Maverik Showtime 2015: Standouts, Recap, Photos, More

(Photo: Casey Vock, 3d Rising)
(Photo: Casey Vock, 3d Rising)

Maverik Showtime has become one of the premiere events of the summer recruiting circuit, and this year might have been the best one yet both in terms of the talent-filled roster and in terms of play on the field – some of the best seen so far this off season. 

Paul Carcaterra, the former Syracuse All-American midfielder and current ESPN analyst, has managed to make his event, now in it’s ninth year, arguably the best spot for recruiters to watch rising juniors and sophomores in the same venue. 

For the participants, it’s an invaluable opportunity to play in front of literally every single Division I program out there – some schools even sent the entire staff. But it’s also an exciting chance to slip into an incredible outfit of brand new lacrosse gear, including the latest goods from Maverik and Cascade, companies collected in recent years under the Bauer brand. 

Products used by the players included: 

·      Custom Maverik Showtime Cascade R (shown in the gallery above)
·      Custom Maverik Showtime Maverik RX3 gloves (shown in the gallery above)
·      Maverik Centrik Head (HS or Universal spec)
·      Maverik Apollo Shaft (for attack/midfield)
·      Maverik Caliber Shaft (for defense)
·      Maverik DNA shooting shirt
·      Maverik DNA shorts
·      Maverik practice pinnie

The excitement for the student athletes isn’t hard to see, as the players usually spend the early part of Day 1 getting the new goods broken in, which to the players’ delight doesn’t take much these days. (See Lax.com's GoPro footage below from the All-Star Games at the event.)

This year, weather brought some challenges as a few storms created some necessary shuffling of the schedule. But that resulted in coaches being able to stay put on the main field and there was no issue as games and breaks were just shortened. 

From a recruiting perspective, this was easily the most difficult cover of the summer as the list of players attending the event was impressive both in terms of talent and the performances were excellent for a high percentage of those invited. Below, we look at some of the players who stood out over the course of the four-day event, along with Lax.com's footage of the two All-Star Games.

2017s

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Davis Allen, Attack/Midfield, Pelham Memorial (N.Y.)/Westchester Predators – Notre Dame Allen is such an excellent pickup for Notre Dame, and considering who else was pursuing him, calling him an under-the-radar recruit sounds wonky. You look at him and see a 6-foot-5, 190 pound athlete with a good stick and dodging abilities and wonder how he even lasted that long before being locked up. Allen was impressive from the start at Maverik Showtime, breaking down even the strongest and quickest defenders with his ability to carry and dodge by using his body well and his long arms to distribute and shoot. It is very rare to find an attackman who plays as smart as Allen but also possesses his size and power. He’s a high IQ attackman in a Division I midfielder’s body, so he will present options when he gets to South Bend. At Showtime, he scored in a number of ways, including showing soft hands on a finish inside. But he also scored off his own dodges, including a smooth inside roll to put himself right on the doorstep. 

Connor Morin, Attack, Morristown Beard (N.J.)/Leading Edge – Villanova What a player Villanova has here. Morin is an electrifying attackman who combines size with incredible body control on the dodge and a naturally deceptive way of carrying the ball from X. Morin looks almost unguardable if he drives up past GLE to shoot with the low angle — you just have to hope the goalie makes the save or it’s wide. Conor always has his stick cocked back, and low to his hip, ready to thread it through for a feed or release shots on different planes. He repeatedly scored goals in this manner, sometimes not even needing to beat the defender as his reach allows him to keep the stick way back and essentially camouflage his release. At 6-foot-2, he’s so unique given his skill set and his snaky carrying and dodging. Slick doesn’t really describe it; think fluidity. He scored once in the championship sneaking from X. But he was incredible throughout the week, as he was earlier this summer at the 3d National Camp playing for Leading Edge. 

J.P. Basile, Attack, Garden City (N.Y.)/GC 34 - Duke Basile is a player who looked like he took a major leap back in the spring playing for the Trojans. He was impressive with his presence out on the wing where he’d demand a lot of attention as a shooter and also a capable dodger. He’s a heads-up player who has a good enough stick, and the vision, to feed, but he’s a talented scorer who places his shots in tough spots for goalies. His big, 6-foot-3 frame, somehow becomes slithery as he grooves himself around defenders and uses that reach to be a shooting threat from mid-range. But by the cage, he’s automatic and his size helps him there too. Basile’s goals at Showtime came in a variety of ways, including a turning righty jump shot and finishes right on the crease. One of his goals came as he created a turnover on the ride and finished the play himself. 

