Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 3/30/10
The Lax Guys’ National HS Rankings, ciurtesy of LaxPower, provides 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 particpate in the discussion, please visit the thread on the Boys’ High School Lacrosse Forum.
This was an absolutely crazy week for The Lax Guys, as there were a lot of upsets and some very impressive performances around the country. For the second straight week, they have a new #1 team. Deerfield’s impressive performance against Brunswick gave them a slight edge over West Islip thus far in the season. Debuting in the rankings are relatively unknown McCallie from Tennessee and McDonogh in the MIAA.
The Lax Guys’ National High School Rankings for Boys’ Lacrosse, March 29
1. Deerfield Academy (NE West) (1-0) (2) The Big Green definitely impressed in their season opener, gaining a 16-5 victory over Brunswick. Duke-bound postgrad Christian Walsh put up seven points to help Deerfield knock off the previously ranked Bruins. They will host Berkshire on Wednesday before visiting Westminster on Saturday afternoon.
2. West Islip (NY Sect 11) (1) First game: Sachem North 3/31
3. Lafayette (NY Sect 3) (6) First game: @ Manlius-Pebble Hill 4/6
4. Salisbury School (CT, NE West) (4) First game: @ Boys’ Latin 4/3
5. Conestoga (PA) (1-0) (5) The Pioneers started the season off right by taking care of business against IAC power Landon, winning 6-2. Conestoga looks to build on this momentum against Downingtown East and #25 ranked Haverford School this week. Some may question why Conestoga wasn’t moved up in the rankings given their performance against Landon. Simply put, if Landon hadn’t lost to Western Reserve Academy the day before, the Pioneers could have been as high as #3.
6. Calvert Hall (MIAA) (3-0) (6) The Cardinals topped archrival Loyola Blakefield while rocking their slick gold alternate jerseys on their way to a 10-5 victory at home on Friday. The Hall was paced by a combined six goals from sophomore Patrick Kelly and senior Tony Rossi. The defense, while young and somewhat inexperienced, has been quite stout. They will travel to Falls Road to take on the #15 St. Paul’s Crusaders on Tuesday afternoon.
7. Garden City (NY Sect 8) (1-0) (7) Hopkins-bound junior Tom Gordon netted four goals to lead the Trojans to a 10-5 victory over Nassau A contender Syosset last Wednesday in their only game of the week. This week, Garden City travels east to face 21st-ranked Smithtown West on Saturday. The Trojans will be looking for their third consecutive victory against the Bulls.
8. Chaminade (NY CHSAA) (2-0) (9) The Flyers got four goals from Matt Kavanagh to defeat Massapequa, 9-5, last Wednesday, then jumped out to a 14-0 halftime lead en route to a 17-0 demolition of league foe Monsignor Farrell on Friday. Chaminade will travel to face CHSAA opponent Holy Trinity on Tuesday in advance of their showdown against second-ranked West Islip on Saturday.
9. West Genesee (NY, Sect 3) (10) First game: Jamesville-DeWitt 3/30
10. Ward Melville (NY Sect 11) (2-0) (11) The Patriots picked up two solid wins last week, as Bryant-bound midfielder Nick Giampaolo scored a combined seven goals to lead Ward Melville. They defeated league rival Smithtown East on the road, 11-4, on Thursday and followed it up with a 10-5 home victory over Emmaus (PA). The Patriots will be idle this week and will next take the field in a league match-up at Patchogue-Medford on April 7.
The rest of the rankings can be found here