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How Philly players fit into Inside Lacrosse magazine’s Top 10 men’s classes for 2009-2010 campaign

Tuesday, 18th August 2009

Categories Boy's/Men's, College, Recruiting, Posted 8/18/09

Where do Philly’s top men’s incoming freshmen stack up with the top classes in men’s Division i lacrosse this the coming season? While Inside Lacrosse’s recruiting magazine (September issue) took a look at the top groups, we examined the Philly impact.

1. Johns Hopkins:

IL: The Blue Jays have the best class in terms of top-end talent and bench depth.

Philly: Hopkins picks up La Salle’s one-on-one stopper Tucker Durkin, the Player of the Year; and face-off specialist Grady Stevens (Unionville, First-Team choice).

2. Virginia:

IL: The Cavaliers have three immediate impact players on offense led by South Jersey monster middie Chris LaPierre, the MVP of the Under Armour All-American Game from Shawnee High.

3. Harvard

IL: Crimson coach John Tillman welcomes his first official recruiting class, which is strong on midfield talent.

Philly: One of those top middies is La Salle’s Peter Schwartz, a two-time All-American and First-Team pick.

4. Syracuse

IL: Consider this the “first half” of the Orange’s 2010 roster refurbishing, complementing a simultaneous wave of JuCo/transfer/redshirt freshmen.

Philly: Goalie Matt Lerman (Episcopal Academy), rated the nation’s seventh best at his position, will be a welcome addition.

5. Notre Dame

IL: Irish pick up speed at midfield to help them compete with new Big East foes Georgetown and Syracuse.

Philly: The defense gets a boost with the addition of Radnor’s Tyler Andersen, a Second-Team pick.

6. Georgetown

IL: The Hoyas must prove they can develop their talent after missing the postseason the last two years.

Philly: Long-stick middie Tyler Knarr (La Salle), who showed everyone what he can do when healthy as a dominant force at the Under Armour All-American Game, just needs to stay healthy.

7. North Carolina

IL: A standout rising senior contingent is coming in next year; two (goalie Andrew O’Connell and midfielder Ryan Creighton) of which are also from Malvern Prep.

Philly: Another Friar, attackman Conor Steidle, comes in this year to join last year’s Malvern Prep recruits, Chris Layne and Matt Conte.

8. Duke

IL: This class needs to make an immediate impact at midfield, where some extra legs should help freshen up the veterans during the postseason.

Philly: The magazine specifically mentioned Haverford School’s Dan Wigrizer as a contender for the goalie position. Watch for Malvern Prep’s Billy Conners – also an All-State football quarterback – to get time at any defensive position with his athleticism.

9. Maryland

IL: Mentions that this class may not have any game-changers.

Philly: Have you seen La Salle goalie Niko Amato play the past two-and-a-half years while helping his team to state championships and national prestige?

10. Cornell

IL: Focuses on a new goalie and offensive prospects.

Philly: The player the magazine may have overlooked the most in its Top 100 rankings could have been Conestoga defenseman Mike Bronzino. Was the unquestioned anchor of a team that beat La Salle once and made it all the way to the state finals with a junior-laden team.

Honorable Mention: Loyola, Ohio State, Princeton, Yale (features Radnor face-off specialist Cole Yeager)


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