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The Lax Guys' National High School Rankings 3/29

New postby cloverdale on Mon Mar 29, 2010 8:21 pm

Hear us, Hear us. I hereby present you the fourth installment of this years’ rankings. This was an absolutely crazy week for The Lax Guys as there were a lot of upsets and some very impressive performances around the country. For the second straight week we have a new #1 team. Deerfield’s impressive performance against Brunswick gave them a slight edge over West Islip thus far in the season. Debuting in the rankings is relatively unknown McCallie from Tennessee and McDonogh in the MIAA.

1. Deerfield Academy (NE West) (1-0) (2) • The Big Green definitely impressed in their season opener, gaining a 16-5 victory over Brunswick. Duke-bound postgrad Christian Walsh put up seven points to help Deerfield knock off the previously ranked Bruins. They will host Berkshire on Wednesday before visiting Westminster on Saturday afternoon.

2. West Islip (NY Sect 11) (1) • First game: Sachem North 3/31

3. Lafayette (NY Sect 3) (3) • First game: @ Manlius-Pebble Hill 4/6

4. Salisbury School (CT, NE West) (4) • First game: @ Boys' Latin 4/3

5. Conestoga (PA) (1-0) (5) • The Pioneers started the season off right by taking care of business against IAC power Landon, winning 6-2. Conestoga looks to build on this momentum against Downingtown East and #25 ranked Haverford School this week. Some may question why Conestoga wasn't moved up in the rankings given their performance against Landon. Simply put, if Landon hadn't lost to Western Reserve Academy the day before, the Pioneers could have been as high as #3.

6. Calvert Hall (MIAA) (3-0) (6) • The Cardinals topped archrival Loyola Blakefield while rocking their slick gold alternate jerseys on their way to a 10-5 victory at home on Friday. The Hall was paced by a combined six goals from sophomore Patrick Kelly and senior Tony Rossi. The defense, while young and somewhat inexperienced, has been quite stout. They will travel to Falls Road to take on the #15 St. Paul's Crusaders on Tuesday afternoon.

7. Garden City (NY Sect 8) (1-0) (7) • Hopkins-bound junior Tom Gordon netted four goals to lead the Trojans to a 10-5 victory over Nassau A contender Syosset last Wednesday in their only game of the week. This week, Garden City travels east to face 21st-ranked Smithtown West on Saturday. The Trojans will be looking for their third consecutive victory against the Bulls.

8. Chaminade (NY CHSAA) (2-0) (9) • The Flyers got four goals from Matt Kavanagh to defeat Massapequa, 9-5, last Wednesday, then jumped out to a 14-0 halftime lead en route to a 17-0 demolition of league foe Monsignor Farrell on Friday. Chaminade will travel to face CHSAA opponent Holy Trinity on Tuesday in advance of their showdown against second-ranked West Islip on Saturday.

9. West Genesee (NY, Sect 3) (10) • First game: Jamesville-DeWitt 3/30

10. Ward Melville (NY Sect 11) (2-0) (11) • The Patriots picked up two solid wins last week, as Bryant-bound midfielder Nick Giampaolo scored a combined seven goals to lead Ward Melville. They defeated league rival Smithtown East on the road, 11-4, on Thursday and followed it up with a 10-5 home victory over Emmaus (PA). The Patriots will be idle this week and will next take the field in a league match-up at Patchogue-Medford on April 7.

11. St. Stephen's & St. Agnes (IAC) (6-0) (15) • The Saints downed a trio of Virginia schools by the combined score of 31-20. The losses by Georgetown Prep and Landon this week make the Saints an early season favorite to win the IAC, a position that is new to them. We will see how SSSA does with the target on its back when they face Georgetown Prep in two weeks. The slate for the Saints is weak this week, however, as face WCAC bottom-dweller Bishop O'Connell and MD public Dulaney.

12. St. Anthony's (NY Catholic League) (13) • First game: Kellenberg Memorial 4/1

13. John Jay (NY Sect 1) (16) • First game: @ Brewster 4/1

14. Summit (NJ) (17) • First game: Randolph 4/3

15. St. Paul's School (MIAA) (3-1) (19) • The Crusaders had a big win in Bethesda on Tuesday, turning back Georgetown Prep's comeback effort to clinch a 9-8 win in triple overtime. They also had a dominating performance on Friday against Severn, winning 11-3 in their conference opener. St. Paul's will face the high-flying Cardinals of Calvert Hall on Tuesday before heading to McDonogh on Thursday.

