3d Blue Chip: Northeast Regional Camp Standouts

3d Blue Chip: Northeast Regional Camp Standouts
3d Blue Chip: Northeast Regional Camp Standouts

***Please note: 3d Rising coverage is SEPARATE from the evaluation and selection process at the 3d Blue Chip camp. Being highlighted by 3dRising.com does not indicate that a player has or has not been selected to attend the Jake Reed Nike Blue Chip Camp.

3d Blue Chip kicked off Friday night in Davenport, Florida, bringing nearly 300 players to the Sunshine State for the first weekend of the premiere winter training program that also helps serve as a feeder program to the prestigious Jake Reed Nike Blue Chip Camp held each summer in Maryland.

3d Rising will be on hand at each of the five 3d Blue Chip camps, taking in the sights, observing the players during instruction and scrimmages, networking with the coaches working the camp and taking action photos too. Lax.com will be vending the event’s custom Nike apparel, while Elevation Video is shooting the activity on the field (including the games).

Here’s a look at some of the players who shined at the first weekend. Please note that a player being highlighted here DOES NOT indicate that he has been invited to Jake Reed’s Nike Blue Chip Camp. Visit 3dRising.com for photos from each weekend of the event. And

Joe Kiesa, Attack, Jamesville-DeWitt (N.Y.)/Orange Crush, 2017

Kiesa shined as one of the very best attackmen in the 2017/2018 group at the 3d Blue Chip Northeast Regional Camp. A player we recognized just on his appearance alone — we watched his big brother Eddie back in the day in Syracuse — Kiesa stood out with sophisticated skills and was able to flourish within the offense implemented over the course of the camp. This is a kid who plays a ton of lacrosse and a lot of what he does just looks natural. He’s a lefty, but he has the ability to go right to left and left to right rolling or dodging in various ways around the cage and out on the wing, keeping his eyes up and able to get inside. He scored on at least one great looking inside roll. He rode hard and made plays off of created opportunities and showed excellent field awareness. He also used fakes in productive ways, getting his man to stop or look so he could redodge or throw it in a different direction. Kiesa hustled and showed slickness, a part of his game bolstered by playing box lacrosse on Onondaga Nation. He has excellent stick skills and is a smart shooter.

(Photo: Casey Vock, 3d Rising)

Preston Hochheiser, Defense, Garden City (N.Y.)/GC17, 2017

Hochheiser stood out immediately for his huge size alone, standing something like 6-foot-4 with massive wingspan and reach. His long legs and and arms seem to give him the presence of one-and-a-half players on defense. What was more encouraging about his play was the fundamentals and the good footwork he showed when playing one-on-one defense, keeping his big frame and hips square as he would move on the ball. For as large as he is, Hochheiser was able to get himself low on his approach and with his size it became a mission to get topside on him with any sort of purpose or with hands free. Hochheiser, who is right-handed, also hustled to ground balls and used his reach with the stick to his advantage. Running up the field, he looked the size of a current Major League Lacrosse defenseman.

(Photo: Casey Vock, 3d Rising)

Nicholas Ehman, Attack, Gates-Chili (N.Y.)/FCA Northeast, 2017

Ehman established himself as one of the most polished attackmen and offensive players in this 2017/2018 group. A lefty who can be explosive and go hard to the cage, he displayed hustles, a good stick and smooth carrying abilities. He impressed with a variety of moves from X, including a finalizer and then a finish with one hand on the stick to really catch the attention of the evaluators. He very comfortable We watched him make a number of good plays throughout the weekend. Working from X, he displayed the ability to drive hard with his head and up and see the field, making passes on the money. His vision was one of his skills that separated him in this group, as we saw a couple of plays in which he pumped a lefty pass on the money to attackmen floating on the crease off the ball. Ehman is coming off a sophomore season at Gates-Chili that saw him produce 35 goals and 20 assists for the varsity team. His well-rounded abilities were on display all weekend at 3d Blue Chip Northeast.

