Nike/LM Mid-Atlantic Boys' Preseason Top 10
The Nike/Lacrosse Magazine National High School Top 25, Regional Top 10 and Players to Watch were released in the March edition. The first in-season Mid-Atlantic report will drop March 15.
MID-ATLANTIC BOYS' PRESEASON TOP 10
1. Haverford School (Pa.)
The defending national champion Fords have the longest active winning streak in the nation at 26 games, and there is little reason to believe it will end any time soon. They boast four of the Top 100 players in the nation, led by No. 1 Dox Aitken (Virginia) and Forry Smith (Johns Hopkins).
2. Landon (Md.)
The reigning IAC champions have 17 players committed to Division I programs, including one of the top juniors in the nation in Nate Buller. Buller set the Bears' freshman scoring record, then tallied 39 goals and 19 assists as a sophomore.
3. Gonzaga (D.C.)
Despite some star players graduating, the Purple Eagles still don an impressive lineup capable of securing the program's six consecutive Washington Catholic Athletic Conference championship this season. Fourteen players on the roster are committed to Division I colleges, including senior Avery Myers (Michigan) and junior Will Rock (Virginia).
4. St. Paul's (Md.)
The Crusaders won seven of their final nine games last year. Of their losses, only one was by more than four goals and that was to No. 1 Haverford School. Fifteen players are future Division I players, led by senior attackman Mitch Gordon (Virginia).
5. McDonogh (Md.)
McDonogh played consistently through a tough schedule last year, including taking Haverford to overtime in the opener, before falling to St. Mary's-Annapolis in the MIAA A Conference championship. The Eagles have two Top 100 players returning this season and can prove themselves early with a test at No. 3 Gonzaga.
6. Calvert Hall (Md.)
Only two of the Cardinals' losses were by more than five goals last year. This year, 18 future D-I players are on the roster with five seniors, five juniors and eight sophomores. Calvert Hall might have the right mix of talent and depth to make a title run.
7. Boys' Latin (Md.)
The Lakers have a new head coach for the first time in 36 years, but they're in capable hands with alumnus Brian Farrell taking over for the retired Bob Shriver. Farrell played, then was an assistant coach, at Maryland and was Salisbury School's assistant before taking over at Boys' Latin, which has one of the best goalies in the nation returning in Jack Pezzulla (North Carolina).
8. Malvern Prep (Pa.)
The Friars started last year 0-4, but won 13 of their last 19 games and kept improving along the way, including cutting a 10-goal loss to Haverford down to margins of six and five the next two matchups. Fifteen future Division I players are in the lineup, including two in the Class of 2017.
9. Loyola Blakefield (Md.)
Opening the 2015 season at 9-1, the Dons appeared to be on cruise control heading into the MIAA playoffs before four consecutive losses ended their run and head coach Jack Crawford resigned. Ben Rubeor, who led St. Mary's (Md.) to the MIAA A Conference championship last year, looks to carry his 2015 success to his new program.
10. Bergen Catholic (N.J.)
Bergen Catholic, the 2015 Tournament of Champions runner-up, appears poised to defend its Non-Public A championship. Jeremy Magno (Harvard) leads a senior class that includes six Division I commits.
FIVE PLAYERS TO WATCH
Dox Aitken, Haverford School (Pa.), Sr., midfield (Virginia)
Nate Buller, Landon (Md.), Jr., attack (Duke)
Bryan Costabile, Mount St. Joseph (Md.), Sr., midfield (Notre Dame)
Terry Lindsay, Georgetown Prep (Md.), Sr., midfield (Duke)
Forry Smith, Haverford School (Pa.), Sr., attack (Johns Hopkins)
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