3d Blue Chip: Mid-Atlantic Camp Standouts
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The final weekend of the 3d Blue Chip series was held this past weekend at Northeast Regional Park in Davenport, Fla., just south of Orlando.
Another 300-plus student athletes made the trip to Central Florida for a day and a half of instruction followed by a day and a half worth of games played before the 3d Blue Chip national evaluators, who closely watch each player and identify the best of the best to be invited this summer to the Jake Reed Nike Blue Chip camps in Maryland.
Closing out the five-week run, 3d Rising was there too to watch the Mid-Atlantic weekend of the camp, an event with a roster comprised mostly of players from Long Island, New Jersey, Maryland and Pennsylvania but also some from other parts of the country and even some Canadians too.
The competition might have been the best of any of the camps, and the talent was remarkable, according to many of the 3d Blue Chip evaluators.
If you've missed our rundown of standouts at the previous four weekends of 3d Blue Chip, follow the links below.
Here's a look at the players who stood out in the final weekend of 3d Blue Chip.
Reed Davis, Defense, North Canton (Ohio)/3d Colorado, 2017 Davis is build like Fort Knox and has fire hydrants for forearms. He is physically intimidating, but also has a graceful finesse with his stick work. He showed well in drill work and in the games. His communication and coachís son lacrosse IQ helped separate him from the pack.
Alexander Borg , Midfield/FO, Dwight-Englewood (N.J.)/Patriot Lacrosse, 2017 Borg was the best face-off player this weekend at 3d Blue Chip. His strengths included his quickness getting into the ball, his effort on ground balls and always scooping with two hands, his ability to play offense and his awareness of space when facing against longpoles.
Dante Pasqualoni, Defense, Lake Forest (Ill.)/True Lacrosse, 2017 Paqualoni was a vicious defensemen with a penchant for inflicting pain on his attackmen. He was not all meat and potatoes, as he did a great job between the lines with the ball in his stick. Pasqualoni's tenacity on the field and ability to understand defensive concepts will make him a player to watch moving forward.
George Baughan, LSM, Springfield Township (Mass.)/LB3 Phillie Elite, 2017 - Syracuse A recent Syracuse commit, Baughan had a standout weekend. He only began playing lacrosse in the eighth grade, but his athleticism and competitive spirit made his assignments seem allergic to dodging. Baughan was a humble character off the field, which is something all coaches love to see with the early commits.
John Schulz, Goalie, Highland Park (Ill.)/Team One, 2017 Schulz did a standup job in goal all weekend making strong saves, throwing nice outlets and communicating all the time. His ability to make the big saves and his fundamentals on low shots helped separate him from a very talented pool of goalies.
Carter O'Connell, Midfield, John McCrae Secondary (Ont.)/Ottawa Capitals, 2017 O'Connell did a great job representing the Canadians this weekend as he brought a splendid skill set mixed with an incredible toughness. He played a ton of minutes, but always had enough gas in the tank to turn it on when his team needed points. O'Connell is a high prospect player and it will be interesting to see where his chips will fall at the next level.
Steven Reilly, Midfield, Division-Levittown (N.Y.)/True Blue, 2017 Reilly is a coach's dream. He is dependable and consistent. He has a strong build with an excellent motor. Steven shot placement was strong, but his ability to play both sides of the ball will make him a great high school lacrosse player.
Justin Marino, Attack, Delbarton (N.J.)/Building Blocks, 2017 If you gave him an inch he would take a mile. Marino stood out with his ability to create for himself by getting to the island and scoring goals. Marino has two sides to his game: he has the finesse, but also utilizes his toughness to get to key spots on the field to create points for his team.
Cole Horan, Defense, Floral Park (N.Y.)/Checkmate, 2017 Horan is a savage defensemen. He had over 20 caused turnover in only four games. Horan not only did a good job putting the ball on the ground, but he was also phenomenal at vacuuming them back up. Horan hails from Long Island and it was noticeable with his high level of IQ on and off the ball.
Dawson Tait, Attack/Midfield, Mother Theresa (Ont.)/Ottawa Capitals, 2017 Hailing from Ottawa, Tait showed as one of the craftiest players this week at 3d Blue Chip. He was able to persist through his dodges while taking his licks, so he could get to his spots for apples and grapefruits. The coaching staff was impressed with his quickness, speed and strength throughout the three-day showcase and the fact those parts of his game stayed consistent from start to finish.
