Putting together national rankings gets to be pretty difficult. It’s not like a Division I poll where most of the top teams all play each other and things become straightforward in a certain point. At the high school level, there are tons of loaded teams, some playing daunting schedules and others perhaps not. Parity is everywhere. Resources are sometimes limited but plenty of games get watched whether it’s in person or via film or live streams. Résumés are weighed on a weekly basis in an attempt to get the clearest picture of where teams from several different states stack up nationally.
10 of the 25 teams ranked last week suffered losses, making for another interesting Wednesday morning full of decisions and shuffling. Ontario’s Hill Academy and Georgetown Prep both enter the top five with Loyola Blakefield (Md.) and Northport (N.Y.) making their first entries into this year’s rankings at No. 14 and No. 16, respectively. Since five teams ranked 19-25 dropped games in the last few days, Cherry Creek (Colo.) and Pittsford (N.Y.) also enter.
Catch up on all of the scores and previews from the biggest games between now and Saturday in this piece, which will be updated nightly as results come in. From Monday, read a rundown of huge wins by Northport, Landon and Taft (Conn.), as well as video and a scoreboard from other games.
1. Haverford (Pa.), 14-0
The Fords’ continued perfection is remarkable. The offense is sharing the ball and the defense has been lights out, boosted by Penn-bound cover man Noah Lejman. In home games against Upper Dublin and Springside Chestnut Hill, Haverford won a combined 28-13. On Tuesday, they kept the momentum rolling against a Malvern Prep team that beat them all three times last season. A pair of Hopkins commits, Forry Smith and Drew Supinski, had more success to lead the Fords to a dominant 15-5 win over the Friars. This week, they’ll hit the road for games against Episcopal Academy, Lawrenceville and Penn Charter.
2. Massapequa (N.Y.), 11-0
All but three of Pequa’s wins this year have been by 8+ goals this year, which speaks to how imposing this team is. Sandwiched between two blowouts against inferior competition, the Chiefs made yet another statement on Friday afternoon, handing Port Washington a 16-6 defeat after going up 8-3 at the half. Justin Lynskey, a Holy Cross commit, kept his big junior campaign rolling with four goals in the win, while Tommy Kempton corralled 12 saves in cage. They’ll now turn their attention to Syosset in what should be a stellar game between top teams on Friday afternoon, set to be broadcasted live by MSGVarsity.com at 4:45.
3. Landon (Md.), 14-1
In a physical and emotion-filled game under the Friday night lights at Bullis (Md.), Landon overcame an obstacle with time winding down when their own assistant coach was called for an illegal stick. The Bears killed off a three-minute non-releasable, escaping with a 7-6 victory. On Tuesday, they went down to play Virginia public power Robinson, receiving five goals by Colton Rupp and winning 9-3. Friday’s hosting of St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes (Va.) would be coach Rob Bordley’s 600th win. The Bears will host The Heights School on Saturday before visiting Churchill (Md.) on Tuesday, playing the state’s all-time leader in points, Maryland signee Louis Dubick.
4. Hill Academy (Ont.), 7-1
Taking three weeks off from competition up until the 12th, the Pride headed to Michigan for tests in back-to-back days. On Friday, they dismantled Brother Rice (Mich.) to hand the Warriors their first loss. A day later, another message was sent against a team full of Canadian scorers, beating Culver (Ind.) in a 13-6 romp. Offensive weapons like Hopkins-bound pair Jake Fox and Kyle Marr and Cornell commits Clarke Peterson and Jeff Teat have proven to be daunting to match up with in a system that utilizes their talents so well. This week, Hill’s off to the Philly region for a few days, playing Salesianum (Del.) on Thursday and participating in Saturday’s Katie Samson Festival against host Radnor High School.
