NXT Girls Philly Showcase Fall 2017 Standouts
3d Rising was on the field at a variety of events this fall, and we’re rolling out some of the written content as we head into the New Year.
The NXT Girls Philly Showcase, held in November at United Sports just outside of the City of Brotherly Love, drew a large group of the nation’s top prospects for a day of competition in front of college coaches.
The highlight of each NXT Event, the Fab 40 All-Star Game offered coaches – as well as 3d Rising scouts – the chance to get a quality look at some of the most impressive standouts from the event.
Here’s a look at 25 of the top players who turned in impressive performances at this fall’s NXT Girls Philly Showcase.
Rachel O’Toole, Goalkeeper, Methacton (Pa.), 2020
O’Toole was easily the most impressive goalie at the showcase. Though small in stature, she makes up for her size with her vocal and gutsy nature. She had at least two or three interceptions per game, including a few in the all-star game that close of the showcase. O’Toole is known as the “burpee Goalie” as she has a ritual of doing a burpee before every free-position shot she faces. Oddly enough, she saved 90 percent of those shots (possibly more). She loves being out of the crease. She runs the ball up the sideline on a 45-degree angle every chance she gets in the clear. She likes the fast, lateral clears that are 20 yards or less. She very rarely threw the ball away or threw a bomb above the 30. O’Toole also loves to chase wide shots to the end line, and very often comes up with possession of those shots.
Hazel Gardner, Midfield, Downingtown West (Pa.), 2021
Gardner is a middie that inserts herself into every play. Primarily playing on the circle, she is scrappy and follows through on every runaway groundball. Gardner excels when carrying the ball, as her speed allows her to run to space, avoiding shifting rides and would-be double teams. Gardner is also not afraid to be what some officials might call a little “too aggressive.” She got minor calls mostly for midfield defense, but fortunately for her these gentle fouls allowed her team to survey the field and read the next move. She plays mainly on the top end of the 12 meter, finding alley drives and lateral cuts on the doorstep that got her multiple shooting opportunities all day long.
Rebecca Campos, Midfield, Arlington (N.Y.), 2019
Campos was a draw control machine in the all-star game on Saturday. She tracks the ball very well and is always the first to the scene even if she was not able to direct the ball where she intended. Campos’ quick first step allowed her to smoothly run through pop up and groundball draws and gain her stride very quickly in transition onto offense. Her go-to move on attack is her inside roll. She comes from X, baiting the defender along the arm of the 8 meter before she changes gears to roll inside and races to get the inside track to the cage.
Molly May, Attack, Radnor (Pa.), 2020
May is a tempo player and always wants the ball in her stick. Her favorite places to attack from are X and the wings as she uses her strength and size to muscle through her defender after a signature rocker dodge. May is also helpful when her team is on defense. She was constantly guiding her fellow attackers in the backfield, while calling out cutters and alerting the defense from behind the 30. May has a rocket shot, which she loves to let fly especially after a roll dodge from X. She is your classic crease attacker. Though she’s not that tall, she can take some bumps on the inside and still get the shot off in time.
Ashley Moynahan, Midfield, Fairfield Ludlowe (Conn.), 2020
Moynahan is your classic workhorse. She is constantly involved in any 50/50 situation, and she is often the player seen emerging out of the scrums with the ball. She sports a helmet, and was one of the only players wearing one on Saturday. Her hand placement on defense was one of the best on the field. She very rarely lost a step in one-on-one scenarios. Moynahan played a lot on the circle on Saturday, but she also has talent in draw taking. She is not overly tall, but has the vision to track the ball well from the whistle and the speed to box out an opponent so that her wing players can run through the groundball. She is not a flashy scorer; she is more the playmaker behind the scenes, getting teammates open and jamming up the defense with clear-through cuts to allow a fellow attack to drive from the top.
Bryce Wilson, Attack, Allatoona (Ga.), 2021
Wilson is easy to spot on the field due to her impressive height and strength. While primarily an attacker, Wilson’s also takes draws occasionally and shows promise with her one-handed extension. Wilson’s stick handling was unique to many players on Saturday, as she holds her stick very low in order to be able to whip shots from the outside and give herself the flexibility to wrap her cradle around when carrying to avoid being stripped of the ball. While she is able with both hands, Wilson likes to do whatever she can to keep the stick in her right hand to be “shooting ready” at all times. She easily had one of the hardest shots of the showcase. Wilson is a very analytical player, trying to survey the situation on attack while she carries the ball.
