Today ESPNHS announces the first five players to be added to the 2012 Warrior 40 roster.
Four of the five are returnees from last year's event while the fifth is a newcomer to the event and the No. 1 player in the ESPN Top 50 Junior list.
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.
Wilkins Dismuke, Jr., Rock Canyon (Littleton, Colo.), attack
Dismuke took the Warrior 40 by storm last year, beginning at the Colorado Regional. The 6-foot-2, 170-pound attacker was the first sophomore to earn a spot at the Warrior 40 and then at the Final Event earned offensive MVP honors over a host of juniors. The Johns Hopkins commit is the No. 17 player in the Class of 2013 according to the ESPN Top 50.
Nick Fields, Jr., Bullis (Potomac, Md.), long stick midfield
Fields makes his second appearance at the Warrior 40 with his selection in 2012. The 6-foot-3, 190-pound junior made the Warrior 40 as a sophomore and according to Warrior 40 coach Jimmy Borell, “was a man amongst boys then and even more now.” Fields is the top LSM recruit in the country and is verbally committed to Johns Hopkins.
Justin Guterding, Jr., Garden City (N.Y.), attack
The star attacker for the No. 2 team in the POWERADE FAB 50, Guterding was a standout as a sophomore at last year’s Warrior 40. The Duke commit is the No. 4 player in the ESPN Top 50. Guterding is second on Garden City in points (43) goals (23) and assists (20) this season.
Mac Pons, Jr., Boys’ Latin (Baltimore), defense
Pons rounds out the list of two-time Warrior 40 selections. The Maryland commit earned Defensive MVP honors at last year’s Warrior 40. The 5-foot-11 junior has been a starter at Boys’ Latin since his freshman year and has helped the Lakers to a No. 39 ranking in the POWERADE FAB 50.
Matt Rambo, Jr., La Salle (Wyndmoor, Pa.), attack
Rambo is a lefty attackman and the top recruit in the county in the class of 2013. The No. 1 player in the ESPN Top 50 Junior list, Rambo is committed to play college lacrosse at Maryland.