The past week hasn’t been as turbulent as the others before it, though there were still some significant changes towards the top. Haverford and Massapequa both held onto the top two spots, passing tests from local rivals, while Canada’s Hill Academy slides into the No. 3 position. Perhaps the biggest story of the spring so far, Hun School (N.J.) rises from No. 12 to No. 4, further proving themselves with a blowout win over Episcopal Academy this weekend. Georgetown Prep rounds out the top five.
A pair of upsets shake things up, most notably a St. Mary’s (Md.) win over Loyola Blakefield on Wednesday. The Dons were slated to jump into the 5th spot before postponements delayed games in the MIAA and moved the release of these rankings a day later. Instead, they check in at No. 9. Right behind them is Landon (Md.), who fell in 4OT’s to St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes (Va.), entering the rankings this week at No. 12.
1. Haverford (Pa.), 18-0
I’ll admit that, despite the overwhelming amount of talent at Haverford’s disposal, I would have guessed that the Fords would have a loss by now due to their unbelievably challenging schedule. Their undefeated record speaks volumes about the senior leadership and the staff’s ability to keep the team focused. On Friday, they clinched their fourth one-goal victory of the season, finishing out a 7-6 decision over rival Episcopal Academy thanks to a fantastic 17-save performance from Penn-bound junior Alex DeMarco. The following day, it was a 16-5 romp over Lawrenceville (N.J.) at the Katie Samson Festival. with ten Fords finding the net. On Tuesday, Forry Smith and Dox Aitken notched hat tricks in a 10-6 league win over Penn Charter, followed by a 12-7 win on Wednesday. In the next week, they’ll have games with Germantown Academy, St. Joe’s Prep and Springside Chestnut Hill.
2. Massapequa (N.Y.), 13-0
Passing their biggest test of the season, the Chiefs prevailed in a physical and intense road bout with Top 10 opponent and county rival Syosset, winning 7-6 in OT after Ryan Tierney’s game-winning blast. They’re now on a 29-game winning streak and will likely play Syosset, who led 5-3 at one point, down the road in the playoffs. On Wednesday, standouts Griffin Barnathan (Air Force), Carter Hawthorne (Wesleyan) and Justin Lynskey (Holy Cross) combined for nine points in a 11-6 win over Farmingdale. They’ll host East Meadow on Friday.
3. Hill Academy (Ont.), 9-1
The Pride headed down to the Mid-Atlantic for a pair of games and returned home with a pair of wins. In Wilmington, Hill Academy trailed Salesianum (Del.) 5-4 at half but took advantage of several extra man opportunities in the second half to come out with an 11-5 victory over the Sallies. Against Radnor (Pa.) two days later, they engaged in a game that was closer than the 14-9 score may indicate, helped by another excellent performance from Hopkins-bound postgrad Kyle Marr. With head coach Brodie Merrill returning to the sidelines (his wife recently gave birth), Hill will head to Newport (R.I.) for a game against Navy Prep. They won’t be penalized for a loss to NAPS due to the fact that the roster is entirely PG’s.
4. Hun School (N.J.), 12-0
The Raiders’ meteoric rise to national prominence this year has been well documented. Loaded with PG’s on the attack, the offense is averaging 16 goals per game. I had the pleasure of watching Hun live on Saturday as they cruised to an 18-7 win over ranked Episcopal Academy (Pa.) after going up 10-4 at the half. Chris Aslanian (Hobart) registered eight points with six goals from Chris Donovan (Georgetown), who also put up 10 points in Monday’s 15-10 win over Bergen Catholic. Junior keeper Jon Levine (Princeton) made 20 saves in the victory. On Wednesday, The Hun squeaked out a 12-10 win over Montgomery (N.J.) to keep their undefeated record. Raiders have home games with in-state opponents Shawnee and Peddie in the next week.
