Recruiting Rundown National High School Power Rankings – Final Edition


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After a wildly entertaining season, the spring of 2015 is well in the books and the Top 25 high school rankings are completed. Pennsylvania’s Haverford School, who started the season in the No. 2 spot, finished undefeated and will take the inaugural Recruiting Rundown high school championship. Take a look at the 24 other teams’ résumés below.

1. Haverford (Pa.), 26-0
Result: Inter-Ac Challenge Champions
In Review: Schedules don’t get any harder than what John Nostrant and the Fords went through to finish the season undefeated for the second time since 2011. Carrying 22 seniors and extremely impressive depth, Haverford picked up six wins over Recruiting Rundown Top 25 teams in addition to six more against programs ranked at some point in the year. They averaged close to 13 goals per game, dynamic and unselfish offensively while steady as can be defensively, blessed with consistency (and often dominance) at the face-off X and in goal. In 2015, Haverford was as good as it gets.
’16 Outlook: It will be hard to replace the leadership aspect of a large senior class, especially Under Armour All-Americans at each position in Grant Ament, Drew Supinski and Noah Lejman. However, players like attackman Forry Smith (Hopkins), top-ranked midfielder Dox Aitken (UVA) and keeper Alex DeMarco (Penn) will be relied on to shoulder the load.

2. Landon (Md.), 20-2
Result: IAC Champions
In Review: The Bears exceeded overall expectations this past spring, racking up quality wins left and right, particularly a victory over Gonzaga and sweep of archrival Georgetown Prep to lock down their status as tops in D.C. Captains Hunter Sells (Johns Hopkins) and Colton Rupp (Cornell) helped guide Landon to the program’s 30th conference title, giving head coach Rob Bordley a total of 605 wins at the helm. The Bears’ only slip-ups came in an early April upset at the hands of California’s St. Ignatius Prep and a four-overtime loss to local foe St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes two weeks later.
’16 Outlook: The fact that the Bears have a tiny rising senior class makes their graduation losses sting even more. Attackmen Joey Epstein (Hopkins) and Nate Buller (Duke), midfielders Griffin Brown (Colgate) and Ryan Pride (UVA) and defenseman Andrew Fowler (Cornell) form a strong nucleus that will be helped by at least one notable transfer.

3. Gonzaga (D.C.), 18-3
Result: WCAC Champions
In Review: Beginning the season as the nation’s No. 1, the Eagles challenged themselves with a daunting non-conference slate, picking up some L’s along the way before ending with a sixth consecutive WCAC crown. Playing exclusively neutral site and road games, wins over Top 25 squads Boys’ Latin (Md.), Hill Academy (Ont.), Culver (Ind.) and St. Ignatius (Calif.) highlight their résumé. Washington Post POY Timmy Monahan, a dynamic senior attackman headed to Maryland, led an army of 16 Division I commits by notching 64 goals on the year.
’16 Outlook: Casey O’Neill & Co. will miss a crucial group of veteran leaders, though they’ll return the lion’s share of their starters and might be looked at as the top team in the DC/MD area on paper. Brown-bound attackman Luke McCaleb and midfielder Avery Myers (Michigan) broke out in 2015 and will be huge along with face-off and defensive units that stay intact.

4. Hill Academy (Ont.), 13-1
Result: NALI Champions
In Review: Testing themselves against many of the Mid-Atlantic’s best programs, Hill Academy put together arguably their most successful season in the young history of the program. They have plenty of wins to hang their hats on, including victories over MIAA champ St. Mary’s, Pennsylvania state champion Radnor, burgeoning national power IMG Academy and a pair over mighty Culver, with their only loss coming to Gonzaga (D.C.) in overtime. Seniors Jake Fox (Hopkins) and Clarke Peterson (Cornell) led an active, fast paced and lethal offense that averaged 14 goals per game.
’16 Outlook: In the past, it’s been difficult to get a good idea of what Hill has to offer until they come south in March. For starters, Cornell-bound lefty playmaker Jeff Teat is an excellent building block for, and there’s assuredly plenty of talent waiting in the wings.

5. Victor (N.Y.), 22-0
Result: New York Class ‘B’ Champions
In Review: Victor’s storybook undefeated state championship season is made all the more impressive by the fact that the program went just 55-38 in the previous five seasons. Spearheaded by a phenomenal junior class, the Blue Devils won by nine-plus goals in their final goals, capping it off with a dominant 17-8 drubbing of Manhasset in the title game. Do-it-all middie Jamie Trimboli (Syracuse) helped spearhead Victor with 59 goals, while the attack of classmates Drew Collins (Lycoming), Max Lambert (UMass) and Ryan Maloney (Cornell) accounted for a total of 192 points.
’16 Outlook: Don’t expect Victor to go away from the national spotlight anyway, as head coach Jim Andre has a wealth of young talent at his disposal and returns just about everybody. The Blue Devils were so loaded that kids committed to Hopkins and UVA played JV, if that tells you anything.

