Recruiting Rundown National HS Rankings, 3/18

5512212Week 3 of the Recruiting Rundown Top 25 High School Rankings sees some change for the first time, as notable results begin to clear things up.

Though the top five stays the same, Landon (Md.) and Calvert Hall (Md.) jump into the top 10, while St. Paul’s (Md.) falls out to No. 12. After two top 25 losses by Malvern Prep (Pa.), the Friars fall out of the rankings completely, however they’ll likely find their way back in at some point in the season.

Continue below for results from the early season and make sure to look through the week’s big games and predictions.

 1. Gonzaga (D.C.), 3-0

Outscoring their opponents 32-9 in three games, the Purple Eagles passed their most recent local test by defeating St. Albans (D.C.) 7-1 on Saturday night in an outstanding showing defensively. Now, they’ll head into a brutal six-day stretch that includes a trio of Top 10 teams, starting with No. 7 Hill Academy (Ont.) on Wednesday afternoon at Georgetown. From there, Gonzaga will head to face No. 8 McDonogh (Md.) under the lights on Friday and follow that up with a likely one-sided match against Bishop Ireton (Va.) the following day. Tuesday marks one of the nation’s more highly anticipated showdowns of the season when Casey O’Neill’s lethal bunch takes on Jon Posner’s deep, balanced squad of Culver Military Academy on Indiana. Coming out of the gauntlet without a loss willl make a massive statement.

2. Haverford (Pa.), 2-0

On Friday, the offensive juggernaut Fords proved just how dangerous they can be, cruising to a 18-11 win over former No. 6 St. Paul’s (Md.), up 17-8 at one point with under five minutes to play. Without a scheduled game until Saturday’s showdown with Brodie Merrill’s Hill Academy squad from the Great White North, the Fords played a scrimmage yesterday against Garnet Valley, one of the better public school programs in the state. A Tuesday home game against Loyola Blakefield, the third of four MIAA teams on the schedule, is upcoming as well. A slip-up by No. 1 Gonzaga will, of course, give the Fords the top spot without question.

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

5. Culver (Ind.), 2-0

A work in progress with many graduated holes to fill, the Eagles squeaked by defending state champ Carmel (Ind.), winning 7-5 on Saturday before a dominant 18-7 decision over Louisville Trinity. No. 4 junior Ethan Walker, a Denver-bound scorer, had 10 goals in the two wins with classmates Brody Gillispie (Rutgers) and Anthony George (Army) also pitching in big games. They’ll pack up and head east on Friday for five games in six days, starting with Episcopal Academy (Pa.) and Penn Charter (Pa.) this weekend before facing top-ranked Gonzaga at JHU’s Homewood Field.

6. Landon (Md.), 3-0

The Bears get a well-deserved boost from the No. 13 position after three one-sided victories to open the year, including a 14-5 dismantling of No. 21 St. Mary’s. On Tuesday, Landon had little trouble with fordiable foe Paul VI (Va.), going up nine goals before clearing the bench and coming out with a 13-7 victory. Third-year starter Hunter Sells (Hopkins) is playing lights out at cage with a phenomenal defense in front of him picking up steam, allowing a shade over five goals per game thus far. Taking some pressure off of a loaded attack unit, middie Griffin Brown (Colgate) has broken out as a junior, ripping six goals in the outside against SM in a game covered by contributor Will Kiley. Middle of the road in-state programs John Carroll and Calverton are up next.

7. Hill Academy (Ont.), 3-0

Though defense is a concern (allowing 11.3 goals per game), Hill is scoring at will in their opening three games in their annual East Coast jaunt, pulling out exciting narrow victories with 12-10 and 12-11 decisions over St. Mary’s and Navy Prep, respectively. Jeff Teat (Cornell) and Jake Fox (Hopkins) are putting up absurd numbers, highlighted by Teat’s 10-point outing in a 22-12 ballgame over Mt. St. Joe on Tuesday. Brodie Merrill’s boys have stiff tests with three top 10 schools in four days, playing Gonzaga, Calvert Hall and Haverford. Even taking one of the three would be a win, but as a team they have enough upside to win all three on their best very best days.

8. McDonogh (Md.), 2-1

After last Tuesday’s nailbiter of an OT loss to No. 2 Haverford, the Eagles headed down to North Carolina and outscored Cardinal Gibbons and Durham Academy 30-8, building team chemistry while also giving a lot of playing time to their youth and depth. They’ll have to prepare quickly for top-ranked Gonzaga, a game played on Friday in the lacrosse program’s first game played under the stadium lights. For now, the Eagles remain the top MIAA team in the rankings, though that will all play out in the coming week or so as their local counterparts also have key non-conference games upcoming.

9. Calvert Hall (Md.), 3-0

The Cardinals go from unranked to the No. 9 spot with plenty of opportunities for promotion in the coming weeks. Last week, they overcame a 7-3 halftime deficit, momentum swings and an injury to their face-off man to pull out an invigorating 11-10 overtime win over former No. 12 Malvern Prep covered in this piece. Their new defensive personnel gained some confidence, while the attack-heavy offense was led by Timmy and Jacob Kelly and senior shooter Jason Brown, an Army commit. Bryan Kelly’s Cardinals have Hill Academy, Loyola Academy (Ill.) and Calverton (Md.) in the next week. Depending on other results, a win over Hill will put them No. 1 in the conference for the time being.

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

11. Darien (Conn.), 0-0

 12. St. Paul’s (Md.), 2-1

13. Chaminade (N.Y.), 0-0

14. Massapequa (N.Y.), 1-0

 15. Boys’ Latin (Md.), 3-1

 16. Georgetown Prep (Md.), 1-0

 17. Delbarton (N.J.), 0-0

 18. Greenwich (Conn.), 0-0

 19. St. Anthony’s (N.Y.), 0-0

20. Ward Melville (N.Y.), 0-0

 21. St. Ignatius Prep (Calif.), 5-0

 22. Salisbury (Conn.), 0-0

 23. Syosset (N.Y.), 1-0

 24. St. Mary’s (Md.), 1-2

 25. Bronxville (N.Y.), 0-0

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