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Two New Teams Join Nike/US Lacrosse High School Boys' National Top 25


As we await more teams taking the field for the first time, two new teams join the Nike / US Lacrosse High School Boys’ National Top 25. This week, it’s Loyola Blakefield (Md.) and Ponte Vedra (Fla.) entering the fray.

Ponte Vedra joins at No. 25 on the heels of a 13-0 start following a 19-2 win over Menendez (Fla.) on March 30 and a 15-6 victory over Episcopal School of Jacksonville (Fla.) last Thursday.

Let’s see how the entire Top 25 is shaping up.

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National Top 25

 
April 6, 2021

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1 Calvert Hall (Md.) 1-0 1
2 St. Anthony's (N.Y.) 0-0 2
3 Gonzaga (D.C.) 0-0 3
4 Bullis (Md.) 0-0 4
5 Chaminade (N.Y.) 0-0 5
6 Darien (Conn.) 0-0 6
7 Victor (N.Y.) 0-0 7
8 Delbarton (N.J.) 0-0 8
9 Brunswick (Conn.) 0-0 9
10 Manhasset (N.Y.) 0-0 10
11 Georgetown Prep (D.C.) 0-0 11
12 Archbishop Spalding (Md.) 3-0 12
13 Boys' Latin (Md.) 1-0 13
14 McDonogh (Md.) 2-0 14
15 Shoreham-Wading River (N.Y.) 0-0 15
16 Massapequa (N.Y.) 0-0 16
17 Ward Melville (N.Y.) 0-0 17
18 Malvern Prep (Pa.) 3-1 18
19 Culver Academy (Ind.) 7-1 19
20 Haverford (Pa.) 3-1 20
21 Loyola Blakefield (Md.) 1-0 NR
22 Mountain Lakes (N.J.) 0-0 22
23 Garden City (N.Y.) 0-0 23
24 Smithtown West (N.Y.) 0-0 24
25 Ponte Vedra (Fla.) 13-0 NR
Also considered (alphabetical order): DeMatha (Md.), Gilman (Md.), Jamesville-DeWitt (N.Y.), La Salle (Pa.), Landon (Md.), Ridgewood (N.J.), Salesianum (Del.), Seton Hall Prep (N.J.),  Smithtown East (N.Y.), St. John's (Md.), St. Stephen's & St. Agnes (Va.). Yorktown (N.Y.)







Nike/US Lacrosse High School Rankings
National Boys' Top 25 | National Girls' Top 25
Northeast Boys' Top 10 | Northeast Girls' Top 10
Mid-Atlantic Boys' Top 10 | Mid-Atlantic Girls' Top 10
South Boys' Top 10
| South Girls' Top 10
Midwest Boys' Top 10
| Midwest Girls' Top 10
West Boys' Top 10
| West Girls' Top 10

Northeast Top 10

Note: While this is the first in-season update to the Top 25, many teams in the Northeast have yet to begin play. The below breakdowns are based off preseason projections.

1. St. Anthony’s (N.Y.)

The Friars aren’t as deep as they were in 2019 when they went 15-1, or as deep as they would have been in 2020, but there’s still high-level talent throughout, especially the sophomore and a senior classes. There is a plethora of Division I-bound players, led by the nation’s top-ranked senior in Duke-bound midfielder Andrew McAdorey, senior midfielder and Notre Dame commit Jake Seymour and junior attackman John Maccarone (Ohio State).

2. Chaminade (N.Y.)

There’s an embarrassment of riches at Chaminade, with the two-headed faceoff monster in seniors Will Lynch (Notre Dame) and Mac Rodriguez (Yale), a scoring machine in junior attackman Charles Balsamo (Duke) and its latest Division I goalie in Alex Zepf (Notre Dame). Coach Jack Moran’s squad opens the season behind the rival Friars, but with three anticipated showdowns this season, there are ample opportunities to leapfrog St. Anthony’s. Also consider that Chaminade has gotten the better of the matchups coming up through the younger levels.

