PHOTO BY JOHN STROHSACKER

Brendan Curry (Syracuse) posted four goals and two assists to help Calvert Hall (Md.) claim its first conference crown since 2012.

MIAA Champ Calvert Hall (Md.) Headlines Nike/USL HS Boys' National Top 25


Don’t tell Calvert Hall (Md.) this was a down year for the MIAA.

The Cardinals scored five straight goals in the second half en route to a 12-6 victory over McDonogh (Md.) in the MIAA-A championship game last Thursday, giving them their first conference title since 2012.

Calvert Hall is No. 8 in this week’s Nike/US Lacrosse High School Boys’ National Top 25, which also features some new blood in the 21-25 range. Conestoga (Pa.) surfaced at No. 21 after holding off Avon Grove (Pa.), while Ridgewood (N.J.) debuted at No. 24 after knocking Bridgewater-Raritan (N.J.) from the ranks for the unbeaten.

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National Top 25

 
May 30, 2017

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1 Landon (Md.) 21-0 1 Season Complete (IAC champion)
2 Darien (Conn.) 19-0 2 5/31 vs. Conard-West Hartford (Conn.)
3 Culver Academy (Ind.) 21-1 3 Season complete
4 Cold Spring Harbor (N.Y.) 17-0 4 5/30 vs. Lynbrook (N.Y.)
5 La Salle (Pa.) 20-1 5 5/30 vs. Spring-Ford (Pa.)
6 St. Ignatius (Calif.) 19-2 6 Season complete (WCAL champion)
7 Delbarton (N.J.) 18-1 7 5/31 vs. Seton Hall Prep (N.J.)
8 Calvert Hall (Md.) 17-2 8 Season complete (MIAA champion)
9 Manhasset (N.Y.) 14-2 10 5/30 vs. Garden City (N.Y.)
10 McDonogh (Md.) 17-4 9 Season complete (MIAA runner-up)
11 Bullis (Md.) 18-3 11 Season Complete (IAC runner-up)
12 Jamesville-DeWitt (N.Y.) 18-1 13 5/31 vs. Johnson City (N.Y.)
13 Chaminade (N.Y.) 11-4 14 Season complete (CHSAA champion)
14 Severna Park (Md.) 20-0 15 Season complete (MPSAA champion)
15 Lincoln-Sudbury (Mass.) 15-1 16 6/3 vs. TBD
16 Ward Melville (N.Y.) 16-2 17 5/31 vs. Smithtown East (N.Y.)
17 Smithtown East (N.Y.) 15-3 18 5/31 vs. Ward Melville (N.Y.)
18 Haverford School (Pa.) 16-7 20 Season complete
19 Boys' Latin (Md.) 13-6 19 Season complete
20 Victor (N.Y.) 15-3 21 5/31 vs. Canandaigua (N.Y.)
21 Conestoga (Pa.) 19-3 NR 5/30 vs. Haverford High (Pa.)
22 Pittsford (N.Y.) 16-1 25 5/30 vs. Fairport (N.Y.)
23 Massapequa (N.Y.) 15-2 24 5/30 vs. Farmingdale (N.Y.)
24 Ridgewood (N.J.) 17-3 NR 5/31 vs. Montgomery (N.J.)
25 Bridgewater-Raritan (N.J.) 17-1 12 Season complete
Also considered: Malvern Prep (Pa.), St. Thomas Aquinas (Fla.), Niskayuna (N.Y.), Springfield-Delco (Pa.), Rumson-Fair Haven (N.J.), Episcopal Academy (Pa.)







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Northeast Top 10

1. Darien (Conn.), 19-0

The Blue Wave stretched their winning streak to 50 games with two more victories as they claimed another FCIAC title. They secured a 20-4 win over Ridgefield (Conn.) in the FCIAC championship game, as junior Logan McGovern finished with six goals. Darien opens defense of its state title Wednesday against Conard-West Hartford (Conn.). Previous: 1

2. Cold Spring Harbor (N.Y.), 17-0

The Seahawks defeated North Shore (N.Y.) for the second time this season as they secured a 15-8 win in the Nassau County Class C semifinals. Senior midfielder Matt Licciardi (Cornell) finished with two goals and four assists to power CSH, which faces Lynbrook (N.Y.) in the county championship game Tuesday. Previous: 2