Bailey Laidman, Attack, Dover Sherborn (Mass.)/Fighting Clams - North Carolina Laidman had a productive week at Maverik Showtime, showing himself to be a tough attackman who finds ways to create and finish chances. Laidman is a stocky attackman, who uses his body well in dodging and leaning in near the cage. He can be slippery and hard to contain when he gets some space close to the crease. Laidman is a talented righty shooter and can persevere through plays that might seem dead and come out of it shooting just a few yards from the cage. He just gets it done somehow, a lot of it coming by way of his effort. He put up points in games we saw throughout the week, and then he shined in the All-Star game with two goals, one unassisted the other assisted. 

Chase Douglas, Attack, Arapahoe (Colo.)/3d Colorado – Air Force Douglas was outstanding at Maverik Showtime, eventually drawing reactions from coaches watching as he racked up points. He’s a slick, persistent attackman who can consistently dodge from X and challenge his defender and create for himself and others. He just keeps going and going and eventually will wear down his man. And he’s got good enough hands and stick skills to bury his shots in close. He’s not big, but has the quickness and stick protection to get to his spot. He will throw a lot at his defenders — fakes, hesitations. He has fast hands to finish feeds as he cuts (and sometimes jumps as he catches and buries it). Out further, if he’s got room, he can shoot. He can make good passes around the cage and through the crease but didn’t force as he dispelled a lot of his best traits throughout the week at Showtime.

Thomas Tenney, Attack, Fox Lane (N.Y.)/Prime Time - Denver Tenney displayed some high level stick skills throughout the Showtime event. He’s got the ability to dip his stick in a flash and change his direction to get an instant step of separation on his man. He likes to dangle the stick low, and some of his shots show some serious velocity as he can yank it low-to-high when he gets his hands free. Tenney definitely plays with flare, and that can help him at times as defenders might not know what to expect. When he keeps it under control, he’s more effective at getting to the cage and showing his finishing abilities. 

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Casey Rogers, Attack, Westhill (N.Y.)/Orange Crush There’s really no more physically imposing attackman in this class than Rogers. I’ve watched this kid grow into a Redwood in the last few years and his game is starting to catch up with his size. He can overpower most defenders with his strength as he bull dodges, and if he gets stood up, he’s able to redodge to create some challenges for defenders. He moves better than he did last year after another productive season of varsity football and then a 50-goal sophomore season. Rogers is a strong lefty shooter, and he’s got pretty good hands for a big guy too. In the All-Star game, he showed a little something different as he face dodged his defender, keeping the stick across his body until the last second, when he pulled it back to rip a bounce shot with almost no angle and the defender draped on him. The key for Rogers is his quickness and stick protection. If he continues to develop those two aspects of his game, he could be a monster by the time he wraps up his high school career. 

(Photo: Casey Vock, 3d Rising)

Ryan O’Connell, Midfield, New Canaan (Conn.)/CT Eclipse - North Carolina O’Connell was a “trending” conversation between coaches and scouts at the event. Rumored to have been exploring a different option, O’Connell decommitted from Michigan right around the time of Showtime and committed to North Carolina just days after. The fast, smooth ambidextrous middie made it look easy as he breezed down the hash marks repeatedly to give himself clean looks at the cage in a number of games. He can release the ball quickly and shoots accurately, and if he winds up, he has a lot of heat behind it. He is deceptive, in that he will use hesitations and change planes of his release to not only fool the goalie but the sticks of defenders. He can bait defenders or he can lean into them and then roll back. He will make second and third moves inside to get even closer to the net if he doesn’t just bury it down the lane now that his speed allows him to separate easily. He is comfortable with his left and right and can release shots with both hands. He shows slickness and an excellent handle when he gets bodied up against a defender and changes his direction and dodges. If he inverts and operates near the cage, he looks natural in his attack. There was probably no player who drew more early attention at Showtime than O’Connell, hence his recruitment activity following the event. All this followed his tremendous sophomore season at New Canaan that saw him register 37 goals and 17 assists, earning First-Team All-State honors. 

