Lacrosse 2014: Top 10 CIAC girls, boys players to watch this season

(Melanie Stengel - New Haven Register)      Cheshire lacrosse  player, Emma Farrel is one of Dan Nowak's top 10 players to watch.

(Melanie Stengel – New Haven Register)
Cheshire lacrosse player, Emma Farrel is one of Dan Nowak’s top 10 players to watch.


Kiley Anderson, Sr., Haddam-Killingworth, Midfield:
A 2013 All-American honorable mention and Register All-Area selection, she set a single-season school record with 105 goals last season. Also had 33 assists, 201 draw controls, 65 ground balls and led H-K to its first Class S state final. Will play lacrosse at Boston College.

Lauren Cole, Sr., Hand, Attack: A quick, tenacious scorer, the Register All-Area selection had 78 goals and 13 assists last season and is constantly improving said coach Kevin Siedlecki. Will play lacrosse at Fairfield.

Cassandra Eckstrom, Sr., Newtown, Defender: Another 2013 All-American who is one of the best at snatching up ground balls. Led Newtown to its ninth straight SWC tournament title last season. Will play lacrosse at UConn.

Emma Farrel, Sr., Cheshire, Attack: Her speed, aggressiveness and hard shot makes her tough to stop around the net. She had 42 goals and 23 assists last season and will play lacrosse at Southern Connecticut State.

Carolyn Paletta, Sr., Greenwich, Midfield: The 2013 U.S. Lacrosse All-American had 57 goals and 23 assists and led the Cardinals to the CIAC Class L final. Committed to play lacrosse at North Carolina.

Hollis Perticone, Sr., Darien, Midfield: One of the best in the state in the transition game and routinely initiates the Blue Wave attack. Will play lacrosse at Middlebury.

Dillon Schoen, Sr., Darien, Midfield: A 2013 All-American who contributes in every phase of the game. Had two goals and two assists in Darien’s 18-6 Class L championship win last season., Will play lacrosse at Stanford.

Emily Stein, Sr., Darien, Attack: A 2013 All-American honorable mention selection, Stein has the ability to score goals in bunches. She had six goals and an assist in Darien’s 18-6 win over Greenwich in last season’s Class L final. Will play lacrosse at Northwestern.

Isabel Taben, Jr., New Canaan, Midfield: She helped lead the Rams to the Class M state championship the last two seasons and is one of the top scorers for the Rams. Will play lacrosse at Dartmouth.

Taylor Walker, Jr., Glastonbury, Midfield:
Another 2013 All-American honorable mention pick, she is one of the top offensive threats on a deeply talented Tomahawks’ team. She had three goals and three assists in Glastonbury’s 11-8 loss to Greenwich in the Class L semifinals. Will play lacrosse at Boston College.


Will Bonaparte, Sr., Ridgefield, Midfield:
He contributes in every phase of the game and is one of the top face-off specialists in the state. Will play lacrosse at Maryland.

Brendan DeVane, Sr., Wilton, Attack: Used his scoring and play-making ability to help lead 17th-seeded Wilton to the Class M title last season. Will play lacrosse at Bryant.

Kyle Foote, Sr., Greenwich, Midfield: The well-rounded offensive standout has a hard shot from both the left and right side. He committed to play lacrosse at Loyola when he was a sophomore.

Jack Harrington, Sr., Greenwich, Defender:
One of the top recruited defenders in the state will play lacrosse at Duke.

Phil Huffard, Sr., Darien, Goalie: The three-year starter has been one of the reasons the Blue Wave are strong on defense. Adept at stopping close and long-range shots, He will play lacrosse at Yale.

Grant Limone, Sr., Weston, Goalie: The 2013 All-American should be considered the top goalie in the state since he is the No. 2 ranked goalie recruit (41st player overall) in the nation by He will play lacrosse at Loyola.

Peter Lindley, Sr., Darien, Attack:
A solid goal scorer and playmaker who thrives in the Blue Wave’s uptempo style of play with his speed and aggressiveness. Will play lacrosse at UMass.

Josh Miller, Sr., McMahon, Goalie: An All-American whose forte is his field vision and quick hands. Will play lacrosse at Towson.

Austin Sims, Sr., Fairfield Prep, Midfield: Had 35 goals and 16 assists last season and helped the Jesuits win their second straight Class L title. Will play lacrosse at Princeton.

Kyle Smith, So., New Canaan, Midfield: His speed and contribution in the transition phase of the game make a deeply talented Rams team even tougher to beat. Has already committed to play lacrosse at the University of Denver.


  1. Tom Ryan says

    Keep an eye on Krista Iwanicki (Granby Memorial). She scored six (6) goals against Haddam-Killlingworth & POY Kiley Anderson in the State Semi Finals last year.

  2. Paul McKenna says

    How don’t you have the kid from New Milford AJ McDonald on this list? The kid had 12 goals against a good team in Brookfield this year and faces a double or triple team every game in the SWC. This kid can play. If he was in the FCIAC he would have been on this list!

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