High School Boys

March 15, 2016
Top-ranked Haverford School (Pa.) starts the 2016 season with three non-conference games in eight days — all against nationally ranked foes. (Kevin P. Tucker)
Top-ranked Haverford School (Pa.) starts the 2016 season with three non-conference games in eight days — all against nationally ranked foes. (Kevin P. Tucker)

Nike/LM HS Boys' National Top 25, Regional Top 10s

by LaxMagazine.com Staff | Twitter

Nike/Lacrosse Magazine Rankings

National Top 25
Northeast Top 10
Mid-Atlantic Top 10
South Top 10
Midwest Top 10
West Top 10 

The Haverford School (Pa.) boys' lacrosse team seldom has time to rest on its laurels.

Such was the case Tuesday, as the Nike/Lacrosse Magazine preseason No. 1 Fords, coming off of an impressive 12-8 win over No. 5 St. Paul's (Md.) in its season opener Saturday at Washington College, fell to No. 20 Loyola Blakefield 16-14.

The rankings below, however, reflect the Nike/LM preseason poll as of Tuesday morning.

The other big result last week was Monte Vista-Danville (Calif.) handing St. Ignatius (Calif.) its first in-state loss since 2014, knocking the Wildcats out of the National Top 25 and creating all sorts of havoc in the West Top 10.

The Nike/LM National Top 25s and Regional Top 10s for boys' and girls' lacrosse are decided by the staff of Lacrosse Magazine each week. Follow weekly polls and updates at LaxMagazine.com/HSB25(boys) and LaxMagazine.com/HSG25 (girls).

Nike/LM High School Boys' National Top 25: March 15

Ranking Team Record Last Week
1 Haverford School (Pa.) 1-0 1
2 Landon (Md.) 3-0 2
3 Victor (N.Y.) 0-0 3
4 Chaminade (N.Y.) 0-0
5 St. Paul's (Md.) 0-1 6
6 McDonogh (Md.) 3-0 7
7 Gonzaga (D.C.) 2-1 4
8 Syosset (N.Y.) 0-0 8
9 Culver (Ind.) 2-0 9
10 St. Anthony's (N.Y.) 0-0 10
11 Massapequa (N.Y.) 0-0
12 Calvert Hall (Md.) 4-0 13
13 Darien (Conn.) 0-0
14 Boys' Latin (Md.) 1-1 14
15 Ward Melville (N.Y.) 0-0
16 Smithtown East (N.Y.) 0-0
17 Niskayuna (N.Y.) 0-0
18 Malvern Prep (Pa.) 1-0 20
19 West Genesee (N.Y.) 0-0
20 Loyola Blakefield (Md.) 0-0
21 Bergen Catholic (N.J.) 0-0
22 Pittsford (N.Y.) 0-0
23 St. Andrew's (Fla.) 13-0 NR
24 Georgetown Prep (D.C.) 2-0 24
25 Bullis (Md.) 1-1 25


Northeast Top 10

1. Victor (N.Y.), 0-0

The Blue Devils finished 2015 as the only undefeated team (22-0) in New York after winning their first state title (in Class B). The core of the team, including reigning Northeast Player of the Year TD Ierlan, midfielder Jamie Trimboli, attackman Ryan Maloney and goalie Chayse Ierlan, returns.

2. Chaminade (N.Y.), 0-0

The Flyers (13-4 in 2015) claimed their third straight CHSAA title and return a strong base. Among the top returners are goalie Jack Zullo (Notre Dame), defenseman Kyle Thornton (Penn) and faceoff specialist Brendon Luu (Colgate).

3. Syosset (N.Y.), 0-0

The Braves (18-2 in 2015) fell in the Class A state semifinals against Niskayuna, but topped Massapequa to win the Nassau County title and should be in the hunt again. Midfielder Lucas Cotler (Yale), attackman Mac O'Keefe (Penn State) and faceoff specialist Alex Giovinco (Maryland) highlight returners.

4. St. Anthony's (N.Y.), 0-0

The Friars finished strong last season (12-4), winning nine out of their final 10 games, and seek to pick up where they left off. St. Anthony's features at least 10 players committed to Division I college programs.

5. Massapequa (N.Y.), 0-0

The region's top-ranked team from two years ago should be hungry. After winning the 2014 state title, the Chiefs saw their 34-game winning streak end in the Nassau County championship game last season against rival Syosset. They finished 17-1. Attackman Ryan Tierney (Hofstra) returns to lead the offense.