Henry Stites, Attack, Louisville Collegiate (Ky.)/Titanium, 2018 Stites was the most electrifying player in the 2018 group at the final 3d Blue Chip camp. He's compact and athletic, showing explosiveness and high-speed in all of his movements on the field. His burst was drawing comparisons to notable college and pro players. Stites is extremely quick and can change direction on a dime. The right-handed attackman is a nightmare to guard, using his speed and crafty stick to go at his defender with flurries of different dodges and re-dodges. He forced every defender to sprint to keep up with him as he immediately pressed and he gained separation simply by rapidly stutter-stepping back off his man. He had little trouble getting his hands free on most defenders. He was a threat to beat his man just about any time he touched the ball, and he showed IQ in looking to feed when some of the best defenders in the camp were matched with him. He zipped a bunch of passes inside to cutters, hitting them on the ear. He was a nearly-automatic finisher off his dodges to the inside. He hammers the ball into the net with a quick release. He created shots for himself in so many different ways. If you looked away, you'd miss something. He made plays in the middle of the field with the ball on the ground and immediately accelerated into the box. Stites put up something like six goals and two assists in his first showing, including a goal on a great drive from X through hard stick checks and a highlight-reel shovel shot off a dodge inside. Later, he put up at least two goals and two assists in the Saturday nightcap with some of the best defenders in the camp taking turns on him.
Evan Malgier, LSM/Defense, St. Augustine Prep (N.J.)/South Jersey Shamrocks, 2018 Malgier had an incredible showing at 3d Blue Chip. Athletic, tenacious and very skilled with the stick, there were series when it looked like Malgier was involved in just about anything that was taking place on his defensive end of the field. He is fast and matched up the very best of the attackmen at the event and put the ball on the ground with authority on more than one occasion with excellent strips. When on the ball, he was throwing a variety of slaps, pokes, lift and hooks on his guy. He was very quick to get groundballs up and out and was very savvy with the stick, on one clear avoiding a flurry of trail checks and later scoring a goal in transition with a big winding bounce shot. He ran his way out of a couple different scrums and impressively protected his stick and sparked transition the other way. He made all kinds of plays in the middle of the feel, outhustling others in the process. Malgier is an absolute animal, but also played with smarts. He is one of the finest 2018 defenders we've seen so far at the camp.
Max Persico, Defense, Iona Prep (N.Y.)/Long Island Express North, 2018 Persico might not jump off the page at first, but he was highly effective this past weekend. Persico has a great stance, low to the ground, and he's a tough, hard-nosed player who flew to the slide and put his stick right on the hands. He caused numerous turnovers, but also backed a bunch of attackmen down with strong positioning and keeping his feet moving. He showed some athleticism in carrying the ball up the field, getting low to the ground and accelerating. Persico is workmanlike and quietly kept a lot of attackmen away from the cage.
Michael Christiansen, LSM/Defense, Roxbury (N.J.)/Tri-State, 2018 Christiansen played really tough ball at the 3d Blue Chip Mid-Atlantic camp. Yet another rugged, hard-nosed defender out of New Jersey, Christiansen throws hard checks and did a great job of using those to back down ball carriers. He kept good position on his man and, when the opportunity presented itself, he got all over them and tied them up. Christiansen was tested by some of the camp's best attackmen and rose to the occasion with excellent play. He stripped the ball one time with a perfectly timed back check. He collected a number of caused turnovers in each of the games played Saturday. Christiansen battled his way through an onslaught of checks on a clear that highlighted his athleticism and determination. In transition, he ripped an overhand shot to the top left corner.
Connor Cassidy, Midfield, Cold Spring Harbor (N.Y.)/Team 91, 2018 Cassidy shined at the camp with his impressive speed and athleticism. His first step sends him out of the gate at full speed, and he showed he could lose just about anyone at the camp as he would stutter-step and glide down the lane. He is very smooth off of those dodges and has developed his stick even since the fall recruiting circuit. He was able to repeatedly break down defenders and then kick the ball backside or find someone floating across the middle behind him. He also showed good vision in seeing opportunities to hit cutters inside. Cassidy thrived as he and his midfield linemates ran the weave to perfection throughout the weekend. Cassidy will get the chance to contribute early in his career at Cold Spring Harbor. You can't keep a kid this athletic off the field.
Sean Mahoney, Midfield/FO, Barron Collier (Fla.)/MadLax, 2018
Mahoney was one of the best old-school, two-way midfielders at the event. He won a high percentage of his draws and was very fast to take the ball to the rack or press the unsettled situation. He's an athletic and rugged player in between the lines, but was also smooth and slick with the ball. While he scooped up many of his own draws, Mahoney was outstanding on non-face-off groundballs, including making a great snag on an errant pass at the midfield to fly down into the box. He played tough short-stick defense. He scored right down the gut with a bounce shot on one of his earliest draw wins. In his second game, he scored twice, including a great shake-and-bake to get himself space down the middle of the defense.
