2019 Attackman from Highland Park, Makay Hansen, FINISHES the rock. Blessed with great hands and an extensive understanding of the game, Hansen understands spacing on the field and how to get open around the cage. Once the ball is in his stick, he understands the need to be a patient and methodical finisher, to take his time, use his fakes to move goalies, and, then, to put the ball where the keeper isn't. His understanding allows him to be a great feeder and score goals in a variety of ways. Whether it be shooting around people, low to low, turning the corner, or with a well-placed bouncer, Hansen finds the back of the net with consistency.
2019 midfielder Robert Almand is another talented player coming up through the ranks at Vandegrift, in Austin. Almand is a long athlete that gets it done on both ends of the field. He can match feet, defensively, get the ball off the ground, and spark transition with his top end speed. With the ball in his stick, Almand is an effective dodger and scorer. He can bring it righty on the run from a variety of release points and is just as effective with time and room. Additionally, Almand has a potent first step and consistently beats defenders on impact with his right to right to split. As he adds mass to his frame, he will become one of the more dominant players in the Central District.
John Heldman is, by our estimation, the best 2019 face-off specialist in the State of Texas. Heldman is part of a very talented freshman class at ESD, and he gets possession! Boasting a full repertoire of moves, Heldman has the ability to stop opposition scoring runs and create a "make it, take it" environment for his own team. He is able to win the ball forward, to himself behind, or utilize his wing players at will. This variety of moves makes it really tough on opposing teams to make adjustments. This summer, we saw John compete a full grade up at King of the Hill and do serious work! He will be a massive pick up for any program at the next level.
At 6'0'', 150 lbs, Gabe Galbraith out of Highland Park is an intriguing prospect in the loaded 2019 class in Texas. Galbraith is an excellent athlete with great speed and footwork. Galbraith has the ability to play lock down defense on would be dodgers and uses his stick well to disrupt feeders and put the ball on the ground with consistency. Galbraith gets the ball up and out quickly in tough ground ball scrums and has the requisite skills to stay in the play and score goals in transition. If he has not already, we expect him to start getting quality looks from NCAA programs in the very near future.