Manney’s Men Selections for 2017 Can-Am Showcase

Brett Manney
NXT Sports
Nov 14, 2017

Brett Manney is an assistant captain and standout defenseman for the New England Black Wolves. He also won a bronze medal with USA's National Indoor Team, where he was also an assistant captain. He played on Delaware's 2007 Final Four team, captained the 2008 team, made the North-South All-Star Game and is the driving force behind Showcase Lacrosse's nationally-known events. Manney sees players from all over the country at NXT's events. He also coaches the NXT 2019 team, which allows him to see many of the country's elite players across the country. Here are the players who stood out the most to him at the Can-Am Showcase.

 

MANNEY'S MEN 
CAN-AM SHOWCASE 2017

 

ATTACK

Owen Boyle, 2019, Everest Academy (ON)

As an attackman, Boyle checked off everything on the list to be successful: score goals, check, draw a slide, feed teammates, check, moves off-ball, check, get ground ball, check. To add to his scrappy play, Boyle is a lefty. He dodges with his head up, is comfortable from behind the cage and from the wing to up top. He’s a threat almost every time the ball is in his stick.  

Boyle has mastered the lost art of off-ball movement. He routinely made a pass and then cut to open space to catch his defender sleeping. Boyle is very tough and not afraid to take a hit when competing against big defenders to get tough goals. Boyle shined amongst his peers and his game was admired by all.

Honorable Mention

  • Liam Foran, 2020, St. Michael’s (Canada), Hard Cor
  • Sam Parillo, 2019, Lake Orion (MI), Juiced Cherries
  • Nathan Conroy, 2019, Saint Ignatius (OH), Burning River
     

MIDFIELD

Chase Baker, 2019, Eureka (MO), MO22

“Better late than never” is a term that Baker may adopt after earning the MVP award at the Showcase. Baker was a walk-up registrant who dominated the midfield all day. Baker was a marked-man in the Select Game, which did not stop him from finishing with a hat-trick.

Using his taller frame, he was able to lean into defenders and make simple passes to his teammates or stick a shot high to low. His most impressive play of the day was when he moved off-ball and at goal line used three different fakes before burying the ball in the net. If Baker puts on some weight to his frame, he will be a sought-out junior recruit for a lot of college programs.

Honorable Mention

  • Chris Thomas (F0), 2019, Wayzata (MN), Team MN
  • Clint Van Etten, 2018, O’Fallon Twp (IL)
  • Will Perryman (F0), 2018, Saint Louis University (MO), MO22
     

DEFENSE

Jack Stewart, 2018, Christian Brothers (MO), Saint Louis Samurai

If there is one takeaway from Stewart’s game, it’s that he plays hard. Stewart looked comfortable every time he was on the field and often controlled attackman when they had the ball because of his aggressiveness. He slashes hard and every shift he makes, he makes with 110% effort. Not only was his play noticed, but his attitude was contagious. Once an attackman challenged him, they often shied away from their 1v1 attempt because of his relentless wrath.

Honorable Mention

  • Thomas Mahmud, 2018, Saline (MI), True MI
  • Ben Brookshire, 2019, Lees Summit West (MO), MO22
  • Giovanni Armocida, 2020, Saint Viator (IL), True
     

GOALIE

John Coyle, 2019, Gross Pointe South (MI), 313 Lacrosse

Coyle was all over the place on Saturday making point-blank saves and starting fast breaks with his pinpoint passes. To be a successful goalie, you need to stop the ball first, and that’s exactly what Coyle did. Once he works on commanding his defense by using his voice more, his game will only evolve.

From making huge, on top of the crease, high-to-high saves, to making a sprawling save from pipe to pipe, he showcased his ability to make any save against any opponent.

Honorable Mention

  • Patrick Lawton Jr, 2018, Chaminade College Prep (MO), MO22
  • Karson Sutton, 2019, Sun Prairie (WI), Amplify
     

MO PLAYERS MO PROBLEMS

There was a great representation of players from Missouri at the Can-Am Showcase. Not only did those players represent Missouri well (8 made the Select Game), but they caused headaches for opposing players. Whether it was a tough defenseman, two-way middies, goal-scoring attackman, or poised goalies, they brought the heat this Saturday. Tip of the hat to those players and the growth of the game.
 

THE FROZEN CHOSEN

Although it was a balmy 34 degrees at the Showcase, we wanted to give a huge thanks to the wonderful facilities at Detroit Country Day School. The indoor field house gave players a chance to play one of their games indoors. With the same token, it was impressive to watch the players compete in frigid temperatures and see their mental toughness (even though a notable amount of players hailed from 10 Midwestern states and Canada - they are used to the cold!). Congrats to all the players and we applaud your effort in our sixth Can-Am Showcase.


- Brett Manney | Director of Showcase Lacrosse & VP of Sales, NXT Sports
 

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