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The Lacrosse Playground’s Top-66, powered by Sirius Lacrosse, CLASS OF 2023 39 -11 RANKINGS are here!

The Top-66 is the most elite ranking of lacrosse’s most elite prospects. Every Top-66 Player is good enough to play at any school in the country.

Work.  Work.  Win.

What College Coaches are saying to The Lacrosse Playground’s Top-66 evaluators, analysts, coaches, and experts about the 2023 Class:

  • @ Goalies. There are 6 goalies in the class that received #1 votes as the best at their position;  i.e.  “There is depth at the position”.
  • @ FOGOs. Six of the Top-66 players are FOGOs.  They are all lights-out. There are another 10 guys that could give the top draw-men a run for their money.  
  • @ LSMs.  The 2023 LSM position is very deep and many deserving players didn’t make the cut. The skill level seems to keep getting better and better each year as players like Christmas (Georgetown Prep High School, Bethesda, MD) set the bar for tall, talented, and athletic players guarding the middle of the field.
  • @ Attack.  College coaches are all constantly looking for an attackman to quarterback their offense. 2023s are thin in this regard. Every attackman in the Top 66 has the potential to be a triple-threat player, but few are two handed quarterbacks. McCabe Millon (McDonogh School, Owings Mills, MD) is the best QB-type attackman that fits this mold. 
  • @ Middies.  In today’s game, at least for those colleges contending for a NCAA National Championship, teams must have several big and athletic middies.  There are studs in the Top 66 but the depth in “high-end-athletic” middies, players ranked from #66-#225, drops off.  Big Middies will demand early and significant attention. 
  • @ Defenders. Defenders that play defense are a dying breed.  Look for the big guys with brains, and the commitment to their craft of playing D, to get all the major attention early.

39 | Brett Koopman

Koopman has a nonstop motor with blazing speed. More than a few of our evaluators compared his game to Matt Wright at UNC

0.8821

Weighted and Normalized Score vs
Class of 2023 Top-225 Players
(Out of 1000+ players evaluated)™

UNC, Syracuse, Maryland, Denver, Notre Dame, Harvard

Prediction

LSM 4

Position Rank

What’s Next…

The lacrosse world is your oyster.  To be a pearl, you must first be gritty and mean.  Fight for your time and you will shine.


38 | Michael Smyth

We have seen Smyth play both attack and middie this summer but think he is most natural at the midfield position. The lefty seems to always make the right lacrosse play. He has great vision along with a burst of speed that leaves defenders in the dust.

0.8855

Weighted and Normalized Score vs
Class of 2023 Top-225 Players
(Out of 1000+ players evaluated)™

U Penn, Princeton, Georgetown, Notre Dame, Yale

Prediction

M 10

Position Rank

What’s Next…

Hit the weight room and go all-in. 


37 | Andrew Greenspan

Greenspan is one of the most polished faceoff men in the class. His exits and stick handling are already next level. Good luck pressing out on this “FOGO” when he has the ball. He will likely run by you and score

0.8860

Weighted and Normalized Score vs
Class of 2023 Top-225 Players
(Out of 1000+ players evaluated)™

Duke, Maryland, UNC

Prediction

FOGO 3

Position Rank

What’s Next…

N/A Specialist


36 | Jacob Pacheco

Pacheco projects as a great SSDM who you can trust pushing the ball within the first 20-25 seconds of the shot clock.  Don’t bet on him jogging off the field.

0.8949

Weighted and Normalized Score vs
Class of 2023 Top-225 Players
(Out of 1000+ players evaluated)™

UNC, Syracuse, Virginia, Maryland

Prediction

SSDM 2

Position Rank

What’s Next…

Get reps with the offense and study/play the box game. 


35 | Niko Karetsos

Niko is a crafty lefty that can do it all. He is an elite shooter, sees the field well and can facilitate for himself as a dodger. 

0.9080

Weighted and Normalized Score vs
Class of 2023 Top-225 Players
(Out of 1000+ players evaluated)™

Loyola, UNC, Ohio State

Prediction

A/M 6

Position Rank

What’s Next…

Improve first step quickness and ride mean.  Work on stamina and speed.


