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|Subject: Notes on 2012s other than Pannell|
|Posted by: dek on Fri Jun 8 2012 9:26:52 AM|
Here are some notes on the guys coming in other than James Pannell,
who has been talked about quite a bit already. I like this class and
I think it’s well matched with what I see as team needs – short term
and longer term. On the defensive end, the coaches are bringing in
bigger, very athletic defensemen, an excellent goal tender. They’ve
deepened the midfield roster, and added some lefty firepower, and
added some SSDMs that are fast, physical players with good size. Plus
Pannell, a top righty A/M, and I think it’s a very good class. There
are some guys who may contribute right away, and some with excellent
upside. In my opinion, the biggest gap in the class is at FO - where
it looks like there is an immediate need, but it doesn’t look like any
of these guys are likely to be the answer.
Defense & Goal:
Tanner Scales (6-2, 200) - Close d, like a Mike Kelly kind of player –
thick and strong, low center of gravity, hard to get past, rarely gets
beaten one-on-one. Named defender of the year in one of the better HS
leagues (NE-West) last year as a Jr. Physical, but smart about it.
Also a very good hockey player.
Mike Howard (6-5, 220) - D/LSM. Standout athleticism – even among the
top D-1 lax defensive recruits he’s played with on GotSkillz for the
last two years; was also recruited to play soccer at top D-1 programs.
May not get a lot of playing time first year; is seen as a player
with tremendous upside to develop in the program. Selected as one of
the top defenders in VA Prep league in 2011 and 2012.
Dickson Smith (6-3, 200) - LSM. Size and speed stands out. Picked up
~ 80 – 90/year as a sophomore and junior in HS, though he plays in a
smaller league in NE. Also varsity hockey and soccer player. May be
a wild card at LSM & FO wing this year.
Dan Marino (5-11, 200) - One of the best goalies in this class
according to IL. Had a break out year at Garden City in 2011, playing
behind an experienced defensive crew (three starters graduated to very
good D-1 programs). From all reports, Marino is having an excellent
year again this year, behind a younger, but very good, GC defense.
McNamara (6-0, 175) - Versatile – plays both short stick and LSM and
will switch from one to the other mid-game. On the first-line
midfield at Haverford this year; second-line last year. One person
I’ve talked to, who knows UVA lacrosse very well, and who has seen
McNamara play quite a bit says think Billy Gladding – a very complete
midfielder who does all the little things well, whose impact day-in
day-out is much bigger than you see on the stat sheet.
Matt Florence (5-11, 175) – Lefty M/A, very fast, reportedly good at
face-offs too (not a FOGO though). I’ve been told he may be the most
polished of the kids from the West Coast this year – hard shot and
pretty good with both hands. Solid on defense too. Excellent athlete
– varsity football and basketball – RB with 1,600+ yards as a junior;
converted to starting QB as a senior; helped his team go deep in the
States both years.
Carlson Milikin (6-1, 185) - Very fast – 40 time in the 4.4 to 4.5
range. Also a very good football player. Based on an article in the
Cville Daily Progress, coaches are very high on his defensive ability.
May compete for time at SSDM this year.
James Dahlheimer (6-0,190) – Physical player; strong on GBs, fast too.
1st Team All State midfielder in Ohio in 2012. Also plays football
player (CB/TB). My guess is that coaches may try him as an SSDM
Zach Wood (6-3, 200) - Big powerful lefty A/M. Illinois State leader
in total goals and points three of his four years. Had 81 g, 48a, and
96 gb this year, and 315 g 144 a for 459 HS career total points. He’s
a dominant player at his current level; a HS coach from Illinois whose
team plays him says you have to game plan for him. Hopefully he makes
the transitions to D-1 smoothly. Here’s Dom’s comment on him from the
recent Jeff White article: "He's a big, left-handed kid that can
shoot," Starsia said. "If we had that player this year, that might
have been enough."
|Notes on 2012s other than Pannell -- dek Fri Jun 8 2012 9:26:52 AM|
|I am no longer worried about next yr. ** -- hokieh8r Fri Jun 8 2012 4:11:08 PM|
|I can't say that. Look at the other ACC teams and JHU and compare them to us. -- 1moreUVAfan Fri Jun 8 2012 8:40:06 PM|
|Re: I can't say that. Look at the other ACC teams and JHU and compare them to us -- dek Sat Jun 9 2012 7:33:15 AM|
|Who will be next year's leaders? -- Wahoozus Sat Jun 9 2012 9:13:53 AM|
|Shocker, Miller, and ? -- 1moreUVAfan Sat Jun 9 2012 10:04:53 PM|
|Re: Shocker, Miller, and ? -- Wahoozus Sun Jun 10 2012 5:30:19 PM|
|I may be having a total brain fart but who in the world is Miller? ** -- Horsemouth Sun Jun 10 2012 4:25:00 PM|
|Nope, I'm the one with the "total brain fart." Of course it's White. -- 1moreUVAfan Sun Jun 10 2012 11:52:22 PM|
|Re: I may be having a total brain fart but who in the world is Miller? -- dek Sun Jun 10 2012 5:18:47 PM|
|In fairness, lockerroom leaders like Bray are few and far between. -- Horsemouth Sat Jun 9 2012 4:26:59 PM|
|Love those hockey lax players.Good combo ** -- HOOGATORB Fri Jun 8 2012 11:00:47 AM|
|By far the best write-up on the incoming class that I have seen anywhere. -- 1moreUVAfan Fri Jun 8 2012 10:01:03 AM|
|Yes. Thanks, Dek, for taking the time to provide this. ** -- North Cavolina Fri Jun 8 2012 10:32:51 AM|
|Agreed. Excellent work, dek ** -- Sabre Rattler Fri Jun 8 2012 11:28:12 AM|
|Looks like a class of first class studs ** -- Hoogle.com Fri Jun 8 2012 12:43:27 PM|