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There’s nothing subtle about Will Pedicano‘s game.
There’s the imposing 6-3, 185-pound frame paired with terrific running ability in the middle of the field. Name the takeaway check that a long pole can throw, Pedicano’s tried – and landed – it many times before. Pedicano scored twenty-three times as an LSM – read that again – in his first summer with Leading Edge against the New Jersey powerhouse’s notoriously daunting schedule. There are attackmen that don’t score 23 goals in a summer.
So, yeah, Pedicano’s a bit of a unicorn when you combine all of his attributes. He put forth a dominant effort in January at the NLF Futures at IMG, cementing his status as one of the best players in the class of 2025. For that, he becomes the third player to be named a five-star in the class. Pedicano joins Prime Time attackman Cam Kelley (Taft, Conn.) and Eclipse goalie Josh Marcus (Staples, Conn.) as five-stars. The first NLF class of 2025 rankings will be released in the coming weeks.
A Terror in the Middle of the Field
Leading Edge director Chris Roy knew that he had something special when Pedicano made the jump to his program, particularly since Pedicano’s carried a huge reputation throughout youth lacrosse. Despite that, he didn’t exactly know what to expect until he saw the Delbarton pole in action.
“Will’s an intense competitor,” Roy said. “He has a killer instinct with a very strong desire to win, in addition to his obvious talent. He is an absolute game-changer in the middle of the field with his takeaway checks, stick skills and ability to not only push transition, but score goals as much as any pole we’ve ever had at Leading Edge. Will’s a gamebreaker and I’m so excited to see how he develops this spring at Delbarton and this summer with our very talented 2025 group.”
You know Will Pedicano’s surgical with this thing.
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Green Wave Coming
Delbarton’s depth chart has notoriously been unkind to underclassmen over the years. The Green Wave always has incredible talent in the upper classes, so it stands to reason that freshmen and sophomores have to bide their time.
Pedicano might be good enough to have to force his way onto the field. Delbarton already has an excellent LSM in NLF No. 41 senior Jake Melchionni (Leading Edge / Villanova), but Pedicano’s talent lends credence to the thought that he could make his presence felt this spring.
Either way, Green Wave coach Matt Kovachik knows that he’s got one of the best sophomores in the country waiting in the wings.
“Will plays with a ton of energy. He’s fast, strong and aggressive in all areas of the game,” Kovachik said. “He continues to work hard in the offseason to build strength and athleticism and grow as a player. In addition, Will is a fantastic young man. He has an incredibly bright future at Delbarton and in college.”
Draw up a modern-day LSM in the lab and he’ll look a lot like Pedicano. The size, mobility, takeaway skills, stickwork and transition ability are all there. His game is a lot like NLF No. 6 senior and Duke signee Mac Christmas (McDonogh, Md. / MadLax DC Dogs), and Pedicano’s defense is underrated.
Pedicano’s ability to take over a game is rare for an LSM. At times, he does get a little too aggressive with his checks. He’s never met a chance he won’t take. He’s had stretches where his overexuberance lands him in penalty trouble. Despite that, it’s better to have someone who’s too aggressive than not aggressive enough, and the latter will never be a problem for Pedicano.
Opponents have to account for Pedicano at all times. It’s not often that you can say that about an LSM. He has all the makings of an absolute superstar.