NATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL LACROSSE SHOWCASE
Where top high school teams compete and players get recruited.
Summer Session I, July 7-9, 2017
Summer Session II, July 9-11, 2017
Summer Session I, July 7-9, 2017
Summer Session II, July 9-11, 2017
The Flyers became the first team outside of the Baltimore and Washington, DC area to win the National High School Lacrosse Showcase (NHSLS). With the NHSLS just completing its fourth year, the previous champions have been Georgetown Prep and two time winner McDonogh School.
With 43 high school teams competing, just making the eight team playoff field was a challenge. The playoff field was full of lacrosse powerhouse programs: Gilman, Culver, Calvert Hall, Loyola (MD), Ward Melville, St. Paul’s, Gonzaga, and the Flyers.
The Flyers displayed tremendous athleticism and great stick skills over the entire weekend. With three straight victories during the elimination round, over traditional MIAA heavyweights Calvert Hall, Gilman, and St. Paul’s, the Flyers with their 8-3 victory over St. Paul’s in the championship game, clearly proved to be the top team in the 2016 NHSLS.
In the newly created Session II of the NHSLS, twenty teams competed, with nationally ranked programs littering the field. Garden City (34), New Canaan, Haverford, Paul VI, Garnett Valley, and Northport led the field.
In an eight team playoff field, it was Haverford and New Canaan that survived to get to the championship game. In a very competitive, intense game, played in 90 degree weather, it was Haverford taking home the trophy with a 10-7 victory.
In a tournament comprised of 48 of the best high school lacrosse programs in the country last weekend, the question most frequently posed to the squad representing Lincoln-Sudbury was “When did Massachusetts get so good at lacrosse?”
The Warriors attended the invitation-only National High School Lacrosse Showcase in Columbia, Maryland last weekend and outperformed the expectations of many – perhaps including their coach.
The event – which unlike most summertime “hotbed” tournaments is fielded of high school and prep school teams and not travel teams – is coordinated by legendary Boys’ Latin (Baltimore, Md.) coach Bob Shriver and seeks to put attention on the nation’s top programs. The teams are comprised of players who participated with their respective high school teams in the previous year, except for those who have graduated.
Of this year’s field, 90 percent of the teams won their respective district or state championships.
When considering the Warriors were stacked against a pool of teams that consisted of powerhouses such as Brother Rice (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.), Calvert Hall (Baltimore, Md.), Chaminade (Mineola, N.Y.), Episcopal (Alexandria, Va.) and St. Andrew’s (Boca Raton, Fla.), anywhere near a .500 record for the weekend might have been considered a success. But L-S finished 5-1, with its lone loss coming in a 6-4 decision against Calvert Hall (which was ranked 41st in the nation, just ahead of L-S in LaxPower.com’s National Coaches poll).
Although the Warriors’ loss against Calvert Hall knocked them from advancing to the tournament playoff bracket, they finished in the top 10 of the field, earning plenty the respect of their competitors along the way.
“The common theme of the weekend was, ‘Who the [bleep] are these guys?’” Warriors head coach Brian Vona told ESPN Boston.
Because of MIAA rules which prohibit out-of-season coaching, the L-S squad was led by Boston University assistant coach Justin Domingos on the sideline, as well as former Warriors All-American and current Notre Dame LSM and defender John Sexton.
On the field, L-S was carried by many of the familiar faces that helped the Warriors to their first MIAA Division1 state title in 21 years.
Attackman Eric Holden was named to the 20-player all-star team and fellow attack and Merrimack commit Connor McCarthy led the Warriors in scoring. Middie Jack Sutherland provided one of the biggest goals of the tournament, scoring a game-tying goal with 40 seconds remaining in L-S’s 11-10 win over Chaminade. In goal, Trevor Van Leer stood tall despite playing with the same broken finger he suffered during the D1 championship game against Duxbury last month.
Aside from proving that Massachusetts’ best can go stride for stride against the nation’s best, the event serves as a welcome addition to the summertime calendar for college coaches.
Vona reported that he’s received no fewer than a dozen calls from Division 1 coaches since the weekend.
“The college coaches are becoming concerned about only seeing kids play for summer travel teams,” Vona said. “This gives them a great alternative to that, and it’s reflected in the number of schools that attend and the interest I’ve received in our kids. That’s what it’s all about.”
