06/21/2019 5:10 AM
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Summer is back!
The Team 91 Carolina 2020s enter a big summer with eyes on finding the right collegiate fit for them. It's a team that already has five commits, including one to UNC, one to Marist and three to in-state start-up Barton, so there will definitely be a lot of eyes on them as they navigate a daunting schedule.
With that in mind, here's a breakdown of what to expect from the boys - who will be at Crabfeast this weekend -, with insight from Team 91 Carolina director Nick Holota.
7 Jack Parker, midfield, Apex Friendship
A fast, athletic midfielder who's great between the boxes, Parker is a tough, hard-nosed two-way player who thrives in ground ball situations.
10 Ben Haugh, midfield, Broughton
An imposing lefty midfielder, Haugh checks off all of the boxes physically, and he's very good at getting down the alley and unleashing a powerful shot on the run. He's also showed an ability to consistently get inside and finish.
11 Brett Reynolds, faceoff midfield, Chapel Hill
One of the stronger faceoff men in the state, Reynolds helped lead his Chapel Hill team to the 3A championship game by being a force at the faceoff X. He uses a physical style to his advantage, and he showcases a variety of exit moves.
12 Derek Metzbower, attack, East Chapel Hill
The son of UNC offensive coordinator Dave Metzbower has a unique story, one in which he's an all-conference defender in the spring and morphs into a big, physical left-handed attackman in the summer. He's good at using his size and creativity around the net to finish.
13 Ryan Levy, attack, East Chapel Hill - Committed to North Carolina
A top 100 recruit in the class of 2020 who will join the Tar Heels in 2021, Levy combines great body control with an exceptionally high lacrosse IQ, and he's as adept as scoring goals as he is setting them up. The offense flows through him for good reason.
14 Connor Santos, attack, Wakefield
Santos offers positional versatility with his ability to play both midfield and attack. A big, strong player, he's a very good finisher around the net, but he also has the shooting range to pull up and launch lasers from outside.
15 Ryan Cammarata, LSM, Green Hope
The lefty LSM excels at creating transition between the boxes. He has an elite stick and is the prototype LSM for the shot clock era with his ability to get from defense to offense in a hurry.
16 Jack Grubbs, midfield, Chapel Hill
At nearly 6-foot-5, Grubbs stands out immediately with his size, and he does a great job of using that size to overpower defenders. He does a nice job off the ball as both a midfielder and attackman.
18 Kris Fails, LSM, Cary
An extremely athletic defender, Fails has the ability to erase his matchup by using his athleticism and sharp stick.
19 Eric Jackson, defense, Holly Springs
Jackson can bounce between close defense and LSM, and he loves to get physical with his matchup by throwing big checks and showing a nasty edge. He also has a good stick in the middle of the field.
21 Jackson Duelks, midfield, Holly Springs
Don't let Duelks step down and rip it, or else your goalie's going to turn and rake. Duelks has excellent quickness and does a great job of getting top side to unleash a heavy on-the-run shot.
22 Noah Arneson, defense, Holly Springs - Committed to Marist
Arneson has an exceptional stick, and he can also play lockdown on-ball defense with his combination of aggressiveness and edge. When he's at his best, Arneson can control a game from the defensive end of the field.
24 Logan Kennedy, midfield, Holly Springs - Committed to Barton
A creative midfielder who can let go of a good shot on the run with either his right or left hand, Kennedy runs the field well and does a good job of creating transition.
25 Ross Weiman, midfield, Ravenscroft
Weiman likes to use his physicality, as well as his size and speed, to get down the alley. A good on-the-run shooter, he has a ton of untapped potential.
26 Nathan Metcalf, goalie, Oxford Prep - Committed to Barton
Athleticism is Metcalf's calling card, and he also has the ability to make spectacular saves in tight. Metcalf also routinely makes excellent outlet passes to spark the offense.
31 Gabe Smith, attack, JH Rose
If you like goals, you've come to the right place. Smith is coming off of a junior campaign where he pocketed more than 130 points, and he can fill up the stat sheet in a hurry. His ability to finish either righty or lefty makes him a tough cover, as does his vision in transition, and he makes a lot of things happen for those around him.
32 Ian Howard, attack, Wake Forest
A tall attackman who can also chip in out of the midfield, Howard uses his size and speed to handle tough matchups, and once he gets his hands free, he can uncork a strong outside shot.
33 Logan Wheeler, midfield, Fuquay-Varina
A high-IQ player who can play both ends of the field, Wheeler particularly relishes the challenge of playing defense. He makes good decisions in transition and plays with his head up, and the son of a coach plays just like how you'd expect him to.
34 Jack Tortolani, attack, Gilman (Md.)
Tortolani has the ability to do a little bit of everything at attack. He's shown the ability to create from both X and the wings, and the team is noticeably different when he's on the field.
55 Griffin Broad, goalie, Wakefield
Keep your head on a swivel around Broad because he's not afraid to come out of the net and drop an unsuspecting attackman. He can gobble up shots both inside and outside, and he does a great job of kickstarting transition by venturing out of his cage.
72 Sam Salisbury, defense, Middle Creek - Committed to Barton
A physical defender who enjoys pressing out on hands, Salisbury can play either close or LSM and he does a great job of getting to and scooping up ground balls to start transition.
Luke McDonald, LSM, Middle Creek
Don't let his size fool you - McDonald is an excellent cover man who loves to bait midfielders and catch them with creative checks. He can collect ground balls with either hand, and he's smooth off the faceoff wings.
Chad Calderwood, faceoff midfield, Episcopal
Calderwood and Reynolds will form a dynamic 1-2 punch at the faceoff X. Calderwood is another physical type who has an array of exit moves, and he's got a solid handle off the draw.