By Tom Peace
TopLaxRecruits.com, Posted 10/18/16
DALLAS – Here are some the players who impressed during C2C Spotlight 2016 at The Greenhill School.
Makay Hansen, 2019, M Highland Park HS, TX. Hansen had a great weekend scoring 14 goals and had 5 assists. The midfielder has good stick skills and foot work to go with already being a solid athlete. The game comes naturally to him and he plays with confidence out there.
Wilson Sands, 2019, A, Highland Park HS, TX. Highland Park is going to be an elite high school team in the next four years. The Scots have a solid attackman in Sands, who is quick and dodges well. The sophomore attackman instantly jumped on college coaches’ radars on day 1.
Hudson Bearden, 2017, FO/M, Fort Worth Saints, TX. Bearden, for being the only uncommitted senior at the event, played great. Bearden is coming off a collarbone injury and he has been getting back into shape all summer long. He was one of the best faceoff men at Spotlight and Bearden is ready to have a big fall. The senior was selected to his third FaceOff Academy Showcase, which is this November.
Aiden Johnston, 2019, Defense, Dallas Jesuit, TX. Johnston is a big athletic defenseman who has a tremendous upside. Love the way he clears the ball up field and once he gets it to an attackman or middie, he hustles back to the defense side. Johnston has excellent footwork.
William Moran, 2019, Goalie, Jesuit College Prep, TX. Moran made some great saves in several games. The sophomore netminder is alert in cage and has quick hands.
Ethan Hayes, 2020, FO/M, St. Mary’s Hall, TX. Hayes is a scrappy. He has a good faceoff game. He hustles down the field when he wins a face and moves the ball quickly to an open teammate. Hayes had some beautiful goals, too.
Colin Campbell, 2020, Attack, St. Mark’s, TX. Campbell was my favorite 2020 from the C2C Spotlight. The freshman has good lax I.Q. and he plays the game with confidence. Campbell also scored some beautiful goals during the weekend.
Jake Williams, 2019, Midfield, Edmund Memorial, OK. Williams continues to improve every time I have seen him play. Williams played on the Southwest team at the Under Armour underclass games this summer. The Oklahoma sophomore stood out to many of the college coaches at Spotlight.
Jacob Jackson, 2019, Midfield, Jesuit, TX. Jackson was another player I enjoyed watching play during the weekend. The Texas sophomore middie is big, athletic, and strong. I will be very interested to see how he plays this fall and can’t see Jackson being uncommitted for very long.
Andrew Stanzel, 2019, Defense, Highland Park, TX. Stanzel impressed many at spotlight with his stick work and Lax I.Q. You could tell Stanzel benefited from the college coach clinics and picked up on some tips. He is a smart kid with some great checks on D.
Running a lacrosse recruiting event during a two day weekend takes hard work, dedication from your staff, and Mother Nature to cooperate. C2C Lacrosse hosted its fifth C2C Spotlight showcase in Dallas and the event continues to get better. C2C Lax invites some of the top coaches from the best lacrosse college programs in the country to fly in during a weekend of the middle of October to recruit some of the best talent in and around the Lone Star state, while providing elite instruction sessions before games begin. C2C does a great job taking care if its guests by making sure everyone is enjoying the Texas lacrosse experience. But the one thing that stands out the most is how polite and courteous the players are. You can tell these kids are enjoying the game and love to compete, because they play other sports as well as lacrosse. But the “Yes sirs,” and the “Hello, how are you’s?” are really great and you can tell these kids are raised he right way. The game is definitely growing at a fast pace in Texas and it was evident this past weekend. The stick skills are getting better, the lax I.Q. is up to par, and the basic fundamentals caught a lot of the college coaches’ eyes.