On Sunday we had boots on the ground at NAL building evaluations for our database. Every school in the country was there, most sending multiple coaches. Many 2023's 67-225 put in work from August-November and made big improvements. There is a very fine line between 66 and 225. Top 66 rankings will be updated by the new year. Most schools are still watching the '23's, but there were a couple of ACC, Big 10 and Ivy's starting to peek at the '24's. Here are the 2024 standouts from Sunday:
Payton Anderson, A, Brunswick (Ct.), Primetime: Anderson is a force to be reckoned with. The lefty does a great job picking his spots but when he chooses to go to the goal he scores. ‘Bear’ has more strength and speed than most college players.
Justin Brown, M, Saint Paul's (Md.), Crabs:
A dynamic playmaker that has a gear nobody else has. Brown can beat you with speed and shake from all spots on the field. He made the right decisions when he drew slides, often finding the open man.
Isaac Cruz, M, Pine Bush (N.Y.), Primetime: Lightning quick first step with speed to follow it. He wants his right hand but has a capable left. Cruz has textbook overhand shooting mechanics and was blowing it by goalies with range.
Denis Fargione, G, Garden City (N.Y.), LI Express: Explosive and athletic goalie who made clean saves and followed it up with pin point outlets sparking transition.
Cole Frank, FO, Pinkerton Academy (N.H.), NH Tomahawks: Frank put on a show all day with a win % had to be in the 90s. He has lightning quick hands and showed an array of clean exits.
Luke Hublitz, D, Brunswick (Ct.), Eclipse: The best 2024 defenseman we saw all day. Hublitz immediately standouts out from the crowd with his size and athleticism. Nobody tries to dodge on him. He came up with a few loose balls in a row and pushed transition.
Ian Johns, M, Calvert Hall (Md.), FCA: Strong athlete who made several plays in their first game against Legacy.
Sam Madalone, M, Shore Regional (N.J.), BBL: Produced more than any player at the event. Madalone is an athletic midfielder who glides on the field. Seemed to get his left hand free whenever he wanted.
Chase McCarthy, G, Saint Anthony’s (Md.), Legacy Taz: Made an array of impressive saves both in tight and from the outside without giving up any rebounds. He was confident with the ball in the clearing game.
Davis Owens, LSM, Landon (Md.), Madlax: The best LSM at the event. Owens was a vacuum with groundballs even on the wet grass. He made plays in the middle of the field all day long and created offense with the ball. He scored at least one goal and left a few on the table.
Brady Pokorny, A, Darien (Ct.), Eclipse: Pokorny is a triple threat attackman who can beat you in a number of ways. He is great in transition, off ball and in the two-man game from the left wing.
Peter Lake lll / Liam Powell, D, Loyola Blakefield (Md.), Crabs:
The Crabs and Loyola Blackfield will have have an incredible 1-2 punch for years to come with Lake and Powell. They both stood out as athletic and physical on ball defender’s with high IQ’s.
Ryland Roach, M, Torey Pines (Ca.), West Coast Starz: Strong and sturdy midfielder with a quick roll back, great wrists and a heavy shot.
Gordon Smith, G, Saint Pauls (Md.), Crabs: Smith made a number of insane stops from in tight against LI Express. He got the ball up and out quickly.
Griffin Strange, FO, Nansemond-Suffolk Academy (Va.), DC Express: Strange stood out with his size and hand speed all day. It was rare to see him loose a clamp.
Mason Szewyck, M, Culver Academies (In.), True IL: Dynamic and athletic midfielder with the ability to get to both hands. He scored several big goals in a battle vs. Madlax.
Liam Kershis, A, Shoreham Wading River (N.Y.), Legacy Taz: Kershis showed the ability to score goals in different ways. On one play he caught the ball below the restraining line outside of the box and used his speed to get underneath and score. On the next play he posted up at the left island, put the brakes on and hit a shot with little angle. It looks like he is in the elite group of 2024 attackmen.
Aiden Weisenborn, M, Wheaton Academy (IL.), True IL: The tall lefty made some big plays in the Madlax game. He stretches the defense with his range but also proved to be a very good feeder.
Ryan Welgos, D, Georgetown Prep (D.C.), Madlax: The anchor of the Madlax defense. He jumps out at you with his size and backs it up with speed and skill.
Tade Wynn, G, Culver Academies (In.), West Coast Starz: Wynn was one of the best goalies at the Juniors Open in June and it looks like he has gotten even better from summer to fall. He has good size and patience. Gobbles up anything outside of 12 yards but also showed his ability to read and react to shooters in tight.