13. Brennan O’Neill
School: St Anthony’s (South Huntington, New York)
Three years ago, Brennan O’Neill committed to Penn State. Then an eighth-grader, he became the first lacrosse player in the class of 2020 to commit.
Since that March day in 2016, much has changed, including O’Neill’s commitment – he flipped to Duke in October – but one thing that hasn’t is O’Neill’s immense talent on the field. Ranked the No. 1 player in 2020 by Inside Lacrosse, O’Neill has ability, flair and the stats to back it up.
He could shoot 100 miles per hour by middle school, according to US Lax Magazine. He scored 99 points in eighth grade. Last season with St. Anthony’s, he had 56 goals and 16 assists, according to US Lax Magazine, and scored seven goals – five in the second half – in the championship game. St. Anthony’s won 14-13.
He shoots with power from awkward angles, makes acrobatic shots behind his head and around defenders.
O’Neill is at his best when it matters. In the July 2018 National Lacrosse Federation Championship, he made a laser over his shoulder and then hit the game-winner for Team 91 Crush.
Lacrosse enthusiasts and those who don’t know the sport alike can enjoy O’Neill’s prowess on the field. He dazzles opponents, viewers and teammates. Next up is Duke — but not before one more year at the youth level.