Quint Kessenich: Newcomers to watch in college lacrosse
The kids are better than all right.
In college lacrosse, freshmen have the opportunity to step right onto the stage and make an impact.
And across the board they are doing just that, from the best teams in the country (Notre Dame) to the worst (Michigan), from the most established (Johns Hopkins) to the newest (Marquette).
Keep an eye on these guys for the next four years:
—By Quint Kessenich, For The Baltimore Sun
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Tanner Scales, defense, Virginia( Algerina Perna, Baltimore Sun / March 21, 2010 )
It has become increasingly difficult for rookies to start down low at close defense for premier programs. High-tech slide and recovery schemes are difficult to master. College-level attackmen are fast, powerful and savvy without the ball. The defensive position equates to offensive line in football in that it's become very developmental.
Lockdown artist Scales starts for coach Dom Starsia, above, and the Cavaliers (5-4), who host Maryland at 2 p.m. Saturday. At 6-2 and 200 pounds, the lefty from Regis Jesuit High in Aurora, Colo., can carve up ball carriers. "Scales is strong and athletic, a throwback in aggressiveness who throws checks — which was a positive in the Cornell game [a 12-11 Big Red win March 9]," ESPN's Eamon McAnaney said. Scales has made nine appearances, accumulating 20 ground balls and 17 caused turnovers.