34 | Mark Marino

6’2 lefty will be an absolute beast coming out of the box in college. His middle name is “Memorial Day”.

0.9183

Weighted and Normalized Score vs
Class of 2023 Top-225 Players
(Out of 1000+ players evaluated)™

UVA, Maryland, Penn State

Prediction

A/M 5

Position Rank

What’s Next…

Learn to bounce after contact to find the open look. You will draw slides and will need to be an elite feeder.


33 | Julian Targete

Targete is a great athlete with an uncommon shake for his size. He is a do-it all middie that can play two sides of the ball at an elite level. As far as potential goes, he could be a top 5 guy in the class if he continues to develop.

0.9184

Weighted and Normalized Score vs
Class of 2023 Top-225 Players
(Out of 1000+ players evaluated)™

Harvard, Yale, Duke, Maryland

Prediction

M 9

Position Rank

What’s Next…

Learn the college game and shake the club tendencies.  Make it a focus to make the other 5 players on the offense better- you will be rewarded with the last touch or a high five.


32 | James Carroll

Carroll is athletic and applies pressure all over the field. He is great at taking the ball away and has elite skills off the ground and in transition

0.9208

Weighted and Normalized Score vs
Class of 2023 Top-225 Players
(Out of 1000+ players evaluated)™

Virginia, Loyola, UNC, Syracuse

Prediction

LSM 3

Position Rank

What’s Next…

Learn to be patient and embrace the team concept of defense. 


31 | Tucker Kellogg

Kellogg is well known on the club-ball circuit. He has a reputation for his jaw dropping shooting ability. While he is one of the best shooters in the class, he impressed evaluators all summer long with much improved vision. Early slides led to crisp passes on the money.

0.9253

Weighted and Normalized Score vs
Class of 2023 Top-225 Players
(Out of 1000+ players evaluated)™

Ohio State, Duke, UNC, Syracuse, Maryland, Rutgers, Hopkins, Ohio State

Prediction

M 15

Position Rank

What’s Next…

Kellogg can improve his first step quickness and become a more consistent dodger.  Just play forward and the game will open up and be easy.


30 | Ben Beacham

Beacham is a two-handed triple threat player that can dodge, feed, and shoot with both hands. Evaluators love the smoothness and pace of his game.

0.9304

Weighted and Normalized Score vs
Class of 2023 Top-225 Players
(Out of 1000+ players evaluated)™

Denver, Hopkins, Cornell, Ohio State

Prediction

A/M 4

Position Rank

What’s Next…

He is a great athlete right now, but so are all ACC and Big 10 players. Continuing to develop his strength and overall athleticism will be key at the highest level of Division 1.


29 | Jackie Weller

Weller was awesome all summer, leaving opponents in the dust with his lightning quickness. He rarely whiffed on any open ground balls and was good for a goal a game.

0.9355

Weighted and Normalized Score vs
Class of 2023 Top-225 Players
(Out of 1000+ players evaluated)™

Georgetown, Maryland, Notre Dame, Ohio State

Prediction

FOGO 2

Position Rank

What’s Next…

N/A Specialist


28 | Jack Ponzio

Ponzio had a great summer. He showed the ability to work well in the two-man game as well as being able to create his own offense. Our evaluators think he will excel coming out of the box, dodging wings, and coming off picks.

0.9369

Weighted and Normalized Score vs
Class of 2023 Top-225 Players
(Out of 1000+ players evaluated)™

Georgetown, Ohio State, Penn State, Princeton, Brown

Prediction

A/M 3

Position Rank

What’s Next…

Develop a better right hand.


27 | Connor Foley

Foley had an incredible summer making some absurd saves. He is the type of goalie kids from other teams will stop and watch in between games. He reads and baits shooters better than any goalie in recent memory and does it with a flair for the dramatic.

