Our look ahead to the 2015 high school season continues with a look at junior defenders.
This isn’t a ranking (players are listed alphabetically), just an opportunity to highlight a handful of guys who distinguished themselves as sophomores and who we expect will make an impact this spring.
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Today: Top junior defenders. Next: Top junior specialists (goalies, FOGO, LSM).
Jarrett Jones, Palos Verdes: In 33 varsity games over two seasons, Jones has collected 132 ground balls, recorded 86 takeaways, scored 10 goals and handed out six assists. His speed and ball-handling in transition make the Sea Hawks a threat to run on every turnover. Jones committed to NCAA Division I Georgetown at the beginning of his sophomore year.
Max Neblina, Loyola: The versatile Neblina was part of the Cubs’ relentless, attacking zone defense that gave opponents fits last year. He was credited with 20 ground balls on the season. He also filled in at the faceoff dot, winning 53 percent of his 55 draws.
Tommy Riley, Loyola: Another member of the Cubs’ deep defensive rotation, Riley recorded 29 ground balls playing both close defense and LSM as a sophomore. He played for the Long Island Sting at the Quaker Lax Fest in Pennsylvania in October.