Rising DIII Fall Showcase: Standouts
The Rising DIII Fall Showcase was held this past Sunday on the campus of the Noble & Greenough School, located just outside of Boston in Dedham, Massachusetts.
Now in its second year, the event gives prospective student athletes the chance to train in front of about 30 Division III schools and then compete for most of the day. Afterward, players are invited to meet with coaches one-on-one and to discuss the Division III opportunities for athletics and academics.
More than 120 players from as far away as California and Alberta, Canada, made the trek to be seen by the likes of college such as Tufts, Williams, St. Lawrence, Wooster, Colorado College and more.
3d Rising worked closely with the coaches on hand, including those staffing the event as team coaches during the games and training sessions, to bring to light some of the top players coming out of the camp.
Below are some of the players who stood out over the course of the full day of action. You can see photos from the event here on 3dRising.com as well.
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George Kandel, Attack, Kent Denver (Colo.)/3d Colorado, 2018
Arguably one of the best and most consistent attack performances all day, Kandel showed that he possesses a great lacrosse IQ and was constantly making himself a threat off the ball. The left-handed attackman showed finishing ability and the willingness to finish coming across the crease and it could make him a special player. He used numerous fakes to finish some of his shots. He used grittiness to get topside or inside on some of his drives. To top it off, he was riding hard all day into the last game. If he can develop his dodging, and strengthen his right hand, he could excel at the next level.
Nick Boozang, Attack, Boston College HS (Mass.)/3d New England, 2017
Boozang showed some of the best vision of the attackmen in the group, dodging with his head up to feed and working to use his body to attack near the cage and push the ball up with skip passes. He was smooth in setting up several plays that way, threading a feed through traffic to hit a wide-open midfielder for a step-down shot. Boozang showed good awareness by finding space and working the two-man game to get himself free for a low-angle shot. He showed good overall IQ and with increased strength and explosiveness in his dodges he can take his game to another level.
Peter Pickard, Attack, St. Sebastian’s School (Mass.)/Laxachusetts, 2018
Pickard was one of the bigger players at the event and he used his size to his advantage. A righty attackman who uses his large frame to push GLE and bury goals, he has a naturally powerful shot and it proved to be too much for goalies when he got to a prime shooting spot. One of his goals came on an overpowering topside sweep and big overhand windup from the center of the defense. The most impressive part about his game though was his footwork. Pickard proved himself to be nimble around the crease. He also displayed above average stick skills. He was able to maneuver through tight spaces, around the crease and GLE to get to the front of the net and force the defense to collapse to him.
Jake Kirby, Midfield, Darien/Westminster School (Conn.)/Eclipse, 2017
Kirby possesses great athleticism and owned the middle third of the field all day. His size, speed and physical play make him tough to stop when going downhill. The right-handed midfielder also showed some great lacrosse IQ in his off ball and defensive play. With some refinement of his offensive skills, he could be a great two-way midfielder at the college level.
Blake Phillips, Midfield, Lincoln (Ore.)/3d Oregon, 2018
Phillips showed himself to be a very good athlete and that he has a good lacrosse IQ in different spots on the field. He sees the field well, can beat short-stick defenders off the dodge and is big enough to put his shoulder down and create separation. On the defensive end he showed his athleticism with good play on the ball and up the field. More of a midfielder at the college level, his ability to dodge hard either hand will make him an asset if he can keep progressing his skill.
Ryan Murphy, Attack, Menlo School (Calif.)/ADVNC, 2018
Murphy showed smarts and skills throughout the day and was effective as a sneaky righty wing attackman. He was opportunistic and his production came that way. The smaller but deceptive player was moving off the ball and cut hard to finish with a fast catch and pump to bury the ball on the doorstep. He also scored by snagging the ball near the crease and scoring with a slick bounce shot from a low angle.
Brendan Wise, Defense/LSM, Brunswick School (Conn.)/3d Tri-State, 2018
Wise was arguably as impressive as any defender at the Rising DIII Fall Showcase because of his foot speed and his ability to one-time groundballs out of his zone to spark transition. He possesses good speed and size. He is rangy and all over his offensive matchup, pestering their gloves and matching feet. Some attackmen struggled to avoid Wise. He shined more at LSM than close defense, but he could definitely play both. He’ll want to improve his strength to excel at the next level.
