NLF Class of 2025 Rankings
Brendan Millon maintains No. 1 spot
Gary Merrill, Jackson Maher headline 2-10 group
Cam Kelley, Wyatt Bowman highlight 11-20 grouping
Matt Triolo, Miguel Iglesias, Brendan Mullahy spearhead 21-30
Dash Lamitie, Aidan-Diaz Matos, Gavin Lynch set the standard for 31-40
Russ Fitzgerald, Bryce Lyden, Matty McKane the stars of 41-50
The 6-foot, 175-pounder plays bigger than he is. Kelly is one of the most complete defensemen in the class, showing the ability to do as much off-ball as he does on it. It’s a rare trait for a defenseman this young, but it’s one that helps him stand out. He’s always hunched over in the perfect defensive stance and has an advanced understanding of team defense. The Maverik Showtime and Main Stage All-Star also played a good deal of LSM this summer and showed well up top, flashing the ability to cover in space and make an impact on the faceoff wings. He just committed to Harvard yesterday.
Verville excelled from the first game of the summer and was a consistent force in the midfield for Laxachusetts throughout the season. A 6-foot, 200-pounder with a rock-solid build, Verville has the size and speed to compete all over the field. He’s a force on the clear and plays good defense, but also had the offensive chops to be a first-line offensive midfielder for a nationally-ranked Belmont Hill squad this spring. He’s the type of midfielder that you often see in the ACC, which it sounds like where he’ll be headed.
The dynamic lefty backstopped the Sals to another Delaware state title this spring. Twitchy and athletic with fast hands, Taylor has soared to the top of many high-academic schools’ boards. Taylor also drew a ton of praise for his instincts and ability to get the ball up, out and into his teammates’ sticks. He also makes a lot of clean saves that don’t yield rebounds.
A Main Stage All-Star, Hawkins is the best of a bumper crop of Midwest goalies in the 2025 class. His movements are clean and efficient, he rarely guesses and has incredibly quick feet that allow him to come away with a ton of low saves.
“He’s also such a competitor,” Resolute director Anthony Kelly said. “He holds himself to the highest standard.”
Also One Percent All-Star, Hawkins drops dimes in the clearing game and is very active outside of the cage.
Swinnie brings something different to the table than a lot of his 2025 faceoff counterparts. He’s one of the best athletes and one of the top guys with the ball in his stick after the win. He shined as the top faceoff man at One Percent and also collected Main Stage All-Star honors. He’s got plus hand speed and a good array of moves in his arsenal, but he can handle the rock well under pressure and make poised, smart decisions.
His first step out the front door is a mismatch problem, and the recent transfer to Lawrenceville, the NLF’s No. 1 high school team in the country last year, finds his point men and wing men well in traffic.
The first freshman to ever start at Chaminade – ever, at any position – Ball is another one who can handle himself in traffic in the middle of the field as well as anyone in the class. He claimed 70 percent of his battles at the stripe as a sophomore for the Flyers and is another one that can push the pace a little bit. The younger brother of 2020 five-star and current Georgetown faceoff middie James Ball, Ball is proficient with his technique and is a good-sized athlete who earned NLF at IMG All-Star honors last winter.
Popham earned more and more playing time on an upperclassman-heavy Non-Public A champion Delbarton defense this spring, an encouraging sign for a younger defenseman. He’s got a very high IQ and garnered praise for his ability to cover above the cage as well as he does at GLE and below. He’s a confident, aggressive defenseman who likes to hunt matchups.
It’s one thing to be a three-sport athlete. It’s quite another to be a baller at all three. Struck was all-state as a sophomore in football. Oh, and in hockey on a state championship team. Oh, and as you might imagine from his inclusion here, in lacrosse. If you like elite athletes, Struck is your guy. He motors up and down the field with ease and impacts the game in all facets. At 6-1, 195, Struck also looks the part physically. How good will he be when he’s just focusing on lacrosse?
Head on a swivel when Gardner is roaming. The lefty LOVES to lay the body, a nod to how he’s an All-Inter-Ac linebacker for the defending league champions. At 6-3, 205 pounds, Gardner looks like he belongs in college right now. He earned a starting role for the Inter-Ac regular-season champion, and there aren’t many defensemen in Haverford’s storied past that can make that claim. Gardner excelled at One Percent, earning an All-Star nod, and has underrated stick skills. He’s got a huge mean streak and loves to get out and physically impose his will on attackmen.
The longest-standing commit in the class after verballing to the ‘Hoos as a ’24 and opting to PG to go in as a ’25, Lahey shined in his first season with Prime Time. An NLF at IMG All-Star, he operates well from X and dodges with his head up to find open teammates. He’s also very proficient at dodging from up top and has underrated pop on his shot, making him a threat from outside. Lahey’s got shifty feet and a knack for finishing around the cage.