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Leading Edge 2021 Sept. 1 Overview

08/31/2019 2:45 PM -

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Sept. 1 is here, and the class of 2021 is on the recruiting clock. 

All non-service academy Division I schools can reach out to 2021s at midnight, and there's no doubt that the Leading Edge 2021s will be in high demand. A very skilled group that's one of the top 10 teams in the country, the team won the Terps Young Guns tournament and reached the semifinals at the NLF Opening Weekend

"I think that college coaches are going to really like this group," Leading Edge director Chris Roy said. "It's a very athletic, unselfish group that plays well together as a team, and they've gone toe-to-toe with some of the top teams in the nation. I'm excited to see where these guys will end up." 

Here's a player-by-player breakdown of the Leading Edge 2021s. 

Attack

No. 4 Jack Dunleavy, Seton Hall Prep 
Dunleavy doesn't have prototypical size, but he makes up for it with elite stick skills and vision. He can find any open teammate on the field, and he also has a tendency to pass them open. Dunleavy has an excellent understanding of the offense and he constantly generates great scoring chances. 

No. 6 Brandon Bergner, Kent Denver (Colo.) - Highlights
A physically imposing attackman, the Coiorado transplant has excellent vision, coupled with very good finishing ability. He uses his size to see over the defense and back it down, and he's got the ability to contribute in a multitude of ways.

No. 8 Zach Zukowsky, Bernards
Zukowsky had a breakout sophomore campaign this spring and followed it up with a strong summer. His motor is constantly running and he won't shortchange you in the effort department. He has a nose for the cage and the toughness to get to dirty areas. 

No. 19 Jack Turner, Ridge
Turner does an excellent job of finishing inside, using his lightning-quick release and off-ball savvy to fill up the back of the net. He has great chemistry with Jack Dunleavy, and he also does a standout job of riding and battling for ground balls.

No. 29 Colin Williams, St. Peter's Prep
A very slick off-ball finisher who can score with either hand, Williams is smooth in how he finds room to operate fof ball, and he doesn't miss when he's in tight. He'll pop in and out to find his spot and get open.

No. 88 Logan Peters, Wall
A lefty who can also run out of the box, Peters has excellent vision and sees teammates all over the field and where they're going to be. He can carry the ball and makes a ton of plays with it in his stick, and the three-sport athlete - football and basketball - has high-level athleticism.

Midfield

No. 2 Drew McConnaughy, Princeton Day - Highlights
Also a standout hockey player, McConnaughy can play both midfield and attack, and he has the athleticism to run by just about anyone. He's a matchup nightmare for short sticks, and his craftiness, speed, agility and handle to give defenses headaches. 

No. 5 Brendan Cina, Sparta
You name it, Cina can do it. The Sparta junior is a Swiss Army-knife type of player who makes an enormous impact all over the field. He can play man-up or man-down and thrive in any situation, and the very athletic lefty exudes toughness.  

No. 12 Justin Beimfohr, Mendham - Highlights
Another do-it-all midfielder, Beimfohr is the type of guy that you can trust in any circumstance. He also has some versatility with his ability to bump to attack, and he has a knack for finding open teammates with his vision. He looks to distribute first, but he can also bury his shots.

No. 18 Cal McPherson, Pingry
A standout as a short-stick defensive midfielder, McPherson does a great job of flashing an active stick and causing havoc on offenses. He understands how to guide his matchup to where he wants to go, and he can get moving when he's in transition. 

No. 21 Will Ferraro, Seton Hall Prep - Highlights
Probably the fastest midfielder on the team, Ferraro brings next-level wheels to the position, and he can run by opponents all day. He has an excellent shot on the run down the alleys, and he's also adept on the defensive end.

No. 22 Andrew Friedman, Lawrenceville
An excellent athlete who doubles as a quarterback for Lawrenceville, Friedman boasts a very high lacrosse IQ and has the size and athleticism to provide a mismatch. He contributes all over the field and also has the ability to run by guys in the open field. 

No. 27 Nick Jones, Chatham
Another speedster from the midfield, Jones makes it hard for people to stay in front of him, and his speed and athleticism are his biggest attributes. He can unleash a strong shot on the run, and he does a great job of creating offense in unsettled situations. 

LSM/Defense

No. 1 Griffin Kology, Chatham
A very cerebral defenseman who's the one tasked with organizing the defense and getting everyone in the correct spot, Kology has a knack for making all of the little plays and doing yeoman's work off-ball. The younger brother of Kyle Kology, a starter on Virginia's national title-winning team, the younger Kology is the type of defenseman that makes any defense better.

No. 13 Sebastian Birse, Westfield 
Birse is a long, rangy defenseman who gobbles up ground balls and runs the field well. His stick skills are next-level, and he continues to become more and more pbysical in his 1v1 defense. Birse has the versatility to play up top or down low, and he's got tremendous upside.  

No. 17 Gibson Linnehan, Princeton Day - Highlights
"You're not going to find anybody with a betetr stick out there," Roy said. "If there's a ball within five or six yards, he's coming up with it."

Linnehan thrives at LSM, where he can do damage on the faceoff wings and in transition, but he can also play down low. His great stick comes in part from his hockey background, and he can also let it rip if nobody checks him.

No. 28 Kevin Parnham, Pingry
Parnham has solid size, but it's his temperament and physical nature that make him pop off the page as perhaps the team's best player. He'll be a four-year starter at Pingry, and offenses always have to know where the lefty is because he's ready to take the ball away and lay a hit on an attackman. 

No. 44 Colby Plotts, Sparta
Plotts has the size and athleticism combination that every college coach looks for, and he also has outstanding stick skills and a penchant for scoring goals from his LSM spot. Plotts makes a ton of plays in the middle of the field and always makes you take notice.

No. 55 Gavin Dubnoff, Delbarton
The Green Wave product understands how to get his stick on the ball to disrupt offenses. Dubnoff has an excellent stick both off the ground and in picking off passes, and he understands the subtle nuances of team defense and where to be. He's not afraid to be aggressive and get out on hands, either.

Goalie

No. 3 Henry Blake, Brewster Academy (N.H.) - Highlights
Blake is a cool, composed, tall goalie who uses his size to make himself big in the cage to cut down on angles. He throws an excellent outlet pass and is a good communicator.

No. 31 Noah D'Andrea, Christian Brothers - Highlights
D'Andrea has exceptional athleticism, communicates well and throws good outlets. His athletic ability allows him to make some tough saves, and the intelligent goalie started as a sophomore for CBA.



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