Incoming College Freshmen Rankings: Top 30 Attackmen + Watchlist

Ward Melville Attacker Dan Bucaro (4) cradles the ball during a game against Chaminade at Chaminade High School in Mineola, Saturday, Mar 22, 2014. High School Boys Lacrosse between Ward Melville and Chaminade . by Steven Ryan [Via MerlinFTP Drop]

Georgetown’s Dan Bucaro (Photo: Newsday)

Though it’s hard to say how they’ll adjust to the speed of the college level, the upper echelon of this year’s incoming group has ‘instant impact’ written all over them, full of players that head into their respective college programs with depth charts affected by graduation. Several players mentioned below are in the mix for the US U-19 team after tryouts in June and August, showing off against skilled players they’ll be facing for years to come.

Long Island’s Danny Bucaro tops the list at the No. 1 spot, followed by players from Maryland, New England and New Jersey, among others. A total of 27 Division I institutions are represented in these Top 30 Rankings & Watchlist.



Note
: Slightly different from the aforementioned lists for underclass standouts, incoming freshmen rankings are meant to reflect how the players project at the college level rather than stats or how talented they are at the moment. Every situation differs: some recruits step into powerhouse programs and have to wait their turn behind more established players on the roster, while others will step into ideal circumstances where significant playing time is easily up for grabs. Those aspects make putting together a Top 100 incoming freshmen list not only such a tedious task but so intriguing to look back on after each class finishes their eligibility.

Earlier this week, I posted Top 15 rankings for both goalies and face-off men. Midfield rankings will be coming out Sunday night, followed by defense the next day, overall Top 100 on Tuesday and top classes to end things on Wednesday. As always, feedback is welcomed at tyxanders@gmail.com.

1. Dan Bucaro / Georgetown / Ward Melville (N.Y.)

Bursting on to the scene as an uncommitted sophomore, the smooth 6’2 lefty chose to play under WM alum and Hoya head coach Kevin Warne over Duke, Virginia and a handful of Ivies, possessing great potential to be a four-year starter. He’s a clutch scorer able to create offense from just about anywhere on the field, athletic enough to even float up to the midfield if need be. Tallied 141 goals and 95 assists during his final three years for the Patriots and is expected to dazzle in Georgetown’s top six full of fellow New York natives.

2. Timmy Monahan / Maryland / Gonzaga (D.C.)

Unbelievably ambidextrous (he’s a righty, though it’s hard to tell), Monahan is widely considered the best shooter in the entire class. As a Gonzaga Eagle, he routinely took games into his own hands with his playmaking skills, posting 64 goals and 22 assists as a senior while finishing around 50 percent of the shots he took. For the Terps, he’ll likely be asked to contribute early on and will surely do most of his damage off-ball with unmatched craftiness, a high IQ and a rapid shooting release.

3. Ryder Garnsey / Notre Dame / Phillips Andover (Mass.)

Arguably prep lacrosse’s most creative dodger since Lyle Thompson, Garnsey performs with tremendous confidence, utilizing absurd change of direction and off-the-charts stick skills to produce highlight reel goals. Following a great career at Brewster Academy (N.H.), Ryder provided Andover with a huge boost during a PG year in which he put up 47 goals and 46 assists. If he gets the starting nod as a freshman as expected, opposing defenses won’t have too much fun stopping Garnsey, Matt Kavanagh and Mikey Wynne.

4. Chris Donovan / Georgetown / Hun School (N.J.)

Following a career at Seton Hall Prep (N.J.) in which he flew under the radar, Donovan reneged on his commitment to Cornell (where his brother, Matt, just finished up) to postgrad at Hun and then become a Hoya. He plays fundamentally sound in every sense, quarterbacking the upstart Raiders (14-1) to register 56 goals and 49 assists. With two of Georgetown’s three starting attackmen gone, Donovan is certainly college-ready and could be called upon early.

5. Patrick Spencer / Loyola / Boys’ Latin (Md.) 

Playing just two years on the Lakers’ varsity, Spencer wasn’t a hyped player early on, however the 6-3, 190-pound athlete turned into one of the state’s most feared players. Also a second team All-Metro pick on the basketball court, he put together a 41-goal, 49-assist senior season and possessed the innate ability to make the players around him better. Loyola’s coaching staff hopes that he can come in and play right away.

6. Timmy Kelly / North Carolina / Calvert Hall (Md.)

Kelly will follow a long line of members of his family to don the Carolina blue and has the potential to be the best. As a senior, he put up a whopping 101 points, following up his 51 goals and 42 assists for the Cardinals the previous season. The Heels are looking to replace their graduated firepower on attack and Kelly will likely be a part of that puzzle, able to play mistake-free lacrosse and do multiple things well.

