On Saturday, I had the great opportunity to sit in on the FCA Northeast training camp practice sessions. Splitting time between watching the 2017’s, 2018’s and 2019’s, I got a good feel for each team and a sense of who the standout players will be this summer for the Northeast team. They are a talented and hardworking group of well-coached players that seem poised for a very successful summer. Below are the players that stood out on Saturday:
Jonathan Agness, Attack, Spencerport H.S.
Agness is a small and shifty attackman that played in a number of spots for his team. Predominately a right hander, but he played on the left side of the attack and it didn’t stop him from making plays and being able to drive to the goal. He consistently made good decisions with the ball including when he was playing the point spot on fastbreaks. He’s just a very smart and slippery player that makes plays for his offense.
Rocco Santillo, Midfield, Spencerport H.S.
Santillo had a nice shot on the run that he was able to get off on a number of occasions. On one alley dodge he ran right by his defender and then stuck a great shot that the goalie had no chance of saving. Later on, he made a nice play where he drew the double and got to space and made the pass to the open man.
JP Chinelly, Goalie, Aquinas Institute
No one could get the ball by JP with a shot from the outside. If he had a good look at where the shot was coming from he saved it. He was constantly talking to his defense and definitely commanded control of them. His outlet pass was on target the entire time and won’t have any trouble creating fastbreaks for his team.
Nathan Hickok, Defense, Wayne Central
Hickok looked great on defense consistently keeping his man outside. I’m not sure I saw a player who was able to get topside on him. He played great position defense and played on his man’s hip forcing them back behind to try again with similar results. Nathan looked like he has the ability to erase his man from the game.
Jacob Carey, Defense, McQuaid Jesuit
Carey did not let his opponent get a pass or a shot off without being all over their hands. His stick was very active and he definitely created some bad shots and passes by being all over their gloves. He looked comfortable handling the ball and could start some transition for his team.
Garrett Ruff, Midfield, Honeoye Falls-Lima H.S.
Ruff was one of the most physically imposing players on the field. Not an extremely tall player, but very thick, he was tough to stop once he started dodging downhill at a defender. There were points in the play where the defender would choose to try to shut him off and if they didn’t do that they pressed out real hard on him when he became the adjacent pass. He had a great split dodge to a goal when dodging from the top of the box. Garrett is going to create a lot of matchup problems for opponents from the midfield.
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