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, 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, and 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. Four players in this group are considered to be four-star prospects, then the rest are five-stars. CLICK HERE for the 60-51 group, HERE for the 50-41 group, AND HERE for the 40-31 group. More four-star prospects from outside the top 60 will also be announced soon.
Any list of the best midfield shooters in the class has to involve Firlie, and it probably starts with him. He can absolutely rip it either righty or lefty and either as a stepdown shooter or on the run. Firlie, a first-line midfielder for McDonogh this spring who’s starting to draw the pole on a more consistent basis, has excellent speed and has a knack for getting to his spot. A Maverik Showtime, One Percent and The Show All-Star, Firlie’s a dangerous scoring threat from anywhere.
Pokorny, who earned NLF at IMG All-Star honors, is one of the class’ elite lefty finishers. He’s super creative player who earned all-state honors as a freshman at Darien last spring and is one of the Blue Wave’s top players as a sophomore. The younger brother of senior Harvard commit Finn Pokorny, he can score in a million different ways. Pokorny cuts an imposing figure at 6-2, 200 pounds, and while he’s a scorer first, he’s capable of finding open guys as a passer.
If you like goalies with great hand speed, Olazabal’s your guy. He earned some time as a freshman at Exeter and is the starter as a sophomore. Last summer’s One Percent All-Star Game Defensive MVP has fast, controlled hands and has a flair for the dramatic with some of his incredible 1v1 saves. A fierce competitor who’s always talking with his defense, Olazabal plays bigger than his frame.
There aren’t many players that have Browne’s physical attributes in this class. He’s basically a damn unicorn as a 6’5″ lefty midfielder / attackman with a silky smooth offensive game. The two-time Nike National All-Star selection can shoot almost equally well with either hand, has an almost unstoppable hitch-and-go move and can stretch defenses out with his shooting ability. Browne, whose sister, Jay, plays at Stanford, is also a terrific basketball player who can throw down multiple dunks.
Guinee put together an outstanding showing at the IMLCA Players Summit in December, racking up multiple goals in every game against high-level competition. The ball explodes off of his stick, and his box background lends itself well to his hybrid indoor and outdoor style. One of 11 (!) kids, Guinee has plenty of toughness and gritiness, and he’s been having a terrific season at Holderness.
Cruz was very impressive at the NLF Fall Invitational in November, and he’s continued his upward ascent since then in his first year at St. Joseph’s in New Jersey. That includes a great three-goal, two-assist day in a 10-9 win over Ridgewood. A well-built offensive weapon, he’s incredibly athletic with tremendous change-of-direction ability and straight-line speed. Once he gets out in transition, don’t worry about trying to catch him. It ain’t happening. He can get to the rack with his athleticism and toughness and has vast upside.
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One of the most well-known commodities on the ’24 circuit for years, Panetti has backed up his lofty reputation with consistently excellent play at Landon. According to the school, he was the Bears’ most productive freshman midfielder since 2003. He’s continued that great play this spring, like when he scored this crazy game-tying goal or put forth three points in a 6-5 upset of Georgetown Prep.
An all-star at The Show, Panetti is incredibly explosive, strong and can make an impact all over. He used to take a ton of faceoffs and can still do it, but it’s his ability to take over a game and athleticism that make him a high-end prospect.
Kephart has the customary snarl, toughness and physical edge that all good Long Island defensemen are known for. He looks the part at 6-2, 200 pounds, and he plays every bit of that big frame. Kephart’s battled some injuries of late, but he’s going to be a four-year starter for perennial powerhouse Garden City. That’s incredibly impressive, especially considering the fact that the Trojans might have the best defense on the Island. Kephart, whose older brother plays at Cornell, played a major role in GC’s Long Island-winning football team as a linebacker and running back.
A phenomenal all-around athlete, Gregorek makes a noticeable impact all over the field for the Wolfpack and for the Wildcats, who are one of Long Island’s top teams. An excellent defensive midfielder who thrives in transition, he’s irreplaceable for the Wolfpack with his ability to do damage everywhere. Gregorek constantly draws the pole for the Wolfpack, and while his playing style is similar to his oldest brother and current Navy midfielder Gavin Gregorek, he’s even more athletic and more of an offensive threat. He’s on pace to provide about 40 points while serving as the primary faceoff option for Shoreham, which has a huge showdown fellow Suffolk C unbeaten Mount Sinai next week.
Stevens put together THE performance of the NLF at IMG All-Star Game, denying 10 shots sent his way and only ceding one goal. He’s carried that, plus an outstanding fall in his first action for Leading Edge, over into his play for Pingry as a sophomore starter.
Stevens has put together a nice campaign, stopping 69 percent of shots and only allowing double-digit goals once. He has excellent size for the position, takes away low shots with ease and is calm in the cage. Leading Edge produced two of last year’s three All-American team goalies, and Stevens looks like the next great one out of New Jersey’s top program.