Foothill’s Marano Named One of Top 50 Juniors in the Nation

Foothill ThumbInside Lacrosse just released its list of the Top 50 Young Gun Juniors in the United States, and placed Foothill High School junior attackman Nate Marano at #27. The big lefty is the lone OC representative, and only one of three Californians, on a list that was dominated by East Coasters. Marano, who is verbally committed to play at Denver University, is the top-ranked Californian in his class ahead of Connor McCroskey (#29) of the Bishop’s School in San Diego and future Denver teammate Austin French of San Ramon Valley High School (#44). The traditional lacrosse hotbeds of New York and Maryland dominated the list of Top 50 Juniors, occupying half of the spots.

Marano took second-team All-Orange County honors this season after exploding onto the varsity scene and helping the Knights advance to the Orange County semi-finals. This summer, Marano played club with West Coast Starz and OC Kings. By our unofficial tally, he has set a new benchmark for the up-and-coming OC talent by being the first OC player to be named to such a selective list of individual players by Inside Lacrosse magazine.