(Photo: Casey Vock, 3d Rising)

Chris Carver, Midfield/Attack, Andover (Mass.)/Middlesex Bears, 2017

A strong, stocky, physical and athletic player, Carver was likely one of the top point producers in the games played among the 2017/2018 group. Evident early on was his soft hands, quick release and really powerful, humming shot. He can just sling the ball and makes it happen quickly when accepting a feed inside, showing some strong wrists. He showed good awareness and the ability to catch and pump fast and effectively; his body size allowed him to fend off sticks and bodies coming at him and allow him to get his shot off. He showed accuracy and even more velocity if he got time to really set his feet. Carver, a right-handed middie, put the ball in the net from different spots and angles all over the offensive end of the field. His athleticism and toughness helped him get to where he wanted to be to shoot off his dodges.

Alistair Matule, Defense, Phillips Exeter (N.H.)/ 3d New England, 2017

Matule shined as a player who sold out and gave it on every shift, putting himself all over the field. On the ball, he showed himself to be an aggressive defender and used his speed to stay all over the man and the stick. He gets low and He’s strong and still a bit raw, but he does have the ability to power himself through checks and can sprint down the alley. He can clear the ball through traffic and is strong enough to lean into cross checks and not get pushed out. Able to get his stick on the opponents’, when he gets the ball on the ground he will get it quickly. Coming up the field, you see he’s unselfish and will make passes to get the break going. When the righty does have a look on offense, he takes hard, simple overhand or sidearm shots and puts them on cage. Matule looked like a well-rounded, hard-working midfielder all weekend long who made a lot happen.

Eric Dietz, Defense, Lake Orion (Mich.)/3d Michigan, 2017

Dietz had a good showing at the 3d Blue Chip Northeast Regional Camp as a fundamentally sound right-handed defender with excellent hands that help him become a challenge to dodge against but also helped him shine when carrying. Using a mix of different checks — slaps, lifts, pokes — Dietz was able to pressure the ball carrier often on his approach. Evaluators also liked his sense off the ball. He displayed strength and was solid in his use of a V-hold. Dietz also showed awareness of sliding and how to show help.

John Whiting, Defense/LSM, Lawrenceville School (N.J.)/3d NorCal, 2017

Whiting was noticeable anytime we viewed the 2017/2018 group because of his high-end speed. He can get up the field in a hurry and looks athletic and strong in the process. He stands about 5-foot-10 and so his build mixes well to make him a nuisance as a defender, a player who can get out to the ball quickly and can match feet with fast, explosive dodgers. He can get a lot of checks onto the ball carrier with his overall strength and athleticism. The right-handed longstick can put himself in the mix wherever the ball is on the field with his acceleration and low-to-the-ground presence.

Will Harrigan, Midfield, Kimball Union Academy (N.H.)/212 Lacrosse, 2017

Harrigan was one of the top midfielders in the 2017/2018 group. He consistently used physical dodges and was able to get underneath. He used bull dodges and belly/bump dodges to break down his defender. He will go really hard to the cage and keeps his stick up near the shoulders to then be able to turn into a shot quickly. He showed he could get down the lane and get a quality look at the cage. He scored on off-ball cuts numerous times and finished with hard shots. He scored on the run with the powerful righty shot too. He played tough overall ball in the midfield and was consistently making plays on offense.

Connor Galante, Attack, Loomis Chaffee (Conn.)/CT Chargers, 2018

Galante showed well as a heads-up left-handed dodger with good size and the ability to play clean lacrosse, making good decisions with the ball. You could see he was making a conscious effort to get back or get his hands free on a pass to help get it there. He made accurate feeds from X when operating behind, assisting on several goals out in front (one of those after he rolled quickly by his man). He showed heat on his shot when he got into it, one time using a sidearm shot and quick release to score. He was smooth with the ball and, standing at 6-foot-3 and 175 pounds, became a serious matchup problem with his ability to get to the cage with his head up and hands free. He scored on a nice inside roll at one point. He noticeably valued the ball, being patient with it when the offense seem to want to hurry. He showed fast hands in transition, too, finishing a shot underneath a defender with a quick catch and turn to put it in the cage. He cut to the cage and took a feed and scored with little room. He scored from X at low angles. A well-rounded attackman, he put up all sorts of points and scored many of his goals with hard shots and quick releases as he dodged with authority. He also rode hard to cause at least one turnover we saw.

