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:
Justin Mosher, Attack, Hilton H.S.
Mosher stood out as a quick righty attackman. He was playing primarily behind the cage and used his quickness to receive the ball at x and dodge hard to get topside and scored a number of goals this way. He started his dodges close to the crease and created tough angles for his defenseman to guard him. When dodging he didn’t shy away from contact and Justin also showed that he has a nice left hand.
Adam Davis, Midfield/Attack, Baldwinsville- C.W. Baker
Davis was playing the lefty attack spot for the 19’s. He had really polished stick skills. He found cutters and the open man over-and-over again. Adam made the smart play more often than not and didn’t force the ball. He also did a nice job without the ball cutting from the lefty wing spot and finishing a feed in front of the goal on the run.
Ethan Mann, Defense, Hilton H.S.
It was easy to tell when Mann was on the field, he did not stop communicating with his defense the entire time. He is a big physical player and was not afraid to exert his strength on his opponent when he was guarding them. He seemed to always be taking the right angle on slides and when coming out to guard his attackman. On one play he scooped a groundball by racing out to it, taking man, and then getting the ball and clearing it himself. Ethan is a really impressive player with a bright future.
Liam Haller, Goalie, Victor H.S.
Heller was solid in net making some tough saves. He did a nice job directing his defense on when to slide and where the ball was. He was especially impressive in the clearing game, finding the open man and pushing it when he could.
McGuire Craig, Defense, Irondequoit H.S.
Craig was the biggest player on the field at what had to be at least 6’4”. He is a really long player that was tough for offensive players to get by, and a quick defenseman who moved well laterally and played body position first. He didn’t show any bad habits of trying to go over the head on opponents or throwing a lot of takeaway checks that you see from taller defenders.
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