Boys' Latin (Md.) No. 1 in Mid-Atlantic Region Boys' Top 10


Spencer Ford (Maryland) should lead the Boys' Latin (Md.) attack this spring.

Boys’ Latin (Md.) tops the Mid-Atlantic Region Boys’ Preseason Top 10, USA Lacrosse Magazine announced Wednesday. The early in-season results will be reflected in the first update to the Top 10, which will be published the week of March 27.

With each region beginning play in different weeks — the South and West start before the Mid-Atlantic, Midwest and Northeast get underway — our high school contributors will provide in-season updates in each active region prior to the first National Top 25 update.

The West and Mid-Atlantic previews are unveiled the week of March 13, and watch for the Northeast and Midwest previews the week of March 20 — along with updated top 10 rankings from the South and West. USA Lacrosse Magazine will also release 25 players to watch for both boys’ and girls’ lacrosse that week.

The first National Top 25 update comes March 28. From there, rankings will be updated each Tuesday throughout the spring.

USA Lacrosse Magazine contributors consult with high school coaches across the country to develop the Nike/USA Lacrosse National Top 25 and Regional Top 10 rankings for boys’ and girls’ lacrosse. These rankings do not include schools that admit post-graduate students.

Nike/USA Lacrosse High School Rankings
National Boys' Top 25 | National Girls' Top 25
Northeast Boys' Top 10 | Northeast Girls' Top 10
Mid-Atlantic Boys' Top 10 | Mid-Atlantic Girls' Top 10
South Boys' Top 10
| South Girls' Top 10
Midwest Boys' Top 10
| Midwest Girls' Top 10
West Boys' Top 10
| West Girls' Top 10

1. Boys’ Latin (Md.)

The Lakers lost in the final seconds of the MIAA A Conference semifinals last year and graduated 2022 Mid-Atlantic Player of the Year Dom Pietramala (UNC) and goalie Cardin Stoller (Rutgers). That’s enough to question if they have enough to take the top spot. But Boys’ Latin returns attackman Spencer Ford (Maryland), defenseman Kyle Foster (Ohio State) and midfielder Jacob Pacheco (Penn) to lead a team that is coming together well with several strong transfers like attackman Niko Karetsos (UNC), midfielder Liam White (Ohio State) and FOGO Parker Hoffman (UNC) added to the mix. Tyler Owings (Delaware) and Jackson Walsh (Ohio State) are part of the midfield crew.

2. Georgetown Prep (D.C.)

The Hoyas graduated 11 but are seeing strong leadership from a huge senior class of 21. The starting attack and midfield return from a year ago. Colin Burns and Nate Kabiri are Princeton-bound attackmen. Larry Horning and Owen Horning are brothers headed to Georgetown. LSM Isaiah Rose (Army) can help make up for the loss of Mac Christmas. The junior class has defensemen Ryan Welgos (Villanova) and Luke Christmas (Duke) as well as another strong LSM in Luke Crowe (Notre Dame) and middie Ciaran McCleary (Johns Hopkins). Prep will be in good shape if they can replace FOGO Mac Eldridge (UVA), who helped them control possession.

3. McDonogh (Md.)

The Eagles return to try to secure a second straight MIAA A championship. McDonogh graduated six starters but still has plenty to lean on. Top-ranked 2023 McCabe Millon highlights the offense. Younger brother Brendan Millon, a sophomore, improved the attack when he returned towards the end of last year. FOGO Zach Hayashi (Navy) is a good one, and the Eagles added Mac Christmas (Duke) via transfer. AJ Marsh (Navy) returns for a defense that will have a new goalie after the graduation of Anthony Wilson (Villanova). Luke Miller (Notre Dame), Max Allen (Georgetown), Ben Firlie (Georgetown) and Navy commits Paul McLucas and Chase Green are part of a talented junior class.

4. Bullis (Md.)

Bullis overcame huge graduation losses in a fine season last year. Now most of those players are back, and the Bulldogs should reap the benefits of an experienced lineup. The attack of Tucker Wade (Princeton), Chase Band (UVA) and top 2025 Jackson Maher are all back. So is the starting midfield of Anthony Rinaldi (Hofstra), Ben Jose (St. Joseph’s) and Jewel Walker (Ohio State). FOGO Cooper Revis is back as well. Brayden Ferguson returns in goal and has three returning starters in front of him with Matt Till (Penn), Grant Ettinger (Colgate) and Brayden Serwer. Alex Latchford (Bucknell) is a transfer from St. John’s who will fit right in the defense, while new additions LSM Brennan Lane, A/M Jackson Tolmach and middie Chase Darke will contribute immediately.

