One of the more difficult Top 25s that I’ve done was made extra tricky on Tuesday evening as reports came in that the St. Ignatius Prep (Calif.) Wildcats had shocked Landon (Md.), 10-8. The win speaks volumes about how far the sport has come in the last decade, putting a Northern California team in the top five amongst East Coast powers. Haverford still holds down the top spot with McDonogh (Md.) and Massapequa (N.Y.) not too far behind.
For the time being, St. Ignatius holds down the No. 4 spot just one spot ahead of Landon and Gonzaga, who faced off in a phenomenal game last week. Unless they’re able to defeat Gonzaga on Thursday afternoon, St. Ignatius’ ranking might fluctuate as more results on the East Coast begin to come in. Up in New England, Westminster (Conn.) pulled off a huge one-goal victory over Deerfield (Mass.), providing even more parity in the league. Games over the next week will sort things out further.
1. Haverford (Pa.), 8-0
Parity has been all over the place in the high school lacrosse landscape. However, Haverford piling up marquee wins has been a constant. On Thursday, IMG Academy (Fla.) came to town, having just defeated former No. 2 McDonogh. Trailing 9-8 after three quarters, the Fords won 11-10 behind Grant Ament’s game-winning goal with 12 seconds left, following that up by overpowering nationally ranked St. Anthony’s (N.Y.) 11-5 on Saturday. A few days later, Haverford was back at it at home showing that their offense is as hard as anybody’s, dismantling archrival Episcopal Academy (Pa.), 12-5. Thursday’s game against Penn Charter (Pa.) will be a breeze. Saturday’s hosting of No. 13 Brunswick (Conn.) at the Checking for Cancer Invitational is likely their most daunting test remaining.
2. McDonogh (Md.), 7-2
The Eagles hop right back into the No. 2 spot due to Landon’s loss and an impressive list of high quality wins in March. After brushing aside Penn Charter 8-1 late last week, McDonogh prevailed 9-6 in their MIAA opener against No. St. Paul’s, using two goals each from Jackson Morrill (Yale), Barrett Sutley (Penn State), Robert Clark (Georgetown) and Robby Black (Penn State). They’ll play Boys’ Latin on Friday to try and knock off the Lakers for the first time since the 2011 season, followed by a trip to Severn School on Tuesday.
3. Massapequa (N.Y.), 6-0
The Chiefs leapfrog Smithtown East to become Long Island’s top-ranked team after reeling off a pair of wins last week. Hofstra-bound junior Ryan Tierney kept up his hot streak with four goals and an assist while Tom Kempton got his season debut in cage (on his birthday) and stopped 19 of the Trojans’ shots in a 6-3 win. On Tuesday, they received a hat trick from junior midfielder Casey Kimmel (Towson) in a 11-8 win over Baldwin. The Chiefs will host Wantagh (N.Y.) and Kellenberg Memorial (N.Y.) this week.
4. St. Ignatius Prep (Calif.), 9-0
The Wildcats made a massive statement for lacrosse in the state of California by upsetting former No. 2 Landon, 10-8. Down by two in the second half, SI scored three goals in the final two minutes via Fairfield-bound pair Tommy Fleming and Peter Alimam as well as senior captain Matt Klein. For now, the Wildcats go from 24th to 4th, though they’ll face Gonzaga (D.C.) on Thursday to attempt for a second important win over another one of the East Coast’s best programs.
5. Landon (Md.), 11-1
Though the Bears put together their best win of the year by beating crosstown rival Gonzaga (D.C.) in an exciting 7-6 win, they weren’t able to keep the momentum rolling on Tuesday. Up 4-3 at half, the Bears struggled without the play of three starters and were unable to match the athleticism of St. Ignatius, going down 10-8 for their first loss of the year. Sandwiched between those two games was a 9-4 decision over San Diego program Coronado. They’ll need to put the surprising loss behind them and get ready to host Georgetown Prep in one of the nation’s best rivalry games of the spring.
6. Gonzaga (D.C.), 9-2
Casey O’Neill’s Eagles put up quite a fight against Landon but couldn’t pull it out in the final minutes, falling 7-6. On Tuesday evening, they were able to limit Bullis’ talented offense as much as possible, ultimately winning 16-11. Reliable senior attackman Timmy Monahan paved the way with six goals and two assists in the win. Gonzaga will face St. Ignatius in a huge game that will be played early Thursday afternoon on the campus of Catholic University. They also have a showdown with formidable league opponent Paul VI (Va.) next Tuesday.
