After a wild first few days of April turned the rankings upside down, things have been sorted out slightly to bring order to the top 10. At their own Checking for Cancer Invitational, top-ranked Haverford held off an incredibly talented team from Connecticut’s Brunswick School on Saturday, a game a lot of people had circled on their calendars in the preseason. A result of some outcomes in Maryland, Massapequa (N.Y.) takes over the No. 2 spot, followed by Landon (Md.), Gonzaga (D.C.) and Smithtown East (N.Y.), as all just reeled off big wins in the past week.
St. Ignatius (Calif.) falls a few spots to No. 6, while Boys’ Latin jumps into the top 10. In the MIAA, things have been all over the place in a parity-laden first three games of conference play. Non-conference wins will be weighed heavily as more results come in throughout Baltimore and Annapolis. Elsewhere, St. Augustine (N.J.) and Hun School (N.J.) join the rankings and will battle it out on Thursday afternoon. For reference, check out last week’s Top 25 rankings.
1. Haverford (Pa.), 11-0
Another week, another Top 25 win. Despite being held to their lowest goal output of the season two games in a row, the Fords are rolling. Having knocked off Inter-Ac opponent Penn Charter (Pa.) 8-3 last Thursday, Haverford hosted mighty Brunswick School (Conn.) in what may have been their stiffest test on paper. Leading 4-3 at half and 7-7 with less than two minutes to go, Grant Ament fed Forry Smith for the game-winning tally with just 42 seconds left. On Tuesday, their hands were a bit less full with Germantown Academy (Pa.), going up 11-1 thanks to Ament and Smith’s 14 combined points at half, eventually cruising to a 16-4 win. The Fords will play undefeated Upper Dublin on Wednesday, Springside Chestnut Hill Academy on Friday and then head to rival Malvern Prep next Tuesday for what’s always a hard fought game.
2. Massapequa (N.Y.), 8-0
Continuing to assert their dominance within the confines of Nassau County, the Chiefs move up to the No. 2 spot, having put up over 15 goals in all but two games so far this spring. Late last week, 13 different players registered a point (four standouts combined for 19) in a 16-8 win over Wantagh, usually one of the county’s better teams. On Monday, they went up 12-1 at half on Kellenberg Memorial en route to a 18-8 victory. They’ll head to Plainview-JFK on Wednesday before a big one with Port Washington on Friday. The face-off matchup between Joey Froccaro and Phil Brady will be an excellent game within the game.
3. Landon (Md.), 12-1
The Bears have rebounded since their narrow 10-8 loss to St. Ignatius (Calif.) last week, sitting two positions above Wildcats due to a stronger overall resume. Landon played archrival Georgetown Prep on Monday, rolling to a 4-0 lead before allowing a comeback that the Bears eventually ended in double OT off Griffin Brown’s finish. I was down Bethesda for the game and wrote the game up at this link. Landon’s road won’t get any easier on Friday, as they’ll visit Bullis (9-2), a secondary rival for the Bears. A game at Robinson (Va.) on Tuesday will follow.
4. Gonzaga (D.C.), 11-2
Since falling to Landon on April 2nd, the Eagles have registered three big wins. Last Thursday, they went up 10-3 on California powerhouse St. Ignatius behind Maryland-bound shooter Timmy Monahan’s give goals, pulling out a great 12-9 victory. On Tuesday, the offense continued to thrive, scoring at will en route to a 13-7 decision over Paul VI (Va.), Gonzaga’s top competition in the WCAC this season. They’ll face Fordham Prep on Saturday at Lehigh, head coach Casey O’Neill’s alma mater, before another test at Georgetown Prep on Tuesday.
5. Smithtown East (N.Y.), 7-0
Experiencing their biggest challenge of the year, the Bulls played host to defending Connecticut state champ Greenwich. With Brian Willetts scoring three of the game’s first four goals, East only trailed once (for less than half a minute) the entire game on their way to a 9-7 win. Gerard Arceri, one of the nation’s best FOGOs, dominated draws and chipped in two goals. The previous day, the Bulls topped league opponent Whitman, 12-7. Up next is a Saturday game at a gritty Northport program, which will feature Arceri going up Maryland-bound Austin Henningsen. Running the table – at least through the regular season – is largely in play for Jason Lambert’s program.
6. St. Ignatius Prep (Calif.), 9-1
In their win over Landon last week, the Wildcats might have made as big of a statement as a non-hotbed has ever made. It showed just how much the West Coast is catching up (at least its more established high school programs) to the traditional powers, shooting St. Ignatius all the way to as high as No. 3 in the national rankings. Against Gonzaga however, the Wildcats found themselves in a 10-3 hole, continuing to fight and come back in the second half, falling 12-9 to end their trip to the capital region. They’ll host Oregon’s Lincoln HS (Peter Baum’s alma mater) on Friday before matchups with in-state programs Monte Vista and Marin Catholic.
7. Hill Academy (Ont.), 5-1
Brodie Merrill’s Pride played their first in three weeks, traveling a few hours over the border to knock off Detroit Country Day (Mich.), 10-3. Part of a busy weekend, they’ll head right back to Michigan for a pivotal weekend for RR’s Midwest ranking considerations. On Saturday, they’ll start by facing off against Brother Rice on the Warriors’ home turf, followed by a Sunday matchup with Culver. The boys from Ontario have dropped three of their last five meetings with the Indiana-based Eagles.