Tim Saffold, Midfield, Kent Denver (Colo.)/Denver Elite, 2018
Saffold shined as one of the slickest and gifted midfield scorers in the group at the Rising DIII Fall Showcase. He is a fairly lanky but athletic lefty who can create his own shot in a number of ways and showed that off with some eye-popping goals at the event. One of those goals came on an explosive dodge into a jump shot that found the high part of the net. He scored another by persevering through a bunch of checks and then somehow getting off an off-balance shot that bounce by the goalie’s feet. He scored cutting to the cage, catching and fishing. He scored another by corralling an errant pass with one hand and quickly pumping a fake before stuffing the ball into the net. He impressed in the middle of the field as an aggressive playmaker who was consistently sprinting to the loose ball or to attack the ball carrier and showed some promising upside as a talented playmaker with an excellent stick and a hard shot. He is a righty but a couple goals showed his ability to get off a high-quality shot with either hand. Added overall strength will make him that much more promising to college coaches.
Will Swindell, Attack, Lincoln (Ore.)/3d Oregon, 2018
Swindell showed good footwork to set up his defenders and allow himself space to exercise his vision as a feeder consistently throughout the day, and he used those two attributes to make simple, effective plays happen. He sees the field well and always has his head up trying to find his teammates as he carries and numerous times he started from the backline and got his hands free enough to send accurate passes up the field to cutters. He collected several assists in spurts that way. The righty’s hands and finishing ability around GLE also help make him a dangerous attackman. With added muscle to his frame, Swindell has the potential to be a special college player.
Brooks Brown, Midfield, Colorado Academy (Colo.)/Team 18, 2018
Brown owned the middle of the field, picked up tough ground balls and played solid short-stick defense all day. He is a lanky but fast and determined athlete that gets from box to box very quickly and made plays consistently on the offensive and defensive ends of the field. He showed off a deceptive bounce shot that was really tough for the goalies to track when he put it on cage. He got it to kick up perfectly under the cross bar on at least one occasion and his release was consistent. If he can develop his off hand and work on his shot accuracy, he can excel at the next level.
Gino Nuzzolo, Midfield, Glastonbury (Conn.)/CT Cardinals, 2018
Nuzzolo gets highlighted because of his elusive, slippery, almost slimy way of running past defenders on his way to the goal. Without deterring too far from his North-South path, Gino was able to get by defenders and get in front of the net. This is because of his agility, speed, and footwork but also because his frame. Nuzzolo is slender, which helps his elusiveness, and he left the ground numerous times on his takes. He will want to keep getting stronger and add to his frame to make a major impact at the next level.
Bret Miller, M, Andover (Mass.)/New England Twisters, 2018
Miller was one of the top middies at the event in terms of athleticism, size, and strength. He is an imposing force that can move well in a straight line, or side to side. His elusiveness with or without the ball was won of the most impressive parts of his game. He showed a high lacrosse IQ too. When he dodged downhill, he was a nightmare matchup for a short-stick. Coaches thought he could have taken over at times but he was unselfish in a setting that encouraged sharing the ball. With improved stick skills and assertiveness, he can bring a lot of potential as a college midfielder given his size and athleticism alone.
David Tsai, M, Phillips Academy Andover (Mass.)/3d New England, 2018
Tsai was arguably one of the most versatile players at the Rising DIII Fall Showcase. He stood out on offense and defense and used his athleticism to get involved. Defenders had a tough time keeping up with him in the open field because of his speed and agility, and an even tougher time trying to push him off his line in tight because of his subtle strength. Tsai was an engaged communicator on both sides of the ball and also showed the ability to go both righty and lefty. His dynamic mix of athleticism and skill will make him a useful utility player at the college level. With improved shot accuracy and overall stick skills, he can become more of an impact player on offense.
Aidan O’Leary, Defense/LSM, Xaverian Brothers (Mass.)/Laxachusetts, 2018
O’Leary was arguably the most effective one-on-one defender at the Rising DIII Fall Showcase. He is a big and rangy right-hander with a determined attitude that makes him tough to beat. He was in his offensive match-up’s pocket all day, and the one time we saw him get beat was on a strange curl underneath that got him hung up. Also, he was mean and scrappy on loose balls. His technical skills and discipline in his positioning were apparent. He’s the type of player that won’t get beat often. He consistently quieted his matchups at the event. If he can improve his off-ball skills and his overall speed, he will become a promising college defender.
Lawrence Renehan, LSM/Defense, Westminster School (Conn.)/3d LC Rhode Island, 2017
Renehan was in an athletic stance from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m., it appeared. It was difficult to find him not ready to take on an offensive player with aggression and overwhelming quickness. He showed fast legs and feet, with a motor and good speed to stay with the top offensive players at the event. His stick was active all day, in guys’ gloves or picking off passes. In the middle of the field he would hunt down the ball carrier and caused numerous turnovers or just chaos in general. He has exceptional stick skills for a close defenseman too. He came up with a number of impressive groundballs throughout the day, several at full speed with nice touch on the stick through some traffic. If he adds some strength, he will have the makings of an impact defender at the college level.
