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October 2015

Drew Grafflin

From Inside Lacrosse Magazine - IL Midwest Prospect Day presented by UN1TUS: Who Stood Out

 

Inside Lacrosse continued its Fall Recruiting Series with the IL Midwest Prospect Day powered by UN1TUS at Dublin Jerome High School just outside of Columbus, Ohio.

 

Nearly 30 college coaches were on-hand instructing and recruiting the field of more than 120 high school freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors throughout the day. Teams were broken up into a 16/17 and an 18/19 division — check out the standouts below. Players threw on their brand new UN1TUS jerseys and took to the field to be seen, get noticed and leave their mark. The morning started with the Faceoff Academy Draw Challenge from which 2019 M Brenden Malloy (Mason, Ohio) emerged as the winner.  As the day went on, players were greeted and met their coaches for the day. Each team was coached by a college coach for the day. Every team had a “college style” practice and then played three showcase games. NCSA, a recruiting service that provides advice and exposure, was on-site collecting player information to help guide players through the recruiting process, as well. All games throughout the day were filmed by Game Time Footage.

 

Who Impressed: 2016/17

 

D Drew Grafflin 2017 Loveland (Ohio)/Titanium Aggressive — he plays tough. More a longstick middie, he's two-handed with the ball, good on first-time groundballs.

A Matthew Riley 2016, Dublin Coffman (Ohio)/Titanium A big, physical righty shooter who’s able to turn the corner and make something happen. Looks like a player with the proper amount of box influence in his game.

A Ryan Cole 2017 Medina (Ohio)/Burning River Showcased a nice lefty rip from 12 yards. Later on, demonstrated a nice headfake that bought him space for an inside role. 

A Paxton Stern 2017 Dublin Jerome (Ohio)/Titanium While he's a little undersized at 5-7, 150 lbs., Stern has a good stick, knows how to play the game and routinely found himself in a position to make something happen.

M Sean Parmer 2017 St. Charles North (Ill.)/New Wave At 6-4, 190 lbs., he's a big, presence in the midfield, capable on-ball defensively and carrying the ball between the restraining lines. Not a dynamic offensive presence, but capable of making the heads-up play.

M Vincente Lobo 2017 H.H. Dow (Mich.)/True He's athletic, comfortable with the ball in his stick, plays with his eyes up, moves the ball to the right man and was adept at making plays immediately out of the substitution box. Showed a nice shot on the run. Add in a 6-3 frame, and it's likely Lobo turned some recruiters' heads.

D Peter Klamar 2017 Upper Arlington (Ohio)/Titanium Probably the best defenseman at the event, Klamar didn't get dodged much because it was opposing attackmen didn't want to test him, but he was good in support and comfortable with the ball in his stick.

D Andrew Wagner 2017 Delaware Hayes (Ohio)/Black Jack Looked like a lefty able to play up top and down low, really good with the ball in his stick in traffic, able to work it to the open man.

D Jordan Sigal 2017 Solon (Ohio)/Titanium Undersized but active on-ball and a good communicator off-ball, good off the ground, able to make the right decision with the ball and unafraid of a tough matchup.

 

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May 2015

Credit: Loveland Lacrosse

Photo Credit: Gordy Grafflin

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Caden Smolenski

 

LOVELAND (OH) HS LACROSSE RECRUIT UPDATE:    Loveland Tiger Caden Smolenski Commits to DIII Wilmington College

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Loveland, OH — On Tuesday, Loveland High School varsity lacrosse senior standout Caden Smolenski signed his commitment to play NCAA Div III lacrosse at Wilmington College in Wilmington, Ohio.

“I’ve been playing lacrosse since fourth grade”, said Caden.  “When I first started playing, I immediately fell in love with it.  I’m super excited to have this opportunity to continue playing at the next level for the Quakers.”    

Caden chose Wilmington College because of the small size and individualized learning opportunities Wilmington offers while being able to participate in the sport he loves.  As one of 12 children, staying close to home and family is a factor also.     

 “Wilmington has a teacher student ratio of 1 to 15.  Coach Marzano requires eight hours of team study groups each week and encourages academics as the top priority”, Smolenski noted.  “He’s really focused on players professional  as well as our athletic growth, and I think this atmosphere will be a perfect fit for me. ”  

In the midst of his senior season, Caden reflected on his determination and his respect for teammates, coaches,  parents and fan participation as a integral part of the Tigers.

“It’s really been an honor to play with all of the guys I have played with over the years”, he said. “Loveland lacrosse has a great group of passionate people behind us, and I’ve been really lucky to have had some great coaches along the way.”  

Coached by Mike Pritz at Loveland High, this is Smolenski’s second season on the varsity squad.

“Caden’s a smart player, has a passion for the game and is senior leader on a young Loveland squad,” Pritz said.  “He’s got a high lacrosse IQ which allows us to use him a number of different situations. When the game is on the line, we trust Caden to make smart decisions out there.  No doubt he’ll excel at Wilmington.”

Caden will now focus on contributing to a strong Tiger finish to their regular season and a deep run into the playoffs with the Tigers, as well as his future with the Wilmington Quakers.