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February 27, 2013

Nike/US Lacrosse Midwest Region Preseason Boys' Top 10

Brother Rich (Mich.) senior midfielder Sergio Perkovic can help the Warriors match up with Culver Military (Ind.).
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by Jonah Rosenblum | LaxMagazine.com | Related: National Top 25

1. Culver Military (Ind.)

After splitting four games on a grueling East Coast trip and losing to Brother Rice, Culver went on a 12-game tear and avenged its loss to the Warriors. Zach Currier (Princeton) and Joel Tinney (Johns Hopkins) starred for Canada's U19 team.

2. Brother Rice (Mich.)

The Warriors' lone two losses came by a combined four goals. Brother Rice went undefeated against Michigan foes for its 10th straight state title. Look for more production from Notre Dame-bound Sergio Perkovic.

3. Dublin Jerome (Ohio)

Dublin Jerome and Upper Arlington are neck-in-neck in Ohio. They played three times in five weeks in 2012 — all one-goal games. Dublin Jerome won two of them, part of an impressive stretch in which it won six of seven on the road.

4. Upper Arlington (Ohio)

While strong in state, a 15-3 loss to Loyola-Blakefield (Md.) and an 11-6 loss to Culver demonstrated Upper Arlington still must establish itself nationally. The Golden Bears have a chance to do so with winnable games in Pennsylvania.

5. Loyola (Ill.)

The Ramblers rebounded from blowout losses to Culver and Brother Rice to beat Lake Forest for the Illinois crown. Their five losses came to teams from Canada, New York, Indiana and Ohio. They must replace goalie Kevin Steger.

6. Eden Prairie (Minn.)

The Eagles return their top four goal-scorers — including Denver-bound Jake Woodring (31 goals) and Brooks Armitage (28 goals) — from a team that fell short in the state final against Eastview.

7. Eastview (Minn.)

The Lightning avenged their only loss, an overtime defeat at Lakeville North, with a decisive 9-5 win in playoffs, and then beat Eden Prairie for the title. They will be hard pressed to replace Jacob Heppner and goalie Andrew Koenen.

8. Worthington Kilbourne (Ohio)

The Wolves jumped out to a 7-0 start, including an impressive win over Calverton (Md.) and a gritty low-scoring win over New Trier. They're still strong defensively with Ryan Maloney and goalies James Gundling and Kyle Johnson.

9. Lake Forest (Ill.)

The Scouts split their first eight games against a daunting schedule that included a trip to Maryland but rebounded to win 14 of their last 16, including a 9-6 victory at New Trier. They'll need more offense with goalie Ethan Ulmer now at Syracuse.

10. Carmel (Ind.)

You can forgive Carmel's one loss at Culver. Against everyone else, the Greyhounds were very good, including wins over New Trier and Louisville St. Xavier (Ky.). They're a sleeper.

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