High School Boys

March 29, 2016
Smithtown East (N.Y.) senior Gerard Arceri won 28 of 35 faceoffs, scored a goal and dished two assists in a 17-16 win over Massapequa (N.Y.).
Smithtown East (N.Y.) senior Gerard Arceri won 28 of 35 faceoffs, scored a goal and dished two assists in a 17-16 win over Massapequa (N.Y.).

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 

Smithtown East (N.Y.) jumps into the Top 10 of the Nike/Lacrosse Magazine High School Boys' National Top 25 after a big season-opening win over Massapequa (N.Y.) in a 17-16 shootout, while Calvert Hall (Md.) takes over the No. 1 spot after another wild week in the Mid-Atlantic.

The top-ranked Cardinals' only loss is to the Canadian buzzsaw Hill Academy (Ontario), which stormed through four teams in the Nike/LM National Top 25 in six days. Calvert Hall responded with a win over Malvern Prep (Pa.) in overtime. McDonogh (Md.) could have made a claim for the top spot, but fell to surprising Bullis (Md.). Loyola Blakefield (Md.) knocked off previous No. 1 Landon (Md.).

Cherry Creek (Colo.), No. 1 in the West, makes its debut in the National Top 25 at No. 24 after a convincing 14-5 win over Long Island's Wantagh (N.Y.)

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 29

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

Also considered (alphabetical order): Bridgewater-Raritan (N.J.), Cold Spring Harbor (N.Y.), Delbarton (N.J.), Jamesville-Dewitt (N.Y.), Northport (N.Y.), Pittsford (N.Y.), St. Stephen's & St. Agnes (Va.)

Northeast Top 10

1. Victor (N.Y.), 1-0

The Blue Devils extended their win streak to 23 games with a 16-6 win over Corning (N.Y.) to start the season. Reigning Northeast Player of the Year TD Ierlan won all 15 faceoffs he took, and Ryan Maloney added four goals for the defending Class B state champs. Previous ranking: 1

2. Chaminade (N.Y.), 1-0

The Flyers opened the season with an 11-6 win over West Islip (N.Y.). Jack Zullo recorded 11 saves, and Joe Delyra had two goals and an assist for Chaminade. Previous ranking: 2

3. Syosset (N.Y.), 2-0

The Braves started their season with a pair of wins, topping Garden City (N.Y) 6-3 and upending South Side (N.Y.) 10-6. Mac O'Keefe scored four goals in the South Side win, while Lucas Cotler added one goal and four assists. Previous ranking: 3

4. St. Anthony's (N.Y.), 1-0

Jared Nugent and Thomas Heagerty each netted five goals, as the Friars opened with a 13-3 win over Fordham Prep (N.Y.) on March 24. They face Greenwich (Conn.) on Saturday. Previous ranking: 4

5. Smithtown East (N.Y.), 1-0

The Bulls secured a 17-16 win over former No. 5 Massapequa (N.Y.) to start the season. Gerard Arceri won 28 of 35 faceoffs and also added one goal and two assists. Connor DiSimone finished with four goals and one assist. Previous ranking: 8

6. Darien (Conn.), 0-0

The Blue Wave, coming off another state championship season, open their 2016 campaign Saturday at New York powerhouse Yorktown. Previous ranking: 6

7. Ward Melville (N.Y.), 0-0

Coming off a 17-3 season and a double overtime loss in the Suffolk County Class A title game, the Patriots open the season on Tuesday as they host Sachem North (N.Y.). A showdown with Chaminade looms on Saturday. Previous ranking: 7

8. Massapequa (N.Y.), 1-1

The Chiefs opened with a 15-3 win over Carey (N.Y.) before dropping a wild 17-16 decision to Smithtown East (N.Y.). James Hall netted seven goals in the two games for Massapequa, including five in the loss to the Bulls. Previous ranking: 5

9. Niskayuna (N.Y.), 0-0

The Silver Warriors are coming off the first state title in program history. They open the season on Thursday against rival Shaker (N.Y.). Previous ranking: 9

10. West Genesee (N.Y.), 0-0

Expectations remain high for the Wildcats and legendary coach Mike Messere. West Genny opens the season on Saturday as it hosts Loyola Academy, traditionally one of the best teams in Illinois. Previous ranking: 10

