(Brunswick Midfielder Blake Borges was one of multiple standouts on Friday | Photo: Brunswick Lacrosse)
On Friday the second annual GEICO High School Lacrosse Showcase went down at Malvern Prep with Brunswick (Conn.) facing Haveford (Pa.) in the first game and the host Malvern Prep (Pa.) playing Lawrenceville (N.J.) in the second contest.
Brunswick overcame a nearly 23 minute drought to beat Haveford 9-8 and Malvern blasted Lawrenceville 16-3.
With over a dozen DI recruits participating between the two games, here is a look at some players who stood out the most on Friday.
Blake Borges, Midfield, Brunswick, Senior (Syracuse) – Part of the strong Brunswick midfield unit, the Yorktown, N.Y. native came up huge for the Bruins on Friday with his elite dodging and scoring ability. Borges netted a hat trick in the win, which included a drought-ending goal late in the fourth that sparked their game-winning run.
Will Donovan, LSM, Brunswick, Junior (Notre Dame) – Donovan made plays all over the field in the Bruins’ win over Haveford. The junior not only made an impact with his impressive stick work on the defensive end, but also showcased his offensive prowess by dishing out and assist in transition.
Luke Schlank, Goalie, Brunswick, Junior (Georgetown) – The Georgetown verbal stepped up big time for the Bruins in their win on Friday, facing a ton of rubber – especially on the inside – and being able to step up and make the saves when needed. He made a game-winning save at the buzzer to seal the win for Brunswick.
Geordy Holmes, Midfield, Haveford, Senior (Maryland) – Play both ways for portions of the game, the Maryland signee was arguably the most impactful player for the Fords on Friday. Holmes ended the contest with four goals, two of which came off a north-south dodge from up top in the second quarter.
Chuck Cacciutti, Goalie, Haveford, Junior (Penn) – Cacciutti faced a whole heck of a lot of rubber on Friday afternoon and played out of his mind. While he may not have started the strongest, he showed a ton of promise in the final three quarters, saving a wide range of shots and showing an insane amount of hustle both in and out of the crease on multiple defensive possessions. He didn’t allow a goal in the entire third quarter.
Eric Spanos, Attack, Malvern, Senior (Maryland) -The Maryland signee was on fire in Malvern’s drubbing of Lawrenceville on Friday night. Spanos tied the tournament record of five goals and scored nearly every way imaginable, including a behind-the-back finish on the doorstep off a feed from Will Peden.
Will Peden, Attack, Malvern, Senior (Penn State) – An elite passer, Peden put his talents on full display Friday night and wowed. The Penn State signee dished out four assists, including a cross-field bounce pass to the back pipe, and added a goal in the win.
Hunter Chauvette, Attack, Lawrenceville, Sophomore – A bright spot on a day when the Big Red couldn’t get much going on offense. Scoring two goals in the game, the Sophomore showed off some elite shooting skills and range.
Tommy Piacentini, Goalie, Lawrenceville, Sophomore – While giving up 16 goals is never a good day, the sophomore stood his ground and showed a tremendous amount of toughness and grit against the fiery Malvern offense. He faced a lot of rubber and was left on an island multiple times, but stayed poised and made some tremendous saves – especially in tight.