Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 3/18/10
Haverford School moved up to the No. 2 spot while Conestoga is at No. 8 in the LaxGuys’ National Boys’ Lacrosse Rankings, now a regular feature on Phillylacrosse.com, provided through LaxPower.
The Lax Guys’ National HS Rankings provides a comprehensive weekly ranking and analysis of the country’s top high school teams. The Lax Guys consist of Ty Xanders (Cloverdale on the Forum), Chris Kieser (LI13), and Ryan Summers (TheGilmanFan), and you can read more information about them at the bottom of this post.
Each week, they will 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 LaxPower Boys’ High School Lacrosse Forum.
This week’s rankings are the year’s second installment. The rankings are through games of Saturday, March 13.
LaxGuys’ National Boys’ Lacrosse Rankings
1. Boys’ Latin (MD) (1-0) The Lakers retain the top spot in our rankings after putting away the Saint Andrew’s Scots, 12-11, in front of a huge crowd in Boca Raton on Saturday night. Boys’ Latin spread the ball well and had excellent face-off and goalie play by R.G. Keenan and Thomas Guarino, respectively. They will remain in Florida for a few more days to play Miami’s Gulliver Prep before returning to Baltimore, only to head to St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes on Saturday.
2. Haverford School (PA) (1-0) The Fords jump up several spots after using a dominant first half to knock off the formerly #2 St. Paul’s Crusaders by a score of 13-9 on Friday afternoon in suburban Philadelphia. The offense, boosted by a plethora of talented juniors, clicked very well, and the longpoles were able to hold SP’s big guns Pat Powderly and Jeff Fountain to zero points. Haverford will travel to Loyola Blakefield on Tuesday before hosting another MIAA power, McDonogh, on Saturday afternoon.
3. West Islip (NY, Sect 11) (0-0) First game: Sachem North 3/31
4. Deerfield Academy (MA, NE West) (0-0) First game: Brunswick 3/27
5. St. Paul’s (MD) (0-1) The Crusaders drop three spots after falling to the host Haverford Fords, 13-9, on Friday afternoon. Weak face-off play and defensive mistakes, among other things, plagued the Crusies, but most expect they will practice hard during the next week before hosting Western Reserve Academy on Saturday at noon. On the following Tuesday, they will travel to Bethesda to take on the #14 Georgetown Prep Little Hoyas.
6. Lafayette (NY Sect 3) First game: @ Manlius-Pebble Hill 4/6
7. Salisbury School (CT, NE West) First game: @ Boys’ Latin 4/3
8. Conestoga (PA) First game: @ Landon 3/27
9. Garden City (NY Section Eight) First game: Syosset 3/24
10. Chaminade (NY, Catholic League) Massapequa 3/24
For Numbers 11 to 25, see LaxPower forum.
Who are the LaxGuys?
Cloverdale: Ty Xanders attended St. Paul’s School for Boys and played volleyball for the Crusaders. After playing lacrosse for five years, Ty decided to give up the sport after his freshman year and instead avidly follow it. In March of his senior year, he began covering high school lacrosse for Inside Lacrosse as an intern. He is a freshman at Lynchburg College but is currently taking the semester off and living in Towson, Md. He plans on pursuing a degree in journalism and hopes to cover high school lacrosse and recruiting upon graduation. His hobbies include video games, going out with his friends, and following SEC football.
THEGilmanFan: Ryan Summers attended the Gilman School and played football and track and field for the Greyhounds. Ryan was a part of Gilman’s 2002 nationally ranked football team, for which he played on the offensive line. Upon graduation from Gilman, Ryan attended the University of Dayton, where he would later receive a B.A. in psychology. Ryan currently resides in Odenton, Maryland and works for Keypoint Organization as a community outreach specialist. His job allows him to help mentally ill people become more independent and learn vital life skills. In his free time, Ryan enjoys playing video games, reading, and spending time with friends.
LI13: Chris Kieser is a senior at the University of Notre Dame, where he will graduate with a degree in Economics and History in May 2010. Before Notre Dame, he graduated from Northport High School on Long Island, where he was twice a member of the all-Suffolk County bowling team and attended nearly every boys’ and girls’ lacrosse game. He enjoys playing golf, poker, and watching baseball (New York Mets), college basketball (Duke and Notre Dame), and college football (Notre Dame), in addition to lacrosse. In the fall of 2010 he will be attending law school at a school to be determined.
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