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Warrior Watch: Cannizzaro among top attackmen

Tyler Butler has the skill set to play long stick midfield or defense. Mark Butler

The third annual Warrior 40 competition is Aug. 13-15 in Commerce City, Colo. The three-day event hosts the nation's best high school boys lacrosse players.

Each week until the final roster is announced, ESPNHS will profile four athletes from our Warrior 40 Tracker.

Tyler Breen, Soph., Taft School (Watertown, Conn.), attackman

Breen is widely regarded as one of the top offensive players in the Class of 2014. The attackman posted 16 goals and 10 assists last year as a freshman, and through 12 games this season he was already up to 15 goals and six assists. At 5-foot-10, Breen has the ability to beat bigger defenders with his quickness. He committed to Virginia in April.

Tyler Butler, Soph., Central Bucks East (Doylestown, Pa.), defenseman

Butler has all the tools to be chosen for the Warrior 40. He was the No. 2 defenseman on the Inside Lacrosse Sophomore Watch List, and he's versatile enough to play longstick middie as well. He committed to Penn State in February, choosing the Nittany Lions over Ohio State, Harvard, Princeton and Maryland.

Connor Cannizzaro, Jr., Cazenovia Central (Cazenovia, N.Y.), attackman *

Cannizzaro is a goal-scoring machine and a favorite to be named to the Warrior 40 roster this summer. He may not be the biggest player on the field at 5-foot-9, but the attackman has a knack for finding open spaces and he knows how to finish. Last year as a sophomore, he tallied 83 goals while also chipping in 36 assists. Cannizzaro played in the 2011 Under Armour All-America Underclassmen Games, and he's No. 6 on the ESPNHS Top 50 Juniors list.

* Cannizzaro has since been named to the Warrior 40 roster.

Brian Cannon, Soph., Northport (N.Y.), midfielder

Equally adept at scoring and distributing, Cannon is the type of player who can get the most out of talented teammates. That's why the sophomore would fit right in on the Warrior 40 roster. He was ranked No. 3 on the Inside Lacrosse Sophomore Watch List, and he has committed to North Carolina.