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No. 31 Aiden Bodonyi, LSM/Defense, Western Reserve (Ohio) / Resolute / Ohio State ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 94
The first post-9.1 commit was a three-foot tap-in for birdie for the Buckeyes in a local kid that grew up an Ohio State fan and always wanted to be a Buckeye. Fortunately for Nick Myers, that player also happens to be an outstanding, versatile defender who will fit in seamlessly into the Buckeyes’ defense.
Bodonyi is up to 6-5, 185 pounds, but he runs with the speed and grace of a much smaller, dynamic athlete. Instrumental to Resolute’s trip to the NLF semis in July, covers a ton of ground with his long strides, handles the ball well in traffic and can easily assimilate to playing either LSM or close defense. Bodonyi, who earned honorable mention All-MSLCA honors at WRA while playing for former OSU assistant Dylan Sheridan, has insanely high upside.
No. 32 Hunter Chauvette, attack, Lawrenceville (N.J.) / SweetLax Upstate – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 94
Chauvette was excellent for Lawrenceville this spring, emerging as the team’s top offensive threat with 55 goals and 22 assists. His brother, Cam, starred for the same coaching staff at Culver, but the now Johns Hopkins attackman was predominantly a feeder from X. The younger Chauvette is in the business of scoring goals and business is booming.
He’s a deadly lefty wing shooter and can also provide mismatches by coming out of the box. Armed with an extremely quick release, Chauvette gets a ton of power on his shot and is one of the class’ foremost authorities on low-to-high bombs. He’s also consistently riding hard and competes as hard as anyone, and he’s adept at coming out of scrums with ground balls.
No. 33 Robert Simone, faceoff midfield, Lawrenceville (N.J.) / NJ Riot – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 93
Simone was an absolute monster at Don Bosco Prep this spring, leading the Ironmen to a New Jersey Tournament of Champions title despite missing the championship game. he came away with 80 percent of the faceoffs that he took, using a bevy of moves and advanced technique to go with the ability to chase down ground balls with ease.
Simone has also played defensive midfield quite a bit when he’s not scrapping at the X. He missed most of the summer because of an injury suffered in that TOC run, but when healthy, he’s as good as anyone in the class.
No. 34 Jackie Weller, faceoff midfield, St. John’s (D.C.) / MadLax DC Dogs – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 93
Perhaps the No. 1 reason why the DC Dogs took home the NLF National Championship in such a dominant fashion in July, Weller got better and better as the summer went on. He spent his sophomore year at IMG and has since transferred to St. John’s, where he’ll give the Cadets a huge shot in the arm at the stripe.
Weller has good hand speed, but he really shines with his array of counters and knowing what to do in any situation. He’s almost as good at winning faceoffs when he loses the clamp as when he wins it. An athletic, springy faceoff middie, he chases down his own ground balls with ease and makes good decisions with the ball in his stick.
No. 35 Hunter Spiess, defense, Brunswick (Conn.) / 2Way – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 93
One of the fastest-rising defensemen in the class, Spiess started for a loaded Bruins team alongside Princeton, Notre Dame and Duke commits this spring and parlayed it into an excellent summer. A Maverik Showtime All-Star, Spiess packs great size at 6-2, 185 alongside a really good stick and timely, accurate checks.
Also a Tier I hockey player, Spiess has the athleticism to match up with smaller attackmen and the size and physicality to stop bigger, stronger types. He doesn’t really get carried away with hacking away at guys, but when he does throw them, they tend to land on gloves and make attackmen very uncomfortable.
No. 36 Hill Plunkett, attack, Roswell (Ga.) / Thunder / Army – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 93
The first true ’23 commit in the class and a huge get for the Black Knights, who also have his older brother, Evan, Plunkett is the best of a very talented Thunder attack group that gave defenses fits all summer. An All-Star at Maverik Showtime, he’s extremely competitive, can set up as well as he scores, and is a terror in the riding game.
He stood out at CrabFeast for a Thunder team that made the final, where he showed off “superb passing” and that he had “all of the pieces that you want in an elite attackman.” It’s also no surprise to hear that he’s athletic enough to start at cornerback for Roswell’s football team, one of the better teams in a talent-laden state in Georgia.
No. 37 Patrick Jameison, goalie, Conestoga (Pa.) /. Brotherly Love – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 93
Here’s the thing about sophomore goalies being named U.S. Lacrosse All-Americans in Eastern Pennsylvania: it NEVER happens. It simply doesn’t. It’s rare enough to start that young for a program like Conestoga. To be chosen as the top guy in as good an area in Philly? As a sophomore? You kidding?
“He’s one of the best goalies, if not the best goalies that we’ve ever had at Conestoga,” Pioneers head coach Brody Bush said. “He was our team MVP as a sophomore, which is pretty rare for us.”
Jameison is extremely patient in the cage and never looks rushed, even when shooters are on top of him in 1v1 situations. He’s outstanding in the clearing game, routinely dropping dimes to jumpstart the transition game.
No. 38 Andrew Greenspan, faceoff midfield, Brunswick (Conn.) / Prime Time – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 93
One of the longstanding proven commodities in the class and one of its best technicians, Greenspan put forth a good summer. He earned All-Star nods at Maverik Showtime and the One Percent Showcase, the latter of which where he battled through an injury to emerge as one of the event’s best.
He saw plenty of time for Brunswick this year, and while inconsistent at times, flashed the type of gamebreaking ability at the stripe that he’s known for. He’s one of the better ’23 faceoff men at handling the ball after the win, and he probably could carve out some midfield minutes if the Bruins weren’t so loaded there (they have the No. 2 and No. 7 overall players in the class at midfield, among others.) His array of moves and counters are a handful for anyone.
No. 39 Shawn Lyght, defense, Seton Hall Prep (N.J.) / Leading Edge – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 93
Lyght very much looks the part of a big-time ACC, Big Ten or Ivy defenseman. A 6-3, 190-pounder whose frame indicates there’s plenty of room to add muscle in a college weight room, Lyght should emerge as a two-year starter for one of New Jersey’s top programs in Seton Hall Prep.
This summer, he wowed a ton of college coaches and onlookers with his size and speed combo. Lyght covers a ton of ground with his long strides, has really good footwork – thanks in part to his basketball background – and oozes upside. Far from a finished product, he’ll be a great addition to a high-level class.
No. 40 Jack Speidell, attack, St. Anthony’s (N.Y.) / Team 91 Long Island – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 93
A year ago, Speidell was one of the best pure goal scorers in the ’23 class, but that was about all he did. Fast forward to now, and he’s still that elite goal scorer, but he can also do so much more now. He was a consistent presence for the 91 Bandits throughout the summer after a great spring for the St. Anthony’s JV team. The Friars’ second squad could beat the wheels off of most varsity programs across the country, and being the top guy there allowed Speidell to diversify his game. He did just that, finishing with 33 goals and 31 assists.
Speidell’s an excellent shooter and understands where and when to go to get the ball and finish inside. He’s tough and can finish in traffic even when taking a hit. Now, he shows much improved vision as a passer and can thread the ball into tighter windows.