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

#2 Nick Bittel
Liverpool High School, Liverpool, NY
Sr. Defense
Rating: "Player"

Nick is versatile enough to play wing middie on face-offs and then cover an opponent's best attackman as a close defender. He's like the All State Insurance "mayhem" guy on ground balls, and if he doesn't win the loose ball himself, he'll make sure you don't win it. His one-on-one defense is excellent and keeps dodgers at bay. Maybe his best talent, however, is his clearing game. He can dodge and carry, but he also knows when not to try to do too much. He can make the safe, short pass or the challenging long pass to break an aggressive ride as clearing time is running short.

#18 Peter Flood
Liverpool High School, Liverpool, NY
Sr. Midfield
Rating: "Watch-list"

Peter was the offensive star against West Genesee, scoring three goals and recording two assists in the Warriors' 7-4 victory. He is fearless cutting through the middle of the defense, and his shots were hard and accurate. He also took the majority of Liverpool's face-offs, and if he didn't win the ball cleanly himself, he had help from LSM Nick Bittel to keep the ball out of the West Genesee sticks. Peter only scored one goal and one assist in Liverpool's opener vs. C-NS, so time will tell which game is more indicative of what we can expect from him his spring.

#19 Jamie Kuppel
Liverpool High School, Liverpool, NY
Sr. Midfield
Rating: "Watch-list"

Jamie also played a key role in the Warriors' 7-4 win over West Genesee, scoring two goals and adding an assist. His first goal was an invert from behind as he beat his short stick defender top side for the right-handed goal. His next goal was more impressive after he was stopped dodging to his right, he rolled back, put the stick in his left hand, and fired a left-handed shot from 10-12 yards out. Jamie is athletic, covers a lot of the field, and can play defense, too.

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Jamesville-DeWitt High School

The Red Rams are the defending New York State Class B champs, and they look like they have enough talent to make another long run into the post-season. Four members of this spring's lacrosse team were also members of the combined J-D/CBA ice hockey team that just won a state championship, so these kids know what it's like to win. With a talented and potent attack, balanced midfield, and a deep corps of long sticks, J-D looks to be the favorite to repeat.

#22 Jordan Evans
Jamesville-DeWitt High School, DeWitt, NY
Sr. Attack
Rating: "Legit"

Here's a left-handed attackman who has been putting up 10+ points per game! Opposing coaches have their work cut out for them, and defensemen who usually play to their goalie's left are officially now on notice. Jordan can rip from the perimeter with time and space, he can shoot on the run, and he's got a great eye for his teammates, averaging more than 5 assists per game. In three games, Jordan's recorded an impressive 35 points (19-16-35). He'll throw fakes, he'll get top side, and he'll carry J-D's offense on his back this spring. Jordan has signed to play at Syracuse next fall.

#15 Griffin Fiener
Jamesville-DeWitt High School, DeWitt, NY
Jr. Attack
Rating: "Player"

Griffin is a big crease presence and is also Jordan Evans' favorite target, but he has shown that he can dodge and shoot from the perimeter as well. As a crease threat, he can finish both left-handed and right-handed, so he's always dangerous, no matter where the ball is. From the outside, he's going to put the stick in right hand, but he's big enough to get away with being one-handed. After three games, he's already racked up 14 goals and 2 assists, averaging more than 5 points per game.

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2013-04-23



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