3. Manhasset (N.Y.), 14-2

Kevin Mack had one goal and three assists as Manhasset topped South Side (N.Y.), 12-7, in the Nassau County Class B semifinals. The top-seeded Indians face second-seeded Garden City (N.Y.) in the county championship game Tuesday. Manhasset defeated Garden City, 10-8, during the regular season. Previous: 3

4. Jamesville-DeWitt (N.Y.), 18-1

J-D extended its winning streak to 15 games with its ninth straight Section III title. This one came in Class C as the Red Rams escaped with a 10-9 win over Homer (N.Y.) on Hobart-bound Ryan Archer’s game-winner with 1:38 left. Homer led 8-3 with 10 minutes left in the third quarter. J-D advances to face Johnson City (N.Y.) in the first round of the state tournament Wednesday. Previous: 4

5. Chaminade (N.Y.), 11-4

The Flyers were awarded the CHSAA Class AAA championship after the CHSAA sanctioned St. Anthony’s (N.Y.) for using an illegible player this season, canceling the title game with a forfeit and stripping the Friars of all their wins. Previous: 5

6. Lincoln-Sudbury (Mass.), 15-1

The Warriors closed the regular season with a 17-5 win over Andover (Mass.). They open the state playoffs this week looking to add to their two straight Division I titles. Previous: 6

7. Ward Melville (N.Y.), 16-2

The top-seeded Patriots overwhelmed fourth-seeded Half Hollow Hills East (N.Y.), 15-6, in the Suffolk County Class A semifinals. Matt Grillo and Zach Hobbes each finished with three goals and two assists. Ward Melville faces Smithtown East (N.Y.) in the county championship game Wednesday. Previous: 7

8. Smithtown East (N.Y.), 15-3

The Bulls moved into the Suffolk County Class A championship game with a 7-5 win over rival Smithtown West (N.Y.) in the semifinals. Connor DeSimone (Johns Hopkins) and Luke Eschbach (Yale) each finished with two goals and two assists. East faces Ward Melville in the sectional final Wednesday. Ward Melville topped East, 12-11, earlier in the regular season. Previous: 8

9. Victor (N.Y.), 15-3

The Blue Devils won two Section V Class B games last week and advanced to their fifth straight sectional championship game. They topped Irondequoit (N.Y.), 12-8, in the quarterfinals and followed with a 13-9 win over Brighton (N.Y.) in the semifinals. Junior midfielder Andrew Russell (Virginia) finished with four goals and one assist in the semifinal win. Victor plays rival Canandaigua (N.Y.) in the sectional final Wednesday. Previous: 9

10. Pittsford (N.Y.), 16-1

The Panthers move into the rankings after an easy 13-5 win over Hilton (N.Y.) in the Section V Class A semifinals. Senior Colby Barker (Ohio State) finished with three goals and one assist. Pittsford faces Fairport (N.Y.) in the sectional final Tuesday. Previous: NR

— Will Cleveland

Mid-Atlantic Top 10

1. Landon (Md.), 21-0

The Bears were rarely tested on the way to an IAC title that closed a perfect season. They finished in style by beating Bullis (Md.), 18-7, in the championship May 12. Joey Epstein (Johns Hopkins) piled up 75 goals and 48 assists for the season, and Justin Shockey (Navy) won 79 percent of his faceoffs. Previous: 1

2. La Salle (Pa.), 20-1

The Explorers – already the Philadelphia Catholic League champs – blew past Simon Gratz (Pa.), 16-0, on Wednesday to seal up the top seed out of District 1 in the PIAA Tournament. They start their bid for another title Tuesday against Spring-Ford (Pa.), a match they enter on an 18-game winning streak. Previous: 2

3. Delbarton (N.J.), 18-1

The Green Wave got past Christian Brothers (N.J.), 7-6, on Tuesday and then throttled St. Peter’s Prep (N.J.), 22-6, on Saturday to move to the NJSIAA Non-Public A final. Casey Shoemaker combined for six goals in the two victories. Up next is a rematch with Seton Hall Prep (N.J.), which handed Delbarton its lone loss, an 8-7 decision, on April 13. Previous: 3