8. Boys’ Latin (Md.), 10-2
The Lakers shoot up nine spots this week after a highly impressive 11-8 win over McDonogh, a game that can be watched in its entirety here. On Tuesday, the attack-driven BL squad went up the street to engage in another classic with Gilman, pulling out a 9-8 double overtime game when Patrick Spencer (Loyola) beat a shortstick from X and canned the game-winner. The Lakers host Severn on Friday before heading down to Naptown next week to play St. Mary’s, one of their stiffest tests during Boys’ Latin’s undefeated season in 2014.
9. McDonogh (Md.), 8-3
After a relatively surprising loss to Boys’ Latin, the Eagles fall several spots, one position below where they began the season. Against the Lakers, McDonogh trailed 4-2 after one, led 5-4 at half then tied BL at 8-8 after three before failing to score in the final quarter of their 11-8 loss. They rebounded in the Annapolis area on Tuesday against Severn (Md.) in a 16-10 decision, paced by yet another big showing on attack from Georgetown signee Robert Clark. McDonogh hosts St. Mary’s on Friday afternoon in what should be an excellent game.
10. Syosset (N.Y.), 8-0
Largely untested last week, John Calabria’s Braves whooped up both Plainview-JFK and Buffalo’s St. Joseph Collegiate by a score of 18-4 last week, opening up their bench for both contests. This week’s road contests at East Meadow, MacArthur, Hicksville shouldn’t be much of a problem, though they still can’t look too far ahead to their huge league matchup with No. 2 Massapequa on April 25th.
11. Darien (Conn.), 3-0
Last Week: Beat Westhill (Conn.) 21-0, Niskayuna (N.Y.), 11-5, Trinity Catholic (Conn.) 20-0
This Week: 4/18 at Manhasset (N.Y.), 4/21 at Fairfield-Warde (N.Y.)
12. Brunswick (Conn.), 4-2
Last Week: Beat Taft (Conn.) 14-8, lost to Haverford (Pa.) 8-7
This Week: 4/16 at New Canaan (Conn.), 4/18 at Hotchkiss (Conn.)
13. St. Augustine Prep (N.J.), 5-1
Last Week: Beat Shawnee (N.J.) 11-6, Episcopal Academy (Pa.) 8-6
This Week: 4/16 at Hun (N.J.), 4/20 vs. Rumson-Fair Haven (N.J.)
14. Episcopal Academy (Pa.), 7-3
Last Week: Beat Germantown Academy (Pa.) 12-7, lost to St. Augustine Prep (N.J.) 8-6, beat Springside Chestnut Hill (Pa.) 10-3
This Week: 4/17 vs. Malvern Prep (Pa.), April 21 at Penn Charter (Pa.)
15. St. Anthony’s (N.Y.), 3-2
Last Week: Beat Delbarton (N.J.) 13-3, St. Dominic’s (N.Y.) 17-4
This Week: 4/15 at Chaminade (N.Y.), 4/18 vs. Niskayuna (N.Y.), 4/21 at St. John The Baptist (N.Y.)
16. Chaminade (N.Y.), 5-1
Last Week: Beat Fairfield Prep (Conn.) 14-5, Manhasset (N.Y.) 8-4
This Week: 4/15 vs. St. Anthony’s (N.Y.), 4/21 at Kellenberg Memorial (N.Y.)
17. Georgetown Prep (Md.), 6-2
Last Week: Lost to Landon (Md.) 6-5 in 2OT
This Week: 4/17 vs. Episcopal (Va.), 4/21 vs. Gonzaga (D.C.)
18. Hun (N.J.), 7-0
Last Week: Beat Lawrenceville (N.J.) 18-9, West Windsor (N.J.) 21-4
This Week: 4/16 vs. St. Augustine (N.J.)
19. Westminster (Conn.), 3-1
Last Week: Beat Choate (Conn.) 10-4, lost to Taft (Conn.) 8-6
This Week: April 15 vs. Salisbury (Conn.), April 18 vs. Trinity-Pawling (N.Y.)
20. Deerfield (Mass.), 3-2
Last Week: Lost to Lawrenceville (N.J.) 11-10 OT, beat Choate (Conn.) 12-5
This Week: 4/15 vs. Trinity-Pawling (N.Y.), 4/18 at Taft (Conn.)
21. Culver (Ind.), 7-3
Last Week: Beat St. Xavier (Oh.) 17-3, Archbishop Moeller (Oh.) 17-3
This Week: 4/16 vs. Christian Brothers (Tenn.), 4/18 vs. Bishop Timon St. Jude (N.Y.), 4/19 vs. Hill Academy (Ont.)
22. Ward Melville (N.Y.), 5-1
Last Week: Lost to Connetquot (N.Y.) 10-9 in 2OT, beat Yorktown (N.Y.) 14-5, Lindenhurst (N.Y.) 18-5
This Week: 4/16 at Bay Shore (N.Y.), 4/18 vs. West Islip (N.Y.)
23. Greenwich (Conn.), 2-1
Last Week: Beat Trumbull (Conn.) 11-7, lost to Smithtown East (N.Y.) 9-7, beat Danbury (Conn.) 17-2
This Week: 4/16 at Westhill (Conn.), 4/18 at Bronxville (N.Y.), 4/21 vs. Ridgefield (Conn.)
24. Calvert Hall (Md.), 9-2
Last Week: Lost to St. Mary’s (Md.) 12-7, beat Spalding (Md.) 11-6
This Week: 4/17 vs. St. Paul’s (Md.), 4/21 vs. Mt. St. Joe (Md.)
25. Salisbury (Conn.), 2-1
Last Week: Beat Trinity-Pawling (N.Y.) 7-6
This Week: 4/15 at Westminster (Conn.), 4/18 at Loomis Chaffee (Conn.)