6. Hun School (N.J.), 19-1
Result: New Jersey Private Prep ‘A’ Champions
In Review: MV Whitlow has quickly taken a middle of the road program to new heights, possessing a wealth of Division I committed talent and pitting them up against a number of heralded programs along the Eastern seaboard. With their stellar play, talented postgrad threats Chris Donovan (Georgetown), Robert Kuhn (Hopkins) and Chris Aslanian (Hobart) helped lay a foundation for years to come. Marquee wins include ones over IMG, Bergen Catholic and a pair over Episcopal Academy, also going toe-to-toe with top-ranked Haverford for three quarters in the Inter-Ac Challenge final.
’16 Outlook: Hun brings back emerging stars like rising junior defenseman Chris Fake and senior-to-be Jon Levine (Princeton) in cage, also welcoming skilled PGs Luke Prybylski (Villanova) and Mike Farnish (Notre Dame) to campus. In addition, expect the Raiders to ramp up their strength of the schedule, as they’ll have the roster to keep up with anybody.

7. Darien (Conn.), 20-3
Result: Connecticut Class L Champions
In Review: Despite seeing their 34-game winning streak come to an end in early May, Jeff Brameier’s Blue Wave picked up all they really cared about: FCIAC and state championship trophies. Darien started the season 11-0 before dropping their first game on May 9th, picking up victories over a pair of NY championship game finalists in Manhasset and Niskayuna along the way. In the Class L final, they dispatched Ridgefield 6-5 after a GWG by touted defenseman Mark Evanchick ’16 (Penn). On offense, senior Navy recruit Ian Burgoyne helped to lead a Darien starting lineup that consisted of several sophomores and juniors.
’16 Outlook: They have to like their chances to repeat next spring, returning the majority of their offense as well as key players on D and in between the pipes. Colin Minicus and Jack Kniffin (Brown) will be one of the more highly regarded 1-2 punches of attackmen in the entire country.

8. St. Mary’s (Md.), 12-6
Result: MIAA ‘A’ Champions
In Review: Starting the season just 6-5 before before experiencing a surprising 18-8 loss at the hands of struggling Gilman, the senior-heavy Saints clicked when it matter most by reeling off six pivotal wins in a row to end the year. Ben Rubeor finished an impressive coaching job by putting together two outstanding playoff performances over St. Paul’s in the semis and then McDonogh in the final, dominating throughout to win 13-8. Face-off man Alex Woodall (High Point) won well over 70% to act as the catalyst for a balanced Saints offense, eventually giving the Annapolis school their first crown since 1996.
’16 Outlook: The Saints graduate the bulk of their most valuable assets, including the entire defensive unit and some shooters on O. Georgetown-bound attackman Jake Carraway had a breakout spring and will be relied on heavily to lead an experienced St. Mary’s squad.

9. Niskayuna (N.Y.), 21-2
Result: New York Class ‘A’ Champions
In Review: The Silver Warriors were another program to begin the spring without much fanfare, becoming more and more formidable as time moved forward. Though Nisky was relatively untested locally, they won 15 straight down the stretch including a massive upset over Long Island champ Syosset in the state semifinals. The first midfield of seniors Aidan O’Brien (UNC) and John Prendergast (Duke) and sophomore Lucas Quinn (Syracuse) combined for 12 goals in a 13-10 decision over West Genesee to provide the program with its first ever championship.
’16 Outlook: Niskayuna will have plenty of holes after graduating a senior class that had perennially experienced the New York state playoffs. Quinn and rising senior face-off middie Dylan Pantalone (Siena) will be counted on greatly, as the Silver Warriors will need younger players to step up.

10. Syosset (N.Y.), 18-2
Result: New York Class ‘A’ Semifinalists
In Review: Many people assumed that a state championship crown would be Syosset’s to lose after they made easy work of former No. 2 nationally ranked Massapequa in the Nassau County final, winning 17-8 then beating Smithtown East by six. However, the Braves ran into Niskayuna, ending a phenomenal season earlier than they hoped. Still, Syosset proved themselves as one of the best teams in the Northeast region, showing off a remarkably balanced team that was led by talented scorers Alex Concannon (JHU) and rising seniors Mac O’Keefe (Penn State) and Lucas Cotler (Yale).
’16 Outlook: The Braves will be back with vengeance next spring with a plethora of  experienced leaders, which also includes underrated types like face-off man Alex Giovinco and Army verbal EJ Aronson. Their offense shouldn’t have much of an issue scoring.

