NLF Futures at IMG: Top Attackmen in the ’26 Class
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As January comes to a close, we’re back with a closer look at the top attackmen from this month’s NLF at IMG Futures event, having already covered 12 of the top midfielders and 10 standout defenders. Check back soon for…
As January comes to a close, we’re back with a closer look at the top attackmen from this month’s NLF at IMG Futures event, having already covered 12 of the top midfielders and 10 standout defenders. Check back soon for more on the face-off specialists and goalies!
Like his four older brothers, the youngest Frisoli brings a ton of energy to the table. He’s electric with the ball in his stick and is perpetually a threat to score, putting the opposition on skates with his sudden change of direction and elite first step. As a freshman, he established himself as a standout in the ISL, and as a result, Frisoli with considerable confidence yet within himself. Known for beating his man cleanly off the dodge, he’s plenty capable of scoring from distance thanks to a textbook shooting stroke.
An imposing volume scorer who stands 6’2 and 190 pounds, Long was as productive as any attackman in attendance, especially in odd-man scenarios. He was always keeping his feet moving and timed his cuts impeccably well, demonstrating soft hands inside and a knack for catching everything thrown his way. On the second of his three goals in the All-Star Game, Long caught a pass at his ankles and finished on a low release, scoring all three on the fast break. He’s particularly great at scoring in traffic, utilizing his big frame when fending off contact.
There’s so much to like about Paccione’s game. The son of Merchant Marine head coach (and longtime St. John’s assistant) Dan Paccione, the 5’7, 150-pounder not only possesses many of the qualities that you’d expect from the son of a college coach, but also the necessary attributes to compensate for a lack of prototypical size. Playing the role of QB and point guard, he sees the field at a high level, creating separation and throwing precise passes when he’s not beating his guy off the dribble. Tough as nails, he does the little things well and is tireless in the riding game, causing multiple turnovers down at IMG and turning them into goals.
Having thrived all fall primarily out of the midfield, McBride turned in an outstanding performance at attack for a Dartmouth squad that advanced to the event’s championship game. His fearlessness continues to stand out, as the 5-foot-8 sophomore is always willing to go after bigger defensemen and frequently sticks his nose in the dirt for gritty groundballs. He’s calm and composed as a carrier and just remarkably consistent, scoring multiple goals in each game I watched and emptying the tank in the process. He’s got such a great burst of speed when attacking from X and creates in numerous ways, whether that’s off the catch, a question mark, rollback, or a simple speed dodge from the wing.
Plunkett has turned heads at every stop as of late, and that’s probably an understatement, too. Highlighted at NAL and One Percent, the athletic left-hander produces with both substance and flare and has had very little trouble getting shots off, often making it look easy. Explosive with the rock and at his best when he’s above the cage, Plunkett simply knows how to get his spots and can hammer it from deep when the opportunity presents itself. He posted four goals in the All-Star Game and scored three of his team’s first six goals while providing a significant boost on the ride as well.
Another versatile offensive threat who set the bar rather high in November, Garcia has a reputation as one of the most impressive ’26s for good reason. Dynamic and incredibly skilled, he has bumped back and forth over the last few months and has continually been a matchup problem no matter where he is, utilizing a phenomenal first step and a full bag of tricks as a dodger. In addition to game-changing speed, Garcia’s stick is off the charts and he appears to be equally comfortable attacking with his left and right.
After drawing rave reviews for his innate off-ball prowess on the November circuit, Cacciabaudo impressed in an individual setting, scoring in workmanlike fashion all weekend and making his presence felt with a pair of second-half goals in the All-Star Game. He buried his first when he took a pass from Ethan Moore and scored with his off-hand, then got on the board shortly thereafter with a smooth righty jumper. Watching him closely in the drills portion and Sunday’s games, I was impressed with his effort level and approach to finishing appropriately.