Blake Gagen, Torrey Pines

Baltimore-based lacrosse recruiting reporter/analyst Ty Xanders traveled west to attend the Adrenaline Las Vegas tournament Dec. 4-6, and he came away impressed with a number of West Coast players. Xanders operates the Recruiting Rundown website, and he filed a list of 10 players who impressed at the event.

Among those 10 were a handful of top players from the L.A. and San Diego areas. See below for Xanders’ take on the local players at Adrenaline Las Vegas:

San Diego

Cal Costa ’16, A, RC / Bishop’s School (Calif.)
It was enjoyable watching Costa play after seeing the Ohio State signee in limited time since his commitment a few years ago. He possesses burst and carries himself with a noticeable swagger and confidence, challenging his man and making standout plays. Costa racked up goals off catch-and-shoot opportunities, handled contact well and rode to the midline relentlessly. In addition, he could also create offense from up top and has an excellent time and room shot.

Blake Gagen ’18, D, RC / Torrey Pines (Calif.)
Another absolute steal for Delaware (choosing the Hens over a few Top 15 programs), Gagen [pictured above] raised his stock with me in a major way this past weekend. He’s an animal when covering his man, staying on their hands and disrupting any hope at offense whether it’s up top or down low. What I loved was his stick work, as he’s able to elude defenders while handling his stick like it was a toothpick, using either hand to clear the ball upfield and give it to the O.

Honorable mention:

  • Mikhael Eyerman ’17, D, LaxDawgs / Coronado (Calif.) – DELAWARE
  • Beau Botkiss ’16, D, RC / Torrey Pines (Calif.) – HARVARD
  • Christopher Tanaka ’19, LSM, RC / St. Augustine’s (Calif.)
  • Alex Pistorius ’19, A, RC / Torrey Pines (Calif.)
  • Luke Mikolajewski ’19, M, RC / Torrey Pines (Calif.)
  • Isaiah Dawson ’18, M, RC / Bishop’s (Calif.) – IVY LEAGUE
  • Nate McPeak ’17, G, LaxDawgs / Eastlake (Calif.)

Los Angeles

Kaveh Torabian ’16, D, Goon / Oaks Christian (Calif.)
Torabian jumped off the page immediately with a thick frame and a physical style of play, throwing punishing slap checks and disrupting with his hard slides. He clamped down on his man around the crease, showed superb communication qualities and cleared upfield with determination. From what I gather, he’s still uncommitted but reportedly is eyeing NESCAC programs.

Duke Cohen ’18, M, Goon / Westlake (Calif.)
Billy Segal ’18, M, Goon / Newbury Park (Calif.)

I watched this squad for a game and a half and came away equally impressed with this trio. Cohen struck me as a nifty and confident dodger who scored pivotal goals for his team, while fellow middie Segal had a handful of great tallies on EMO. In addition, he showed explosiveness coming out of the box to make plays and exploited shortsticks and longsticks alike to get his hands free.

Honorable mention:

  • Casey Bonner ’17, M, Factory / Mira Costa (Calif.)
  • Brett Reilly ’17, A, Goon / Westlake (Calif.) – JACKSONVILLE
  • Ryder Mora ’17, M, Goon / Loyola Los Angeles (Calif.) – MARYLAND

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