16. Canandaigua Academy (NY Sect 5) (20) • First game: @ Pittsford today (3/29)

17. Loyola Blakefield (MIAA) (4-1) (18) • The Dons rolled to a 15-6 win over Trinity-Pawling on Tuesday but dropped a game later in the week to nemesis Calvert Hall by a score of 10-5. Loyola will have three games in the next two weeks in which they can grab statement wins. Coach Crawford's squad will face Illinois power New Trier tonight before hosting Severn on Thursday.

18. Delbarton School (NJ) (22) • First game: Georgetown Prep (neutral site) 4/1

19. St. Mary's (MIAA) (5-1) (23) • The Saints bounced back from an overtime loss to Landon, earning a pair of victories over DeMatha and Mount St. Joseph, respectively. Their offense has been scoring close to 12 goals per game, while their D has given up just half of that. St. Mary's will entertain the Gilman Greyhounds on Tuesday and will then have a week half before taking on St. Paul's.

20. Smithtown West (NY Sect 11) (1-0) (NR) • The Bulls got three goals each from Duke-bound junior Kyle Keenan and sophomore James Pannell in an impressive 11-3 win over Whitman on Friday. West's defense limited Whitman's star midfielder Myles Jones to one goal and one assist while forcing many turnovers. They will face two stiff non-league challenges this week, hosting Nassau powers Farmingdale (Wednesday) and seventh-ranked Garden City (Saturday).

21. McCallie School (TN) (6-0) (NR) • The Blue Tornado were idle this week and slide into the rankings for the first time at #22. McCallie owns a double-overtime victory over current #23 McDonogh as well as a solid win over Georgia power Lassiter. They will be idle again this week before traveling to face in-state challenger Montgomery Bell Academy on April 9.

22. McDonogh (MIAA) (6-1) (NR) • The Eagles are on an impressive six game winning streak boasting wins over previously #15 ranked Avon Old Farms and #25 Haverford School. McDonogh's only loss came at the hand of Tennessee power and #21 ranked McCallie in their first game of the season at Duke University. The Eagles have a tough week ahead as they travel to Severn (where they won today 11-3) before playing host to St. Paul's on 4/01 and perennial CA power Coronado on 4/03.

23. Boys' Latin (MIAA) (4-1) (24) • The Lakers still haven't proven themselves to be worthy of their lofty preseason ranking according to The Lax Guys and Inside Lacrosse. Boys' Latin has continued to struggle against average competition and still have not posted a convincing win against a team of note. However, the Lakers can prove their worth in a game against Salisbury (which C'Dale and TGF will attend) on Saturday. Before their major out of conference bout, the Lakers must travel to Mount St. Joseph to face the Gaels.

24. Highland Park (TX) (8-1) (NR) • The Scots picked up a huge win on Tuesday, downing Colorado power Arapahoe, 12-10. Coupled with a 13-3 domination of Episcopal Dallas on Friday, Highland Park has now won seven in a row since an opening week home loss to St. Mark's. The Scots and Lions will face off again on Thursday in the biggest frontier game of the week.

25. Haverford School (PA) (3-2) (NR) • The Fords re-enter our rankings after putting a whooping on TheGilmanFan's team 15-8 (albeit five starters were out) and then took down perennial Pennsylvania power LaSalle, 9-6. The Fords have one of the toughest out of conference schedules in the country, and it gets no easier this week as Haverford hosts #5 Conestoga this week in their only game.

Honorable Mention: Georgetown Prep, Landon, Arapahoe, St. Mark's, La Costa Canyon, Carthage

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Thoughts of the Week

LI13: This week, some of the contenders in each of the six county races on Long Island will start to be tested more severely. In Suffolk Class A, West Islip will face a league game against possible sleeper Sachem North and a non-league tilt against top-10 Chaminade. Their performance in these two games will go a long way towards evaluating their chances at a seventh consecutive Suffolk A title. Smithtown West, on the other hand, wants to prove that it belongs in the same conversation as West Islip and Ward Melville and has two huge home opportunities to solidify itself as a county power. Wins over Farmingdale and Garden City would truly make Suffolk A a three-team race.

In Nassau Class C, many figured that Manhasset would have trouble replacing the seven Division I and three Division III seniors it lost to graduation, thus making Cold Spring Harbor the default county favorite. However, the Indians have comfortable wins over Friends Academy and South Side, while the Seahawks struggled to defeat that same South Side team in their season opener. Manhasset's performances in the upcoming weeks, beginning with their game against Northport at home on Wednesday and continuing with matchups against John Jay and Chaminade, will determine whether the Indians can make it back to the state tournament, this time as an underdog.