Robbie Dinsmore, LSM, St. Johns Prep (Mass.)/3d New England, 2018
Dinsmore picked up ground balls and made great plays in transition in every game he played in at the Rising DIII Fall Showcase. He showed a great ability to make plays with the ball in his stick on the offensive end of the field and will certainly help a team’s transition game – and will also score a few goals along the way. He attacks the box with the intent to draw the defense and push it. He notched one of the highlight-reel goals of the day when he somehow kept his balance though traffic, got to the crease, got hit again, somehow faked and tucked the ball past the goalie while flying to the ground. Dinsmore also showed he has a tremendous motor and was going hard all day.
John (Jack) Scherer, Defense/LSM, Marin Catholic (Calif.)/All West, 2018
Scherer has an excellent build, strong and stocky with muscle packed onto his frame. He stood out immediately because of that, but he also showed good footwork and possesses athleticism. He showed that by causing turnovers and exploding up the field. He gets in a low stance and drops hard, disruptive checks to the hands. On one series, he stripped one of the most skilled attackmen in the group by doing just that. He has a great presence on the defensive end of the field, communicates well and can make plays in the clearing game. He put guys on the ground more than once with his physical, overwhelming one-on-one play. With development of his off-ball play, he can turn into a very good college defenseman.
Jamie Bonomo, Midfield, Noble & Greenough School (Mass.)/Top Gun Fighting Clams, 2019
Bonomo has excellent athleticism, size and IQ in the middle of the field. He has the ability to pick up a tough ground ball on the wing, and also can make an impact on the offensive end of the field with his dodging ability and vision. As the day progressed, Bonomo got better and began to make more and more plays.
Liam Maniscalco, Defense, Lick-Wilmerding (Calif.)/3d NorCal, 2018
Maniscalco was a deceptively effective defender at the Rising DIII Fall Showcase thanks to his towering height – probably 6-foot-3 or more – and his range. He moved well off the ball and used that length to keep himself in good position. On the ball, he played good position and used his stick to help prevent topside dodges. He showed solid stick skills and was quick to make the good pass on the clear. He helped solidify what became the best overall defensive unit at the event. With increased foot speed and athleticism, he becomes an even more interesting prospect.
Tyler Forbes, Attack, Groton School (Mass.)/3d New England, 2018
Forbes exhibited great hands and finishing ability around the goal all day at the Rising DIII Fall Showcase. He consistently showed the ability to get above goal line extended, work his defender using his big, thick frame and then use a second move to get his hands free to shoot. Forbes also shot the ball really well from the outside – his big right-handed low-to-high blast was one of the most powerful shots displayed all day. He did a lot of things that you look for in a complete attackman at the Division III level. He will want to increase his speed and continue to improve his offhand.
Thomas Bono, Midfield, Noble & Greenough School (Mass.)/Top Gun Fighting Clams, 2017
One of the most physically impressive and consistent midfielders all day, Bono showed a tremendous ability to get to the goal almost any time he wanted. He has a great time and room shot, and is physical enough to draw attention and move the ball to the right spot on the field. He is a match up problem in the midfield and can draw a slide almost any time he goes hard to the goal. Some coaches had him pegged as one of the standout midfielders at the event after the first game.
Jake Malasek, Goalie, Phillips Exeter Academy (N.H.), 2017
Malasek was consistent in the goal all day. The lefty’s size, positioning and fundamentals helped him impress by making consistent saves on shots he’d be expected to make and then he added to that some really nice robs on more challenging shots. Malasek got the ball out of his stick quickly on the clear and showed great IQ in the clearing game.
Tate Perkins, Attack, Cape Elizabeth (Maine)/Cape Lax, 2018
Perkins played hard, rode hard and finished hard from start to finish. A very good athlete with good vision, the right-handed attackman exhibited the ability to get to the goal in a tough/physical way. He also showed tremendous desire on the ride, and created multiple second chance possessions for his team throughout the day.
Andrew Boniface, Midfield, Western Reserve Academy (Ohio)/Resolute, 2018
Bonaface demonstrated an accurate, hard shot on the run with his left hand. His speed and smoothness with the ball in his stick is a good combination that allowed him to be a standout playmaker. He handles the ball well in the middle of the field and possesses good vision to move it and then get himself into the play off the ball. If he can develop his right hand and make a move to his right to consistently draw slides, he could develop into a solid college midfielder.
Andy Clough, Midfield, Marblehead (Mass.), 2018
Clough is a solid athlete with great size. He showed excellent, soft hands and the ability to get his hands free at times throughout the day. Once he realizes that he is a match up problem for any defense and he can take over a game, his upside increases.
Andrew Marsh, Midfield/Attack, Friends Academy (N.Y.)/FLG, 2018
Marsh displayed a strong left-handed shot, great vision and unselfishness throughout the day. He was slick and assertive in dodging from behind the cage and laying up perfect feeds to cutting teammates. He has the ability to play both attack and midfield, making him a dynamic offensive player. He was consistently drawing attention when initiating and showed a good lacrosse IQ. If he develops a stronger right hand, he could very well be a special player at the next level.
