Blue Devils, Cavaliers Boast Top 2017 Classes; Top 75 Rankings By College

Zeke-NarciseThe Top 75 sophomore list has been posted, allowing the ability to delve into the top recruiting classes as a preliminary peek.

Virginia and Duke strike me as the top dogs at the moment, though there’s plenty of time for the other schools to catch up as kids progress and become more visible. Below you’ll find a school-by-school listing of the programs able to reel in the premier talent.

VIRGINIA CAVALIERS
No. 1 Matt Moore, M, Garnet Valley (Pa.)
No. 5 Alex Rode, G, St. Paul’s (Md.)
No. 7 Will Rock, LSM, Gonzaga (D.C.)
No. 8 Ian Laviano, A, Cold Spring Harbor (N.Y.)
No. 25 Harry Wellford, M, MICDS (Mo.)
No. 34 Ryan Pride, M, Landon (Md.)
No. 58 Griffin Harris, A, Governor’s (Mass.)

Though their ACC counterparts down in Durham carry one more recruit in the Top 75, Dom Starsia looks to have the most impressive 2017 recruiting class at this point. Possessing 4 out of the 10 highest ranked recruits in the land, there’s firepower at each position, beginning with No. 1 recruit Matt Moore of the Duke’s LC. He has established himself as an athletic, hard-dodging and high IQ player who spent much of the summer playing against older competition and not missing a beat, so the UVA staff should have confidence that in a few years he can come in and set the tone early. Schooling at a longtime Cavaliers’ pipeline, Rode is a quick-handed lefty who has consistently dazzled college coaches, many of whom believe he’s not only one of the more talented netminders in his class but the entire country. He’ll eventually be helped up top by defensive leader Rock, a smooth LSM with outstanding size, stick work and varsity experience, reminding many of former ACC longpoles such as Mike Timms and Luke Duprey. Back on the offensive end, Laviano and Wellford are some of the most skilled players at their respective position. The latter is a stud athlete from St. Louis who plays with a ton of energy all over the field and fits the mold of the prototypical Virginia middie, while Laviano (from the same high school as former Starsia standouts Jay Jalbert and Adam Ghitelman) routinely creates scoring opportunities in all types of situations. A lefty, Pride is fundamentally sound and dodges the alleys with confidence, pushing transition  and using a superb split dodge to beat his opponents. Harris, who has missed a lot of time due to injury, has the potential to skyrocket up the rankings with a few strong performances on the circuit, though he looks to be a slick, slashing attackman who plays like a Bitter brother. Watchlist junior John Fox (Brunswick, Conn.) also joins this group after a postgrad year. Top to bottom this is a special class , including three more ’17s who have the potential to be ranked.

DUKE BLUE DEVILS
3. Nate Buller, A, Landon (Md.)
6. Nakeie Montgomery, M, Episcopal Dallas (Tex.)
19. Cam Badour, M, St. Mark (Ont.)
31. J.P. Basile, A, Garden City (N.Y.)
50. Zeke Narcise, D, McDonogh (Md.)
55. Cam Mule, A, Half Hollow Hills West (N.Y.)
59. Preston Heard, G, Sidwell Friends (D.C.)
70. Matt Chmil, M, Chaminade (N.Y.)

The perfect blend of athleticism and pure skill, this group is extraordinarily impressive and speaks volumes about how well the Devils recruit, especially considering the fact that they might have the top ’16 group as well. Buller is a left-handed dodger with outstanding vision (he led the Bears with 26 assists on top of 15 goals), a strong first step and riding ability, joining a tremendous class when he decided on Duke over Maryland back in mid-August. Texas product Montgomery has perhaps the most eye-popping highlight reel of anybody in the class, seven and a half minutes of nasty split dodges, full field runs and athleticism. Badour is the first Canuck for the Devils since they had Zack Greer and trust me, he has the potential (the key word here) to be just as dangerous, providing mismatches for the opposition with his large frame, crafty stick work and outside shot. Another tall scorer with a high IQ, Basile is a savvy dodger who exploded onto the scene as a freshman for the Trojans and will follow his head coach Steve Finnell to Duke. Narcise and Heard, one big and one small but both equally athletic and talented, are excellent recruits for the Devils. Long Island natives Mule and Chmil also bring a lot to the table with different styles and positions, as Mule can become a go-to dodger/feeder on the attack end while Chmil is a seasoned shooter from up top. Definitely looking forward to watching this recruiting class over the next seven years.