— Will Cleveland

Mid-Atlantic Top 10

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

JT Bugliosi scored three goals to help the Calvert Hall down previously undefeated Malvern Prep (Pa.) 7-6 in overtime. The Cardinals take on Half Hollow Hills West (N.Y.) and Conestoga (Pa.) this week. Previous ranking: 8

2. Malvern Prep (Pa.), 3-1

The Friars, coming off a win over Loyola Blakefield (Md.), dropped their first loss of the year to Calvert Hall. Malvern Prep fought back from a 4-2 halftime deficit to knot the game at 6 and send it to overtime. The Friars got goals from six different players in the loss. Previous ranking: 3

3. Loyola Blakefield (Md.), 2-1

Senior Cole Williams had three goals and four assists to lead the Dons to an 11-9 win over previous No. 1 Landon last week – the second time they've beaten the top-ranked team. Loyola travels to St. Anne's-Belfield (Va.) for its next game Wednesday. Previous ranking: 4

4. Haverford School (Pa.), 3-2

The Fords rebounded from back-to-back losses with wins over Cathedral Catholic (Calif.) and St. Stephen's & St. Agnes (Va.) last week. Goalie Alex DeMarco had 10 saves in the victory over the Saints, while Keyveat Postell led all scorers with four points (two goals, two assists). Previous ranking: 5

5. St. Paul's (Md.), 2-2

Mitch Gordon totaled 14 points in two wins over Episcopal (Va.) and Fallston (Md.) last week. Keegan Pearl collected a 10 points combined, including a three-goal, two-assist game in the 8-4 win over Episcopal. Previous ranking: 6

6. Gonzaga (D.C.), 6-1

Gonzaga capped a solid week with an impressive 9-6 win over Culver Academy (Ind.). The Purple Eagles got two goals each from Avery Myers, Jack Myers and Mikey Stanton, and George Christopher made 10 saves. Previous ranking: 7

7. Landon (Md.), 7-1

The Bears faced a tough test against Loyola Blakefield last week, falling 11-9, but they rebounded with back-to-back wins over visiting McCallie School (Tenn.) and Coronado (Calif.) by a combined score of 29-7. Previous ranking: 1

8. Bullis (Md.), 6-2

The Bulldogs pulled off another huge early-season upset with an 8-7 win over McDonogh (Md.) on March 24. Bullis jumped out to a 6-2 halftime lead and held on in the second half to get the victory. Joe Stein (Bucknell) won 14 of 18 faceoffs, and Steven Shollenberger scored three goals for Bullis, which didn't let down in wins over Poolesville (Md.) and Linganore (Md.) on March 26. Previous: NR

9. McDonogh (Md.), 5-1

It was a high-and-low week for McDonogh. Before the loss to Bullis, the Eagles opened the week with a 9-8 overtime win against Culver Academy (Ind.) on March 22. Jackson Morrill tallied four assists and scored two goals, including the game-winner in overtime. The Eagles face St. Ignatius Prep (Calif.) and Episcopal Academy (Pa.) before getting into conference play April 12. Previous ranking: 2

10. Boys' Latin (Md.), 3-1

The Lakers defeated St. Andrew's (Fla.) 10-5 in their only game last week. Jake Glatz went 13-for-18 on faceoffs, and Jack Pezzulla made five saves in goal. Previous ranking: 9

— Mike Loveday

South Top 10

1. St. Andrew's (Fla.), 14-2

The Scots fell in the LaxPower.com power ratings after losing two of their last three games, but they really shouldn't be faulted but for two five-goal losses to nationally ranked teams, No. 4 McDonogh (Md.) and No. 16 Boys' Latin (Md.). Nick Ferraro and Andrew Busel combined for 11 saves in the 10-5 loss to Boys' Latin. Previous ranking: 1

2. Highland Park (Texas), 7-1

The Fighting Scots collected wins against Southlake and Westlake last week, but the in-state schedule really picks up now, starting with Friday's matchup against unbeaten Episcopal Dallas (Texas). Senior Jackson Durham (four goals, one assist) and junior Owen Seebold (two goals, three assists) led HP with five points each in the 14-5 win over Southlake. Previous ranking: 2

3. St. Thomas Aquinas (Fla.), 12-0

The Raiders, coming off wins over Christian Brothers (Mo.) and Lake Mary (Fla.) last week, will try to cap their second straight unbeaten regular season Thursday when they host Jupiter. Kevin Crowley led Aquinas with four goals in a 10-7 win over Lake Mary, while Louie Yovino added three. Previous ranking: 3

