For the first time in any lacrosse publication, the spring of 2016 will see separate rankings put together for privates, publics and boarding schools that take PG’s, all on top of a weekly North America Top 25.
SidelineSwap.com – the web’s best place to buy, sell and trade lacrosse gear & apparel – will be sponsoring this spring’s Top 25 private school rankings. This particular list will run each Wednesday from now until the end of the season. Without further ado, enjoy the first edition with McDonogh (Md.) and Culver (Ind.) – two teams that will play next week – sitting in the first and second positions.
1. McDonogh (Md.), 4-0
The Eagles have been lethal so far, riding the momentum from last week’s huge road win over Gonzaga to topple Florida powerhouses Lake Highland Prep, 15-8, and St. Andrew’s, 13-8. In the win over SA (likely the top team in Florida), Jack Parr and Yale recruit Jackson Morrill netted six goals each. Andy Hilgartner’s crew looks primed for a tough run against three teams ranked in last year’s final Top 25/HM: Culver (Ind.),Bullis (Md.) and St. Ignatius Prep (Calif.) between March 22nd and 29th. From what I’ve seen so far, McDonogh is extremely polished and well coached, playing shutdown defense and unselfish offense with consistent goalie play.
2. Culver (Ind.), 2-0
Playing a pair of fellow Midwest programs over the past week, Jon Posner’s Eagles outscored Louisville St. Xavier (Ky.) and Carmel (Ind.) an impressive 44-3. While they haven’t exactly been prepped by a great strength of schedule to date, they’ll be thrown into their annual Mid-Atlantic gauntlet the next few days. Culver will play at Episcopal Academy (Pa.), Haverford (Pa.) and McDonogh (Md.) between now and the release of next week’s private school rankings. Recruiting Rundown will be present at a pair of those games as well as a few others during their spring break trip.
3. Loyola Blakefield (Md.), 1-0
It didn’t take long for the country’s first big upset to drastically affect the rankings, as the Dons handed Haverford (Pa.) their first loss since May 2014 in a 16-14 road win. It was a strong start under new head coach Ben Rubeor, a Blakefield alum who led St. Mary’s (Md.) to a MIAA title last year, as the game was a lot more one-sided than the score indicates. The Dons led 13-7 after three before winning by two, paced by a whopping seven-point performance from 6-foot-5 Hopkins signee Cole Williams. They’ll play Malvern Prep (Pa.) under Homewood Field’s Friday night lights followed by a road trip to Landon (Md.) on Tuesday afternoon.
4. Gonzaga (D.C.), 2-1
After falling to McDonogh last week, the Eagles rebounded with a 13-4 win over St. Albans (D.C.) in the 8th annual DC Lacrosse Classic, receiving a hat trick from Penn State-bound throwback midfielder Nick McEvoy. Gonzaga’s currently enjoying a spring break trip out in Arizona, set to play Dallas Jesuit (Tex.) on Friday and St. Ignatius (Calif.) on Saturday before returning home to play Virginia’s Bishop Ireton on Tuesday.
5. Haverford (Pa.), 1-1
In a game played at Washington College between Shoremen alums and current head coaches, Haverford’s John Nostrant bested St. Paul’s (Md.) and former roommate Rick Brocato with a dominant 12-8 victory. It was a team effort, as four different players scored two goals for the Fords. On Tuesday, however, Haverford suffered their first loss since May 2014, falling 16-14 at the hands of Loyola. They’ll have prime opportunities to rebound, as they’ll host Culver (Ind.) on Sunday before welcoming San Diego’s Cathedral Catholic to town next week.
6. Brunswick (Conn.), 0-0
7. Calvert Hall (Md.), 4-0
8. Landon (Md.), 4-0
9. Malvern Prep (Pa.), 2-0
10. Georgetown Prep (Md.), 3-0
11. Boys’ Latin (Md.), 1-1
12. Chaminade (N.Y.), 0-0
13. Bullis (Md.), 2-1
14. St. Paul’s (Md.), 0-2
15. St. Andrew’s (Fla.), 13-1
16. Dallas Jesuit (Tex.), 7-0
17. St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes (Va.), 2-0
18. Brother Rice (Mich.), 0-0
19. Episcopal Dallas (Tex.), 4-3
20. Delbarton (N.J.), 0-0
21. St. Anthony’s (N.Y.), 0-0
22. Bergen Catholic (N.J.), 0-0
23. St. Ignatius Prep (Calif.), 3-1
24. Collegiate (Va.), 1-1
25. Westminster (Ga.), 6-0