5. Georgetown Prep (Md.), 8-2
The Little Hoyas bolt all the way up from the No. 17 spot after their biggest win to date, a 7-4 home decision over former No. 4 Gonzaga (D.C.) on Tuesday afternoon. With an outstanding defensive gameplan and execution, strong face-off play and the attack stepping up, Prep picked up a win that means a lot for their bragging rights and overall confidence. Earlier in the week, they notched a 15-6 win over IAC opponent Episcopal. Friday’s game against Bullis is crucial, followed by Tuesday’s trip to Calverton in Southern Maryland.
6. St. Ignatius Prep (Calif.), 12-1
Prepped by their East Coast trip in which they achieved a monstrous upset win over Landon, the Wildcats returned home to California to reel off three consecutive wins. After a 16-1 drubbing of Lincoln (Ore.), SI prevailed in a meeting with a 14-9 victory over Monte Vista (Calif.), a team coached by former Fairfield head coach Ted Spencer. On Tuesday, Chris Packard’s squad topped Marin Catholic (Calif.), 18-3. A light week is ahead, as they’ll host three-win Sacred Heart Cathedral (Calif.) on Wednesday.
7. Syosset (N.Y.), 11-0
Syosset’s 16-7 dominance over Northport in late March looks awfully good now after the Tigers topped Smithtown East on Saturday. Since then, however, John Calabria’s Braves haven’t seen the best competition out there, outscoring their opponents 82-18 in five games this month. This past week, they topped MacArthur (N.Y.) and Hicksville (N.Y.) 11-3 and 16-4, respectively. The Braves must be licking their chops for Friday’s game against No. 2 Massapequa, winners by at least seven goals in the last three times the county rivals have met.
8. McDonogh (Md.), 10-3
Despite their 11-8 loss to Boys’ Latin reflected in last week’s rankings, it’s still my belief that the Eagles are the top team in an unpredictable league that is totally up for grabs. Last week, McDonogh knocked off a formidable St. Mary’s team 9-6 for their third MIAA victory, then hopped on a bus on Tuesday to put up a 16-7 win at Spalding. Andy Hilgartner & Co. have a huge game at Loyola Blakefield on Saturday, one that will help playoff seeding for next month. Next Tuesday, they’ll host a Mt. St. Joe team that can’t be slept on.
9. Gonzaga (D.C.), 12-3
The Eagles have an excellent resume that includes marquee wins over top teams like Boys’ Latin, Hill Academy (OT), Culver, Bullis and St. Ignatius. Coming off of a 18-2 win against Fordham Prep (N.Y.) on Saturday, Gonzaga fell flat on the road at Georgetown Prep, struggling to get things going offensively in a 7-4 loss. For that, they drop five spots in this week’s rankings, though there’s a great chance that they’ll run the table from here on out. Games at WCAC opponents St. Mary’s Ryken (Md.) and DeMatha (Md.) are on the slate this week.
10. Darien (Conn.), 5-0
Starting the season just two weeks ago, Darien is on a 28-game winning streak. This past weekend, the Blue Wave took a 7-3 win over Manhasset (N.Y.) in the annual Battle of the Sound, receiving a four-goal outing from sophomore Loyola commit Kevin Lindley. They also cruised to a 13-5 win at Fairfield-Ludlowe (Conn.) on Tuesday, preparing for Thursday’s anticipated matchup with nearby Ridgefield. Darien will then have Fairfield-Warde (Conn.) on Monday.
11. Chaminade (N.Y.), 7-1
Last Week: Beat St. Anthony’s (N.Y.) 11-10, Kellenberg Memorial (N.Y.) 15-2
This Week: 4/23 vs. St. Dominic’s (N.Y.), 4/25 at Yorktown (N.Y.), 4/28 at Ward Melville (N.Y.)
12. Hun School (N.J.), 8-0
Last Week: Beat St. Augustine Prep (N.J.) 9-7
This Week: 4/23 vs. Peddie (N.J.), 4/25 vs. Episcopal Academy (Pa.), 4/27 vs. Bergen Catholic (N.J.)
