High School Boys

February 24, 2015
The five-time defending WCAC champion Gonzaga Eagles are led by six seniors and eight juniors committed to NCAA DI programs, including Timmy Monahan (Maryland). Are they better than preseason No. 2 Culver? (John Strohsacker)
The five-time defending WCAC champion Gonzaga Eagles are led by six seniors and eight juniors committed to NCAA DI programs, including Timmy Monahan (Maryland). Are they better than preseason No. 2 Culver? (John Strohsacker)

Nike/LM HS Boys' Top 25: Gonzaga or Culver? We'll Find Out

by LaxMagazine.com Staff | Twitter

Rapid change in the high school lacrosse landscape and the breadth of talent nationwide has made it even more difficult to rank the top teams and players. Imagine if Culver (Ind.) played Boys' Latin (Md.) for the mythical national championship last year. Or if girls' lacrosse dynasties McDonogh (Md.) and Moorestown (N.J.) had a chance to end each other's epic winning streaks.

Get ready to ramp up for another season of what-ifs, as Lacrosse Magazine rolls the ball out for 2015 with the Nike/LM National High School Top 25s and Regional Top 10s. Follow weekly polls and updates at LaxMagazine.com/HSB25 (boys) and LaxMagazine.com/HSG25 (girls).

Nike/LM Preseason High School Boys' Top 25

1. Gonzaga (D.C.)
2. Culver (Ind.)
3. Haverford School (Pa.)
4. St. Paul’s (Md.)
5. Darien (Conn.)
6. Malvern Prep (Pa.)
7. Boys’ Latin (Md.)
8. Chaminade (N.Y.)
9. St. Anthony’s (N.Y.)
10. Landon (Md.)
11. Delbarton (N.J.)
12. Massapequa (N.Y.)
13. Greenwich (Conn.)
14. Paul VI (Va.)
15. McDonogh (Md.)
16. Bergen Catholic (N.J.)
17. Gilman (Md.)
18. Yorktown (N.Y.)
19. Georgetown Prep (Md.)
20.  Cazenovia (N.Y.)
21. Lake Highland (Fla.)
22. Bronxville (N.Y.)
23. Ridgefield (Conn.)
24. Victor (N.Y.)
25. Foothill-Santa Ana (Calif.)

Almost all of the coaches we spoke to in northern Virginia and Washington D.C. are bullish on the Eagles as the top team in the country. The five-time defending WCAC champs have six seniors and eight juniors who are committed to NCAA Division I programs, including the likes of Timmy Monahan (Maryland), Will Rock (Virginia), Nick McAvoy (Penn State) and Sam Offut (Virginia).

Then again, talk to Pennsylvania coaches, and they'll say Haverford has the edge. And let's not forget Culver, which after finishing second fiddle to Boys' Latin last year will have an opportunity to stir up the No. 1 conversation with games against Gonzaga (March 24 at Johns Hopkins) and Haverford (May 22 in Philadelphia).


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