BALTIMORE, Md. –– Big 12 Lacrosse kicked off its summer invitational weekend with the Individual Showcase on June 15, hosted by Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse.
Seventy-eight players came to Homewood Field to display their game and show the college coaches, who were instructors, they are ready to play at the next level.
The college coaches were led by Johns Hopkins offensive coordinator Bobby Benson who put the players through a rigorous morning session of drills and conditioning work. The test was to see how the players would respond.
Then in the afternoon after a lunch intermission, the players were split into four teams to play full-field games for two hours either on Homewood Field or the Blue Jays practice field.
All of the games were competitive and the players hustled in each game, which is what coaches want to see.
Tom's Top 10
Harrison Gavin, The Perkiomen School (Pa.), 2020, Attack, Black Widow Club
Gavin had a sweet goal in one of the games. He is a good shooter with a nice stick.
C. Thomas Martin, Centennial HS (Md.), 2019, Defense/LSM, Towson Greene Turtle
Martin did an excellent job of recognizing where he is on the field when he scoops up a ground ball. I love the way he shoots on-cage with the long pole, highlighted by a sweet goal during instructional work.
Michael Payne, St. Paul’s School (Md.), Midfield, 2019, Rock Lacrosse Club
Payne is a strong middie with a hard shot on-cage that goalies can’t pick up until it’s too late. Payne has a 3.6 GPA, and he has an excellent lacrosse intellect.
Israel Pendleton Moore, Wando (S.C.), Midfield, 2020, Top Left Loggerheads
Pendleton Moore made solid plays, was smart when he had the ball and can hustle up and down the field playing OM and SSDM.
Ryan Pritchard, DeMatha Catholic (Md.), Attackman, 2020, Rock Baltimore Elite
Pritchard can shoot the lights out. He is an excellent attackman who plays well off-the-ball. And he’s got some sick dodges when he’s driving to the cage.
Owen Shafer, Apex (N.C.), 2021, Defense, 919 Elite
Shafer had some great checks and moved his feet well. The rising freshman always had his head on a swivel and was talkative - all good signs you want to see as a college recruiter.
Emmet Schultz, Creekside (Fla.), 2019, Midfield, X Factor
Schultz is a gritty player that gets after it. He can run and shoot with both hands.
Daniel Stone, Flint Hill (Va.), 2020, Goalie
Stone made some good saves on some heaters. He is very talkative with his defenders. He controls the clear well. He will get better as he continues to play.
Sawyer Thompson, Bishop England (N.C.), 2020, Midfield, Top Left Loggerheads
Thompson wowed me right off-the-bat with a quick shot on-cage and excellent foot speed.
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