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March 23, 2016
Calvert Hall (Md.) players swarm to celebrate with junior attackman JT Bugliosi (5) after his game-winning goal to beat Malvern Prep (Pa.) on Tuesday. (Kevin P. Tucker)
Calvert Hall (Md.) players swarm to celebrate with junior attackman JT Bugliosi (5) after his game-winning goal to beat Malvern Prep (Pa.) on Tuesday. (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 


March 23, 2016 at 9:56 a.m.

Six of the top 15 teams in the Nike/Lacrosse Magazine National Top 25 played each other Tuesday after the release of this week's rankings and, well, the Mid-Atlantic madness contined.

No. 8 Loyola Blakefield (Md.), the first team to knock off preseason No. 1 Haverford School (Pa.), took down new No. 1 Landon (Md.) 11-9, blanking the Bears in the third quarter. The Dons, flourishing under first-year coach Ben Rubeor, would probably be the top dog if it were not for their 11-9 loss to No. 5 Malvern Prep (Pa.) sandwiched between those big wins.

Speaking of Malvern Prep, the Friars suffered a 7-6 overtime setback against No. 14 Calvert Hall (Md.), whose only loss this season is to the Canadian powerhouse Hill Academy (Ontario). Junior attackman JT Bugliosi (Ohio State) scored the game-winning goal in overtime.

The only Top 10 team to emerge unscathed Tuesday was McDonogh (Md.), which improved to 5-0 with an impressive 9-8 overtime win against Midwest juggernaut Culver Military Academy (Ind.). Senior Jackson Morrill (Yale) scored two goals, including the game-winner, and added four assists for McDonogh, which overcame a four-goal performance by Culver junior midfielder Jackson Reid (Ohio State).

The next release of the Nike/LM National Top 25 and Regional Top 10s will be Tuesday, March 29.

— Matt DaSilva

If last week was any indication, buckle up for a turbulent high school boys' lacrosse season. When the dust settled, unbeaten Landon (Md.) was the No. 1 team in the country.

The Bears are 5-0 going into Tuesday's game against Loyola Blakefield (Md.), the team that stunned former No. 1 Haverford School (Pa.) last week to create an opening at the top spot for Landon. The Dons then lost to Malvern Prep (Pa.), which as a result jumped 13 spots to No. 5 in this week's Nike/Lacrosse Magazine National Top 25.

Another game happening Tuesday of national consequence: No. 6 Culver (Ind.), which also defeated now No. 9 Haverford School, continues its East Coast swing at No. 4 McDonogh (Md.)

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 22

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

Also considered (alphabetical order): Bridgewater-Raritan (N.J.), Cherry Creek (Colo.), Cold Spring Harbor (N.Y.), Delbarton (N.J.), Jamesville-Dewitt (N.Y.), Northport (N.Y.)

Northeast Top 10 (Preseason)

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. Landon (Md.), 5-0

The Bears pushed their win streak to 11 straight games with victories over Gilman (Md.) and Calverton (Md.) last week. A big meeting against Loyola-Blakefield (Md.) happens next on March 22. Previous ranking: 2

2. McDonogh (Md.), 4-0

The Eagles went down to Florida and defeated the defending FHSAA champion, Lake Highland Prep (15-8), and the team favored to win it all this year, St. Andrew's (13-8). Jack Parr had six goals and one assist in the win over St. Andrew's. The McDonogh defense has yet to allow more than eight goals in any game this season. Previous ranking: 4

3. Malvern Prep (Pa.), 3-0

An 11-9 win over Loyola-Blakefield (Md.) propels the Friars into the Top 3 this week. Kyle Anderson scored four goals and had one assist, and AJ Traynor scored three goals in the win over the Dons. Previous ranking: 8

4. Loyola-Blakefield (Md.), 1-1

The Dons started 2016 by defeating former national No. 1 Haverford School (Pa.) 16-14 behind Cole Williams' seven points. Williams totaled three goals and an assist in the 11-9 loss to Malvern Prep. Previous ranking: 9

5. Haverford School (Pa.), 1-2

The Fords' 27-game win streak came to an end with the 16-14 loss to Loyola-Blakefield, and then they dropped a second straight game, 9-8 in overtime, to Midwest No. 1 Culver Academy (Ind.). Previous ranking: 1

6. St. Paul's (Md.), 1-2

The Crusaders' tough schedule had them at 0-2 to start the season, with losses to Haverford School (Pa.) and Hill Academy (Canada), but St. Paul's rebounded with an 8-6 win over Episcopal School (D.C.) on Saturday. Previous ranking: 3

7. Gonzaga (D.C.), 3-1

Gonzaga had an impressive showing last week, defeating St. Albans (D.C.), Dallas Jesuit (Texas) and St. Ignatius Prep (Calif.). The Purple Eagles defeated St. Ignatius 9-3 on Saturday in their closest game of the week. Charlie Stoever had a hat trick in the 18-7 win over Dallas Jesuit. Previous ranking: 5

