3d Rising - Player Evaluations from 3d Lacrosse, 6/10

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Cathedral Catholic

The Dons are a fun team to watch. They play aggressive on-ball defense; pressuring the ball and shutting off adjacents. Offensively, Cathedral plays through their talented, athletic midfield. They run a lot of big/little on-ball picks and look to throw skip passes.

#13 Taylor Esoldi, 2013
Cathedral Catholic, California
Position: Attack
Sub-Position: Wing Dodger
College Commitment: Navy
Rating: Legit

Good luck finding an adequate match up for Taylor. This dude is big, quick, strong, and skilled. Taylor looks to line up defenseman from the wing and beat them with a slippery change of direction move, either getting topside or setting them up for an inside roll. He is a physical dodger and does an incredible job of establishing position and then taking some more. Taylor is a smooth finisher. On one play against Coronado, he beat his man underneath from the wing and scored on a devastating dip and dunk that left a solid Islanders' goalie looking helpless.

#11 Keenan Yates, 2014
Cathedral Catholic, California
Position: Defense
Sub-Position: On-Ball Cover Guy
College Commitment:
Rating: Watch List

Keenan plays textbook defense. He takes intelligent angles, uses v-holds and cross check holds when appropriate and throws hard accurate checks. Keenan had a beautiful play against Coronado. His attackman was dodging underneath from the wing; Keenan stayed topside, glued his gloves to the attackman's hips and drove him right into the crease.

#17 Michael Kay, 2014
Cathedral Cathedral, California
Position: Midfield
Sub-Position: Two-Way/Off-Ball Shooter
College Commitment: Drexel
Rating: Player

Michael is a shooter. He has a heavy time & room shot that he can deliver from multiple platforms: high to low, high to high, three quarter arm high bouncers, side arm high, or low to low. Against Coronado, Michael had one of the prettiest plays of the game. He dodged the alley, rolled back and shot low to low directly out of his roll. To call him a shooter is probably unfair to the rest of his game. Michael is also a strong athlete who plays an aggressive physical brand of lacrosse. He demolished a clearing Coronado midfielder in the open field with a perfectly timed body check. Michael sometimes allows his confidence to get the better part of his judgment and will take a seventeen to twenty yard shot from time to time.

#22 Spencer Schmitt, 2013
Cathedral Catholic, California
Position: Midfield
Sub-Position: Two-Way/Wing Dodger/Feeder
College Commitment: Syracuse
Rating: Legit

The best word to describe the way Spencer plays lacrosse is "silky". He is a smooth operator on the field who never looks uncomfortable regardless of the situation. Spencer has a demoralizing change of direction/split dodge, quick acceleration, vision, skill, and confidence. On several occasions, against Coronado, he looked to be in trouble only to split a double team and find an open team mate for an easy finish. Spencer is terrific shooter as well. He can blow one by a goalie with a powerful time & room shot or beat him on the run with deception or accuracy.

#3 Cole Wolfson, 2015
Cathedral Catholic, California
Position: Attack
Sub-Position: Off-Ball Catch and Finish/X Attackman
College Commitment:
Rating: Player

For a young player Cole has an exceptionally high lacrosse IQ. He has great feel for what is happening around him and where and when to move in order to create opportunities. Cole is a slippery finisher who is adept at scoring low angle no looks as well as faking and finishing from the crease. Although he mostly played off ball in the Coronado game, I would expect to see him become more of a ball carrier next season with the departure of three offensive studs, including fellow attackman Taylor Esoldi. This should be an easy transition. The few times Cole did dodge he showed a quick change of direction. Couple that with his high IQ and the future is bright for Cole.

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2013-06-10



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