In the upcoming weeks, I'll be going into more detail about the other classes as the races become better defined. As a side-note, I will be attending the Acompora Jamboree at Northport on Saturday, then traveling to watch Chaminade take on West Islip and Garden City take on Smithtown West later in the day.

THEGilmanFan:This past week provided ample opportunity for non-hotbed teams to be featured in our rankings. McCallie from Tennessee and Highland Park are both additions. Also, the three of us discussed Arapahoe, St. Mark's, and LaCosta Canyon extensively, and they just missed the cut. Perhaps the hardest part of doing these rankings is deciding the 25th spot, as we can always name a few teams who could hold that position.

The losses by Georgetown Prep and Landon this week were absolutely shocking, in specific Collegiate over GP and WRA over Landon. The IAC looked to be the best conference in the MD/DC/VA area, but those losses only add fuel to the debate. Landon can bolster their resume with a win over Gilman this weekend and GP can recover from a skid if they beat NJ power Delbarton. Either way, it should be interesting.

I am very excited to be able to see a few games this weekend. I will be attending Landon-Gilman and Salisbury-Boys' Latin, both of which are among the finest inter-league games that will be played this year.

Cloverdale: As the vast majority of you know, a new format has been put into play for the country's strongest conference, the MIAA. To fill everybody in, there are five teams each in the Red and Black division, and every team will play teams in their division twice and teams in the opposite division once. One MIAA coach dubbed this format “murderer's row”, as this change will make it even harder for any team to finish the season unbeaten. However, the Black division has proven to be much more dominant thus far, going a combined 20-6 to Red's 13-11.

Calvert Hall, St. Paul's, and McDonogh have been overshadowing the preseason favorite of the Red division, Boys' Latin. The Lakers came into the season ranked #1 nationally, but suffered an early loss to St. Stephen's & St. Agnes and a narrow victory over Archbishop Spalding, 13-11. The Red division can bounce back this week, as three of its teams can make statements to clear things up both locally and nationally.

The Lakers will host Salisbury School (CT) on Saturday while Gilman will entertain DC power Landon. St. Mary's will play Gilman on Wednesday in a rematch of last year's game in which the Greyhounds clinched a one-goal win over the Saints in both team's conference opener in Annapolis. Overall, this week is incredibly intriguing to MIAA followers and should set the tone for the rest of the season.

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Cloverdale: Ty Xanders attended St. Paul's School for Boys and played volleyball for the Crusaders. After playing lacrosse for five years, Ty decided to give up the sport after his freshman year and instead avidly follow it. In March of his senior year, he began covering high school lacrosse for Inside Lacrosse as an intern. He is a freshman at Lynchburg College but is currently taking the semester off and living in Towson, Md. He plans on pursuing a degree in journalism and hopes to cover high school lacrosse and recruiting upon graduation. His hobbies include video games, going out with his friends, and following SEC football.

THEGilmanFan: Ryan Summers attended the Gilman School and played football and track and field for the Greyhounds. Ryan was a part of Gilman's 2002 nationally ranked football team, for which he played on the offensive line. Upon graduation from Gilman, Ryan attended the University of Dayton, where he would later receive a B.A. in psychology. Ryan currently resides in Odenton, Maryland and works for Keypoint Organization as a community outreach specialist. His job allows him to help mentally ill people become more independent and learn vital life skills. In his free time, Ryan enjoys playing video games, reading, and spending time with friends.

LI13: Chris Kieser is a senior at the University of Notre Dame, where he will graduate with a degree in Economics and History in May 2010. Before Notre Dame, he graduated from Northport High School on Long Island, where he was twice a member of the all-Suffolk County bowling team and attended nearly every boys' and girls' lacrosse game. He enjoys playing golf, poker, and watching baseball (New York Mets), college basketball (Duke and Notre Dame), and college football (Notre Dame), in addition to lacrosse. In the fall of 2010 he will be attending law school at a school to be determined.
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Re: The Lax Guys' National High School Rankings 3/29

New postby juicespringsteen on Mon Mar 29, 2010 9:28 pm

Good work as always gentlemen, although those sleazy Dons moved up a spot for being doubled up on! Not to mention by the Hall rocking the banana jerseys (man we had a set of those for JV back in the day) which came as a surprise to me.
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Re: The Lax Guys' National High School Rankings 3/29

New postby DALaxDad on Mon Mar 29, 2010 9:43 pm

Putting a target on Deerfield early, eh? I was shocked by the margin in the Brunswick game. I thought AOF should at least get an HM for its 3 games in 5 days performance, losing by only 1 to McDonough in AOF's first game and McDonough's 5th, particularly where the McD goalie's 18 saves were the margin of victory. I'm not denigrating the importance of goalie play, but early season game's are where a good goalie can really give you fits.
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Re: The Lax Guys' National High School Rankings 3/29

New postby Terps22 on Mon Mar 29, 2010 9:48 pm

Great job guys. Always fun to read.