Michael Horgan, Defense/LSM, Charlotte Catholic (N.C.)/Team 24/7, 2018

Horgan had a strong showing at the 3d Blue Chip Northeast Camp as a right-handed on-ball defender with good footwork and an understanding of playing angles. He’s about 5-foot-11 and 175 pounds and displays a strong base and excellent footwork, able to keep himself squared up, throw checks to both sides and move laterally while staying low and keeping his balance. He really seems to control a ball carrier with his stick by being so active with it on the hands and able to chop both directions they might try to go. It becomes difficult to dodge topside on him with his mix of good feet and the obstacle he creates with his stick, as well as the hard chucks with his gloves on the stick. He can knock a ball carrier off his path. Horgan is smart with the ball, quickly moving it and not looking to carry too long.

Matt Mancuso, Defense, Archbishop Spalding (Md.)/Annapolis Hawks, 2018

Mancuso was one of the most impressive defenseman in this group, showing well as an athlete and fundamentally sound defender who throws some hard checks and hustles all the time. His good size helped him too, as he’s a solid six feet tall and 200 pounds. He was physical when attacking the ball carrier and utilized a V-hold to his advantage often. He showed speed coming up the field. He was confident carrying the ball and looked pretty smooth with one assist he had in transition. The righty’s footwork allowed him to stay on top of the ball and his aggressive checks led many to simply pass it along.

Will Juhlin, Goalie, Seton Hall Prep (N.J.)/Tri-State, 2018

Juhlin is an attentive right-handed keeper who can hop, spin, kick, flail and dive to make saves but often times just looks dialed in and appears to track the ball from the release to him. He has a great presence in the cage despite being a smaller keeper. He stands tall and calmly tracks shots low and high. He communicated with his teammates and was business-like in just making a lot of saves throughout the camp. Juhlin handled the ball well too, flicking passes out with accuracy.

Finn Kegelman, Midfield, La Salle Academy (R.I.)/Next Level Lacrosse, 2018

Kegelman showed well as an athletic, quick and crafty midfielder who scored a lot of goals throughout the weekend in a variety of ways. The right-handed middie was aggressive to push transition opportunities, and with his combination of skills and athleticism, became extremely dangerous on fast breaks. He hustled after ground balls and played with noticeable effort each shift. Kegelman plays with a lot of energy and is extremely fast.

Ethan Grandolfo, Midfield, Wilton (Conn.)/Long Island Express North, 2019

A hard-nosed, hard-dodging pinball of a midfielder, Grandolfo was among the very best performing 2019s at the 3d Blue Chip Northeast camp. He has an excellent burst of speed to accelerate up the field but also to make some hard-to-defend moves when he’s starting at the top of the box and moving downhill. He looked comfortable moving right to left and changing direction quickly, drawing attention, curling back and then chucking the ball back across to the middie floating behind the slide, then darting down the alley. He did this at full speed on numerous offensive series, showing himself to be consistent in exploding at his man, sometimes keeping and driving hard at an angle to force the defense to slide. He also showed the ability to get himself free to shoot, using different moves to get his hands loosened up. He appeared to get through or around physical contact, showing toughness but some evasiveness too. One of his goals came when he caught a feed cutting down the field, left his feet to get the shot off and buried it inside the far post. He battled through and got off a twister at one point. His sturdy build, endurance to consistently dodge hard and draw the defense’s attention series after series and his good hands to feed and shoot out of those dodges made him one of the most attractive midfield prospects in this group.

(Photo: Casey Vock, 3d Rising)

Timmy Roberts, Defense, Governor’s Academy (Mass.)/Fighting Clams, 2019

One of the most physically impressive defenders at the camp, Roberts stood out for his combination of size and strength and his good fundamentals and solid one-on-one defense. Standing at about 5-11, 190 pounds, Roberts is a tank when a player tries to body up with him. And his good coordination made him one of the more challenging takes for the attackman in the group. He’s coordinated with the stick, able to quickly snag loose balls, make accurate passes with soft touch and throw effective checks without hammering the ball carrier and losing his own position. He impressed with his ability to carefully evade traffic and checks moving up the field and then make a smooth pass to lead the clear. He matched up against some of the better attackman in his class group and had a really nice weekend overall for his well-rounded play.

