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Top Maryland Players Part Of Major Recruiting Showcase In Florida
Players from Maryland were well represented at the first National Lacrosse Federation Futures Showcase at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., that featured some of the top college prospects in the nation.
There were 38 local athletes who were among 400 high school lacrosse players ranked as the best in the classes of 2019, 2020 and 2021. In addition, more than 40 club programs participated in the showcase from 24 states, including the Baltimore Crabs.
"The lineup of players and coaches we have is truly world class," NLF director Sean Morris said. "We were blown away by the response of players interested in participating in this first-year event, and NLF can't wait to watch as our elite coaches and pros instruct and improve these talented recruits."
The top 120 players in the class of 2019 will play in another showcase at Boys' Latin June 28-30.
Several professional players with local ties served as coaches at the showcase, including Ryan Boyle (Gilman, Princeton), Joe Fletcher (Loyola University Maryland), Kyle Hartzell (Archbishop Curley, CCBC-Essex, Salisbury), Mike Chanenchuk (Maryland) and Scott Ratliff (Loyola University Maryland).
The showcase was also a prime event for recruiting, with representatives from Boston University, Cornell, Cortland, Georgetown, Haverford, High Point, Hofstra, Johns Hopkins, Loyola University Maryland, Marquette, Maryland, Michigan, North Carolina, Princeton, Providence, Rutgers, St. Joseph's, Syracuse, Virginia and USC.
The players from Maryland were:
Will Bou, Chevy Chase
Ryan Evans, Lutherville
Timothy "Will" Burdette, Baltimore
Cooper Motley, Ellicott City
Adam Lamberti, Bel Air
Max Cooney, Kensington
Dutch Furlong, Baltimore
Dane Swanson, Reisterstown
Cole Herbert, Kingsville
William Spilman, Owings Mills
Ryan Spilman, Owings Mills
Damon Hsu, Potomac
Cole Erickson, Pasadena
Pearson Harrington, Baltimore
Jack Witherspoon, Baltimore
JT Morton, Mount Airy
George Alvarez, Bel Air
Austin Allison, Urbana
Liam Powderly, Cockeysville
Troy Barthelme, Towson
Matthew Barger, Baldwin
John Gross, Potomac
Gavin McClernan, Reisterstown
Zac Schwartz, Reisterstown
Liam Crouse, Perry Hall
Ben Morgan, Millersville
Evan Burman, Clarksville
Jason Skidmore, Street
John "Jack" Dudas, Hunt Valley
Connor McGrath, Severna Park
AJ Hernandez, Ellicott City
Frankie Hapney, Towson
Owen Roegge, Bethesda
Jake Moore, Monkton
Kieran Anzelone, Potomac
Joshua Weingrad, Clarksville
Tyler Kuehl, Potomac
Bob Gross, Potomac
Q&A: Calvert Hall Midfielder Ethan Mintzer
Calvert Hall senior midfielder Ethan Mintzer has emerged as one of the top midfielders in the country. Last season, he had 23 goals and 15 assists, along with 52 ground balls for the powerful Cardinals. Mintzer is also versatile -- capable of playing every midfield position.
"He's great at both ends," Calvert Hall head coach Bryan Kelly said. Mintzer committed early to play at the University of Maryland.
PressBox: How was the experience playing in the 2015 Under Armour Underclass Lacrosse Tournament? How was the level of competition?
Ethan Mintzer: Playing in the Under Armour underclass games was a great experience. Although Baltimore didn't do as well as we usually do, it was still a great experience playing the best of the best in the country. The past year, I was in a bigger role than the year before, which helped me with my leadership skills.
PB: What are your goals for the upcoming season?
EM: My goal for the upcoming season is to win the MIAA championship. It has been my dream since freshman year to win it.
PB: What went into your decision to commit early to the University of Maryland?
EM: I loved the overall campus of Maryland. Also, having my grandfather go to Maryland and playing lacrosse there had a huge impact in my decision. I also loved how it was a blue-collar school, and how Maryland lacrosse is known as a tough, hard-nosed team.
For more from Mintzer, including how he's preparing for the season, the impact of his Calvert Hall coaches and more, check out the full interview here.
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