You can always count on two things at the Long Island Fall Classic: the weather making things interesting and a high volume of college coaches. Sunday morning’s downpour was miserable and toughened field conditions, but the sheer firepower of the teams still allowed for an incredible product. Over 240 college coaches attended the different events on the campus of Farmingdale State College, making for one of the highest totals of any event in recent history. Matt Chandik and I made the trip to Strong Island, starting with Friday’s public vs. private showcase and continuing through Saturday and Sunday with the NLF individual showcase, LI Fall Classic and NLF team events. Have a look at below at the players that caught our attention.
Chandik’s LI Public vs. Private Standouts
James Ball ‘20, FO/M, Chaminade (N.Y.) / Long Island Express
The Navy commit is far from a FOGO. Yes, he did a great job of winning faceoffs and putting the ball almost wherever he wanted, but he also runs well, constantly hustles and handles the ball with ease. His lightning-quick hands help him win the clamp almost every time, and when the ball comes out, he’s comfortable handling the ball in his stick.
Andrew McAdorey ‘21, M, St. Anthony’s (N.Y.) / Team 91
McAdorey was a busy man, playing in both the 2020 and 2021 games, but he shined in both. He scored in the final minute of the ‘21 game to complete the Private comeback with a top-shelf rip and he was too quick and shifty for defenders to stay in front of 1v1. McAdorey has a tremendous stick and isn’t afraid to try anything that requires a little bit of creative flair. He doesn’t lack confidence and should be one of the best middies in the ‘21 class.
Jack Monfort ‘19, M, Syosset (N.Y.) / Long Island Express
Monfort stood out like a sore thumb among a loaded crop with his cannon of a shot. He was constantly changing planes and hammering shots past goalies. On one play, the Yale commit swept topside, split the defense and left the crossbar singing with a bardown blast. He got his shot with ease and is tough to stop once he gets moving downhill. The Bulldogs got a good one.
Aidan Mulholland ‘21, M, Manhasset (N.Y.) / Igloo
The second verbal in the 2021 class, Mulholland does a wonderful job of finding open guys and threading passes to them. He’s not afraid to throw a pass in traffic if he thinks he can get it through – he almost always does – and he’s got good size for a high school freshman middie. He’s got good footwork and athleticism to go with that size, and coupled with his vision and a good shot, he becomes an all-around threat. The Michigan commit doesn’t rest on his laurels, either. He’s always moving and hustling and he looks like he’s got some leadership skills to him as his teammates seem to gravitate toward him.
George Panagopoulos ‘21, D, Friends Academy (N.Y.) / Igloo
I feel bad for any attackman who has to go up against Panagopoulos because he’s going to feel the after effects the next day. Panagopoulos throws hard checks to set the tone early and he’s got a mean streak to boot. Panagopoulos also showed a nice stick when the ball hit the ground, and the lefty has all the tools to be a shutdown No. 1 guy.
Chandik/Xanders’ LI Fall Classic & NLF Standouts
Zacharia Jouri ‘20, M, Everest Academy (Ont.)
It sure doesn’t seem like much fazes Jouri when he’s got the ball in his stick. At one point, I saw him slip while trying to dodge and casually get up while handling out of a double before easily dumping off the ball to a teammate. Everest’s players always love to show off their creativity, and Jouri was no different. He tossed a couple of no-look, behind-the-back passes right into teammates’ sticks. Jouri got a lot of run for a short-staffed Everest JV and looked good doing it.
Brennan O’Neill ‘20, A, St. Anthony’s (N.Y.) / Team 91
I’m not really sure what you’re supposed to do to stop O’Neill, so I’ll suggest pray that he has a bad day and hope for the best. He stands out physically with his imposing size, and while he doesn’t have the most explosive first step, he’s got solid speed once he gets rolling, which opens up his stickwork. O’Neill showed an ability to score with either hand and find open teammates with incredible vision and precise passes, but I loved his willingness to work to get his teammates open with picks when he was being locked off by a pole. He’s also part of an attack line with Xavier Arline and Joey Spallina that rides like they’re a bunch of starving animals and the ball carrier has the last piece of food available. There’s a lot of hype out there about O’Neill, and every bit of it is deserved.
Zachary Tripp ‘19, G, Agoura (Calif.) / West Coast Starz
Tripp made stop after stop in the last game of the day against Everest Academy, tossing aside low shot after low shot and mirroring well with Everest’s Canadian sticks in tight, He’s got plenty of upside, too, since he’s so new to the position. A former attackman, he’s pretty new to the position and will only get better with more reps. You’d never tell that he’s so new to the position, and his quick hands help him make some big saves.
Max Schalit ‘19, LSM/D, Ponte Vedra (Fla.) / Sand Gnats
Schalit’s size, physicality and aggressiveness won’t endear him to opposing attackmen, and neither will his playmaking ability. The Notre Dame verbal was super smooth off the ground and very comfortable pushing the pace in transition, and he’s got an active stick that helps keep opponents uncomfortable. Attackmen didn’t want anything to do with RR’s No. 35 2019 prospect.
Stewart Vassau ‘19, M, Mercer Island (Wash.) / Stripling Warriors
It didn’t matter where defenders tried to move Vassau, he was still going to get his. In an early game, he scored a righty goal and a lefty goal minutes apart, and he’s got some legit shooting range. He’s not the most explosive dodger, but the Utah commit does an excellent job of getting his hands free to shoot and he’s deadly from inside 12 yards. He also showed the assertiveness to make the little plays and was willing to muck it up to get the rock.
