Recruiting Rundown National HS Top 25 Rankings, 3/11

Upsets were avoided in week one, as Gonzaga and Haverford knocked off MIAA squads and fellow preseason top 10 teams Boys’ Latin and McDonogh, respectively. The top seven stays intact, while No. 8 Boys’ Latin drops six spots after a poor showing in their opener, though they’ll have plenty of chances to fight their way back up the poll in coming weeks.

Check out recent links on the HS landscape, including a look at Top 10 teams:
Recruiting Rundown Top 25 Preseason Rankings
Preview/Predictions of March 9-14 Games

1. Gonzaga (D.C.), 2-0
Through two games, it’s safe to say that the Purple Eagles have lived up to their No. 1 billing, though there’s still an awful lot for them to prove. After turning back Bishop O’Connell 12-2 on Saturday at G’town, they traveled north on Tuesday to face then-No. 8 Boys’ Latin (Md.), building a 7-2 halftime advantage before winning 13-6. The offense showed excellent cohesion while junior goalie George Christopher (Dartmouth) stood extraordinarily tall in cage with 12 saves, backstopping a stout defense. Next up is St. Alban’s on Saturday before beginning a tough two-week stretch that features matchups with four ranked opponents.

2. Haverford (Pa.), 1-0
Avenging a 13-8 season-opening loss a year ago, the Fords used a clincher from Virginia-bound senior Phil Poquie to beat McDonogh (Md.) 9-8 in overtime. Fellow UVA commit Dox Aitken, Recruiting Rundown’s top-ranked junior, also had a big game with a hat trick, as John Nostrant’s crew dominated the face-off X and gave the offense key opportunities. They’ll have minimal best before facing another MIAA power in St. Paul’s, hosting the Crusaders on Friday afternoon in a clash between former Washington College teammates, Nostrant and Rick Brocato. The Fords will also welcome Downingtown West on Tuesday.

3. Brunswick (Conn.), 0-0
How They’ll Start: 3/24 vs. West Linn (Ore.), 3/25 vs. Kent Denver (Colo.)

4. Smithtown East (N.Y.), 0-0
How They’ll Start: 3/21 vs. Locust Valley (N.Y.), 3/25 at East Islip (N.Y.)

5. Culver (Ind.), 0-0
How They’ll Start: 3/14 vs. Carmel (Ind.), 3/15 vs. Louisville Trinity (Ky.)

6. St. Paul’s (Md.), 0-0
How They’ll Start: 3/11 vs. Paul VI (Va.), 3/13 at Haverford (Pa.)
*The Crusaders beat PVI 14-11

7. McDonogh (Md.), 0-1
The Eagles put up a serious fight in wet conditions on Tuesday at home, falling to No. 2 Haverford (Pa.) in a 9-8 overtime clash. Senior goalie Jacob Stover (a Loyola commit) had an outstanding effort in cage with 14 saves, however McDonogh lost the possession battle rather handily with top face-off man Jordy Elardo (Bucknell) sidelined for the next few games with injury. Despite the loss, the Eagles should continue to feel a sense of confidence about how they’re playing early on – they’ll head to North Carolina to play defending state champ Cardinal Gibbons on Saturday, followed by Durham Academy on Tuesday before coming home to prepare for a home bout with Gonzaga on Friday evening.

8. Hill Academy (Ont.), 0-0
How They’ll Start: 3/14 at St. Mary’s (Md.), 3/15 at Navy Prep (R.I.)

9. Avon Old Farms (Conn.), 0-0
How They’ll Start: 3/23 at Woodberry Forest (Va.), 3/28 at Calverton (Md.)

10. Chaminade (N.Y.), 0-0
How They’ll Start: 3/21 at Ward Melville (N.Y.), 3/25 vs. Massapequa (N.Y.)

11. Darien (Conn.), 0-0
How They’ll Start: 4/8 vs. Westhill (N.Y.), 4/11 at Niskayuna (N.Y.)

12. Malvern Prep (Pa.), 0-0
How They’ll Start: 3/12 at Calvert Hall (Md.), 3/17 at St. Mary’s (Md.)

13. Landon (Md.), 1-0
Rob Bordley’s Bears started the season in excellent fashion against one of the best teams in Texas, dismantling Dallas Jesuit in a 13-4 game that they led 9-0 at half. Senior finisher Colton Rupp, who will head to Cornell next year, had himself a day with five goals to pace an attack-heavy offense. They’ll have some tough games in the coming days, hosting a senior-laden St. Mary’s (Md.) crew on Friday before matching up with area rival Paul VI (Va.) early next week.

14. Boys’ Latin, 0-1
Hosting top-ranked Gonzaga to open the year, the Lakers were flat-out exposed by the Purple Eagles, falling behind from the start, struggling to catch up then ultimately falling 13-6. It was the program’s most lopsided loss since 2012, though it may have been their most brutal since a ten-goal drubbing in the 2010 MIAA championship game. Bob Shriver’s squad struggled mightily to clear the ball, get any sort of production from the midfield or have anybody step up on offense, while the defense couldn’t hinder Gonzaga’s scorers. They’ll host ‘B’ conference program John Carroll (under heralded new coach Brian King) on Friday before heading south to Georgia to face off with two of the Peach State’s best, Westminster on Saturday and Lovett on Tuesday.

15. Massapequa (N.Y.), 0-0
How They’ll Start: 3/17 vs. Carey (N.Y.), 3/25 at Chaminade (N.Y.)

16. Georgetown Prep (Md.), 0-0
How They’ll Start: 3/13 vs. Rockhurst Jesuit (Mo.), 3/17 at St. John’s (D.C.)

17. Delbarton (N.J.), 0-0
How They’ll Start: 3/25 vs. Summit (N.J.), 3/28 vs. Don Bosco Prep (N.J.)

18. Greenwich (Conn.), 0-0
How They’ll Start: 4/9 vs. Trumbull, 4/11 at Smithtown East (N.Y.)

19. St. Anthony’s (N.Y.), 0-0
How They’ll Start: 4/2 vs. St. Dominic’s (N.Y.), 4/11 vs. Delbarton (N.J.)

20. Ward Melville (N.Y.), 0-0
How They’ll Start: 3/21 vs. Chaminade (N.Y.), 3/25 at Sachem East (N.Y.)

21. St. Mary’s (Md.), 0-0
How They’ll Start: 3/13 at Landon (Md.), 3/14 vs. Hill Academy (Ont.)

22. Salisbury (Conn.), 0-0
How They’ll Start: 4/4 vs. Berkshire (Mass.), 4/8 at Trinity-Pawling (N.Y.)

23. Garden City (N.Y.), 0-0
How They’ll Start: 3/17 at Syosset (N.Y.), 3/21 at St. Paul’s (Md.)

24. Bronxville (N.Y.), 0-0
How They’ll Start: 3/21 vs. Smithtown West (N.Y.), 3/25 vs. Mamaroneck (N.Y.)

25. Bergen Catholic (N.J.), 0-0
How They’ll Start: 3/25 vs. Glen Ridge (N.J.), 3/28 at Kinnelon (N.J.)

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