6. Darien (Conn.), 0-0

Another year, another state title for the Blue Wave (20-3 in 2015), but this one came after moving up to the largest classification. Darien should be even more confident in Year 2 playing in Class L. Mark Evanchick (Penn) returns to anchor the defense.

7. Ward Melville (N.Y.), 0-0

The Patriots (17-3 in 2015)lost a ton of offensive talent, but should be a contender for another Suffolk County Class A title. Andrew McKenna (Navy) and John Day (Army) look to anchor a strong defense that could carry the team early on.

8. Smithtown East (N.Y.), 0-0

Attackman Dan Rooney (Ohio State) and faceoff specialist Gerard Arceri (Penn State) should provide senior leadership to a team coming off an impressive18-2 season that ended with a loss to Syosset in the Long Island Championship. Midfielder Connor DeSimone (Johns Hopkins) leads a deep and talented junior class.

9. Niskayuna (N.Y.), 0-0

Midfielder Lucas Quinn (Syracuse) and attackman Aidan Byrne (Stony Brook) will seek to help the Silver Warriors (21-2 in 2015) as they look to defend Section II's (Albany area) first state title.

10. West Genesee (N.Y.), 0-0

When you have the legendary Mike Messere on the sidelines, there are always big expectations. Senior midfielder Ryan McDonald (Cornell) highlights the returning core coming off of an 18-3 season.

— Will Cleveland

Mid-Atlantic Top 10

1. Haverford School (Pa.), 1-0

The Fords extended their winning streak to 27 games with a 12-8 win over St. Paul's (Md.) in the season opener for both teams. Alex Demarco made 11 saves, and the Fords got multiple goals from Brendan O'Neil and Forry Smith. Previous ranking: 1

2. Landon (Md.), 3-0

The Bears have won nine straight dating back to last season. Landon opened 2016 by downing Bishop O'Connell (D.C.), St. Mary's (Md.) and John Carroll (Md.) by a combined score of 34-12. Previous ranking: 2

3. St. Paul's (Md.), 0-1

The Crusaders dropped their first game of the year, but the 12-8 loss was to defending national champion Haverford School. Previous ranking: 4

4. McDonogh (Md.), 3-0

The Eagles went ahead early against Gonzaga (D.C.) and held tough to win 9-7, despite the Purple Eagles' late run in the final quarter. McDonogh followed that with an 11-5 win against a Collegiate School (Va.) team that went 22-1 last season. Previous ranking: 5

5. Gonzaga (D.C.), 2-1

Gonzaga got off to a good start, defeating Bullis (Md.) 11-4 in its opener, but a slow start against McDonogh dropped the Purple Eagles to 1-1. They rebounded on Saturday with a 13-4 win over St. Albans (D.C.). Previous ranking: 3

6. Calvert Hall (Md.), 4-0

Brendan Curry scored three goals to lead the Cardinals to a 14-2 season-opening win against Sts. Peter & Paul (Md.). They traveled to North Carolina for the King of Spring Face-Off Classic, where they defeated Lake Norman (N.C.), Ravenscroft School (N.C.) and St. John's (Texas) by a combined score of 41-6. Previous ranking: 6

7. Boys' Latin (Md.), 1-1

The Lakers started the post-Bob Shriver era with a 21-11 win over John Carroll (Md.). Sophomore Konner Kaplin scored six goals to get Boys' Latin off to a 1-0 start under new coach Brian Farrell. BL fell to Canadian powerhouse Hill Academy 14-8 on Monday. Previous ranking: 7

8. Malvern Prep (Pa.), 2-0

The Friars traveled south to open their season and came away with pair of wins. They defeated St. Anne's-Belfield (Va.) 15-4 and Cardinal Gibbons (N.C.) 21-11. Billy Coyle and Jack Traynor each had four goals and an assist in the win over Gibbons. Previous ranking: 8

9. Loyola Blakefield (Md.), 0-0

Coming off a four-game losing streak to end 2015, the Dons look to rebound under new coach Ben Rubeor, who led St. Mary's (Md.) to the MIAA A Conference championship last year. They open against Haverford on Tuesday. Previous ranking: 9

10. Bergen Catholic (N.J.), 0-0

Bergen Catholic is coming off a Non-Public A championship and Tournament of Champions runner-up finish last season. The Crusaders open 2016 at Foothill-Santa Ana on March 31. Previous ranking: 10

Player of the Week

Drennan Greene, Landon (Md.)