Joey Pezzimenti ’20, A, Victor (N.Y.) / SweetLax
Carrying a sturdy frame, this Ohio State pledge packs a punch from the outside. He’s armed with one of the more lethal releases that I’ve seen from an underclassman, able to send it into the back of the net before goalies even know it’s out of his stick. He’s not going to blow anybody away with his speed but is a hard-nosed attackman who bodied bigger defenders and stuck his nose in the dirt for tough GB’s. Pezzimenti showed really good chemistry with Casey McDermott (Brighton, N.Y.), often receiving pinpoint feeds on the doorstep from the Hopkins commit.
Michael Swirbalus ’19, M, St. Sebastian’s (Mass.) / Laxachusetts
Will Frisoli ’19, LSM/D, St. Sebastian’s (Mass.) / Laxachusetts
Committed to Duke and Harvard, respectively, this pair of highly St. Seb’s products continued to impress on Sunday. Frisoli, ranked No. 3 in the class, is just a pleasure to watch with a longpole. His motor is second to none but it’s his ability to jump back and forth between LSM and close without skipping a beat. Ball carriers are always on high alert when he’s hunting in the general vicinity – he’ll continue to project well as long as he can add bulk to his frame. With Swirbalus, he’s a high energy player who makes things happen off of a re-dodge, going North/South or demonstrating excellent vision with an excellent feed. He’s upped his comfort in terms of drawing a slide and still making plays in a number of ways, so I’d expect him to take his spring numbers even higher especially given the Arrows’ losses to graduation.
Gerard Kane ’19, A, Lambert (Ga.) / LB3 Thunder
I love watching this recruit, who as is stands now is committed to Hartford, which is an absolute steal for new head coach Ryan Martin & Co. He’s a load to handle with a Division I-ready frame (somewhere in the area of 6’2, 210), though he could probably lose some baby fat and use some explosiveness. That’s not really a knock on him at all though, as Kane has phenomenal stick work and an absolute cannon of a shot to fill up stat sheets in stellar fashion.
Brett Tenaglia ’19, A, New Fairfield (Conn.) / Prime Time
There were looks of disappointment when college coaches found out that Tenaglia wasn’t uncommitted as the roster indicated, as he verballed to Furman before Halloween. The lefty willed his way to the cage on Sunday (even dodging from up top at times), demonstrating a few nice question marks and inside rolls. Overall, he’s a really impressive goal scorer who looked savvy and confident getting his hands free for quality shots.
Hudson Thomson ’20, A, St. Michael’s College (Ont.) / Edge
Edge didn’t submit a roster, however, it didn’t take long to figure out who Thomson was. Committed to Marquette, the lanky lefty often scored at well, whether inside with a few nifty fakes or from mid-range and with little to no angle on one particular goal I witnessed. You can see so much box background in his game, as he’s scrappy and always has his feet moving. Joe Amplo has every reason to be fired up to get Thomson, who has two older brothers currently playing for the Golden Eagles.
Brett Martin ’20, M, Half Hollow Hills East (N.Y.) / Team 91
The ball gets moved around and shared at a college level, so it’s important to have a quarterback at midfield. Martin fills that role impeccably, displaying outstanding vision and an overall understanding of the game that boosted his team. While some see him as a SSDM at the next level, I certainly feel like he’s more than that, as Martin has polished his shot on the run a good amount. He stung a few beauties with his feet moving based on what I saw throughout the two days of action.
Dylan Bauer ’20, A, Park City (Ut.) / West Coast Starz
I got the West Coast Starz evaluations out of the way on Saturday when Bauer’s skills were on display, darting through defenses as their main initiator. He has a deceptive first step to create separation and just goes hard all of the time, not backing down from defensemen several inches taller. He regularly got to the spots and limited his turnovers, but hustled his tail off in the riding game as well. Part of a strong and geographically Hopkins 2020 class.
Jason Child ’19, A, Needham (Mass.) / Laxachusetts
Adam Salvaggio ’19, A, Haverford (Pa.) / Big 4 HHH
Cam Wyers ’18, LSM/D, Everest Academy (Ont.) – Loyola
Aiden Blake ’19, M, Haddonfield (N.J.) / Big 4 HHH
Shad Bruce ’19, M, Torrey Pines (Calif.) / West Coast Starz – Lafayette
Timmy Norton ’19, F/O, New Canaan (Conn.) / Eclipse
Trey Berry ’19, M, Ward Melville (N.Y.) – Utah
Cade MacLeod ’19, A, Roswell (Ga.) / LB3 Thunder – Georgetown
Luke Staudt ’20, G, West Genesee (N.Y.) / SweetLax Upstate
Marco Napolitano ’19, D, Torrey Pines (Calif.) / West Coast Starz – Boston U.
TJ Bryan ’19, F/O, Lakeland Panas (N.Y.) / Prime Time – Dartmouth
Thomas Dolciotto ’20, M, Syosset (N.Y.) / Team 91
Trevor Westcoat ’20, D, Cherry Creek (Colo.) / Denver Elite
Max Kane ’19, M, South Forsyth (Ga.) / LB3 Thunder – Air Force
Jack Walshe ’20, M, St. Anthony’s (N.Y.) / LI Express
Isaiah Skidders ’19, A, Everest Academy (Ont.)
Robbie Booth ’20, D, Chaminade (N.Y.) / LI Express
Eric Malever ’20, A, Woodward Academy (Ga.) / LB3 Thunder – Maryland