I'm a little surprised that McDonogh is not ranked in the top 15. If they can beat St. Pauls later this week, then I guess they are the real deal.
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Re: The Lax Guys' National High School Rankings 3/29

New postby THEGilmanFan on Mon Mar 29, 2010 10:40 pm

juicespringsteen wrote:Good work as always gentlemen, although those sleazy Dons moved up a spot for being doubled up on! Not to mention by the Hall rocking the banana jerseys (man we had a set of those for JV back in the day) which came as a surprise to me.


I was weary of that as well. However, three teams fell to unranked teams and we couldn't see moving a few of the other teams above Loyola.

Terps22 wrote:Great job guys. Always fun to read.

I'm a little surprised that McDonogh is not ranked in the top 15. If they can beat St. Pauls later this week, then I guess they are the real deal.


Their loss to McCallie keeps them out of the top 15 though they probably have the best pair of wins in the country (Avon Old Farms and Haverford).
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Re: The Lax Guys' National High School Rankings 3/29

New postby laxtalker on Mon Mar 29, 2010 11:13 pm

I like the rankings. Can you please put an asterisk by teams that allow PG students. I don't have a problem with PG schools being ranked along side traditional 4 year schools, but I do think it should be noted.
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Re: The Lax Guys' National High School Rankings 3/29

New postby Laxrogue84 on Mon Mar 29, 2010 11:59 pm

How can you justify putting Deerfield at #1 when they don't play anyone outside of New England?
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Re: The Lax Guys' National High School Rankings 3/29

New postby LI13 on Tue Mar 30, 2010 12:31 am

The league's reputation speaks for itself. Deerfield never has to leave, other teams do enough to keep the league considered the second best in the nation. The amount of talent they have doesn't exactly hurt, and the fact that they beat a previously ranked team by 11 was also quite impressive. Deerfield has been such a great program for so long, and they play top competition in their league so they have no need to travel the nation and prove themselves.
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Re: The Lax Guys' National High School Rankings 3/29

New postby Laxrogue84 on Tue Mar 30, 2010 12:34 am

The wonder of PGs ... take some of the best players developed in real programs and claim them as your own.
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Re: The Lax Guys' National High School Rankings 3/29

New postby WhichCoast on Tue Mar 30, 2010 1:46 am

Laxrogue84 wrote:How can you justify putting Deerfield at #1 when they don't play anyone outside of New England?


Last year Gilman played a mid atlantic schedule and West Islip played all games but the last few on Long Island - and no one out of state.

But they both were pretty darned good nonetheless. You just gotta see Deerfield play to know that they'd be hard to beat.
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Re: The Lax Guys' National High School Rankings 3/29

New postby PALaxDad39 on Tue Mar 30, 2010 7:55 am

So did you guys go to the Conestoga-Landon game?
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New postby Terps22 on Tue Mar 30, 2010 8:57 am

PALaxDad39: I attended the Landon - Stoga game this past weekend. Here are my thoughts.

Conestoga looked very athletic and pretty well coached. 4 out of 6 conestoga's goals came in transition / Landon turnovers. I thoughts "stoga's" 6 v 6 offense was good but not amazing, however, they knew how to hold on to the ball, take long possessions, and knew not to force the ball. Landon's defense historically is always tough.

Landon had more shots than STOGA, their goalie must have made at least 12 saves in that game. Stoga hit 3 pipes to Landon hitting one pipe. I was very impressed with Stoga's defense, very athletic, and they really pushed out and extended, disrupting Landon's offense.

Landon's shooting against STOGA was poor - they shot the ball from 12+ yards, half the shots weren't on cage.

It will be interesting to see how Landon performs now after two consecutive losses. Good luck to Conestoga and their program.
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New postby THEGilmanFan on Tue Mar 30, 2010 9:50 am

PALaxDad39 wrote:So did you guys go to the Conestoga-Landon game?


