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 41-30 group. Be sure to check back this week as we drop the rest of the rankings.
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 and HERE for the 30-21 group. More four-star prospects from outside the top 60 will also be announced soon.
Very much looking the part of an elite defenseman at 6-2, 185 pounds, Vardaro is a critical part of arguably the best defense in the country. He was tremendous in helping the Wolfpack to an NLF national title at UMass, leading a defense that only yielded two goals to an explosive Eclipse offense. If Vardaro can refine his consistency a bit, he could climb even higher on this list. He has an active stick, does a good job off the carpet and when he’s dialed in, he brings some sandpaper to the 91 defense. Vardaro projects to be a cornerstone of the Friars’ defense for years to come.
Miller wasted no time in making an impact at Landon. He had the fourth-highest scoring season for a freshman in program history after previous Landon luminaries like Joey Epstein (Johns Hopkins), Nate Buller (Penn State) and Pat Keena (Navy). That’s pretty darn good company.
Miller’s an electric dodger who creates separation with a bevy of moves. He’s a terrific shooter who places his shots well and is also a relentless presence on the ride. Miller has the potential to break open any game, like when he dropped seven goals, including the OT winner, on North Carolina power Cardinal Gibbons.
Ford is such an interesting player because he just continues to get better. An NLF at IMG All-Star, he was projected as a four-star prior to the spring. All he’s done since then is average 4.5 points per game for a Boys’ Latin team that currently sits atop the MIAA. As a sophomore. Even more impressive? The stat line is split down the middle at 33 goals and 30 assists. You can’t ask for much more from the 6-3, 180-pounder.
Ford has as good a lacrosse IQ as anyone in the class to go along with terrific hands and excellent vision. He’s a terrific passer who burned top-10 team Lawrenceville for five assists earlier this year, as well as a six-dime game against Culver. He puts the ball exactly where his teammates want it. If he can get a little quicker, he’ll be uncoverable.
Like Ford, Fox is another player that came out of the fall and winter looking like a solid four-star. Things change when you not only start at a national power like Chaminade, but also become the Flyers’ top defensive option. Fox has been tasked with covering some incredibly high-level upperclass attackmen and he’s performed admirably in the process. He exudes toughness, doesn’t back down from anyone and seeks out the top matchups. He’s a lockdown 1v1 defender with a fast-improving off-ball game, and his improvement over the past six months or so has been eye-popping. The entire Wolfpack starting defense is in this countdown for good reason. It’s a lockdown group, and Fox is right in the middle of it.
Much like three of the five five-star ’23 goalies, Coryea doesn’t have ideal size for the position. Despite that, he’s an elite keeper who’s very fluid, almost unbeatable on low shots and one who moves side-to-side exceptionally well. Coryea commands the defense well. He has an advanced understanding of who’s supposed to slide and where they’re supposed to go. Coryea will be a four-year starter at one of the Midwest’s premier prep programs.
“He knows the slides for the defense, which is something that you don’t often see goalies understand at that age,” Resolute coach Matt Lee said. “Tyler knows who’s the 1, who’s the 2, and that really helps him. He’s a very good leader on the field.”
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If you want Kenney on your team, you’re going to have to live with the fact that he can be a bit of a riverboat gambler. Trust us, it’s worth it. The reward FAR outweighs the risk with Kenney. The 6-2, 180-pounder has been known to send sticks to the moon with regularity. An athletic lefty who runs very well in the open field, he’s terrific at taking the ball away with a variety of checks, all of which he’ll try. He’s got plenty of scrappiness and he’s the type of guy that you want on your side in a fight. Kenney’s been absolutely lights-out for Needham this spring.
The most electric ’24 scorer in Philly. Jaszcz is a gamebreaking shooter who’s proven himself in the Inter-Ac, one of the toughest leagues in the country. He showed off some of that instant-offense ability by burying a second-half hat trick in a comeback win over Avon Old Farms. He’s a fantastic shooter who gets a ton of velocity on his shots, but he can also beat his man off the dodge to get open. He put up 31 goals and 13 assists as a freshman, numbers that he’s on pace to blow by. He could end up being Episcopal’s highest-recruited offensive player in years.
A fantastic lefty who really shined at the NLF Fall Invitational, in addition to the IMLCA Players Summit and NLF at IMG, Wills primarily plays LSM for PIAA contender La Salle. No matter where he plays, this is a guy you want on your team. He certainly does not shy away from physicality and being aggressive with offensive players. Wills throws hard checks, positions himself well and hunts out his matchup. He comes from a very athletic family with his sister, Emily, being an All-Patriot League attacker at Loyola and his brother, Ryan, being a Penn State offensive lineman.
Hicks has average size but plays much bigger than he is. He seeks out and creates contact as a dodger, almost as if a dodge doesn’t start until he’s made contact with his matchup. He’s an excellent shooter who creates his own shot very well, and turn and rake if you allow him to get his hands free even for a split second.
Hicks was a monster for Pacific Southwest at the Nike National All-Star Games last summer. He earned MVP honors after leading his team to a championship after filling up the back of the net in every game.
The NLF at IMG All-Star makes everything look so easy. An incredibly-skilled righty with the potential to crack any game wide open, he’s a very smooth scorer and he’s elevated his game as part of a stacked Brunswick team that ranks as the No. 2 team in the country. Hausmann’s been a constant on the stat sheet for the Bruins, burying a hat trick against Lawrenceville and pocketing a pair of goals against Darien, among others.
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He’s tall and athletic with good wheels in the open field. Hausmann is as offensively gifted as any middie in the class, as he showed when he scored both Eclipse goals in the NLF national title game. He can play good defense, too, but could stand to become a little more consistent at it.