3. Darien (Conn.)

A team Jeff Brameier thought would have been really special never got to step on the field in 2020, but this year’s squad is deep, especially in the midfield, with senior Jamison Moore (Princeton), Finn Pokorny (Richmond) and Christian Alegro (Air Force) leading the way. There’s also Loyola-bound Matthew Minicus, Georgetown commit Holt Matheis and Villanova recruit David Evanchick — all three of whom had brothers in the program. Could another state title also be in the cards?

4. Victor (N.Y.)

The defending state Class B champions have a new coach with Dan Stone replacing the legendary Jim Andre, who announced his retirement late last year. The Blue Devils return several key cogs from the 2019 championship squad, including Johns Hopkins-bound senior faceoff specialist Logan Callahan and Army-bound senior attackman/midfielder Cal Lambert. Senior Charlie Robbins (NJIT), junior Louie Germain (St. Bonaventure) and senior Alex Parton anchor the defense, which should be Victor’s strength this season.

5. Brunswick (Conn.)

The Bruins are known to play fast and play hard, and they have a ridiculously deep midfield. This season is no different. Division I seniors Blake Borges (Syracuse), Lucas Delgado (Michigan) and Luke Waters (Duke) highlight the roster, followed by highly-touted juniors in Owen Guest (Army), Will O’Connor (Michigan) and Wells Faulstich (Air Force), and there’s few better in the Class of 2023 than Tomas Delgado, Lucas’ younger brother. Their poles also are stellar with Duke-bound junior Charlie Johnson and senior Colin Mulshine (Princeton).

6. Manhasset (N.Y.)

Coach Keith Cromwell prefers his Indians to play up-tempo, attacking lacrosse, and there’s plenty of horses to deliver in 2021. That includes highly-ranked junior midfielder Joey Terenzi (Virginia), who scored the overtime winner against Garden City in the Nassau Class B championship game as a freshman, and Michigan-bound senior midfielder Aidan Mullholland, who had 36 goals and 18 assists as a sophomore.

7. Shoreham-Wading River (N.Y.)

SWR is perhaps best known for churning out shifty, explosive attackmen in recent years, like North Carolina stud Chris Gray and Xavier Arline, who started as Navy’s quarterback in the fall after leading the Wildcats to the 2019 New York State Class C title. But coach Mike Taylor’s Wildcats also have some of the region’s top poles in Duke-bound senior defenseman Jake Wilson and LSM Tyler Schwartz, who will join twin brother and midfielder Johnny at UNC next year.

8. Massapequa (N.Y.)

The Chiefs are also a reigning state champion, having captured the New York State Class A title in 2019. Coach Tim Radomski’s squad enters the 2021 season a young, but talented group led by Navy-bound senior Jack Nichtern, whose older brother Brendan is one of the leading scorers in the country at Army. Pace-bound two-way midfielder Timmy Morrow, senior LSM Sean Gillespie and senior defenseman Ryan Durnin are part of a strong defensive core.

9. Ward Melville (N.Y.)

Providence-bound senior Chris Simonton will quarterback the offense, which also features Trevor Dunn, a big and strong senior with a laser for a shot, and Giovanni Serratore, a savvy, tough, lefty senior attackman with great vision. The Patriots are traditionally a defensive juggernaut, and that doesn’t change this year with LSM Deven Rauss guiding a deep group of poles battling for playing time.

10. Garden City (N.Y.)

The last time the Trojans played, they suffered a devastating overtime defeat in the Nassau Class B championship game to archrival Manhasset. That never sits well, especially after 23 months. Steve Finnell’s squad should again be a powerhouse in 2021, led by junior Cornell-bound faceoff specialist Jake Cascadden, senior attackman Ryan Connolly, junior defenseman Brendan Staub and senior midfielder Pierce Archer. Sophomore Stevie Finnell, the coach’s son, is a physically-gifted hard dodging midfielder to watch as well.

