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Ben McCarthy

Committed to:Duke
High School
Haverford School, Pa.
Current Team
Ascension, Freedom
5 out of 5 stars

NLF Spring 2022 Class of 2024 Rankings
Ranked No. 7

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.

One Percent Showcase Evaluation

All-Star. McCarthy is built with a higher center of gravity than most faceoff men. He uses that to his advantage when it comes to leaning on opponents. He’s a clean technician with quick hands and the ability to win the ball cleanly and launch forward into the offense. McCarthy’s also great on the ground when he doesn’t win it clean. When he turns possession into offense, McCarthy possesses a strong shot and astute passing to trigger the attack. It’s early, but as of right now, McCarthy has to be in the conversation as being the top faceoff guy in the ’24 class.

Major Accolades

2021 One Percent Showcase All-Star
2021 Maverik Showtime All-Star