In a meeting against last year's MIAA A Conference champions, Greene helped the Bears to a 12-6 win over St. Mary's Annapolis. He scored five of Landon's 12 goals.

Also notable: Aleric Fyock, St. Mary's Annapolis (Md.); Brendan Curry, Calvert Hall (Md.); Michael Lamon, Severn (Md.); Sean Christman, Malvern Prep (Pa.); Mikey Stanton, Gonzaga (D.C.)

— Mike Loveday

Kevin Crowley leads a St. Thomas Aquinas (Fla.) team that is 8-0 and outscoring opponents by 9.75 goals per game.

South Top 10

1. St. Andrew's (Fla.), 13-0

The Scots continue to roll, despite a challenging schedule, and now take over the top spot heading into Tuesday's game against nationally-ranked McDonogh (Md.). They dominated their former state championship rival Lake Highland Prep 18-6 on March 11 with the help of Carl Klepper's four goals, then added another quality win over Lake Mary, 8-3, on March 12. Previous ranking: 2

2. Highland Park (Texas), 4-1

After going 1-1 in California, the Fighting Scots get an eight-day break from action before hosting unbeaten Kincaid (Texas) on March 18. Look for another big game from a defense that hasn't allowed more than nine goals in any game. Previous ranking: 1

3. St. Thomas Aquinas (Fla.), 8-0

The Raiders collected another two wins last week, including a 15-7 win over Gulliver Prep (Fla.) behind Kevin Crowley's four goals and three assists and Sam Khalil's five goals and one assist. Aquinas has outscored opponents by 9.75 goals per game. Previous ranking: 3

4. Centennial (Ga.), 5-0

The Knights turned an 8-7 halftime lead into a 22-13 win over Area 3 rival West Forsyth on March 12. Sophomore attackman Colin Hall scored a career-high seven goals, while freshman Ryan Siracusa (three goals) and senior Matt Chase (four goals) each added seven points. Luke Sadd finished with six points and 10 ground balls and won 17 of 20 faceoffs. Previous ranking: 4

5. Dallas Jesuit (Texas), 7-0

Following a 15-day layoff, the Rangers return to action March 18 against nationally-ranked Gonzaga (D.C.) at Brophy College Preparatory School in Arizona. Jesuit has allowed a state-best 3.3 goals per game. Gonzaga opened with a 9-7 loss to McDonogh (Md.) last week. Previous ranking: 6

6. Ponte Vedra (Fla.), 13-0

The Sharks proved up to the challenge against Jupiter, handing the Warriors just their third loss, 14-8, on March 11. Matt Keeler scored two of his four goals in the final frame to help seal the win. He and Reid Smith (two goals, three assists) each had five points in the game. Previous ranking: 7

7. Episcopal Dallas (Texas), 5-0

Led by junior middie Nakeie Montgomery's four goals and one assist, the Eagles added a 15-6 win over Southwest Preparatory Conference foe St. Mark's on March 11. Sophomore Brandon Meaux (four points) and senior Adam Aranowitz both added hat tricks. ESD leads Texas with 15.6 goals per game and own a state-best scoring margin of 9.6. Previous ranking: 8

8. Lambert (Ga.), 7-0

The Longhorns held off Johns Creek (Ga.), 12-11, on March 11, and the schedule doesn't lighten up from here. Their next five opponents are a combined 27-1 this season, starting with Area 3 foe Chattahoochee (6-0) on Tuesday. Previous ranking: 6

9. IMG Academy (Fla.), 10-1:

The Ascenders added a 15-10 win over Benjamin on March 12. They'll host a pair of teams from Texas this week – Strake (1-4) on Tuesday and Coppell (3-5) on Thursday. Previous ranking: 9

10. Montgomery Bell Academy (Tenn.), 4-0

The Big Red jump in with the help of a pair of one-goal wins over defending Tennessee state champion McCallie and traditional Kentucky power Louisville Trinity. In an 11-10 victory over McCallie on Friday, junior defender Gabe Mendoza held Denver commit Zach Hutchko without a goal and sophomore attackman Harrison Graves led the offense with three goals. Previous ranking: NR

Player of the Week

Kevin Crowley, St. Thomas Aquinas (Fla.)