Sean Mowatt-Larssen, Attack, Strake Jesuit (Texas)/3d Houston, 2018
One of the most physically impressive attackmen at the event, Mowatt-Larrssen is a very sturdy and stocky right-handed attackman who has deceptive dodging abilities. He can be explosive in setting himself up for a face dodge or roll to the underneat and he has a quick pivot and strong base that allows him to maneuver through traffic with precision. He did it numerous times at the Rising DIII Fall Showcase, showing a strong power cradle on some of the moves he used to put himself right on the door step. He played with his head up, filled space and is fearless in cutting and doging to the interior. With refined stick skills, he can elevate his level of play. But he's already an intriguing attack prospect just because of his apparent multi-sport athleticism and his old-school dodging.
David Nagle, Defense, Boston College HS (Mass.)/Hawks, 2018
Nagle is a rangy pest of a defender who hustled every play and made himself a strong presence each possession on the ball and off. He was in the lanes with his stick, he was on the hands when covering one-on-one and, though his foot speed can increase, he was effective with lateral movement and really consistent placement of his stick underneath for a lift and to help keep the ball carrier below GLE. He was all over the place in loose ball scenarios and got his stick into the mix. He covered ground well in the open field.
Kevin Hunt, Defense, Carmel Catholic (Ill.)/Lacrosse School – Rotten Apples, 2018
Hunt was one of the most physically imposing defensemen at the event. Tall and already filled out to some extent, he displayed a coordination with his big frame that makes him really effective as a defender. Hunt was tenacious on groundballs, and when attackmen tried to take him to the cage he held his own and his determination was clear. If he can dial in his aggression in some scenarios and refine his stick skills, he will continue to draw more attention for his play.
Thomas Harkin, Goalie, Smithtown East (N.Y.)/FLG, 2018
Harkin was one of the most consistent and promising keepers at the event. He is not large in cage, but makes up for that by how he attacks the ball. He almost ends in a high-arc after every shot, but starts in a different stance. His hands were high all day, and he sustained his fundamental positioning. He was a leader in the crease and communicated well to his teammates. He showed good stick skills, and got outlet passes up and out to breaking middies.
Stewart Hickey, Attack, Middlesex School (Mass.)/3d New England, 2018
Hickey had a nice day showing his skills as a heady off-ball player who can find space and catch and finish near the cage without apprehension, and he showed some power on his individual takes. He’s got good hands and plays with his head up and impressed coaches with his awareness and ability to get open and quickly get off a shot.
Matthew Rocha, Goalie, Melrose (Mass.)/Laxachusetts, 2019
Rocha was one of the most consistent keepers at the event. He stood out as a strong goalie, with athleticism and size that was apparent when he came out of the cage and rocketed some passes up the field on the clear. He looked perhaps the most senior of the goalies in the mix, but is one of the younger and was very poised in making a variety of saves on shots from the outside, shots on dodges to the interior – he stepped to the ball and many times captured it right dead center in the mesh. Some of those came on cross-body saves and showed Rocha’s good hands. He had a solid performance overall and is absolutely an intriguing prospect with several scholastic seasons to go.
Liam Peterson, Midfield, Westminster School (Conn.)/Mustang Starz, 2017
A native of Alberta, Canada, Peterson was one of the slickest players on the field and was creative and aggressive in how he made plays. The rightly has a terrific stick, strong with his right, but showed off excellent balance and deceptive as a smaller, compact dodger and playmaker. IN the middle of the field, he showed strong groundball skills, and as a short-stick defender he showed quickness, stayed low and was tough to beat, stripping some of the midfielders who tested him. He used slippery backdoor cuts and could even take feeds with one hand on the stick. He made a great behind-the-back pass on the money to the crease. He made numerous high-level plays showing skill and the ability to see plays develop. He will want to work on strength and his off hand.
Tyler Allcroft, Attack, Northampton High School (Mass.)/3d New England South, 2018
Allcroft had a good showing as a well-rounded attackman who has skills, plays hard and fast with his head up. He stood out simply on is riding alone, as he used his long legs and reach to create problems on the clear for teams throughout the day. And a few of those resulted in turnovers. If he can add strength and work on his consistency as a dodger, he will add to his potential as a college player.
Michael O'Connell, FO/Midfield, Dexter-Southfield (Mass.)/Cape Cod, 2018
O'Connell looked like the most refined and consistent face-off man at the event. He routinely and repeatedly won the ball out to himself, very cleanly popping it forward time and time again and sparking transition often. Opposing teams brought up long poles to try to thwart him, but O'Connell was pretty regular all day and won countless draws.