High-SchoolLacrosse: Charlie Better

Future stars shine at Prep School Showcase

June, 4, 2012
Matthew Killian, DelbartonClaudia Sorenson/ESPNHSDelbarton (Morristown, N.J.) junior Matthew Killian works away from a defender at the 2012 Prep School Lacrosse Showcase.
GREENWICH, Conn. – More than 260 athletes who have yet to give commitments to colleges gathered at Brunswick School (Greenwich, Conn.) at the Prep School Lacrosse Showcase on Sunday to display their talents in front of college coaches.

ESPNHS spoke with team coaches throughout the day to get their take on the players that impressed them in the classes of 2013, 2014 and 2015.

Class of 2013

Michael Allen, 2013, Berkshire School (Sheffield, Mass.), midfield
The 6-foot-4, 180-pound Allen has good size and speed and uses it to his advantage on both the offensive and defensive ends of the field.

Charlie Better, 2013, Brunswick School, defense
Better proved to be great on ground balls in addition to causing a lot of turnovers. The 6-foot, 175-pound defender also pushes the transition well.

Brandon Bowman, 2013, Roxbury Latin School (Boston, Mass.), LSM
Bowman is a great long stick midfielder who excels on takeaways. The 5-foot-11, 180-pound rising senior uses his body well to maneuver for ground balls.

Jackson Cabot, 2013, Noble & Greenough (Dedham, Mass.), defense
Cabot showed lots of range at the showcase. The 6-foot-4, 185-pounder is an aggressive defender with a long reach who is able to recover quickly if his opponent is able to shake him.

Matt Cunningham, 2013, Deerfield (Mass.), attack
An excellent finisher, Cunningham displayed a high lacrosse IQ with his decision-making.

Jamie DeNicola, 2013, Hamden Hall Country Day (Hamden, Conn.), attack
The 5-foot-9, 150-pound attacker is shifty on offense, easily dodging defenders to get open for a shot. The 2013 graduate sees the field well and is able to make the pass to an open teammate.

Shane Hurley, 2013, Salisbury School (Salisbury, Conn.), LSM
Hurley has good size at 6-foot-3, 200 pounds. The defender displayed his agility and is a solid cover defender who is able to transition quickly to be an offensive threat as well.

Max Krieg, 2013, St. Paul’s School (Concord, N.H.), midfield
Krieg had the most impressive day on Sunday. The 5-foot-11, 180-pound midfielder is fast and smooth with the ball in his stick. The 2013 graduate was not rattled when in traffic and displayed a good shot and the ability to create space. One coach said Krieg is a "stud" and should be a big-time Division I recruit.

Other Players Who Impressed

Sean Donnelly, 2013 PG, Salisbury School, attack
Chris Dowd, 2013, Hotchkiss School (Lakeville, Conn.), midfield
Alex Fernandez, 2013, Trinity Pawling (Pawling, N.Y.), midfield
Walt Gahagan, 2013, Deerfield, LSM
Jack Margiotta, 2013, Trinity Pawling, defense
Pearce McEneaney, 2013, Avon Old Farms (Avon, Conn.), midfield
Nick Nesbitt, 2013, Salisbury School, goalie
August Oberbeck, 2013, Deerfield, defense
Alex Osgood, 2013, Deerfield, midfield
Michael Shanahan, 2013, Choate Rosemary Hall (Wallingford, Conn.), defense
Mark Snellman, 2013, Salisbury School, attack
Chas South, 2013, Taft School (Watertown, Conn.), defense

Class of 2014

Nolan Callahan, 2014, Avon Old Farms, goalie
Callahan was described as a legitimate Division I goalie who is athletic and sees the field well. The 2014 graduate has good size at 6-foot-3, 220 pounds.

Tommy Connelly, 2014, Brooks School (North Andover, Mass.), goalie
Connelly made several good positional saves and was an excellent communicator. The 6-foot-3, 255-pound goalie talks through positioning with his defense well.

Scott Hooper, 2014, Hotchkiss School, defense
Hooper has great speed, is agile and displayed good stick skills. The 6-foot-1, 185-pound Hooper is a solid cover defender.

Jake Miller, 2014, Taft School, LSM
The 6-foot-2, 175-pound Miller is athletic and gets up and down the field well. Listed as a long stick midfielder, Miller could easily play either close defense or long stick.

Patrick Roarty, 2014, Ward Melville (East Setauket, N.Y.), attack
Roarty is a hard-nosed player who runs well with ball in his stick. The 5-foot-9, 170-pound attacker impressed coaches with his composure under pressure by larger defenders and his quickness to create separation.

Aaron Son, 2014, The Rivers School (Weston, Mass.), defense/LSM
Son was great on ground balls and running on the break. The 5-foot-8, 150-pounder was getting the ball out of midfielder’s sticks consistently throughout the day.

Other Players Who Impressed

Michael DeLuca, 2014, St. Anthony’s, LSM
Dean DiSimone, 2014, St. Augustine Prep (Richland, N.J.), attack
Angelo Hunt, 2014, Westminster School (Simsbury, Conn.), Goalie
Alex Kelly, 2014, Brunswick School, midfield
Zach Langlois, 2014, Salisbury School, defense
Daniel O’Brien, 2014, St. Anthony’s, defense
Will Sjodin, 2014, Avon Old Farms, defense
Cameron Stafford, 2014, Brunswick School, attack

Class of 2015

Charlie Cobb, 2015, Brunswick School, midfield
Cobb was good in transition, using his speed to create separation.

John Tierney, 2015, Wilbraham Monson Academy (Wilbraham, Mass.), midfield
Strong and athletic, the 5-foot-10, 180-pound Tierney was big on ground balls throughout the day. The middie is able to get out of a dodge, get his hands free and quickly get off a shot in traffic.