The junior midfielder got the Raiders going in a 15-7 win over Gulliver Prep (Fla.), having a hand in five of his team's first seven goals. He scored the first three and assisted two others to help set the tone early, as the Raiders took a 7-1 lead in the second quarter. Crowley, who is committed to Hofstra, finished with four goals and three assists.

Also notable: Colin Hall, Centennial (Ga.); Matt Keeler, Ponte Vedra (Fla.); Carl Klepper, St. Andrew's (Fla.); Gabe Mendoza, Montgomery Bell Academy (Tenn.); Nakeie Montgomery, Episcopal Dallas (Texas)

— Laurel Pfahler

Midwest Top 10 (Preseason)

1. Culver Military (Ind.), 2-0

The Eagles (17-6 in 2015) are absolutely loaded again this year. Not only does Midwest Player of the Year Ethan Walker return from a 109-goal season in 2015, but he's surrounded by talent from all classes. They have two Johns Hopkins commits — attackman Johnny Cohen and midfielder Brett Handsor — in their incoming freshman class. Update: Culver opened with a 27-1 win over Louisville St. Xavier (Ky.) and a 17-2 pasting of Midwest preseason No. 3 Carmel (Ind.).

2. Brother Rice (Mich.), 0-0

Third-year coach Ajay Chawla has the Warriors' dynasty looking good for 2016 with Morgan Macko returning on the attack, along with Jack Kelly and Riley North. Brother Rice carries a six-game winning streak into the coming campaign, beginning with a win over Ohio power Upper Arlington and ending with a state title in 2015 (19-4).

3. Carmel (Ind.), 0-1

The Greyhounds stepped to the forefront of the Hoosier State in 2015 with an 18-3 record and again should be solid. After topping 20 goals four times in 2015, Carmel's high-powered attack remains intact with Seth Mendell, Chad Kittaka and Ethan Noel all hoping to repeat their 30-plus goal performances from last year. Update: Culver opened with a 17-2 loss to Midwest No. 1 Culver Military on Sunday.

4. MICDS (Mo.), 2-0

With the return of midfielder and Virginia commit Harry Wellford (34 goals, 19 assists) and fellow first team all-state scorer Gaines Bundy (21 goals, 18 assists), the Rams are well positioned once again. They gained confidence after competing well with St Anne's-Belfield (Va.) and St. Stephen's & St. Agnes (D.C.) in 2015, finishing 16-4. This year, their schedule also includes the best of the Midwest: Carmel (Ind.), New Trier (Ill.), Loyola Academy (Ill.) and Upper Arlington (Ohio). Update: MICDS opened with a 10-5 win over Chaminade Prep (Mo.) and an 18-0 shutout of Vianney Marianist (Mo.).

5. New Trier (Ill.), 0-0

Last year (18-4), the Trevians lost to Culver Military (Ind.), Carmel (Ind.) and Detroit Country Day (Mich.), but they're ready to prove themselves among the region's best this season. They return a number of key cogs from last year's state champion team, including midfielder Colin Casas and defender Tyler Seminetta.

6. Loyola Academy (Ill.), 0-0

The Ramblers lost seven games last year to finish 15-7, but that came against an exceedingly difficult schedule and with what coach Roby Snyder called a very young team. This year, they bring back experience with the return of All-American attacker Patrick Flanagan and All-American defender Kyle Koch.

7. Cincinnati St. Xavier (Ohio), 0-0

Few teams turned it around like the Bombers (18-5) in 2015, but they'll be hard-pressed to repeat the feat, having lost Division I Player of the Year William Holcomb and state final hero Jack Green to graduation. Still, look for St. X to reload.

8. Upper Arlington (Ohio), 0-0

The Golden Bears ended 2015 on a hot streak, winning 12 of 14 and making their way to the Ohio title game and finishing 17-6. Upper Arlington loses Justin Wick, Ohio's Attacker of the Year and Player of the Year, as well as Defender of the Year Jack Plasket, but returns Midfielder of the Year and All-American Danny Logan (25 goals, 22 assists). Logan's classmates Ben Baker (42 goals, 22 assists) and Cole Kaparos, a second-team all-region defender, will join him for the ride.

9. Detroit Catholic Central (Mich.), 0-0

The Shamrocks engineered an upset of Detroit Country Day in last year's postseason before falling to longtime state power Brother Rice to finish 16-6. They are built for another deep run with all-state attackers Rocco Mularoni and Justin Baker back, as well as all-state midfielders Brennan Kamish and Peter Thompson.

