DURHAM, N.C.—Inside Lacrosse recently released its annual recruiting issue, listing what it considers the nation’s top recruiting classes as well as the Power 100 list, ranking the top 100 freshmen for the upcoming 2017 collegiate lacrosse season. The organization tabs Duke’s incoming group as the best nationally with six Blue Devil rookies ranking in the top 36.
Joey Manown (Deerfield), an attackman who did a postgraduate year at Deerfield Academy, headlines the Blue Devil group at No. 7, while midfielders Reilly Walsh (Brunswick) and Terry Lindsay (Georgetown Prep) round out Duke in the top 15 at Nos. 12 and 13, respectively.
Lindsay, along with sophomore Brad Smith, recently helped the United States Under-19 National Team capture the gold medal at the FIL U19 World Championship this past summer.
Kevin Quigley (Ridge) comes in at No. 17 and defenseman JT Giles-Harris (St. Joseph’s [N.J.]) is 25th. Brian Smyth (Westminster School), a faceoff specialist, is the final Blue Devil in the rankings at No. 36.
Walsh, Smyth and Giles-Harris all suited up for the North Team at the 2016 Under Armour All-America Game this past spring. Smyth and Walsh also both played in the underclass event the previous year. Quigley, also an underclassman participant, wore the South Team jersey at this year’s Under Armour game to round out the four Blue Devils selected to play.
Manown played in the 2015 Under Armour All-America contest before taking his postgraduate year at Deerfield. The LaSalle Academy product was originally listed as the No. 8 Young Gun heading into his senior season.
The Blue Devils will look to fill the holes left by the 15 graduating seniors from a year ago. Duke is coming off of a roller coaster 2016 in which it finished 11-8 and lost in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament.