Straight out of central casting for an ACC midfielder, the 6-3, 200-pound lefty made his presence felt throughout the summer despite still being on the mend from a leg injury that noticeably hindered Stobaugh.
He’s a very smooth, athletic midfielder who almost glides out there and makes good decisions with the ball. Stobaugh plays well off the faceoff wings, never afraid to get his nose dirty to come up with a loose ball, and was a presence on man-down defense as a sophomore for powerhouse Salisbury before transferring closer to home at IMG this summer.
From a physical standpoint, it’s hard to look at Krammer and not envision him being a dominant presence at the next level. At 6-5, 225 pounds, he looks like a college tight end, not a midfielder, but he moves incredibly well for a man of his size. The younger brother of ’22 Princeton commit Quinn Krammer, Krammer showed out at the NLF National Championships, particularly with his elite transition ability.
He’s still raw and he’ll have to shore up his settled offense, but he is dominant between the lines and at getting into good spots to let it fly.
Of the five (!) five-star goalies in the class, three of them don’t fit the prototypical size / speed combo over which college coaches usually fawn. Those three, including Ippoliti, are that good, though.
He makes up for his lack of size with quick hands, agility and a knack for taking away surefire goals. Ippoliti is fluid in his movements, gets around the cage well and does a nice job of baiting shooters into trying him up top, which doesn’t usually work well for them. An All-Star at the One Percent Showcase, Ippoliti also does well on the ground around his crease and makes precise passes in the outlet game.
The brother of former UNC midfielder Pat Foster, the younger Foster looks the part of a future big-time defenseman. Towering over everyone else at 6-4, he’s got a ton of room to fill out physically and it’s easy to imagine him playing collegiately at 200-210 pounds. Foster moves effortlessly on the field and excels as a pure cover man. While he might not take the ball away a ton, he’s very effective because of his footwork, wingspan and good stick.
When Targete is on, he’s almost impossible to stop. He battled through some nagging injuries throughout the summer but finished strong, including a One Percent Showcase All-Star nod and standout performances at the NLF National Championships and NAL Summer Invitational. Another tall, lanky, super athletic midfielder with room to fill out, Targete’s quickness is very good for a 6-3, 180-pounder. He showed a little bit more of an edge to his game, and when he uses that edge to fuel him, he’s completely unguardable.
No. 26 Jake Spallina, faceoff / midfield / SSDM, Mount Sinai (N.Y.) / Team 91 Long Island – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 94 – Syracuse
Spallina’s such an interesting case because he has the potential to fill a number of roles at the next level. He’s a fast riser at the art of facing off and has been on a rapid ascent at the faceoff stripe in the past year or so, but tell him he’s a FOGO and be prepared to run for your life. Spallina prides himself in his ability to play defense, take faceoff wings when he’s not scrapping at the X, and chipping in offensively when the opportunity presents itself.
He plays angry and mean like his older brother Joey and twin Brett, and he’s at the top of a couple big schools’ boards because of his versatility, aggressiveness, toughness and overall talent. Spallina also put up 18 points this spring as a sophomore splitting time with ’22 Albany commit Austin Oppenheim (Team 91 LI Smash) at the X.
Clay lacks protoypical size at 5-11, 160 pounds, but plays every bit the part of a 6-4, 230-pounder. He is aggressive, physical and mean with an exceptional stick. He was particularly good for the Cherries as they made a run to the NAL championship game, the perfect ending to a summer where he was consistently excellent.
Clay only knows how to play hard all the time. He was a Michigan second-team all-state selection this spring… at attack, which speaks volumes about his stickwork. He’s transferring to Midwest powerhouse Culver, and former Division I coach Jon Birsner expects him to have an immediate impact as a top cover guy for the Eagles.
Nikolic came into an ideal situation this spring as a secondary scoring option for a stacked Malvern team that had plenty of No. 1 options. It worked out OK for the Friars as they won the Inter-Ac and finished No. 2 in the NLFRankings.com high school team rankings. Nikolic held up his end of the bargain, finishing 30 goals and handing out 11 assists.
Nikolic was very good at understanding off-ball concepts this spring, cutting into open space and finishing. He shined in an early-season win over rival Haverford with that off-ball work, but he also has the quickness to separate when dodging downhill. A tough competitor who routinely makes plays on the ride, Nikolic is one of the better two-handed shooters in the class.
Kellogg made some noticeable improvements to his game this summer, the most impressive one being his development as a feeder. He’s become a very good passer, excelling at feeding the open man after drawing a slide. Kellogg can also still absolutely murder a net with his shot. He gets a ton of torque and power on his shot and routinely cracks triple digits.
A Maverik Showtime All-Star, Kellogg also has some positional versatility and some see his collegiate future as an attackman. If he stays as a midfielder, you’d like to see him fine tune his defensive game a bit, but either way, he’ll be a great offensive addition to a team as someone who can stretch the defense out and make them pay for sliding to a strong feeder.
Moynihan’s on the smaller side for an attackman, but man, can this kid do it all. He started about half the year for Taft as a sophomore when Virginia-bound Tucker Mullen (SweetLax Florida) went down with an injury, and there’s no doubt that he’s going to be a star for the Rhinos.
“He’s as complete a guy as we’ve had in the past couple of years,” Taft head coach Nic Bell said.
Moynihan is completely fearless when it comes to turning the corner and getting to the paint. He’s a superb finisher, has the quickness and speed to separate against just about any defender, and he’s got an insanely high compete level. Moynihan rides hard all the time, progressed as a feeder as the summer went on – he was excellent at the NLF Elite 120 – and short of having prototypical size, is a complete attackman.
“He was an inside guy at first and then he became this speed dodger from X,” one Division I assistant coach said. “I liked that he progressed and was able to adapt.”