10. St. Viator (Ill.), 0-0

After starting 0-6 last season, the Lions won seven of eight, including an upset of Loyola Academy, to finish 10-9. There's no reason to believe they won't experience success a little sooner this season with Kevin Murphy (Salisbury) and Patrick Murphy (Denison) both in their senior seasons.

— Jonah Rosenblum

Foothill-Santa Ana (Calif.) enjoys a post-game photo op with football and lacrosse legend Jim Brown after a 14-4 victory over Brighton (Utah).

West Top 10

1. Cherry Creek (Colo.), 0-0

Despite not having played a game, the Bruins slide into the top spot by default of a loss to former No. 1 St. Ignatius Prep (Calif.). This veteran Cherry Creek squad is coming off its first state championship since 2010, as it opens Wednesday at Wheat Ridge (Colo.). Previous ranking: 2

2. Foothill-Santa Ana (Calif.), 5-0

The Knights beat 2015 Utah state semifinalist Brighton 14-4 on Saturday behind Nathan Skeen's four goals and two assists, and both teams were treated with a speech from legendary Jim Brown after the game. Kevin Kodzis and Matt Harris also had hat tricks, and goalie Ryan Blank had six saves. Foothill also owns a 12-10 win over St. Margaret's Episcopal, which claimed the Southern Section title last year. Previous ranking: 4

3. Monte Vista-Danville (Calif.), 5-0

The Mustangs handed St. Ignatius (Calif.) its first in-state loss since 2014, coming out on top 8-5 on March 8 for their fourth win of the season. Monte Vista was led by Joe Piombo (four goals) and Chase Jolie (three goals) on offense, and Joe Tabor registered nine saves in goal. Previous ranking: NR

4. St. Ignatius (Calif.), 3-1

The Wildcats opened the season with a pair of wins against West-ranked San Ramon Valley (Calif.) and Highland Park (Texas), but slipped up against Monte Vista-Danville (Calif.), 8-5, on March 8. Patrick Brosnan had three goals and two assists in the loss. St. Ignatius gets a chance to avenge its lone loss from last year when it meets Gonzaga (D.C.) on Saturday, coupled with a game against South-ranked Dallas Jesuit (Texas). Previous ranking: 1

5. Regis Jesuit (Colo.), 0-0

The 2015 state runner-up Raiders appear reloaded for another strong season, as they kick things into gear Friday against Araphoe (Colo.). They lost 13 contributing seniors, including four All-Americans, to graduation but still have 10 all-conference players returning. Previous ranking: 7

6. Torrey Pines (Calif.), 2-0

The Falcons outscored their first two opponents 39-10, including a 10-goal victory over Cathedral Catholic (Calif.) in the opener March 4. They host 2015 Texas state runner-up The Woodlands on Tuesday. Previous ranking: NR

7. Corona Del Mar, 2-0

The Sea Kings earned a hard-fought win over Brighton (Utah) on Saturday after opening with a 19-5 win over El Toro (Calif.) two days earlier. They are coming off an 18-1 finish last year. Previous ranking: NR

8. Mercer Island (Wash.), 0-0

The defending champion Islanders open Tuesday at Mount Si (Wash.). With a good mix of experience returning, they seek the program's seventh state title this season, having appeared in 12 finals over the past 15 years. Previous ranking: 9

9. Brighton (Utah), 2-2

The Bengals went 1-2 against some quality California competition in a three-day span last weekend, dropping consecutive losses to Corona Del Mar and Foothill-Santa Ana. Before that, they avenged their 2015 state semifinal loss to Corner Canyon, beating the Chargers 13-8 in the opener March 4. Previous ranking: NR

10. Mountain Vista (Colo.), 0-0

Led by junior attackman and UNC commit Colin Munro, the Golden Eagles look to build off a 16-2 finish in 2015. They open their season Tuesday against Mullen. Previous ranking: NR

Player of the Week

Joe Piombo, Monte Vista-Danville (Calif.)

The senior led the Mustangs to an upset of nationally-ranked St. Ignatius Prep (Calif.). He scored four goals in the 8-5 win on March 8, as Monte Vista became the first team in California to beat the Wildcats since 2014.

Also notable: Patrick Brosnan, St. Ignatius Prep (Calif.); Nathan Skeen, Foothill-Santa Ana (Calif.)

— Laurel Pfahler

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