The kids of lacrosse. The ones who just graduated high school (or left their boarding school after a post-grad year) and make the transition to the next level.
They have to deal with harassment from their upperclassmen teammates and have to do the dirty work. They clean the buses, carry equipment for practice and get the nets set up. They’re the last ones off the bus and sit in the front. Some of them have to sing on road trips or get haircuts.
But also, they get screwed nearly every year for honors. From better All-American honors to Tewaaraton finalist nods, these group of players get shafted.
They’re also the future of lacrosse.
They’re what we call, freshmen.
I feel like they never get the appropriate appreciation and respect they deserve. And in this special post honoring some of the “kids”, they will get the respect and appreciation some don’t seem to care about.
So here we go. We have three teams with the following criteria per team:
- 3 attackmen
- 3 offensive midfielders
- 3 defensemen
- 1 FOGO
- 1 long stick defensive midfielder
- 1 short stick defensive midfielder
- 1 goaltender
That’s a total of 13 players per team for 39 players getting their rightful place.
Without further ado, let’s get to the list:
2017 College Crosse All-Freshman First Team
|Attack||Tre Leclaire||Ohio State|
|Close Defense||Aidan Hynes||Yale|
|Close Defense||Arman Medghalchi||Princeton|
|Close Defense||Jack Rapine||Johns Hopkins|
|SSDM||Ryan Terefenko||Ohio State|
|Goaltender||Alec Van De Bovenkamp||Furman|
2017 College Crosse All-Freshman Second Team
|Midfield||Bryan Costabile||Notre Dame|
|Close Defense||Gray Bodden||Towson|
|Close Defense||Brandon Salvatore||Cornell|
|Close Defense||Will Stabbert||Drexel|
|FOGO||Gerard Arceri||Penn State|
|Goaltender||Colby Kneese||Penn State|
2017 College Crosse All-Freshman Third Team
|Attack||Mac O'Keefe||Penn State|
|Midfield||John MacLean||Boston University|
|Close Defense||Zach Barrett||Binghamton|
|Close Defense||JT Giles-Harris||Duke|
|Close Defense||Pat Smyth||St. John's|
|LSM||Chase Levesque||Boston University|
2017 College Crosse All-Freshman Honorable Mentions
Attack: Reid Bowering (Drexel), Lucas Cotler (Yale), Matt Gaudet (Yale), Charlie Kitchen (Delaware), Luke McCaleb (Brown), Jackson Morrill (Yale), Jakob Paterson (Albany), Stephen Rehfuss (Syracuse), Justin Scott (Hobart)
Midfield: Justin Anderson (North Carolina), Eric Holden (Hobart), Will McCarthy (Mercer), William Perry (North Carolina), Wayne White (Stony Brook)
Close Defense: Chris Adamo (Lafayette), Brandon Bank (Furman), Luke Cappetto (High Point), Nick Cardile (Penn State), TJ Connellan (Penn State), Jake Fiske (Bryant), Nick Grill (Marquette), Dan Mottes (Binghamton), Patrick Kennedy (Villanova), Zachary Kryza (Villanova)
FOGO: Charlie Erdmann (Vermont), Kyle Gallagher (Hofstra), Justin Schwenk (Monmouth), Trent Harper (Air Force)
LSM: Michael O’Brien (Mercer), Colin Squires (Denver)
SSDM: Kevin Hutchings (Syracuse), Eric Restic (Notre Dame), Kyle Richbourg (Air Force)
Goaltender: Matt DeLuca (Delaware), Brooks Dutton (Sacred Heart), Caleb Espinoza (Cleveland State), Bradley Hodoval (Mercer), Ryan Kern (Navy), Jonathan Tesoro (Holy Cross), Nick Washuta (Vermont)
Missed any players I should have mentioned? Let me know in the comments below!