Friday, June 8, 2012
Tom's Top 20: Baltimore UA tryouts
By Tom Peace
CATONSVILLE, Md. -- With many states around the country done or finishing high school lacrosse for 2012, the Under Armour tryouts have started looking for the next generation of talent at various locations around the nation.
On June 8 the tryouts were at the Community College of Baltimore County here looking to fill the Baltimore underclassmen team. I've selected the top 20 players to watch from the tryout.
1. Ben Pridemore, 2013, Boys’ Latin (Baltimore), midfield Pridemore has great footwork and he motors down the field. The Lakers’ rising senior has all the tools. Pridemore has a decent shot on goal and dodges well.
2. Hil Blaze, 2013, McDonogh (Owings Mills, Md.), faceoff/midfield Blaze has a quick clamp on the ball and has some tricks to get the ball out and win the faceoff. The 5-foot-11, 155-pound Blaze is not just a FOGO, he stays on the field and creates offense.
3. Joe Seider, 2013, Hereford (Parkton, Md.), attack Seider is a player who is fun to watch. He's a big attackman who uses his 6-foot-2, 175-pound frame to move to the cage and dodge. His footwork has improved since last summer. Seider was one of two public school kids to make the Baltimore underclass team last summer.
4. Connor Cunningham, 2013, Hereford (Parkton, Md.), goalie Cunningham took some hard shots off the body during the tryouts. The rising senior has good hands and his head is always on a swivel. His mechanics are good and he stops shots on the doorstep with ease.
5. Timmy Kelly, 2014, Calvert Hall (Baltimore), attack Timmy is primed to carry on the Kelly name at Calvert Hall as the rising junior had a sweet goal in one of the sessions. He dodges well and he’s always getting open for a feed.
6. Christian Knight, 2013, Boys’ Latin (Baltimore), goalie Knight, who made the UA Baltimore underclass team last summer, has progressed since then. Knight had a solid 2012 season for the Lakers and the senior net minder had some nice saves during tryouts.
7. Peter Brown, 2014, Gilman (Baltimore), midfield Brown was very impressive. The Gilman midfielder made a nice goal in one of the tryout games where he redeemed himself for allowing a pass go out of bounds. He never quits, is very quick and has good hands.
8. Alexander Hurdle, 2014, McDonogh (Owings Mills, Md.), LSM/defense Hurdle is a beast at the close defenseman spot. He makes solid checks on his attackman and is constantly moving his feet. The Eagles’ defender had a great clear in one of the sessions.
9. Chase Wittich, 2014, Gilman (Baltimore), attack Wittich made an impact during several offensive sequences. Moving the ball well and setting up the offense. The Gilman attackman had a nice feed on a goal to gain an assist. Wittich will be a nice addition to the Greyhound offense next spring.
10. Michael Lynch, 2013, Boys’ Latin (Baltimore), midfield Lynch is a nifty middie with solid mechanics and crisp ball movement. The rising senior is fun to watch and he does a nice job with setting up the offense.
The Next 10
11. Kevin Diehl, 2013, Calvert Hall (Baltimore), midfield/faceoff
12. William McBride, 2104, Gilman (Baltimore), midfield
13. Hunter Moreland, 2014, Boys’ Latin (Baltimore), midfield, faceoff
14. Sean Harrison, 2013, Marriotts Ridge (Marriottsville, Md.), midfield
15. Austin Groff, 2014, West York (York, Pa.), LSM/defense
16. Connor Good, 2013, Oakdale (Frederick, Md.), midfield
17. Matthew Sovero, 2015, Saint Peter and Paul (Easton, Md.)
18. Kyle Courtney, 2013, Atholton (Columbia, Md.), midfield
19. Tyler Wasson, 2014, Glenelg (Md.), midfield
20. Benjamin Higgins, 2013, Gerstell Academy (Finksburg, Md.), midfield