Commentary

ESPNHS Girls Top 25 defensive midfielders

Updated: March 7, 2012, 9:52 AM ET
By Tom Peace

Paige Patterson, St. Stephen's & St. AgnesJimmy Hurlburt/ESPNHSPaige Patterson (No. 4) from St. Stephen's & St. Agnes (Alexandria, Va.).
ESPNHS is counting down to the girls ESPNHS 100 by naming the top 25 players at each position, expanding from last year's top 20 players.

The Top 25 is our selections for the best players at each position and will be released every Wednesday until Nov. 30. Wrapping up our girls coverage will be our choices for the Top 100 seniors and Top 50 juniors.

Today we focus on some defensive midfielders.

1. Paige Patterson St. Stephen's & St. Agnes (Alexandria, Va.), North Carolina
Patterson, a two-time Under Amour All-American, was also named 2011 US Lacrosse All-American. The senior was impressive at the Under Amour Underclassmen games over the summer causing turnovers and clearing the ball well.

ESPNHS Position Breakdown

ESPNHS expands its look at the top high school seniors in the class of 2012 to a look at the Top 25 by position  expanding upon last year's Top 20.

Below is our positioinal breakdown along with our selections for the Top 100 seniors and the Top 50 juniors in the class of 2013.

2. Anne Farnham, Andover (Andover, Mass.), Massachusetts
Farnham had a huge junior season, she lead the Merrimack Valley Conference champions in ground balls and draws, while adding 29 goals and 19 assists. The Andover senior made the ESPNHS All-American Honorable Mention list and the ESPNBoston.com First team All-State. Farnham has 59 goals and 40 assists in her career, and helped Andover win the Division I state championship in 2010.

3. Elizabeth Bannantine, McDonogh (Owings Mills, Md.), Princeton
Bannantine has help lead the Eagles to the IAAM championship the past two seasons. The senior was named ESPNHS All-American Honorable Mention and was on the Baltimore Underclass team at the Under Armour games in 2010.

4. Tory Waldstein, Needham (Needham, Mass.), Harvard
Waldstein was named to the Under Armour New England Team and was a First-Team All-American. The Needham captain, tallied 46 assists and 35 goals for the Rockets last season and was named a EMASS League All-Star for the Bay State Conference, ESPNBoston.com MIAA Girls All-State and made the Boston Globe All-Scholastic team.

5. Brooke Kiley, Germantown Academy (Fort Washington, Pa.), Pennsylvania
Kiley scored a school-record 107 goals last season and earned ESPNHS All-America Honorable Mention honors. The Germantown Academy senior was also named 2011 US Lacrosse Academic All-American. Kiley, a member of the Philly Under Armour Underclassmen team, made the Inter-Ac League First Team for the second year in a row.

6. Kelsey Hart, North Babylon (North Babylon N.Y.), Florida
Hart has an impressive high school lacrosse resume, earning All-League, All Division, and All-County honors in 2011. The senior also was named to the All-Galaxy team in 2010.

7. Emily Tropsa, Darien (Dairen, Conn.), Gettysburg
Tropsa had a great junior season -- earning All-Conference in the FCIAC. The Connecticut All-Star, helped lead the Blue Wave to the state title with the defense allowing just 18 goals in its four playoff games. The Darien senior plays both lacrosse and ice hockey.

8. Sofia Robins, McDonogh (Owings Mills, Md.), Boston University
Robins had a busy summer playing in the U-19 World Games in Germany, though she didn't play for the USA. The McDonogh senior was asked to help out her native country, Canada. Robins had a goal and was named Player-of-the-Match in Canada's 13-8 victory over Japan.

9. Kate Lazzeri, Fallston (Bel Air, Md.), Navy
Lazzeri had a productive 2011 season this past spring and summer. The Under Armour All-American made All-Conference last season. The senior defensive middie also was selected to the MD-Mid Atlantic team at the Adidas National Lacrosse Classic.

10. Rachel Waldron, GC Marshall (Falls Church, Va.), Coastal Carolina
The Marshall defensive middie earned Washington Post All-Met Honorable Mention honors in addition to First Team All-Region and First Team All-District last season. Waldron totaled 95 points for Marshall last year and was named her team's Most Outstanding Player.

The Next Fifteen

11. Kara Dattellas, West Genesee (Camillus, N.Y.), Delaware
12. Hannah Hartman, Notre Dame Prep (Baltimore, Md.), Notre Dame
13. Kate Farnham, Andover (Andover, Mass.), Massachusetts
14. Liz Hyde, Chatham (Chatham, N.J.), Dartmouth
15. Bridget Vilbig, Island Tree (Bethpage, N.Y.), Ohio State
16. Caroline Hagan, Hatboro-Horsham (Horsham, Pa.), St. Joseph's
17. Lely Desimone, Suffern (Suffern, N.Y.), Pennsylvania
18. Carter Reifsnider, Collegiate (Richmond, Va.), James Madison
19. Liz Rullan, Ward Melville (East Setaucket, N.Y.), Navy
20. Kristen Cannon, Manchester Valley (Manchester, Md.), Johns Hopkins
21. Ritchie Assini, Niskayuna (Niskayuna, N.Y.), Johns Hopkins
22. Jordan McCarthy, Taft (Watertown, Conn.), Duke
23. Maggie Lewis, Auburn (Auburn, N.Y.), Villanova
24. Danielle Lukish, Notre Dame Prep (Baltimore, Md.), Notre Dame
25. Meg Rosinski, New Trier (Winnetka, Ill.), undecided