Thor Adamec, LSM/Defense, John Jay (N.Y.)/Long Island Express North, 2018 Adamec is a stalwart, hard-nosed and dynamic defender. He plays tough and physical when it made sense. Also able to play with a short-stick and face-off, Adamec played defense this past weekend and showed an excellent combination of athleticism, grittiness and stick skills. He has a great handle and has good size. When he came up the field, he was tough to stop. He made plays all weekend long and was a work horse. Adamec had an excellent fall and came into the camp looking like heíd improved over the past few months.
Quinton Abrecht, Defesnse, Noble & Greenough (Mass.)/Top Gun Fighting Clams, 2018 Abrecht is yet another promising young defender coming up the ranks at Noble & Greenough. Abrecht is built like a bomb shelter but really moves well for a big, strong player of his stature. He gets low to the ground and has good lateral quickness. He was a major challenge for attackmen who looked to back or lean into him, as he wasnít going to budge and used his stick to help win his matchups. He looks like a linebacker, but handles the ball well and gets it up off the turf. He showed good legs in transition as well.
Holden Patterson, Attack, Robinson (Va.)/Top Caliber, 2018 Patterson, despite being on the thin side, displayed toughness in fighting as hard anyone out there to get to the shots he wanted. The lefty liked to drive up from X and get to the island for a turning jump shot, which he scored on several times. He has a terrific stick and really shined as a shooter. He scored in transition on a lefty sling and later got inside his defender by throwing the stick to one hand and quickly bouncing a shot through the goalie's feet. He put whip on his passes, firing the ball to teammates. He made one of the better behind-the-back passes of the weekend. In his second game, he scored four times, including on two of his patented jump shots, and two sweeps across from the wing. One of his sweep shots was a nasty bouncer that kicked up high. Patterson displayed high IQ and natural scoring abilities.
King Ripley, Midfield, St. Mary's Annapolis (Md.)/Annapolis Hawks, 2018 Ripley had a nice showing at 3d Blue Chip as an athletic and smart playmaker in the midfield. He was smooth and poised carrying the ball and quickly the ball out of his stick to teammates with crisp passes while on the move in the motion offense. He made a good play early in his first game by grabbing an errant pass and rifling a shot top right. He showed more power on his shot in his second game with a step-down blast that beat the goalie off hip. Ripley hustled all over the field and showed a strong mix of skills, agility and awareness.
Trice Crawford, Defense/LSM, St. Stephen's & St. Agnes (Va.)/Blackwolf, 2018 Crawford is a big horse of a defender. He's aggressive and gets all over the ball carrier and up into their arms with his stick. Crawford was quick to get out on the ball, and with his long and large frame he quickly forced attackmen to make a pass or possibly lose it. He displayed athleticism on one series as he came up with the ball and tip-toed the sideline at full speed to complete the clear. Crawford had a good overall showing at the camp.
Peter Murphy, Midfield, St. Sebastian's (Mass.)/Laxachusetts, 2018 Murphy was one of the hardest-working/best-hustling midfielders in the group. He showed tenacity and contributed on both ends of the field and in the midfield. Murphy showed athleticism and heads-up playmaking. He was a smooth dodger, scoring his first goal going right down the gut, going to one hand and then spinning back to rip a bounce shot. He came up with several groundballs off face-off scrums and was dangerous when he pushed the break. He scored a transition goal and then showed explosiveness in driving to his left and cranking up a lefty sidearm shot. Murphy had an excellent overall weekend.
Michael Bienkowski, Midfield, Islip (N.Y.)/Team 91, 2018 Bienkowski proved himself to be one of the more dynamic midfielders in this group. He played with an edge and was fearless, sacrificing his body to make plays both offensively and defensively. He has a big frame and is still growing into it, but he was managing to get thing done thanks to his hustle and his relentless play, which helped him make plays in the middle of the field. He dodged at full speed with an unorthodox way about him, and he was gaining confidence as the weekend went on. In his first game, he scored in transition and later showed serious snap on his shot in hitting the top left corner with a sidearm blast on the run. He began to find success in running the weave with his teammates; he scored twice on big sweeps in his second game.
Russell Eberding, Midfield, Sparta (N.J.)/Steps Elite, 2018 Eberding at first glance looked like a two-way midfielder as he was successful at the face-offs and showed some tough play on defense. He was consistently gritty in his early wins on the draw. But in the second game, he blew up for three goals and an assist in finding his rhythm through the weave set. Two of his goals, however, were on slippery S-dodges that saw him get inside and finish in close. He scored his third with time and room getting freed up off the weave motion. He also made a good pass in transition that showed his ability to see the field and move the ball on the run.
