high shot from just inside the box.
ST. PAUL’S (MD)
Andrew Caples, D, 2018 – Caples was the leader on D for new head coach Trey Whitty, an SP and UVA alum who excelled the defensive side of the ball. The senior Richmond signee has length and footwork along with a textbook approach to his opponents. He brings hard checks, but he’ll need to limit the sometimes unnecessary chances that he takes to stay on the field.
Mason Woodward, LSM, 2019 – A menace all over the field, the Marquette commit was on his game today. Woodward brings athleticism to the middle of the field with a big stick. He looks poised to have an excellent junior season.
Brennan Treacy, M, 2019 – Treacy was a vacuum on groundballs today. His play on the wings of face-offs and clearing was great all day long for the Crusaders – watch out when he gets more confidence on the offensive end.