4. Calvert Hall (Md.), 17-2

The Cardinals scored five straight goals in the second half to pull away from then-national No. 9 McDonogh for a 12-6 win in Thursday’s MIAA-A championship. Brendan Curry (Syracuse) posted four goals and two assists to help them claim their first conference crown since 2012. After two early losses, Calvert Hall closed the spring with 15 straight victories. Previous: 4

5. McDonogh (Md.), 17-4

The Eagles came up short in their bid for a repeat MIAA-A title, falling 12-6 to then-No. 8 Calvert Hall in Thursday’s championship. They drew within 6-5 early in the third quarter before the Cardinals pulled away. Liam Powderly had three goals and an assist in the finale. Previous: 5

6. Bullis (Md.), 18-3

The Bulldogs put together another strong résumé but settled for runner-up in the IAC after losing 18-7 to top-ranked Landon in the final May 12. Alex Trippi (North Carolina) posted 57 goals and 64 assists this season and finishes as the program’s all-time leading scorer. Previous: 6

7. Severna Park (Md.), 20-0

The Falcons had to fight to the final whistle Wednesday to secure a repeat Maryland 4A/3A title. Jack Thomas scored the go-ahead goal with three seconds left in regulation in a 7-6 win over Churchill (Md.) that capped a perfect season. Severna Park trailed by three goals in the first half but managed to come back and grab its 37th straight victory. Trevor Patschorke (UMBC) led the rally with three goals. Previous: 8

8. Haverford School (Pa.), 16-7

The Fords ended a second straight season with a loss to Culver Academy Prep (Ind.) in the Inter-Ac Invitational final. They couldn’t get much going offensively in a 9-5 defeat on May 21. It was still another strong season for Haverford School with a handful of notable wins against a brutal schedule and an outright conference regular-season title. Previous: 10

9. Boys’ Latin (Md.), 13-6

The Lakers earned the No. 2 seed in the MIAA-A Tournament but had their season end in the semifinals with an 11-8 loss to McDonogh on May 22. After a nice run midseason to get to the top of the conference standings, they closed the spring with three losses in their final four games. Previous: 9

10.  Conestoga (Pa.), 19-3

The Pioneers held off Avon Grove, 14-12, on Thursday in the Pennsylvania District 1 championship. They never trailed in the offensive battle thanks to three goals and two assists from Tommy Sopko (Bucknell). They also avenged an earlier loss to Garnet Valley last Tuesday. They’ll start the PIAA Tournament on Tuesday against Haverford High (Pa.). Previous: NR

— Eric Detweiler




PHOTO COURTESY OF UA LACROSSE

Upper Arlington (Ohio) senior attackman Jack Dolan had eight points in a win over Dublin Coffman (Ohio), setting up a rematch with Cincinnati Moeller (Ohio) in the state semifinals.


South Top 10 (season complete)

1. St. Thomas Aquinas (Fla.), 21-1

The Raiders claimed their second consecutive state championship with a 12-7 win over Lake Highland Prep (Fla.). STA has not lost to a Florida team since May of 2015. 

2. Dallas Jesuit (Texas), 15-5

The Rangers ended the season by winning their second consecutive THSLL state championship. They are the first repeat THSLL champion since 2010. 

3. Lassiter (Ga.), 17-4

The Trojans beat Lambert (Ga.) 10-5 to win their first GHSA 6A/7A state championship since 2006, ending Lambert’s in-state win streak at 39 games and avenging last year’s title game loss. Colvin Prosser led with four goals in the weather-delayed game, while Nolan Moon scored three goals, Choice Mostellar added two and Justin Edwards one. The Trojans came back from down 4-1 early to beat Allatoona 11-9 in the semifinals. 

4.  Lambert (Ga.), 20-2

The Longhorns rallied past Centennial (Ga.), 12-7, to advance to the GHSA 6A/7A state championship game, but were denied a repeat title with a 10-5 loss to Lassiter in a weather-delayed final. Alex Walker scored two goals for Lambert. Eric Overbay, Kyle Lewis and Bradley Wehmon had one each. 

