Stock Rising: Class of 2024 Attackmen in the Mid-Atlantic
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Now that the calendar has flipped over to 2024, the high school lacrosse season is inching closer. On the heels of last week’s spotlight on much-improved senior middies in Maryland, today we’re taking a look at five attackmen who have…
Now that the calendar has flipped over to 2024, the high school lacrosse season is inching closer.
On the heels of last week’s spotlight on much-improved senior middies in Maryland, today we’re taking a look at five attackmen who have raised their stock lately, checking in on talented ’24s from MD, PA, and southern NJ.
To say that Miller’s game matured in a year would be a dramatic understatement. The production was always there for the lefty, but in 2023, his actions spoke loudly, and he did damage in a multitude of different ways. Racking up 46 goals and 27 assists for the back-to-back champs, Miller became much more consistent and dynamic at a time that his team needed him to be exactly that, as the Eagles were without top recruit McCabe Millon for much of the regular season. Playing with a high level of composure and energy, he thrived without the ball with sneaky cuts and precise time and room shooting, and as a carrier, he regularly beat his man off the dodge and whipped around gorgeous through passes for assists. This spring, Miller will help lead an offense that will be littered with dangerous lefties as the Eagles look to become just the second MIAA program to win three conference titles.
Bigger and more explosive than he was when he became Delaware’s first commit last September, Parmer stayed firm and signed with the Blue Hens despite the poaching efforts by a pair of championship-winning programs. According to multiple reports, Parmer had himself a weekend at Project 9 against high-level competition, providing further confirmation that he looks every bit of a potential freshman starter with Michael Robinson and JP Ward set to graduate in May. He’s got an innate feel for the game and is an artful dodger above the cage, using his quick feet and COD to get to his sweet spots for scoring chances. He’s a high-percentage shooter from mid-range and does the little things well, putting his nose in the dirt for groundballs and making an impact on the ride.
As a junior, Horning had the luxury of being surrounded by three New Balance All-Americans in 5-star attackmen Colin Burns and Nate Kabiri, while Horning’s older brother Larry drew a pole at midfield. Naturally, that opened up a ton of scoring opportunities for the younger Horning, who evolved into more of a well-rounded attackman after making a living as a left-handed interior finisher earlier in his career. In addition to doing what he’s always done best, Horning developed more confidence with the ball in his stick and fearlessly dodged to the dirt, showing a knack for finding seams in the defense and taking advantage of bad approaches. After rolling over the momentum gained during the spring into the summer circuit, he appears to be ready to take on more attention from opposing defenses after the Little Hoyas lost several key pieces to graduation.
Now a postgrad at Hill Academy in Ontario, French won three consecutive state championships at Radnor (Pa.) and picked up All-State honors with 66 goals and 28 helpers as a senior to finish second in points in Delco. Seemingly at the end of every play, he’s an incredibly efficient and intelligent goal-scorer who does a phenomenal job of keeping his feet moving and beating goalies with a beautiful overhand and three-quarter release. He comes up big when the lights are the brightest, evidenced by a five-goal showing against Malvern Prep in one of the biggest results of the high school season. This fall, he posted five tallies in a scrimmage against Robert Morris, quick-sticking a skip pass on the back pipe on one instance and utilizing his patented inside roll on the others. French has strong lacrosse bloodlines — his dad, Paul, and uncle, Mike, are all-time Canadian greats who thrived at Virginia and Cornell, respectively — so the fact that he’s ending his prep career north of the border is fitting. He’ll only become more dangerous between now and his arrival in Bethlehem.
A powerful 6-foot, 200-pound lefty initiator, Plenn has been a force in South Jersey for a while now. He scored the game-winning goals in huge playoff wins over Seton Hall Prep and Delbarton as a sophomore and followed that up with an All-American junior season. Plenn’s basketball background is apparent with his hard jab step, shake and hesitation moves, as well as his ability to shoot around defenders. In all likelihood, Plenn will run out of the midfield at the next level and appears well-suited to do so with his shot on the run and above the cage repertoire.