Jon Partamian, Midfield, Loyola High School (Calif.)/West Coast Starz – Syracuse An intriguing athletic West Coast midfielder, Partamian was easily noticeable because of his teal colored stick – not a bad idea for recruits, to have something that subtly stands out to identify you. But what really stood out about Partamian was his athleticism on both sides of the field. Coming up the field and dodging downhill, he is just plain fast. He’s got strength and endurance; he played tough and was hard to beat on defense. Offensively, he didn’t blow you away but played unselfish lacrosse and showed some speed on his shot. He ran point on man-up a few times and registered an assist from there. His shot had some mustard on it and some snap. He was recruited quickly in the weeks following Showtime and committed to Syracuse, a program that has landed several midfielders from the west in recent seasons. Among an attractive group of then-uncommitted midfielders at Showtime, Partamian shined as maybe one of the most athletic. 

Jake Moss, Midfield, Pingry School (N.J.)/Building Blocks Moss was one of the first players I took notes on when I sat down at Maverik Showtime. He’s a good sized, tough midfielder who can do different things well. He’s a big body at 6-foot-2 and 190 pounds, but he showed aa knack for shooting from outside. He scored one of his goals on a big windup and then scored on a nasty outside shot that found the top left. He is more athletic than you see at first. He can also face-off and is able to push the ball out to himself and spark a break. A tough player, he can make an impact on both sides of the ball. He’s a rangy kid, with good vision and the stride of a box-to-box midfielder. 

Josh Reiss, Midfield, St. Anne’s Belfield School (Va.) Reiss, who had a big season for the state champ Saints, might not jump out at first because he’s got average size. But he’s got skill and smarts and puts it together on the field. He has a shot that feels old school in its snappy simplicity, but sometimes feels Canadian because he’s a lot slicker than you first realize. Reiss is opportunistic when dodging, really understanding when he’s got separation. He can make a second move to beat the double, doing it pretty easily sometimes with a face dodge. And his shot is usually going in if he’s close. He naturally leans in when dodging. He sneaks around the middle off ball and his quick release makes him dangerous to score if others find him. He reminds me of a throwback midfielder like a Tim Edwards. In the All-Star game, Reiss scored downhill on the run, hitting the top left corner. Then he scored the last goal of the game, cutting through the middle of the defense and finishing with a shot to the top left. He was productive in the games throughout the week at Maverik. 

Riley Stewart, Midfield, Darien (Conn.)/Connecticut Chargers – Brown Stewart impressed us as a well-rounded offensive midfielder with a good combination of dodging and shooting abilities. The three-sport athlete has a quick first step that he uses to get separation and split to his opposite hand. He can sweep and carry with his right and his left and can score with both. He shows good awareness off ball and catch-and-finish ability. He has decent snap to his overhand and sidearm shots. In the All-Star Game, Stewart scored on a hard step-down right-handed shot and then popped a good look inside to a cutter. He was consistent throughout the week at Showtime. Brown gets a very talented player and sound athlete here. 

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Brian Tevlin, Midfield, Seton Hall Prep (N.J.)/Building Blocks Tevlin stood out for his consistently relentless approach to initiating. He went a mile a minute every time he carried or dodged and really put pressure on defenders as he did that. In the All-Star Game, Tevlin scored the first goal of the contest, just sprinting into defense and whipping a shot on the run. He had an assist a few minutes later, rifling a feed inside on the money to a cutter. Tevlin is gritty, well-rounded middie who was quick to groundballs and didn’t care who else was after the ball. He literally went full speed at all times and made plays because of it. 

Christian Cropp, Midfield, The Benjamin School (Fla.) Cropp was one of several athletic specimens in the 2017 midfield group that coaches were excited about at Showtime. Cropp can get down the lane and up the field with good legs. He has a burst and good size to go with it at 6-foot-1, 175 pounds. He displayed soft hands on one goal in close, scored another goal with a sidearm shot with set feet and scored numerous goals gliding down the lane. He made plays on offense, in the midfield and on the defensive end throughout the course of the week. He’s a kid you’d hear coaches as describing as simply “an athlete.” Cropp was named the MVP of the 2017 All-Star Game after putting up two goals in Team Cascade’s 10-8 win over Team Maverik. 

Alex Burgmaster, Midfield, Auburn (N.Y.)/CNY Roadhawks Burgmaster was definitely a player who drew attention as an uncommitted offensive prospect at Showtime. Burgmaster can make a living just pull-starting shots from mid- or long-range. He can bring it and he’s got his shot motion refined enough that he is recognizable to us with just that. The Upstate product had two goals in one game we watched. One of those was actually on a feed inside that saw Burgmaster show a good handle on the catch and finish low to high in traffic. He later scored with his standardized lefty sidearm blast. 