5. Georgetown Prep (Md.), 10-2
Even though the Little Hoyas fell to archrival Landon earlier this month (in the second OT), Prep is the DC area’s top team in the national rankings this week, though it will all play out in the postseason. On Friday, Prep completed their best week of the season, posting a 12-8 road win over a great Bullis squad. On Tuesday, they headed down to southern Maryland and went up 5-2 on Calverton (Md.) at the half, escaping 10-9. Friday marks a test with surging St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes (Va.), followed by their season finale against St. Albans.
6. Darien (Conn.), 7-0
It’s now 30 consecutive wins for Jeff Brameier’s Blue Wave, moving up four spots this week from No. 10. Their 10-9 win over Ridgefield didn’t come easily, as Darien wore the Tigers down at the face-off X and their depth, coming back from a four-goal deficit. Sophomore Riley Stewart (Brown) paced the Blue Wave with a hat trick while Ryan Cornell made nine saves, including a pair of big stops in the final minute. Darien then blew out Fairfield-Warde 19-5 on Monday leading up to Thursday’s annual much-anticipated matchup with Hudson Valley (N.Y.) powerhouse Yorktown. They’ll also visit Wilton on Saturday and host St. Joseph-Trumbull on Tuesday.
7. St. Ignatius Prep (Calif.), 14-1
It might be likely that other teams pass the Wildcats as playoffs finish up this month and resumes are solidified, but their this season can’t be ignored, even if their amount of quality wins may not stack up with East Coast programs. Wednesday’s 18-3 domination of Bellarmine Prep was impressive, showing just how much they’re ahead of the pack in NorCal. Trinity-bound scorer Ben Knaus contributed six goals to their 9-2 halftime lead before Chris Packard opened up the bench and rode out the win. Up next is Serra-San Mateo (Calif.) next week – the Wildcats should eventually cruise to a CIF-WCAL title.
8. Syosset (N.Y.), 12-1
The Braves only fall a spot after an overtime loss to Massapequa. In an incredibly physical and intense game, the Braves took a 5-3 lead late in the third quarter, using excellent play from Yale-bound junior Lucas Cotler (2g, 2a) and their other offensive weapons. They ended up with a 7-6 loss in OT but will almost certainly see ‘Pequa down the line for a shot at revenge. On Wednesday, Syosset rebounded with an 18-5 win over Oceanside thanks to nine points from senior Hopkins signee Alex Concannon. Approaching the end of the regular season, the Braves will play at sub-.500 Freeport on Friday.
9. Loyola Blakefield (Md.), 9-2
Unranked in the preseason, the Dons were rolling since their 14-9 loss to Haverford on March 24th, however that was up until Wednesday’s 14-10 loss to St. Mary’s (Md.) in Annapolis. Lifted by their three-headed monster of Alex Roesner (Penn), Ryan Conrad (Virginia) and Cole Williams (Hopkins), Loyola picked up their biggest win of the year on Saturday afternoon, topping then-No. 8 McDonogh, 13-8. Calling such a well-coached and tradition-rich program a surprise would be somewhat offensive, but the Dons have the advantage for a top seed and a bye, though the loss to an unpredictable SM squad was a tough setback. Friday’s pivotal game with Boys’ Latin will have everybody’s attention and will help solidify the playoff situation.
10. Landon (Md.), 16-2
The Bears suffered their first loss against Mid-Atlantic competition on Friday, dropping a 6-5 decision in the fourth overtime to IAC rival St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes. Despite gaining a distinct possession advantage through winning all but one face-off, Landon couldn’t solve SSSA keeper Sam Jones, who had a huge day to give the Saints a sizable upset. On Saturday, the Bears rebounded with a 9-3 win over the Heights to provide Rob Bordley with his 600th win. Landon also topped Winston Churchill 15-8 behind seven points from freshman sensation Joey Epstein. They’ll host St. Albans (D.C.) on Friday.
11. Gonzaga (D.C.), 14-3
Last Week: Beat St. Mary’s Ryken (Md.) 12-5, DeMatha (Md.) 14-8
Next Week: 5/1 at St. John’s (D.C.)
