StringKing/Recruiting Rundown Top 25 High School Power Rankings: Week 1

Results have finally started to trickle in and the first in-season StringKing / Recruiting Rundown rankings are here, though there’s minimal change. The most notable change is the promotion of McDonogh four spots up to No. 2 after assembling a complete 9-7 victory over the team they’ll replace, Gonzaga of DC. Fellow top five teams Hill Academy (Ont.), Haverford (Pa.) and Culver (Ind.) all won their first games of the year, beginning difficult weeks of Mid-Atlantic action. 

In addition, Maryland prep programs St. Paul’s and Bullis drop a few spots after suffering tough losses by more than four goals, while preseason No. 21 St. Ignatius Prep (Calif.) falls out entirely after being upset 8-5 by local foe Monte Vista. The Wildcats still hold a great season-opening win over defending state champs Highland Park (Tex.) and will have plenty of opportunities to get back into the rankings.

Manhasset (N.Y.) – my first team just missing a Top 25 spot in last week’s list – checks in at No. 24 without even playing a game. Read up on the rest of the flip-flopping below, as it’s sure to continue throughout the next few weeks as non-conference games heat up.

For extensive previews on each program ranked in the preseason, check out last week’s rankings. You’ll also find all of the team Twitter handles and links to schedules so that you can track them all year long.

1. Hill Academy (Ont.), 1-0
Last Week: beat Mt. St. Joseph (Md.) 13-8
This Week: 3/14 at Boys’ Latin (Md.), 3/16 at St. Paul’s (Md.), 3/17 at Calvert Hall (Md.), 3/18 at Bullis (Md.)

2. McDonogh (Md.), 2-0
Last Week: beat Gonzaga (D.C.) 9-7, Collegiate (Va.) 11-5
This Week: 3/14 at Lake Highland Prep (Fla.), 3/15 at St. Andrew’s (Fla.)

3. Haverford (Pa.), 1-0
Last Week: beat St. Paul’s (Md.) 12-8
This Week: 3/15 vs. Loyola Blakefield (Md.), 3/20 vs. Culver (Ind.)

4. Culver (Ind.), 2-0
Last Week: beat Louisville St. Xavier (Ky.) 27-1, Carmel (Ind.) 17-2
This Week: 3/19 at Episcopal Academy (Pa.), 3/20 at Haverford (Pa.)

5. Gonzaga (D.C.), 2-1
Last Week: beat Bullis (Md.) 11-4, lost to McDonogh (Md.) 9-7, beat St. Albans (D.C.) 13-4
This Week: 3/18 vs. Dallas Jesuit (Tex.), 3/19 vs. St. Ignatius Prep (Calif.)

6. Victor (N.Y.)
First Game: 3/22 vs. Corning (N.Y.)

7. Darien (Conn.)
First Game: 4/2 at Yorktown (N.Y.)

8. Brunswick (Conn.)
First Game: 3/22 vs. West Linn (Ore.)

9. IMG Academy National (Fla.)
First Game: 3/23 vs. West Linn (Ore.)

10. Syosset (N.Y.)
First Game: 3/22 at Garden City (N.Y.)

11. Calvert Hall (Md.), 4-0
Last Week: beat St. Peter & Paul (Md.) 14-2, Lake Norman (N.C.) 14-2, Ravenscroft (N.C.) 15-2, St. John’s (Tex.) 12-2
This Week: 3/17 vs. Hill Academy (Ont.)

12. Hun (N.J.)
First Game: 3/22 vs. Georgetown Prep (Md.)

13. Smithtown East (N.Y.)
First Game: 3/26 at Massapequa (N.Y.)

14. Boys’ Latin (Md.), 1-0
Last Week: beat John Carroll (Md.) 21-11
This Week: 3/14 vs. Hill Academy (Ont.), 3/19 at Lake Highland Prep (Fla.)

15. Landon (Md.), 3-0
Last Week: beat Bishop O’Connell (Va.) 13-6, St. Mary’s (Md.) 12-6, John Carroll (Md.) 9-0
This Week: 3/15 at Gilman (Md.), 3/17 vs. Calverton (Md.)

16. New Canaan (Conn.)
First Game: 4/2 at Loyola Blakefield (Md.)

17. Chaminade (N.Y.)
First Game: 3/26 vs. West Islip (N.Y.)

18. Malvern Prep (Pa.), 2-0
Last Week: beat St. Anne’s Belfield (Va.) 15-4, Cardinal Gibbons (N.C.) 21-11
This Week: 3/18 vs. Loyola Blakefield (Md.) at Johns Hopkins

19. Georgetown Prep (Md.), 2-0
Last Week: beat Good Counsel (Md.) 9-3, Paul VI (Va.) 12-8
This Week: 3/15 vs. St. John’s (D.C.), 3/18 at The Heights (Md.)

20. Massapequa (N.Y.)
First Game: 3/22 at Carey (N.Y.)

21. St. Paul’s (Md.), 0-1
Last Week: lost to Haverford (Pa.) 12-8
This Week: 3/16 vs. Hill Academy (Ont.), 3/19 vs. Episcopal (Va.)

22. Bridgewater-Raritan (N.J.)
First Game: 3/30 at Watchung Hills (N.J.)

23. Westminster (Conn.)
First Game: 4/6 at Rivers (Mass.)

24. Manhasset (N.Y.)
First Game: 3/19 vs. Smithtown West (N.Y.)

25. Bullis (Md.), 1-1
Last Week: lost to Gonzaga (D.C.) 11-4, beat St. John’s Catholic Prep (Md.) 19-5
This Week: 3/15 vs. St. Mary’s (Md.), 3/18 vs. Hill Academy (Ont.)

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