— Dylan Butler

Mid-Atlantic

1. Calvert Hall (Md.), 1-0

Calvert Hall hasn’t played since March 23 but will get back into action on Friday when it plays at St. Mary’s in Annapolis. It will be another good test for the Cardinals, whose coach Bryan Kelly is eight wins away from 300 career victories. Calvert Hall has won the last three MIAA A Conference crowns. Previous: 1

2. Gonzaga (D.C.), 0-0  

Gonzaga is still three weeks away from opening play. Team captains this spring are Michael Bath, Jack Norton, Luke Raymond and Finn Scanlon. Their leadership will be important to getting the Eagles up to speed quickly. Previous: 2

3. Bullis (D.C.), 0-0       

Bullis had hoped to be playing games this week but was delayed when potential opponents were forced out due to COVID outbreaks. Scrimmages against Spalding and Gonzaga have shown some of the team’s progress. The Bulldogs are led by Tyler Kuehl (Penn), a long-stick middie/defender who can be disruptive to opponents and make plays at either end of the field. He has plenty of help with defenders Ethan Till (Penn) and Charlie Muller (Harvard), midfielders Spencer Hughes (Brown), Kieran Anzelone (Brown) and Tucker Wade (Princeton), short stick defensive middie Mac Rietano (Penn State), attackers Connor Davis (Bucknell) and Lucas Hilsenrath (Harvard) and goalie Jack Fracyon (Penn State). Previous: 3

4. Delbarton (N.J.), 0-0 

The Green Wave’s first few days of practice have gone well, according to coach Matt Kovachik. The team has come out working hard and is excited to finally be on the field together. Seniors Donnie Tedesco (Colgate), Tripp Robinson (Villanova) and Declan Maseker, as well as junior Max LaTorre (Loyola), have stood out for their effort, performance and leadership. Junior attackman David Link (Villanova) has been a bright spot for the offense. Kovachik is most encouraged by the culture of this team and the players’ work ethic. Despite losing an important developmental season last year, they have been bringing high energy to the field, supporting each other and maintaining focus. Previous: 4

5. Georgetown Prep (D.C.), 0-0

Georgetown Prep has been shaking off the rust through the preseason. The Hoyas have a deep team with some big-school recruits. They will be vital parts of Prep’s success, but others could be difference-makers, like Patrick Fitzgerald (Bowdoin), who has impressed early and figures to be one of the leading scorers. Previous: 5

6. Archbishop Spalding (Md.), 3-0

Spalding has a big week ahead with games scheduled against St. Paul’s on Tuesday and No. 8 McDonogh on Friday. Spalding has outscored its first three opponents 40-16 during a perfect start. The Cavaliers are 1-0 in conference. Previous: 6

7. Boys' Latin (Md.), 1-0           

Boys’ Latin expects to return to action in a key MIAA battle against No. 8 McDonogh on Tuesday before taking on John Carroll (Md.) on Friday. It will be the Lakers’ first official action since their season-opening win over No. 10 Haverford on March 13. Previous: 7

8. McDonogh (Md.), 2-0           

McDonogh converted 10 of its first 16 shots to open a 10-4 halftime lead on its way to a 16-10 win over St Mary’s of Annapolis on March 30. Jack Horrigan registered a career-high six goals, Jack Dudas had four goals and Luke Miller added three goals and two assists. Anthony Wilson saved nine shots to back a strong effort from the Eagles’ defense. McDonogh was able to convert stops into good offense at the other end. McCabe Millon also provided three assists, Dante Trader had two goals and Hugh Brown added a goal. The Eagles have a big week ahead with games against No. 7 Boys’ Latin on Tuesday and No. 6 Archbishop Spalding on Friday. Previous: 8

9. Malvern Prep (Pa.), 3-1        

Malvern Prep looks to add to its two-game win streak with games against Gilman on Thursday — a matchup that pits them against former Haverford coach John Nostrant’s new team — and Conestoga (Pa.) on Saturday. Malvern has not played Gilman since Nostrant took over the Maryland school ahead of the 2020 season. Previous: 9

10. Haverford School (Pa.), 3-1 

Avi Mehl had four goals, Teddy Malone tallied a goal and three assists and Geordy Holmes added two goals and an assist as Haverford defeated LaSalle (Pa.) 11-4 on Wednesday. Chuck Cacciutti made 10 saves, and Pat Gillin recorded three ground balls and two caused turnovers in the midfield. Ryan DiRocco had a goal and assist, and Wills Burt chipped in two goals, while Adam Greenfield won eight of 14 faceoffs. It was the third straight win for the Fords. Previous: 10

— Justin Feil




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Owen Gaffney led Loyola Los Angeles with six goals in a 14-5 win over Westlake last week.