This past weekend, new contributor TJ Oursler was able to attend the National High School Lacrosse Showcase (NHSLS) in Columbia (Md.), an event that features many of the top high school lacrosse teams in the country squaring off against each other for national bragging rights. Calvert Hall (Md.) knocked off perennial power Haverford (Pa.) 5-2 in one semifinal and McDonogh (Md.) was able to hold off rival St. Paul’s (Md.) in overtime in the other semifinal to set up a championship that featured two MIAA cross-town foes who are quite familiar with each other. McDonogh won the NHSLS championship for the second year in a row in a convincing 8-4 victory over the Cardinals thanks to big games by rising seniors Jackson Morrill (Yale) and Arman Medghalchi (Princeton).
Below are 15 players who impressed this weekend, as well as an additional 25 players who deserve Honorable Mention. Note: * next to the name denotes that the player was selected as a member of the 2015 NHSLS All-Cascade/Maverik Tournament Team.
By T.J. Oursler
Arman Medghalchi ’16, D, McDonogh (Md.) – Princeton
Medghalchi, a three-year starter on McDonogh’s varsity, locked down the opponents’ best attackman throughout the weekend, and came up especially big in the playoffs, leading a team of young, inexperienced Eagles to their second championship in as many years. The Princeton commit has excellent feet and throws well-timed poke checks that routinely disrupt his man from going to the goal. Perhaps the most impressive part of his game was his ability to make his young teammates better by communicating and playing exceptional off-ball defense. Medghalchi was equally effective when clearing the ball, often starting fast breaks and even scoring one goal that I saw. Although he is not big by any means (around 5’10), he has all the tools to be a lockdown defender at the next level and should excel in his final season under Coach Andy Hilgartner.
* Dox Aitken ’16, M, Haverford (Pa.) – Virginia
Once again, Dox Aitken had a huge weekend for the Fords, proving why he’s listed as Recruiting Rundown’s No. 1 player in the class of 2016. After graduating multiple All-Americans from their National Championship team this past spring, Haverford was forced to rely heavily on Aitken over the course of the weekend, and he did not disappoint. Aitken is a versatile offensive player who was able to use his size and speed to create separation down the left or right alley and finish with hard high-to-low shots with either hand. He also inverted at times and was able to beat his man from X, draw a slide, and find open teammates for dunks on the crease, showcasing his high lacrosse IQ and selflessness. Because of his elite athleticism and maturity, he will be a force in the ACC for years to come.
* Alex Rode ’17, G, St. Paul’s (Md.) – Virginia
Rode, who is considered by many to be the top goalie in the country, was influential in helping St. Paul’s reach the semifinals. He came up huge in the quarterfinal OT win over archival Boys’ Latin (Md.), making numerous saves in the last 10 minutes to hold off the surging Lakers. In the cage, he displays quick hands and great technique, consistently making jaw-dropping saves to keep his team in the game. He has the innate ability to quickly find the open man on the clear, showing composure beyond his years and playing with a confidence and enthusiasm that made those around him better. His best game of the weekend came in a semifinal loss to McDonogh (Md.), when he made 11 saves (many of them coming from within 5 yards) and ate up any shots that the Eagles took from beyond 10 yards.
* Ryan Prior ’16, M, Culver Academy (Ind.) – Michigan
Jake Stevens ’18, M, Culver Academy (Ind.) – Cornell
I was fortunate enough to see Prior and Stevens play three times over the course of the weekend and each time I saw them play, they were able to generate goals in bunches for their team. The duo worked well together, often setting picks for one another on the high wings and executing the two-man game to perfection. Stevens was often the initiator, beating his man and feeding Prior for hard right-handed shots from 10 yards that almost always beat the keeper. Both Prior and Stevens play the game with the same flash, intensity, and swagger of former Culver great, Joel Tinney, and should work well together this spring.
JT Bugliosi ’17, A, Calvert Hall (Md.) – Ohio State
Bugliosi, a small but lightning quick attackman, was the unquestioned leader of the Calvert Hall offense during their playoff run, which included games against national powerhouses, Culver Academy, Haverford, and McDonogh. Despite being guarded by top-tier Division I defensemen in each game, he was consistently able to get to the island and finish with either hand, often utilizing a question mark dodge to put the ball in the back of the net. The biggest improvement in Bugliosi’s game was his vision, as he was able to find his teammates on the backside for 2 key goals in the second half against Culver, which helped the Cardinals earn a tough one-goal victory in the quarterfinal matchup.
