After a bit of shakeup last week within the top 10, Week 4 sees just as much after surprising losses by McDonogh (Md.) and Brunswick (Conn.) at home. Helped by their three high quality wins, the Eagles drop just a spot back to No. 3, as Landon bumps up to the No. 2 spot. The most shocking loss, however, came in Southern Maryland over the weekend, as Calverton (Md.) was able to defeat former No. 8 Avon Old Farms (Conn.) in overtime. The Winged Beavers drop out this week, though they’ll have their fair share of opportunities of getting back in later in the year.
No stranger to national rankings, Deerfield Academy (Mass.) jumps all the way to No. 8 after their second consecutive nailbiting win against ‘Wick. Syosset (N.Y.) also storms into the top 10, sliding by Port Washington (N.Y.) on Tuesday.
Tomorrow, I’ll take a look at what’s on the schedule the rest of the week, especially a loaded Thursday before the Easter holiday. Gonzaga-Landon, a game that will be played in front of what’s sure to be a massive crowd under the lights at Georgetown, has big time rankings and DC supremacy implications, in particular.
For reference, last week’s rankings can be seen here.
1. Haverford (Pa.), 5-0
Completing a sweep against all four MIAA teams on their schedule, the Fords received a scare on Friday at Gilman, trailing 7-1 before assembling a comeback en route to an 11-9 win. Top-ranked junior Dox Aitken led the way with five goals, including three during the Fords’ second half run. In a 13-5 win over local foe Conestoga (Pa.), the trio of Forry Smith, Drew Supinski and Grant Ament combined for 14 points to overpower the Pioneers. Their road doesn’t get any easier – games against IMG Academy’s National (Fla.) team, St. Anthony’s (N.Y.) and archrival Episcopal Academy (Pa.) follow in the next week.
2. Landon (Md.), 9-0
The Bears move up a spot in this week’s rankings due to McDonogh’s loss and their four wins last week. Pounding Buffalo’s Bishop Timon (N.Y.) 15-1, Landon was tested by a tough McCallie (Tenn.) team a day later and then had little trouble with the WCAC’s Bishop O’Connell on Saturday. On Monday, they led Gilman by one during the break before exploding for a seven-goal second half to win, 11-4. The Bears will play Gonzaga on Thursday at Georgetown, a game everybody’s had circled for a while. Tough matchups with Coronado (Calif.) and St. Ignatius (Calif.) kick off Prep week.
3. McDonogh (Md.), 5-2
Though their 13-5 win over Culver (Ind.) was a nice statement, the Eagles have been unable to play their best lacrosse as of late. They showed inconsistency and defensive struggles against then-No. 8 Episcopal Academy (Pa.) on Saturday, falling behind but eventually pulling out a 10-8 victory at the PNC Invitational. On Tuesday at home, the Eagles suffered a 12-10 setback against IMG Academy and their daunting attack unit. Andy Hilgartner’s team will play Penn Charter (Pa.) on Thursday to end non-conference play before hosting St. Paul’s (Md.) on Tuesday.
4. Gonzaga (D.C.), 8-1
The Purple Eagles picked apart Good Counsel (Md.) in a 12-1 win before setting off on their SB trip to the beach, where they put together a 10-4 decision over Cape Henlopen (Del.), returning to prepare for a tough stretch of games. Their game against No. 2 Landon (Md.) is a matchup that Gonzaga’s won four of the last five years and will be a dogfight with both teams loaded.
5. Smithtown East (N.Y.), 2-0
Finding their way back into the top five, the Bulls picked up a notable win over Half Hollow Hills West (N.Y.), winning 12-10. So far, Brian Willetts (Notre Dame) has a whopping 11 goals and five assists, with his job of finishing made easier by East’s three-headed monster at the face-off X. Their next few games will be valuable opportunities for younger players to get experience, as they’ll head to Deer Park on Wednesday afternoon.
6. Hill Academy (Ont.), 4-1
Last Week: Idle
Next Game: 4/12 vs. Detroit Country Day (Mich.)
7. Massapequa (N.Y.), 4-0
So far, the Chiefs have exceeded expectations, riding their talented offense to reel off three wins last week. Most notably, ‘Pequa put together a complete effort to knock off Chaminade for the first time in recent memory, a game highlighted here. They followed that up with easy wins over league opponents Hicksville and MacArthur, winning by a combined 31-6. A triple OT loss last year, Thursday’s matchup with Garden City (N.Y.) is a big one. The Chiefs will also welcome 1-5 Baldwin (N.Y.) to town next week.
