posted 03.17.2011 at 10.58 a.m. by Mark Medina

Freshman 15: First-Year Guys, Instant Impact


Albany attackman Miles Thompson has nine points in five games.

© Greg Wall

As mentioned in today's Duke-UNC men's lacrosse preview, the Tobacco Road rivals have relied on freshmen growing up quickly. Here's a look at the "Freshman 15," in alphabetical order, some of the top impact freshmen in Division I lacrosse.

1. Niko Amato, goalie, Maryland – After redshirting in 2010, Amato leads all freshman goalies, allowing just 5.84 goals per game.

2. Kevin Cernuto, attack, St. John's – Second among freshmen in feeding (seven assists).

3. Mark Cockerton, attack, Virginia He's still managed to score nine goals in seven games despite a heavy-loaded Cavalier offense that mostly centers around the Bratton twins, Steele Stanwick and Chris Bocklet.

4. Rory Dillon, Midfielder, VMI – Has caused 10 turnovers.

5. Rob Emery, midfield, Virginia – Proved largely instrumental in the Cavaliers' comeback victory last week over Cornell.

6. Brian Feeney, goalie, Penn – A true freshman, ranks second among freshman goalies in goals allowed (7.15 per game).

7. Nick Galasso, attack, North Carolina – Widely considered the nation's top recruit, Galasso leads the Tar Heels in points (22) and assists (11).

8. Austin Kaut, goalie, Penn State – Earned two CAA Rookie of the Week honors and boasts a Division I-leading .640 save percentage among freshmen.

9. R.G. Keenan, faceoff specialist, North Carolina – Nothing grabs a coach's attention quicker than hard work. Scooping up a second-best nine ground balls per contest should do the trick.

10. Sam Jones, attack, Navy – He ranks first among freshmen in points per game (4.17)

11. Joe Meurer, longstick midfield, Ohio State – Ranks second on the team with 15 ground balls.

12. Maxx Meyer, defense, Penn – Has 10 caused turnovers.

13. Tom Schreiber, midfield, Princeton – It didn't take long for him to prove his hype was worthy. Schreiber's first collegiate goal against Hofstra happened less than five seconds after he first touched the ball. Schreiber earned Ivy League Rookie of the Week honors after his four-goal, five-point effort against Johns Hopkins.

14. Miles Thompson, attack, Albany – Tied for third in points (nine).

15. Jordan Wolf, attack, Duke – Ranks third in points (nine); scored game-winning goal in OT against Maryland.

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