Erik Schmidt ’17, A, Brother Rice (Mich.) – Michigan
Schmidt was the best player on a Brother Rice team that impressed many at the NHSLS (going 4-2) and almost beating Boys’ Latin in a game that would have sent them into the playoffs. He was the top offensive catalyst for Brother Rice against BL, scoring four goals in a multitude of ways and also recording two assists. Although only being around 5’7, Schmidt used a quick split dodge and incredible balance to blow by defenders with his left hand and score at will. He also ripped a shot from twelve yards on EMO that proved he could score in more ways than one. He is a kid that can clearly put up goals in bunches, and I’d imagine he’ll have a huge spring for a Brother Rice team that has become one of the best programs in the Midwest.
Wade Shervin ’16, M, St. Stephen’s St. Agnes (Va.) – Uncommitted
Shervin is a tall (6’3), fast, lefty middie who generated most of his goals by dodging down the left alley and shooting a hard sidearm shot that almost always found the back of the net. I was able to watch him against St. Paul’s (Md.) and Summit (N.J.) and in both games he was the most impressive player on the field because of his ability to take over a game. In a 9-3 win over Summit, he had three goals, two of them coming on nice off-ball cuts that got him open on the crease. In the tough OT loss to St. Paul’s, he was all over the field, scooping up ground balls, playing tough defense, and recording two goals and two assists. Given his athletic ability and size, it’s surprising that Shervin is still uncommitted, but I imagine that he will be a nice late addition to someone’s recruiting class in the near future.
Alex Johnson ’16, D, Culver Academy (Ind.) – Loyola
Johnson, a Loyola verbal, was the centerpiece of a talented Culver defense because of his incredible athletic ability and good stick work. Not once in three games did I see Johnson get beat on ball, as he throws excellent checks and moves well laterally, allowing him to stay in front of even the quickest attackmen. Once the ball is in his stick, Johnson is a legitimate threat to score in transition because he has elite speed and a great stick. He created numerous scoring opportunities for his team on fast breaks and had a game-tying hockey assist in the quarterfinal game against Calvert Hall. Johnson is a complete defenseman and was one of the top three poles that I saw at the NHSLS. *
Jackson Morrill ’16, A, McDonogh (Md.) – Yale
Morrill is an intelligent and mature attackman who was clearly the quarterback of a young McDonogh offense that did its part to bring the championship back home to Owings Mills. He operated mainly from X, using quick rolls to beat his defender and draw a slide. The most obvious strength in his game was his ability to have his head up and assist open teammates as he came around the goal, showcasing his excellent vision and high lacrosse IQ. On EMO, he did a great job of making skip passes to McDonogh’s best shooters, Barrett Sutley and Jack Parr, which resulted in 2 key goals in the semifinal OT win against St. Paul’s. Morrill was the most impressive attackman I saw at this event, not because of his athletic prowess, but because he sees and understands the game better than most players his age.
* Ethan Mintzer ’16, M, Calvert Hall (Md.) – Maryland
Mintzer was one of the most impressive midfielders at the event, making the All-Tournament Team, and turning heads game after game because of his athleticism and pure speed between the lines and offensively. Mintzer is a “glue middie” who was the heart and sole of Calvert Hall all weekend. His greatest asset is that he plays with a relentless intensity and energy that you rarely see at summer tournaments. In the quarterfinal game against Culver, he picked up numerous ground balls, played smothering defense, and sparked the offense with a beautiful right-handed shot late in the game that hit the top left corner and made the Calvert Hall faithful erupt. After flying a little bit under the radar the past few years, Mintzer emerged as a superstar during this tournament and solidified his position as one of the top midfielders in the country. It should be fun to watch him continue to improve in his final year under Coach Kelly at Calvert Hall
Brett Baskin ’17, A, LaSalle (Pa.) – Hopkins Baskin, a quick and opportunistic attackman, is a high volume scorer for a LaSalle team that is filled with talented, young offensive weapons that dismantled opposing defenses throughout the tournament. Baskin has soft hands and excellent stick-work, especially when operating around the cage, allowing him to score with ease within 5 yards. He scored 4 goals against Gilman (Md.) and added another 3 against Gonzaga (D.C.). Many of his goals came from step-down shots or off-ball cuts, but he also showed the ability to create his own shot when dodging from X or the right wing.
Ryan Murray ’16, D, Malvern Prep (Pa.) – Penn
Murray is a tall, physically imposing defender who locked down his attackman all weekend long and threw deadly take-away checks that always resulted in caused turnovers. The rangy lefty ran the Friars’ young defense by communicating slide packages and keeping his head on a swivel off-ball to prevent his man from getting easy scoring opportunities. Because of his large frame and quick feet, Murray is certainly a player with a lot of upside who has the potential to be an impact player in a few years in the Ivy League.
