Starting a couple of weeks ago, Inside Lacrosse Magazine published its annual list of the top high school lacrosse players in the nation. It’s no surprise that the rankings have a distinct Delco flair to them, but just how prevalent that is might be surprising.
Two of the classes profiled by the magazine – the class of 2016 (juniors) and class of 2017 (sophomores) – featured their top prospect hailing from Delaware County.
For the class of 2016, that’s Haverford School’s Dox Aitken, an attacker/midfielder bound for the University of Virginia. His future college teammate, Garnet Valley class of 2017 attacker/midfielder and All-Delco Matt Moore, garnered the top spot in the class of 2017. They’ll be joined in Charlottesville by class of 2015 top prospect Ryan Conrad of Loyola Blakefield. (Moore gets the distinction of being the only one of the three attending a public school, which is of some note.)
There were plenty of other representatives from Delco in the three classes profiled. The trend among the class of 2015 was improvement in the four players who earned places in the top 50. Attacker Curtis Zappala (Episcopal Academy All-Delco, University of Maryland) is the fourth-rated player in the class, up from No. 16 last year. Haverford School All-Delco midfielder Drew Supinski (Johns Hopkins) rounds out the top 10, making the massive leap up from 31, the second-biggest rise of anyone in the top 20.
Also in the top 50 for the class of 2015 is All-Delco attacker Grant Ament (Haverford School, Penn State), who rises from No. 24 last year to No. 17, and Episcopal Academy goalkeeper Colin Reder (North Carolina), who improved to No. 37 this year after checking in at 46 a season ago.
In the class of 2016, Maryland commit Jack Wilson of Radnor ranks No. 29, a spot ahead of Haverford School attacker and Johns Hopkins-bound Forry Smith. EA FOGO Christian Feliziani (Ohio State) is listed at 41st in the nation. Moore is the only Delco player among the class of 2017’s top 25.
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