As part of this week’s series: The Best Players I’ve Seen, John Tallman from OhioBoysLax.com shares three of the best Ohio lacrosse players he’s seen in person. See where these players ranked all-time in Ohio on the state’s Best Known Records page.
Sam Hubbard, Archbishop Moeller (Cincinnati, Ohio), Ohio State
Hubbard was a physical specimen at Archbishop Moeller when he was just a Notre Dame lacrosse commit – before Urban Meyer got to him. He still had some growing to do, but I remember saying he was one of the biggest lacrosse players I’d seen in quite a while. At the 2013 MSLCA tournament in games against Upper Arlington (Columbus, Ohio) and Worthington Kilbourne (Columbus, Ohio), Hubbard stood out. Being one of the bigger players on the field forced defenses to watch him like a hawk, but that didn’t keep him from getting free on a number of chances and getting his teammates free for chances as well. His presence on the field made that much of a difference and I was glad I would never have to play or coach against him. It was pretty obvious to see why Notre Dame wanted him playing at Arlotta Stadium, I have no doubt that Notre Dame would have a midfield line of Mack trucks with Hubbard and Sergio Perkovic destroying lesser middies had he stuck with lacrosse.
Hayes McGinley, University School (Chagrin Falls, Ohio), St. Joseph’s
I saw quite a few of his games throughout his high school years. Similar to Hubbard, McGinley was bigger than most players his age. Not in an imposing way, but he stood out early because of his size and later because of his skill set. He frequently played attack or midfield based on the matchup presented. In one particular game, he started at attack and was blanketed by the defender he was matched up with, which kept the game close. His coach moved him up to midfield at the half and approximately four goals later, the game was no longer close and University School cruised to victory. He frequently disrupted opposing team’s slide discipline, and that opened up a lot of opportunities for his teammates.
Kyle Bernlohr, Western Reserve Academy (Hudson, Ohio), Maryland
Oh sure, you’ve probably seen some of Kyle’s crazy saves at Maryland. He made some of those acrobatic saves while at Western Reserve Academy, too. In a MSLCA game against Shady Side Academy (Pittsburgh, Pa.), he made it seem like the game was moving at whatever pace he wanted it to. No matter what Shady Side did, they couldn’t find many ways to get the ball into the cage. That day it was very clear why Maryland wanted Kyle behind Niko Amato. To top it off, Bernlohr came out of the cage on man-up opportunities to play EMO offense.