Olivia Kingsborough, Midfield, Garnet Valley (Pa.), 2020
Kingsborough showed a lot of versatile skills on Saturday, but really shined on the offensive end. In terms of driving, she likes the right side alley and also is very well versed in the turn and throwback into the middle if her alley drive draws a slide. She also stays in a scoring play even after she has given up the ball. She scored multiple times after feeding in to an open player and receiving a give and go. Kingsborough also used the element of surprise when working inside or backside on attack. She did very well at lulling her defender with lateral movements, waited until their hips committed one way, and would then hit the gas and dart in the other direction, causing her defender to open up and drop step to chase. She had an open stick many times from the backside due to this maneuver.
Lilia Ivanovich, Attack, St. Joseph’s (Conn.), 2020
Although listed as an attacker, Ivanovich has quite a presence in the midfield. Her strength lies in her ability to be quick in tight spaces, but be precise as well. She also seems to be without an “off” switch. There was no point in the day where her hustle lacked or was second best. This quickness and ability to be constant in her change of speed and angling enabled her teammates to find her open very often throughout the day as well as in the all-star game.
Faith Bulan, Defense, Oak Knoll (N.J.), 2020
Bulan was easily the smallest player selected for the all-star game. She also may have been one of the smallest players at the showcase. And she definitely used her size to her advantage on the defensive end. All day long she was hunting interceptions, and getting them. She would pick feeds out of the air from the backside and shoot up the field bobbing and weaving through swinging sticks. Her anticipation and desire to break up offensive plays was unmatched by any other defender on the field. While she did get knocked down a fair amount, Bulan very rarely lost possession of a ball she had won via caused turnover.
Cameron Maruca, Midfield, Rancocas Valley (N.J.), 2020
Maruca was voted “best player on the field” several times throughout the day via the coaches’ private scoring sheets. A midfielder by trade, she can do it all. Maruca takes draws, has strong wing play on the circle and is very good at getting the ball out of trouble between the 30s. She has solid stick handling, which allowed her to carry the ball in transition when she wanted to, or switch fields with high-yardage passes when she was run into the sideline by a ride shift. The thing that stands out about Maruca the most is her confidence level. Never during a game was she hesitant or seemingly frazzled.
Anna Schipf, Goalkeeper, Babylon (N.Y.), 2019
Schipf is a solid-built left-hander who was selected to the all-star game. She likes to crowd the crowd on inside shots and is very smart about her off-ball movements when the ball is outside the 12 meter. Her movements were very precise and she did not take many (if any) unnecessary steps. Schipf is a goalie that holds her set position very well and does not bite on fakes as quickly as some other goalkeepers do. She holds her pipes very well and is not afraid to step out to knock down a wide pass or break up a feed to a cutter coming from behind GLE.
Brooke Veit, Attack, Liberty (Pa.), 2021
Veit was one of only six 2021 players selected out of 40 for the all-star game. Although young, she was one of the most composed players on the field. She never got herself into a jam that her poise and field vision couldn’t get her out of. Veit was also one of the smoothest players on the field. Her movements on attack were always fluid, never choppy or indecisive. It was as if she had mapped out every off-ball movement ahead of time. Her signature dodge is a roll from the top elbow. She likes to step out of that by pivoting off of her lead foot to change directions once the defender’s hips are turned.
Ainsley Rowlison, Midfield, Forest Park (Va.), 2019
Rowlison was a staple in both the all-star game and for her showcase team. She was voted “best player on the field” several times during pool play. Rowlison is a draw taker with great extension on the ball in the air. She is not a showy player, but she always seems to have a hand in any big play on the field. She is the classic “silent worker bee” always keeping her head down and pushing forward. She is especially explosive when she takes the draw righty with an overhand grip. For whatever reason, this allows her to track and extent with her left hand on the butt of the stick while using her right foot as an anchor.
Lily White, Defense, Phoenixville (Pa.), 2020
White was among the smallest players on the field, but she certainly packed a punch on defense. She was very technically sound in her defensive stance, and almost never got called for any type of contact foul due to her fundamental strengths with hand placement. For some reason, White always seemed to be the last line of defense, no matter where she happened to be playing in regard to the location of the ball. She was quick to slide, help and show to clog up the middle and defer a driver from the inside.
Grace Frasso, Midfield, Cinnaminson (N.J.), 2020
Frasso was always in the middle of it. She was the magnet that always seemed to have a pop-up draw land in her stick, or a knocked down pass take an awkward bounce her way. Due to this, she found herself carrying the ball, a lot. Frasso is a very opportunistic player in that she always seems to know what to do with the ball when it comes her way. She also did very well to leave her mark behind the ball to travel forward and involve herself in the play. She wasted no time inserting herself between the 30s and it almost always paid off.