7. Smithtown East (N.Y.), 4-0
The only reason that the Bulls drop two spots is to make room for a handful of other teams after a wild week. Behind nearly 60 points between attackmen Dan Rooney (Ohio State) and Brian Willetts (Notre Dame), they’re averaging 18.75 goals per game albeit against inferior competition, spanking West Babylon 22-3 on Wednesday. On Friday, Smithtown East has Whitman (N.Y.) – a team that is rock solid at the face-off X and in goal – and on short rest, a huge home contest against No. 22 Greenwich (Conn.) the next day.
8. Hill Academy (Ont.), 4-1
Last Week: Idle
Next Game: 4/12 vs. Detroit Country Day (Mich.)
9. Syosset (N.Y.), 7-0
The Braves had a light week, crushing lowly Plainview-JFK (N.Y.) 18-4 behind eight combined points from offensive stalwarts Alex Concannon and Mac O’Keefe, headed to Hopkins and Penn State, respectively. Their scheduled neutral site match with Maryland’s Good Counsel didn’t take place, so Syo won’t have a game until the 15th. Untested between now and April 25th, it will be hard for the Braves not to look ahead to Massapequa.
10. Darien (Conn.), 0-0
How They’ll Start: 4/8 vs. Westhill (Conn.), 4/11 at Niskayuna (N.Y.)
11. Westminster (Conn.), 2-0
Last Week: Beat Williston Northampton (Mass.) 8-4, Deerfield (Mass.) 8-7
This Week: 4/8 vs. Choate (Conn.), 4/11 vs. Taft (Conn.)
12. Deerfield (Mass.), 2-1
Last Week: Beat Berkshire (Mass.) 14-5, lost to Westminster (Conn.) 8-7
This Week: 4/8 vs. Lawrenceville (N.J.), 4/11 vs. Choate (Conn.)
13. Brunswick (Conn.), 3-1
Last Week: Beat Loomis Chaffee (Conn.) 9-3
This Week: 4/8 vs. Taft (Conn.), 4/11 at Haverford (Pa.)
14. Episcopal Academy (Pa.), 5-2
Last Week: Beat St. Anthony’s (N.Y.) 11-10, lost to Haverford (Pa.) 12-5
This Week: 4/10 vs. Germantown Academy (Pa.), 4/11 vs. St. Augustine Prep (N.J.), 4/14 at Springside Chestnut Hill (Pa.)
15. Delbarton (N.J.), 4-0
Last Week: Beat Mendham (N.J.) 14-5
This Week: 4/8 at Seton Hall Prep (N.J.), 4/11 at St. Anthony’s (N.Y.)
16. Calvert Hall (Md.), 8-1
Last Week: Beat Boys’ Latin (Md.) 15-14
This Week: 4/10 vs. St. Mary’s (Md.), 4/14 at Spalding (Md.)
17. Georgetown Prep (Md.), 6-1
Last Week: Beat Paul VI (Va.) 8-7
This Week: 4/10 at Landon (Md.), 4/13 at The Heights (Md.)
18. Boys’ Latin (Md.), 8-2
Last Week: Beat South River (Md.) 14-6, lost to Calvert Hall (Md.) 15-14
This Week: 4/10 vs. McDonogh (Md.), 4/14 at Gilman (Md.)
19. Chaminade (N.Y.), 3-1
Last Week: Beat St. John The Baptist (N.Y.) 12-6
This Week: 4/8 vs. Fairfield Prep (Conn.), 4/11 vs. Manhasset (N.Y.)
20. Bronxville (N.Y.), 3-0
Last Week: Beat Garden City (N.Y.) 6-3
This Week: 4/9 at Sleepy Hollow (N.Y.), 4/11 vs. Salesianum (Del.)
21. Culver (Ind.), 5-3
Last Week: Beat Glenbrook North (Ill.) 15-3
This Week: 4/10 vs. St. Xavier (Oh.), 4/11 vs. Archbishop Moeller (Oh.)
22. Greenwich (Conn.), 0-0
How They’ll Start: April 9 vs. Trumbull (Conn.) April 11 at Smithtown East (N.Y.)
23. Ward Melville (N.Y.), 3-0
Last Week: Beat Sachem North (N.Y.) 16-7, Middle Country (N.Y.) 15-3
This Week: 4/10 vs. Connetquot (N.Y.), 4/11 at Yorktown (N.Y.)
24. Yorktown (N.Y.), 5-0
Last Week: Beat Somers (N.Y.) 12-5
This Week: 4/9 vs. Brewster (N.Y.), 4/11 vs. Wad Melville (N.Y.)
25. Salisbury (Conn.), 1-1
Last Week: Beat Berkshire (Mass.) 10-8
This Week: 4/8 Trinity-Pawling (N.Y.), 4/15 at Westminster (Conn.)