Emmerick Dopona out of Flower Mound, Texas is every attackman's worst nightmare. At 6 feet tall and 205 pounds, this burly defenseman is a force to be reckoned with on the lacrosse field. The freshman from Marcus High School is never afraid to use his body to force turnovers, as he has been known to swarm oncoming attackmen and bully the ball out of their hands to create opportunities for his offense. In addition to lacrosse, Dopona also plays middle linebacker for Marcus High School. When asked about how football impacts his lacrosse game, Dopona said his aggressive style of play, speed and the need for constant communication are prominent aspects of his playing style in both lacrosse and football.
“Size doesn’t matter.” That’s all Max Esposito had to say in response to being asked why he loves lacrosse. The sophomore out of Northwest High School in Maryland stands 5 feet, 5 inches tall and weighs in at 135 pounds. His size has never stopped him from getting deep in the zone, crashing the net and firing shots straight past opposing goaltenders. Esposito’s playing style is a rare mix of elegance and pure grit. Defenses can try to lock him down as best they can, but take your eye off of him for a second and he’s gone. He doesn’t shy away from contact and isn’t afraid to body his way to the net if needed, however it’s much more likely that he’ll just dance his way around any defenseman in his way.
Ahnika Ebrel loves being a team player and looks forward to the competitive nature of the sport of lacrosse. As a goaltender, her poise in the net is crucial for her team’s success. Penalty shots, fast breaks, ground balls, it doesn’t matter, there’s nothing that she can’t stop, this is Eberl’s mindset.. The righty has proven that she’s not afraid to take a step outside of the crease in an effort break up a pass and stop the oncoming attack, she’s calm, cool and a beast in the net. By the end of last season, she boasted an average save percentage of 55%, as well as 4 ground balls and 2 interceptions per game.