Justin Pickard, Midfield, Park City (Utah) Pickard is a tank and a real pain for defenses to deal with. At 6-foot and just over 200 pounds, his ability to dodge hard down the alley makes him a threat to consistently get to good shooting spots. Pickard scored a goal down the lane unleashing a bounce shot. He also scored on an easy looking blast to the lower left on the run down the alley. He later scored a highlight-reel backhand shot, low to high, with a double team all over him. Pickard set a shotput record a few years back in the Youth Division of USA Track and Field. He is an intriguing prospect on the lacrosse field. 

Steven Cuccurullo, FO/Midfield, Smithtown East (N.Y.)/Tenacious Turtles – Harvard Cuccurullo had a good outing at Maverik Showtime, winning a good chunk of the draws he took throughout the event and being named to the All-Star squad. Cuccurullo is quick to get the ball in his stick and looks to get things going for his team quickly – all business. He’s a tough kid and once he has the ball it’s not going to be easy to take it away and he’s smart in how he handles it and chugs himself out of traffic as soon as he can. He can hurt you if you don’t respect him, as I saw him prove throughout the summer at different events by streaking down the gut to score. 

Bailey Savio, FO/Midfield, Greenwich (Conn.)/Prime Time – Loyola Savio is a consistent face-off man but he’s got game sense and can help create opportunities right off the break. We watched him a number of times this summer and he was reliable. At Showtime, he was good with the ball and had some impressive runs in which he would win consecutive draws and help his team score in bunches. He assisted on a goal in the All-Star game. I thought he was playing his best lacrosse later in the event. 

Kyle Prouty, FO/Midfield, New Egypt (N.J.)/Leading Edge – Princeton Prouty’s athleticism makes him standout among a talented group of face-off midfielders. He doesn’t look like a typical FOGO in that he’s more like an offensive midfielder when running with the ball. He looks smooth and has a stocky, strong frame to go along with it. Prouty seems like a player who could surprise you and make a bit of an impact with the ball when the opportunity presents itself. He had strong overall showing at Showtime. 

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Adrian Enchill, LSM, Westminster School (Conn.)/Penquins Select – Notre Dame Enchill was absolutely one of the best players in the 2017 class at Maverik Showtime. His high-end athleticism and endurance made him a constant, heckling presence throughout the event. He is an animal in going after ground balls, but is so agile that he looks collected doing things on the field that would make others seem clumsy. He’s got the ball, he explodes and he’s gone creating offense from the defensive end while other times he’ll look up, move the ball smartly and hustle off the field. He shined in just about every event he attended this summer. In the Maverik All-Star game, he was easily a standout among his peers. 

Gibson Smith, Defense/LSM, Pelham Memorial (N.Y.)/Prime Time - Georgetown Smith really shined as a rugged, hard-working defender who was active and involved in making a bunch of plays. On the ball, Gibson is able to stick with his man but get all over him with checks. When the ball’s on the turf, he is after it and is able to handle it in traffic and get it out and up the field. Smith just looks tough when you watch him and he can run when he gets some momentum. He is a defender that you notice because he’s not just letting his man carry, he’s letting him know he’s there. Georgetown gets another promising recruit here. This was our first good look at Smith in person and he was fantastic at Showtime. He starred at LSM for Pelham this past spring, earning All-League honors as a sophomore, but he played some close at Showtime and quieted his assignments. 

John Burke, Defense, De La Salle (Calif.) Burke immediately catches the eye thanks to his size: 6-foot-3, 190 pounds. He’s got the reach and the size to matchup against bigger attackman, which we saw at Maverik Showtime and Burke rose to the occasion with tough position defense and a good stance to get low and form a tough block to move while getting his stick up into the ball carrier’s arms. He picked off a pass and then rumbled up the field for the clear. On the final day, Burke was a beast, showing stamina when others began to fade. He looked crisp going after loose balls and running up the field and showed that his overall game is strong.

Liam Duff, Defense, Culver Academy (Ind.)/True Lacrosse – Delaware Duff has all that you’re looking for in a defenseman – good size at 6-foot-3, 220 pounds, wingspan and long, strong legs, and he plays good position defense even though he’s got the speed and reach to cheat. He stays at home, throws a solid slap check and then shoves the ball carrier off at the hip and keeps his feet moving. He is an athlete, able to win groundballs and get up and down the field. To use the completely beat cliché, he looks the part of the Division I defender early on. If you want a big hit, he can deliver that too. He was selected to the All-Star Game at Showtime and he was deserving. He could be a major impact player at Delaware. 

