Mesa Fresh Lacrosse has 10 Players at the U-19 Tryouts-Latest news

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Updated: July 1, 2015

The tryouts for Team USA began Monday at Stevenson University.

More than 100 players are vying to be a part of the USA Under-19 team that will compete in Canada in 2016 and defense USA’s gold medal from the last games in Finland.

The team, coached by Ohio State’s Nick Myers, will be trimmed to roughly 50 players after this week’s tryouts.

 

U-19 Tuesday Tryout Report

Attack

Past successful men’s adult and U-19 FIL champions have featured a strong possession quarterback to run the offense and, most importantly in international play, hold the ball for long extended periods of time. Haverford attackman Grant Ament (2015/Penn State) fit that role perfectly in his performance at Stevenson University Tuesday. He’s a prototypical lacrosse quarterback, able to hold the ball at X, hit no look feeds to middies streaking the cage, and set up the offense.

2016 attackman Michael Sowers (Upper Dublin HS/Princeton) was also impressive playing from X. He showcased an explosive first step, and excellent scoring ability around the cage. He worked well with Michael Kraus (New Canaan HS/Virginia) and Mac O’Keefe(Syosset/Penn State) on their rotations.

Alex Roesner (Loyola Blakefield/Penn) saw his stock rise precipitously in his final high school season. He’s another QB who stood out Tuesday, working well with former teammate Ryan Conrad (Loyola Blakefield/Virginia) passing from X to front and back.

Finding a lefty shooter is also important for the U-19 team. Cole Williams (Loyola Blakefield/Johns Hopkins) showcased strong with several goals and an assist from the left side. Fellow future Blue Jay attackman Alex Concannon (Syosset, N.Y.) also posted a few strong goals from top left.

 

Midfield

Dox Aitken (Haverford School/Virginia) ran out of the box on offense. His athleticism and IQ has the coaching staff using him as an offensive initiator. It was unique to watch, and a good use of the Philly product’s talent. He ran with a couple strong power shooters in Brendan Mackie (Bergen Catholic/Yale) and Wade Maloney (Virginia).

Nick McEvoy (Penn State), who traditionally takes face-offs at Gonzaga Prep, has played more of a two-way middie game at Tuesday’s tryouts. Tenacious player who’s hustle should impress. John Daniggelis (Smithtown East/Yale) is another impressive midfield talent; he’s exceptionally strong two-way player who barrelled over a rider on one clear during the day. Love the entire Bulldog class participating in this event.

 

Face-Offs

A crucial position for any international team, thought three kids stood out. Gerard Acerci (Smithtown East/Penn State) showcased superb technique, and dominated his matchups. 2016 Christian Feliziani (Episcopal Academy/Ohio State) dominated in the morning’s first contest, while Austin Henningsen (Northport/Maryland) showcased especially well in the afternoon.

 

LSM

Thought that both Ryan McNulty (Bishop Shanahan/Loyola) and Blake Carrara (Shoreham-Wading River, N.Y./Maryland) showcased well on wing and LSM play. McNulty pushed transition well, and scored two goals early on open opportunities. Carrara was a tenacious defender and rider who forced caused turnovers.

 

Defense

So much of defense is about learning communication. Day 2 of the U-19 tryouts was apparently stronger than Day 1 in that regard, according to witnesses. I marketed this groups in units, and especially liked the group of Noah Lejman (Haverford School/Penn), John Railey (Georgetown Prep/Loyola) and Jack Fowler (Chaminade, N.Y./Fairfield). Ryan McNulty worked well as the pole in their group.

 

Goalie 

Again, like defense, I’m asuming goalie play will be judged more on communication, teamwork, than overall field success here (like team D it’s so hard to judge the position). Did like what I saw from Ryan DeMarco (Haverford School) and Ryan Kern (Salesianum/Navy.).

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