4. Lambert (Ga.), 10-0

The Longhorns showed Top 5 potential earlier this season, but proved they belong March 25 with an 11-6 win over previous No. 4 Centennial (Ga.), which also suffered a loss to John's Creek (Ga.) last week. Lambert scored three unanswered goals in the fourth quarter for the win, and Grant Plaugher finished with five goals. Previous ranking: 8

5. IMG Academy (Fla.), 14-1

The Ascenders closed out their varsity schedule with a 10-8 win over Arapahoe (Colo.) on March 22. Their lone loss was a 10-6 decision against St. Andrew's on Feb. 13, and they've played a number of other competitive teams in Florida. Previous ranking: 9

6. Dallas Jesuit (Texas), 9-1

The Rangers scored the first seven goals and rolled to a 7-2 win over Coppell (Texas) on March 24. Senior Blake Buell and junior Jack Freeman each notched two goals, and junior Reese Ellison had one goal and six ground balls. Previous ranking: 6

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

The Sharks enjoyed an 11-day break from action heading into Monday's game at Lawton Chiles (Fla.). They have scored in double figures in every game and only three opponents have scored more than nine goals against them. Previous ranking: 5

8. Episcopal Dallas (Texas), 8-0

The Eagles handed Keller its eighth loss of the season in a 23-5 rout behind Nakeie Montgomery's four goals and five asssits. ESD faces Coppell on Wednesday before trying to avenge its only in-state regular-season loss from last year, a 9-7 loss to Highland Park. Previous ranking: 7

9. North Gwinnett (Ga.), 10-0

The Bulldogs jumped into the rankings as they continue their hot start, which included an 18-7 win over Harrison (Ga.) last week. They are one of two teams to beat Lassiter (Ga.) this year, and they also have a 17-5 win over defending state champion Roswell (Ga.). Jack Ryan, a Mercer signee, leads the team with 48 goals and 14 assists. Previous ranking: NR

10. Apex (N.C.), 7-0

The Cougars handed Middle Creek (N.C.) its first loss, 13-11, on March 24 to take over first place in the Southwest Wake Athletic Conference. Ryan Campbell and Alex McClure each tallied three goals. Apex has accounted for four opponents' first losses, and all four still have no more than two losses. Previous ranking: 10

— Laurel Pfahler

Midwest Top 10

1. Culver (Ind.), 5-2

The Eagles lost two of three on the East Coast, but even in those losses, they competed well against teams with a combined record of 11-2. They took one-loss McDonogh (Md.) to overtime before falling to Gonzaga (D.C.) 9-6. Previous ranking: 1

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

The Warriors should have little trouble in their opener Thursday, taking on a Birmingham (Mich.) team they outscored 31-6 in two matchups last year. They'll face a much tougher task at New Trier on Saturday. Previous ranking: 2

3. MICDS (Mo.), 3-0

The Show-Me State power will have the chance to show themselves against some of the best of the Midwest this week with Carmel (Ind.) on the slate for Wednesday and Upper Arlington (Ohio) up on Thursday. Previous ranking: 3

4. Carmel (Ind.), 6-1

Last year, the Greyhounds followed a season-opening loss to Culver (Ind.) with an 11-game winning streak. So far this season, Carmel has reeled off six straight, including a win over New Trier (Ill.) last week, after losing its opener to Culver. Previous ranking: 6

5. New Trier (Ill.), 1-1

The Trevians have been tested early in a pair of one-goal games to start 2016. After opening with an overtime win against Louisville St. Xavier, they dropped a 7-6 decision to Carmel (Ind.). Previous ranking: 4

6. Upper Arlington (Ohio), 0-0

The Golden Bears' opening slate is looking tougher and tougher as Olentangy (Ohio) is 2-0, MICDS (Mo.) is 3-0 and Cincinnati St. Xavier (Ohio) is 2-0. Previous ranking: 5

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

The Ramblers' opener Saturday against Northeast-ranked West Genesee (N.Y.) will be a challenge, but even their early-season in-state schedule could test them. They meet Fenwick (Ill.), which is off to a 3-0 start, next week. Previous ranking: 7

8. Cincinnati St. Xavier (Ohio), 2-0

The Bombers picked up a nice win against Louisville St. Xavier (Ky.), 10-6, with another tough challenge coming against 3-0 Loveland (Ohio), which has won its first three by a combined margin of 37-14. Previous ranking: 8

