3d Rising Player Evaluations: Lone Star Prospects II

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 is Part II of a report covering players on several high school teams in Texas.

Mark Lynch is an Ohio transplant now coaching lacrosse in the great state of Texas. You can follow him on Twitter at @3dRisingTexas.

High school lacrosse is beginning to heat up in the Lone Star State. Texas has a heap of athletes and many sharp coaches who are contributing to the growth of knowledge here. Below are the top five programs as I see it as well as more top prospects in the state.

Top 5 (4/10/14)

1) Episcopal School of Dallas (12-1) The Eagles have the most potent offense in Texas. Midfielders Sam Romano ('15 Syracuse) and super-frosh Nakeie Montgomery initiate the offense up top, while Richie Loftus ('14 Dartmouth) uses his excellent vision to feed off the double to Jack "Shooter" Beare ('14 Notre Dame). Flying under the radar, the ESD defense quietly lets up just 5.7 goals per game, with sophomore Charlie Sikes saving the ball at a 61% clip ... not too shabby for a team with a 14.7 goals per game average.

2) Dallas Jesuit (12-1) One could easily argue for Jesuit in the #1 spot, and they will have the chance to prove they deserve it with upcoming games against Highland Park (4/11) and ESD (4/17). Backstopped by senior goalkeeper Drew Goethals, Coach Chris Surran's high-pressure defense disrupts opposing offenses while allowing a paltry 4.3 goals per game. LSM John Michael Priddy ('16 Michigan) strikes an imposing presence on the field and handles the ball like an attackman. Sophomore phenom Zack Kissick's (UNC) slick play at attack and midfielder Lee Belland's ('14 Lehigh) ability to dodge and shoot complement the stout Ranger defense.

3) St. Mark's (8-3) The defending state champs are playing their best lacrosse right now. With quality wins over Plano West, Southlake, and Highland Park along with close, two-goal losses to Jesuit and ESD, the Lions are on an upward trajectory. Thanks to a patient, ball-controlling invert offense and the dominant play of senior FOGO Riley Graham, St. Mark's could challenge ESD for the Southwest Preparatory Conference championship this weekend in Austin. On the offensive half of the field, senior Tommy Addy and junior Jack Fojtasek (Fo-ta-zhay) lead the Lions.

4) The Woodlands (13-4) Possibly the most physically intimidating and athletic team in the state, The Woodlands Highlanders are legitimate contenders for their first state title. There is a plethora of offensive firepower on this squad led by a D1-committed trifecta of Gus Pinsoneault ('15 Furman), Tyler Murphy ('14 Fairfield), and Sean McCanna ('14 Michigan). Earlier in the season, Coppell and ESD bogged down the powerful Highlander offense with zone defense. Despite the losses, it was good experience for The Woodlands that will prep them for a deep playoff run.

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