Sam Mahle, Defense, Dunwoody (Ga.)/Georgia Thunder, 2019

Mahle stood out as a smothering, fundamentally sound left-handed defender who could render the ball carrier ineffective time and time again thanks to his ability to stay low to the ground, his quick feet and his balance as he throws checks to either side of his man. We watched him display some of the best one-on-one defense we saw all weekend a few times in one game, approaching his man at X, getting up underneath him, locking up the hands, and then as the attackman backpedaled and carried out to space, Mahle was right there to make his retreat challenging and then turned that into a pressure situation where he was again all over the player, throwing checks to both sides, low in the hip and completely overwhelming. He showed the same approach to the ball time and time again and ended up making

Drew Leahy, Defense, Portsmouth (N.H.)/Seacoast, 2019

Leahy shined as a strong on-ball defender who has good size, throws hard checks and can be aggressive, which makes him strong on the ball and helped him snuff out some of the attackmen he was assigned to at the Northeast 3d Blue Chip camp. He didn’t have to do a lot as sometimes his attackman would quickly realize Leahy was going to be all over him and have a stick on their hands and hover right in their hip pocket. He did it with a tough feel, physical when he gets close to the man and bringing the stick down hard on the hands to meet changes of direction. His stick wasn’t overly busy but the checks were effective. Leahy appeared to have quick feet and looked comfortable turning his hips back and forth to stay with the man. You could see his gritty play when someone tried to dodge topside on him; he’d work hard to check them down and apply force with his hands and stick to push them out. He showed the ability to handle the ball well and get it up off the ground.

Matt Shiels, Defense, McDonogh School (Md.)/FCA, 2019

Sheils shined at the event as an athletic, skilled close defender who could match feet with his assignment and showed the ability to put the ball on the turf and get it up the field. He has an athletic look and build, and when he got the ball in his stick and came up the field you could see the ease with which he accelerated, pulled away and handled the ball confidently to complete the clear. Another noticeable element of Shiels was his behavior to instruction on the field: he was responsive when coaches/evaluators offered advice and appeared to put what they asked into work. Shiels communication and positioning on the field in slow and fastbreaks indicated good defensive IQ and an understanding of off-ball play. He showed some explosiveness running through ground balls and looked nimble coming up the field.

Jack Pacheco, Midfield, Milton (Mass.), 2019

A sturdy, athletic midfielder, Pacheco showed the ability to get himself into shooting position with consistent downhill dodges but also showed the soft hands and accurate shooting and passing to separate himself from the rest of the pack. He has a smooth release and gets good velocity on his shots, with some accuracy too. He really handles the stick and makes it look lightweight and can fling the ball around with ease off his dodges. His shots often saw him use a quick hesitation before releasing a hard shot, even from in close. One of Pacheco’s goals came as he sprinted down the alley and with his right-handed shot on the run, with little angle left to see. He was good in tight space. He appeared balanced as a dodger when moving at full speed and surveying the field and was confident in his decisions. He did all of this within the system he’d been taught, which coaches seemed to like. He played in between the lines and showed full-field awareness in groundball and fastbreak scenarios, helping make plays that led to goals even if he didn’t assist directly. He’s a thick, solid midfielder who had a nice weekend overall.

(Photo: Casey Vock, 3d Rising)

Partick Murphy, Midfield, Duxbury (Mass.)/Top Gun Fighting Clams, 2019

Murphy showed well at the 3d Blue Chip Northeast Camp as a confident dodger wgih the ability to draw slides and get through those with some consistency. There were points when it felt like he could draw the slide whenever he wanted and looked unselfish in the way he initiated looking for both the feed and the shot. He showed a quick change of direction and stick skills when dodging. Murphy also showed good strength playing short stick defense and showed some decent speed coming up the field. We saw him smash a hard shot that hit inside the far post. He made a number of good looks off his dodges throughout the camp and showed good awareness of the field on both offense and defense.

Nicholas Consoli, Attack, Glastonbury (Conn.), 2019

Consoli proved himself to be a rugged, determined and ever-present lefty attackman who dodges like a kamikaze from X and from the wing, giving every ounce of the energy he must have in his body to get topside and finish plays with a sort of stiff but incredibly effective pumpjack-sort of shot. That looked like the easy part once he burst to get to shooting space. Consoli is small but hard-nosed, never once hesitating to lower himself even more and go right at his defender with the stick in his left hand. His ability to simply power cradle or cradle the stick vertically through checks while chugging his legs made him a tough matchup and, with that style of dodging to the cage, he must have beaten his man a half dozen times in each game. He sold out completely when he got topside, seemingly finding another gear and sprinting through the second half of the play to pull back and shoot on the run, oftentimes bearing right down on the goalie. A player who looked a little raw at first, Consoli showed upside with his athleticism, aggressive style of offense and his ability to protect the stick and release high-percentage shots, including many that bounced before hitting the net.