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Drew Morris, Goalie, New Canaan (Conn.)/CT Eclipse – Maryland Morris has quick hands and reflexes and looks pretty natural stepping to the ball to meet it with his stick and pop it up. He’s no monster at about 5-foot-11 and 160 pounds, but he consistently sees the ball and was making stops against talented shooters at Showtime. In the All-Star game, I had Morris down for a few saves in his allotted half. He made a number of saves in each half he played that we were able to catch throughout the week.

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James Swartz, Goalie, Bronxville (N.Y.)/Westchester Predators Swartz really grew on me over the course of the week. He’s lightweight at just 150 pounds, which could be a part of the reason he looks pretty effortless moving to shots. He sort of just absorbs a lot of saves into his stick and looks business casual about it, perhaps because he gets his body into good position as he’s staring down shooters. The righty was pretty good on low shots and skip shots at Showtime, where he faced a boatload of rubber from talented shooters. In the championship game, Swartz turned aside a handful of shots. 

Owen McElroy, Goalie, Avon Old Farms (Conn.)/Leading Edge - Georgetown McElroy wasn’t on the All-Star squad roster, but I was impressed with him when I watched him. He showed excellent awareness and anticipation when attackmen were exchanging anywhere near the crease. He picked off two passes in a matter of no time, showing quickness and a good stick as he put it way out there one-handed. He has good size for a keeper at 6-0 and 180 pounds. I liked how he cleared out and up the field confidently. He consistently made saves in the games I watched him. In his last game on the final day, I saw him make three good stops to round out his week. 

2018s

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Griffin Cook, Attack, Jamesville-DeWitt (N.Y.)/Orange Crush Defenders beware this kid. Cook, all 5-foot-6, 140 pounds of him, can absolutely chew up defenders, regardless of size. Cook might be the most fearless attackman I saw at Showtime, as he shows absolutely no hesitancy in dodging into the belly of the beast from the wing or from X. He is tough as nails and can take hits, but still can get to his shots. Cook put on a show as the week wore on, producing several points in every game and showing incredible determination when he wants to go to the rack. He can get under checks and operate in small space. He can finish. And he will literally fight to no end for the ball. What is amazing about Cook is that the first time I saw him, I was impressed with his play as a goalie. Cook looks like a special player and I get fired up every time I watch him because it’s always exciting and he shows that hustle can be the most important factor to your game. He’s also an intelligent player and is unselfish. He left his feet several times on dodges and dives at the cage, and he scored on at least one of them. He scored a funky backhanded goal, catching it with his right on the opposite side of the cage and simply shoveling a shot with his back to the cage for a goal. 

Ross Pridemore, Attack, McCallie School (Tenn.)/SweetLax – Virginia Pridemore had yet another excellent outing, cementing himself as one of the better attackman in this class. The righty is so crisp and refined, everything he does looks sharp and programmed. He’s kind of a feeding and scoring machine in the way that the ball is just in and out to teammates or in the net. In the 2018 All-Star Game Pridemore put up at least a goal and an assist — his goal was a burst from X and he fed John John Lombardi with a quick pass to the crease. He plays with noticeable skill and speed. Pridemore’s folks reached out to us this week to let us know that Ross will be attending the McCallie School (Tenn.) this year as opposed to the Taft School (Conn.), where he had a breakout freshman campaign as a first-team All-Western New England attackman.  

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Nicky Solomon, Attack, Centennial (Ga.)/LB3 - North Carolina Solomon is a confident playmaker, and he’s proven that this summer and especially at Maverik Showtime. The talented younger brother of the Syracuse-bound Nate Solomon does so much damage around the crease and does a good job of drawing attention and dishing up field if he gets stopped from getting topside. He is stronger and more athletic than he looks at first and has a sense for the field and the cage at all times. He’s a high percentage shooter partially because he creates high quality opportunities. He had a strong showing in the 2018 All-Star Game, finishing with a goal and an assist (but also a goal that called off, but we try to take note of those too).

Dan Shay, Attack, Archbishop Spalding (Md.) Shay was one of my favorite players to watch. He’s a gritty, slick left-handed attackman who showed some impressive stick skills and a real sense for finding or creating scoring opportunities. The nephew of Yale coach Andy Shay, Dan might have had the best single-game outing of anyone at the camp, scoring four or five times in one matchup — goals coming in a variety of ways, including goals off fakes and out of spins to the cage. He is a nasty shooter. He’s got a quick release, an accurate shot and a stick skills that makes him a challenge to figure out for defenders. He can seriously handle the stick and he has a deceptive toughness and quickness to him that makes him a tricky cover, almost like a Canadian prospect. He had a breakout showing at Showtime.

