The Players Who Impressed at National Lacrosse Week.
National Lacrosse Week 2017 was a huge success! Congratulations to the teams that won the NLC HS and Youth championships. And to all the players who were invited to participate at the second Warrior National Prospect Invite, which had a total of 420 student athletes play in the two-day event.
There were some very impressive players who stood out during the week. Here are the 5 boys and 5 girls who shined during the WarriorNPI…
Gwenna Gentle, West Brunswick HS (NC) 2019 M, You never know about a players background until you interview them and after speaking to Gwenna I learned this was the second year she’s been playing lacrosse since giving up soccer. Gentle hustled and made some great plays. Great Lax I.Q. Gwenna made the NPI All Star team and she made First Team All-Conference this past spring.
Addie Pastor, Mattawan (MI) 2019, M, Addie showed good leadership and sportsmanship on the field. Several of the goals she had during the two days and in the 2019 All Star game were magnificent! She said she learned a lot about her game this past week.
Dylan Halloran, Conroe HS (TX) The Woodlands. 2020 A. Halloran is unselfish and made some great passes setting up her teammates to get a great shot on cage. Solid speed when covering on the ride. Dylan didn’t make the All Star team but she can say she helped her teammates make it by feeding them great passes to score!
Kendyl Stewart, West Forsyth HS (NC) 2019, Stewart is a really good athlete. She made some great dodges and shots on goal during the All Star game. Loved her passion.
Alyssa Moran, Cold Spring Harbor (NY), 2020, G, Moran made some nice saves during the two days and in the All Star game. Loved her hand-eye coordination. She had some quick hands and moved the ball out quickly to start the clear.
Maximus Kistler, Parkland HS (PA) 2020, LSM/D, Kistler made some nice checks and got to some tough ground balls. Loved his athletic ability. Hard worker. Kistler was impressive in the NPI All Star game.
Brent Blackmon, Mills E, Goodwin HS (VA) 2019, LSM, Blackmon was arguably the best longpole at the WarriorNPI. Solid hustle up and down field. Very confident on the lax field. Picked up GB’s with ease. Great D1 talent.
Mason Walczak, Lee-Davis HS (VA), 2019 A, Mason was playing in his second NPI. The rising junior looked much more relaxed this year. Good stick and moves his feet well. Showed off his shooting during the NPI All Star game.
Noah Lastner, Severn (MD) 2019 FO/M, Heard a ton about Lastner coming into the NPI. Was pleasantly impressed with how Noah dominated at the faceoff circle. Great stick-work and ability to move the ball after winning the faceoff. Lastner got a brutal slash on his arm during the 2019 All Star game and kept playing.
Evan Stowe, Plano West (TX) 2020 M/A, Another player I heard a ton about coming into the week. Stowe is the real deal. Excellent lax I.Q. Beats his defender all the time. Never selfish. Coach able.
10 NLC Boys Who Impressed:
Max Melton, Greenhill HS (TX) 2021 Attack, Team Texas — Melton played in both the NPI and for Team Texas 20/21 in the NLC. Saw Melton for first time last fall at C2C Spotlight and he’s evolved into a pretty good lacrosse player. The lefty attackman has played in a billion tournaments this summer and was shooting the rock well all week. Melton made both the NPI and NLC All Star teams.
Jay Rualo, IHM (MD), 2021 FO/M, Team Maryland — Rualo was another rising freshman who was a All Star for the NPI and NLC. Rualo played for team Maryland in the NLC. Very impressive at the faceoff inner circle. Great body language when on the field. Rarely lost a faceoff battle.
Austin Rohweder, Broughton HS (NC) 2019, D/LSM, Team Carolina HSB- Rohweder made some great plays with the longpole. Good poke checks and never stopped hustling. Good athlete.
Ian Mussington, The Hill Academy (ON), 2019 LSM, Team Ontario HSB- Mussington was lethal with his checks. Kid was a mauler for the loose ball. High intensity. Good I.Q. Never made a dumb play.
Jared Hadley, Oviedo HS (FL) 2019, Attack, Hadley was impressive during the NLC tournament. Helping guide Team Florida to the HSB Title game.
Jed Brummet, Gilman (MD) 2019, Attack, Team Maryland- Brummet was like a magnet for the ball. It seemed like Every time he got the rock he would bury it past the goalie. Super talented kid.
Ethan Tyack, Dublin Coffman (OH) 2019, Attack, Team Ohio, Tyack did the little things well. Run, scoop, pass, and was a leader. Very impressed how he handled tough defenders.
Rafael Rodriquez, Sachem East (NY) 2020, Midfield, Team Long Island- Loved Raf’s footwork when going to the cage from up top of the box. Made a couple kids miss with some nifty dodges that led to some goals. Rodriquez was named to the All Star team.
Christian Etchison, McDonogh (MD) 2019, Attack, Team Maryland — Also heard good things about Etchison entering the week. Proved to be a stud with his speed and field sense. Was a bright spot on the Team Maryland squad. A def D1 talent.
Casey Kelly, St. Josephs Collegiate (NY) 2019, Midfield, Team Rochester HSB — Kelly is a brute! Big kid that can run and move the rock. Saw him barrel over a kid to get to the cage during a game on Thursday. Kelly also plays football and is rumored to be a top recruit. Rochester won the HSB NLC Championship.