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It has been exactly one month since the contact period for service academies opened up on July 1st. And the academies have made some significant headway through the first month.
Here is a look at how each service academy 2024 class is shaking up thus far:
Defenseman Mikey Edell (Wheaton, Ill.) is the lone 2024 commitment that the Air Force Falcons have grabbed thus far.
The 6-foot-1, 205-pound defenseman puts opposing players on the ground for a living. Edell shows to be a physical on-ball defender and knows how to use his body to stifle his matchup. He is also good off the ground and runs the field well, being able to be very effective in the clearing game.
Edell helped his team to an 19-5 record this past spring that saw them made it to the Illinois state semifinals, where they fell to Loyola Academy 9-5. Wheaton won the IHSA third place game and also won the Midwest Scholastic Lacrosse Association “B” division tournament.
Army West Point
Joe Alberici and the Army West Point Black Knights have gotten six commitments in the ’24 class thus far.
The headliner of those six commits is Culver (Ind.) goalie Tade Wynn. A Kansas City native, Wynn has proven to be one of the best goalies of the cycle and earned some clock last spring for the Eagles. The 6-foot-2, 185-pound goalie is a natural shot stopper who constantly impresses. He is rated as a five-star and ranked as the No. 3 player in the class by NLF.
Wynn isn’t the only highly-touted Midwest product the Black Knights have picked up thus far as Wheaton Academy (Ill.) midfielder Aiden Weisenborn also verbaled to Army in July. Working well up top, Weisenborn has proven to be a good dodging and shooting threat from that 10-plus yard range.
Holderness (N.H.) attackman JP Guinee is the lone true attackman in the class thus far and also rated as a five-star by NLF. Coming off a strong spring in which he helped the Bulls to a 10-5 record, Guinee exuberates toughness with his ability to get his hands free and find the back of the net.
Midfielders Hunter Aquino (Academy of the New Church, Pa.), John Majka (Malvern Prep, Pa.), and Daniel Odell (Eastport-South Manor, N.Y.) only add to the depth of talent of this Black Knights class. Aquino, who put up 113 points (71G/42A) last spring, and Majka are both big shooters and rated as four-star prospects by NLF. Odell put up 41 points (18G/23A) this past spring.
In these early days of the ’24 recruiting cycle, head coach Joe Amplo and the Navy Midshipmen have put together the best class thus far.
Shoreham-Wading River (N.Y.) midfielder Liam Gregorek was the first commit of the cycle, pulling the trigger on Navy less than 24 hours after the contact period opened. He follows in the footsteps of his two older brothers, Gavin who was a freshman for the Mids this past season and Alec is who a 2023 commit to Navy.
Gregorek is coming off a strong sophomore campaign in which he put up 37 points (18G/19A) while helping the Wildcats to a 16-2 record and a Class C Suffolk title game appearance. He is one of two NLF five-stars in the Midshipmen’s class thus far, along with St. Joseph’s Regional (N.J.) midfielder Isaac Cruz.
Cruz is an elite athlete and dynamic dodger that caused defenses a whole host of trouble. He put up 26 goals and 14 assists for 40 points this past spring. He is joined in the class by high school teammate Cooper Kurtz (faceoff).
Culver (Ind.) A/M Noah Ramirez, as well as midfielders Chase Green (McDonough, Md.) Danny Aiello (Bayport Blue Point, N.Y.) are the other three offensive players in the class. Ramirez, a Texas native, has a ton of upside as an explosive dodger and playmaker. Both Green and Aiello are solid two-way middies.
Seaford Senior (N.Y.) Jake Anzelone is the lone defenseman in the class at this point. A three-sport athlete playing soccer and basketball in addition to lacrosse, he shows a lot of skill on film as an on-ball defender who can stay with and cause trouble for his matchup. He also can make good decisions off-ball and in space.