Lacrosse Files: the 2013 class

The 2013 Syracuse lacrosse recruiting class may just be one of the best that has stepped on campus in recent memory. Sweet Lax coach Kevin Martin echoes those words in the latest edition of Lacrosse Files. Inside, Martin discusses midfielder Hayes McGinley and defender Scott Firman.

Some have dubbed it one of the best recruiting classes in recent memory. This 2013 group will enter this season with a lot of expectation and hype and will be looked upon to contribute almost instantaneously. With the addition of this young talent, Syracuse's primary goal is simple: get back to the Big Show.

"The 2013 class, I think, is one of the best (recruiting classes) they've ever had come in there," Martin said. "Obviously, it's hard to judge these kids before they even step on the field...but it's a real talented group."

Martin discusses midfielder Hayes McGinley and defender Scott Firman below:

Martin on McGinley (in a nutshell): "Oh definitely (on McGinley seeing time on the second midfield line). I've had Hayes in our (Sweet Lax program) and athletically, even as a freshman, he is one of the bigger, stronger kids out there and we are talking about an 18-year old compared to a 22-year old. He has never lacked confidence. He has always went in there and been very confident. We've had him on our national team with kids from all over the country and coming from Ohio, where it isn't a very strong lacrosse area, he came in very confident with his game.

"He is just very comfortable (on the field). To be honest with you, when I saw him play against Iroquois, he looked like he improved a ton in those few short weeks of practice. He is like a sponge. Whatever those coaches are telling him, you tell that kid once and he gets it. I mean, he knows the (Syracuse) offense already. Every game, I think, he had a point and had a couple huge hits in the Israel game. You can't coach size and speed and he has both of them. He has a great swagger and he is very coachable. "

In his senior season, McGinley recorded 85 points (52 goals, 33 assists) and scooped up 123 ground balls. Overall, his high school career statistics include 170 goals and 89 assists.

Martin on Firman (in a nutshell): "I just think he really understands the game. He doesn't get beat and has an amazing stick. A lot of the younger defenders that you get now have a good stick, but their feet aren't really good...they don't know where to position themselves. He is part of the complete package in that he has a good stick and quick feet. I definitely think he can see time for Syracuse this year. He just has to put a little more size on, but his stick and feet are awesome. We ran him at long-stick middy and no joke, one tournament he was averaging like two goals a game... it was great. I think Scott's stick skills and I.Q. are off the charts.

"The defender needs those quick feet to counter a quick split dodge. If you try to make up ground on an attackman it's already too late, he is gone. They just don't get beat because they are low to the ground, they have a low center of gravity, and they have quick feet - they can back step, go right, left. If you have someone with slow feet, it's very easy for an athlete like a Jordan Evans or a Hakeem Lecky to fly by them. I know Duke actually had that problem a while back. Their defense was a bunch of big kids and North Carolina had a bunch of fast, little guys that ran right by them. "

A local kid out of Jamesville-Dewitt High School, Firman was an Under Armour All-American and a three-time All Central New York (CNY) selection. The defender tallied 12 goals, five assists and 80 ground balls as a senior.

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