5. Middle Creek (N.C.), 22-0

The Mustangs finished off a perfect season to claim their first ever state title. They beat Lake Norman 17-8 on Saturday to win the NCHSAA 4A championship. Middle Creek fell behind early, but put together a strong second quarter to take an 8-4 lead at halftime. Senior Jake Medwar led the Mustangs with five goals, and Patrick Tanner and Owen Caputo scored four each, while Graham Schwartz won 19 of 25 faceoffs. Middle Creek got to the finals by upending perennial power and previously-ranked Cardinal Gibbons (N.C.) 17-4 in the semifinals.

6. Episcopal School of Dallas (Texas), 18-1

The Eagles advanced to the THSLL title game, but fell short of the title when Dallas Jesuit rallied for a 9-8 win. ESD had beaten Jesuit 7-5 on April 28. 

7. The Woodlands (Texas), 23-1

The Highlanders, top-seeded in the THSLL Final Four, lost to Episcopal Dallas, 11-8, in the state semifinals. The Woodlands owns five out-of-state wins. 

8. Weddington (N.C.), 19-1

The Warriors scored 12 second-quarter goals on their way to a 21-6 win over Cedar Ridge in the NCHSAA 1A/2A/3A state championship for their first state title. Austin Leonard led with five goals, while Hunter Fasanaro had four. The Warriors beat Cuthbertson (N.C.) 21-6 to advance to the title game. Leonard scored five goals, Fasanaro had four goals and three assists and James Shipley had four goals and an assist in that win. Whitner Litton collected nine groundballs and won 23 of 29 faceoffs.

9. Memphis University School (Tenn.), 16-3

The Owls won their second consecutive TSLA state title when Cade Klawinski scored in the second overtime to beat McCallie School (Tenn.) 9-8. The game was forced to overtime after a flurry of late goals in regulation. Daniel Shumake gave MUS an 8-6 lead with 50 seconds left, but McCallie scored two quick goals to send it to overtime. The Owls beat Christian Brothers (Tenn.) 12-4 in the semifinals to advance to the title game. 

10. Ponte Vedra (Fla.), 19-2

The Sharks’ promising season ended in an upset in the second round of the Florida state play-in games. Their only other loss was to Jupiter, and they had three strong out-of-state wins. 

— Aimee Ford Foster     

Midwest Top 10

1. Culver Academy (Ind.), 21-1

The Eagles concluded their season with a 21-1 record on May 20 by winning the Inter-Ac Tournament. They beat nationally-ranked Haverford School (Pa.) in the final to avenge their lone regular-season loss. Culver is ranked third nationally. Previous: 1

2. Brother Rice (Mich.), 16-4

The Warriors are 2-0 in the postseason, including a 28-2 win over L’Anse Creuse North (Mich.) on Thursday in a game they led 17-1 after the first quarter and 22-1 at the half. Brother Rice has outscored its opponents 69-2 thus far in the playoffs and next takes on Romeo (Mich.) on Tuesday. Previous: 2

3. Loyola Academy (Ill.), 16-7

The Ramblers won a pair of playoff games last week, defeating Libertyville (Ill.) 13-4 on Thursday and Lyons Township (Ill.) 13-5 on Saturday. Sophomore Najee Taylor notched a hat trick against Lyons Township. Loyola will face Lake Forest (Ill.) in the state semifinals Wednesday. Previous: 3

4. Cathedral (Ind.), 19-4

The Irish are off to the state semifinals after defeating Crown Point (Ind.) 19-4 and Guerin Catholic (Ind.) 17-5 last week. Senior attacker Kavan Braun led Cathedral last week with eight goals, including five against Guerin Catholic. Cathedral will play Hamilton Southeastern (Ind.) on June 2 for a spot in the state title game. Previous: 4

5. New Trier (Ill.), 18-4

The Trevians have advanced to the state final four after defeating Highland Park (Ill.) 11-4 and Glenbard West (Ill.) 13-7 last week. New Trier’s semifinal contest is Wednesday against Neuqua Valley (Ill.). Previous: 5

6. Upper Arlington (Ohio), 20-2

The Golden Bears avenged their loss earlier this year to Dublin Coffman (Ohio) by defeating the Shamrocks 12-11 on Friday. Senior attackman Jack Dolan scored four goals and added three helpers in the win. Upper Arlington faces Cincinnati Moeller (Ohio) in a state semifinal Thursday. Moeller was the last team to defeat Upper Arlington. Previous: 10

