Friday, April 27, 2012
Warrior Watch: Anderson leads sophomore class
By By Mike Grimala
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.
Justin Anderson, Soph., Centennial (Las Vegas, Nev.), midfielder Anderson could bring some West Coast flavor to the Warrior 40, as he's one of the region's top players regardless of class. A midfielder, Anderson excels at moving the ball and creating for his teammates. He showed his all-around skills in an April 17 game against Spring Valley (Las Vegas, Nev.), totaling seven goals and five assists in a 21-7 win. Despite being one of the younger players on the Warrior 40 Watch List, Anderson has to be given serious consideration at this point. The sophomore committed to North Carolina in March.
Tyler Andreassi, Jr., Sachem North (N.Y.), long stick midfielder As one of the top long stick midfielders in the country, Andreassi brings great versatility to the position. He's capable of shutting down elite offensive midfielders and creating opportunities going the other way. Andreassi is ranked No. 37 in the ESPNHS Top 50 Juniors, and he's No. 3 among LSMs. He has committed to Stony Brook, where he will play with his older brother Michael, a sophomore attackman for the Sea Wolves.
Pete Aplet, Jr., Wheat Ridge, (Colo.), attackman With his ability to apply constant pressure in the offensive end, Aplet would seem like a natural to earn a Warrior 40 invite this summer. And he wouldn't have to travel very far, either, as this year's Warrior 40 is being held in Denver. So far this season, the junior attack has compiled 40 goals and 32 assists in 13 games. He has already enjoyed four four-goal games this spring.
Nick Aponte, Jr., West Islip (N.Y.), midfielder Ranked No. 26 in the ESPNHS Top 50 Juniors, the Aponte has lived up to that billing by scoring clutch goals all season long for West Islip. With Aponte leading the way, West Islip is currently 8-1 and ranked No. 6 in the POWERADE FAB 50. The midfielder is currently undecided on college.