After a very long and hot weekend, I hope that whoever played at Big 4 HHH is resting and hydrating as much as possible because it was straight up WAR at the Hill School. A simple glance at the list of teams who played should be enough to picture how talented this group of players was. Having never played at this tournament when I was a high school recruit, the amount of competition and intensity at a summer event was new to me, but nonetheless exciting as hell.
25-30% of these kids are already committed all the way down to the Class of 2020 and many of these teams have played each other over the past three or four years at summer tournaments, which only heated up the intensity. There were too many great players to fit into one write-up so I came up with a list of kids who not only stood out this weekend, but also may have been overlooked in the past.
— ConnectLAX (@ConnectLAX) June 19, 2016
Class of 2017:
Cole Touhey, G, Blue Star Lacrosse / Rutgers Prep (N.J.) – Rutgers
A loud presence in the cage, Touhey stands tall in the net making it seem smaller and makes a great defender as he is always aware of sneaking attackman to intercept and send the ball downfield. An acrobat at making saves, he often frustrates offensive players and is very smart clearing the ball.
“Cole is a very athletic and explosive goalie who is comfortable making dramatic saves under pressure and have shooters scratching their heads.” –MV Whitlow (Blue Star Coach)
Ben Shapiro, FO/M, Eclipse Lacrosse / Brunswick School (C.T.) – Uncommitted
Standing at only 5’8, Shapiro uses his strength and ability to stay low to the ground to win the clamp almost every draw. He also has great wing awareness as he uses his teammates once teams start to adapt to him winning the draw. Shows great potential as he can only get stronger and faster, I think someone will pick him up by the end of summer.
“Ben had an incredible season at Brunswick having around a 90% win percentage at the faceoff X. We picked him up late in his recruiting process, but are very excited to have him as he is just a great asset to a team.” -John Appelt (Eclipse Coach)
Owen McElroy, G, Leading Edge Elite / Avon Old Farms (C.T.) – Georgetown
He’s great in the cage constantly making big time saves in big time moments as well as defensive plays to scoop up loose ground balls and intercept cross-field passes. Also has excellent vision in the clearing game and serves as a great anchor for one of the best defenses in the class of 2017.
Brian Tevlin, A/M, Leading Edge Elite / Seton Hall Prep (N.J.) – Yale
Although he is not the biggest on the field, Tevlin’s versatility proves his dominance as a complete midfielder. Having spent the past two seasons as an attackman for his high school, Tevlin now dodges LSMs with ease as he uses his quick first step to rotate the defense and use his vision to do the rest. But it doesn’t stop on the offensive side of the ball, he was also one of the best defensive players out on the field and is a dynamic force in between the lines.
Garrett Samuelson, A, Blue Star Lacrosse / Delbarton (N.J.) – Uncommitted
At first glance he is your typical lefty attackman, it’s what I thought at least until about 5 minutes past in the game. Samuelson may be one of the most dynamic attackman I’ve ever seen. After Coach MV Whitlow shared with me that Samuelson was a natural righty, my mind was blown. This kid can see the field, draw the slide, be a crease rat, ANYTHING. He can shoot hard and accurate with both hands as well as finish on the crease with both. I was surprised to hear that this kid was still uncommitted, but where ever he lands those coaches are going to have a fun time seeing his growth into a really great player.
“Garrett just had a incredible season with Delbarton as they won a TOC title, and he is just a very talented and versatile kid that has a lot of growing to do as a player.” -MV Whitlow (Blue Star Coach)
Jake Baylor, D, Eclipse Lacrosse / Darien (C.T.) – Uncommitted
Baylor is HUGE. This kid is loud, intimidating, and smart. A very strong and athletic defender with a background as a football starter makes those who face him think twice before dodging. It doesn’t stop there as he has incredible stick skills, is patient while checking, and is a big threat when coming down the field into the offensive end.
“Jake is an animal, he is a starter in football and definitely has the potential to be a Division 1 lacrosse player.” -John Appelt (Eclipse Coach)
Mike Schinsky, M, Blue Star Lacrosse / Shawnee (N.J.) – Penn State
Jack Hoelzer, M, Eclipse Lacrosse / New Canaan (C.T.) – Uncommitted
Jason Coyle, LSM, Leading Edge Elite / St. Peter’s Prep (N.J.) – Uncommitted
Class of 2018:
Tate Young, M, Texas Stangs / West Lake (T.X.) – Penn
He a very fast, overall midfielder on both ends of the ball. Has a a great shot down the alley and can fool defenders by using the rollback to his advantage and keep goalies guessing.
“He is extremely athletic on both sides of the ball, also a strong lefty dodger and shooter down the alley. Can surprise you with his right hand abilities and is a great transition player.” – Max Bartig (Texas Stangs Coach)
Sam Uva, FO/M, Primetime / Trinity Pawling (N.Y.) – Uncommitted
This kid has a STRONG clamp and is very quick to get it off of the midfield line. His ability to get the ball out quick and make the smart decision makes him a great asset to have on a team. Although the few times that he does not win the clamp, you will see him running after that ball like a hound as he is gritty on ground balls after the initial clamp.
“Sam is a very quick FOGO and can do well under pressure because of his athleticism. Also a great thing about him is that he is a great defender.” – Chris Daniello (Primetime Coach)
Patrick McIlroy, D, Leading Edge Elite / Westfield (N.J.) – Denver
A big presence on the field, McIlroy shows all the fundamentals of a starting defensemen at Denver. Having to match up against one of the best attackman in the country (Joey Epstein, MadLax), McIlroy showed no sign of weakness and proved his speed and athleticism can match such talent. He can cover a variety of players from the big bulky attackman that backs his defender down, to the speedy midfielder with a hard split.
Jacob Stoebner, D, Texas Stangs / West Lake (T.X.) – Uncommitted
A standout from the moment I started watching, Stoebner has incredible strength that go along with his footwork to stump attackman trying to dodge on him. His long arms and body work in his favor as he can take control of any situation on the field. Also serves as a leader for his defense, which shows how smart and reliable of a player he is.
“A fundamentally sound defender with great positioning, has a strong lower body and uses his great positioning to make sure he never gets beat. He NEVER gets beat.” -Max Bartig (Texas Stangs Coach)
Jamie Zusi, FO/M, Leading Edge Elite / Pingry School (N.J.) – Uncommitted
Matt Baugher, A, Primetime / Greenwich (C.T.) – Uncommitted
Ramsey McCreary, A, Texas Stangs / Woodlands (T.X.) – Loyola
Matt Mangan, M, Primetime / Fox Lane (N.Y.) – Syracuse