The countdown toward the ESPNHS lacrosse Top 100 continues as we roll out more of our positional rankings each week. And naturally, New York has its share of names in the mix.
Last week, midfielders were featured and Garden City's Patric Berkery came in at No. 7. Here's what our expert Tom Peace had to say about the Penn commit:
The three-year varsity starter was named All-County and was selected to play for the Long Island underclass team at the Under Armour games. When Berkery has the ball, he runs over defenders trying to get close to the cage to score a goal.
Berkery wasn't the lone Empire State representative on the list. Click here to see which other local midfielder you should look out for.
This week, faceoff players are the focus and two NY athletes made the top 10. Here's the lowdown on Port Washington's Jake Froccaro and Manhasset's Ryan Matthews.
4. Jake Froccaro, Port Washington (Port Washington, N.Y.), Princeton commit
Froccaro has one of the best dodges in the high school game. The future Princeton Tiger was a team captain as a junior, and is a two-time NCLCA All County Selection, two-time NCLCA Academic All-County Selection, and two-time Port Washington High School MVP.
7. Ryan Matthews, Manhasset (Manhasset, N.Y.), Johns Hopkins commit
Matthews, with the huge frame and quick hands at the faceoff line, he will have a bright future at the next level. The future Blue Jay was named 2011 All-County Selection and Academic All-County Selection. Matthews is a three-year varsity starter at Manhasset and helped lead the team to back-to-back state titles in 2009 and 2010.
Want to know which three other local faceoff specialists made the top 25? Simply click here.
Brandon Parker covers New York for ESPNHS magazine and ESPNHIGHSCHOOL.com. Follow him on Twitter @brandoncparker or email him at email@example.com.