3d Rising - Player Evaluations from 3d Lacrosse, 4/23

#2 Ryan St. Croix
West Genesee High School, Camillus, NY
Sr. Midfield
Rating: "Player"

After just three games, Ryan's making teams pay attention to him as attacks from the midfield. Make no mistake; Ryan can shoot the ball. He scored twice against F-M, once dodging to the goal and once from the perimeter. He has good size and is a physical presence when the Wildcats are clearing or settling in on offense. Shut out by Liverpool's frustrating zone defense, Ryan won't be held scoreless often this spring.

#17 Nick Mellen
West Genesee High School, Camillus, NY
So. Defense
Rating: "Watch-list"

There are only two sophomores on the West Genesee roster, so that says something about Nick's abilities. The fact that he's a starting close defenseman says a lot more. He's not big, and he's not flashy, but he does all the little things that need getting done. He checks his attackman's stick and flips the ball to his teammate on a midline play. He checks an opponent's stick as he goes to scoop up a ground ball on the crease during a man-up opportunity. He makes the shortest, safest pass on every clearing chance. He catches every pass thrown to him, and every pass he makes gets caught in return. He plays excellent position defense and has his stick up under his attackman's bottom hand with every step.

#25 Jim Cunningham
West Genesee High School, Camillus, NY
Sr. Defense
Rating: "Legit"

West Genesee's 0-2 start can't be blamed on the defense; they've allowed 13 goals and scored just 8. Leading the defense is Jim Cunningham, a very capable defender with excellent stick skills. Jim's one-on-one play is superb no one is going to get top side or duck underneath against him. He'll win ground balls, knock down passes, and clear the ball with near-perfect consistency. As the season progresses this defense will get better and better, and Jim will continue to be the top shut-down man. Jim has signed a NLI for Providence next year.

#21 Ted Glesener
West Genesee High School, Camillus, NY
Sr. Midifield
Rating: "Legit"

Ted takes the majority of West Genesee's face-offs, but he is hardly a FOGO he's also one of the Wildcats' best offensive players. His size and strength make him a constant dodging threat, and the fact that he can shoot with either hand makes him even more dangerous. His right-handed shot is faster and more accurate than his left, but that might change or at least improve as the season unfolds. He scored two goals and had an assist in West Genesee's loss to Liverpool, a nice improvement to his one-goal performance against F-M; future opponents can certainly expect to see a lot more of Ted's offensive skills. He quarterbacks the man-up unit, and he's unstoppable on the clear if he wants to keep the ball himself. His size, strength, and versatility will serve him well at West Point next year.

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Fayetteville-Manlius High School

Opening the 2013 season with a win against West Genesee (at West Genesee, no less) is a good sign for the Hornets, but everyone knows it's a marathon, not a sprint, to the Section III finals and the state playoffs. Nonetheless, it looks like F-M has all the pieces it needs. A strong defense limits opponents' scoring chances West Genesee's attackmen went pointless and a balanced offense, including attackmen and at least two lines of middies, is always dangerous.

#15 Josh Pulver
Fayetteville-Manlius High School, Manlius, NY
Sr. Defense
Rating: "Legit"

Josh looks like the defender you don't want to anger he's big, strong, and just looking for an excuse to run you over. If he's playing you, your arms will know it. His slap checks come from a different area code and you're simply not going to get top side on him. He's strong and aggressive on ground balls and he loves to carry the ball up field, which is bad news for attackmen thinking about getting in his way. Quick on his feet, he'll get his team the ball by chasing out missed shots, too.

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