High School Boys' Lacrosse Preview: Breaking Down Mid-Atlantic Top 10

PHOTO BY BOB LATCHFORD

No. 45 Jack Morad and No. 50 Kevin Whitty celebrate a goal for St. John's College High boys last year.


The 2022 season outlook picks up where 2021 left off in the Mid-Atlantic.

St. John’s College High (Md.) retains the No. 1 spot after vaulting to the top last year. They lost just one of their most impactful starters.

Behind them is a logjam of loaded MIAA teams that will test each other weekly in preparation to make the sort of run that Boys’ Latin did to capture the conference championship. It’s anyone’s title this year.

Georgetown Prep (Md.) and Malvern Prep (Pa.) are reloading after sizable graduation losses, and both figure to grow significantly stronger by the end of the spring. Don Bosco (N.J.) looks to be in good position to defend its first state title thanks to a veteran attack. Paul VI (Va.) and Landon (Md.) have new coaches but the same high standards that push them to compete with anyone.

Continue on to see how the Top 10 unfolds, and check back every Tuesday beginning March 29 for National Top 25 updates.

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. ST. JOHN’S COLLEGE HIGH (MD.)

The best team in the Mid-Atlantic last year lost only three starters. St. John’s returns a balanced offense with Navy-bound Mac Haley on attack and a midfield bolstered with Syracuse commits Luke Rhoa and Vincent Trujillo. The defensive end is anchored by Lehigh-bound Richard Checo, Jacksonville commit Thomas Dezio and Syracuse commit Riley Figueiras, and features superb goaltending led by Ohio State commit Caleb Fyock.

2. ARCHBISHOP SPALDING (MD.)

The bulk of experience returns from the Cavaliers’ team that made its first trip to the MIAA A championship game. Last year’s breakthrough season has built new confidence in the program that has its entire senior class committed to play at the next level. The C. Markland Kelly winner, Michael Weisshaar, will pace the offense and look to lead Spalding to its first A title.

3. MCDONOGH (MD.)    

The Eagles have some unfinished business. After going unbeaten through the MIAA regular-season gauntlet, they failed to reach the MIAA A tournament final. Duke-commit and Inside Lacrosse’s top-ranked 2023 McCabe Millon is a player to watch, and McDonogh also returns junior FOGO Zach Hayashi (Navy,) senior midfielder Matthew McMillen (Penn) and senior goalie Anthony Wilson (Villanova). McDonogh will be dangerous when it develops more depth to surround its returning talent.

4. CALVERT HALL (MD.)   

Calvert Hall got off to a rough start with the loss of Truitt Sunderland to injury in last year’s conference opener. The Virginia commit is back along with a core of fellow Division I players, including Shuey Kelly (Georgetown), Jordan Wray (Georgetown), JK Kelly (Cornell), Jordan Beck (Syracuse) and Luke McAuliffe (Lehigh). Marquette-bound goalie Tommy Lubin will benefit from a strong defense. The biggest question is how adequately they can replace losing their top two FOGOs.

5. BOYS' LATIN (MD.)

The Lakers lost eight starters from last year’s team that put together a thrilling postseason run to win the MIAA A championship. The experience lost won’t be easy to make up, but Boys’ Latin has a strong senior class headlined by North Carolina commit Dom Pietramala. The Lakers proved last year that no matter what their start is like, they can’t be counted out and last year’s formula is one that they could duplicate.






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6. GEORGETOWN PREP (D.C.)

The Hoyas graduated the Mid-Atlantic Player of the Year in midfielder Will Angrick (Notre Dame), but they have a dangerous group returning with one of the best junior classes in the country. Prep’s challenge is to replace 17 seniors and seven starters from last year’s IAM championship roster.  A highly competitive schedule will allow for rapid improvements and set the Hoyas on an upward trajectory.

7. MALVERN PREP (PA.)

Malvern is reloading after winning its third straight Inter-Ac League championship. Their entire starting defense and attack graduated as part of one of the strongest senior classes in the country. Midfielders AJ Nikolic (Cornell), Joe Sheridan (Richmond) and Jack Irish (Lafayette) will be the strength of the team along with goalie Joe Doherty (Franklin and Marshall), who split time last year. The Friars’ talented, inexperienced roster will rely on discipline and selflessness to generate offense and build their aggressive, riding defense.

8. DON BOSCO (N.J.)

The defending New Jersey state champions return their top five scorers from last year’s unbeaten team. Junior All-Americans Koleton Marquis and Connor Gorman pace the offense, while the defense returns three Division I commits in front of sophomore goalie Coleton Carfello. Bosco will face out-of-state challengers in Gilman (Md.) and Loyola Academy (Ill.) in addition to their top in-state challengers like Delbarton (N.J.), Mountain Lakes (N.J.), Ridgewood (N.J.) and Seton Hall Prep (N.J.).

9. PAUL VI (VA.)

Steven Lee takes over as head coach for a team that is capable of beating anyone.  They will have plenty of opportunity with a schedule that includes St. Stephens & St. Agnes (Md.), Gonzaga (D.C.), St. John’s (Md.), Landon (Md.), Malvern Prep (Pa.), The Hill Academy (ON) and DeMatha (Md.). Senior midfielder Marco Signorello (Maryland) and FOGO Johnny Kidd (Lehigh) give the Panthers a good veteran starting point, and junior goalie Matthew Dineen (Utah) plays behind a defense that features Nate Murphy (Richmond) and Grant Catello (Mount St. Mary’s).

10. LANDON (MD.)         

Will McGettigan steps into the head coaching role for Landon, which lost five starters from last year’s team that went 7-6 with four losses by a combined seven goals. Seniors Cam Brown (midfield), Hunter Taylor (goalie) and Cullen Brown (defense) lead a Bears team that looks to be dangerous. McGettigan believes their play between the lines and ability to play complementary lacrosse will make the difference this season.

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