13. Brunswick (Conn.), 6-2
Last Week: Beat New Canaan (Conn.) 9-7, Hotchkiss (Conn.) 13-5
This Week: 4/22 vs. Lawrenceville (N.J.), 4/25 vs. Malvern Prep (Pa.)
14. Loyola Blakefield (Md.), 8-1
Last Week: Beat Spalding (Md.) 10-5, St. Paul’s (Md.) 11-9
This Week: 4/25 vs. McDonogh (Md.), 4/28 at St. Mary’s (Md.)
15. Boys’ Latin (Md.), 11-3
Last Week: Beat Severn (Md.) 19-8, lost to St. Mary’s (Md.) 12-10
This Week: 4/24 at Mt. St. Joe (Md.), 4/28 vs. Spalding (Md.)
16. Northport (N.Y.), 8-1
Last Week: Beat Sachem East (N.Y.) 9-8 OT, Smithtown East (N.Y.) 16-10
This Week: 4/22 at Ward Melville (N.Y.), 4/25 vs. Sachem North (N.Y.)
17. Smithtown East (N.Y.), 8-1
Last Week: Lost to Northport (N.Y.) 16-10, beat Copiague (N.Y.) 22-2
This Week: 4/22 vs. Half Hollow Hills East (N.Y.), 4/25 vs. Bronxville (N.Y.)
18. St. Augustine (N.J.), 6-2
Last Week: Lost to Hun (N.J.) 9-7, Beat Rumson-Fair Haven (N.J.) 12-1
This Week: 4/24 vs. Lenape (N.J.), 4/25 at St. Peter’s Prep (N.J.), 4/27 at Haddonfield Memorial (N.J.)
19. Episcopal Academy (Pa.), 9-3
Last Week: Beat Malvern Prep (Pa.) 11-8, Penn Charter (Pa.) 10-3
This Week: 4/24 vs. Haverford (Pa.), 4/25 vs. Hun School (N.J.), 4/28 at Germantown Academy (Pa.)
20. St. Anthony’s (N.Y.), 5-3
Last Week: Lost to Chaminade (N.Y.) 11-10, beat Niskayuna (N.Y.) 8-6, St. John The Baptist (N.Y.) 16-4
This Week: 4/23 vs. Fordham Prep (N.Y.), 4/25 vs. Wilton (Conn.), 4/28 vs. Kellenberg Memorial (N.Y.)
21. Salisbury (Conn.), 4-1
Last Week: Beat Westminster (Conn.) 10-7, Loomis Chaffee (Conn.) 11-9
This Week: 4/22 vs. Millbrook (N.Y.), 4/25 vs. Hotchkiss (Conn.)
22. Ward Melville (N.Y.), 7-1
Last Week: Beat Bay Shore (N.Y.) 14-2, West Islip (N.Y.) 10-7
This Week: 4/22 vs. Northport (N.Y.), 4/24 at Longwood (N.Y.), 4/28 vs. Chaminade (N.Y.)
23. Cherry Creek (Colo.), 10-1
Last Week: Beat Eaglecrest (Colo.) 16-4, Regis Jesuit (Colo.) 8-4
This Week: 4/22 at Arapahoe (Colo.), 4/24 vs. Mullen (Colo.)
24. Culver (Ind.), 9-4
Last Week: Beat Christian Brothers (Tenn.) 13-2, Bishop Timon St. Jude (N.Y.) 15-0, lost to Hill Academy (Ont.) 13-6
This Week: 4/24 vs. Brother Rice (Mich.), 4/25 vs. Detroit Jesuit (Mich.)
25. Pittsford (N.Y.), 9-0
Last Week: Beat St. Joseph (N.Y.) 7-0, Marcellus (N.Y.) 14-7, Fairport (N.Y.) 14-6
This Week: 4/23 at Orchard Park (N.Y.), 4/25 vs. Corning (N.Y.), 4/28 vs. Irondequoit (N.Y.)