3d Rising - Player Evaluations from 3d Lacrosse, 4/18

#22 Scott Frankenthaler 2013
Roxbury Latin, Boston, MA
Position: Defense
Sub-Position: Close D, On-ball
College Commitment: Johns Hopkins
Rating: Watch List

Scottie is a big, mean defenseman who likes to be physical with his attackman. During his time in Florida he was hobbled by a lower leg injury that slowed his foot speed and diminished his ability to cover one on one. However, Scott showed flashes of his cover skills including flat-backing a dodging attackman with a poke check.

#24 Brandon Bowman 2015
Roxbury Latin, Boston, MA
Position: LSM
Sub-Position: Wing play, Transition
College Commitment: Air Force
Rating: Watch List

Brandon is a highly skilled, athletic long pole who loves to dangle. Brandon is awesome playing on the wing on face offs, and stirring it up in between the restraining lines. He is so athletic Brandon can get away with throwing some wild takeaway checks outside his defensive box but can get burned by trying to throw those same checks closer to the goal. Brandon could make himself a better on ball defender by simply doing less; being less aggressive, throwing fewer checks, and taking better angles to the ball.

#3 Parker Kent 2016
Roxbury Latin, Boston, MA
Position: Midfield
Sub-Position: Two-way middie
Rating: Player

Parker is a classic two-way middie: he plays aggressive on-ball defense with out ever getting out of position, he has incredible top end speed, vision, a lightning quick change of direction, and can score on the run. Parker is incredibly cerebral for someone his age. He moves intelligently off the ball on offense and plays passing lanes on defense. I look for big things from Parker this year.

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2013 AJO4Lax Fest, Pope High School, Georgia by Brock Lee

The AJO4Lax Fest honors the memory of Andrew Oswald, a star Pope High School attack man who died tragically as a result of a single-car accident in Marietta in 2005. Proceeds from the event support the Andrew J. Oswald Memorial Fund, Ltd., which has raised over $120,000, used to fund college scholarships, grants to community based high school and youth lacrosse projects, and teen safety education initiatives.

"We continue striving to ensure that our teens are properly educated before they get behind the wheel," said Andrew Oswald's father, and the Fund's co-founder and President, Bruce Oswald. "Our primary mission for the last two years has been helping Georgia's teen lacrosse players to make the right "life" decisions."

This year's tournament featured three of last year's four state finalists: 4A and below contenders Lambert and Pope as well as 5A contender Lassiter, which faced Milton in 2012. Other schools participating included Walton, Centennial, Westminster, Northview, and Decatur.

I really like this particular tournament because it gives a look at teams mid-season. Some arrive with undefeated records but have played easy schedules to date. Others are more battle tested. The AJO4Lax Fest begins to separate the pretenders from the true contenders for state titles.

A bit of background on the Georgia lacrosse community is in order. Lacrosse has been a state sanctioned varsity sport for 10 years. The sport has seen an explosion in popularity over the past five years. There are 76 high schools fielding varsity teams, primarily in and around Atlanta. The rapid growth of the sport facilitated 2 divisions starting in 2011, namely 6A schools, and 5A and below schools, each competing for separate state titles. All schools, public and private play in the GHSA. Student body size does not translate to dominance. Smaller private prep schools such as Westminster and Lovett, with rich lacrosse traditions, are highly competitive with the biggest public school programs.

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