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Thursday, May 17, 2012
Warrior 40 gets defensive with additions

By Mike Loveday

Austin Pifani
Austin Pifani is among the first defenders named to the 2012 Warrior 40.
ESPNHS announces the third wave of players to be added to the 2012 Warrior 40 roster, which includes several defenders.

The Warrior 40 is a three-day competition that features the nation's top underclass high school lacrosse players. Players will receive coaching from Major League Lacrosse stars and participate in skills competitions and a final competition.

This year's competition takes place Aug. 13-15 at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colo.

Kieran Eissler, Jr., Coronado (Henderson, Nev.) midfield
The Coronado junior is committed to Johns Hopkins and was chosen as the No. 13 player in the Top 50 last fall. The do-it-all midfielder is very versatile with his ability to take faceoffs and play offense and defense. Eissler shines in the open field with a strong right-to-right split dodge when the defense is not set.

Austin Pifani, Jr., Abington (Pa.), defense
The No. 33 player in the Top 50, Pifani is committed to North Carolina. A Gait Fab 40 All-Star selection at the Philly Lacrosse Showcase, Pifani is known for his aggressive up-tempo style of play. An imposing player on the field, Pifani likes to push the ball in transition and throws some hard checks.

Ethan Powley, Jr., Paul VI (Fairfax, Va.), long stick midfielder
The 6-foot, 175-pound Powley earned Washington Catholic Athletic Conference Second Team honors after scooping up 107 ground balls as a sophomore last season. The No. 27 player in the ESPN Top 50 Junior list, Powley committed to Duke last summer and was Defenseman of the Session at the Jake Reed Blue Chip camp.

Will Reynolds, Jr., Delbarton (N.J.), defense
Reynolds was selected as the No. 1 defender and the No. 5 player overall in the Top 50 last fall. The Princeton commit has good size for a defender at 6-foot-3, 200 pounds. One of the more athletic players in the country, Reynolds has the size and speed to run with either midfielders or attackman.

Matt Ryan, Jr., Phillips Exeter (Exeter, N.H.), long stick midfielder
Ryan is the No. 18 player overall and the No. 2 long stick midfielder in the ESPN Top 50 Junior list. Ryan is constantly in the opposing players gloves causing them to make bad passes or rush their decision-making. When he has the opportunity he likes to push the ball and does so at the right times. Ryan has given a verbal commitment to attend Harvard.