John Heldman, FO/Midfield, Episcopal School of Dallas (Texas)/3d North Texas, 2019

This 6-foot-1, 165-pound face-off brute was a force all weekend long, winning a high percentage of the draws he took but also forcing defenses to respect him the second he touched the ball and started downfield. He’s a big, rugged righty who might not dazzle anyone with stick skills, but he is a workhorse who doesn’t need to fiddle with it. He wins the draws out to himself or can grip it and pop it back and reevaluate. He was pretty much dominant at the 3d Blue Chip Northeast camp. Winning draws out to himself, he showed that he could drop the hammer from the outside, pulling back and unloading for overhand blasts that found the net. His size and simple, effective style are enough to make him stand out among his peers.

Cal Stellato, LSM, Friends Academy (N.Y.)/Long Island Bluefish, 2019

A high-motor, relentless player with and without the ball, Stellato shined as a nonstop presence between the lines as perhaps the most-clear cut LSM product in this 2019 group and maybe the best. Able to get his feet pumping hard up the field, Stellato was the guy behind a number of plays at the top of the box to get the ball on the ground and get up the field. He led a whole bunch of breaks throughout the camp, and it was mostly due to his hustle. He’d get a big pumping cradle going, chop the feet, get it cleared out and hustle off. He did it a half dozen times each game. He played quick and smart lacrosse. He threw a great pass on the run to a cutting teammate inside on a fastbreak for an assist. He ran all day long and looked full of energy.

Tyler Allcroft, Attack, Northampton (Mass.)/Continuem, 2019

A good-sized, skilled right-handed attackman, Allcroft shined at times throughout the weekend as an attackman with a diverse skill set, but most notably the ability to release the ball smoothly, quickly and accurately. We watched him catch a pass inside and, with just a little bit of time and room, quickly use a contained windup to blast a sidearm shot right over the goalie’s shoulder. We saw him score on a fastbreak, recognizing that he had the room to step in and shoot high in the net. He was snaky with the ball and made a lot of plays throughout the weekend and showed IQ through his decision making.

Henry Cherington, Defense/LSM, Salisbury School (Conn.)/New England Storm, Fighting Clams, 2019

Cherington stood out as another one of the consistent, skilled defenders in this 2019 group. Able to play effective position defense, Cherington showed off some excellent stick checks while staying in the hip pocket of a number of different ball carriers. He showed good athleticism and effective footwork on the ball and his stick was quick to the ball when it was on the turf. Twice we watched Cherington throw big, curling wrap checks that took the ball out of the carrier’s stick, and he was the one to quickly grab it and cradle upfield. Those takeaways happened in different situations and showed his ability to throw a really nice check while working to stay on the man. He can overwhelm an attackman who stops moving his feet for too long.

Michael Boehm, Attack, St. Christopher (Ohio)/Xcelerate, 2020

This small, skilled lefty was among the very best of the 2020s at the Northeast 3d Blue Chip camp. Boehm has flare with his stick, is creative as a dodger and feeder and, even though on the smaller side in the group, he played fearless in going to the cage. He put together a respectable highlight reel based on his 3d Blue Chip performance alone. His goals of note included a shovel goal, a diving goal, a behind-the-back goal and then another backhand reaching underhand shot (he missed one or two more but just a few inches). His hands are very good and they helped him make all kinds of plays throughout the camp and show off really impressive skill. He made decisions in a flash and really impressed evaluators. He was making some of his plays through traffic and with slides coming at him left and right. He kept his head up and saw it all happening and racked up goals and assists. He scored on an awesome jump shot to the lower left corner. He carried and got topside and swept, putting a shot 5-hole. Boehm appeared to possess some of the very best skill of any player at the group.