7. Tyler Dunn / Penn / Manhasset (N.Y.)

A jack of all trades, Dunn was the heart and soul of a Manhasset squad that rebounded from a rough start to make the New York state championship game. Recruited to be an attackman, he evolved into an often dominant face-off man and was a two-way midfielder, playing with a noticeable amount of energy and athleticism. Thrived this summer during the U.S. U-19 tryout process.

8. Grant Ament / Penn State / Haverford (Pa.)

A boon of an in-state recruit for PSU, Ament was pivotal and reliable as the Fords’ leader during their undefeated season that ended in a No. 1 ranking. He finished the year with an incredible 81 assists with 37 goals of his own, equally adept at turning the corner and mid-range finishes. Could provide Tambroni and his staff with a really nice spark, especially when it comes to feeding senior finisher TJ Sanders.

9. Kyle Marr / Johns Hopkins / Hill Academy (Ont.)

Marr took a significant step forward during his PG year at Hill after a successful campaign at Shenendehowa HS in New York. The lefty is proficient in tight windows as a remarkable off-ball scorer but is skilled enough to act as a carrier from time to time. Put up 55 points during his postgrad season and is part of a loaded attack class for the Blue Jays. Marr follows in the footsteps of his father, Scott – Albany’s head coach – at the Homewood campus.

10. Nate Marano / Denver / Foothill-Santa Ana (Calif.)

Using a big 6’3, 205-pound frame to his advantage, Marano as been the West’s most accomplished player in the Class of 2015, ending his reign with the Knights with a fantastic 269 career goals. He’s an impressive athlete with a hammer of an outside shot fit to play both the attack and midfield. Fits rather seamlessly into Matt Brown’s offense and will excel when surrounded by the Pioneers’ talent.

11-30

11. Jake Fox / Johns Hopkins / Hill Academy (Ont.)
12. Alex Roesner / Penn / Loyola Blakefield (Md.)
13. Simon Mathias / Penn / Ridgefield (Conn.)
14. Alex Concannon / Johns Hopkins / Syosset (N.Y.)
15. Colton Rupp / Cornell / Landon (Md.)
16. Bradley Voigt / Syracuse / Salisbury (Conn.)
17. Louis Dubick / Maryland / Churchill (Md.)
18. Henry Grass / Johns Hopkins / Bronxville (N.Y.)
19. Carter Flaig / Princeton / St. Paul’s (Md.)
20. Andy Matthews / North Carolina / Gilman (Md.)
21. Joey Sessa / Yale / Minisink Valley (N.Y.)
22. Nathan Solomon / Syracuse / Centennial (Ga.)
23. Ryan Bray / Cornell / Shoreham-Wading River (N.Y.)
24. Dawson McKenzie / Princeton / Culver (Ind.)
25. Quinton Eissler / High Point / Coronado (Nev.)
26. Richie Easterly / Loyola / Westhill (N.Y.)
27. Sean Lowrie / Duke / Roxbury Latin (Mass.)
28. Connor McCroskey / Harvard / Bishop’s (Calif.)
29. Mikey Herring / Virginia / Avon Old Farms (Conn.)
30. Robert Clark / Georgetown / McDonogh (Md.)

Watchlist

Jack Beare / Notre Dame / Phillips Andover (Mass.)
Larsen Bidstrup / Harvard / Governor’s (Mass.)
Scott Bruner / Siena / Howard (Md.)
Emmett Cordrey / Princeton / Delbarton (N.J.)
J.P. Crowley / Towson / St. Thomas Aquinas (Fla.)
Foster Cuomo / Quinnipiac / IMG Academy (Fla.)
Austin French / Denver / San Ramon Valley (Calif.)
Andrew Gallahue / Villanova / Choate (Conn.)
Timmy Hardy / Villanova / St. Mary’s (Md.)
Teddy Hatfield / Richmond / Morristown Beard (N.J.)
Mikey Laviano / Boston U. / St. Anthony’s (N.Y.)
Jackson Lienhart / Bellarmine / Torrey Pines (Calif.)
Reed Malas / Bucknell / Mamaroneck (N.Y.)
Andrew Pettit / Lehigh / Tower Hill (Del.)
Brendan Rooney / Yale / Hun (N.J.)
Devin Shewell / Syracuse / Boys’ Latin (Md.)
Carson Song / Brown / Charlotte Latin (N.C.)
Lucas Spence / Lehigh / Springfield-Delco (Pa.)
Nick Spillane / Penn State / Carey (N.Y.)
Zach Ward / Cornell / Hempfield (Pa.)

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