Midwest Select Top 20 Players, Top 10 Schools of the Midwest

7. Paulie Schalau Holt High School (MI) '14, Attack, Massachusetts
Proving that Michigan turns out talented lacrosse players, Schalau is making his stake in the game as a quick, skilled attack. A tough player and fierce competitor, Schalua will head to UMass next year, where he will have plenty to offer. An underrated player until now, he possesses all the necessary skills to be an impactful player: He's fast, strong, can finish in transition, has a solid lacrosse IQ, and should be a great addition to the UMass squad.

8. Riley Mann Benet Academy (IL) '14, Defense, Georgetown
This defenseman has range like no other. Mann has proven himself a top competitor in the region, but his talents also hold up on face-off. Mann can pretty much do it all. A two-sport athlete he also plays hockey and member of True Lacrosse's 2014 state team, Mann is an impressive athlete. He can pick up ground balls and play close defense or LSM. He'll have plenty of opportunities to contribute at Georgetown next year.

9. Sam Hubbard Archbishop Moeller (OH) '14, Midfield, Ohio State
Although his future no longer includes lacrosse, Hubbard had the option to play for one of the best programs in the country before passing it up for football. The 6'6" midfielder who had played lacrosse for years committed to Notre Dame as a freshman. His prowess in football, however, earned him an offer from Ohio State, and that was too enticing to ignore. Whether football or lacrosse, Hubbard is an absolute athlete. Two offers from two Division I schools can't be wrong.

10. Jason Alessi Brother Rice High School (MI), '14, Midfield, Yale
This three-sport athlete has proven he can do pretty much anything on the field. Although Alessi could have gone on to play lacrosse at any number of Division I programs, he chose Yale, where he will play football. He was an All-American last year in lacrosse, All-State in football, and also plays basketball for Brother Rice. On the lacrosse field, Alessi has great feet and can beat his man to the goal. He'll play one last season for Brother Rice before heading to Yale next fall, where he should continue his impressive athletic career.

11. Beau Lori Hudson High School (OH), '14, Attack, Lehigh
12. Christopher Wetzel John Burroughs High School (MO), '14, Midfield, Colgate
13. Dawson McKenzie Culver Academies (IN), '15, Attack, Princeton
14. Jack Moran Benet Academy (IL), '14, Midfield, Furman
15. PJ Bogle Culver Academies (IN), '14, Attack/Midfield, Michigan
16. Mike Bano Dublin Jerome High School (OH), '14, Midfield, Saint Joseph's
17. Ethan Walker Culver Academies (IN), '16, Attack, Denver
18. Lukas Munoz Lake Forest High School (IL), '14, Defense/LSM, Bucknell
19. Tanner Griffin Loveland High School (OH), '14, Defense/LSM, Hofstra
20. Brandon Jones Upper Arlington High School (OH), '14, Defense, Air Force

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Top 10 High School Programs in the Midwest

1. Culver Academies, Culver, IN
For years, Culver had moderate success within the state of Indiana. In 2004, Jon Posner took the reins of the program, and the team has soared to national recognition. Culver has dominated in the Midwest and defeated several East Coast powerhouses, including Episcopal Academy, Landon School, Bishop Timon, and St. Mary's. The team ranked #5 in the nation last season. This year, the Eagles aim for #1 with another demanding schedule that will again have them facing some of the best teams in the East, Midwest, and Canada. With 20 players on this year's squad committed to play Division I lacrosse, Culver's chase for #1 seems within reach.

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2014-03-06



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