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IL's Top 2014 Impact Freshmen

IL's Power 100 Freshman Rankings were released back in August, with Syracuse's Jordan Evans (Jamesville-DeWitt, N.Y.) and Maryland's Matt Rambo (La Salle, Pa.) at No. 1-2. Some of the top recruits will make more immediate impacts than others; Geoff Shannon breaks down those top recruits who will immediately contribute this season.

Matt Rambo, A, Maryland
Power 100 Rank: 2

IL's No. 2 recruit heading into the 2014 season, Rambo kicked of his his college career with a bang, posting four goals and two assists against Mount St. Mary's last Saturday. His unique physicality (he plays like a small John Grant Jr.) and ability to score in tight spaces should have him on the field early. The La Salle (Pa.) recruit heralds a tremendous frosh class (see Power 100) that will be pushed to contribute immediately.

(Inside Lacrosse Photo: Zach Babo)

Jack Bruckner, M, Duke
Tom Zenker, M, Duke
Power 100 Rank: 6, 26

Bruckner, from Ward Melville (N.Y.), and Zenker, from Chaminade (N.Y.), both earned play in Duke's 16-10 opening win against Jacksonville. Bruckner was on the starting midfield, while Zenker scored a goal in reserve. Under coach John Danowski the Blue Devils traditionally start their most athletic freshmen midfielders at SSDM early before graduating them to an offensive role once they show they are capable. Deemer Class and Myles Jones broke that trend last year, playing significant offensive minutes on Duke's second line. Now, Bruckner and Zenker appear to continue the new trend of early frosh promotion.

Will Reynolds, D, Princeton
Power 100 Rank: 7

Reynolds, a defensive anchor at Delbarton (N.J.) for several years, should be the final piece for Princeton as it attempts to make a deep push into the NCAAs this year. He's a physical player who will dominate the middle defense, something the Tigers have missed the last few seasons. Princeton opens up its season Feb. 22 when it hosts Hofstra.

Zach Miller, M/A, Denver
Power 100 Rank: 10

The multi-purpose freshman started for the Pioneers and scored two goals and an assist in a 14-8 win over Air Force. Miller, who played at the Hill Academy (Ont.) in high school, has both the athleticism and skill set to be effective at either the attack of the midfield. With holes at both positions for the Pioneers, expect him to get his runs in very early.

Ryan Lukacovic, A, Virginia
Power 100 Rank: 12

Virginia has elected to start a veteran attack in its first two games this season, but Lukacovic, who hails from Chaminade (N.Y.), scored once against Richmond in Saturday's barn burner. He looked great as an offensive facilitator in the fall, and he should help the Cavs' upperclassmen excel once he starts to see regular rotation time.

Nick Fields, LSM, Johns Hopkins
Power 100 Rank: 14

A talented defensive recruit from Bullis (Md.), Fields saw extensive time in the fall and in early scrimmages at both close defense and the LSM position. Coach Dave Pietramala elected to go with veteran defenseman Rob Enright in the team's home opener but after the game said he expects Fields to play.

Austin Pifani, D, North Carolina
Power 100 Rank: 19

The frosh defenseman from Abington (Pa.), Pifani started for North Carolina against Furman in the Tar Heels' 19-3 season-opening win. The Abington (Pa.) native earned his starting spot in the fall after scrimmaging well against Ohio State.

(Inside Lacrosse Photo: Zach Babo)

Devin McNamara, A, Villanova
Power 100 Rank: 52

After an impressive senior high school season with Loyola Blakefield (Md.), which included winning the MIAA conference championship, McNamara continued to play well during fallball. According to IL's preseason preview, he will earn a starting spot in the 2014 season. The Wildcats open up against Lehigh on Feb. 15.

Eric Scott, M, Yale
Power 100 Rank: 59

The New Jersey High School Player of the Year from Ridge (N.J.) ran on the first line in the fall for Yale. He's a tremendous athlete with a strong lacrosse IQ, and should help facilitate the team's offense. They open Feb. 22 vs. St. John's.

Joe Seider, A, Towson
Power 100 Rank: 82
Seider scored a hat trick and added an assist for Towson in its 11-8 win over High Point. The freshman, who played high school at perennial Maryland public school champ Hereford (Md.), is an excellent outside shooter who heads an impressive frosh class at Towson.  

Check out the full Power 100 Freshman Rankings here.