Recruiting Rundown’s Top 50 College Freshmen For The Class Of 2016


There’s little doubt that the evolution of the recruiting landscape has made it easier to track the development of prospects nationwide. Due to the process being sped up over the years, North America’s best young lacrosse players are on display for evaluators from the time kids enter high school until the end of their careers. Beyond that, the U-19 World Games (taking place every four years) have become key in identifying the potential difference makers at the next level. While there were plenty of impact players on the list you’ll find below that were left off of the U-19 teams – whether that was due to age or missing the cut at tryouts – there were a few dozen that left their mark.

This year, the tournament MVP finds himself in the No. 1 spot. 

Jared Bernhardt, a dynamic and athletic offensive weapon out of Lake Brantley (Fla.) in the Orlando area, takes the honor as the No. 1 player in the Class of 2016 just days before his collegiate career begins as a Maryland Terrapin. Though a natural attackman, Bernhardt played midfield at July’s tournament – where he finished with ten goals and five assists along with a gold medal – and that’s where he’ll likely play at first until the Terps’ all-senior attack moves on. In addition, the youngest Bernhardt will follow the footsteps in College Park of two incredibly accomplished older brothers, Jesse and Jake, both MLL standouts and current Division I assistant coaches. Projecting the best out of the three at this stage, he’ll have the opportunity to carve his own path.

It’s important to note that these rankings differ from the underclass rankings that are put out each summer. While sophomores, juniors and seniors’ placement is meant to reflect their talents at the high school level, this edition of the Top 100 is meant to project a player’s four-year career, taking into consideration all of the variables that come with the college game and how the athletes fit in at their respective program. Depth charts, live scouts, film, conversations with college coaches and a plethora of other factors are taken into consideration more than high school stats and accomplishments.

Without further ado, I’m fired up to announce the first half of the Top 100 projected players in the Class of 2016.

1. Jared Bernhardt, A/M, Maryland | Lake Brantley (Fla.)
2. Jeff Teat, A, Cornell | Hill Academy (Ont.)
3. Michael Sowers, A, Princeton | Upper Dublin (Pa.)
4. Ethan Walker, A, Denver | Culver (Ind.)
5. Dox Aitken, M, Virginia | Haverford (Pa.)
6. Joey Manown, A, Duke | La Salle Academy (R.I.)
7. Ryan McNulty, LSM/D, Loyola | Bishop Shanahan (Pa.)
8. Justin Anderson, M, UNC | Centennial (Nev.)
9. Lucas Cotler, M, Yale | Syosset (N.Y.)
10. Michael Kraus, A, Virginia | New Canaan (Conn.)

11. Jack Rapine, D, Hopkins | Upper Dublin (Pa.)
12. Reilly Walsh, M, Duke | Brunswick (Conn.)
13. Gerard Arceri, F/O, Penn State | Smithtown East (N.Y.)
14. Jared Conners, LSM, Virginia | Pittsford (N.Y.)
15. Will Perry, M, UNC | Greenwich (Conn.)
16. Mac O’Keefe, A, Penn State | Syosset (N.Y.)
17. Brian Willetts, A, Notre Dame | Smithtown East (N.Y.)
18. Jack Kielty, LSM, Notre Dame | Delbarton (N.J.)
19. Kevin Quigley, M, Duke | Ridge (N.J.)
20. Cole Williams, A, Hopkins | Loyola Blakefield (Md.)

21. Jarrett Jones, D, Georgetown | Palos Verdes (Calif.)
22. Phil Goss, G, Brown | Deerfield (Mass.)
23. Tre LeClaire, M, Ohio State | Elgin Park (B.C.)
24. Jackson Morrill, A, Yale | McDonogh (Md.)
25. Forry Smith, A, Hopkins | Haverford (Pa.)
26. Jack Pezzulla, G, UNC | Boys’ Latin (Md.)
27. Jamie Trimboli, M, Syracuse | Victor (N.Y.)
28. Terry Lindsay, M, Duke | Georgetown Prep (Md.)
29. Christian Feliziani, F/O, Ohio State | Episcopal Academy (Pa.)
30. Ryan Finlay, D, Brown | Gonzaga (D.C.)

31. J.T. Giles-Harris, D, Duke | St. Joseph’s Regional (N.J.)
32. Kyle Anderson, A, Harvard | Malvern Prep (Pa.)
33. Mark Evanchick, D, Penn | Darien (Conn.)
34. Connor Kirst, M, Villanova | Delbarton (N.J.)
35. Avery Myers, M, Michigan | Gonzaga (D.C.)
36. Bryan Costabile, M, Notre Dame | Mt. St. Joe (Md.)
37. Ryan Kern, G, Navy | Salesianum (Del.)
38. Arman Medghalchi, D, Princeton | McDonogh (Md.)
39. Nicky Petkevich, A, Colgate | Bullis (Md.)
40. Danny Logan, M, Denver | Upper Arlington (Oh.)

41. Milan Murray, M, Virginia | Thayer Academy (Mass.)
42. Will Weitzel, D, Yale | Roxbury Latin (Mass.)
43. Nick McEvoy, FO/M, Penn State | Gonzaga (D.C.)
44. George Loring, M, Harvard | Noble & Greenough (Mass.)
45. Nick DiPietro, LSM/D, Syracuse | Half Hollow Hills East (N.Y.)
46. Ryan Tierney, A, Hofstra | Massapequa (N.Y.)
47. Beau Botkiss, LSM/D, Harvard | Torrey Pines (Calif.)
48. Jack Welding, LSM/D, Maryland | Southlake Carroll (Tex.)
49. Tommy McNamara, M, Notre Dame | Haverford (Pa.)
50. Ryan Maloney, A, Cornell | Victor (N.Y.)

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