It feels like Laxachusetts has a guy or two like Nigrelli – mobile, agile and hostile – every year. Double points for being a BC High product, since the Eagles are a defensive factory. The brand-new Tar Heel verbal fits in perfectly in the ACC. A lefty who loves to get physical, Nigrelli throws heavy checks, times his double teams well and has the athleticism to get out and push the pace with the ball in his stick. He can be a little overly aggressive at times, but at this age, it’s better to be overly aggressive than not nearly enough.
Had it not been for an injury that he’s still battling, Henning would likely be much higher on this list. He carved out a role for himself on a very good Garnet Valley team that reached the PIAA playoffs before he got hurt. Despite that, he was a priority for Penn State, which has done a nice job in state early in this cycle. Henning was an NLF at IMG All-Star and is adept at beating defenders down the alley with a good first step. He can also stretch defenses out with his two-handed shooting ability.
The third Thunder attackman on this list – the Georgia boys know how to score goals – and a recent verbal to the Wolverines, Lobel is an electric shooter who can pinpoint shots into the smallest of windows. A Maverik Showtime All-Star, Lobel has the quickness and agility to also beat his man on the dodge. The lefty showed a knack for scoring some timely goals – he pocketed three tallies in the CrabFeast semis and final – and is particularly good at toying with goalies by beating them short side from the lefty wing.
Wolfram started for NLFRankings.com’s No. 4 team in the country this spring and assimilated himself well into the Bruins’ offense. The lefty is a cerebral QB of the offense who can get to the rack but has also shown the ability to make some pretty passes into tight windows. An NLF at IMG All-Star, he rides hard, and he’s one of the top lefty QB options in the class.
Girard was a driving force behind Manhasset’s run to a Nassau County Class C championship and appearance in the Long Island Championship game. He’s an explosive athlete with really quick hands and chases down his own ground balls with ease. Girard also played a major role in Shore 2 Shore’s run to the NLF National Championships title game, and he’s also a threat to score or set up an attackman on the break.
McClements didn’t wait until the summer to put on a show. The 6-foot, 185-pounder was lights-out for a very good Nobles team, firing home 52 goals to go along with 19 assists. He loves to work his way to 5v5 and gives defenses fits there, especially as he’s worked hard to diversify from which side he attacks. An incredibly skilled finisher who shows different release points on his shot, McClements excels from X. He won’t be uncommitted for much longer.
Is there a more ambidextrous shooter in the class than Schubert? Probably not. He’s just as deadly as a righty as he is a lefty, and that’s saying something. He dodges hard with his head up from X and makes smart passes, but his bread and butter is his ability to finish with either hand. Schubert loves to create separation on a topside sweep and uncork that hard shot of his. Georgetown’s put together a really impressive class in the first month, and adding Schubert to it takes it to another level.
Collecting U.S. Lacrosse All-America honors as a sophomore is always impressive. Leading the state champions in scoring (46-22-68) might be even more so. One of two sophomores to earn the All-America nod in Eastern Massachusetts, Ayers is extremely quick and routinely leaves defenders cross-checking air as he runs by them. Poised with the ball in his stick but a terrific finisher without it, Ayers also rides as hard as anyone and makes up for his lack of size with his aggressiveness and tenacity.
A perfect fit for who Army is, Seaman is an outstanding two-way midfielder who makes a ton of little plays. He’s got grit, toughness and aggressiveness for days. Playing against him seems like a miserable experience. He was one of two sophomores to earn Southeastern Pennsylvania all-state honors on the heels of a 62-goal, 17-assist, 32-GB campaign. He showed a lot of what endeared him to the Black Knights with a standout performance at NAL.
A recent transfer to the MIAA powerhouse Cardinals after spending his sophomore campaign at Culver (Ind.), Provost is one of the best pure lefty shooters in the class. He gets a TON of power and torque on his shot and absolutely cannot be left open on the wing. The 6-2, 180-pound Provost changes planes well and offers a bunch of different releases, which keeps goalies guessing as to what he’s doing. Pair him with a top-notch power and watch him cook.