Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 4/14/10
The Lax Guys present the sixth installment of their high school rankings, courtesy of LaxPower. It was another crazy week in a topsy-turvy season, with three of the top 10 teams losing, two of them at the hands of then-unranked opponents. Three Long Island teams which had been honorable mention last week found their way into the rankings, including defending NYS Class C Champion Manhasset. This week should produce another interesting slate of games, highlighted by the 12-team “Checking for Cancer” tournament at Haverford School on Saturday. Enjoy the games!
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1. Deerfield Academy (NE West) (5-0) (1) Offensive production doesn’t seem to be a problem for the Big Green, as they steamrolled the competition this past week and remain atop the rankings. They crushed Kimball Union 27-1 on Wednesday and won at Choate on Saturday afternoon by a score of 15-1. Deerfield will face undefeated Longmeadow on Wednesday and Taft on Saturday, both at home.
2. LaFayette (NY Sect 3) (3-0) (2) The Lancers crushed Bishop Ludden, 17-0, on Friday before picking up a solid league win, 11-5 over Homer on Saturday. The Thompson brothers combined for seven goals and four assists in the Homer victory. This week, LaFayette will play only one game, when they square off against Tully on Thursday.
3. Ward Melville (NY Sect 11) (5-0) (4) The Patriots were 3-0 on the week, and each of their wins was better than the previous one. Melville demolished league bottom feeder Patchogue-Medford, 18-3, on Wednesday, handled possible playoff contender Bay Shore 10-2 on Friday, then defeated longtime rival Yorktown 9-4 at home Saturday afternoon. Their dominating defense, led by senior Matt Kunkel (Duke), continues to make WM a statewide favorite. This week, the Pats will take on Sachem East at home on Tuesday before traveling to South Huntington to face Whitman on Thursday.
4. St. Anthony’s (NY CHSAA) (5-0) (7) The Friars won their three games this week by a combined score of 46-7, including a 14-1 demolition of defending Connecticut Class L champion Fairfield Prep on Saturday. Princeton bound midfielder Tom Schreiber scored twice in that contest. St. Anthony’s now faces archrival Chaminade on Tuesday in Mineola before hosting Connecticut power Wilton on Friday and PA Catholic St. Joe’s Prep on Sunday.
5. Haverford School (PA) (7-2) (9) The Fords had a busy week, with one game at home and the other two contests up in New Jersey surrounding this year’s Big City Classic. Haverford bested St. Augustine Prep by a score of 8-5 before heading north for their games. They defeated Canada’s Hill Academy 21-14 before handling Texas power and then-#19 Highland Park by a score of 11-3 the following day. They will play Germantown Academy on Tuesday, at Chestnut Hill Academy on Thursday and will face off with Chatham (NJ) at home on Saturday.
6. Conestoga (PA) (5-1) (10) The Pioneers successfully navigated three intrastate games this week and their only challenge was against one of the other PIAA favorites, Emmaus, in a game which they won 5-4. This week starts easy for Conestoga as they face Upper Darby and Lower Merion before they travel to a Haverford to play Connecticut power Darien on Saturday.
7. St. Paul’s (MIAA) (6-2) (12) The Crusaders jump up five spots in this week’s rankings after grabbing a pair of victories at their own Martin D. Tullai Field. This senior-laden team dominated St. Mary’s 14-4 a week ago before handing Garden City a 7-6 loss in a fantastic game that both THEGilmanFan and myself attended. St. Paul’s is undefeated against Long Island in the past few years, with their four most recent wins over the Trojans and a 2006 victory over Cold Spring Harbor. The Crusies will host Loyola on Tuesday before heading to Roland Avenue to play Gilman.