Okay, a few insights into how I did this.
It’s based on THIS SEASON only, so those kids who are not playing this year due to their school’s COVID decisions will not be seen on this list. Players like Christian Cropp of Yale, Brad Baker of Holy Cross and now Devin Naidoo of Quinnipiac, which just shut their season down, fall off consideration. Naidoo was close to making the list until the shutdown.
I tried to make this as much of an IMPACT list as possible, so don’t be surprised if better stats didn’t mean high ranking. I tried to keep strength of schedule in mind too but it isn’t the be all and end all.
You will notice one GROUPING in this list, as it is a unique situation as you will see in the explanation.
There are plenty of Florida kids who are not under consideration because they are not getting enough playing time. You would remember many of them. But if you don’t see them below you can assume playing time or impact is the reason.
I picked 15 slots and there were four legitimate contenders that failed to make the list. Those four are:
Austin Strazzulla – Sr. – St. Joseph’s – St. Edward’s/Vero Beach
Austin has started 6 of 10 games for St. Joseph’s and contributed 4 Goals and 1 Assist for the Hawks
Dylan Frankhouser – So. – Air Force – Jupiter – 46% faceoffs, 1 Assist and 28 Groundballs
Dylan has been slowly taking over the FOGO role for the Falcons
Grant Laman – Fr. – Merrimack – St. Thomas Aquinas
Grant has contributed 5 Goals and 3 Assists plus 5 Groundballs in 9 games
Devin Naidoo – Jr. – Quinnipiac – Ponte Vedra
Devin put up 7 Groundballs and 4 Caused Turnovers while starting all 7 games
In reverse order, here is my Power Ranking of the Top 15:
15) Anthony Courcelle – Jr. – Marquette – Cypress Bay
Anthony has produced 1G, 16 Groundballs and 5 Caused Turnovers in the 11 games for Marquette as the 2nd line LSM
14) Kyle Cox – So. – Mercer – Oak Hall
Kyle has produced 6 Goals and 3 Assists plus 6 Groundballs on Attack for the Bears in the 9 games he’s played, and the production has stepped up as the season has gone along
13) Trevor Pelletier – Gr. – Manhattan – Gulliver Prep
Trevor has produced 6 Goals and 4 assists with 7 Groundballs in 7 games for the Jaspers
12) Griffin Bowie – Sr. – Bellarmine – Benjamin School
Griffin has produced 9 Goals and 4 Assists in 14 games for the school
11) Will Jones – Jr. – Vermont – Bishop Moore
Will is a starting close defender for the Catamounts and has produced 15 Groundballs and 7 Caused Turnovers. His running mate on defense, Jackson Canfield (also of Bishop Moore) was injured a few games into the season or this might have been a paired slot that would be ranked higher.
10) M.J. McMahon – So. – Utah – Cardinal Mooney
M.J. has 10 Goals and 3 Assists for the school, starting 3 of the 10 games. Two of those goals were on a nationally broadcast game at UVA.
9) Nicholas Perez-Blanco – Jr. – Merrimack – Belen Jesuit
Nicholas has started all ten games for the school this year, with 1 Goal, 14 Groundballs and 18 Caused Turnovers so far this year
8) Mercer’s Defense Corps – here’s the grouping with good reason:
Danny Walsh – Jr. – St. Edward’s
Drew Mayts – So. – Plant
Connor Purcell – Jr. – Hagerty
Colin Hayek of Oxbridge finally played a game this year and went 4 groundballs and 3 Caused Turnovers. SA’s Jackson Kennedy has played in five games.
This group has combined for 38 Groundballs, 33 Caused Turnovers, 1 Goal and 2 Assists. Walsh leads the numbers and could be placed here individually too.
7) Jason Sullivan – Sr. – Cleveland State – Dr. Phillips
In 9 games for CSU, 4 of which are starts, Jason has produced 6 Goals and 11 Assists and 7 Ground Balls for the Vikings, leading the team with 17 points
6) Dylan Hess – Fr. – Georgetown – Ponte Vedra
Dylan has started 9 of 11 games for the Hoyas and has produced 9 Goals, 7 Assists, 17 Groundballs and 4 Caused turnovers
5) Ashton Wood – Jr. – Mercer – Nease
Ashton has played all 11 games as the FOGO and has produced 61% Faceoff wins, 104 Groundballs, 5 Goals and 3 Assists
4) Eric Dobson – Fr. – Notre Dame – Fleming Island
Eric has played himself on to the Top midfield for the Irish and has produced 12 Goals, 5 Assists and 8 Groundballs in 9 games
3) Wyatt Schupler – Jr. – Army – Ponte Vedra
Wyatt has a record of 6-3 in goal for the Knights, with an 8.9 Goals Against average and a 58% save percentage, with 18 Groundballs. Wyatt’s performance at Syracuse this year made him a national name.
2) Michael Adler – Gr. – Duke – St. Thomas Aquinas
Michael has taken over the Duke goalie role early in the season and has a 11-1 record with a 9.5 Goals Against Average, a 55% Save rate, 21 Groundballs and even 4 Caused Turnovers. His save at the end of the Syracuse game was a SportsCenter Top play.
1) Jared Bernhardt – Sr. – Maryland – Lake Brantley
In 10 games the Tewaaraton frontrunner has 43 Goals (on only 87 shot attempts!), three of which are Game Winners, 19 Assists, 22 Groundballs and 6 Caused Turnovers