Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 5/27/10
This week’s LaxGuys’ national rankings, courtesy of Laxpower.com. The full list of ranked teams can be found on the Forum thread by clicking here.
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1. Manhasset (NY Sect 8) (15-0) (1) • The Indians were idle last week, as they waited for their opponent in the Nassau Class C semifinals. Top-seeded Manhasset will face fifth-seeded Seaford, which defeated Locust Valley in the quarterfinals last Wednesday at Hofstra and then, should they win, will play the winner of #2 Cold Spring Harbor and third-seeded Friends Academy in the championship on June 2. Manhasset defeated Seaford, 13-6, in their regular season meeting on May 13. The Indians bring a 31-game winning streak into the postseason and will be aiming for their second consecutive state championship.
2. West Islip (NY Sect 11) (15-1) (2) • The Lions finished their regular season with a 17-5 destruction of Northport last Monday, led by Andrew Hodgson’s four goals. They had the rest of the week off, receiving a first-round bye in the Suffolk Class A tournament. This week, they will face ninth-seeded Whitman (W 16-4), which defeated Floyd in the opening round last Thursday. That game will take place on Tuesday. Should West Islip prevail, they will face the winner of #4 Connetquot and fifth-seeded East Islip in the semifinals on Friday afternoon. The defending state champions will be looking for their seventh consecutive Suffolk championship before attempting to secure their fourth state crown.
3. St. Paul’s (MIAA) (15-4) (7) • Tied 5-5 with archrival Boys’ Latin at the half, the Crusaders scored eight fourth-quarter goals en route to a 17-7 win in Saturday’s MIAA Championship game. The title was their first since 2004 and their 25th overall. The defense was outstanding, limiting a talented Lakers’ offense to less than a dozen shots on goal. Leading the way for St. Paul’s were Jay Carlson (4 goals, 1 assist), Andrew Barton (2 goals, 3 assists), and Jeff Fountain (3 goals, 1 assist). Rick Brocato loses 17 seniors, one of the best classes in recent memory, but will return a solid corp that will try to defend their title.
4. Jamesville-DeWitt (NY Sect 3) (16-0) (3) • The Red Rams finished their regular season in strong fashion, defeating New Hartford and Cortland by a combined score of 38-8 to run their record to a perfect 16-0. Their state championship hopes took a big hit, however, as star senior midfielder Jake Bratek, a Syracuse-bound Under Armour All American, broke his collarbone in practice last Monday and will miss the remainder of the season. Nevertheless, J-D earned the top seed in the Section 3 Class B tournament and will play the winner of fifth-seeded Whitesboro and fourth-seeded East Syracuse-Minoa on Thursday in the semifinals. They will be hoping to defend their sectional crown and build on last year’s state semifinal appearance.
5. Springfield-Delco (PA) (19-1) (6) • The Cougars dominated in their final regular season game, picking up a 10-3 win over Owen J. Roberts, 9-3. They followed that up with a 4-overtime thrilling win over Garnet Valley in the District 1 semifinals at Ridley HS. Springfield will now advance to face Central League rival Conestoga on Thursday night at Radnor HS.
6. Salisbury School (NE West) (13-1) (8) • The Crimson Knights finished their season with a respectable 9-3 victory over Choate Rosemary Hall. Salisbury still has a chance to rise in our rankings, as Springfield–Delco and the New York teams have to go through their playoffs.
7. Skaneateles (NY Sect 3) (16-0) (6) • The Lakers became the second Section 3 team to finish the season undefeated, downing Jordan-Elbridge and Marcellus, 18-5 and 14-8 respectively. With Class C being the most populous classification in Section 3, Skaneateles will have to play three games to win the sectional tournament, beginning with their quarterfinal game against the winner between ninth-seeded Tully and #8 Marcellus on Thursday. The semifinals, likely against Cortland or Watertown IHC, are on Saturday at Cicero-North Syracuse. Skaneateles last won a sectional title in 2008, when it lost to Corning East in the quarterfinal round.
8. La Salle (PA) (16-2) (9) • Before heading into the Catholic playoffs, the Explorers beat up on Conwell Egan, 20-2. Next, they topped .500 Cardinal O’Hara by a score of 13-4. Five different players scored two goals each for La Salle in their league semifinal win. For the 10th consecutive year, the Explorers will meet rival St. Joseph’s Prep in Thursday’s Catholic league championship at Plymouth Whitemarsh.
9. Boys’ Latin (MIAA) (14-4) (4) • Last Tuesday, the Lakers avenged one of their two conference losses of the regular season, beating McDonogh, 10-7, with a strong fourth quarter. With everyone anxiously anticipating the championship game against rival St. Paul’s, the hype became almost unbearable. The first half was what everyone expected, tied 5-5, after an R.G. Keenan to Stanwick goal with four seconds left. However, the second half was vastly different. The BL defense was absent, the goalies combined for one save, and the offense was stagnant. The final score of 17-7 tied an MIAA record for the most lopsided championship game.
10. Deerfield Academy (NE West 1) (15-1) (10) • The Big Green finished their season by picking up a 15-6 win at home against Brewster Academy of the NE North. Despite falling to Salisbury a few weeks ago, Deerfield enjoyed a very successful season. They will lose a plethora of talented seniors and postgrads, many of whom are headed to play Division I lacrosse or two sports at top-notch Division III programs.
19. Haverford School