FLN’s Top 15 Power Ranking of the Florida D1 Kids!

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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

Strazzulla

 

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

Dylan Frankhouser

 

Grant Laman – Fr. – Merrimack – St. Thomas Aquinas

Grant has contributed 5 Goals and 3 Assists plus 5 Groundballs in 9 games

Grant Laman

 

Devin Naidoo – Jr. – Quinnipiac – Ponte Vedra

Devin put up 7 Groundballs and 4 Caused Turnovers while starting all 7 games

Devin Naidoo Headshot 2021

 

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

Anthony Courcelle

 

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

Pelletier Head Shot

 

12) Griffin Bowie – Sr. – Bellarmine – Benjamin School

Griffin has produced 9 Goals and 4 Assists in 14 games for the school

Griffin Bowie

 

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.

Will Jones

 

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.

McMahon_MJ_LAX_Headshots_KM21_1_Cropped

 

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

Nicholas Perez-Blanco

 

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.

Danny Walsh 2021 Drew Mayts 2021 Connor Purcell 2021 Collin Hayek 2021 Jackson Kennedy 2021

 

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

Jason Sullivan

 

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

Dylan Hess

 

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.

The official portraits of United States Military Academy’s 2020-2021 Men’s Lacrosse Team taken on February 17, 2021 at West Point, New York.  (U.S. Army Photo by John Pellino/USMA)

 

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.

Duke Men’s Lacrosse in studio. Durham, NC. January 22, 2021 - Reagan Lunn / Duke Athletics

 

1) Jared Bernhardt – Sr. – Maryland – Lake Brantley

Who else?

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

Jared Bernhardt