TEAMS 11-25

11. St. Ignatius Prep (Calif.), 18-1
Result: CIF/WCAL Champions
Best Wins: Highland Park (Tex.) 9-6, Torrey Pines (Calif.) 9-4, Landon (Md.) 10-8,
Losses: Gonzaga (D.C.) 12-9

12. Georgetown Prep (Md.), 13-4
Result: IAC Finalists
Best Wins: Gonzaga (D.C.) 7-4, Bullis 12-8, SSSA (Va.) 12-4
Losses: St. Paul’s 9-8 OT, Landon 6-5 2OT, SSSA (Va.) 8-6, Landon 14-9

13. Massapequa (N.Y.), 17-1
Result: Nassau County ‘A’ Finalists”
Best Wins: Chaminade 13-11, Garden City 6-3, Syosset 7-6 OT
Losses: Syosset 17-8

14. Bridgewater-Raritan (N.J.), 23-0
Result: New Jersey TOC Champions
Best Wins: Mountain Lakes 6-5 2OT, Pingry 9-6, Bergen Catholic 16-13
Losses: None

15. McDonogh (Md.), 14-5
Result: MIAA Finalists
Best Wins: Gonzaga (D.C.) 13-11, St. Mary’s 9-6, Boys’ Latin 13-7
Losses: Haverford (Pa.) 9-8 OT, IMG Academy (Fla.) 12-10, Boys’ Latin 11-10, Loyola Blakefield 13-8, St. Mary’s 13-8

16. Smithtown East (N.Y.), 18-2
Result: Suffolk County ‘A’ Champions
Best Wins: Greenwich (Conn.) 9-7, Bronxville 20-11, Ward Melville 11-10 2OT
Losses: Northport 16-10, Syosset 14-8

17. Avon Old Farms (Conn.), 15-2
Result: New England West I Champions
Best Wins: Westminster 8-6, Deerfield (Mass.) 13-9, Salisbury 14-13 OT
Losses: Calverton (Md.) 9-8 OT, Brunswick 11-7

18. Chaminade (N.Y.), 13-4
Result: CHSAA Champions
Best Wins: Manhasset 8-4, St. Anthony’s 11-10, St. Anthony’s 15-7
Losses: Massapequa 13-11, Ward Melville 7-5, St. Anthony’s 9-8 OT, Delbarton (N.J.) 10-7

19. St. Paul’s (Md.), 13-6
Result: MIAA Semifinalists
Best Wins: Georgetown Prep 9-8 OT, St. Mary’s 8-7, Boys’ Latin 12-10
Losses: Haverford (Pa.) 18-11, Garden City (N.Y.) 12-11, Bullis 12-10, McDonogh 9-6, Loyola Blakefield 11-9, St. Mary’s 9-5

20. Culver (Ind.), 17-6
Result: NALI Finalists
Best Wins: St. Mary’s (Md.) 9-7, Brother Rice (Mich.) 13-5, Brother Rice (Mich.) 15-3
Losses: Episcopal Academy (Pa.) 8-7, Gonzaga (D.C.) 8-7 OT, McDonogh (Md.) 13-5, Hill Academy (Ont.) 13-6, Hill Academy (Ont.) 12-11 OT, Haverford (Pa.) 13-9

21. Cold Spring Harbor (N.Y.), 19-1
Result: New York Class ‘C’ Champions
Best Wins: Manhasset 9-7, Pleasantville 14-4, Cazenovia 9-8
Losses: Syosset 11-4

22. Boys’ Latin (Md.), 15-5
Result: MIAA Semifinalists
Best Wins: Manhasset (N.Y.) 8-6, Bullis 14-11, McDonogh 11-8
Losses: Gonzaga (D.C.) 15-5, Calvert Hall 15-14, St. Mary’s 12-10, St. Paul’s 12-10, McDonogh 13-7

23. St. Anthony’s (N.Y.), 12-4
Result: CHSAA Finalists
Best Wins: Niskayuna 8-6, Chaminade 9-8 OT, Darien (Conn.) 8-7
Losses: Episcopal Academy (Pa.) 11-10, Haverford (Pa.) 10-5, Chaminade 11-10, Chaminade 15-7

24. Ward Melville (N.Y.), 17-3
Result: Suffolk County ‘A’ Finalists
Best Wins: Chaminade 7-5, Ridgefield (Conn.) 12-6, Northport 11-10
Losses: Connetquot 10-9 2OT, Northport 7-6, Smithtown East 11-10 2OT

25. New Canaan (Conn.), 18-4
Result: Connecticut Class M Champions
Best Wins: Ridgewood (N.J.) 14-6, Darien 9-8, Daniel Hand 10-5
Losses: Brunswick School 9-7, Greenwich 13-10, St. Anthony’s (N.Y.) 9-8, Darien 13-7

Also Considered:
West Genesee (N.Y.), 18-3
Bullis (Md.), 14-5
Northport (N.Y.), 17-2
Bergen Catholic (N.J.), 18-6
Cherry Creek (Colo.), 18-1
Brunswick (Conn.), 14-4

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