(Photo: Casey Vock, 3d Rising)

Kade Goldberg, Midfield, Fla., Team Florida, 2020

Goldberg shined as one of the most polished overall players in the 2020 group. An ambidextrous, smooth and shifty midfielder, Goldberg consistently created from atop the box, showing himself to be a talented dodger who can see the field and make a variety of plays out of his moves. He is an excellent feeder, which he showed throughout the weekend, and can pass accurately and quickly with his feet moving and with guys coming at him. He looked natural and athletic while dodging up top, pulling a slide with him and then throwing it back to a fellow middie. He can change his direction quickly and his switching of the stick from hand to hand is smooth. His initiating at the top of the box and his sparking of transition resulted in a number of hockey/second assists for him throughout the weekend. Between the lines, he came up with a number of groundballs, looking fit, balanced and composed in the process — pulling his head up quickly and moving at full speed, sometimes sending the ball out quickly with an accurate upfield pass. We saw him score on a right-to-left split. We saw him ride a clearing midfielder out of bounds to cause a turnover. We saw him set up teammates time and time again. He really stood out as a player who’s highly developed already.

(Photo: Casey Vock, 3d Rising)

Russ Maher, Attack, Mt. Sinai (N.Y.)/Long Island Express, 2020

Perhaps the most authoritative dodger of anyone in the 2020 group, Maher emerged as really tough to stop for those in his peer group over the course of the weekend. He consistently showed the ability to push the stick out to his left hand, get his defender off balance with some shake and a stutter step and then leaned in with his right shoulder to power to the center of the field and down the gut for what became hard, high percentage shots with his left hand. When he got leverage and had two hands on the stick, he was going to going to turn the corner and have his hands out to shoot. He must have scored a dozen goals in just a couple games we saw. Several of his goals saw him set himself up for powerful moves across the top by rolling to his right before rolling back or dipping inside or just pushing through. He shot mostly overhand, showing a good snap of the wrists, but also showed different release points as he set himself up for a lot of good shots. Taking notes on him and wondering if he is able to feed off the dodge, we watched Maher drive to his left, cross GLE, roll back to his right, roll back to his left and then fed a perfect pass across the field and through the slide to a teammate for an easy finish. He used fakes to help start dodges too. Maher also rode hard to help create a turnover or two and pressure clearing attackman and middies.

Rory Jones, Attack, Calvert Hall (Md.)/FCA, 2020

Jones emerged as one of the most intriguing offensive players in the 2020 group at the Northeast 3d Blue Chip camp. A small, skilled righty with notably consistent shooting and passing mechanics, Jones really got more effective as the weekend went on and he started to see openings and finish opportunities. He showed off his excellent off-ball awareness, sense for space and catch-and-shoot abilities by scoring a half dozen goals in a single half — many of those saw him receive the ball in close range and show great form as he pumped the ball in consistently. Like a lot of the players we see from Calvert Hall, he was always moving in and out of the defense and always trying to get the ball and hustling. With time and room, his shot was usually going to beat the goalie. Jones also showed a good set of hands when cutting to the cage.

Cameron Kewley, Defense, Boston Latin (Mass.)/3d New England, 2020

A fast, aggressive defender, Kewley had a strong showing at the 3d Blue Chip Northeast Regional Camp, making plays all weekend long. He played tough and went after ground balls with a purpose. He has an excellent stick presence, getting up and all around and really harassing players and waving through the lanes. He snagged a shot right out of the air. He sprinted through one groundball and kept it through a flurry of traffic on his way up the field in a hurry. The lefty was said to be coachable by evaluators who closely observed him and his coaches.

Ben Hutchinson, Midfield, Glen Urquhart School (Mass.)/3d New England, 2020

Hutchinson shined as a skilled, athletic and high IQ midfielder who stood out among his peers. He was clearly one of the quicker, harder-to-track midfielders and he showed a fast, fluid stick when handling and moving the ball; he was comfortable carrying, dodging, shooting and passing. Having been taught to use leaners and even behind-the-back shots and passes in the training sessions, we saw Hutchinson put those tools to use. Combined with his athleticism and slickness with the ball, his skills make him a threat whenever he’s on the offensive side of the ball. One of his goals saw him recognize the space he had, step in and yank a nasty right-handed shot to the top left from way outside. In the full field, he showed good speed and awareness.

