Nike/USL 2014 HS Preview: Midwest Region Boys
|Glenbrook North's James McFarland is one of the early leaders in the Player of the Year race in the Midwest Region. (Northbrook Tower)|
Lacrosse Magazine's Nike/US Lacrosse High School Preview features the preseason national Top 25 for both boys' and girls' (released Tuesday) and preseason regional Top 10s and Player of the Year Watch List's for boys (Wednesday) and girls (Thursday) across the country.
Midwest Region Boys' Preseason Top 10
1. Culver (Ind.)
The Eagles will miss Zach Currier, but defenseman Jacob Kanak (Notre Dame) and goalie Michael Calvello (Furman) make Culver a tough team to score on, while Pierre Byrne (Notre Dame) and Joel Tinney (Johns Hopkins) were heavily recruited on the offensive end.
2. Brother Rice (Mich.)
The only real threat to Culver in the Midwest, the Warriors beat Timon St. Jude (N.Y.) last season before securing its 11 straight state title.
3. Loyola (Ill.)
Brian Callahan and Jack Penn look to lead the Ramblers to a third straight state title and cement their school's current spot over New Trier (Ill.).
4. Upper Arlington (Ohio)
The Golden Bears are the top dog in the Buckeye State, but not by much — their final three wins of 2013 came by a combined five goals.
5. Mason (Ohio)
With the exception of a blowout loss to Culver, Mason played everyone close in 2013.
6. New Trier (Ill.)
A little offensive punch could take the Trevians, who were held to single-digit scoring in 10 of 22 games last season, a long way.
7. Dublin Jerome (Ohio)
Attackman Mikey Bano, midfielder Steve Kidwell and defenseman JB Smith lead a team that has star power at every level.
8. Cathedral (Ind.)
Eighteen straight wins put the Irish on the radar, but their only out-of-state foe is Benet Academy (Ill.), so they won't have many opportunities to strengthen their resume.
9. Glenbrook North (Ill.)
The Spartans were right there last year with one-goal losses eventual state champion Loyola, runner-up New Trier and semifinalist Saint Viator. With senior James McFarland (52 goals, 34 assists) back for one more go-around, this might be Glenbrook North's best shot.
10. Eden Prairie (Minn.)
The Eagles have a stranglehold on Minnesota. Only Eagan, Edina, Bloom Jefferson and Wayzata played them competitively. No other team came within seven goals.
Player of Year Watch List
M Mikey Bano, Dublin Jerome (Ohio)
M Matthew Giampetroni, Cranbrook-Kingswood (Mich.)
A Bo Lori, Hudson (Ohio)
D Riley Mann, Benet (Ill.)
A James McFarland, Glenbrook North (Ill.)
A Dawson McKenzie, Culver (Ind.)
A Jack Penn, Loyola (Ill.)
D JB Smith, Dublin Jerome (Ohio)
A Riley Thompson, Culver (Ind.)
M Joel Tinney, Culver (Ind.)
A version of these regional breakdowns appears along with additional feature content in the March 2014 issue of Lacrosse Magazine. Join US Lacrosse today to start your subscription.
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