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We’re finally off and running with the first NLF class of 2024 player rankings.
It’s a testament to the depth of this class that more than 100 players received consideration for the rankings, which feature the top 60 players in the country. As the class continues to make itself known, we will expand our rankings to include more and more players, particularly after their big recruiting summer.
Players from all over the country are eligible for the rankings. That’s regardless of whether or not they play for an NLF club. Rankings are compiled after extensive analysis from club coaches, high school coaches and other prominent figures in the lacrosse world. We’ll be counting down to No. 1, continuing with this 10-6 group.
As a reminder, feel free to check out the rest of the site for plenty of spring high school coverage. The NLF has covered games in Pennsylvania, Maryland, D.C., New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, California and more. We look to continue to increase our coverage. If you’re looking for game stories, standouts, player quotes, etc., this is the place to find it.
Without further ado, let’s continue the class of 2024 top 60. All ten players in this group are considered five-star prospects. CLICK HERE for the 60-51 group, HERE for the 50-41 group, HERE for the 40-31 group, HERE for the 30-21 group and HERE for the 20-11 group. More four-star prospects from outside the top 60 will also be announced soon.
NLF Class of 2024 Top 60
10. Caden Harshbarger, midfield, Lake Mary (Fla.) / SweetLax Florida ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Athletically, Harshbarger is a cut above just about everyone in the class. He just makes everything look so easy. He doesn’t run by people so much as he just effortlessly glides by them. He’s fast, quick and agile with exceptional change of direction. Get ready to slide when he decides to dodge. You’re going to need it. Harshbarger also does a good job of getting to ground balls on the faceoff wings. He dodges with his head up and can find open guys with ease.
9. Liam Kershis, attack, Shoreham-Wading River (N.Y.) / Legacy ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
A critical part of the Wildcats’ undefeated team, Kershis put up 35 goals and 20 assists as a freshman and has since significantly improved on those numbers. The Show’s attack MVP and a One Percent All-Star, heads into the week with a nice 38-31-69 stat line and it’s not hard to see why. He’ll be a priority for a ton of schools because elite-level X attackmen are notoriously hard to find. Outstanding both as a passer and finisher, Kershis has the speed, quickness, vision, shooting ability and toughness that you want.
8. Kyle Colsey, attack, Ridgefield (Conn.) / Eclipse ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
An all-star at just about every event he’s played in – most recently NLF at IMG, where he pocketed the 3v3 Braveheart OT winner – Colsey is an extremely dynamic lefty offensive weapon. His versatility is impressive, as he can cook a defender at X, on the wings or from up top. Colsey has excellent change-of-direction ability to help him separate from anyone. A high-IQ player – not surprising considering he’s Syracuse legend Roy Colsey‘s son and Virginia signee Ryan Colsey‘s brother – Colsey has been incredibly productive for Ridgefield. He racked up more than 100 points as a freshman as the Tigers won a state title, and he’s been producing at a high clip this year, too. He excels at identifying and exploiting matchups. Colsey projects as a guy who can play attack or come out of the box at the next level.
7. Ben McCarthy, faceoff midfield, Haverford School (Pa.) / Freedom / Ascension ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
It’s hard to be a starting faceoff midfielder as a sophomore just about anywhere. It’s incredibly difficult to do that as a sophomore in Philly’s vaunted Inter-Ac League. Not only has McCarthy earned the Fords’ starting job, he’s arguably been the best faceoff guy in all of Philly. He’s been winning scraps at about a 75 percent clip, but it’s also about how he’s winning them. McCarthy’s got an army of exits, moves and counters, and he keeps opponents guessing as a result. When he wins forward, he’s a threat on the break. He can also more than hold his own as a short-stick defensive midfielder on the rare occasions that he loses. McCarthy’s a high-level athlete for the position and so far, has clearly separated himself as the top faceoff man in the class.
6. Lucca DiBartolomeo, LSM, Malvern Prep (Pa.) / Brotherly Love / Ascension ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
The No. 1 LSM in these rankings, DiBartolomeo is an incredibly tenacious, high-energy, aggressive difference-maker on the field. He’s eschewed the game of a modern-day offensive LSM for a more throwback defensive role, and it works to perfection for him. That’s not to say that he can’t push the pace in transition – he most definitely can – but he’s significantly ahead of most of his position mates in the class as a defender.
At his young age, DiBartolomeo has already defeated cancer – not a big deal – and that fighting spirit shows up in spades in his game. There’s only one speed with him. He causes an incredible amount of havoc in the middle of the field, does an excellent job on ground balls and is the type of guy that you want on your side in any scrap. He earned regular playing time for Malvern last year as a freshman, backing up All-American pole Pup Buono, now at Penn State. It would be a surprise to see him not garner All Inter-Ac honors – and beyond – this spring. He’s that good.
“He has the potential to be one of the best ones we’ve ever had here,” Malvern defensive coordinator Paul O’Grady said earlier this season before DiBartolomeo spearheaded a stingy defensive effort in a win over rival Haverford School. “He’s a freak.”
That he is. DiBartolomeo, who reclassed from ’23 to ’24 as a result of the cancer diagnosis, has a set of twin brothers in the ’24 class. Peri and Roman are both terrific defensive midfielders, and it’ll be interesting to see if they end up as a package deal for a lucky school.