Sideline Swap / Recruiting Rundown Top 25 Private School Rankings: Week 2

McSorley.jpgIt’s been a busy week full of overtime results, battles between ranked teams and several losses by non-hotbed programs. The past few days provided some clarification, especially towards the top in spots 4 through 14, while spots 2 & 3 will be determined when those teams square off in Washington, D.C. on Thursday afternoon.

Notable risers this week include Calvert Hall, topping Malvern Prep (who beat CHC archrival Loyola Blakefield earlier in the week) in OT up in Philly. Episcopal Dallas (Tex.) and Collegiate (Va.) also make significant jumps after successful outings, while a pair of established programs out West and down South are welcomed to the Top 25 this week. Have a look below at who made the cut in this week’s Sideline Swap / Recruiting Rundown Top 25 Private School rankings and follow SS on Twitter & Instagram.

For reference, last week’s private school rankings can be seen here. Check out Sunday night’s Top 25 North America rankings as well, sponsored by StringKing.

1. McDonogh (Md.), 5-0
Previously: No. 1

The Eagles picked up another phenomenal win on Tuesday afternoon, knocking off Culver thanks to an OT goal by Yale-bound Jackson Morrill to give them a 9-8 win. Of their five victories, four have come against teams ranked in this poll: Gonzaga (D.C.), Collegiate (Va.), St. Andrew’s (Fla.) and Culver. Though McDonogh’s known for their defensive unit, there’s balance in every aspect, getting six scorers to chip in in Tuesday’s win. Despite that, the Eagles might need a tad more production out of the midfield going forward. Their schedule doesn’t get any easier, as they’ll head to Bullis (Md.) on Thursday before hosting San Francisco power St. Ignatius Prep next week.

2. Culver (Ind.), 5-1
Previously: No. 2

Hitting the road for their SB trip to the Mid-Atlantic, the Eagles put together a strong 10-1 win at Episcopal Academy in suburban Philly. It was a pyrrhic victory, however, as they lost senior face-off middie Anthony George (Army) for the season. Culver bounced back with a thrilling 9-8 overtime win over Haverford, receiving the clincher from Cornell-bound sophomore Jake Stevens. The next day, the tables turned and the Eagles dropped a 9-8 overtime game to McDonogh, bouncing back on Wednesday with a 16-9 win over defending state champ Salesianum (Del.) at Loyola’s Ridley Athletic Complex. Jon Posner’s boys will face Gonzaga on Thursday afternoon in what should be a battle before they begin the 12-hour trip home.

3. Gonzaga (D.C.), 5-1
Previously: No. 3

The Eagles enjoyed a successful trip out to Arizona, winning a pair of games against two of the top programs in their respective games. Though Dallas Jesuit (Tex.) missed some of their top players on their game on 3/18, Gonzaga’s 18-7 win is awfully impressive. They carried over the momentum to the following day, beating St. Ignatius Prep (Calif.) in a 9-3 ballgame before returning home and dismantling fellow WCAC program Bishop Ireton (Va.), 18-3. The offense seems to be picking up steam as they go along and they’ll need every bit of it against Culver on Thursday afternoon. As one would guess, that game has some implications when it comes to national and private school rankings.

4. Calvert Hall (Md.), 5-1
Previously: No. 7

After taking a tough 11-7 L to North America’s No. 1 Hill Academy last week in a game that was more one-sided than it appears, the Cardinals learned from their mistakes and picked up a massive, confidence-boosting win on the road. For the second year in a row, Hall’s game with Malvern Prep (Pa.) saw free lacrosse, taking a goal from Ohio State junior commit JT Bugliosi with 55 seconds left in OT to upset the Friars, 7-6. Senior Joe McSorley (Boston U.) had a whopping 19 saves to stymie Malvern’s loaded offense. Up next will be Long Island’s Half Hollow Hills West, a game that will take place at Rutgers University on Tuesday.

5. Malvern Prep (Pa.), 3-1
Previously: No. 9

The Friars have had a rollercoaster of a week to say the least. On Friday night at JHU’s Homewood Field, Malvern was underwhelmed for much of the game, trailing 7-3 heading into the fourth quarter. From there, they tied it up 8-8 with six minutes left and ultimately won 11-9 due to a stellar performance at the face-off X from Sean Christman, a junior Fairfield commit. On Tuesday, they suffered a tough loss to Calvert Hall in a game that could have gone either way. John McEvoy’s group will have some time off before hosting St. Augustine Prep from South Jersey on the 30th.

6. Loyola Blakefield (Md.), 2-1
Previously: No. 3

7. Brunswick (Conn.), 1-0
Previously: No. 6

8. Boys’ Latin (Md.), 3-1
Previously: No. 11

9. Haverford (Pa.), 3-2
Previously: No. 5

10. Landon (Md.), 5-1
Previously: No. 8

11. Chaminade (N.Y.), 0-0
Previously: No. 12

12. Georgetown Prep (Md.), 4-1
Previously: No. 10

13. Bullis (Md.), 3-2
Previously: No. 13

14. St. Paul’s (Md.), 4-2
Previously: No. 14

15. Episcopal Dallas (Tex.), 7-0
Previously: No. 19

16. St. Andrew’s (Fla.), 14-2
Previously: No. 15

17. Delbarton (N.J.), 0-0
Previously: No. 20

18. Collegiate (Va.), 4-1
Previously: No. 24

19. Brother Rice (Mich.), 0-0
Previously: No. 18

20. St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes (Va.), 5-1
Previously: No. 17

21. St. Anthony’s (N.Y.), 0-0
Previously: No. 21

22. Regis Jesuit (Colo.), 1-0
Previously: NR

23. Bergen Catholic (N.J.), 0-0
Previously: No. 22

24. Dallas Jesuit (Tex.), 8-1
Previously: No. 16

25. St. Thomas Aquinas (Fla.), 9-0
Previously: NR

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