Friday, April 20, 2012
Warrior Watch: Two juniors look to return
By Mike Loveday
Wilkins Dismuke is one of several players looking to make the Warrior 40 for the second time.
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.
Wilkins Dismuke, Jr., Rock Canyon (Highlands Ranch, Colo.), attack Dismuke was the first sophomore to earn a spot in the Warrior 40 and could be among the first to be a two-time selection. Dismuke went from unknown to Warrior 40 Offensive MVP honors last year and his recruiting picked up as a result. “After I played in the [Warrior 40] and got offensive MVP, that's when [the offers] all came in.” Dismuke said. Now committed to Johns Hopkins, Dismuke has 33 points on 27 goals and six assists this season. The junior has five games this season in which he has scored at least four goals, including four against the No. 3 team in Colorado, Columbine. Rock Canyon only has two losses this season and could be a contender for the Colorado state championship.
Justin Guterding, Jr., Garden City (N.Y.), attack Guterding is another Warrior 40 alumnus who is doing everything he can to be a repeat performer in 2012. The junior has helped lead the Trojans to a No. 2 ranking in the POWERADE FAB 50 after scoring three goals and dishing out two assists in a 12-11 victory over then No. 1 Conestoga (Berwyn, Pa.). The Duke commit has 17 goals and 15 assists this season. Garden City appears to be the favorite to win the New York Class B state championship in addition to compete for the FAB 50 National Championship this season.
Nick Mazza, Jr., Calverton School (Leonardtown, Md.), midfield Mazza is a big reason Calverton School is 10-2 and among the teams vying for a spot in the FAB 50 this season. The Penn State commit scored three goals in an 11-10 win over No. 33 Landon earlier this year. The junior has scored at least two goals in every game for the Cougars this season. Mazza leads his team with 35 goals this season.
Conor Whipple, Jr., St. Andrew’s (Boca Raton, Fla.), attack Whipple just keeps getting better. The Georgetown commit burst onto the scene as a freshman in 2010, dishing out 19 assists and scoring 17 goals. As a sophomore Whipple scored 51 goals and dished out 47 assists. Through 19 games this season, Whipple has 76 goals and 45 assists. And St. Andrew’s appears headed back to the state championship game. The junior has four games in which he has totaled at least 10 points and has totaled 13 points in two games this season. Against Gulliver Prep (Miami) Whipple scored 11 goals and dished out two assists.
A panel of lacrosse experts for the Warrior 40 competition is currently conducting a nationwide search for the top 40 boys' high school lacrosse players. Participating athletes will be announced in June. To be considered for the Warrior 40 Tracker List submit your profile here.