Minnesota’s Top Attackmen in the Class of 2024
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Editor’s Note: I’m pleased to welcome Ted Sperides on board as a Prep Lacrosse contributor covering prospects in Minnesota, the home of Prep Network HQ, as well as the rest of the Midwest. Ted has extensive coaching experience in the…
Editor’s Note: I’m pleased to welcome Ted Sperides on board as a Prep Lacrosse contributor covering prospects in Minnesota, the home of Prep Network HQ, as well as the rest of the Midwest. Ted has extensive coaching experience in the state as director of 36 Lacrosse and also is a co-host of the Down The Alley Podcast. In his first piece, Ted highlights the top senior attackmen in Minnesota.
Daxton is a true “alpha” attackman. He demands the ball and can single-handedly take over a game. His football background gives him a unique added physicality to his game to go along with his quickness and blistering shot. The Utah commit has been producing for the Storm offense since he was a freshman. As a junior in 2023, he led the team with 56 goals in 15 games, earning him 2nd Team All-State and All-American honors. Now, with last year’s counterpart, Carter Van Holland, on to collegiate lacrosse, Dax will be the go-to guy for the Storm. With the amount of attention he receives, he may lean into more of a distributor role in 2024 as teams will be sending a lot of help to whomever is matched up against him.
Jack has played pretty much every role in the Prior Lake offense since he was a freshman. He started as a man-up specialist, moved to the crease as an inside finisher then took on more of a role as a dodger last year. Tocko brings a unique style of deception and crafty skill to the field that makes him hard to guard and plan for. He also has the “clutch gene” and the ability to find ways to produce in the biggest moments. The UIndy commit posted 77 points in 19 games and earned All-State HM honors. His stat line of 77 points (ninth-best in the state) is impressive in and of itself, but, even more so considering Prior Lake had the toughest-rated schedule in 2023 according to LaxNumbers.com. I would not be surprised if Jack finds himself in the top five in scoring this spring.
The 6’3 attackman is probably the purest shooter on this list. Devin has a powerful shot with elite-level accuracy and is near automatic from his lefty wing spot. In addition to his shooting ability, he is not afraid to dodge and get to the goal. He displays a noticeable box lacrosse background with his ability to weave through traffic and handle pressure. The Rockhurst commit notched 35 goals and added 19 helpers last year in only 12 games. With a couple of the other producers from last season graduated, I expect to see Devin carrying the offensive torch for the Bears and boosting his already gaudy numbers in 2024.
One of the better passers I have seen in the state, Burke makes a living creating for others. The UMass-Lowell commit has a feed-first mentality which is a rare quality in HS players. However, he is not afraid to take his runs to the goal either. Last year Burke had a balanced 25 goals and 24 assists in 13 games. While it may not seem like insane production compared to some of the others, it was respectable numbers for a defensive-minded team that didn’t score a lot of total goals. After watching him closer, Burke makes those around him better and will play an essential role as quarterback of the Eden Prairie offense again in 2024.
One of the most skilled players in the 2024 class, Lewis is a three-sport varsity athlete who is tough and brings a fierce energy to the field. He wins 1v1 matchups with physical and creative dodging but also has the range to be a major threat outside as well. On top of the offensive accolades, he also displays a ton of grit on the ride and ground balls, doing the unglamorous work at attack. The lefty led the Lions last season with 59 points and earned himself All-Section and All-Conference honors. One of my favorite players to watch because of how hard he plays, he has the propensity to score highlight-reel goals but also celebrates each one like it was his first, displaying pure passion each time he’s out there.
Reme is an elite shooter with an unbelievable first step and quickness. The Maryville commit is a fierce competitor, possessing shifty moves and the ability to get his hands free with a quick release. He led his team in points last year with 30 goals and 24 assists in 13 games, bringing a little bit of that “streetball” mentality to the field with his creativity when dodging and finishing. There are times you think he’s in trouble and finds a way to get his hands free to score. Another highly entertaining player to watch, he brings a special spark to his team. I expect him to continue to lead the way for the Knights and be among the state’s top point producers in 2024.