South Top 10

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

The Sharks remain unbeaten following a 19-2 win over Menendez (Fla.) on March 30 and a 15-6 victory over Episcopal School of Jacksonville (Fla.) on Thursday. Sophomore midfielder Maddox Johnson scored nine times in the win over Episcopal. Previous: 1

2. Highland Park (Texas), 8-1

The Highlanders continued their eight-game winning streak on April 3, defeating Episcopal School of Dallas (Texas). Highland Park’s most dominant player has been Anthony Ghobriel, who won 26 of 28 faceoffs last week, including 17 of 18 against ESD. Thomas Mencke has 14 points in the last two contests. Previous: 2

3. Lassiter (Ga.), 10-2

John Tallman’s goal with 40 seconds left gave the Trojans an 11-10 victory over Roswell (Ga.) on March 30. Chase Edwards stopped 13 shots in goal. Lassiter then went on to defeat Kennesaw Mountain (Ga.) 21-3 on Friday. Previous: 3

4. Cardinal Gibbons (N.C.), 17-0

The Crusaders completed an unbeaten season with a state title on March 26, defeating Hough (N.C.) 14-5. Bryce Wojnovich, a Jacksonville recruit, was named the state championship MVP for his five-goal performance. Junior Caden Zadell led Cardinal Gibbons in 2021 with 42 goals. Previous: 4

5. Dallas Jesuit (Texas), 6-2

The Rangers improved their record with an 11-4 win over Frisco (Texas) on March 30. Caiden Vlasimsky led Jesuit with four goals, while Curran Rose added three goals and an assist. Jesuit outshot Frisco 46-10. Previous: 5

6. Westlake (Texas), 3-2

After a three-week sabbatical, the Chaparrals moved above .500 with a 21-1 victory over Round Rock (Texas) on Thursday. Junior Ethan Burke, who verbally committed to Maryland, led Westlake with five goals, while senior Cam Lynch added four tallies. Previous: 6

7. Blessed Trinity (Ga.), 12-0

The Titans remained unbeaten last week after defeating Pinecrest Academy (Ga.) 17-3 on March 29, followed by a 14-1 victory over Mount Pisgah Christian (Ga.) on Wednesday. Previous: 7

8. Middle Creek (N.C.), 12-1

The Mustangs’ season came to an end on March 17, losing to eventual state champion Cardinal Gibbons 12-7. Eight Mustangs tallied double figures in goals, led by junior Tate Jones, who had 36. Charlie Riesett won more than 90 percent of faceoffs. Previous: 8

9. St. Andrew’s (Fla.), 10-0

Sophomore Jack Schulte’s six-goal performance led the Scots to a 13-2 victory over King’s Academy (Fla.) on Wednesday. Schulte now leads St. Andrew’s with 28 goals for the season. Junior Kurt Schwarz has a team-high 19 assists. Junior Nick Golubov averages more than seven ground balls per game. Previous: 9

10. Jupiter (Fla.), 10-1

The Warriors have won five in a row after defeating Oxbridge Academy (Fla.) 15-5 on March 29 and Dwyer (Fla.) 20-2 on Thursday. Junior Max Silver scored four goals against Oxbridge while junior Trace Hogan contributed three goals and three assists. Jupiter’s defense was stellar against Dwyer, allowing just four shots on goal. Junior Brooks Hasner had a team-leading four goals against Dwyer. Previous: 10

