3d Rising Player Evaluations: Prospects in Maryland

3d Lacrosse specializes in training for individuals and teams and operates events and tournaments as well as select travel teams. The organization, founded by former Division I coach Jamie Munro, assists players and coaches using a compre­hen­sive system of lacrosse development that exposes young players to the tactics and strategies implemented at the NCAA level. 3d Lacrosse applies the "Box/Field Hybrid™ Development System," which Munro pioneered at the University of Denver.

LaxPower is carrying periodic player reports from 3d Lacrosse. Field staff attend high school games around the country and provide player evaluations and ratings. The ratings are either legit (likely a Division I scholarship player), player (likely a Division I recruit), and watch list (has the potential to be a Division I player; need to see more, needs to grow, mature, or develop to be sure-fire D1).

This report covers players on several high school teams in Maryland.

Joe Stanilaus is a New Jersey native now coaching college lacrosse in Maryland.

It has been known for many years that the state of Maryland has some of the best lacrosse in the country. With national powerhouses such as Boys' Latin, St. Paul's, and McDonogh, there are always numerous Division I players on display. The Old Line State boasts six teams currently in the Under Armour top 25 national rankings. It's no surprise that when you look at the rosters of national championship contenders such as Maryland, Loyola, and Johns Hopkins, teams are fighting harder than ever to try to keep local talent in state.

Below are just a few of the players I have had the privilege of watching this early spring. If you have a moment to watch these young athletes play, you will not be disappointed!

Grady Hearn, 2014
McDonogh, Maryland

High Point Commit
Position: Defense
Position within Positions: Off Ball
Rating: Player

Grady Hearn is a very effective pole. His lifts and slaps are very well placed, as he is constantly on the ball carrier's gloves. He is always in a good position to slide when off ball and has a very high IQ for the game. Opponents are hesitant to force the ball inside when Hearn is present. His cross-field passes are consistent and accurate. Atlantic Sun opponents will be watching Hearn shut down top offensive threats for years to come.

John Travisano, 2014
Howard, Maryland

Notre Dame Commit
Position: Midfield
Position within Positions: Two Way
Rating: Legit

It is immediately obvious that John is the undisputed leader of the Lions. Notre Dame is getting a well-rounded player to add to their roster next season. He takes nearly every draw for Howard and rarely comes off the field. A weapon of this caliber is unique in today's game. John's creativity on the offensive end is matched by his remarkable knack to know the situation when in transition. He has a very polished ability to properly prepare himself before a dodge by creating space away from his defender and catch the ball in motion ready to initiate. I am also very impressed with the way he makes one hard move and goes. John relies heavily on this "go-to" dodge. This is essential, as it serves as the foundation for multiple moves. His grittiness and passion for the game really separate him; he is relentless, always looking to make the difference. Fighting Irish opponents will have to deal with this legit player for many seasons.

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