8. Deerfield (Mass.), 1-0
Unranked to begin the year, the Big Green started their season with a bang, beating rival Brunswick School (Conn.) in an excitable comeback. Down 5-2 after three quarters, postgrads Matt Dziama (UVA) and Eric Munn (Siena) were the catalysts for DA’s furious fourth quarter run, taking the lead at the 6:11 mark and then scoring the game-winner with ten ticks left. Going forward, Deerfield has an away contest at Berkshire (Mass.) before hosting a relatively underrated Westminster (Conn.) team on Saturday.
9. Brunswick (Conn.), 2-1
After topping Kent Denver (Colo.) to wrap 11-7 up their trip to Florida, the Bruins suffered a loss that they’d assuredly like to forget. Outperforming their opponents in many facets of the game, their play dwindled towards the end, though the game looked like it’d be headed to overtime after Reilly Walsh’s blast with 47 seconds left. They’ll look to rebound against Loomis Chaffee (Conn.) this weekend with an April 11th road game at top-ranked Haverford (Pa.) quickly approaching.
10. Syosset (N.Y.), 6-0
The Braves continue to roll, hopping up five positions in this week’s rankings after a trio of wins, including shellackings of Northport (N.Y.) and Farmingdale (N.Y.), a pair of Long Island teams with strong history. Against Port Washington (N.Y.) on Tuesday, Syosset prevailed in a back and forth showdown that saw ties after the first and second quarters, coming out with an 11-10 win. They’ll face Plainview-JFK(N.Y.) and Good
11. Episcopal Academy (Pa.), 4-1
Last Week: Beat Downingtown East (Pa.) 12-3, lost to McDonogh (Md.) 10-8, beat Hill School (Pa.) 12-5
Next Week: 4/2 vs. St. Anthony’s (N.Y.), 4/7 at Haverford (Pa.)
12. Garden City (N.Y.), 2-1
Last Week: Idle
Next Week: 4/2 at Massapequa (N.Y.), 4/7 vs. Bronxville (N.Y.)
13. St. Paul’s (Md.), 5-2
Last Week: Beat Georgetown Prep (Md.) 9-8 in OT, Calverton (Md.) 12-5
Next Week: 4/2 at Bullis (Md.), 5/7 at McDonogh (Md.)
14. Darien (Conn.), 0-0
How They’ll Start: 4/8 vs. Westhill (Conn.), 4/11 at Niskayuna (N.Y.)
15. Delbarton (N.J.), 3-0
Last Week: Beat Summit (N.J.) 5-4, Don Bosco (N.J.) 19-10, West Essex (N.J.)
Next Week: 4/2 at Mendham (N.J.), 4/4 at Kinnelon (N.J.)
16. Georgetown Prep (Md.), 5-1
Last Week: Beat Loudon Valley (Md.) 15-5, lost to St. Paul’s (Md.) 9-8 in OT
This Week: 4/2 at Paul VI (Va.)
17. Boys’ Latin (Md.), 7-1
Last Week: Beat Radnor (Pa.) 10-8, Kent Island (Md.) 9-7
Next Week: April 2 vs. South River (Md.), April 7 at Calvert Hall (Md.)
18. Chaminade (N.Y.), 1-1
Last Week: Lost to Massapequa (N.Y.), beat West Islip (N.Y.) 8-5
Next Week: 4/1 vs. Iona Prep (N.Y.) 4/2 at St. John The Baptist (N.Y.)
19. Calvert Hall (Md.), 6-1
Last Week: Beat Calverton (Md.) 16-11, Port Washington (N.Y.) 12-10
Next Week: 4/1 at Conestoga (Pa.), 4/7 vs. Boys’ Latin (Md.)
20. Culver (Ind.), 4-3
Last Week: Beat St. Mary’s (Md.) 9-7, lost to McDonogh (Md.) 13-5
Next Week: 4/4 vs. Glenbrook North (Ill.)
21. Greenwich (Conn.), 0-0
How They’ll Start: April 9 vs. Trumbull (Conn.) April 11 at Smithtown East (N.Y.)
22. St. Anthony’s (N.Y.), 1-0
Last Week: Beat Holy Trinity (N.Y.) 16-6
Next Week: 4/2 at Episcopal Academy (Pa.), 4/4 at Haverford (Pa.)
23. Ward Melville (N.Y.), 1-0
Last Week: Beat Sachem East (N.Y.) 13-6
Next Week: : 4/1 at Sachem North (N.Y.)
24. St. Ignatius Prep (Calif.), 7-0
Last Week: Beat Archbishop Mitty (Calif.) 19-6, St. Francis (Calif.) 8-4
This Week: 4/1 vs. De La Salle (Calif.) 4/7 at Landon (Md.)
25. Salisbury (Conn.), 0-1
Last Week: Lost to Navy Prep (R.I.) 13-12
Next Week: April 4 vs. Berkshire (Mass.)