Standouts from National 175 Invitational at RPI
As a company, our team saw a lot of talent this summer. We filmed both exclusive and to put it nicely, less than exclusive events. One thing is definitely true. Watching good lacrosse is better than watching the ball on the ground. At the National 175 Summer Showcase, we got to see 3 days of great lacrosse. Players that created chemistry in short order because they view the game through a shared lens. A game that is more art than science and where the ball should be passed or shot within 3 seconds. Maybe it was the cooler temperatures in upstate New York. Regardless, if this is the future and what we’ll get to watch at the college level, count me in.
Here are a few standouts from the week. But first, an aerial view of the great facilities at RPI.
We will be adding to this list as we view film, including all-star games, from the event.
Team / Name / Pinny / Year / Position
Team 1 Christopher Dorain 734 2017 Goalie
Size. Steps to ball, making himself even bigger in goal. Quick on high low shots on the doorstep (see more of in showcase than college game because defense new to each other), but nonetheless impressive.
Team 1 Jake Cordes 742 2017 Defense
A stone wall (that’s literally what we wrote down from the sidelines). Low center of gravity and quick feet meant attack were unable to spin out of his defensive positions. For entire quarters, his side of the field would be locked down. Great on ball defender.
Team 3 Jonathan Sarubbi 706 2017 Midfield/FO
Pretty sure this guy just loops “All I do is win win win no matter what” because that is exactly what he did. He consistently won the clamp, got leverage and pivoted out for a self release. He didn’t rely on wing players to get the ball, but often possessed it before they arrived. Very fundamental and clean. Our friends at The Faceoff Academy would like this guy.
Team 4 Jared Gelber 687 2017 Midfield
Solid two-way player at Middie. Quick feet and first step. He’s able to do a lot of different things that when added up, make a difference. Whether feeding off a double team or doubling himself, he sees the field and gets the game.
Team 4 Zac Asbury 704 2017 Attack
Solid dodger. Shoots in traffic with torque. Picks his spots well and has a diversity of moves to get to cage. Able to finish with 2-3 defenders on him.
957 [to come]
Fastest player on the field. Like he was using turbo mode that others didn’t have. Very quick feet and able to get low leverage when dodging to cage.
Team 13 Cameron Logan 756 2018 Goalie
Strong. Able to fill cage and feed clear. Saw some impressive saves.
Team 13 Chase Maitland 829 2018 Midfield
Small, fast Middie. Takes a good line to the goal, doesn’t fade into bad angle shot.
2019 / 2020
Team 22 Joseph Craven 853 2019 Goalie
Great size and first step. Reads the shot well ie stick arrived to placement well ahead of ball. Confident clearing and possession of ball outside the cage.
Team 22 Henry Quaintance 951 2020 Attack
Comfort around the crease. Great back door cuts and positioning. Somehow always open so reading ball movement well. Able to create havoc from behind the cage.
Team 24 Matthew Verlotte 896 2019 Defense
Very athletic, coast to coast defender. Played good off ball positioning but was a real factor in clearing, able to out run and out dodge riding attackmen.
Team 24 Maxwell Tetreault 910 2019 Midfield/FO
Wins pretty much every faceoff with a fast clamp and low leverage. Great body positioning to free the ball to himself and gets his head up on the fast break.
Team 1 Nicholas Nelson 726 2017 Midfield – Impressive field vision. Head up when dodging. Great feeder to crease.
Team 3 Christopher Fiorello 653 2017 Attack – Nice shot from distance. Good placement.
Team 3 Jake Boston 683 2017 Midfield – Strong power and torque when shooting on the run.
621 [to come] – Canadian style attack whose big and able to use body well to get leverage on defenders. He dropped his stick and didn’t always double team coming.
Team 4 Vaughn Wahlberg 710 2017 Midfield – Good speed. Ball placement on shot.
Team 22 Henry Zahn 883 2019 Attack – Good off ball movement.
Team 22 Dawson Jesmer 872 2019 Midfield – Scoring midfielder with diversity of dodges.
Team 23 John Panda 915 2019 Midfield – Nice left right split dodge. With hesitation, hard to defend.
All Star Game Rosters