8. Calvert Hall (Md.), 4-1

The Cardinals' trip to North Carolina for the Brine King of Spring Classic helped them to a 4-0 start, as they posted wins over Lake Norman (N.C.), Ravenscroft School (N.C.) and St. John's (Texas). Only an 11-7 loss to Canadian power Hill Academy stopped the streak. Previous ranking: 6

9. Boys' Latin (Md.), 2-1

The Lakers dropped a 14-8 contest to Hill Academy before defeating Lake Highland Prep (Fla.) 19-6 on Saturday. The Lakers' trip to Florida takes them to South region No. 1 St. Andrew's before heading back to play Gonzaga on March 29. Previous ranking: 7

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

Bergen Catholic is the defending Non-Public A champion and the Tournament of Champions runner-up last season. The Crusaders start their season on March 31 against a 6-0 Foothill-Santa Ana (Calif.) team. Previous ranking: 10

— Mike Loveday

South Top 10

1. St. Andrew's (Fla.), 14-1

The Scots suffered their first setback of the season with a 13-8 loss to McDonogh (Md.), which was ranked No. 6 nationally at the time. They bounced back with a quality in-state win over Vero Beach on the road, but next up is No. 14 Boys' Latin on Tuesday. Nick Iznaga and Nick Diamond each had two goals against McDonogh, who led just 7-6 going into the fourth quarter. Previous ranking: 1

2. Highland Park (Texas), 5-1

The Fighting Scots handed seven-win Kinkaid (Texas) its first loss, 15-4, on Saturday. Their lone loss was to St. Ignatius Prep (Calif.), by three, on March 5. Previous ranking: 2

3. St. Thomas Aquinas (Fla.), 9-0

The Raiders added a dominant 15-3 win over Vero Beach on March 15. They've scored in double digits in every game this year and only one team has managed to score more than eight goals against them. Previous ranking: 3

4. Centennial (Ga.), 7-0

Nicky Solomon earned MVP honors with five goals and four assists in a 19-8 win over Harrison (Ga.) at the 10th annual AJO4 Laxfest Saturday at Pope High School, as the Knights avenged last year's overtime state quarterfinal loss. A much-anticipated matchup against also unbeaten Lambert (Ga.) looms March 25. Previous ranking: 4

5. Ponte Vedra (Fla.), 15-0

The Sharks outscored their two opponents 37-6 last week. They're off from competition until March 28 when they travel to Lawton Chiles (Fla.). Previous ranking: 6

6. Dallas Jesuit (Texas), 8-1

The Rangers suffered their first loss at the hands of Gonzaga (D.C.), which was ranked No. 7 nationally. They followed the 17-8 defeat with a 16-3 win over Brophy Prep (Ariz.). Junior attackman Daniel Burnum led Jesuit with four goals, and sophomore middie Grayson Hassell added three. Previous ranking: 5

7. Episcopal Dallas (Texas), 7-0

After collecting a 19-5 win over Greenhill (Texas) and beating Allen (Texas) 12-6 last week, the Eagles earned a 10-day break from action leading up to a March 26 game against Keller (Texas). Previous ranking: 7

8. Lambert (Ga.), 9-0

The Longhorns added two quality in-state wins to their collection last week, beating Chattahoochee 17-0 and then topping Lovett 14-2 in the AJO4 event at Pope on Saturday. Johnny DiVirgilio (four goals) was named MVP of the game against Lovett. Lambert's next game is against Centennial (Ga.). Previous ranking: 8

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

The Ascenders beat one-win Strake Jesuit (Texas) 14-7 and downed Coppell (Texas) 15-3 before handing H.B. Plant (Fla.) its first loss on Saturday, 17-9. Arapahoe (Colo.) comes to town Tuesday. Previous ranking: 9

10. Apex (N.C.), 6-0

The Cougars join the rankings to replace Montgomery Bell Academy (Tenn.), which lost 4-4 Lake Norman (N.C.) on Saturday. Apex owns an out-of-state win over Pope (Ga.), accounting for the Greyhounds' only loss, and the Cougars handed Green Hope (N.C.) its first defeat on Friday. Previous ranking: NR

— Laurel Pfahler

Midwest Top 10

1. Culver (Ind.), 4-0

The gap between the Eagles and the majority of the Midwest remains wide, as Culver outscored its first three opponents, 51-4, including a surprising rout of Carmel (Ind.). They then added a 9-8 overtime win over then-national No. 1 Haverford on Jake Stevens' game-winning goal. Culver now heads into a Tuesday showdown with nationally ranked McDonogh (Md.). Previous ranking: 1

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

The Warriors start with four straight games on the road, including a trip to Illinois to scrimmage New Trier and Glenbrook North. Previous ranking: 2

3. MICDS (Mo.), 3-0

The Rams continue to separate themselves from the rest of Missouri. They have outscored their first three Show-Me State foes 48-7. Bear Reisinger (three goals) and Graham Bundy (two goals) led the way in a 10-5 win against Chaminade (Mo.), while Alexander Feldman and Louis Werner each had four goals in an 18-0 win over St. John Vianney Marianist (Mo.). Previous ranking: 4

