3d Rising Player Evaluations: AJO4Lax Fest in Georgia

#10 Ben Fleck, 2014
Northview High School, John's Creek, GA
Position: Attack
Sub-Position: Feeder, finisher
Rating: Player

Fleck is a lefty attackman with great finishing skills. He had 3 goals and 2 assists on the day. His off-ball movement is excellent, finding open space and then finding the net.

#12 Nate Scully, 2014
Decatur High School, Decatur, GA
Position: Midfield
Sub-Position: North-South Dodger
Rating: Watch List

Nate scored 4 of Decatur's 8 goals vs. Northview. He's got good size and speed and a strong right-handed shot driving down the alley.



Game 3: Walton Raiders 7, Lassiter Trojans 3

Walton High School, Marietta, GA - Walton entered this game with a 5-2 record. Their most notable win was a 6-5 OT defeat of Lambert. Walton has continued to rebuild since their 2011 state championship and now sits squarely among the second-tier 6A programs.

Lassiter High School, Marietta, GA - Lassiter brought a 3-3 record to this game. Their losses were to stronger programs Westminster, Milton, and John's Creek. Wins were against weaker teams, so this would have provided them with a notable win. Lassiter has really struggled this year, as several members of their senior class chose not to play due to disagreements with the head coach. This is very unfortunate for a traditional powerhouse.

Players:

#18 Jake Hornberger, 2014
Walton High School, Marietta, GA
Position: Goalie
Rating: Player

Hornberger is an outstanding goaltender. Not only is his position in cage consistently correct, he makes athletic saves most goalies would miss. I was even more impressed with his athleticism outside of the cage. Hornberger runs the field with confidence and shows no hesitation when crossing the mid line. He outran every midfielder in the game. He was awarded MVP for the game.



Game 4: Lovett Lions 10, Lambert Longhorns 9
Unable to cover.



Game 5: Westminster Wildcats 11, Centennial Knights 10

This was the marquee matchup of the AJO4Lax tournament. A game that was scheduled within a week of both Westminster and Centennial winning the 5A and 6A state championships finally pitted two of the state's top teams. Both had won in 2013 with very young squads, so they returned most of their talent. Since last May, six players on these two teams committed to play D1 lacrosse.

Centennial High School, Roswell, GA - Centennial came into this matchup with a record of 5-0, but no wins were against highly rated teams. Perhaps the biggest news coming off the Centennial bench was the loss of top FO midfielder Zach Levy (2015 Army commit, to a torn ACL. Without Levy almost ensuring possession of the ball, how would Centennial fare with less offensive time?

Westminster School, Atlanta, GA - Westminster entered the game with a 7-1 record. The Wildcats had recently notched impressive wins vs. McCallie (6-3) and Charlotte Catholic (10-5) at the King of Spring tournament in Chapel Hill. Their lone loss was at the hands of a very good Harrison (6A). Westminster has been plagued with injuries this season, so the question was, could younger players step up and handle the pressure of a high profile game?

Players:

#3 Nate Solomon, 2015
Centennial High School, Roswell, GA
Position: Attack
Sub-Position: Feeder, finisher
College Commitment: Syracuse
Rating: Legit

Solomon is arguably the best attackman in Georgia. He has great vision from X to feed the ball and the ability to push GLE and finish on his own. He had 4 goals in the game. He was covered by Raines Shamburger (see below) of Westminster, and it was a four-quarter battle of the titans.

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2014-04-09



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