Baltimore Summer Kickoff Session II Standouts
The second session of the Baltimore Summer Kickoff took place this past weekend, and as usual, 3d Rising had eyes on the ground at the St. Paul's School in Brooklandville.
Here's a look at the players who stood out the most during the course of the weekend and in the All-Star Games, which were held Saturday night.
James Crovatto, Defense, New Canaan (Conn.)/Eclipse, 2017
Crovatto, uncommitted, was one of the most talked about defenseman at the Baltimore Summer Kickoff among the college coaches in attendance. He is a good sized, right-handed defenseman, who was very physical throughout the weekend and has great feet. He was solid off the ball as well. Coaches came away raving about him after the All-Star game, as he was one of the most impressive performers of the night.
Justin Shockey, Face-Off Midfield, Landon (Md.)/Blackwolf, 2017
Shockey, who recently committed to the Naval Academy, proved to be the best face-off man at the Kickoff. He was dominant throughout the weekend, and almost automatic with his quick hands and ability to push the ball forward to start the fastbreak. Shockey had a break out year at the prestigious Landon School and should be challenge to be one of the top face-off kids in the 2017 class.
Kyle Mullen, Goalie, Man Up, 2017
Mullen had a great weekend in goal, continuing his hot start to the summer. He showcased his quick hands and athleticism, especially in the All-Star Game, and he's a great communicator in cage. Uncommitted at the moment, he is a good sized kid who takes up a lot of net and has the ability and legs to spark the break and handle the clear effortlessly.
Grayson Hassell, Midfield, Dallas Jesuit (Texas)/Iron Horse, 2018
Here's a big kid who is a big time righty shooter, uncommitted for the time, but being heavily recruited by a number of schools. He possesses the ability to hammer a time-and-room shot or to use his size to lean on his defender to get down the alley. Hassell is one of a number of players from Chris Surran's Iron Horse program, out of the Dallas area, who impressed over the weekend.
Chris McLallen, Attack, Madison (Va.)/VLC, 2016
McLallen is a very slick attackmen who has the ability to beat his guy and sees the field very well. Committed to High Point, he is super smooth directing the offense and has shown that he can go right or left without much difference.
Brian Minicus, Attack, Darien (Conn.)/Eclipse, 2018
Minicus was another big-time performer from the Eclipse program, based out of Connecticut and made up of kids from the New England area. A crafty lefty, he showcased great vision in seeing the field and a quick burst for his first step. It was on full display during the All Star game Saturday night, where he used his quickness to beat his man and then distribute the ball on time for open shooters.
Nick Cole, Attack, Stone Bridge (Va.)/Blackwolf, 2018
Cole, out of the heralded Blackwolf program, is another player who saw his stock skyrocket among college coaches over the weekend. He displayed tremendous skills, vision, quickness and overall ability to flow the offense from X. Only a 2018, he plays bigger than he is, and attacked the cage extremely tough with great body control around GLE. He is your typical quarterback-type attackman, who you just love to watch.
Kyle Smith, Midfield, CT Chargers, 2016 - Denver
Smith, committed to the National Champion Denver Pioneers, is showing that the rich are just getting richer. Possesses very good size, and great downhill speed and power to get down the alleys. Great shooter on the run or with his feet set, he is a force and almost unstoppable when he decides to turn it on and attack the cage.
Thomas Chai, Attack, Rye (N.Y.)/Westchester Predators, 2017 ñ Penn
Chai was very impressive as a good sized and lanky lefty who goes hard to the cage and constantly pushes topside. A little of a throwback attackmen, he might remind you of a Ben Rubeor or Mike Leveille from years ago. He's a very good shooter and goal scorer who filled up the net all weekend for the Predators Lacrosse Club.
Riley Stewart, Midfield, Darien (Conn.)/CT Chargers, 2017
Stewart is committed to Brown, and it easy to see why the program was interested. He is silky smooth getting down the alleys splitting to either hand and shooting on the run. He showed great awareness and can see the field well as he dodges and the slide comes. He scored some very impressive goals over the weekend and could be either a first dodge option or flow guy once he gets to the Ivy League.