Griffin Gelinas, Attack, Brunswick (Conn.)/Prime Time – Syracuse Gelinas has improved since we saw him last year for the first time, each time looking a little more sure of what he’s doing when dodging. Early on, Gelinas showed he’s explosive enough to blow past a lot of defenders in his class. Now, he’s starting to take the next step and get into better shooting position (sprinting to better angles) and he’s shooting the ball with more accuracy and in different ways, not just his jump shot, which is effective in its own right. He’s also starting to see what his dodges can do to open up the defense for his teammates. He really turned some heads during the fast shot contest – whipping the ball 95 miles per hour. That shot speed and quick legs are helping him become more and more of a threat on the field. When he gets momentum off his initial burst, watch out. In the All-Star game, Gelinas scored twice.

JP Lannig, Attack, Syosset (N.Y.)/Long Island Express - Michigan Lannig is just so composed around the net for a young player. The righty will finish a high percentage of the shots he takes from within close range of the cage. His hands are mighty tender and very, very fast, so he can catch and finish quickly. He’s got good shooting mechanics on a variety of shots and that makes it hard for goalies to stop him when he’s already on the doorstep. But he’s also just so calm and smooth around the net, very casually cutting to open space and letting the play open up and come to him. He’s also got fearless qualities in that he’ll go after a loose ball to try to capitalize around the crease with big Long Island defenders crashing to him. He’s an excellent target for feeding teammates. He is excellent off the ball but he also makes good passes in transition because he sees the field well and looks natural sharing the ball in fastbreak opportunities. He was very good at Showtime, showing he can also create for his own chances — driving from X to score and looking confident. Lannig just put up 27 goals and 9 assists as a freshman on a nasty Syosset squad.

Jack Raba, Attack, Chesire (Conn.)/CT Cardinals - Loyola Raba really grew on me at this event as a fiery right-handed attackman who can hum the ball on his shots and passes. He has a strong power cradle and uses his momentum well to dodge and get leverage as he cranks up or passes as he’s using some sort of hesitation. He likes the sidearm and shouldn’t be left alone out on the wing because he’s got velocity and accuracy. He really moved the ball well in the All-Star game, pumping passes for at least two assists. He gets fired up when he makes plays and that gets others fired up.

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Isaac Thrasher, Attack, Canton (N.Y.)/Akwesasne Attack and Upstate Elite Thrasher’s a kid I’ve been hoping to see in a setting like this for more than a year. A highly productive varsity player in Upstate New York as just a seventh and eighth grader, Thrasher is a skilled left-handed attackman who can score and distribute off his own dodges and also is excellent off the ball. Thrasher scored one of my favorite goals of the event, cutting from the wing across the crease, catching an errant feed that went too high, somehow controlling it and, all in one motion, whipped the ball across his flailing body to hit the far side post for a goal. Coaches noticed, without question. He showed a good combination of toughness, stick skills and a real nice shot. He was also playing unselfish lacrosse and showed he can distribute if a defender gives him a bit of room to carry. He numerous goals cutting to the cut and finishing. He’s a sturdy lefty who plays a tough breed of lacrosse up near the St. Lawrence River.

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Matt Magnan, Midfield, Fox Lane (N.Y.)/Prime Time - Syracuse When you watch Magnan, you get the sense you might be watching one of the best players, if not the very best player, in the class. His impressive size and athleticism, combined with fluid dodging and stick skills, make him a player coaches would like to clone. He’s big, strong and looks so confident going to the rack and making plays off the dodge. Magnan’s shot is just something to see – he’s got power, accuracy, snap, and he can do it on the run. There’s a little flair to him as well – just something extra about how he plays. You can see the stick has been in his hands a lot in his lifetime. At Showtime, Magnan just lit it up with his incredible shooting against incredible talent, from just about anywhere on the field too — one the run, across his body — it didn’t matter. The release is awfully dialed in for a kid who’s got three years of high school lacrosse left. Magnan didn’t have to do any more than what he has done consistently on offense, but he made some nice plays between the lines too. He scored a goal in the All-Star contest and had numerous multi-point showings at the event.

