Gonzaga (D.C.) attackman Timmy Monahan was one of three future Terps that impressed during Friday evening’s Under Armour Lacrosse All-American game. (Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post)
The annual Under Armour All-America lacrosse game was held on Friday evening. There were three future Terps in the game and here’s a film review.
Louis Dubick (Attack, Winston Churchill)
- Offensively gifted: The former Winston Churchill star is as talented as any recruit that Maryland has coming in. Dubick posted a mind-numbing 55 goals and 77 assists during his senior high school season. In Friday’s All-American game, Dubick displayed both the ability to make goalies look pedestrian and find his open teammates. The future Maryland attackman scored two of his three goals right in front of the cage. His first tally was one of extreme patience. After future North Carolina midfielder Alex McGovern couldn’t get his shot off, he dished the ball off to a wide-open Dubick in front of the net and Dubick potted the easy goal. Oh yeah and Dubick holds the Maryland state records for points (496), goals (244), and assists (252).
- Proven winner: While many may not think this is a big deal, Dubick comes from a winning program. The Bulldogs went 17-2 this past season and Dubick broke the all-time point record early in the campaign. During his final two years at Winston Churchill, his team had tremendous postseason success, falling 14-6 to Howard in the 4A/3A title game in May. Dubick is used to playing for a successful program and things will be no different once the talented attackman arrives in College Park.
Timmy Monahan (Attack, Gonzaga)
- Great shot: The Gonzaga product can flat-out shoot it. Early in the second half, Monahan received a pass from Penn State commit Grant Ament and rifled a shot up high to cut the North lead to 12-10. In watching film of Monahan, it’s pretty easy to see that the former Ohio State commit can score from just about anywhere on the field. As most attackmen tend to do, Monahan also has a knack for crashing the cage.
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- Playmaker: While Monahan has the ability to score like few players can, he also is a tremendous playmaker. The future Terp has great vision and isn’t afraid to give the ball up for the best available shot. With 11:55 remaining in the third quarter, the South team had a 5-on-3 break and Monahan found himself right around the net. However, he passed up a sure-goal opportunity to find a wide-open Ament for the easy tally. If a player is able to score at will and have the vision that Monahan does, there will be few defenders that will be able to slow him down.
Curtis Zappala (Attack, Episcopal Academy)
- Scoring punch: Just seconds after the Monahan tally, Zappala found the back of the cage as he used a stutter-step dodge to make a move on his defender and score the goal. Much like Monahan, Zappala should be able to help fellow attackman Matt Rambo as a right-handed shot next year. As the announcers pointed out during the broadcast, the combination of Zappala and Monahan both could be the dynamic playmakers that the Terps have been looking for since Connor Cannizzaro transferred to Denver.
- Versatility: Zappala usually plays on attack, but did show his versatility on the dodge. During his senior season at the Pennsylvania prep school, he scored 44 goals and recorded 39 assists. Later in the quarter, Zappala added on a beautiful backdoor cut for his second goal of the evening. His versatility could be a huge bonus with Maryland losing midfielders Jay Carlson and Joe LoCascio to graduation. Zappala also isn’t afraid to dish the ball to his teammates as evident in his senior numbers.