9. Detroit Catholic Central (Mich.), 1-0

The Shamrocks' opener was a tad anticlimactic, as they defeated Grosse Pointe South (Mich.), 18-5. However, they next travel to East Grand Rapids (Mich.), whom they edged 11-10 in 2015. Previous ranking: 9

10. Zionsville (Ind.), 5-1

The Eagles could have let a loss to Carmel (Ind.) get them down, but they didn't. Zionsville rebounded with an 8-6 win over University of Detroit Jesuit (Mich.) and 10-7 win over DeSmet Jesuit (Ind.). Previous ranking: 10

— Jonah Rosenblum

West Top 10

1. Cherry Creek (Colo.), 2-0

Asher Nolting (six points) and Conner Till (five points) each scored four goals as the Bruins added a 14-5 win over Wantagh (N.Y.) on Friday. Cherry Creek now sets to face a Mountain Lakes (N.J.) team that finished 16-6 last year (Wednesday) and Summit (N.J.), which went 19-5, on Friday. Previous ranking: 1

2. Monte Vista-Danville (Calif.), 8-0

The Mustangs jumped out to a 12-1 halftime lead against Foothill (Calif.) and won 18-2 on Friday behind Joe Piombo's four goals and an assist and Garrett Stemmler's three goals and an assist. Earlier in the week, they beat Menlo 18-4. Previous ranking: 2

3. St. Ignatius (Calif.), 6-2

The Wildcats bounced back from a six-goal loss to Gonzaga (D.C.) with a 15-0 rout of Serra-San Mateo (Calif.). They face national No. 4 McDonogh (Md.) on Tuesday, and No. 3 Chaminade (N.Y.) on Thursday. Previous ranking: 3

4. Torrey Pines (Calif.), 5-0

The Falcons scored a second win over a Texas team, beating St. Mark's 14-5 on March 21 before handing defending CIF San Diego Open champion Poway (Calif.) its first loss of the season, 8-4, in a rematch of last year's Open Division final. Torrey Pines scored six straight goals — including two each from Brenan Egan and Marc Lefferdink — to break a 2-2 tie coming out of halftime and secure the victory. Previous ranking: 6

5. Corona del Mar (Calif.), 5-0

Senior attackman Stephen Von der Ahe scored six goals and classmate Jordan Greenhall added four goals and two assists as the Sea Kings rolled to a 20-3 victory over Newport Harbor on Saturday. Corona del Mar is now 12-0 in the series since boys' lacrosse became a CIF sport at both schools in 2007. The Sea Kings play defending Orange County CIF champion St. Margaret's Episcopal on Tuesday. Previous ranking: 4

6. Regis Jesuit (Colo.), 1-0

The Raiders topped Mullen (Colo.) 9-5 in their opener on March 21. They play three games in three days on a trip to California, facing Cathedral Catholic (Tuesday), Torrey Pines (Wednesday) and La Costa Canyon (Thursday). Previous ranking: 5

7. Foothill-Santa Ana (Calif.), 8-1

The Knights bounced back from their first loss of the season with a pair of in-state wins over San Clemente and Trabuco Hills. Matthew Harris led Foothill with three points on two goals and an assist in an 8-7 win over Trabuco Hills on Saturday. Sam Cron won 8 of the 9 faceoffs he took, and Ryan Blank recorded nine saves in goal. Previous ranking: 7

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

The Golden Eagles haven't played since their March 15 opener against Mullen. They host Pine Creek (Colo.) on Tuesday looking for a repeat of last year's 15-2 victory. Previous ranking: 9

9. Mercer Island (Wash.), 3-0

The Islanders beat second-year Juanita (Wash.) 11-5 on March 23, then routed winless Newport (Wash.) 18-0 on Friday. Mitchell Mandt had two goals and three assists against Juanita, while Johnny Van der Velden added two goals and two assists and Jonny Osman chipped in two goals and 10 ground balls. Previous ranking: 8

10. Coronado Red (Nev.), 12-1

The Cougars' lone loss was an overtime game against the state's No. 3 LaxPower-rated Faith Lutheran on March 8. They've since won six straight, including handing Eastside Catholic (Wash.) its first loss on March 19. Coronado plays Jesuit-Portland (Ore.) on Friday. Previous ranking: NR

— Laurel Pfahler

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