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 the attackers.
1. Halle Majorana, Manhasset (Manhasset, N.Y.), Maryland
Majorana was ESPNHS' No. 13 junior last year and has been a US Lacrosse All-American in each of the last two years. Majorana is a three-time All-Nassau County and Two-Time All-Long Island Newsday Girls Lacrosse Team selection. Majorana led Manhasset with 49 goals and 43 assists last season.
2. Alexandra Bruno, Garden City (Garden City, N.Y.), Princeton
Bruno had an impressive junior season for three-time New York State Champion (2009-2011) Garden City -- scoring 46 goals and adding 30 assists. The senior attacker was named ESPNHS All-American Honorable Mention, US Lacrosse High School All-American and US Lacrosse High School All-Academic Team for 2011.
3. Kelci Smesko, Ridgewood (Ridgewood, N.J.), Duke
Being named the North Jersey Player of the Year pretty much sums up the type of season Smesko had for Ridgewood last year. Smesko scored 92 goals, and became the second player in Ridgewood history with 121 points in a season. The US All-American and Academic All-American helped lead Ridgewood to their second consecutive Tournament of Champions title. Smesko has 300 career points and is 44 points away from breaking the school's All-time scoring record.
4. Taylor Ranftle, Hauppauge (Hauppauge, N.Y.), Virginia
Ranftle, a 2011 All-American, closed out the spring season with a bang -- tallying 93 points on 55 goals and 38 assists. Ranftle is a three-time All-County Player, 2010 WDNT School Girls Division 1 Champion, 2010 New York Empire State Games Gold Medal Champion.
5. Halley Barnes, Garnet Valley (Garnet Valley, Pa.), Rutgers
Barnes is the Phillylacrosse.com Co-Player of the Year. Garnet Valley won its first PIAA State title this past spring and did it with the help of Barnes who totaled 118 goals, 83 draw controls, 70 ground balls and 40 assists. Barnes made First Team Central League and had a tremendous postseason as she had 37 goals in eight games.
6. Aly Messinger, Mendham (Mendham, N.J.), North Carolina
Messinger brought home the hardware in her junior season for Mendham -- earning US-All American, ESPNHS All-American Honorable Mention and All-New Jersey Interscholastic Girls Lacrosse League honors.
7. Caroline Cordrey, Summit (Summit, N.J.), USC
Cordrey was named First Team US All-American, First Team All-State, First Team All-County and First Team All-Conference last season.
8. Emily Tripodi, West Genesee (Camillus, N.Y.), Cornell
Tripodi cleaned up this past spring when it comes to accolades for her performance on the lacrosse field. The All-American and Academic All-American, was named CNY Player of the Year, First Team All-Central New York, First Team All-League.
9. Hannah Saris, Moses Brown (Sharon, Mass.), Dartmouth
Saris, a 2011 US All-American and a Under Armour underclass representative from New England, has a game that will translate well to the next level. The senior attacker has been on the ESPNHS radar for over a year now as Saris was ranked on the ESPNHS Top 20 Junior list last fall. In 2010 Hannah was the Rhode Island leading scorer with 92 points.
10. Corinne Etchinson, McDonogh (Owings Mills, Md.), Georgetown
Etchinson has helped guide McDonogh to the last two POWERADE FAB 50 National Champions. The senior attacker also was has been a Heather Leigh Albert Award Finalist the past two springs. Etchinson also earned Baltimore Sun All-Metro Second Team honors.
The Next Fifteen
11. Catherine Dickinson, Garden City (Garden City, N.Y.), Penn
12. Annie Heagerty, St. Anthony's (South Huntington, N.Y.), Georgetown
13. Carly Palmucci, Oakton (Vienna, Va.), Connecticut
14. Maddy Lynch, Springfield-Delco, (Springfield, Pa.), Princeton
15. Caitlin Crouse, St. Mary's (Annapolis, Md.), Maryland
16. Maggie Fobare, Hockaday (Dallas, Texas), Northwestern
17. Lauren Lea, Archbishop Spalding (Annapolis, Md.), Florida
18. Taylor Giglio, Oswego (Oswego, N.Y.), Albany
19. Maddie Ward, Spring Ford (Royersford, Pa.), Massachusetts
20. Amanda Ackermann, Kent Island (Stevensville, Md.), Penn State
21. Darcy Messina, St. Anthony's (South Huntington, N.Y.), Florida
22. Madison Cyr, Winters Mill (Westminster, Md.), Penn State
23. Mackenzie Rafferty, Downingtown East (Exton, Pa.), Delaware
24. Betsy Angel, Roland Park (Baltimore, Md.), James Madison
25. Kallan Murray, Chatham (Chatham, N.J.), Colgate