0.9370

Weighted and Normalized Score vs
Class of 2023 Top-225 Players
(Out of 1000+ players evaluated)™

Maryland, Syracuse, UNC, Duke, Virginia

Prediction

G 4

Position Rank

What’s Next…

N/A Specialist


26 | Brayson ‘Goose’ Wilson

Brayson is patient and explosive to the ball. He is great from 8 by being patient and reacting quickly to shooters. ‘Goose’ gets the ball up and out in a hurry.

0.9374

Weighted and Normalized Score vs
Class of 2023 Top-225 Players
(Out of 1000+ players evaluated)™

UNC, Duke, Virginia, Maryland, Notre Dame

Prediction

G 3

Position Rank

What’s Next…

N/A Specialist.


25 | Pasha Hakimi

Hakimi has an elite skill set with strong athleticism and a great frame. He is one of the first players you notice on the field. He consistently made plays all summer.

0.9380

Weighted and Normalized Score vs
Class of 2023 Top-225 Players
(Out of 1000+ players evaluated)™

Denver, Cornell, Duke, Maryland, U Penn

Prediction

LSM 2

Position Rank

What’s Next…

He has the frame to add a lot of muscle.  Do extra reps.


24 | Ty Banks

Banks is a very versatile player.  Many of our evaluators projected him to be either LSM or SSDM at the next level. He has firecracker feet with a strong build and an aggressive style of play that will make him a hot commodity on 9/1

0.9389

Weighted and Normalized Score vs
Class of 2023 Top-225 Players
(Out of 1000+ players evaluated)™

Johns Hopkins, Denver, Penn State, Cornell

Prediction

SSDM1 (LSM 2)

Position Rank

What’s Next…

Continuing to get stronger will help him with the bigger matchups he will face in college.


23 | Trey Deere

Deer has incredible hands and body control. He won’t blow by you but will use his body and capitalize on any poor approach. Automatic from 8 and in.  He knows how to play the game, get open, and win.

0.8398

Weighted and Normalized Score vs
Class of 2023 Top-225 Players
(Out of 1000+ players evaluated)™

Denver, Hopkins, Cornell, Penn State, Michigan

Prediction

A/M 2

Position Rank

What’s Next…

Speed is the need.  Work on first step, pop, and straight line.


22 | Cole Webber

Webber has a perfect build for a Division 1 defender. At 6’3” he is long, strong and fast. Combine that with a burst of speed and good lateral movement, he is one of the best defenders in the class.  Duke Lab D, 101.

0.9390

Weighted and Normalized Score vs
Class of 2023 Top-225 Players
(Out of 1000+ players evaluated)™

Virginia, Syracuse, Duke, Maryland

Prediction

D 5

Position Rank

What’s Next…

Improve mechanics with 1v1 defense.


21 | Anderson Moore

He’s a coach’s goalie.  Does his job, asks for more work. 

0.9399

Weighted and Normalized Score vs
Class of 2023 Top-225 Players
(Out of 1000+ players evaluated)™

Virginia, Syracuse, Duke, Maryland, U Penn

Prediction

G 2

Position Rank

What’s Next…

N/A Specialist.


20 | Hayden Celio

Celio’s combination of size and hands is something that nobody in the class can match. He can shoot it from all angles, catches anything near him, and proved to be very good off ball.

0.9480

Weighted and Normalized Score vs
Class of 2023 Top-225 Players
(Out of 1000+ players evaluated)™

Virginia, Maryland, Duke, Loyola, Hopkins, Ohio State

Prediction

A 5

Position Rank

What’s Next…

Becoming a consistent threat as a dodger by improving as an athlete will add another dimension to his game.


19 | Brody Upton

Upton is different from any other player in the class. Usually, players at this height are awkward with their movement and stick skills. That is not the case for Upton. He has a box lacrosse skill set and the ability to beat defenders uniquely, each day of the week, twice on Saturdays.

