Recruiting Rundown Prep Top 10 (5/12), Powered By National 175

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As I pointed out in last week’s inaugural Prep Top 10, the previous seven days made it much easier to re-rank these teams the second time around.

To start, nothing changes with the top two, though there’s a solid amount of separation between Hill/Deerfield and the eight teams behind them. Taft (Conn.) goes from No. 6 to No. 3 after a strong week, switching places with Florida’s IMG Academy (a team that finished its season) due to overall body of work and strength of schedule. Lawrenceville (N.J.) joins the fun at No. 7 after knocking off nemesis Hun School (N.J.) to capture the New Jersey state prep title, 13-6. It was difficult figuring out the 10th and final spot after several teams lost, but undefeated New Hampton (N.H.) found their way in despite a less than stellar strength of schedule. Check out the rest of the list as well as a rundown of the top five teams and how they fared. 
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1. Hill Academy (Ont.), 11-0
Previous Rank: No. 1

This position is 100 percent safe after Brodie Merrill’s bunch finished the season undefeated. They did so by hammering a talented Hun (N.J.) 15-6 on the 6th then traveling south to Pottstown, opening up the bench to defeat Hill School (Pa.) 21-3 a day a later.

2. Deerfield (Mass.), 12-1
Previous Rank: No. 2

The Big Green spent last week annihilating three teams that have a combined record of 5-27: Hotchkiss, Northfield Mt. Hermon and Kent. They’ll now head to Connecticut to face Avon Old Farms (Conn.) this weekend before hosting Salisbury (Conn.) in a week. If they finish the season

3. Taft (Conn.), 11-3
Previous Rank: No. 6

Wild few days for Taft. On Friday, they trailed at Berkshire (Mass.) 7-2 after one quarter then scored 19 of the game’s next 21 goals, winning 21-15. On Wednesday, the Rhinos got six goals out of UVA-bound postgrad Michael Kraus (including the OT winner) to beat in-state prep power Salisbury, 13-12. Loomis Chaffee and Avon Old Farms are the next two opponents.

4. Salisbury (Conn.), 8-3
Previous Rank: No. 4

The Crimson Knights punished Kent (Conn.) 18-3 before suffering the aforementioned setback to Taft, ending a six-game winning streak. Salisbury’s next two games against Brunswick (Conn.) and Deerfield (Mass.) are extremely difficult. In particular, sophomore JHU commit Joe Neuman will have to be huge at the face-off X.

5. Trinity-Pawling (N.Y.), 10-2
Previous Rank: No. 5

Nic Bell’s program still has a shot at the league crown after the week they had, rattling off an 11-5 win over Avon Old Farms (Conn.) before crushing Choate (Conn.) 15-6 on Wednesday. Hobart signee Justin Scott led the way with a huge week while Cornell-bound netminder Caelahn Bullen also reportedly stood out. Up next: Brunswick and Hotchkiss.

6. IMG Academy (Fla.), 12-1
Previous Rank: No. 3

7. Lawrenceville (N.J.), 13-9
Previous Rank: NR

8. Avon Old Farms (Conn.), 8-3
Previous Rank: No. 8

9. Hun (N.J.), 9-6
Previous Rank: No. 8

10. New Hampton (N.H.), 12-0
Previous Rank: NR

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