Who Are the Most Skilled Lacrosse Players in D-I?
Thursday, May 31, 2012
According to the D-I coaches - Brady O'Donnell has the biggest shot.
“O’Donnell is outstanding,” said Barrington assistant coach Bill LaBelle. “He’s got quick wrists and he gets his shot off in tough areas.” Brady is 6th is scoring in RI.
“In my opinion, Brady is the best scorer in the state,” said Steve O’Donnell, La Salle head coach and Brady’s father. “He’s the toughest matchup out there… lefty or righty. He’s the prototypical attacker, he knows how to hide the ball, and he understands what to do. He’s got lacrosse IQ.”
O’Donnell also got the most votes from coaches on the player they’d most like to have with the ball in his stick with the game on the line.
“He’s just tough to match up with,” said LaBelle.
Fastest Lacrosse Player
Alex Perrault of Bishop Hendricken was named as the fastest player, garnering praise from nearly every coach in the league.
“Alex is probably the best player in the state,” said North Kingstown head coach Steve Alviti. “He’s lightning-fast, and he handles the ball extremely well. He’s just an outstanding player.”
Perrault, a junior midfielder, has signed a national letter of intent to play with NCAA Division I powerhouse Johns Hopkins University, which has won 44 national championships in its history.
Senior Jackson Szurley of Moses Brown was named as the best goalie in the state. “He’s very good both in the cage and out of the cage,” said O’Donnell. Szurley was also voted first-team All-Division by the coaches this week. Szurley has 113 saves on the year for the Quakers.
C.J. Weisbrod of Barrington also received a lot of recognition.
“He’s been great for us all season,” said Barrington assistant LaBelle. “He’s quick in the cage. He comes up with very big saves, and he’s good at stopping shots. He’s also excellent at clearing the ball.”
Winston Smith of Moses Brown got the nod as the toughest face-off guy, and Liam Donovan, Brady O’Donnell and Alex Perrault all received equal recognition as the toughest player to stop in the open field.
“Brady O’Donnell is the toughest to defend because he’s quick, and he’s got good speed,” said LBelle. “He just knows how to get the defensive player going in one direction, and then goes the other way.”
Barrington’s Julian Lucas was tabbed as the strongest player in Division I. “He’s always in the weight room,” said LaBelle. Lucas also plays football.
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