0.9484

Weighted and Normalized Score vs
Class of 2023 Top-225 Players
(Out of 1000+ players evaluated)™

Ohio State, Penn State, Maryland, Hopkins, UNC, Denver

Prediction

M 7

Position Rank

What’s Next…

He has the frame to add a lot of muscle


18 | AJ Nikolic

Nikolic has size, skill and athleticism. He is a two-handed playmaker that plays silky smooth and with pace that makes him fun to watch. He will run by big defenders and is a physical mismatch for smaller defenders. Combine this with his ability to go both ways and it is tough to stop.

0.9486

Weighted and Normalized Score vs
Class of 2023 Top-225 Players
(Out of 1000+ players evaluated)™

Penn State, Virginia, Ohio State, U Penn, Maryland, UNC

Prediction

M 6

Position Rank

What’s Next…

Being more aggressive and consistent as a scorer.  Get mean.


17 | Davis Provost

Provost is a lights-out shooter both time and room and on the run. He gets to his left at will. Davis is a triple threat attackman with the ability to dodge, shoot, and feed at an elite level. 

0.9488

Weighted and Normalized Score vs
Class of 2023 Top-225 Players
(Out of 1000+ players evaluated)™

Princeton, Denver, Georgetown, Villanova, Yale

Prediction

A 4

Position Rank

What’s Next…

He has a very capable right hand and improving it will open up his game even more.


16 | Hunter Chauvette

Arguably the best pure shooter in the class. He can sting it from around the clock. Whether it’s time and room or on the run he has a lightning quick release and a great feel for the game. He constantly puts himself in positions where he can score

0.9530

Weighted and Normalized Score vs
Class of 2023 Top-225 Players
(Out of 1000+ players evaluated)™

Hopkins, Penn State, Maryland, Princeton, UNC, Ohio State

Prediction

A 3

Position Rank

What’s Next…

He has a very capable right hand and improving it Chavette has plenty of room to grow his game as a dodger and initiator.


15 | Roman Buono

Roman is in the discussion for the best defender in the class. He is athletic, aggressive and has great feet.  He is a gladiator.

0.9531

Weighted and Normalized Score vs
Class of 2023 Top-225 Players
(Out of 1000+ players evaluated)™

Harvard, Yale, Syracuse, Maryland, Duke, Villanova

Prediction

D 4

Position Rank

What’s Next…

Over commits at times and needs to become more patient.


14 | Tomas Delgado

Delgado is arguably the most athletic middie in the class. He is good for 3 goals a summer-game, getting down the right alley, and hammering shots.

0.9535

Weighted and Normalized Score vs
Class of 2023 Top-225 Players
(Out of 1000+ players evaluated)™

Yale, UVA, Duke

Prediction

M 5

Position Rank

What’s Next…

When players are able to match his athleticism in college, he will need a few more moves in his bag.


13 | Donny Scott

Scott is an absolute beast that will straight up dominate matchups. He had an awesome summer, start to finish. Draws comparisons to Tucker Durkin

0.9540

Weighted and Normalized Score vs
Class of 2023 Top-225 Players
(Out of 1000+ players evaluated)™

Syracuse, Duke, UNC, Denver, Rutgers, U Penn State, Michigan

Prediction

D 3

Position Rank

What’s Next…

Improve hands and touch.  Be better on first time grounders.


12 | Quinn Cepiel

Cepiel turned heads playing up with the 2022s last summer. He is a dynamic, crafty and athletic lefty scorer that can beat his man in a variety of ways. He can absolutely spray the ball and has good vision.

0.9544

Weighted and Normalized Score vs
Class of 2023 Top-225 Players
(Out of 1000+ players evaluated)™

Virginia, Syracuse, Notre Dame, Duke, U Penn, Yale, Princeton

Prediction

M 4

Position Rank

What’s Next…

Right hand can improve as can his defense.


11 | Tucker Wade

Tucker is wing-guy that gets top-side, underneath, steps down, or feeds the back side.  AKA, playmaker.

0.9703

Weighted and Normalized Score vs
Class of 2023 Top-225 Players
(Out of 1000+ players evaluated)™

Princeton

Prediction

M 3

Position Rank

What’s Next…

Keep getting faster and diversify initiation spots.

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