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|Subject: Under Armour games - seniors and underclassmen|
|Posted by: 1moreUVAfan on Mon Jul 2 2012 10:29:18 AM|
OUR SENIORS - not a great deal to be said, especially since 2 of
our 6 guys did not play. Here are my observations:
Tanner Scales, close D, about 6’2” 210, was the best of our guys;
apparently strong, and with good feet. He didn’t let the smaller, quick
guys go around him, always a good sign. I expect this guy to be
I left after Q3 and didn’t see much of James Pannell and Zach Wood.
Their team rallied late so both may have contributed after I left. I only
saw Pennell for one quarter. He was behind the net and missed on a
couple of passes. Wood hardly played at all (??) when I was there.
He did thread the needle with a pass to the crease for a score. That’s
a useful trait for a middie. Based on what I saw last year, he is going
to an excellent addition for us.
Dan Marino had a bad night, as mentioned elsewhere here, giving up
9 goals in the first half. To be fair, his defense was AWOL much of
Matt Florence and Will McNamara are both middies and did not play.
Matt was with the U-19 team heading for the world games in Finland.
Will was injured but was on the sidelines, very active, chatting with
the guys a lot.
I think most of these guys will see a fair amount of playing time next
season. They will be fun to watch.
OUR GUYS IN THE UNDERCLASSMEN GAMES – a ten team
tournament, each team played at least 3 games over 3 days.
Philadelphia beat new England (last year’s winner) in the final. The
hot beds did not do well – another sign of parity? Players were either
2013 or 2014 commits, meaning the year they graduate and arrive
The best of our guys was Tyler Breen, a 2014 attackman from Ct.
You can see why Dom offered very early. Small and extremely quick;
gets his shot off in no time; scored with worm burners and around the
net. He had 4 or 5 goals in one game before he cramped up late in
Q3 or early in Q4; had 3 goals in another game. On one play he
dodged past 3 guys to score; on another he easily ran past the
defender and scored.
Matt Barrett (2014), the goalie from the Philly area, was excellent.
Stopped a wide variety of shots, including a few that were perfectly
placed, off hand and right at the lower corner. Big and kinda
chuncky, very patient on clears and passed well. I don’t think we are
going to see him running around outside the net often. In contrast to
Marino his defenders were excellent, but he stopped almost
everything that went by them.
Jeff Kratky (seems to be called JK), a 2013 face off specialist from
Ct. This guy looked very good and will be an upgrade at the FO X.
Had one excellent game, one good game and one bad game. In the
latter, he and his two subs, hardly ever won a face off against the
Philly guy in the final. Frankly, JK was overworked; he took almost all
of the FO’s in their first 4 games. Can pop the ball back to a
teammate or push it forward toward the goal. Moves well, his passing
was fairly good. He is athletic, went back on d if he lost the draw and
looked comfortable. Could use a bit of work on gbs. Took up
wrestling on the recommendation of his coach, a smart move I’d say.
We are going to like this guy – a lot.
Ryan Lukacovic (2013) an attackman (I think he is lefty but is said to
play well with both hands) from Chaminade on LI. He is extremely
fast around the net and gets his shot off quickly. He didn’t play a lot
because he was ill. He directed traffic on the field a few times and
seemed to be some sort of captain. Perhaps there is some
leadership potential there. Considering what I saw last year as well,
he should be another great UVA attackman.
Jack Falk (2014) a middie from Landon, was on and off when I saw
him. He was better when another poster here saw him. His very first
shot whistled, it sounded like an Emery shot. But I saw him for about
4 quarters in two games and he did not score. Played some d and
stripped a guy at least once. Was fast going up field in transition and
had several shifts at the FO wing. Needs to work on the accuracy of
his shot and being consistent.
Townsend Brown (2014) from Georgetown Prep, played mostly
behind the net, which I suspect was out of position for him, also
played a little d, at school I think he plays both attack and as an
offensive middie. Didn’t do a lot but appears to have the physical
tools to be very good/excellent.
Cooper Fersen (2014).a very tall, rangy defender from Vt. Played
both close d and LSM. He didn’t play a lot but he seems like a guy
who could be very good.
The two guys I did not see were Matt Emery (2013) and Nick Wood
(2014); missing Wood was a disappointment. I saw Emery last year
and he will be at least as good as his brother. Wood is breaking his
brother’s records in Illinois. (Zach starts here in Sept.)
In summary, I like this group a great deal. Even the guys who did not
do a lot seem to have excellent potential and several should develop
quite a bit in their remaining two years of high school. As usual, our
coaches picked athletes and several guys who appear to be
OTHER COMMENTS - With respect to the underclassmen games
as a whole, very subjectively I’d say the talent was even better than
last year. There was great ground ball by many players at all
positions, and defenders stripped the ball from their men often. (Are
pockets different in high school?) Compared to last year, I'm pretty
sure there were a lot more guys who are 2 years away from starting
college; a product of earlier recruiting I assume since they were more
publicized than previous players at that stage.
Two guys who are going to give us a lot of trouble when they get to
UMD are Matt Rambo (2013), an incredible attackman, and Austin
Pifani (2013), a big, aggressive defender with a great stick. Both are
from the Philly area.
That's all folks!
|Under Armour games - seniors and underclassmen -- 1moreUVAfan Mon Jul 2 2012 10:29:18 AM|
|Re: Under Armour games - seniors and underclassmen -- rocket Thu Jul 5 2012 10:52:20 AM|
|I like that alot, thanks. ** -- 1moreUVAfan Fri Jul 6 2012 2:23:50 PM|
|Re: Under Armour games - seniors and underclassmen -- maddog9718 Mon Jul 2 2012 10:05:30 PM|
|PLB should be able to address that point. In either case he will be a force. ** -- 1moreUVAfan Tue Jul 3 2012 12:33:02 AM|
|Pifani is UNC -- PLB Tue Jul 3 2012 2:11:18 PM|
|Pannell had a chance to tie it in the last second ** -- HOOfan_1 Mon Jul 2 2012 8:51:24 PM|
|Re: Under Armour games - seniors and underclassmen -- PLB Mon Jul 2 2012 3:43:46 PM|
|That's interesting. Last year when I saw him I thought he was already taller -- 1moreUVAfan Mon Jul 2 2012 4:22:48 PM|
|Re: That's interesting. Last year when I saw him I thought he was already taller -- PLB Mon Jul 2 2012 4:35:14 PM|
|Re: Under Armour games - seniors and underclassmen -- dek Mon Jul 2 2012 3:18:14 PM|
|Great report, 1more. Much appreciated. Agree about Rambo; he's sick. ** -- D Mon Jul 2 2012 12:51:31 PM|