Taking A Look At Teams 6-10: Landon, Malvern Prep, Smithtown East, Calvert Hall, Chaminade

ward-melville-smithtown-east-lacrosse-connor-desimone-mike-cirrone-052715-landon-wjl_1029w.jpgMonday marked the release of Recruiting Rundown’s Top 25 high school power rankings, with Culver (Ind.) taking the top honor with 27 Division I recruits in tow. Ontario’s Hill Academy, Maryland’s McDonogh School, Connecticut’s Darien HS and Massachusetts prep school Deerfield rounding out the top five. To view a full list and a breakdown of the outlook for the aforementioned five programs, jump to the Top 25 here. For now, it’s time to preview teams 6 through 10. 

6. Landon (Md.)
2016 record:
Head coach:
Rob Bordley

After graduating a small senior class, the Bears appear poised for a monster year with a bevy of veteran leadership and firepower coming back. No. 6 junior Joey Epstein (Hopkins) and No. 29 senior Nate Buller (Navy) form a lethal 1-2 punch on attack, with the latter returning after missing the majority of last season. Virginia signee Ryan Pride leads an athletic and experienced midfield, while No. 44 senior Justin Shockey (Navy) will once again provide dominance at the face-off position. On the backline, Andrew Fowler (Cornell) is one of the nation’s best, backstopped by Navy-bound senior Shane Corcoran. Early season tests will certainly prepare Landon for its road to yet another IAC title.

7. Malvern Prep (Pa.)
2016 record:
Head coach:
John McEvoy

The Friars exceeded expectations last year, receiving excellent work from a number of underclassmen to set things up well for the future. A pair of Top 100 seniors in lefty attackman Billy Coyle (Cornell) and workhorse middie Mike Fay (Notre Dame) will be crucial to lead the way along with face-off man Sean Christman, a Boston University recruit. Young guns like No. 26 junior Jack Traynor (Penn State), Quinn McCahon (Penn) and Scottie White (Ohio State) are proven after getting significant PT a year ago and should all take a step forward in 2017. Finding depth and more consistent goalie play will be keys for the Friars.

8. Smithtown East (N.Y.)
2016 record:
Head coach: 
Jason Lambert

In a sense, it’s now or never for a senior-laden Bulls program that has had a ton of regular season success before failing to make it past the county playoffs. Graduating Penn State star Gerard Arceri hurts, but East has four D1 recruits at the face-off position to make up for the loss, and Harvard-bound senior Steven Cuccurullo is more than capable. There’s loads of veteran talent offensively, namely No. 2 senior Connor DeSimone (Hopkins), a natural midfielder who dazzled at attack a year ago. Mainstays like Bobby Burns (Penn State) and Luke Eschbach (Yale) will also be pivotal. If the Bulls can hold things together on the defensive, they should have less of a problem making it off of Long Island.

9. Calvert Hall (Md.)
2016 record:
Head coach: 
Bryan Kelly

There’s an incredibly high ceiling for a Calvert Hall team that carries more Recruiting Rundown ranked players (eight) than any other team in the country, including a strong core on offense. No. 7 junior Jacob Kelly (North Carolina) and No. 23 senior JT Bugliosi (Ohio State) on attack help make the Cardinals’ top six the best in the league, while the transfer from Georgia of the OSU-bound Mitchell twins in the sophomore class provides a big boost up top. Seniors Brendan Curry (Syracuse) and Omari DeBerry (Ohio State) will also make their mark. The defense taking a step forward – along with the replacement of a four-year starting goalie – are important factors in the Hall eventually making noise come playoff time.

10. Chaminade (N.Y.)
2016 record: 11-7
Head coach: Jack Moran

With two separate three-game losing streaks a year ago, the Flyers struggled in 2016, but seem to have the makings of a team that could witness a big turnaround. Finding confidence this past summer, No. 58 senior Regan Quinn (Virginia) is expected the pave the way for the attack along with a plethora of his classmates. Duke recruit Matt Chmil returns to lead the midfield, while the unit will benefit from the matriculation of the junior class up from JV, as well as the work from Colgate-bound Alessio Jack Giovanetti at the face-off dot. The defensive group is the area where the Flyers will look the most different, but No. 19 Frankie Tangredi (Harvard) will provide leadership and steady 1-on-1 play. Luckily, they also have the nation’s top junior goalie in Andrew Bonafede (Duke) to step in to become an impactful piece of the puzzle.

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