Adam Goldner ’16, A, Malvern Prep (Pa.) – Penn
Goldner, another highly touted Penn verbal, was one of the most complete attackmen on display at the NHSLS. He was able to take his defenseman from various spots on the field (from X, from either wing, or from up top), showing his versatility as a dodger. He used his size and quickness to beat his defender and then either found an open teammate on a beautiful cross-crease pass or finished himself. Additionally, on numerous occasions, Goldner rode hard and got his team an extra possession, a trait that coaches love to see in their attackmen.
Patrick Karey ’16, M, St. Paul’s (Md.) – Cornell
The recent Cornell verbal was very impressive this weekend, especially in playoff games against archrival Boys’ Latin (Md.) and MIAA foe, McDonogh (Md.). The 6’2 speedster thrived between the lines, scooping up important ground balls from the wings on face-offs and starting fast breaks for the Crusaders because of his well-timed breakouts after his goalie made a save. Karey’s biggest improvement from the spring was his ability to be a consistent offensive force for St. Paul’s in 6v6 situations, using his speed to dart down the alley and finish with a nice overhand high-to-low shot on the run.
Honorable Mention (Alphabetical Order)
Andrew Chase ’16, A, Summit (N.J.) – Lafayette
*Austin Clibanoff ’16, M, LaSalle (Pa.) – Lehigh
Billy Coyle ’17, A, Malvern Prep (Pa.) – Uncommitted
Greg Ey ’17, M, Boys’ Latin (Md.) – Penn State
Anthony Giuliani ’17, F/O, LaSalle (Pa.) – Penn
Justyn Jean-Felix ’16, D, Lambert (Ga.) – Mercer
Jacob Kanak ’16, D, Culver Academy (Ind.) – Notre Dame
Brendon Luu ’16, F/O, Chaminade (N.Y.) – Colgate
Benjamin Martin ‘16, A, St. Stephen’s St. Agnes (Va.) – Lehigh
Nick McEvoy ’16, M/FO, Gonzaga (D.C) – Penn State
Zeke Narcise ’17, LSM/D, McDonogh (Md.) – Duke
*Wade Oursler ’17, M, Gilman (Md.) – Air Force
Jack Parr ’17, A, McDonogh (Md.) – Uncommitted
Connor Pearce ’16, M, Calvert Hall (Md.) – Uncommitted
Jack Pezzula ’16, G, Boys’ Latin (Md.) – North Carolina
Keyveat Postell ’16, M, Haverford (Pa.) – Penn
Daniel Reaume ’17, M, Brother Rice (Mich.) – Hofstra
Will Renz ’16, M, Chaminade (N.Y.) – Yale
Will Rock ’17, LSM/D, Gonzaga (D.C.) – Virginia
Jason Sarro ’16, A, McDonogh (Md.) – Uncommitted
*Owen Seebold ’17, A, Highland Park (Tex.) – Syracuse
Barrett Sutley ’16, M, McDonogh (Md.) – Penn State
Kyle Thornton ’16, D, Chaminade (N.Y.) – Penn
Chris Walker ’17, LSM, Highland Park (Tex.) – Georgetown
Chris Williams ’16, A, Gilman (Md.) – Tufts
Daniel Reaume Black Grizzlies Midfield 2017
Chris Brandau Boys’ Latin Goalie 2018
Jack Connelly Calvert Hall Long Stick Midfield 2018
Wheaton Jackoboice Culver Attack/Middie 2017
Andrew Bonafede Flyers Goalie 2018
Anthony Tangred I Flyers Long Stick Midfield 2018
Wade Oursler Gilman Midfield 2017
Jack Myers Gonzaga Attack 2018
Chris Walker Highland Park Long Stick Midfield 2017
Bret Baskin LaSalle Attack 2018
Colin Clothier Loyola Midfield 2017
Quinn McCahon Malvern Prep Midfield 2018
Chris Smith McDonogh Defense 2018
Luke Eschbach Smithtown East Midfield 2017
Alex Rode St. Paul’s Goalie 2017
Brendan Tscherne St. Paul’s Midfield 2017
Alex Mazzone Ward Melville Long Stick Midfield 2018
Giordano Garcia Bergen Catholic Goalie 2018
Kadin Kightliner Bishop O’Connell Midfield 2017
Parker Byrd Calvert Hall Defense 2019
William Hosbein Chatham Midfield 2017
Nakeie Montgomery Episcopal Dallas Midfield 2017
Tyler Wuchte GC 34/Garden City Midfield 2018
Justin Clark Georgetown Prep Goalie 2019
Ryan Jacob Haverford Midfield 2017
Matthew Moore Jags Lax/Garnet Valley Midfield 2017
Jack Goodwin Mountain Lakes Goalie 2017
Ryan O’Connell New Canaan Midfield 2017
Connor Cronin Northport Midfield 2017
Christian Tomei Oxbridge Goalie 2019
Thomas Brackett Paul VI Goalie 2017
Tucker Ballbach Radnor Goalie 2017
Grant Palmer Rosewell Goalie 2018
Cole Cavenaugh St. Viator LSM 2018
Jake Zickel St. Xavier Midfield 2017
Corey McManus Summit Attack 2017
Columbia Md — It’s not an MIAA A Conference championship for the McDonogh boy’s lacrosse team, but the Eagles were impressive in capturing their second-straight National High School Lacrosse Showcase (NHSLS) title. The Eagles dominated both halves, Sunday in Columbia, defeating MIAA rival, Calvert Hall, 8-4, in the championship game.
