Sideline Swap / Recruiting Rundown Private School Rankings: Week 9


Photo credit: Dave Anderson, MSG Varsity

Besides the teams in the top six positions, there are a ton of movers and shakers within this week’s Sideline Swap / Recruiting Rundown Private School Top 25. Pictured above, St. Anthony’s (N.Y.) moved to No. 7 after edging out longtime league foe Chaminade (N.Y.) on Tuesday afternoon, while No. 8 Brunswick (Conn.) and No. 9 Haverford (Pa.) also reeled off impressive wins this week over formidable opponents. Their season finished with a WCAC crown, but Gonzaga (D.C.) could still move up based on other opponents falling short in the playoffs.

Other teams that received promotions are teams like St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes (Va.), Belmont Hill (Mass.) and Dallas Jesuit (Tex.), as MIAA archrivals Loyola Blakefield (Md.) and Calvert Hall (Md.) take tumbles. The Dons and Cardinals, however, will face off in a Friday quarterfinal after previously playing on Tuesday with CHC taking a five-goal victory. For scores and updates, follow @tyxanders and @RecruitRundown and check out the rest of this week’s Top 25 with more info on what’s to come in the postseason. Last week’s Sideline Swap/RR rankings can be seen here.

1. Bullis (Md.), 19-2
Previously: No. 1

By virtue of head-to-head wins over McDonogh and Boys’ Latin (Md.) weeks ago, the Bulldogs stay planted in the top position in this edition. However, they’ll have to win the IAC playoffs to avoid being jumped by Gonzaga, a team that finished undefeated and smacked Bullis way back on March 7th. They receive a No. 1 seed in the postseason and will play the winner of the quarterfinal between St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes (Va.) and Georgetown Prep. Paced by a high-flying attack, they’ve failed to score more than ten goals just once in the last 15 contests.

2. McDonogh (Md.), 16-1
Previously: No. 2

The most impressive things about Andy Hilgartner’s Eagles are their four wins in overtime (three needing multiple extra sessions) and a perfect regular slate in the MIAA heading into the playoffs. They’ve always been outstanding in the regular season but have been tripped up in each of the last few May runs, now grabbing the No. 1 seed before beginning the search for the program’s first league crown since 2005. Can the McD seniors lead them to the promised land?

3. Boys’ Latin (Md.), 13-3
Previously: No. 3

In what many would call prep lacrosse’s most historic and intense rivalry, the Lakers dominated every facet of the game with a 16-6 statement over visiting St. Paul’s on Tuesday. On Senior Day, BL got ten points out of Syracuse signee Logan Wisnauskas, clinching a first-round playoff bye in the process. Monday’s semifinals at JHU will begin the postseason for first-year head coach Brian Farrell, who captained the Lakers to a championship at Homewood Field ten years ago.

4. Gonzaga (D.C.), 19-2
Previously: No. 4

The Eagles picked up an 8th straight WCAC championship, knocking off longtime rival DeMatha (Md.) in the form of a 14-5 drubbing paced by the senior class and loads of depth. It’s an incredible body of work, holding a terrific 7-2 record over this week’s Sideline Swap Top 25. Headed to Michigan in fall, Avery Myers was named WCAC Player of the Year as well as an Under Armour All-American in recent days. Their ranking will likely move as Gonzaga’s non-conference opponents finish up the playoffs.

5. Culver (Ind.), 14-3
Previously: No. 5

Capturing the MSCLA championship for the third consecutive year, Jon Posner’s Eagles have outscored their opponents three times to one since an April 17th loss to Hill Academy. Denver-bound Ethan Walker, a top Class of 2016 recruit out of Peterborough (Ont.), won POY honors once again after a monstrous season for the Eagles. Adding a new team, NXT Lacrosse’s Inter-Ac Challenge adds Culver, who will look to add a number of quality wins over nationally ranked teams in the annual tournament in greater Philadelphia.

6. Delbarton (N.J.), 14-1
Previously: No. 6

7. St. Anthony’s (N.Y.), 12-2
Previously: No. 9

8. Brunswick (Conn.), 13-2
Previously: No. 8

9. Haverford (Pa.), 17-4
Previously: No. 10

10. Landon (Md.), 17-3
Previously: No. 11

11. St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes (Va.), 16-3
Previously: No. 16

12. St. Ignatius Prep (Calif.), 15-4
Previously: No. 12

13. St. Paul’s (Md.), 12-6
Previously: No. 14

14. Calvert Hall (Md.), 14-4
Previously: No. 7

15. Malvern Prep (Pa.), 15-4
Previously: No. 13

16. Belmont Hill (Mass.), 10-0
Previously: No. 21

17. St. Thomas Aquinas (Fla.), 17-0
Previously: No. 15

18. Dallas Jesuit (Tex.), 15-2
Previously: No. 20

19. Chaminade (N.Y.), 11-5
Previously: No. 17

20. Brother Rice (Mich.), 14-2
Previously: No. 19

21. Regis Jesuit (Colo.), 14-2
Previously: No. 22

22. Loyola Blakefield (Md.), 8-6
Previously: No. 18

23. Episcopal Dallas (Tex.), 18-2
Previously: No. 24

24. Governor’s Academy (Mass.), 10-1
Previously: No. 25

25. Georgetown Prep (Md.), 11-6
Previously: No. 23

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