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On Saturday night at Boy’s Latin in Baltimore, Md., the Americans beat the Nationals 17-15 in the inaugural Nike National Senior All-Star game. Virginia signee Griffin Schutz (Deerfield, Mass.) was named the MVP following a six-goal performance.
Here’s a look at some of the standouts from Saturday’s contest.
Jared Chenoy, FO, St. Thomas Aquinas (Fla.) – Richmond
As usually is the case in all-star games, the faceoff play was streaky and saw both sides take turns dominating for short stints. The Richmond-bound Chenoy went 11-for-32 at the dot against the trio of Chase Mullins, Matt Fritz, and Will Lynch. While his numbers at the dot, especially in the second half where he went 5-for-19, weren’t too impressive, what stood out about most Chenoy was his hustle and athleticism. The 5-foot-9, 185-pound Sunshine State product was able to use his speed and athleticism to make plays in the middle of the field that will earn any player playing time at the next level.
Trey Digby, LSM, Valor Christian (Colo.) – Denver
Digby had, arguably, the most impressive play of the game, snagging the ball out of the air in traffic and finding the back of the net. That goal midway through the second where a glimpse of the Denver signee’s hockey background showed through was just a small part of his performance. The Colorado native was constantly busting his butt in the defensive zone and in the between the boxes while grabbing ground ball after ground ball all game.
Dewey Egan, A, Torrey Pines (Calif.) – North Carolina
Standing 6-foot-5, 225-pounds, the North Carolina signee was one of the biggest and most athletic players on the field. Egan got his hands free and blasted one past Jack Fraycon on the opening possession to get the scoring starter. He added a second goal in the second quarter, showing off his speed and quickness on a roll-back dodge before ripping one while running downhill. However, the California native also made an impact off-ball and even got a nod from his linemate Griffin Schutz in the postgame for it. Egan set numerous picks behind the cage to allow Schutz to get free and turn the corner for the score.
Jack Fracyon, G, Bullis (Md.) – Penn State
Facing upwards of 50 shots, Fracyon faced an absolute firing squad on Saturday night. The Penn State signee weathered the storm and put up an impressive 22 saves in the contest. He stayed poised in between the pipes all game, showcasing his incredible explosiveness and top-hand speed while stuffing one American shooter after another. Fracyon’s performance on Saturday showed exactly why he could likely compete for a starting job day on in Happy Valley.
Chase Mullins, FO, St. Christopher’s (Va.) – North Carolina
Splitting time with Matt Fritz most of the game and Will Lynch in the fourth quarter, Mullins simply dominated the dot on Saturday night. The North Carolina signee went 16-for-19 and ended the game on a winning streak of 15-1. Mullins was able to win the clamp most of the time and when needed countered very well. He also showed off his high lacrosse IQ, incorporating his wings into play just about as good as you’ll ever see in an all-star setting.
Aidan Mulholland, M/A, Manhasset (N.Y.) – Michigan
A dual-sport athlete, Mulholland’s football background certainly shows in his lacrosse game. The Michigan signee is certainly not afraid of getting into the heart of the defense and knows how to use contact to his advantage. Mulholland netted a hat trick in the contest and didn’t score any goal the same way as last, which includes a one-handed finish on the inside while absorbing checks.
Grant Pierce, LSM, Randor (Pa.) – Fairfield
A late bloomer, Pierce decided on Fairfield last fall where he will play for a defensive guru in Andrew Baxter. Pierce was easily one of the most impressive poles on Saturday, making his mark all over the field. The 6-foot, 185-pound pierce was able to limit his matchups and put the ball on the ground, but he was also not afraid to cross the midline or take the ball into the offensive zone. Pierce broke out in transition and assisted Griffin Schutz in the second quarter.
Jeffery Ricciardelli, A, Taft (Conn.) – Notre Dame
If you needed any more validation that Ricciardelli had the best hands of anyone in the class, the Notre Dame signee provided it on Saturday night. Recording a hat trick, the lefty showcased his silky smooth releases and innate ability to catch nearly any ball coming his way. Ricciardelli’s first goal came off an assist and saw him zip one past the goalie while his second was a 10-yard rip after snagging the ball out of the air, and his third saw him convert off an assist right on the doorstep.
Griffin Schutz, A, Deerfield (Mass.) – Virginia
The MVP of the game, Schutz put on an absolute show. After putting up a hat trick in the second quarter off three transition goals, he added three more in the second half – two of which came off Dewey Egan picks from behind the cage. However, the most impressive play from the 6-foot-3, 220-pound Virginia signee came in the final minute of the third quarter when he rode all the way back across the midline and helped start the transition offense off the turnover, only to hustle all the way back and put in the rebound for the score. It was the embodiment of the style of lacrosse Virginia has relied on during their back-to-back national title runs.
Bobby Van Buren, Defense, Homeschooled – Ohio State
One of the most intriguing players in the class as a homeschooled player, Van Buren was the most versatile player on the field Saturday. The 6-foot, 200-pound pole could be a legit threat at close defense, LSM, and on the faceoff wings at the next level. Van Buren constantly put the ball on the ground and jump-start the offense from the back end. He even took it over the midline a few times, scoring a goal of his own after scooping up the ground ball to get the fourth-quarter scoring started.