Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 4/7/10
The Lax Guys’ National HS Rankings, courtesy of LaxPower, provide a comprehensive weekly ranking and analysis of the country’s top high school teams. Each week, they provide an updated ranking of the top 25 high school teams along with extensive commentary. To participate in the discussion, please visit this thread on the Boys’ High School Lacrosse Forum.
The Lax Guys’ National High School Rankings for Boys’ Lacrosse April 5
1. Deerfield Academy (NE West) (3-0) (1) The Big Green retain the top spot in the country this week after topping Westminster, 6-4. They struggled with the Martlets’ stingy zone defense but were able to pull out their third win of the year. Deerfield will host Kimball Union of NE East tomorrow afternoon before heading to Choate on Saturday.
2. LaFayette (NY) (1-0) (2) The Lancers finally began their season on Monday, demolishing Manlius-Pebble Hill, 21-1. The Thompson brothers combined for nine goals, and 12 different Lafayette players found the net.
3. Garden City (NY Sect 8 (2-0) (7) The Trojans got a goal from Hopkins-bound junior midfielder Tom Gordon with 23 seconds remaining to beat then-#21 Smithtown West on Saturday night, 6-5. Star defensemen Steven Jahelka and Brian Fischer (Harvard) contained West’s top attack duo of Kyle Keenan (Duke) and James Pannell in an impressive showing. GC will face struggling South Side on Tuesday night at Adelphi before carrying Long Island’s banner south to Brooklandville Saturday to face #12 St. Paul’s.
4. Ward Melville (NY Sect 11) (2-0) (10) The Patriots were idle this week aside from playing in the LA12 Jamboree at Northport but return to action this week in a big way. Ward Melville will play three games in four days beginning on Wednesday, when they travel to league opponent Patchogue-Medford. They then return home to face 3-0 Bay Shore Friday before their annual tilt with Section I power Yorktown on Saturday, a game featuring 13 NYS championships between the teams.
5. McDonogh (MIAA) (8-1) (22) The Eagles jump a whopping 15 spots in this week’s rankings after posting three wins last week. McDonogh started off the week scoring 10 goals in the second half to beat host Severn, 11-3. They then shocked many MIAA followers by pulling off a 7-6 win over division rival St. Paul’s before punishing California power Coronado by a score of 12-4 later in the week. The Eagles will host Archbishop Spalding today and are at Loyola Blakefield on Friday afternoon.
6. St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes (IAC) (9-0) (11) The Saints move up a few spots due to losses by six teams ranked ahead of them. It didn’t hurt that they also grabbed wins over Bishop O’Connell, Dulaney and Severn, outscoring those three opponents 48-11. SSSA will have a big week, facing IAC foe Georgetown Prep at home on Tuesday and traveling a few miles north to play undefeated Bullis on Friday.
7. St. Anthony’s (NY CHSAA) (2-0) (12) The Friars downed league opponent Kellenberg, 17-2, on Thursday and then got three goals from Princeton-bound midfielder Tom Schreiber to defeat Section I’s Somers at home on Saturday. St. Anthony’s will have two league contests this week, as they face St. John the Baptist on Tuesday and then travel to Monsignor Farrell on Thursday before making the trip to Fairfield to face defending Connecticut Class L champion Fairfield Prep on Saturday.
8. Canandaigua Academy (NY Sect 5) (2-0) (16) The defending NYS Class B champions extended their winning streak to 22 games by defeating Pittsford, 7-5, and Rush-Henrietta, 16-9. CA will face sectional games against Gates-Chili on Tuesday and a Penfield team with two close losses against sectional contenders on Thursday. The Braves, who haven’t lost since April 17, 2009 at Corning East, own the state’s longest active winning streak.
9. Haverford School (PA) (4-2) (25) The Fords have endured the toughest six-game stretch in the country. Haverford has faced four great MIAA teams plus PA powers LaSalle and Conestoga. The Fords have been rewarded for their efforts in TLG rankings for their recent performances. Haverford carries a three-game winning streak into this week, when they face St. Augustine Prep (NJ), Hill Academy (Canada) and New Jersey power Lawrenceville.
10. Conestoga (PA) (2-1) (5) The Pioneers had a fairly rough week, beating winless Downingtown East 10-3 but ended up dropping a game later in the week to Haverford, 8-7. ‘Stoga will have three games this week, starting off with Garnet Valley and Penncrest, and finishing off this week’s slate on Saturday against the other public favorite in Pennsylvania, Emmaus.
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