— Justin Boggs

Midwest Top 10

1. Culver Academy (Ind.), 7-1

Playing top competition, the Eagles have been entangled in one close game after another, including a one-goal win over Salesianum (Del.) and an overtime loss to Malvern Prep (Pa.). Culver was idle last week. Previous: 1

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

Following a 6-5 opening win over talented Hamilton Southeastern (Ind.), the Warriors picked up a convincing 16-1 victory over De La Salle. Brother Rice was stellar in its 2021 Catholic League debut, scoring 15 unanswered goals to finish the game. Previous: 2

3. MICDS (Mo.), 4-0

The Rams continued their fast start with a 21-5 victory over Eureka (Mo.) that included three goals and two assists from PJ Behan (Brown), all in the first half. Expect a tighter margin on Wednesday as MICDS hosts a fellow undefeated squad in Christian Brothers (Mo.). Previous: 3

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

A new Trevians team — with no returning starters — gets an immediate test on April 19 in Glenbrook South (Ill.), which New Trier beat by five back in 2019. Green as they might be, the Trevians still have their customary top talent, including midfielder Jesse Shapiro (Williams) and a shutdown defender in Vincent Flannagan (Providence). Previous: 4

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

Don’t read too far into Loyola’s 15-7 record in 2019. The Ramblers lost a single in-state game all year, and that was the state championship against New Trier. With Will Maheras (Yale) leading the attack, expect the Ramblers to be dangerous. Previous: 5

6. Dublin Coffman (Ohio), 5-0

The Shamrocks eked out a 15-12 win over St. Francis DeSales (Ohio), then staged a dominant performance against Delaware Hayes. Peter Tyack tallied hat tricks in both victories, with three goals against DeSales and five against Hayes, while Connor Mathews (three goals, one assist) had a hat trick against DeSales and Gavin Guetle (four goals, one assist) and Ben Holland (three goals, three assists) staged hat tricks against Hayes. Previous: 6

7. Dublin Jerome (Ohio), 3-0

Following a 20-15 victory over a Cleveland power in St. Ignatius, there’s no question the Celtics are dangerous. Coach Andy Asmo noted that the game against the Wildcats marked the first time his starters played more than a half, no easy feat given Dublin Jerome's “high-tempo/high-pressure style of lacrosse.” The Celtics were idle last week. Previous: 7

8. Hamilton Southeastern (Ind.), 3-1

The Royals were idle last week. But they are off to an impressive start with a road win at Carmel (Ind.), a victory over Forest Hills Central (Mich.) and, perhaps most impressively, coming within a goal of regional power Brother Rice (Mich.). EJ Reichert especially impressed with a hat trick against the Warriors. Previous: 8

9. Prior Lake (Minn.), 0-0

After ending the 2019 season on a 12-game win streak, the Lakers have to wait until the final weeks of April to get started. One of Prior Lake’s first scheduled games is against Lakeville North, which handed the Lakers one of their three losses back in 2019. Benilde-St. Margaret is lurking when the calendar turns to May. Previous: 10

10. East Grand Rapids (Mich.), 3-0

The Pioneers have won their first three games by a combined five goals, including a 7-6 overtime victory against one of the state’s top teams in Detroit Catholic Central, which was ranked ninth in the Midwest at the time. The game-winner came from Mason Margherio with no time left on the clock. Previous: NR

— Jonah Rosenblum

West Top 10

1. St. Ignatius Prep (Calif.), 0-0

In their last full season on the field, the Wildcats returned to prominence after a down season in 2018, and they were looking to continue their climb last year. That plan got delayed, not derailed. St. Ignatius Prep seeks to defend its West Catholic Athletic League title from two years ago with a much different lineup, but there’s still plenty of talent, led by a strong senior class. Top returning players include senior attackmen Nils Barry (Bates College) and Jackson Kane (Colgate), senior midfielder Henry Niehaus (Brown) and senior defender Duke Reeder (Stanford football). St. Ignatius won’t begin play until April 20. Previous: 1

