The fall lacrosse recruiting season is in full swing and you can’t go wrong with finding top recruits at the Autumn Gold Showcase, which is put on by Towson men’s lacrosse program.
Towson head coach Shawn Nadalen does a great job running this event which has been moved from the Towson campus to Blandair Park in Columbia, Md. Nadalen has his players help with tournament organization and making sure players, parents and college coaches taken care of with information and direction. Even the players parents helped with running concessions.
The Autumn Gold Showcase is a club based event with teams from all over the country and from Canada. The two day event was a hit according to the college coaches on hand and the talent was excellent.
(These are the players who stood out to Lax recruiting expert, Tom Peace.)
Blake Moore, Brentsville (Md), 2020, FO/M, 3D Mid Atlantic: Moore was legit. The face off specialist was commanding the inner circle majority of the day. Good clamp. And has a quick burst out of the face off position.
Brian Hoskins, St. Paul’s (Md.), 2020, Attackman, Beltway Bandits: The bandit team was a bunch of local Baltimore kids thrown together. before the event and most of the guys were playing together for the first time and the group did well. Hoskins did a nice job off ball and scored some nice goals. Pretty good player.
Nathan Turney, Riverside (Md.), 2020, Def/LSM, 3D Mid Atlantic: another stud long pole that shined with doing the basic fundamentals. Moved his feet well. Had some relentless checks. Fluid hips and was alert at all times on the field. Good communicator as well.
Thomas Burke, Millbrook Prep (ON), 2020, FO/M, Edge 2020: The Edge 2020 is loaded with future Division 1 talent. I hope to see them again this fall. Burke was excellent at the the faceoff circle. A hard beat for any opposing FOGO. Solid mechanics. Has a bulldog mentality when getting after the ball. Still Uncommitted but after this fall season he shouldn’t be on the market much longer.
Garrett Phillips, John Carroll (Md.), 2020, Midfielder, UC Mavericks: Phillips had a terrific day and is an awesome kid according to UC Mavericks coaches. He has quick hands. And he does the little things well. His nickname is Happy.
Phelps Thomas, Charlotte Country Day (NC), 2020, Attackman, Team Carolina: Thomas is a nifty player with quick foot speed. Is always set up at the right spot for a shot on cage. Good dodger from behind cage. Fun player to watch.
Connor Cheetham, St. Mark’s (TX), 2019, Attackman, Iron Horse : Cheatham does a good job creating offense and setting picks. Moved feet well. Amazing shot on cage. The Uncommitted senior is looking to improve his stock this fall to land a D1 home!!
Wyatt Williams, Everest Academy (ON), 2020, Attackman, Evolve Elite: Williams Impressed the college coaches that were on hand. Good stick skills and fun player to watch.
Jack Cain, Hinsdale Central (IL), 2019, Defense, Committed to Dartmouth, West Coast Starz: Cain is a stud out there playing close defense. Gets after the gbs, hustles all over the field. Lax IQ is off the charts, kid recognized a moving pick by the attackman and yelled to the ref who then saw it and called it to give the ball back to the West Coast Starz.
Andrew Dalton, St. Michael’s (ON), 2020, Midfielder, Edge 2020: The Cornell commit has terrific skills. Gets from D to O pretty quick. Another player with field smarts. Dalton loves the game and will make an impact at the next level for sure.
Joshua Hatton, St. Augustine (FL), 2019, Defense, Florida Crabs: Hatton has good size and athletic frame which helps him make rangy checks and Hatton has quick feet. Another good communicator on the field.
William Metz, Jesuit Dallas (TX), 2020, Midfielder, Iron Horse: Metz showed good stick work, good foot movement especially from the faceoff win to the offensive end. When Metz gets the ball he makes things happen. Not selfish. Always looking for scoring opportunities.
Ben Stewart, New Westminster Secondary (BC), Midfielder, 2019, Pacific Coast Lacrosse: Stewart’s left handed shot is devastating. It’s something to see. The crafty lefty middie from British Columbia is strong and moves well. Should be on all D1 coaches radars.
Eric Thompson, St. Xavier (OH), 2020, Midfielder, Resolute: Thompson showed that he’s very observant on the field. Gets to the easy and tough ground balls. Has good instincts.
Davis Lindsey, St Mark Catholic (NC), 2020, Attack/Midfield, Team Carolina: Lindsey displayed good stick skills. Moved his feet well. Scored a beautiful goal on the run. Excellent Lax IQ.