I was unable to attend due to prior engagements but I really wanted to see both teams in action. I'm also excited to hear about the Conestoga Haverford game this week. Do you know if it will be put online anytime?
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Re: The Lax Guys' National High School Rankings 3/29

New postby Strannywastheman on Tue Mar 30, 2010 10:07 am

Great work as usual, guys. :clap:

But, McCallie (TN) ranked over the Manhasset Indians? C'mon now. That pushes the credibility of your rankings.

After Manhasset beats Garden City, Chaminade and John Jay, I'm sure you'll restore them to your top 10, where they should be.
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Re: The Lax Guys' National High School Rankings 3/29

New postby hoplax09 on Tue Mar 30, 2010 10:20 am

DALaxDad wrote:Putting a target on Deerfield early, eh? I was shocked by the margin in the Brunswick game. I thought AOF should at least get an HM for its 3 games in 5 days performance, losing by only 1 to McDonough in AOF's first game and McDonough's 5th, particularly where the McD goalie's 18 saves were the margin of victory. I'm not denigrating the importance of goalie play, but early season game's are where a good goalie can really give you fits.


I'm not sure where you as a dad are getting your information. I attended the game and noticed that the McDonogh starting goalie was not in the first half for disciplinary reasons.

If anything you want to be giving credit for McDonogh's defense as a whole considering in the first half they gave up three shots on cage....2 going in, 1 saved. In the second half the starting goalie played well for the 6 shots he faced saving 4 of them including a very impressive one on one save against Hackeem Lecky and a stick side high save with less than 10 seconds to go by the Duke attackman #10.

That makes it 5 saves total on 9 shots on cage...again give credit to McDonogh's entire defense not just the goalie for only letting up a mere 9 shots.

If you don't believe me...read the write up... http://www.miaasports.net/release.asp?RELEASE_ID=3221
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Re: The Lax Guys' National High School Rankings 3/29

New postby PALaxDad39 on Tue Mar 30, 2010 10:45 am

THEGilmanFan wrote:
PALaxDad39 wrote:So did you guys go to the Conestoga-Landon game?


I was unable to attend due to prior engagements but I really wanted to see both teams in action. I'm also excited to hear about the Conestoga Haverford game this week. Do you know if it will be put online anytime?


I think you guys need to see Stoga in person to validate the rankings and where Stoga falls. They clearly are the best team in PA. Dont know if and when the Hav/Stoga game will be online.
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New postby Paumonock on Tue Mar 30, 2010 11:26 am

...wasn't there supposed to be a McCallie/SA match?...
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New postby LI13 on Tue Mar 30, 2010 11:35 am

Paumonock wrote:...wasn't there supposed to be a McCallie/SA match?...


It was canceled due to some sort of state regulations, I think because of the FHSAA but I'm not quite sure.
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Re: The Lax Guys' National High School Rankings 3/29

New postby THEGilmanFan on Tue Mar 30, 2010 2:43 pm

Strannywastheman wrote:Great work as usual, guys. :clap:

But, McCallie (TN) ranked over the Manhasset Indians? C'mon now. That pushes the credibility of your rankings.

After Manhasset beats Garden City, Chaminade and John Jay, I'm sure you'll restore them to your top 10, where they should be.


There are many teams that we could say, "really...McCallie over X" but those teams haven't proved that they should be ranked yet. Manhasset lost a good bit of their team from last year and many people think they'll be down from last year. Their wins over South Side and Friends Academy don't warrant them a spot in our rankings just yet. However, they do have ample opportunity as you pointed out. Should they win those games I can assure you it will catch our attention.
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Re: The Lax Guys' National High School Rankings 3/29

New postby DALaxDad on Tue Mar 30, 2010 3:10 pm

hoplax09 wrote:I'm not sure where you as a dad are getting your information. I attended the game and noticed that the McDonogh starting goalie was not in the first half for disciplinary reasons.

If anything you want to be giving credit for McDonogh's defense as a whole considering in the first half they gave up three shots on cage....2 going in, 1 saved. In the second half the starting goalie played well for the 6 shots he faced saving 4 of them including a very impressive one on one save against Hackeem Lecky and a stick side high save with less than 10 seconds to go by the Duke attackman #10.

That makes it 5 saves total on 9 shots on cage...again give credit to McDonogh's entire defense not just the goalie for only letting up a mere 9 shots.

If you don't believe me...read the write up... http://www.miaasports.net/release.asp?RELEASE_ID=3221


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