Maverick D1 Report by Paul Carcaterra(Class of '93) as featured on Lax.com
Week of April 1st
Offensive Player Of The Week- Ryan Hurley (Cornell)
Sophomore attackman Ryan Hurley continued his stellar play on Saturday, as the Cornell Big Red dominated host Penn by the count of 13-5. Hurley had the hot hand against the Quakers, scoring five goals and dishing out two assists. Hurley creates match-up problems and has a difficult shot to track with his 6’3” frame. The Eagan, Minn. product is one of the latest examples of coaches finding gems outside of traditional lacrosse hotbeds such as Long Island, Upstate New York, and Maryland. Hurley dominated the Minnesota high school lacrosse scene while attending The Academy of Holy Angels. Last year, Cornell had an experienced attack, and Hurley had the luxury of having time to get acclimated to major DI lacrosse. One year is all that it took for this scoring machine to burst onto the scene, as he has totaled 25 goals this season on just 53 shots for 7-1 Cornell. The attack was a major question mark for Cornell this season. Looks like Hurley is on his way to an All-American honor.
Defensive Player of The Week-Maryland
For the first time this season, I am giving the award to an entire unit. The Terps were dominant throughout the course of the entire game against #1 UVA, holding the attack trio of Rubeor, Billings, and Glading to a combined two goals. Coming into the game, the Virginia attack had put up 99 combined points. Usually the Terps split time between goaltenders Jason Carter and Brian Phipps. Based on the fact that Carter was so hot in the first half, Coach Cottle decided to stick with the red-shirt junior in the second half. That decision paid off, as Carter stymied the Cavs, ending the day with fifteen saves. Close defender Joe Cinosky held Danny Glading without a goal, and long-stick midfielder Brain Farrell was all over the field. Maryland brings it defensively (they played much more physical than UVA on Saturday), and has given its young offense time to grow…. just in time for the final stretch of the regular season and the ACC tournament.
Rookie of The Week-Travis Reed (Maryland)
Week one saw Reed’s teammate, Grant Catalino, capture the weekly freshman award. This past weekend in the 13-7 win over UVA, Travis Reed, who leads the Terps in goals and points as a first year player, was incredible with his shot selection and placement. Reed cashed in with three goals and two assists. Reed, who checks in at 5’9” and 195 pounds would not excel in a combine-like format. Not very physically imposing, nor fast, Reed relies on his lacrosse intelligence and masterful stick skills to make his presence felt. His ability to feel pressure and adjust, as well as create space for his brilliant left-handed shot, makes Reed one of the best young players in country to watch. With his two handed cradle, Reed always is a second away from making a fantastic low angle shot or a quick pass in transition. Give this freshman space to make plays, and it is lights out.
After watching Georgetown and Navy square off on Saturday a few things are evident. Navy is the hardest playing team year in and year out in college lacrosse. Coach Meade gets the most of the Mids, and they never quit. Down by a score of 8-3 in the third quarter, Navy bounced back and dominated the later stages of the game against the Hoyas, eventually forcing overtime (11-10 Georgetown win). Year in and year out, Navy never has a top ten recruiting class, however, they consistently compete at an elite level and reach the playoffs. That says a lot about Coach Meade’s ability to mold players, evaluate talent, and make great game time adjustments. Look for the Navy-Maryland game next week to come down to the final minutes. Georgetown looks to be a more complete team than in years past. On offense they have a deep and talented midfield, a great offensive ball handler in Brendan Cannon, and a finisher inside in Andrew Baird. Their defense is very athletic, can press out and play on the perimeter, and can take chances with a talented and poised netminder in Miles Kass. Sophomore long-stick midfielder Barney Ehrmann looks to be the next great long-pole at Georgetown, following in the footsteps of Kyle Sweeney and Brodie Merrill. Ehrmann impacts the game on both sides of the field, initiates transition, and is a force on the wings during faceoffs. Look for Georgetown to be in the mix in May, potentially putting an end to its quarterfinal departure streak and make the Final Four.
This week we continue to feature the school that has produced the best at each position from the past fifteen years. The school that has produced the top midfielders over the past fifteen years is Johns Hopkins. The Blue Jays have featured four (all achieved First-Team All-American multiple times) of the best dodgers and playmakers that the position has seen over the last decade. The late 90’s belonged to A.J. Haugen. He was an absolute sniper who was able to separate at will from the defense. Haugen’s shot on the run seemed effortless. In 2002-2003 Adam Doneger possessed one of the best outside shots the game has ever seen. Doneger was a high school attackman, and turned into a physically dominating midfielder who always seemed to score the game winning goals during his tenure. 2005 was the year Kyle Harrison lead the Jays to its first national title in 18 years. Harrison’s first step was incredible, and his ability to faceoff made him a complete midfielder. Paul Rabil wears the crown of the game’s most talented midfielder in the college today. Built like an NFL linebacker, Rabil forces teams to game plan around his dodging and playmaking ability. He shoots in the mid 90’s with both hands on the run and is the best passer out of the four Blue greats from the last fifteen years.
February/March First-Team All-Americans
If the season ended today, my First-Team All-American squad based solely on performance to date would be…
Matt Danowski (Sr. Duke)
Danny Glading (Jr. UVA)
Mike Leveille (Sr. Syracuse)
Zack Greer (Sr. Duke)
Steven Brooks (Sr. Syracuse)
Brian Carroll (So. UVA)
Brad Ross (Sr. Duke)
Long Stick Defender
Brain Farrell (So. Maryland)
Danny Brennan (Sr. Syracuse)
Jerry Lambe (Sr. Georgetown)
Ken Clausen (So. UVA)
Jordan Dinola Sr. (Navy)
Joey Kemp (Sr. Notre Dame)
Coach- Chris Bates (Drexel)
Attackman-Travis Reed (Maryland)
Midfielder-Al Kohart (UPenn)
Defenseman-Mike Manley (Duke)
Goalie-John Galloway (Syracuse)
Long Stick Midfielder-Joel White (Syracuse)