Sweet Lax coach Kevin Martin has an eye for lacrosse talent, especially when it comes to finding future Syracuse stars. Sweet Lax has become an established recruiting pipeline for the Orange for a while now. Based out of Rochester, N.Y., the summer travel program already boasts five 2014 Syracuse commits. One of those players is Penn Yan (N.Y.) senior attackman Bradley Voigt. Martin breaks down his game in the excerpts below.
Martin on Voigt (in a nutshell):
"He catches everything and finishes it. The way he plays he is almost like a Canadian box player. He is definitely that guy where you need a (defender) in his back pocket the whole game. He is definitely a showman. He scores behind the back all the time. He scores one-handed and he'll put it in the cage whenever he can. He is very, very talented. He even developed a little more of a dodging game. He is a lacrosse junkie and is constantly on the wall and plays every time he gets a chance. A lot of these (Syracuse players) come out and help out with Sweet Lax were very excited having him come in (next year)."
He continued, "He is one of those kids you can shoot it at him and he'll catch it and score. Bradley has even got to the point now where he has worked on his game that when he has two guys hitting him, he'll make the behind-the-back or a shovel pass. He has gotten to be a pretty good inside passer, too, where he draws two, takes the beating and then gets that pass off... almost like the Thompsons."
Final thoughts: After my conversation with Martin, I immediately went to my notes and highlighted Voigt's name. I will be making the short drive to Mustang country to see him in person.
Aside from being nifty finisher, his off-ball movement is what impressed me the most. Voigt, like Martin mentioned above, commands a lot of attention from opposing team's best lockdown guy. Voigt is a defender's worst nightmare. Don't have your head on a swivel? Forget about it. Late on the slide? Well, it was nice knowing you. Voigt is a player that makes the most of every opportunity when the ball is in his stick.
In case you missed it, check out his highlight tape from last season. In his junior campaign, Voigt had 57 goals and 40 assists. He has been a mainstay on Penn Yan's varsity team since eighth grade.
Lacrosse files: Bradley Voigt
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