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

#44 Logan Greeco 2014
Smithtown West High School
Position: Defense
Sub-position: On Ball Shutdown
Rating: Player
College Commitment: Cornell

I am going to start by saying that I am not a big fan of pink cleats. They stand out too much, they are too flashy, and they simply don't match with any team's uniform. With that said, if I was being guarded by Logan Greeco, I would hesitate to voice my opinion on that matter. Greeco, rocking the pink cleats, is a mutli-dimensional, tough and intimidating force on the field. He throws lumber when the ball is on the ground and plays sound defense when he on the ball. A lethal combination of size and speed, he is a nightmare for attackmen. Look out for #44 even though he's pretty tough to miss.

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Uniondale High School

Only a first-year varsity program, Uniondale is heading in the right direction. Head coach Hugo Charles has an athletic group, with players that are students of the game. Charles, a Uniondale graduate himself, has done a great job building this program from the ground up. Even though Uniondale is in their first varsity season, they still have a bunch of players that know the game and that can play at a high level. The most notable has to be #44, Wayne Hoppin.

#44 Wayne Hoppin 2015
Uniondale High School
Position: Defense
Sub-position: #1 Cover Guy
Rating: Player

Wayne is a pleasure to watch. He has a great foundation, good feet and a ton of potential. He is not only fast but he has an uncanny sense for playing angles and beating his opponents to spots. It's apparent he has basketball background with his knowledge for where to be on the defensive end and the way he plays guys on ball. Instead of relying on his stick to hold opponents or take the ball, he uses his hands and feet to steer opponents away from the net. He always seems to be in the right spot. I knew Wayne was the real deal when he took the ball away from arguably the best attackman on Long Island, John Crawley, late in the second quarter. After putting the ball on the ground, he quickly got scooped it up and took off up field for a break.

#1 Irvin Argueta-Rivera 2014
Uniondale High School
Position: Midfield
Sub-position: Two-Way Middie
Rating: Watch-List

I really like Irvin Rivera's game. Built like a fire hydrant, Rivera is small, stocky and durable. Although he doesn't spit water, he can definitely slow down a guy who is red hot at the face-off X. He makes every face-off a 50/50 battle, usually being the one to come out on top. Even if Uniondale were to lose the face, #1 would still stay on the field to defend. This kid does it all and is very capable on either end of the field.

#8 Judson Rafael 2014
Uniondale High School
Position: Midfield
Sub-position: Two-way Middie
Rating: Watch-list

I don't think there was a single minute I saw Judson come off the field in the first half. He played wings on face-offs, would get bumped down on clears, ran the offense and when he got tired and couldn't go anymore, he would stay down on attack. Judson made up for his underdeveloped stick with quickness and athleticism. He was hand down the quickest kid on the field. It's scary to think what he can do when he develops both hands and refines his shot on the run. Watch out for #8.

#11 Mao Pierre 2014
Uniondale High School
Position: Defense
Sub-Position: Long Stick Midfielder
Rating: Watch-list

Long stick midfielders are typically some of the best all-around athletes on the field. Mao Pierre was just that. He was tall, slippery, fast and great off the ground. With that said, he still needs to perfect his on ball play. There were a few times when he was more concerned with taking the ball away than keeping his guy in front of him. Other than that, I really liked what I saw and there is a ton of potential in #8.

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2013-05-01



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