3d Rising Player Evaluations: Upstate NY - Sections III and V

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 a report covering players on several high school teams in Upstate New York.

By Dan Witmer (author of “Road Trip Dad” at www.justlacrosse.com)

Not sure about the rest of the country, but Mother Nature has been most uncooperative so far this spring. This week is Spring Break for many Upstate New York high schools, and on Monday we basked in 77-degree temperatures. However, on Tuesday the temps dropped, and we got an inch or two of snow that hung around through Wednesday’s forecasted high of 34 degrees - just crazy!

Fairport High School (Fairport, NY)
Section V - Monroe County League 1

Fairport has always been one of the top programs in Monroe County, but it looks like they’ve got something special going this year. The Red Raiders are currently 4-1 and looked pretty convincing in the game I watched, a 10-1 dismantling of Section III’s West Genesee. Fairport has talent up and down the field, and they’ve got some youngsters playing major roles. Pay attention, fans and coaches; the talent pool runs very deep for the Red Raiders. Here are the top players:

#16 Dan McAvoy, 2014
Position: Midfield
Sub-Position: Two-way Middie
College Commitment: Siena
Rating: Legit

Profile: I wrote about Dan last year, but he’s playing at a whole new level now. This senior midfielder outscored the entire West Genesee offense – by the end of the first quarter! He finished the day with five goals and an assist, and he didn’t waste many shots. He scored with right-handed howitzers with time and space, but he also scored while on the run, while dodging top side at the midfield. He also hit the post with a left-handed shot while alley dodging as the first half came to an end. He changed his shot placement, too, scoring high, low, and off-hip. With good size, speed, and stick skills, he has definitely upped the ante and looks like he’s ready to take his game to Loudonville next fall.

#26 Kacin Welch, 2014
Position: Midfield
Sub-Position: Two-way Middie
College Commitment: Le Moyne
Rating: Player

Profile: I’m not sure where Kacin came from; he didn’t catch my attention last year when I scouted Fairport, but this big, strong, two-way middie is heading to Le Moyne next fall, so obviously he was under Coach Sheehan’s radar. Kacin finished with three goals and two assists against the Wildcats on Saturday night and complemented McAvoy’s play all night. He scored right-handed with time and space, and he had the presence to find the open man when the situation presented itself. He also scored big points in my book when I saw him go on the field to play short stick on man-down. Nothing but good stuff here!

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