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

The Falcons open their season April 14 at Canyon Crest (Calif.). After claiming their second straight CIF San Diego Open Division state title in 2019, they were off to a 3-0 start last year when the season shut down. Torrey Pines lost a strong group of 16 to graduation, but the program has a strong history of reloading and building depth through young talent. That remains the case in 2021, with senior attackman Dewey Egan (UNC), senior defenseman Tyler Blackburn (Brown), senior midfielder Logan Gutzwiller (Notre Dame) and junior midfielders Tayden Bultman (UNC) and Griffin Grant (Notre Dame) leading the way. Previous: 2

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

The Raiders had some young talent that got valuable experience in a disappointing 2019 campaign, and now they are the upperclassmen leading the team. Regis Jesuit especially is strong at the close defense and attack positions, but the key will be seeing how a three-senior goalie competition plays out and the development of the middies on offense and defense. Top returning players include senior attackmen Jack Ringhofer and Will McFadden, senior long-stick middie Adam Zdanovicz, senior midfielder Jack Egan and sophomore defender Jack Casey, who would have started as a freshman. Colorado teams begin practice April 26 with games set for the following week. Previous: 3

4. Sacred Heart Prep (Calif.), 0-0

The 2019 WCAL runners up returned nine starters last year and didn’t get the chance to avenge their championship loss to St. Ignatius Prep. Fortunately, many of those players are back now as seniors, including midfielders Ben Ramsey and Billy Barnds and defenders Cav Williams and Paul Barton. Junior Max Sloat should pace the attack. The first game on Sacred Heart’s schedule as of now is April 16. Previous: 4

5. La Costa Canyon (Calif.), 4-0

The Mavericks are off to a strong start to a challenging season. They added three wins last week, outscoring St. Augustine SD, Canyon Crest and Rancho Bernardo 44-7. LCC hasn’t given up more than four goals in any game so far. Previous: 5

6. San Ramon Valley (Calif.), 0-0

The Wolves don’t have a ton of depth but feature a strong core of players who are expected to keep SRV among the top teams in the CIF North Coast Section. SRV finished 17-2 in 2019, suffering an upset loss to De LaSalle in the quarterfinals of the postseason tournament. Top players include senior midfielder Matt Carbonell (Holy Cross), senior attackman/midfielder Charlie Tagliaferri (Tufts) and junior midfielders Charlie Iler (Johns Hopkins) and Calvin Watson. The season for SRV’s area officially begins Monday. Previous: 6

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

The Bruins won their seventh state title in 2019 and were ready to pick up where they left off last year, but the season shut down before they ever took the field. Cherry Creek would have returned seven starters and 25 of 36 players from that championship squad, but only four of those return after 21 seniors graduated in 2020. Senior attackman/midfielder Dakota Johnson and junior faceoff specialist Sawyer Brewer lead a group that will look to improve as the season progresses. Cherry Creek still has three weeks before practices officially begin. Previous: 7

8. Loyola Los Angeles (Calif.), 1-0

The Cubs opened with a 14-5 win over Westlake on Tuesday. Owen Gaffney led the offense with six goals, while Matt Gottfried was dominant in the faceoff circle to help Loyola gain a possession advantage. Next up is a big test against St. Margaret’s on April 9. Previous: 8

9. Corner Canyon (Utah), 10-0

The Chargers added two more wins last week to remain undefeated. They outscored Pleasant Grove (Utah) and Westlake (Utah) 40-5. Corner Canyon’s defense allows just 3.2 goals per game. In a 20-0 win over Westlake on Thursday, Mason Quick finished with six goals and two assists, while Jon King tallied five goals and five assists. Trace White had four ground balls and two takeaways and was named the Player of the Game for his contributions to the shutout. Previous: 10

10. Valor Christian (Colo.), 0-0

A state semifinalist in 2019, Valor Christian was looking to build on that 16-2 finish last year but managed just one game before the season was canceled. The Eagles are expected to be one of the top contenders in 2021. Trey Digby (Denver) is one of the top defenders in the state and will make it tough on opposing attackers he matches up with this season. Valor gets things going at the end of April. Previous: 9

— Laurel Pfahler