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Sam Dwinell, Midfield, Middlesex (Mass.)/3d New England – Duke Dwinell has become a beast and there’s really no other way to describe it. In the fall, we were impressed with his down-hill, lane dodges to the cage. Now, he’s developed the ability to roll back off those dodges and force defenses to slide to him, additionally he’s recognizing that and making a pass through the quickly sliding defense. Dwinell is smooth when he initiates and keeps his balance while leaning into the defender. He is a matchup problem among the 2018 class for sure. And the way he played at Maverik painted him, at this point, as one of the very best midfield prospects in the class.

Alex Mabbett, Midfield, Victor (N.Y.)/SweetLax – Johns Hopkins Mabbett has made a leap in my eyes. After working his way onto the ultra-stacked Victor roster as a freshman and making an impact with 11 goals and an assist, Mabbett looks much more effective as a top-down initiator and shooter. He’s been assertive since we first began tracking him, but he’s much crisper now. He moves his big frame really well, showing spring in his step and change of direction. His height helps him see over a defense and get his hands up high to snap his shots. You could see this coming late in the spring when watching Victor – Mabbett was one of the earlier commits in his class. He’s starting to show why Johns Hopkins went so early with him. 

Peter Fiorini, Midfield, Baldwinsville (N.Y.)/Orange Crush — Syracuse Fiorini’s one of many tall, athletic midfielders to commit early in the 2018 class, but I’m not sure I have seen a player who does more in transition and in between the boxes than this kid. He is like a big deer running around out there making plays. He can win the race to the loose ball, get up the field with it, and he’s got incredible vision to be able to pump passes on a dime in transition, high knees chugging up the field. He has gotten better since last fall and a year on varsity in Central New York. He has put up solid stat lines this summer and does so usually with assists. He is definitely the type of player that makes the play leading to goals, or the pass before the assist. Fiorini has tremendous potential.

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Sean Kuttin, Midfield, Chaminade (N.Y.)/Team 91 — Johns Hopkins Kuttin had a good showing at Maverik, using his quickness and ability to consistently create off the dodge. The smaller, compact Kuttin isn’t much taller than he was last year, but he appeared stockier and faster and that enhances his ability to break down defenders with his quick feet while keeping his head up and showing good stick control. He is unselfish and uses his ability to suck up two defenders to look inside to teammates. He had at least one assist in the All-Star game after showing well as one of the more difficult middies in the group to track despite his smaller stature. His awareness makes him very productive.

Owen Caputo, Midfield, Middle Creek (N.C.)/Team 91 - Duke Caputo is a talented shooter from the midfield who can switch his hands and direction quickly to get to his right to cock back and snap hard, accurate shots on the run of just out of his split up top. He scored a nice goal down the lane in the 2018 All-Star Game. The son of Duke assistant coach and offensive coordinator Ron Caputo, Caputo’s close ties to the game make him even more intriguing on top of his early success as a varsity player. He looks stronger and faster than he was way back in the fall after a monstrous season on varsity for Middle Creek. As he continues to fill out he’s going to get better.

Will Kuznierek, Midfield/Attack, Chaminade (N.Y.)/Long Island Express - Notre Dame I really liked Kuznierek when I first watched him last year and wasn’t surprised to hear he committed to Notre Dame shortly after Maverik Showtime — the program’s first in the class. He’s got attackman’s skills and field sense and has physical attributes that could project him as a midfielder who can both score and feed. He is productive and clean with the ball. He had a solid outing at Showtime and earned an All-Star selection for his efforts.

Frank Marinello, Defense, Chaminade (N.Y.)/Team 91 – Duke It’s been a while since we got a close look at Marinello, but there’s been continued buzz about him as possibly the top defender in the class. The 6-foot-1, 200 pound Marinello looks even more imposing than he did just last fall. His size and athleticism makes him a force on the backend and his good foot speed and long legs make him a nightmare matchup for just about any attackman in the 2018 group. Just watching him on a single series, his physical abilities and aggressiveness make him head and shoulders above a lot of his peers – he helped cause a turnover with a violent double team and then he came up with the ball and just flew up the field, his powerful legs chugging. Marinello is one of the best looking defenders we’ve seen at his age and many college coaches tend to agree. 

Brett Makar, Defense, Yorktown (N.Y.) – Maryland Makar became somewhat of a breakout sensation at Maverik Showtime as recruiters were buzzing about him, which led to his commitment to Maryland in the weeks following the event. Makar has a rough and rugged feel to him, sort of like the junkyard dog kind of defender who will scrap and work hard to make plays. He’s also got an intimidating look to him that certainly isn’t welcoming to attackmen. He shined in the All-Star Game, but was consistently impressive for his team throughout the week. 

