Previews & Scoreboard: Week 5

Last week saw its fair share of surprise upsets and statements. With another loaded lineup of games, this week should be no different. Note: Score updates will be made nightly.

Saturday, April 11th
Torrey Pines (Calif.) at Kent Denver (Colo.)
Choate (Conn.) at Deerfield (Mass.)
Darien (Conn.) at Niskayuna (N.Y.)
Greenwich (Conn.) at Smithtown East (N.Y.)
Taft (Conn.) at Westminster (Conn.)
Brunswick (Conn.) at Haverford (Pa.)
Salesianum (Del.) vs. Bronxville (N.Y.)
St. Augustine (N.J.) vs. Episcopal Academy (Pa.)
Delbarton (N.J.) at St. Anthony’s (N.Y.)
Ward Melville (N.Y.) at Yorktown (N.Y.)
Manhasset (N.Y.) at Chaminade (N.Y.)
Duxbury (Mass.) 9, Garden City (N.Y.) 7
Pittsford (N.Y.) at Canandaigua (N.Y.)
Worthington Kilbourne (Oh.) at Brother Rice (Mich.)

The second weekend in April has always been an absolutely loaded day of awesome intersectional games, starting with Haverford’s Checking For Cancer Invitational, where the Fords will host a loaded Brunswick (Conn.) squad in a game a lot of people are looking forward to. Greenwich vs. Smithtown East is another great game on paper and could become an offensive shootout and a great matchup at the face-off X. Ward Melville-Yorktown went to OT last year and until the Patriots’ double OT loss to Connetquot on Friday, was a matchup between undefeated Top 25 teams. On Long Island, there’s the battle for “Reg’s Rock”, honoring the late Jimmy Regan, a Manhasset native and Chaminade/Duke alum who lost his life in 2007 serving our country.

Friday, April 10th
St. Mary’s (Md.) 12, Calvert Hall (Md.) 7
St. Paul’s (Md.) 12, Gilman (Md.) 9
IMG National (Fla.) 19, Bergen Catholic (N.J.) 12
Connetquot (N.Y.) 10, Ward Melville (N.) 9 in 2OT
Culver (Ind.) 17, St. Xavier (Oh.) 3
Paul VI (Va.) 13, St. Anne’s Belfield (Va.) 12 in OT
Episcopal (Va.) 7, St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes (Va.) 4
Boys’ Latin (Md.) 11, McDonogh (Md.) 8

Thursday, April 9th
Cherry Creek (Colo.) 6, Torrey Pines (Calif.) 4
Foothill (Calif.) 11, Cohasset (Mass.) 4
Gonzaga (D.C.) 12, St. Ignatius Prep (Calif.) 9
Regis Jesuit (Colo.) 14, La Costa Canyon (Calif.) 8
Highland Park (Tex.) 5, Coppell (Tex.) 3
Manhasset (N.Y.) 10, Smithtown West (N.Y.) 9
Jamesville-DeWitt (N.Y.) 7, Cazenovia (N.Y.) 6 in OT
Fairport (N.Y.) 11, Irondequoit (N.Y.) 2
Lynbrook (N.Y.) 14, Long Beach (N.Y.) 8
Kent Denver (Colo.) 9, Arapahoe (Colo.) 5

Thursday is chock full of must watch intersectional showdowns, starting with St. Ignatius and Gonzaga at 2:30 on the campus of Catholic University. The nationally ranked Wildcats, briefly highlighted in this recent piece, would make another statement by topping the Purple Eagles. In addition, two more SD-Denver games will take place and affect regional rankings one way or another.

Wednesday, April 8th
Lincoln-Sudbury (Mass.) 13, Foothill (Calif.) 11
Brunswick (Conn.) 14, Taft (Conn.) 8
Chaminade (N.Y.) 14, Fairfield Prep (Conn.) 5
Westminster (Conn.) 10, Choate (Conn.) 4
Salisbury (Conn.) 7, Trinity-Pawling (N.Y.) 6
Lawrenceville (N.J.) 11, Deerfield (Mass.) 10 in OT
Brother Rice (Mich.) 11, Detroit Country Day (Mich.) 4
Ridgewood (N.J.) 13, Mountain Lakes (N.J.) 8
Westfield (N.J.) 14, Chatham (N.J.) 7

Compared to the rest of the week’s slate, Wednesday doesn’t have a great number of huge games that are important to follow with national rankings implications. Regardless of that, Deerfield-Lawrenceville, ‘Bury-TP and Taft-‘Wick are notable prep school matchups on a yearly basis, while Westminster-Choate will be a must win for the Martlets if they want to solidify their argument for a Top 25 ranking. Coming off of their one-goal victory over Deerfield on Saturday, Westy will have to deal with the Wild Boars’ zone schemes. Up north, Orange County program Foothill-Santa Ana (currently No. 2 in the Western rankings) begins their east coast trip at Lincoln-Sudbury High.

Tuesday, April 7th
St. Ignatius Prep (Calif.) 10, Landon (Md.) 8
Mountain Vista (Colo.) 15, La Costa Canyon (Calif.) 2
Calvert Hall (Md.) 15, Boys’ Latin (Md.) 14
McDonogh (Md.) 9, St. Paul’s (Md.) 6
Gonzaga (D.C.) 16, Bullis (Md.) 11
Loyola Blakefield (Md.) 14, Gilman (Md.) 10
Manhasset (N.Y.) 18, John Jay (N.Y.) 8
West Genesee (N.Y.) 8, Fayetteville-Manlius (N.Y.) 4
Brophy Prep (Ariz.) 13, Coppell (Tex.) 12
Haverford (Pa.) 12, Episcopal Academy (Pa.) 5
Bronxville (N.Y.) 6, Garden City (N.Y.) 3
Issaquah (Wash.) 10, Desert Vista (Ariz.) 9

In March, plenty of intriguing non-conference results gave a good idea of who’s hot and who’s not, preparing programs for the meat of their respective schedules. Now that league play has fully arrived in places like Philly, DC and Baltimore, the games on Tuesday (as well as the weekend) will give a better idea of how conferences might end up shaking out. Opening day in the MIAA will be telling, as will EA-Haverford (a historic rivalry) on the Main Line. Elsewhere, San Francisco area power St. Ignatius Prep, a top 25 team, will head to the white rocks to try and knock off No. 2 Landon in the Bears’ preparation for their huge bout with archrival Georgetown Prep on Friday. A matchup between two of the better teams in Denver and San Diego, respectively, Mountain Vista has a big out of state battle with La Costa Canyon. In New York, Bronxville-Garden City looks to be key for both squads – a Bronco win would almost certainly catapult them into Wednesday’s Top 25 rankings and provide Tim Horgan’s squad with a signature win against one of the state’s more tradition-rich programs.

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