Breaking Down The Best: Seniors Ranked 11-20

Charles Kelly

Malvern Prep’s Charles Kelly

As I’ve said before, this class of 2015 is an insanely talented group top to bottom. With how deep it is, all of the players listed below from 11-20 could have easily made the top ten.

Tomorrow, I’ll be posting the final 10 breakdowns as well as an update of what developments will take place on the site over the next few weeks.

Some quick links to eyeball:
Recruiting Rundown Twitter
Breakdown on 41-50
Breakdown on 31-40

11. Jack Rowlett, D, Robinson (Va.)
Affiliation: VLC
Commitment: North Carolina

Rangy and athletic, Rowlett has many of the intangibles that an ACC coach would want in a defenseman. He glues his man effectively, relying more on footwork and position play than heavy checks, showing off strong communication skills in the process. Also a standout as the quarterback on the football team, Carolina needs more defensemen like Rowlett, who has enough upside to see minutes right away as a Tar Heel.

12. Austin Henningsen, F/O, Northport (N.Y.)
Affiliation: Team Tiger
Commitment: Maryland

No face-off man in the country does a better job at simply wearing down his man to the point that, no matter how talented the opponent is, Henningsen makes them look silly. His upper body strength and quick hands are the Long Islander’s best traits and he has ample offensive skills. He’ll enter College Park with perfect timing, months after mainstay Charlie Raffa departs.

13. Charles Kelly, F/O, Malvern Prep (Pa.)
Affiliation: Mesa Fresh, Duke’s LC
Commitment: North Carolina

A pure technician, Kelly has made waves on the summer circuit for years, outworking his competition and getting the ball out of scrums rapidly. Built low to the ground at 5-foot-8, 175 pounds, he won 75 percent of draws for the Inter-Ac champion Friars, scooping up 218 balls. Joe Breschi’s had no shortage of superb FOGO’s lately, and Kelly’s next in line to step in and contribute right away.

14. Andy Matthews, A, Gilman (Md.)
Affiliation: MLC
Commitment: North Carolina

I love this kid’s athleticism and toughness, a quality that MIAA products are often said to lack. Matthews, a natural lefty who also excels on the ride, sees the field incredibly well and is essentially fearless around the cage, making all sorts of impressive plays. When paired with the right attackmen around him, he becomes lethal. The Greyhounds will depend on him much more as a senior, which will prepare him well for Chapel Hill.

15. Nate Marano, A, Foothill (Calif.)
Affiliation: West Coast Starz
Commitment: Denver

Named Lax Mag’s Player of the Year in the West, Marano absolutely blew up as a junior, pumping in an insane 87 goals and 24 assists, also scoring nine goals in July at Under Armour weekend. No defender in the region has been able to stifle the lefty due to his deceptive athleticism, seasoned stick work and hammer of an outside shot. He’ll have a chance to be special in Matt Brown’s box/field hybrid offense at Denver.

16. Zach Ambrosino, LSM/D, Taft (Conn.)
Affiliation: Fighting Clams
Commitment: Virginia

Ambrosino’s a physical specimen who fits the mold of a powerhouse ACC defender, showcasing enough versatility to be a bonafide threat either down low or up top. He has outstanding footwork and has stick skills that allow him to be an asset in transition, often seconds after stripping opponents and getting the rock off of the carpet. As fun to watch as any other defender on the recruiting trail during the last few years.

17. Grant Ament, A, Haverford (Pa.)
Affiliation: Mesa Fresh, Duke’s LC
Commitment: Penn State

What Ament lacks in size, he makes up for with his explosiveness at X, vision and overall hustle. Stepping up as a leader for the young Fords, the suburban Philly native boosted his team with his steady playmaking ability and decision-making. Missed most of the summer after an appendectomy but will be going full force next spring before heading to Happy Valley to help out from the moment he arrives.

18. Cade van Raaphorst, LSM/D, Desert Vista (Ariz.)
Affiliation: West Coast Starz
Commitment: Duke

Though still raw fundamentally, there’s no denying that van Raaphorst has what it takes to be an elite player under a Duke coaching staff known for developing and shaping talent. He’s a freak athlete who brings a lot to the table, including bruising checks, transition play and clearing ability. He can probably work on his stamina, however with improved defensive coaching at the next level, he’ll likely become a stud of a Blue Devil.

19. Brad Smith, A/M, Mountain Lakes (N.J.)
Affiliation: Laker Futures
Commitment: Duke

More of a midfielder when he committed, Smith (6’2, 190 pounds) made the transition over to attack and balled out in the form of 45 goals and 38 assists as the second offensive option. He’s also an excellent quarterback for the football team, using attributes like grit, ability to see the field and intelligence to his advantage. Led UA’s New Jersey squad in points this summer and will help Duke in a number of ways no matter what position he lines up at.

20. Jack Corbett, G, Hotchkiss (Conn.)
Affiliation: Laxachusetts
Commitment: Harvard

The Duxbury (Mass.) native had a fantastic spring for the Bearcats, showcasing his explosiveness in cage, pinpoint outlets and leadership qualities. Extraordinarily fun to watch, he makes difficult saves look easy and has plenty of athleticism of the cage. An acrobatic lefty with strong technique, once he hits Cambridge to work with defensive coordinator Adam Ghitelman, a special goalie in his own right, he’ll blossom.

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