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pards4ever

Leading FOGO in D1

http://www.insidelacrosse.com/article/mcewen-fogo-ratings-week-5/31227

Very sad
seenalot

Sure is.  Its a very small community of FO trainers that work with these kids and know them inside and out re: skills, strength and head.   Coach R knows the community, we just have not yet been able to land the right one.  Denver, Boston, Fairfield, Lehigh have all tapped into that pipeline and plucked kids who can make a difference.  Hard thing to coach up once a kid gets into school.
newpardslax

As laxdad stated in the PL thread we need patience b/c  it takes time for the new recruiting classes to take hold.  Recruiting has gotten so much younger (currently HS fresh/sophs) you have to wait 3 years to see how a recently hired coach’s strategy develops, especially as they get more funding to get top recruits.  The 2015 – 2017 commitment classes are getting very strong from some of the most recognized HS programs in the country in PA, NY, NJ, VA, CT as well as top clubs such as Dukes LC, West Coast Starz, Lakers Future, Blackwolf, Leading Edge to name a few.   Many of the latest recruits profiles are on some of the top recruiting sites and twitter such as recruitingrundown and insidelacrosse.

Also, big FOGO 2015 commit to LC was just announced last week on recruiting rundown and is projected to be one of the best to come out of NE:

“Mike Sullivan, F/O, Greenwich (Conn.) / @PrimeTimeLax08 has switched from Wesleyan to Lafayette. One of NE's best: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wz4UIP4_XZY …”

Hang in there, reinforcements are coming to Easton and the future looks bright.
ed65

I sure hope you are right about Sullivan.
seenalot

Me too - not familiar with him - needs to pack on some pounds/muscle.  New rules focus more emphasis on strength.  Also have a verbal from a kid from Westport CT - curious if that sticks given his neighbors decision. Going to be crowded at X - that's at least 5 - for next season.  Just need one to dominate.
seenalot

Kid from Westport flipped to Delaware.  Maybe Sullivan had impact on that decision.
Bogus Megapardus

Loyola FOGO Graham Savio, now a sophomore, also went to Greenwich H.S.  Sullivan inherited Savio's position at Greenwich.  The sixty-four dollar question is, how would Greenwich lax coach (and former UNC captain) Scott Bulkley compare the two?
Bogus Megapardus

Sullivan video:  Nice, quick snap; excellent balance and spatial awareness.  Win %age well north of .500.   Sets very high in the hip but seems to get good leverage and appears to be tenacious.  His ground ball technique is unorthodox but it takes advantage of his skill set and athleticism.  He "walks the dog" in space but seems to have appropriate stick skills and a secure cradle when confronted.  Has long legs and a distance-runner's stride and appears to outrun opposing middies.  I can't find any info about his TO history (which would be nice to know).  Mr. Sullivan looks as if he has a nice shot that he doesn't overly forecast but we don't need him to be a high goal guy; just a winning, possession-gaining FOGO who can hold onto the ball and feed the offense.  A couple of times in the video he fakes the pass and takes the shot, and vice-versa.  Good to see that presence of mind and team awareness at full speed under immediate pressure.  I'd like to know his assist vs. goal/SOG stats, too, especially if the former leads the latter (which would be ideal).

Not sure how well he'll do in the middle of a full-out DI scrum against the big fellers, but Greenwich HS does play top competition.  I remember how pleased I was watching Jack McMahon's recruiting video, but then Bison137 pointed out how McMahon's Pittsburgh team didn't face top competition.  Bison137 was correct about that.

I must say I'm pleased with this recruit.  We need him more than DIII Wesleyan, that's for sure.  He and his family can be assured that he will get as good or better an education, too.   Now we might have to fend off Lehigh/Colgate/HC/Bucknell from trying to steal him. Cool


Bogus Megapardus

seenalot wrote:
Just need one to dominate.


It would be great to have two.  Ideally, one would have a fast snap who can win cleanly and charge the goal on a fast break (or at minimum assure possession), such as Sullivan.  The other would be a low, powerful bowling-ball with a nasty streak who can tie up the ball until the LSMs are released.  We'd use one or the other, depending on the opponent.
newpardslax

Strong FOGO recruits also coming in 2016 and 2017:

Spencer Turkel, M/FO, Weston (Conn.) / PG ’16 - compact, low center of gravity who also played quarterback on football team.  

Griffin Ernst, F/O, Episcopal Academy (Pa.) 2017/Dukes Lacrosse Club- brother was #8 FOGO recruit in the nation for 2014 and is now at Lehigh.  Many all star placements and Nike Blue Chip selection.  Hopefully,the bloodline is strong.

The newest LC recruit classes are really getting strong at all positions.  Hopefully, coaches may now be able to turn the corner in the next 2 seasons with the influx of new highly talented recruits combined with the experience the current fresh/sophs are getting despite the ugly game scores. Just getting the FO %s to 50/50 would do wonders for the defense as well as the offense.
Bogus Megapardus

newpardslax wrote:
Strong FOGO recruits also coming in 2016 and 2017:

Spencer Turkel, M/FO, Weston (Conn.) / PG ’16 - compact, low center of gravity who also played quarterback on football team.  

Griffin Ernst, F/O, Episcopal Academy (Pa.) 2017/Dukes Lacrosse Club- brother was #8 FOGO recruit in the nation for 2014 and is now at Lehigh.  Many all star placements and Nike Blue Chip selection.  Hopefully,the bloodline is strong.

The newest LC recruit classes are really getting strong at all positions.  Hopefully, coaches may now be able to turn the corner in the next 2 seasons with the influx of new highly talented recruits combined with the experience the current fresh/sophs are getting despite the ugly game scores. Just getting the FO %s to 50/50 would do wonders for the defense as well as the offense.


That's good stuff, newpardslax.  Now we need a couple of stout goalies behind Cortese/Falcone and a whole new generation of defense (with depth upon depth behind that).  Long, disruptive, fearless guys with reach and agility who ride tight and can go left or right equally as well.  We've always had top flight attack who can shoot and score; what we really need now is a team that can secure and maintain possession from the get-go on every draw in order to give the attack a chance do its job.
seenalot

Turkel is the kid who switched to UD.   Older Ernst not primary guy at LU.  Who knows what that means long term.  Would be very happy with one good one who gets us close to 50%
laxdad

seenalot wrote:
Turkel is the kid who switched to UD.   Older Ernst not primary guy at LU.  Who knows what that means long term.  Would be very happy with one good one who gets us close to 50%


I met Turkel and his mom this past fall at a recruit day at Lafayette. Very nice people. Do not understand why someone would choose possible playing time over education.
seenalot

We never have all the details.  UD's a good school, not like we lost him to a directional university or the like.  Maybe they gave him more $ maybe he wanted to get just a bit further away from home, maybe he didn't like the fact that we got another FO guy after we got his verbal....all maybes.  We will likely never know for certain.  

I met him at a Faceoff combine this winter - nice kid, very outgoing.  Can  only wish him well, and that we beat them in a few years....... Smile

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