Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 5/19/10
This week’s LaxGuys’ National Rankings feature four Philly teams in the op 20. The LaxGuys’ forum can be found on LaxPower at this link.
1. Manhasset (NY Sect 8) (15-0) (2) • The Indians completed another undefeated regular season last week, easily downing Class C opponents Locust Valley and Seaford. As a result of this and coupled with then-#1 Deerfield’s loss at Salisbury, Manhasset becomes the top-ranked team in our poll. Their winning streak now stands at 31 games, with their last loss coming on April 7, 2009, at Comsewogue. Manhasset will have this week off, as they received a bye as top seed in the Nassau Class C tournament. Their next game will come in the semifinals of that event, against either fourth-seeded Locust Valley or #5 Seaford.
2. West Islip (NY Sect 11) (13-2) (3) • The Lions continued coasting towards the playoffs, defeating Whitman and Lindenhurst by a combined score of 37-14. West Islip’s dynamic duo of Nicky Galasso and Andew Hodgson accounted for 17 points in the triumph over Whitman, which defeated Ward Melville earlier this season. This week, they will finish the regular season by traveling to Northport on Monday afternoon (17-5 win). The Lions will then have the #1 seed in the Suffolk Class A tournament and will face the winner of eighth-seeded Floyd and #9 Whitman in the quarterfinals on Tuesday, May 25.
3. Jamesville-DeWitt (NY Sect 3) (11-0) (4) • The Red Rams continued their winning ways this past week, picking up three victories, including a 7-6 triumph over Carthage, which figures to be its biggest competitor in the sectional playoffs. Under Armour All-American Jake Bratek led J-D with three goals in that game, while Cameron Stone had a goal and four assists. The Red Rams also defeated Homer and East Syracuse-Minoa by a combined score of 32-7. They will finish the regular season with games against New Hartford on Tuesday and Cortland on Thursday before entering the Section 3 Class B tournament, likely as the top seed.
4. Boys’ Latin (15-3) (5) • The Lakers completed their regular season with a win over lowly Mount St. Joseph last week. Boys’ Latin will face McDonogh (W 10-7) in the MIAA semifinals on Tuesday after receiving a bye in the quarterfinal round. McDonogh beat Boys’ Latin earlier in the season by the score of 10-6.
5. Springfield-Delco (PA) (16-1) (8) • In their only game last week, the Cougars topped a tough Radnor team, 7-4, to finish their regular season as Central League champions. In their first playoff game, they will be heavy favorites against the winner of Upper Merion and Owen J. Roberts.
6. Skaneateles (NY Sect 3) (14-0) (6) • The Lakers earned two solid wins last week, defeating Cazenovia 12-6 and Westhill 10-6. Against Cazenova, which has not lost to anyone other than Skaneateles this season, Thomas Schoener (four) and Kevin Rice combined for seven goals. Before entering the Section 3 Class C tournament as likely the #1 seed, Skaneateles will attempt to finish the regular season undefeated with games against Jordan-Elbridge on Tuesday and Marcellus on Thursday.
7. St. Paul’s (MIAA) (13-4) (9) • Coming off that tough loss to BL, the Crusaders finished their regular season with an important 11-6 win over Loyola Blakefield to wrap up the #2 seed and a first round bye. On Tuesday, St. Paul’s will play St. Mary’s in the MIAA semifinals at Towson University (W 7-6). The Crusies won the regular season game, 14-4, in early April in Brooklandville.
8. Salisbury School (NE West I) (12-1) (10) • The Crimson Knights move up a few spots after picking up two huge wins over the NE West’s other elite programs. Last Wednesday, they knocked off then top-ranked Deerfield, 9-6. Then over the weekend, Salisbury pulled out a tough 4-3 win over Avon Old Farms to capture the regular season league title. Because their league doesn’t have a postseason, they will finish out the season tomorrow against Choate.
9. La Salle (PA) (15-2) (11) • La Salle finished up the regular season with wins over Lansdale Catholic and Downingtown East by a combined score of 31-8. The PIAA brackets have yet to be posted, but La Salle will be the District 12 representative in that tournament, which begins June 1.
10. Deerfield Academy (14-1) (NE West I) (1) • Down goes the #1 team in the country. Deerfield could not stay unbeaten, as they fell to Salisbury, at home, by the score of 9-6. After suffering their first loss of the season, Deerfield took their frustrations out on Phillips Exeter, winning by seven goals. Deerfield faces Brewster Academy on Wednesday to wrap up the season.
19. Haverford School