Time to wrap up analysis of the entire Top 50, finishing up with players ranked 1-10. It will be interesting to see how this group, accompanied by a slew of talented players ranked from 11-50 and beyond, vies for spots in the top ten after the conclusion of their high school careers.
Next week, I’ll unleash an entire new group of players ranked from 51-75, though the Top 50 will all stay the same. For now, follow Recruiting Rundown on Twitter.
1. Ryan Conrad, M, Loyola Blakefield (Md.)
Affiliation: Looney’s, FCA
A four-year starter (both attack and midfield) and 2013 MIAA champ, Conrad racked up 33 goals and 22 assists as a junior, getting heavy amounts of pressure from opposing defenses. He’s athletic and given his soccer background, possesses endurance that allows him to be a tremendous asset for his team. Shot on the run has been well seasoned, along with great vision and both wing and F/O play. Virginia loves recruits like Conrad – the ‘Hoos staff will count on him as a freshman.
2. Timmy Kelly, A, Calvert Hall (Md.)
Affiliation: MLC, FCA
Commitment: North Carolina
If anyone’s a threat to take over Conrad’s No. 1 spot, it’s his longtime friend from an archrival school. Kelly spent the offseason living in the weight room, expanding his game and putting on an absolute show last spring with 51 goals and 42 assists, following that up with 3.5 points per game at Under Armour. Intelligent and excellent both with and without the ball, add him to the list of heralded Carolina recruits at attack.
3. Dan Bucaro, A, Ward Melville (N.Y.)
Coming out of nowhere as a sophomore for the national champion Patriots, Bucaro followed that up with a 60-point season despite missing the final four games (plus the summer). Slick and savvy lefty who is tough as nails and can essentially dodge and shoot from anywhere on the field, putting the team on his back in clutch situations. Monster boon of a recruit for Kevin Warne, a Ward Melville alum himself.
4. Curtis Zappala, A/M, Episcopal Academy (Pa.)
Affiliation: Duke’s LC
I’m a huge fan of this kid’s versatility, thriving at both attack and midfield and carrying an otherwise struggling Churchmen squad. Zappala’s agile and athletic, boasting a strong outside shot and lacrosse IQ – those attributes were on display during his All-Tournament (10 goals) campaign with Team Philly at Under Armour. He has the upside to be a household name by the end of his career with the Terps.
5. James Sullivan, FO/M, Garden City (N.Y.)
Essentially automatic at the face-off X for the Trojans since he was an eighth grade, Sullivan has transformed into a more complete midfielder, demonstrating that during UA weekend. Anticipating the whistle with his insanely quick hands, he’s able to not only make quick work in that aspect but also excel when dodging from up top, racking up 30 points plus 120 GB’s as a junior. Helps Chris Wojcik’s Crimson in a number of ways from the get go.
6. Brian Willetts, A, Smithtown East (N.Y.)
Affiliation: Team Smithtown
Commitment: North Carolina
Not many offensive weapons in the country impose their will more than the 6’3, 200-pound Willetts, a three-sport athlete. The Bulls won their first Suffolk title in 2014 and he was a big reason why, leading the county in goals with 60, as well as 33 helpers. The future Tar Heel is a lights out shooter – both accurate and powerful, using a super quick release. Willets will be a fun player to watch in Chapel Hill, where he’ll team up with a bunch of talent.
7. Tommy Wright, LSM/D, Garden City (N.Y.)
Commitment: Penn State
Steadily improving to where he is now as the nation’s top pole, Wright is an absolute beast, demonstrating a completeness to his game during Under Armour weekend. He’s a vacuum off the ground and uses his stick to his advantage when shutting down his assignment. A probable four-year starter, this is the kind of defender that the Nittany Lions will need if they want to become a force in the Big 10.
8. Joey Manown, A, La Salle (R.I.)
Affiliation: Fighting Clams
Manown is one of the more electrifying (and bold) dodgers in years, using an incredible first step to beat his man and get to GLE, often with diving goals on the crease. His hockey background shows, shaking off contact despite being just 5-foot-7 and 170 pounds. He put up 45 goals and 38 assists last spring to garner US All-American honors for the second time and will do it again if kept healthy. All bets are on Manown enjoying a successful career at Duke.
9. Nick Mellen, LSM/D, West Genesee (N.Y.)
Arguably the best defenseman to come out of upstate since Jack Reilly in 2010, Mellen is the perfect blend of strength, speed and cover ability. He’s an animal off of the wing, chipping in during transition play or when the ball is on the ground. With his well-roundedness down low, he can cover elite attackmen with all sorts of different skill sets – and dominate them. Likely too talented to keep off the field at ‘Cuse.
10. Drew Supinski, M, Haverford (Pa.)
Affiliation: Mesa Fresh, Duke’s LC
Commitment: Johns Hopkins
A mainstay for the Fords since his freshman year, Supinski broke through this past season, contributing an impressive 30 goals and 35 assists. Dodges the alleys in a hard-nosed manner, setting up teammates or using his wheels to create separation from longpoles before getting off a quick overhand shot. Plays both ends of the field incredibly well, a quality that will likely help him see immediate playing time once he gets to JHU.