5. St. John’s College High (D.C.)

The best team in the country last year must replace seven starters. The Cadets are strong up the middle and have bookend stars at either end with top 2024 Ryan Duenkel (UVA) on attack and extraordinary goalie Caleb Fyock (Ohio State) at the defensive end. John Draley (Maryland) and Noah Hall (UMBC) strengthen the midfield with brothers Jackie Weller (Michigan), who won 76 percent of faceoffs last year, and LSM Henry Weller (Michigan). The defense in front of Fyock is experienced, and if it plays up to expectations, the Duenkel-led attack can generate scoring. The Cadets face another strong schedule with Boys’ Latin, Academy of New Church (Pa.), Hill Academy (Ont.), St. Anthony’s (N.Y.) and Bullis that offer plenty of opportunity to return to the top.

6. Malvern Prep (Pa.)

Alum and former assistant Matt Mackrides takes over as head coach for a Friars team that again should be among the best in the region with a number of returners back. AJ Nikolic (Cornell) and Ennis Udo (Brown) return for an attack that will be bolstered by Billy Irish (Lafayette), Cullen Lotz (Catholic) and sophomore Mike Ortlieb. Pat Mears and Nick Wehmeyer (Yale) are back at faceoff X. The defense is stout with returners Pat Keenan (Penn State), Roman Buono (Yale), Brad Piffath (Penn State) and Jack Lehman (Richmond). The midfield has poles Lucca DiBartolomeo (Penn State) and Kyle Worsnup (Rutgers) and short-stick defensive middies Peri DiBartolomeo (Penn State) and Roman DiBartolomeo (Penn State) with the DiBartolomeo brothers starting as the Friars rope unit. Malvern faces big tests with Haverford (Pa.), ANC, La Salle (Pa.), Calvert Hall (Md.), Bullis, Lawrenceville (N.J.), Brunswick (Conn.) and St. Anthony’s (N.Y.) on an impressive schedule.

7. St. Mary’s (Md.)

The Saints lost some important pieces from their big turnaround season. Goalie Zac Overend (High Point), attackman Will Hopkins (Bucknell), midfielder Riley Reese (Marylnd) and LSM George Acton (Georgetown) all graduated. Each area also has some experience from a year ago. The attack still has Nick Golini (Navy) and Jake Adams (UMBC). Dillon Torggler (Penn State) and Sam Palmisano (Air Force) headline the defense. The midfield is led by Bobby Keane (High Point), Erik Chick (Johns Hopkins) and Gavin Burlace (Notre Dame). St. Mary’s reached the MIAA final last year and is looking to return for another shot.

8. Calvert Hall (Md.)

Calvert Hall will again be in the thick of the MIAA hunt. They almost were counted out midway through last spring when they caught fire. The Cardinals graduated Truitt Sunderland (UVA) and Jordan Wray (Georgetown) which hurts, but their biggest area of need is defense after losing JK Kelly (Cornell), Jordan Beck (Syracuse) and Luke McAuliffe (Lehigh). Shuey Kelly (Georgetown) sparks the offense, Wyatt Hottle (Syracuse) is a top midfielder and the defense has Bradley Johnson (Marquette) and Hunter Bowen (Yale) back. FOGO Jackson Strickland (Richmond) is another key returner. The Cardinals like this year’s balanced squad that should again be a contender.

9. Paul VI (Va.)

Attackmen Matt Han (Michigan), Henry Fleckner (Jacksonville) and Ethan Reidy and midfielders Will Cramp and Luca Signorello return for a potent offense. Returning FOGO Grant Giunchi (St. Bonaventure) and Patrick Winkert are solid at the X. The defense brings back Parker Love (Navy), Nate Murphy (Richmond), Ryan Kehoe (Michigan), Griffin Hart and adds newcomer Zakk Chesteen. Matt Dineen (Utah) is back to man the goalie duties with Connor Pinto also expected to see some time in goal. Paul VI again faces a strong schedule with the likes of Loyola Blakefield (Md.), St. Mary’s (Md.), McDonogh (Md.), St. John’s (D.C.), Gonzaga (D.C.), DeMatha (Md.) and St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes (Va.).

10. Don Bosco (N.J.)

The Ironmen return three key players from their 2021 New Jersey state championship team. Midfielder Mark Marino (Princeton) is a standout. AJ Monaco (Bryant) keys the defensive play. Goalie Colten Carfello (St. Joseph’s) comes off a 175-save season and is just a junior. Don Bosco has to make up for the scoring losses of Koleton Marquis (Johns Hopkins) and Connor Gorman (Marquette) with a balanced approach this year. Another solid schedule will supply them the chance to develop and test themselves in and out of state.

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