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Fusco and Cooley mentioned in Inside Lacrosse Articles

Posted Saturday, December 04, 2010 by Inside Lacrosse
 Fusco and Cooley mentioned in Inside Lacrosse Articles

The nation’s top uncommitted players congregated last weekend at the lovely lacrosse facilities at Queen’s University in Charlotte (N.C.) to showcase their talents in front of a bevy of college coaches. The event was recently created by Blue Chip founder Jake Reed after college coaches came to him and expressed their desire for one last organized event before the recruits began their junior seasons.

With a good chunk of the top players arleady committing to programs (including a whopping 40 out of 50 IL Young Gun Juniors), this Blue Chip camp offered players in the next recruiting level an opportunity to shine. It was a fantastic event from top to bottom and a huge opportunity for the players yet to find the school for them. Recruits arrived Friday night and had a long day Saturday, getting at the field early and having three sessions, with the final whistle begin blown at 9:30 p.m. under the lights. The morning session was split in half, with the opening thirty minutes being drills so the players could develop chemistry together before beginning the organized games.

The nation’s top uncommitted players congregated this past weekend at the lovely lacrosse facilities at Queen’s University in Charlotte (N.C.) to showcase their talents in front of a bevy of college coaches. The event was recently created by Blue Chip founder Jake Reed after college coaches came to him and expressed their desire for one last organized event before the recruits began their junior seasons.

With a good chunk of the top players arleady committing to programs (including a whopping 40 out of 50 IL Young Gun Juniors), this Blue Chip camp offered players in the next recruiting level an opportunity to shine. It was a fantastic event from top to bottom and a huge opportunity for the players yet to find the school for them. Recruits arrived Friday night and had a long day Saturday, getting at the field early and having three sessions, with the final whistle begin blown at 9:30 p.m. under the lights. The morning session was split in half, with the opening thirty minutes being drills so the players could develop chemistry together before beginning the organized games.
 

ATTACK


There was fantastic and seemingly underrated talent at attack, with lots of players that dodged the crease well and were capable of scoring in bunches.

Chad Cohan (St. Ignatius, Calif.)  This junior stood out all weekend with some great moves and a knack for a big play. Strong two-handedness, off-ball movement and lacrosse IQ coming from the stud from NorCal.

Really enjoyed watching two standouts, Harry Dellaferra (Friends Academy, N.Y.) and Nick Doktor (Irondequoit, N.Y.), work together. Dellaferra is a little guy at 5’7, 140 pounds but killed it all weekend, scoring 4 goals in Saturday’s afternoon session. Doktor, a lefty, is more of the quarterback type and has better size although might need to beef up a little bit. He produced big-time and fed Dellaferra well.

Matt Sexton (Niskayuna, N.Y.), IL’s #12 Young Gun junior, was arguably the top player there and backed up his ranking with lights-out play all weekend. The Penn State commit is a slick lefty with superb vision – he made some eye-popping plays and has a cannon from all over.

Jimmy McBride (New Westminster, B.C.) made some beautiful plays on the crease that definitely the caught college coaches’ eye. Real feisty inside and caused a handful of turnovers on the ride as well.

Some other standouts: Joe French (St. Michael’s, Ont.), Quinn Maroney (Manhasset, N.Y.), Chad Marino (Mt. Sinai, N.Y.), Nick Kilkowski (Summit, N.J.), Cabot Noyce (Xaverian, Mass.) and Frank Fusco (Yorktown, N.Y.).
 

 

DEFENSE

An excellent group of d-men top to bottom, making it fairly difficult to name names. Noticeably strong group coming from New York, in particular.

Will Beatty, Haverford (Pa.) - Tall but wiry at 6-3 and 165 pounds, Beatty made some very heady plays on the backline and was also deft at communicating to his fellow longpoles. Had a few caused turnovers each session and has some strong stick skills. Been on varsity at Haverford since he was a freshman alongside brother, Alex, who is headed to Princeton next fall.

Eric Cooley, Yorktown (N.Y.) - Possessing prototypical size of a defensive tackle on the gridiron, Cooley was an absolute force all weekend bullying opposing attackmen. Had great footwork and strength and was rarely scored on. Not a takeaway guy but played superb position D and had a good outlet pass to boot.

Joe Giardina, Wantagh (N.Y.) - Best LSM prospect at the event and one of the most talented I've seen in this class as a whole. Doesn't have great size but made up for it with his athleticism, quick burst of speed and stick skills. Made some very smart passes to set up teammates. Shocks me that he's not yet committed.

Luke Miller, Gonzaga (D.C.) - Very physical and athletic. Was stripping attackmen left and right and could push transition as well. Disruptive in the passing lanes. Perhaps the best overall close defenseman at the event.

Mark Rizzo, Hewlett (N.Y.) - The lone defensive commit at the event, verballing to UNC in late September. Did everything well - excellent athleticism, active stick, sound footwork and has an array of checks in his reportoire. Can play  either close defense or LSM proficiently.

Other standouts on defense: Terence Foley (Islip, N.Y.), Luke Leathers (Regis Jesuit, CO), Samuel Leggett (Bellevue, WA)

 

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