Players to watch by graduation year.
Last year, we released a list of the “best players per grade” and then ranked them against each other. Slightly different approach this year. Each player is someone to keep an eye on this spring. Doesn’t mean they are slouches, though.
The 2018s and 2019s will certainly have a chance to make an impact on their respective varsity teams this spring.
Players are organized alphabetically by high school team. Some players have some extra notes. Doesn’t mean we value them more or less than players who don’t have bonus thoughts. Just wanted to share some extra FACTS.
Expect to see a few of the 2016s and 2017s mentioned again later this week.
The 2018 class is absolutely loaded with offensive talent. Little more balance in the other grades.
Levi McCrady – Fox Chapel – Middie – Brown commit
Dan Lee – Mt. Lebanon – Attack – Ithaca commit
Nick Tommasi – Mt. Lebanon – Defense – Providence commit
Brian Ward – Mt. Lebanon – Middie – Yale commit
Logan Maloni – Peters Township – Seton Hill commit
Easily the most improved player in Pittsburgh in 2015, the lefty dodges with reckless abandon.
Max Jaffe – Shady Side – Attack – Ohio Wesleyan commit
After a quiet regular season, Jaffe transformed himself in the playoffs going off against USC and NA. Ready to be the offensive leader in 2016.
Blake Goodman – Shady Side – Goalie – Richmond commit
Doc Szlachetka – Shady Side – LSM – Air Force commit*
Haris Rahman – Upper St. Clair – LSM
High energy guy who plays the position the right way. Not someone you look forward to competing against.
Cian Malcom – Chartiers Valley – Middie
Calvin Sargent – Moon Area – Attack – Cleveland State commit
Patrick McAnally – Mt. Lebanon – Defense
We’ve historically misspelled his last name. The 6’2″ 195lbs lefty is a match up nightmare for any attackman lucky enough to avoid Tommasi.
Dillon Dugan – North Allegheny – Middie
Not many 200lb middies in Pittsburgh. Teams will get a heavy dose of him now that Kyle Rullan is no longer running the Tiger offense.
Greg Ferringer – North Allegheny – Defense
Clayton Krol – Shady Side – Attack/Middie – High Point commit
Chris Woodings – Shady Side – FO Middie
Doesn’t appear to be the offensive force his brother was in 2015 but just as adept at the face off X.
Adam Galovich – Seneca Valley – Defense – Cleveland State commit
Teddy McClain – Sewickley – Defense
Evan Bradley/Zak Ferris – Attack – Bethel Park
One two punch for the Hawks saw a ton of action in 2015. One’s right handed. One’s left handed. One is tall. One is very tiny.
Richy Myros – Hampton – Attack
Very slick lefty played midfield this past spring for the D2 champs. Moves back to his natural position with graduation losses.
Kam Angeletti – Mars – Defense
Spent a portion the school year at Kiski. Now back at Mars and might be the best defenseman in D2. Fast and plays very mean.
Kenny Giarla – Mt. Lebanon – Middie
Easily takes over the Mt. Lebanon midfield when Brian Ward graduates, until then expect a big point surge this spring as he gets the short stick match up for likely the final time in his high school career.
Wes Powell – North Allegheny – Attack
Was the 4th attackman as a freshman. Scored a big goal in the WPIAL finals. Increased point production in 2016 with the graduation loss of Rullan. Big fall and winter, earning a Jake Reed invite.
Danny Bacchiochi – Peters Township – Attack
You won’t believe he’s a sophomore when you see him in person. Every bit as large as his older brother who is a current sophomore at Ohio Wesleyan. May even be bigger.
Ben Delaney – Peters Township – Attack
Our #1 2018 last year. Still think very highly of him. He’s the best of the three Delaney brothers. He or Bacchiochi could point up huge numbers this spring thanks to the attention Logan Maloni and Max Buzzelli will command. House hold name by the end of this summer.
Tyler Goncz – Pine Richland – Defense
Takes over for his brother at close defense. Big. Mean. Fast. Playing football helps.
Riley Larsen – Sewickley – Middie
At 6’4″ 190 pounds, Larsen has tremendous upside.
Tommy Boyd – Upper St. Clair – Attack
Tremendous motor for an attackman. Will likely command the defense’s top close defender by the end of the season due to quicknes
Connor Bachman – Butler – Attack
Big boy for a youngster. Not the most fluid stick in the 2019 class but his size will allow him to get things done against varsity defensemen.
Graham Childs – Fox Chapel – Defense
Will need to play beyond his years for depleted Foxes varsity roster. If he does and Levi McCrady keeps doing McCrady things, Fox Chapel won’t be as down and out as LaxPower forums suggest.
Garrett Reinke – Mars – Middie
Reinke got loose for the Planets football team during a 3 touchdown performance in the playoffs against Central Valley. One of the premier athletes playing WPIAL lacrosse.
Ben Barnes – Pine Richland – Attack
Already good size for a freshman, better stick skills than most older attackmen, will be given a chance to make an impact for a Pine Richland team that seemingly graduated 30 seniors last spring.
Zach Galovich – Seneca Valley – Defense
The mean spirited younger brother of 2017 Adam Galovich (Cleveland State commit). Younger Galovich has spent a year playing for the Dukes and the club’s Philly Tough mantra has rubbed off. May get LSM runs due to a crowded close defensive corp in Harmony.
*Szlachetka is coming off of an October knee injury and may not be 100% this spring. Would be a disservice not to mention him. The only thing harder than spelling his name is beating him 1v1. One of the more polished defenseman in Pittsburgh in a long time.
For comparison, last year’s preseason rankings by class, which were published in the fall of 2014.
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