3d Rising - Player Evaluations from 3d Lacrosse, 5/01

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Smithtown West

Smithtown West is a program that has come onto the scene over the past few years. They have done a great job developing young talent and are a deep team with a plethora of ability at every position. They have players who are highly skilled and intelligent and a high-powered offense with a defense that is athletic, tough and loves to push the ball in transition. Leading the team in basically every offensive statistic, is a future D-I star, Ryan Keenan.

#6 Ryan Keenan 2014
Smithtown West High School
Position: Attackman
Sub-position: Quarterback, the Quarterback
Rating: Legit
College Commitment: Penn State

It was apparent Farmingdale knew that this kid could play considering the first two times he came around the goal for a shot he ended up on his back. Despite two big hits on Keenan early in the first, he picked himself off the turf and got back to work. This kid is tough, smart and controlled the tempo for an entire 48 minutes. Finishing 4 and 2 on the day, Keenan is so much more than just a point producer. His lacrosse IQ is superior to those around him. He uses his intelligence to dictate the pace of play for his team and get off high percentage shots. This kid scored on question marks, off-picks, off ball and in transition. His scoring ability is accompanied by great vision. Can't wait to see what he does for Coach Tambroni's Nittany Lions.

#27 Dylan Gruder 2013
Smithtown West High School
Position: Midfielder
Sub-position: Two-way middie
Rating: Player
College Commitment: UMass

Dylan is a fast, tall, left-handed midfielder. He is the type of guy who will be a big threat at the next level because of his ability to go up and down the field without tiring. At one point he stayed on the field for three straight offensive possessions and two defensive possessions. Not only is #27 good in open space, but he is also a legitimate threat on offense. He has good vision and can bring it on the run. Overall, I really like this kid's game.

#26 Christian Zawadzki 2014
Smithtown West High School
Position: Midfielder
Sub-position: Two-Way Middie
Rating: Player
College Commitment: Maryland

Zawadzki is similar to his counterpart Dylan Gruder in many ways. He too is big, athletic and smart when the ball is in his stick. The one thing that really stood out was his dodging ability. There was no hope for any short stick guarding him. His slick stick and explosive first step allowed him to get his hands free for both time and room.

#13 Kyle Mathie 2014
Smithtown West High School
Position: Defense
Sub-position: LSM, With Ball, Transition
Rating: Player
College Commitment: North Carolina

Typically high school programs do not have the depth to play kids at specific positions for the entire game. Smithtown West not being one of these teams still had one player they used all over the field, Kyle Mathie. He was used on face-off wings, on man-down, on close and even would get bumped up to cover the Dalers best midfielder. Kyle's size, speed, skill and athleticism make his opponents quiver. He was not particularly challenged in this game and for good reason, this kids is a player!

#10 Joe Varello
Smithtown West High School
Position: Midfielder
Sub-position: FOGO
Rating: Legit
College Commitment: Navy

Probably one of the best face-off guys on Long Island, Varello won about 85% of his draws in this game. Even though the Dalers were missing their #1 face-off midfielder, I really don't think it would have mattered if he had played. Not only did #10 win draws, he was literally doing whatever he wanted with the ball. At times, the crowd couldn't even tell when he decided to flips the ball from the back of his mesh into his pocket. A mixture of power, quickness and finesse is a tough combination to beat at any level.

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2013-05-01



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