4. New Trier (Ill.), 1-0

It won't be hard to figure out where the Trevians belong as they face some early tests. They opened with an overtime victory over Louisville St. Xavier (Ky.), thanks to Colin Casas' game-winner, and also coming up on the schedule are Midwest powers Carmel (Ind.), Detroit Country Day (Mich.) and Brother Rice (Mich.). Previous ranking: 5

5. Upper Arlington (Ohio), 0-0

Give the stacked Golden Bears credit. Led by All-American midfielder Danny Logan, they're not taking the easy road, starting with 19-win Pittsford (N.Y.), local rival Olentangy and undefeated MICDS (Mo.). Previous ranking: 8

6. Carmel (Ind.), 3-1

After a rough opener, losing 17-2 to Culver Military (Ind.), the Greyhounds picked up impressive back-to-back road wins against Zionsville (Ind.) and Louisville St. Xavier (Ky.). Previous ranking: 3

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

Just like their rival New Trier, the Ramblers start off with a challenge, visiting 2015 New York Class A runner-up West Genesee. Previous ranking: 6

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

The March 26 battle of the St. X's should be a great matchup, as Cincinnati played Louisville tight in 2015. Previous ranking: 7

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

Unlike other Midwest teams that start out-of-state, the Shamrocks begin with some big in-state games. They face East Grand Rapids on March 30 and Detroit Country Day on April 5. Previous ranking: 9

10. Zionsville (Ind.), 4-1

The Eagles, a longtime state final four participant, rebounded well from their first loss, beating University of Detroit Jesuit (Mich.), 8-6. Previous ranking: NR

— Jonah Rosenblum

West Top 10

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

The Bruins opened with a 15-11 win over Wheat Ridge (Colo.) on March 16. Cherry Creek hosts Wantagh (N.Y.) on March 24 before heading East for a pair of games in New Jersey next week. Previous ranking: 1

2. Monte Vista-Danville (Calif.), 6-0

After leading just 4-3 at halftime, the Mustangs broke loose in the second half to beat Amador Valley (Calif.) 10-4 on Friday. Devin Spencer finished with five points on one goal and four assists, while Chris Ryan added two goals and two assists. Previous ranking: 3

3. St. Ignatius (Calif.), 5-2

The Wildcats added another out-of-state win in beating Brophy Prep (Ariz.) 13-6, but they weren't able to avenge their only loss from last year -- falling again to national No. 7 Gonzaga (D.C.), 9-3, on Saturday. They will have two more chances at nationally-ranked opponents with No. 6 McDonogh (Md.) and No. 4 Chaminade (N.Y.) on the schedule for March 29 and March 31, respectively. Previous ranking: 4

4. Corona del Mar (Calif.), 4-0

The Sea Kings took a 13-9 lead into the fourth quarter against Foothill-Santa Anna (Calif.) and held on to win 16-13 in a matchup of two West-ranked teams. Stephen Von der Ahe and Nate Neumann led the Knights with four goals each. Foothill was previously ranked No. 2, while Corona now moves up from the No. 7 spot. Previous ranking: 7

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

Rain pushed back the start of the Raiders' season, as the much-anticipated opener against Arapahoe (Colo.) was rescheduled for April 5. They were scheduled to play Mullen (Colo.) on Monday. Previous ranking: 5

6. Torrey Pines (Calif.), 4-0

The Falcons added a notable win against the 2015 Texas state runner-up on March 15, beating The Woodlands 11-6 in their closest game so far. Brendan Egan led Torrey Pines with five goals. Torrey Pines also defeated St. Mark's (Texas) 14-5 on Monday. Previous ranking: 6

7. Foothill-Santa Ana (Calif.), 6-1

The Knights suffered their first loss of the season to Corona del Mar, falling 16-13 at home on Saturday despite a five-point effort from Kevin Kodzis (four goals, one assist). Senior Ryan Blank had 10 saves in goal. Foothill was coming off a 16-4 win over Newport Harbor. Previous ranking: 2

8. Mercer Island (Wash.), 1-0

The Islanders gave first-year coach Chris Long a win in his Mercer Island debut, beating Mount Si (Wash.) 19-1 on March 15 behind Mitchell Mandt's six goals and five assists. Long replaced the winningest coach in Washington State boys lacrosse history, as Ian O'Hearn (252-57) stepped down after 14 seasons and five state titles with the Islanders. Previous ranking: 8

9. Mountain Vista (Colo.), 1-0

The Golden Eagles opened with an 8-6 win over Mullen (Colo.). Colin Munro led Mountain Vista with four goals and one assist, and Paxton Boyer had 17 saves in goal. The Eagles are off until March 29 when they host Pine Creek (Colo.). Previous ranking: 10

10. Poway (Calif.), 4-0

The Titans slide into the rankings with the help of a 9-8 out-of-state win over The Woodlands (Texas) on March 14. Whether they stay could depend on the outcome of Tuesday's game at Torrey Pines (Calif.) – a team they split games with last year with the win coming in the California San Diego CIF Open championship. Previous ranking: NR

— Laurel Pfahler

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