Morgan Smith, Defense, Lausanne (Tenn.), 2019
Smith was the only player representing Tennessee in the all-star game. Her years of experience over some of the other players definitely showed. She was arguably the most technically sound defender at the showcase. The manner in which she played her angles prevented her from being caught out of a crash or be too late to a slide. She checked in while backside with the grace and caution of a college player. While not overly tall or big, Smith was rock solid in one-on-one defense and gravitated toward playing close defense, right next to the goalkeeper. She was most likely the best fundamental defender of the day.
Madisen Patrick, Midfield, Manchester Valley (Md.), 2019
Patrick, although a midfielder, really shined on the defensive end of the ball. She was one of the best at covering cutters. She seemed to really understand the difference between fronting a cutter to be ball side, and chasing a cutter out at a side stance to be ready to crash if needed. She angled herself on cutters in such a way that they were not an option, but so that she was for her defensive unit. She was always looking for the caused turnover in games, keeping a close eye on the pattern of passes and seemingly weighting her options should she lunge to pick a ball out of the air. Overall, Patrick proved to be a very smart defender and incredibly anticipatory.
Julia Dell’Angelo, Attack, Notre Dame (N.J.), 2020
Dell’Angelo was one of the smaller attackers on the field, but she made up for that with her speed and knowledge of how to get out of troublesome situations. She was very good at splitting doubles and had a great instinct about when to make her move so she did not charge or check herself while moving through the defenders’ sticks. One of Dell’Angelo’s greatest attributes is her footwork. The reason why she can avoid being trapped in transition or escape a collapsed defense is largely due to her solid, fundamental footwork.
Caroline Carruthers, Attack, Garnet Valley (Pa.), 2018
The only 2018 player in the all-star game, Carruthers is a Swiss army knife. She is an asset all over the field, but especially in the draw department. Carruthers is a tall, solid athlete with grace and speed. She does well to direct the ball where she wants it and seemed to easily win the draw controls cleanly multiple times during the day. She was also one of the few players that really emerged as a leader during the showcase. When she spoke, her teammates listened. Her direct, composed tone really had a calming effect on her teammates, and they gravitated toward her because of that. She also walked the walk as well as she talked the talk, making it easy for kids who had never played with her to trust her and follow instruction.
Mia Sheldon, Defense, Methacton (Pa.), 2020
One of the most “head’s up” defenders of the showcase, Sheldon displayed a very disciplined defensive stance that many players her age have a hard time keeping consistent. She was always in a wide, low stance and ready for whatever the attack was dishing out. She also was very good at doing something we coaches always hound our players for: staying goal side in transition. Sheldon, although only a sophomore, always had the awareness to stay or get goal side when the ball reached or passed the 50. She was never the last defender in the hole, and always had her unit’s back when it came to splitting bodies while her teammates got into position.
Kaelin Salley, Defense, Avon Grove (Pa.), 2020
Salley, like many other defenders in the all-star game, was always looking for the caused turnover. She is a very aggressive defender and displays a presence that would discourage any attacker from wanting to dodge on her one-on-one. Her signature move is the one-handed carry that so many players are sporting these days. She was happy to carry the ball up field from a clear or caused turnover and would always choose the sideline over the middle in order to allow for that one-handed transport.
Hannah Delahaye, Midfield, Owen J. Roberts (Pa.), 2020
Delahaye was hard to miss on the field during the showcase for a number of reasons. First, she was the loudest player on the field at all times. She was always directing, instructing or supporting her teammates. Secondly, she takes a lot of calculated risks. It was very rare to see her stay out of a scrum on the draw or not lunge for a pickoff on defense. She also is not one to shy away from a tight lane on offense. She doesn’t care if the shot is pretty, only that it ends up in the back of the net. She fashioned some shovel shots on more than one occasion when she ran out of real estate inside the critical scoring area, and it paid off. Delahaye was the leader of the defense in the all-star game, constantly sounding off about cutters and changes that the zone needed to make. She also thrived in facing the pressure of a goal deficit and took it upon herself to cut the opponent’s lead to three with only a minute left to play.
Erin King, Attack, Kell (Ga.), 2021
King was one of only two players from Georgia chosen to represent in the all-star game. Along with her fellow attacker and 2021 classmate, she took it to the older players looking for some scoring opportunities. King’s quickness and agility allowed her to rub elbows with some of the best defenders at the event, yielding success on more than a few occasions. The confidence that King displays was not that of a young 2021, but more resembling a seasoned attacker who can read a defense, weigh options and choose the best way to execute.