- High School
- St. Anthony's, N.Y.
- Current Team
- Team 91 LI
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.
Wolfpack coach Jeff Aiello will tell anyone who’ll listen that he’s got the best defense in the country. It’s hard to dispute that after 91’s performance, one headlined by Vardaro’s play. He won his matchup with Ryan Colsey, keeping the dynamic lefty off the scoresheet, and you have to love what Vardaro brings to the table. St. Anthony’s has a good one on its hands – again, common theme – in a mean, nasty defenseman who covers a ton of ground. Vardaro knocked down a couple of passes, including a particularly impressive one on an EMO, and he struck on a check in traffic that caused a turnover. He might be the best ’24 defenseman in the country.
All-Star. Vardaro covers a ton of ground in defensive coverage. He’s got long strides and quick feet, which lets him track his man, slide quickly and recover well. He’s also smart about his positioning and his distribution on clears. Vardaro’s got plenty of bite and physicality, too.
2021 NLF National Champion with Team 91
2021 One Percent Showcase All-Star
2021 Maverik Showtime All-Star