(Photo: Casey Vock, 3d Rising)

Joey Graham, Attack, Landon School (Md.)/Next Level, 2020

A talented right-handed shooter, Graham had a good showing as a threat to get his hands free and let it fly from various spots on the field, but particularly out on the wing and up at higher angles. He has a smooth release and, even though he sent a couple wide or high, he found the high part of the net a number of times with serious heat on the shot. It is a fluid release as he is usually carrying the ball, even when tied up by a defender, pulled back and ready to shoot or pass. We’d seen him windup and score from outside early on in the camp. But later, we saw him register at least three goals in one game, each set up a little bit differently, but all utilizing his good wrists to get velocity and his awareness to get off his shot when the defense might not be ready. One of those saw him get one up with a pretty good defender and then get his hands free low to change his release plane. Another was on a sidearm shot as he stepped in. He continually showed he could get his hands away from checks to get a good shot on cage.

(Photo: Casey Vock, 3d Rising)

Ryan Giles, Defense, Landon School (Md.)/Next Level, 2020

Giles showed himself to be one of the most impressive overall defensive prospects in the 2020 group. Long and lean and smooth with the handle, Giles was effective against some of the better attackman in the group by using his good lateral quickness and reach to keep his matchup in check for the most part. He can glide alongside a ball carrier and gets his checks low into the hands and he uses his athletic base. We watched him get through a brush pick with ease and thwart the two-man effort, only be right back on the hands of the ball carrier a moment later. We watched him move through ground balls and come out on the run to spark the clear. He played solid defense when bodying up with some of the top 2019 players at the camp and did a good job keeping on the hands. He was active by keeping his stick up out to pressure passes and moved quickly inside of the defense.

Dane Swanson, Midfield, Md., Cannons Select, 2020

Swanson was head and shoulders above his peers in terms of size and athleticism — literally one of the biggest and most physically developed of the young players in this group; he has to be 6-foot-2 or 6-foot-3 and with a good frame to go with it. The tall, smooth midfielder from Maryland had no problem dodging against all of the midfielders or longsticks who took a turn trying to push him back off his dodges. At times, it felt like Swanson had proven his point and showed that he was able to step up and make plays when he wanted. He was unselfish with the ball. Coming up the field on a few plays, Swanson showed off his long stride and good wheels to spark transition. The righty had numerous goals that saw him use his body to initiate, usually looking over his shoulder or over the top of his man, and then leaning in for leverage and rolling or pushing inside and showing a good stick to produce good shots.

Jack VanValkenburgh, Goalie, Fayetteville-Manlius (N.Y.)/Orange Crush, 2020

He displayed great form on a lot of the saves that required him to get his body into it or when shooters made him move. He came all the way across his body and the cage in a counter-clockwise motion to make one of the better stops of the day, denying a shot zooming to the lower right corner. VanValkeburgh saw it the whole way and was demonstrating great form to make that save. It was consistent with other memorable saves he made, as his motion was smooth and methodical as if he was aware of where the shot was going.

Spencer Beakey, Goalie, Dexter Southfield (Mass.), 2020

Beakey gobbled up shots all weekend long as a confident, skilled keeper with good size. He stands tall in the cage and sees the ball to his stick. He was vocal and had a big presence. He made some good saves from different ranges and ran shots out becoming clearly one of the better keepers in the group. He took a bunch of shots off the body in one game, but was still dialed in to make quick stops getting his stick out.

(Photo: Casey Vock, 3d Rising)

Luke Watkins, FO/Midfield, Polson (Conn.), 2020

Watkins shined as the best of the face-off midfielders in this 2020 group. A talented specialist, Watkins was quick to take the ball right to the rack for a goal more than once. He showed that he could play offense and We saw him just barrel down the alley to score one of his goals off a face-off win forward to himself.

Bennett Abladian, Midfield, Oyster River (N.H.)/NH Tomahawks, 2020

Abladian had one of the best showings of all the 2020s at the Northeast 3d Blue Chip camp. A hard-dodging, hard-finishing midfielder, he was productive He’s on the smaller side, but he persists through his dodges, stays on his path and can finish from low angles. He is gritty and possesses skill. His change of direction is fast and it helps him on both ends of the field. He played effective man-to-man defense and showed his athleticism in the middle of the field creating transition.

