This class of midfielders may not scream ‘early impact’ as much as groups in the previous years, however there’s no doubt that it features a plethora of playmakers who will be crucial pieces of the puzzle down the road. Coming out of Baltimore, Long Island and Philly, newcomers Ryan Conrad (UVA), Joey Froccaro (Villanova) and Drew Supinski (Hopkins) make up the top three of this list.
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.
Last week, I posted Top 30 rankings for attackmen with Top 15 lists for both goalies and face-off men. Defense rankings will drop on Monday night before the release of the Top 100 on Tuesday with top classes to end things on Wednesday. As always, feedback is welcomed at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow along on Twitter at @tyxanders and @RecruitRundown.
1. Ryan Conrad / Virginia / Loyola Blakefield (Md.)
Going wire-to-wire as the nation’s No. 1 recruit, Conrad is a fiery competitor who finished his career by taking MVP honors in the Under Armour All-American Game and grabbing a spot on the U.S. U-19 training roster. As complete as they come, he showed off an incredibly polished shot on the run, registering 33 goals and 24 assists with a whopping 87 groundballs. Will likely be on one of UVA’s first two midfield lines as a first year and will be a pivotal member of the Wahoo offense going forward.
2. Joey Froccaro / Villanova / Port Washington (N.Y.)
Switching from Princeton late in the spring, Froccaro plays with a tremendous motor and is able to do a variety of things well on the lacrosse field, facing off at a 70 percent clip during his career. He was named Nassau County Middie of the Year, compiling 52 goals, 29 assists and 138 groundballs to pace the Vikings. His athleticism and playmaking ability will make him a four-year contributor in Simon Connor’s offense.
3. Drew Supinski / Johns Hopkins / Haverford (Pa.)
Supinski was a large reason why the Fords finished 26-0 against the nation’s most challenging schedule, leading the way by doing just about everything from attack to midfield to man-down defense. Huge in key moments, he’s a tremendous competitor with a lethal shot on the run. Hopkins’ depth chart at the midfield is loaded at the moment, however it will be hard not to use Supinski’s skill set right off the bat.
4. Brendan Mackie / Yale / Bergen Catholic (N.J.)
A former Amherst commit, Mackie cleaned up on postseason awards in 2015, compiling 65 goals and 17 assists all while winning 75 percent at the face-off X. He’s a brute of an athlete, willing his way to the goal and performing his best when it mattered the most, scoring five hat tricks in six playoff games to lead the Crusaders to the state final. Expected to be a big time player in the Ivy League for years to come.
5. Ryan Lamb / Virginia / Paul VI (Va.)
The 6-foot-2, 215-pound athlete had a massive senior season despite having opponents’ game plans centered around stopping him, posting 58 goals and 29 assists for the Panthers. He dodges with physicality, has a cannon of a shot with either hand and constantly puts himself in the right spots to be successful. Reminding UVA’s staff of Rob Emery, Lamb is poised to have a tremendous impact in a program that could use his production.
6. Brad Smith / Duke / Mountain Lakes (N.J.)
Twice named an All-State selection after helping the football team to back-to-back state titles, Smith notched 39 goals and 47 assists as a senior. A textbook North-South dodger from the midfield who can also bump down to attack, Smith finished his summer by getting a spot on the U.S. U-19 thirty-man training roster. Though he may not make an impact early on, Smith is slated for what should be a successful career down in Durham.
7. Alex McGovern / North Carolina / St. Paul’s (Md.)
A big, sweeping left-handed middie, McGovern finished a successful career with a dominant senior season, accumulating 45 goals and 20 assists for the Crusaders. He’s tough on groundballs, dangerous from the outside and has showed off an impressive lacrosse IQ. The Tar Heels have plenty of offensive weapons, but McGovern projects well and will provide depth to start.
8. Ryan Coulter / Johns Hopkins / Culver (Ind.)
A 2014 graduate, Coulter was originally slated to attend Bowling Green, spending last year playing junior hockey up north. The Canadian is a lockdown defensive midfielder who is excellent off the wings, incredibly athletic and plays with a mean streak. Early on, Hopkins might need to utilize his skill set at a position where they often struggled last season.
9. Decker Curran / Michigan / Greenwich (Conn.)
Curran combines ideal 6’2, 180-pound size, phenomenal stick work and a nasty shot, posting 41 goals and 37 assists in his senior season. The crafty dodger possesses great toughness (coming from his hockey background) to put together clutch and highlight reel goals. He’s an awesome recruit for Michigan and could also dabble as an attackman like he did with the Cardinals.
10. Jake McCulloch / Cornell / Ward Melville (N.Y.)
Following the Patriots’ pipeline to Ithaca, McCulloch is a two-handed, high IQ dodging presence from up top, putting up 54 goals and 23 assists to cap off a successful career. The lefty shooter is able to make key plays from a number of different plays on the field and also demonstrates excellent vision. The Big Red will likely lean on him during his tenure.
11. Sam Romano / Syracuse / Episcopal Dallas (Tex.)
12. Nick Yevoli / Yale / Massapequa (N.Y.)
13. Phil Poquie / Virginia / Haverford (Pa.)
14. Jack Olson / Johns Hopkins / Georgetown Prep (Md.)
15. John Daniggelis / Yale / Smithtown East (N.Y.)
16. Aidan O’Brien / North Carolina / Niskayuna (N.Y.)
17. Clarke Petterson / Cornell / Hill Academy (Ont.)
18. Ryan O’Connor / North Carolina / Paul VI (Va.)
19. Brandon Barker / Ohio State / Pittsford (N.Y.)
20. Drew Schantz / Notre Dame / Malvern Prep (Pa.)
21. John Prendergast / Duke / Niskayuna (N.Y.)
22. Drew Petkevich / Penn State / Bullis (Md.)
23. Joseph Licciardi / Penn / St. Anthony’s (N.Y.)
24. Jack Tigh / Yale / Chaminade (N.Y.)
25. Timmy Phillips / Notre Dame / Episcopal (Va.)
26. PJ Brown / Loyola / Cazenovia (N.Y.)
27. Riley O’Sullivan / Syracuse / Don Bosco (N.J.)
28. Jack Jasinski / Ohio State / Oak Mountain (Ala.)
29. Thomas O’Connell / Maryland / Chaminade (N.Y.)
30. Colton Jackson / Denver / Rock Canyon (Colo.)
Robby Black / Penn State / McDonogh (Md.)
Evan Condon / Army / Mercer Island (Wash.)
John Duffy / Loyola / Lincoln (Ore.)
Charlie Durbin / Princeton / Belmont Hill (Mass.)
Zack Franckowiak / Rutgers / Corner Canyon (Ut.)
Kevin Hill / Penn State / Webster Thomas (N.Y.)
Wes Janeck / Maryland / Lake Forest (Ill.)
Tyler Kellogg / Virginia / Trinity-Pawling (N.Y.)
Brian Lang / Ohio State / Hicksville (N.Y.)
Michael Morean / Princeton / Cherry Creek (Colo.)
Alex Morris / Ohio State / McLean (Va.)
Brent Noseworthy / Michigan / Avon Old Farms (Conn.)
David Procopio / Providence / West Genesee (N.Y.)
Doug Pula / Yale / Bergen Catholic (N.J.)
Drew Ryan / Penn State / Radnor (Pa.)
Brandon Shima / Michigan / Haverford (Pa.)
Ridge Slater / Cornell / Gonzaga (D.C.)
Nick Stinn / Notre Dame / St. Ignatius Prep (Calif.)
Max Tuttle / Sacred Heart / Castle View (Colo.)
Luke Vassos / Marquette / Gonzaga (D.C.)