Owen Hull, Defense, Rye (N.Y.)/Prime Time – Syracuse Hull was the other Hudson Valley defenseman to quickly gain attention literally during the Showtime event itself.  He is physical and can beat up his man, and he’s helped out by his size -- but Hull stood out too as a communicator and a leader for his team. He was selected to the All-Star game and showed well among the best of the best at Showtime. In the weeks following the event, Hull committed to Syracuse. 

Joe Neuman, FO/Midfield, Walt Whitman (N.Y.)/SweetLax - Johns Hopkins Neuman, who was outstanding just a few weeks ago at the SweetLax Invitational in Rochester, has enhanced his game by simply becoming stronger and quicker. His dad’s no small fry, and Joe looks like he’s growing into his stocky frame that helps him own the face-off dot more often than not. Neuman was winning draws last year on skills and determination. Now more refined, Neuman’s showing that he can now win it to himself with a very quick snatch and he’s got better feet now after a spring of high school under his belt. Neuman was arguably the best of the pure FOGO-style midfielders in this group. When he was playing and a goal was scored, I would often look up after taking notes on the previous goal to see Neuman already running off after winning the next draw. He has clearly taken his game up a notch since last fall. 

(Photo: Casey Vock, 3d Rising)

Jordan Ginder, FO/Midfield, Deerfield Academy (Mass.)/Team 91 – Duke Ginder continues to impress not just as a consistent face-off man with excellent reflexes, but as a lacrosse player in general. He is one who could very well find himself as an offensive middie at some point, but there’s no question how dangerous he is for any team as a draw man. Good for the development of a player like Ginder, there were a number of other skilled draw men at Maverik Showtime who tested Ginder, but he got the best of most of them and showed such savvy as a offensive initiator from the midfield — that part of his game shows that his ceiling is high. Also good for Ginder’s development is that he will attend Deerfield Academy for his high school and will play for Chip Davis. 

Oliver Hollo, LSM/Defense, Deerfield (Mass.)/Patriot Hollo drew a lot of attention last fall and looks like he improved since then in terms of his physical play – he was more aggressive and showed better strength in scraps and one-on-one situations. Obviously his reach and long legs help him haunt the midfield and quickly get involved in plays. He can smother most of his peers because of his size and range, but he made other contributions at Maverik Showtime, including a goal on a huge windup in transition and then also handing out an assist in transition. He even won a face-off or two. Hollo can do a lot and plays a smart breed of long-stick midfield. 

Wilson Stephenson, Brunswick School (Conn.)/Prime Time – Duke Another excellent looking prospect for the Blue Devils who stood out at Maverik Showtime, Stephenson committed in the week following the event. At Showtime, Stephenson caught our eye by laying some hard, repeated checks on the gloves and arms of ball carriers. One of his caused turnovers in the All-Star Game looked like he stripped the player not only of the ball, but his dignity as well as Stephenson can bring a nasty assault when he presses out. He is very aggressive and physical. 

Shahe Katchadurian, Goalie, John Jay (N.Y.)/Prime Time Shahe is another tough big goalie who fills up space and sees the ball well. His handful of saves in the All-Star Game were probably overlooked, but a couple of those were good stops. Katchadurian was consistent throughout the week, enough to earn the nod. He is quicker than he looks, has better reflexes than you first think and has soft mitts. It sounds like he’s grown on some college coaches this summer.

Walker West, Goalie, Fox Lane (N.Y.)/Long Island Express North West blew up for a tremendous showing in the 2018 All-Star Game. With a name like some sort of Sergio Leone character, West was intriguing on paper and then stamped it with his nine-save performance in the All-Star showcase. Some of those were terrific doorstep stops that he met with his stick, or flailed his smaller frame to somehow deflect as everyone watching got pretty excited for the show he was putting on. The performance couldn’t have come at a better time, with all eyes on him.

Makail Fraboni, Goalie, Brophy Prep (Ariz.)/3d Arizona - Air Force Fraboni is without question the most physically imposing goaltender in this class, perhaps of all the players in the class. He doesn’t move like a big man, as he can kick and flail to make the dramatic save. But his toughness really stands out to me, both physically and mentally as I’ve watched him at camps and events elsewhere and seen him have ups and downs and bounce back. He has energy and will come out of the cage to destroy an opportunity. If he becomes more athletic between now and the time he hits college, you will be hard pressed to find someone who brings such a mix of skill, toughness and size to the net.

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.