NORTH CAROLINA TAR HEELS
No. 4 Colin Munro, A, Mountain Vista (Colo.)
No. 21 Joe Carrington, D, San Ramon Valley (Calif.)
No. 27 Kevin Gill, M, Morristown-Beard (N.J.)
No. 37 Brandon Hayek, LSM/D, Oxbridge (Fla.)
No. 49 Bailey Laidman, A, Dover-Sherborn (Mass.)
No. 60 Alex Trippi, A, Bullis (Md.)
No. 61 Jack Kozmetsky, M, Highland Park (Tex.)

JOHNS HOPKINS BLUE JAYS
No. 2 Connor DeSimone, M, Smithtown East (N.Y.)
No. 11 Brandon Shure, D, McDonogh (Md.)
No. 12 Jack Keogh, A, Manhasset (N.Y.)
No. 23 Joe Robertson, A, St. Anne’s Belfield (Va.)
No. 42 Brett Baskin, A/M, La Salle (Pa.)
No. 53 Luke Shilling, A, Boys’ Latin (Md.)
No. 69 Jared Reinson, D, Montgomery (N.J.)

NOTRE DAME FIGHTING IRISH
No. 15 Mike Fay, M, Malvern Prep (Pa.)
No. 16 Jake Frane, M, Fossil Ridge (Colo.)
No. 17 Mikey Drake, M, Salesianum (Del.)
No. 29 Jack Coan, A/M, Sayville (N.Y.)
No. 45 Ryan Hallenbeck, M, Culver (Ind.)

MARYLAND TERRAPINS
No. 13 Jordan Young, D, Springside Chestnut Hill (Pa.)
No. 32 Jake Martellucci, M, Episcopal Academy (Pa.)
No. 52 James Avanzato, A/M, Sachem North (N.Y.)
No. 54 Wilson Hand, M, Briarwood (Ala.)
No. 57 Kevin Snyder, M/FO, Commack (N.Y.)

MICHIGAN WOLVERINES
No. 35. Ben Cirella, LSM, Manhasset (N.Y.)
No. 38. Zion Dechesere, G, Coronado (Nev.)
No. 46. Connor Cronin, M/FO, Northport (N.Y.)
No. 62 Alex Buckanavage, A, Brunswick (Conn.)

PENN QUAKERS
No. 28 Michael Lamon, A, Severn (Md.)
No. 44 Terence Mooney, M, St. Anthony’s (N.Y.)
No. 48 Anthony Giuliani, FO/M, La Salle (Pa.)
No. 72 Sean Lulley, M, Half Hollow Hills East (N.Y.)

IVY LEAGUE (NON-PUBLIC VERBALS)
No. 10 Frankie Tangredi, D, Chaminade (N.Y.)
No. 14 Steven Cuccurullo, F/O, Smithtown East (N.Y.)
No. 20 Charlie Olmert, A/M, Severn (Md.)
No. 22 Jack Frisoli, M, St. Sebastian’s (Mass.)

OHIO STATE BUCKEYES
No. 18 J.T. Bugliosi, A, Calvert Hall (Md.)
No. 67 Colby Barker, M, Pittsford (N.Y.)
No. 71 Justin Inacio, M/FO, Hill Academy (Ont.)

LOYOLA GREYHOUNDS
No. 24 Aidan Olmstead, A, Corning (N.Y.)
No. 66 Thomas Berger, A/M, Chatham (N.J.)
No. 73 Bailey Savio, F/O, Greenwich (Conn.)

PENN STATE NITTANY LIONS
No. 41 Dylan Sulzbach, G, McQuaid Jesuit (N.Y.)
No. 74 Joseph Soran, D, Regis Jesuit (Colo.)

AIR FORCE FALCONS
No. 39 Chandler Devaney, LSM/D, Proctor Academy (N.H.)
No. 43 Christian Marshall, M, Faith Lutheran (Nev.)

PRINCETON TIGERS
No. 51 Ben Churchill, G, Rivers (Mass.)
No. 63 Jake Moss, M, Pingry (N.J.)

SYRACUSE ORANGE
No. 9 Lucas Quinn, M, Niskayuna (N.Y.)

CORNELL BIG RED
No. 68 Matt Licciardi, M, Cold Spring Harbor (N.Y.)

RICHMOND SPIDERS
No. 36 Ryan Lanchbury, A, Avon Old Farms (Conn.)

FURMAN PALADINS
No. 47 Keegan Pearl, A, St. Paul’s (Md.)

HOFSTRA PRIDE
No. 56 Braydon Cresswell, A, Hill Academy (Ont.)

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