Ryan Ness, Goalie, Chatham (N.J.)/Building Blocks, 2018 Ness was arguably the best netminder in the 2018 group at the Mid-Atlantic 3d Blue Chip camp. A big, strong presence in the cage, he takes up a good amount of space. But he's got great reflexes. He was able to fling and flail his body to get in front of shots that seemed destined for the net. He was quick in his step to the ball and he showed no fear in sacrificing his body for some of the layup opportunities he thwarted. Ness turned in upward of eight stops in the first half of his first game, including an awesome foot save and eating up a nasty bounce shot. He was seeing the ball well throughout the weekend and went on to perform well in later games.
Chase Strupp, Defense/LSM, New Canaan (Conn.)/Eclipse, 2018 Strupp was a defender who brought a lot of important traits to the field this weekend: speed, a good stick, aggressiveness, accurate/effective checks and awareness. He was tough to beat and was quick to get the ball onto the ground and was just as fast in sprinting to groundballs. He hustled and fired the ball out of his stick up the field on clears. He threw a well-timed body check to caused a turnover on one particular series. He anticipated plays well, one time seeing a bad pass even before the other team did and coming up with it to take it the other way.
Keegan Lochner, Midfield, Albany Academy (N.Y.)/Albany Power, 2018 Lochner showed he could play and be an impact player on both sides of the ball. He played excellent short-stick defense, beating up the ball carrier and keeping right in front of them. He was aggressive in the middle of the field, breaking up at least one clear and taking the groundball the other way. He assisted on a goal in transition early in his first game, and a few minutes later had a "hockey" assist that set up an easy goal for his team. He scored on a split dodge to his left and off-hip shot. He also bombed one from way outside. He was fluid with the ball and showed well-rounded skills.
Jack Simmons, Midfield, McDonogh (Md.)/Baltimore Crabs, 2018 Simmons is a hard-dodging midfielder who displayed high lacrosse IQ at the event. Simmons is another player who operates at full speed in all he does on the field. Not the biggest, he made up for it with grit and hustle. He could absolutely hammer the ball, even putting heat on his passes. One of his goals was a wicked top-shelf left-handed rip on an alley dodge. He later scored another gorgeous goal with a hard off-hip shot. Simmons' shooting and ability to pass off the dodge helped him challenge defenses and create opportunities for his teammates.
Jack Sarson, Midfield, Seton Hall Prep (N.J.)/Tri-State, 2018 Sarson was another players who was clearly operating at a high speed in all of what he did at 3d Blue Chip. He also showed that he was a talented shooter who could put heat on his shots and release them in different ways. He ran well and came up with some groundballs, including one that saw him snag it, spin off pressure and then sprint into the box and through traffic to get a shot off. He showed strong downhill dodging abilities and quickly switched his hands when dodging.
James Amorosana, LSM, Manhasset (N.Y.)/Team 91, 2018 Amorosana gradually emerged throughout the weekend as a consistent and relentless long-stick presence. He is nimble and fast, showing some of the quickest feet of the defenders. Though still having a smaller frame, Amorosana was in the groundball mix and came up with a number of them to lead clears up the field.
Others standing out:
Hunter Narozniak, Defense, Barnegat (N.J.)/South Shore, 2017
Omari Turner, Defense, Cypress Bay (Fla.)/Florida Xtreme, 2017
Jason Sullivan, Midfield, Dr. Phillips (Fla.)/Florida National, 2017
Joe Maimone, Attack, Don Bosco Prep (N.J.)/Patriot, 2017
Jamie Zusi, LSM, Pingry (N.J.)/Leading Edge, 2018
Cormac Zachar, Midfield, Phillips Andover (Mass.)/Laxachusetts, 2018
Carter Tate, Attack, St. Alban's (Va.), 2018
Sam Powell, Attack, Bronxville (N.Y.)/Long Island Express North, 2018
Alex Rice, Midfield, St. Augustine Prep (N.J.)/Southshore Lacrosse, 2018
Joe Rice, Defense, St. Augustine Prep (N.J.)/Southshore Lacrosse, 2018
George Ward, Attack, McDonogh (Md.)/Baltimore Breakers, 2018
Braeden Rupp, LSM/Defense, Oxbridge Academy (Fla.)/Palm Beach Revolution, 2018
Edward Madden, Midfield, Fordham Prep (N.Y.)/Westchester Predators, 2018
Nolan Crognale, Attack, Hopewell Valley (Pa.)/NXT, 2018
Neil Calkin, Attack, Hanover (Mass.)/Skipjacks, 2018
Davis Schiller, Midfield, Cranbrook (Mich.)/Midwest Selects, 2018
Ben Lyon, Midfield/Attack, Marvin Ridge (N.C.)/Road Warriors, 2018
Sean Parker, Midfield, Hunterdon (N.J.)/Red and Black, 2018
Grant Gabaldon, Attack, Stonebridge (Va.)/MadLax, 2018