High School Boys' Lacrosse Preview: Breaking Down Midwest Top 10


National power Culver Academy (Ind.) reloaded after losing a deep class to remain atop the Midwest Region Top 10 heading into the spring.

Loyola Academy (Ill.) and Dublin Jerome (Ohio) are tops in their respective states thanks to strong returning casts, but Upper Arlington (Ohio) won’t be overlooked. Brother Rice and Hartland are Michigan’s best and figure to meet again in the finals.

New Trier (Ill.) looks to advance further to the state final this year, while East Grand Rapids (Mich.) and Hamilton Southeastern (Ind.) have the pieces to defend their state crowns, though Brighton (Mich.) is strong competition for EGR.

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Graduation hit the Eagles hard, including the departure of Midwest Player of the Year Ty English (46 goals, 35 assists, 67 ground balls), faceoff maestro Alec Vaccaro and another key scorer in Braeden Saris. That said, Culver has a deep pool of talent to dip into, per usual, including Penn-bound Griffin Scane (who had four goals and two assists against IMG last year) and Army commit Haydn Sommer. Also watch for sophomores Sean Grogan, Aidan McDonald and Luke Warrington.


With 11 returning starters, including a large number of college commits, the Ramblers are poised to give a spirited defense of their state title. Loyola Academy’s attack should be particularly loaded, including Notre Dame commit Will Maheras (58 goals, 22 assists), Hobart commit Connor DiTomasso (69 goals) and Denver commit Cheyne Repp. St. Mary’s commit Klaus Anger is key at the X.


While the Celtics lost some significant scoring from a season ago, they return talent all over the field, including Chase and Marek Tzagournis, both of whom are Denver commits — with the latter surpassing 150 points as a sophomore. Tack on faceoff specialist Brady Sestili, a pair of all-state defenders and Army commit Brady White in net and Dublin Jerome should be solid at every level.


The Golden Bears have to replace keeper Mac Scholl and faceoff whiz Shea Keethler, but they return plenty of scoring pop, led by Richmond commit Chris Mazzaferri (46 goals, 27 assists) and Sam Burns (Ohio State). Leading defender Chris Reynolds (Bellarmine) should steady things on the other end of the field.


The Warriors graduated last year’s state title game hero Luke Dudley and keepers Tommy Kunz and Nate Randall but remain the team to beat in the Mitten State. Brother Rice is particularly talented in the midfield, led by senior Paulie Fortino (Penn) and junior Ben Eck.


Expect the Eagles to play with fire after leading 5-3 in last year’s state title game before Brother Rice scored twice in the final 21.3 seconds of the first half then took control with a 6-0 third quarter. Hartland will certainly have plenty of scoring pop, led by Bo Lockwood (Michigan), who tallied a stunning 236 points last season.


The Trevians graduated a top scorer in Jesse Shapiro (38 goals) and keeper Brian Kaskey, but they return All-American senior midfielder John Patrick Hackett (Bryant). New Trier went undefeated last season until deep into the state tournament.


Ted Campbell, who scored six of EGR’s 12 goals in last season’s state title game victory, will not be easy to replace. Still, Mason Margherio, who contributed a hat trick in that win, is a lethal weapon for the Pioneers while Adam Hall ensures EGR will maintain star power in the net.


The defending state champion Royals return title game heroes Louden Sundling, who had a hat trick, and Connor Ruhnow, who had two goals and an assist in HSE’s victory over Carmel. Also watch for savvy attacker Garrett Smith (Ohio Wesleyan), creative scorer Michael Mattaliano (Lander), do-it-all middle Quincy Grace and defensive (and transition) standout Nolan Knies.


Fresh off a 16-win campaign, the Bulldogs return Harvard commit John Aurandt, who scored six goals against East Grand Rapids last season, up top, and Michigan commit Carson Billig is back to headline the midfield.

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