By ROBERT BACAJ (Editor-in-Chief) – It's hard to believe, but we're only a month away from conference tournament weekend in college lacrosse. Now that we're past the halfway point — not to mention MLL play starts this month — it's time to take a look at the top college players that weren't drafted last January.
Andrew Scalley (A, Mt. St. Mary's) – He's tearing up his senior season for the Mountaineers. Scalley's quietly been one of the best feeding/scoring dual threats from X during his first three years at the Mount, but now he's putting up top-notch numbers. He ranks fourth in the nation in points per game (5.40), steadily reaching 26 goals and 28 dishes through ten games.
The real kicker with Scalley is he's kept up this production through ten games. The guys ahead of him — particularly Rob Pannell — still have tough games ahead which could diminish their numbers. Scalley's been setting up his teammates and dodging well from behind the cage all season.
Luke Cometti (M, Syracuse) – Syracuse's senior midfielder had to play behind guys like the Ohio Machine's Bobby Eilers last season, so he never got to play on the first line midfield. Now, he's show he is one of the best cutting middies and off-ball players in the nation. That's translated to goals since he plays with strong feeders like Lizards' draft pick Jojo Marasco.
Cometti was leading the Orange with 11 goals through seven games. His strong play — especially against Johns Hopkins — sparked Jays' coach Dave Pietramala to call him the best off-ball player in the country. That's high praise from a veteran coach and it seems justified.
Jeff Froccaro (A/M, Princeton) – He brings something to the table that a lot of teams could use: a scoring touch from both the attack and midfield positions. Froccaro, who's listed as a middie for Princeton, sees starts at attack and finishes well. He's putting up big numbers for the Tigers, despite competing with five or six other strong scorers on offense.
Froccaro has 20 goals through eight games. The only thing he needs to tweak for success at the next level is his shooting percentage. Froccaro only scores on roughly a third of his shots, decently average. If he could rise that number up to around 40 or 50 percent like his fellow attackman Mike MacDonald, Frocarro would be a must-have for a lot of MLL teams looking for offense.