NAL Fall Invitational: ’25 Standouts That Came In Uncommitted
The second day of the NAL Fall Invitational kicked off on November 12. Featuring some of the nation’s top club teams, this event was loaded with talent. With recruitment opening up for the 2025 class a little over two months…
The second day of the NAL Fall Invitational kicked off on November 12. Featuring some of the nation’s top club teams, this event was loaded with talent. With recruitment opening up for the 2025 class a little over two months ago, many top performers are still left uncommitted. In this article, we will look at the some of the top players that came into November uncommitted, stepped up and made the most of their day.
After strong performances at NAL and other November events, Wolf and Matassa have since committed to Delaware and Bucknell, respectively.
A very impressive day starting with five goals and a clutch buzzer–beater to secure a win for The Hawks. Wolf is a natural scoring attackman who uses all his tools to find the back of the net. He possesses a powerful time and room shot with a very quick release that was hard to track all day. To go along with his shooting ability was Wolf‘s straight-line dodging. Rarely did you see him dance around but instead constantly attacking the goal, which will surely translate to the next level and have success. One of the more impressive qualities Wolf displayed was the ability to be patient and find open spots on the field to allow himself scoring opportunities. Already showing confidence and a demand for the ball Wolf will only continue to be a problem in the club circuit and the highly talented MIAA conference.
After a slower start to the day, Schoonmaker was able to let the game come to him and everything started to change. In an offense full of fellow Calvert Hall teammates, there was a natural flow to the offensive scheme and Schoonmaker was able to be a difference maker. A skilled righty who can play both attack and midfield, Schoonmaker is a crafty player who can hurt you dodging or off-ball. His strength showed off-ball being a constant threat inside with soft hands and creative finishes or as a shooting threat from the outside wing with a deadly overhand shot. With a quick first step, he was able to find his way to the goal as a dodger and make big plays. With a great cast around him, Schoonmaker’s stock will only continue to rise.
In a changing landscape of lacrosse, the two-way midfielder is a hot commodity, and Jachimowicz is just that. In one of the biggest matchups of the day vs FCA, Jachimowicz was an all-around force. Time and time again we saw him on the wing dominating coming up with the ground ball and pushing transition. With a tall frame and a long stride, he rarely was beaten down the ally. He was able to show a consistent mix of position defense while also causing turnovers. His biggest threat may have come in transition. Possessing a hammer of a shot and an eye for a great one-more look Jachmowicz was a problem on both sides of the field. As he continues to fill out and gain weight we will see him become a difference-maker for whoever lands him.
While Jake Wolf may have been the star of the show scoring in bunches his lefty counterpart Matassa was the perfect partner. Maybe the best feeder seen all day, Matassa had eyes on the back of his head it seemed. Consistently finding open teammates or dodging to draw slides and quickly dumping it off creating goal after goal. With three assists in his first game, he showed this ability very early on. While being the feeder of the offense he did not limit himself to just that. With a good mix of dodging and shooting ability, Matassa allowed himself to be a scorer at times. Although not the fastest player he was patient with his dodges and attacked his defenseman hard constantly drawing a slide. As he continues to grow and add weight he will be one of the more underrated attack men in this class.
In a star-studded cast of Primetime offensive threats, Ryan did not allow himself to be overshadowed. An all-around athlete Ryan is a quick and shifty attackman to can take his defenseman from anywhere on the field. Whether it was dodging from behind or the point it was almost effortless for him. With a mix of three-quarter and underhand releases in his arsenal, Ryan seemed to be a natural shooter. While being a great dodger and shooter it was eyes that made him lethal during this event. Finding skip lanes or the one more pass off the dodge he was extremely hard to contain. Already possessing good size and speed and an extremely high lacrosse IQ, Ryan is sure to be a player we will continue to see being a big-time player on the club and high school circuit and a difference-maker at the next level.