Rising junior attack Jack Parr lead the Eagles with three goals and Mike Shinsky had a pair of goals in the victory.
The defense for McDonogh was also outstanding from start to finish.
“It’s great to get the team together after playing so much club ball this summer,” said rising senior midfielder Barrett Sutley (Penn State), who had a goal and an assist for McDonogh. “It really helps us mesh for the (next) spring season.”
Calvert Hall started the day by upsetting Haverford (PA) in the semifinals, 6-2. The Cardinals reached the final with nice back-to-back wins, in a short amount of time, topping Culver Academy (IN) on Saturday night and then the Fords on Sunday morning.
On his squad’s victory over Haverford, the nation’s top-ranked team last season, Kelly added.
“It never crossed my mine until Coach Shriver mentioned it to me. I think that type of win only counts during the season. It is nice of him to say.”
McDonogh battled St. Paul’s to an overtime victory in their semifinal game.
Sutley, who enters the 2016 season as the team leader, spoke about getting a taste of that leadership this weekend.
“It’s a good experience to let the guys know that they can come to the seniors for anything. They can look up to us and be leaders for them on and off the field. It was good to get to know the guys in between games, that were on JV last year, and it was really good to get the team to mesh together before (next) season.”
Attackman Jack Kinnear scored twice for Calvert Hall in the loss to McDonogh.
“I was pleased overall. I was disappointed we didn’t play well in the championship game. No excuses, but we seemed tired and flat,” said Calvert Hall head coach Bryan Kelly. “We had a tough bracket and we fought hard throughout. We learned a lot and we tried some different things than we usually do with our offense. It is a great tournament for the kids and we played lot of kids and got to see how the handle things. All and all, I was very pleased.”
In the other games on Sunday:
Boys’ Latin defeated Highland Park (TX), 11-5; Gilman topped Fairport (NY), 7-6; and John Carroll defeated St Albans (VA), 6-3.
McDonogh won the National High School Lacrosse Showcase on Sunday by defeating Ward Melville (N.Y.), 10-6, at Blandair Regional Park in Columbia.McDonogh led Ward Melville, 5-4, at halftime, and the game was tied 5-5 with 22 minutes remaining in the second half. The Eagles outscored the Patriots, 5-1, from that point.Connor Young led McDonogh with four goals, and Barrett Sutley finished with two goals and an assist. Oliver Schmickel (five saves) and Jacob Stover (six) split time in goal for the Eagles. McDonogh advanced to the showcase championship game from a field of 38 high school boys lacrosse teams from 12 states and Washington, D.C.
The Eagles defeated St. Paul’s, 7-5, in a semifinal Sunday morning to advance to the championship. McDonogh had to hold on in the second half after taking a 5-2 lead over the Crusaders at halftime.
McDonogh went 7-0 in the tournament, including wins against New York state champions Massapequa (11-2) and Bronxville (13-2). The Eagles also beat New Trier (Ill.), 8-6, and Collegiate (Va.), 11-1, Friday, and Culver (Ind.), 7-4, in the first round of the tournament playoffs Saturday.
The event, in its second year, was founded by Boys’ Latin coach Bob Shriver and McDonogh coach Andy Hilgartner. Georgetown Prep won the championship last year.
High school lacrosse standouts like McDonogh’s Brinton Valis are usually playing for their respective club teams during the summer months.
This weekend, however, the rising senior and many other players have a unique opportunity.
The inaugural National High School Lacrosse Showcase, featuring more than 20 of the top high school boys teams in the country, will take place Friday through Sunday at the Genesee Valley Outdoor Learning Center in Parkton. The three-day tournament will feature some of the Baltimore area’s top teams, as well as squads from seven other states and Washington, D.C.