12. St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes (Va.), 14-2
Last Week: Beat Landon (Md.) 6-5 in 4OT, Woodberry Forest (Va.) 9-3
This Week: 5/1 at Georgetown Prep (Md.), 5/5 vs. Bullis (Md.)
13. Brunswick (Conn.), 9-2
Last Week: Beat Lawrenceville (N.J.) 18-8, Malvern Prep (Pa.) 15-9, Choate (Conn.) 9-4
Next Week: 5/2 at Westminster (Conn.), 5/6 at Avon Old Farms (Conn.)
14. Northport (N.Y.), 11-1
Last Week: Beat Ward Melville (N.Y.) 7-6, Sachem North (N.Y.) 13-8, Middel Country (N.Y.) 17-4
This Week: 5/1 vs. Connetquot (N.Y.), 5/4 vs. Whitman (N.Y.)
15. Boys’ Latin (Md.), 13-3
Last Week: Beat Mt. St. Joe (Md.) 18-10, Spalding (Md.) 16-6
This Week: 5/1 vs. Loyola Blakefield (Md.), 5/5 at St. Paul’s (Md.)
16. McDonogh (Md.), 11-4
Last Week: Lost to Loyola Blakefield (Md.) 13-8, beat Mt. St. Joe (Md.) 12-9
This Week: 5/1 at Calvert Hall (Md.), 5/5 vs. Gilman (Md.)
17. Smithtown East (N.Y.), 11-1
Last Week: Beat Half Hollow Hills East (N.Y.) 18-10, Bronxville (N.Y.) 20-11, Smithtown West (N.Y.) 14-7
This Week: 5/1 vs. West Islip (N.Y.)
18. Ward Melville (N.Y.), 10-2
Last Week: lost to Northport (N.Y.) 7-6, beat Longwood (N.Y.) 18-1, Chaminade (N.Y.) 7-5, Brentwood (N.Y.) 19-0
This Week: 5/1 at Patchogue-Medford (N.Y.), 5/4 vs. Ridgefield (Conn.)
19. Chaminade (N.Y.), 10-2
Last Week: Beat St. Dominic’s (N.Y.) 12-2, Yorktown (N.Y.) 10-5, lost to Ward Melville (N.Y.) 7-5
This Week: 4/30 at Holy Trinity (N.Y.), 5/2 vs. Greenwich (Conn.)
20. St. Augustine Prep (N.J.), 10-2
Last Week: Beat Lenape (N.J.), St. Peter’s Prep (N.J.) 12-5, Haddonfield Memorial (N.J.) 11-0, Lawrenceville (N.J.) 9-8
This Week: 5/1 at Pingry (N.J.), 5/5 vs. Moorestown (N.J.)
21. St. Anthony’s (N.Y.), 7-3
Last Week: Beat Fordham Prep (N.Y.) 12-2, Kellenberg Memorial (N.Y.) 10-2
This Week: 4/30 at Iona Prep (N.Y.), 5/2 at Brookfield (Conn.)
22. Salisbury (Conn.), 7-1
Last Week: Beat Millbrook (N.Y.) 14-5, Hotchkiss (Conn.) 14-11, Northfield-Mt. Hermon (Mass.) 18-2
This Week: 5/2 vs. Kent (Conn.)
23. Cherry Creek (Colo.), 13-1
Last Week: Beat Arapahoe (Colo.) 9-6, Mullen (Colo.) 15-5, Grandview (Colo.) 20-10
This Week: 5/2 vs. Kent Denver (Colo.)
24. Culver (Ind.), 11-4
Last Week: Beat Brother Rice (Mich.) 13-5, Detroit Jesuit (Mich.) 26-7
This Week: 5/1 vs. St. Xavier (Oh.)
25. Pittsford (N.Y.), 12-0
Last Week: Beat Orchard Park (N.Y.) 13-4, Corning (N.Y.) 8-6, Irondequoit (N.Y.) 13-1
This Week: 4/30 at Hilton (N.Y.), 5/5 vs. Penfield (N.Y.)