Bradley Rider, Attack, John Winthrop (Conn.)/CT Ticks, 2020

Rider showed some promise at the 3d Blue Chip camp. He has a good stick, is quick with his hands and sees the field to make the pass. He showed himself to be a heads-up dodger who can turn the corner and can make accurate passes while moving his feet and being checked. He set up a bunch of goals throughout the weekend. Rider also caught and finished the ball inside, again showing his fast hands and good wrists.

Davis Lindsey, Attack, St. Mark Catholic School (N.C.)/Team Carolina, 2020

Lindsey shined at the 3d Blue Chip South Camp as an attackman with a quick change of direction, good vision demonstrated by plenty of nice feeds and a variety of dodges that he can pull off thanks to his skills and athleticism. He finished a goal out of a slip pick setup. He also utilized a question mark dodge that he’s clearly worked on.

Mike Mauricio, Attack, Fairfield Country Day (Conn.)/Eclipse, 2020

Mauricio had a good showing as a skilled dodger and shooter at the 3d Blue Chip camp. He showed off some slickness and the ability to go hard to the cage. He also showed he has pretty good hands. We saw him score a nice jump shot to the lower corner. He consistently showed good dodging abilities to give himself good looks at the cage.

Nico Campana, Meadowbrook School (Mass.)/3d New England, 2020

Campana showed well as a dynamic left-handed midfielder who can shoot the ball and use his athleticism in different ways. He can shoot on the run and can get off jump shots. He can dodge hard to the cage. Campana’s shot was on display for two goals in the same game. He hit the top left with a left-handed sidearm blast from way up top. And later he hit a top corner again with a fading windup that also came from far out. He showed IQ by working the give-and-go and showing other tactics taught in the instructional sessions. His step-down shot and other releases were all used at some point. We also saw Camapana grind out some tough ground balls.

Ben Calvert, Defense, St. Margaret Mary (Fla.)/Swarm Lacrosse, 2020

Calvert emerged as one of the most active and involved defenders, just finding ways to create problems for ball carriers, getting his stick into the lanes and groundball action and using his good mix of size, range and mobility to be a solid on- and off-ball defender. He consistently made plays and was the first to a high number of ground balls throughout the weekend. His poke check was highly effective and helped him put the ball on the turf a lot. He is wiry, rangy and was smart with the timing on his checks, slides and when he put the stick into the groundball scrum. He could get all over the ball carrier and repeatedly hung players up by getting his sticks into their arms, he and looked ultra-determined to get after it.

Gryphon Gurin, Midfield, Gulfstream (Fla.)/Premiere Players, 2020

This young man showed off serious wheels and the ability to go hard to the cage in a north-south direction. Gurin was fast to the ball off the wing during face-offs and showed athleticism coming up with it and running out of traffic up the field. He went hard every shift and was fearless in going to the ball, playing aggressive short stick defense (showing off his good feet and athleticism) and even in the way he dodged. One of his goals came when he used a nasty hitch and face dodge to get inside and finish closer to the cage through oncoming traffic. He also showed some acrobatic, athletic plays in the middle of the field.

Will Collins, Goalie, Marblehead (Mass.)/3d New England, 2020

Collins, a smaller keeper, had a good weekend as a solid presence in the cage and a quick set of hands and smart decisions with the ball, throwing some accurate long range balls to breaking midfielders. He played with confidence and commanded the defense. He came up with some big saves in close, robbing close range shots on the door step more than once. He was comfortable handling the ball while leading the clear.

Hailing from Upstate New York, Casey Vock is the manager of 3d Rising. Before joining 3d Rising, he spent three years at Inside Lacrosse, where he was a full-time writer for Inside Lacrosse Magazine, InsideLacrosse.com, ILIndoor.com and ILGear.com covering all facets of the game. He was named the editor of ILGear.com in November 2012 after helping launch the site a year earlier. Prior to joining Inside Lacrosse in Baltimore, Casey was a freelance writer in Upstate New York covering professional, college and high school lacrosse for Inside Lacrosse, as well as writing for the Press-Republican newspaper in Plattsburgh and other media outlets. Casey played lacrosse in high school at Indian River and went on to play at Jefferson Community College. He earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism and business from SUNY Plattsburgh, an MBA from Syracuse University’s Martin J. Whitman School of Management and an MS in media management from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse. Reach him by email at cvock@3dRising.com and follow him on Twitter @cvock.