Nearly 400 of the best uncommitted lacrosse players from the western United States converged at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa for their chance to impress college scouts at the Adrenaline High Rollers recruiting event at Orange Coast College. It was the first the time that the nationally recognized event was held in the OC. More than 60 coaches representing Division 1, Division 2, Division 3, MCLA, and post-graduate programs watched the action with their clipboards, and participated in clinics.Recruiters from as far away as the University of North Carolina and Syracuse University, as close as UCSB, Concordia University, and Chapman University, and everywhere in between spent the weekend evaluating the talent and soaking in the OC sunshine.
As always the OC was well represented at High Rollers in both numbers and talent. A number of OC players led by JSerra Catholic High School teammates Jake Schleppy (J Serra Catholic High School) and Logan Olmstead stood out. Schleppy and Olmstead were in mid-season high school form and played with intensity all weekend long. Both players seized the opportunity to show off their scoring and playmaking skills. Olmstead had his motor running all weekend long, and was continually active in the middle of the field. He showed explosiveness that few could match as he created fast breaks and easy clears from defensive end of the field. When the ball was in his offensive end, he created opportunities for everyone around him. Schleppy was a goal-scoring machine as he consistently put the ball in the back of the net, and scored on even the best goalies with ease.
Samuel Harnisch (St. Margaret’s Episcopal School) showed he is ready to build upon the promise he showed as a freshman varsity starter last season. He was an ever-present threat throughout the day Saturday. His field awareness and finishing ability earned him a spot in the All-Star game where he played extremely well.
Sherwin Gersten (Corona Del Mar) may have been the most underrated player of the weekend. By the final game of Saturday he was the best player on the field but he may have just turned it on a little late in the day to catch attention for the All-Star game.
Although J Serra had the most All-Stars (4) Corona del Mar showcased just how deep they will be in 2014. CDM had the most depth of talent of any school represented including three all-stars (Hugh Crance, Brett Greenlee, Jason Simaan). Gersten and Max Kline played extremely well together and will be an incredible scoring duo in 2014. Hugh Crance played shutdown D on some of the best talent at the showcase. Coupling grounded technique with pure athleticism, he was able to cover anyone. Jason Simaan was an easy pick as one of the top two fogos at the showcase.
You can check out the complete list of all-stars on the Adrenaline page and watch the all-star game highlights this Thursday evening right here at MaxLaxOC.com.