7. East Grand Rapids (Mich.), 15-1

The Pioneers have made it to the regional finals after defeating Battle Creek Lakeview (Mich.) 21-7 on Wednesday. Hub Hejna, a 2017 Colorado College recruit, fired 15 shots on goal, scoring on nine of them. East Grand Rapids next plays Vicksburg (Mich.) on Tuesday. Previous: 8

8. MICDS (Mo.), 17-5

After defeating St. Louis University Jesuit (Mo.) on May 23 in the state semifinals, the Rams polished off their fourth-straight state title by defeating Chaminade Prep (Mo.) 16-5 on Saturday. Sophomore Graham Bundy Jr. was named the championship MVP after scoring five goals, and teammate Harry Wellford scored six goals in the title game. Previous: 9

9. Archbishop Moeller (Ohio), 15-7

The Crusaders knocked previously-ranked Cincinnati St. Xavier (Ohio) out in the regional finals, avenging an early-season loss with a 10-7 win against their rival school Saturday. They also avenged another one of their losses last week, beating Mason (Ohio) 10-5. Moeller plays in the state semifinals Thursday against Upper Arlington, who the Crusaders beat 8-7 on May 6 to begin their current eight-game winning streak. Previous: NR

10. Olentangy Liberty (Ohio), 16-5

The Patriots advanced to the state semifinals by defeating district rival Olentangy 13-6 on Saturday. Junior goalie Skylar Wahlund stopped 18 shots in the regional final after helping Liberty defeat Delaware Hayes (Ohio) 14-6 on Wednesday. The Patriots take on Cleveland St. Ignatius (Ohio) on Tuesday for a spot in the state title game. Previous: NR

— Justin Boggs

West Top 10

1. St. Ignatius Prep (Calif.), 19-2

The Wildcats beat Bellarmine Prep 9-4 to claim their eighth straight West Catholic Athletic League (WCAL) title and wrap up another impressive season. Ignatius, which is ranked in the top 10 nationally, hasn’t lost a league game in eight years of play. Previous: 1

2. Cherry Creek (Colo.), 18-1

A year after failing to make the state final for the first time since 2011, the Bruins made the most of their return to collect their record sixth title with a 17-8 win over defending champion Regis Jesuit (Colo.) in the Class 5A championship. Cherry Creek beat Kent Denver (Colo.) 13-5 in the semifinals to set up the third championship meeting in the last four years with Regis. Previous: 2

3. La Costa Canyon (Calif.), 18-2

The second-seeded Mavericks claimed their eighth CIF championship overall and third in four years by outlasting Coronado (Calif.) 10-9 in the San Diego Section Open final. They ended a one-year title drought after topping Poway 11-8 in the semifinals. Previous: 3

4. Regis Jesuit (Colo.), 15-4

The Raiders topped 2016 state runner-up Arapahoe (Colo.) 15-7 in the Class 5A semifinals but couldn’t repeat an early-season win over Cherry Creek in the final. Regis fell behind 5-1 in the first quarter and trailed 9-2 at the half. Previous: 4

5. Loyola-Los Angeles (Calif.), 21-4

The Cubs claimed their second straight Southern Section CIF title, avenging a regular-season loss to Palos Verdes (Calif.) in the Los Angeles final and topping Foothill-Santa Ana (Calif.) 13-5 in the overall championship. Loyola’s other three losses were against teams that have been ranked this season. Previous: 5

6. West Linn (Ore.), 20-0

The Lions opened the playoffs with a 19-6 win over Southridge (Ore.) in the second round, then beat Lincoln (Ore.) 11-6 in the quarterfinals. West Linn plays Oregon Episcopal (Ore.) in the semifinals Wednesday as the Lions continue their run for a fifth state title, third in the last four years after winning in 2014 and 2015. Previous: 9

7. De La Salle (Calif.), 19-4

The Spartans claimed the CIF North Coast Division 1 title, beating Amador Valley (Calif.) 7-5 in the final to avenge an early-season loss to the Dons. Three of their four losses were decided by two goals or less, including one against nationally-ranked St. Ignatius Prep. De La Salle beat knocked defending champion Monte Vista-Danville (Calif.) out in the semifinals, 8-6. Previous: 6

8. Arapahoe (Colo.), 13-5

The Warriors won 12 of their last 14 games after a 1-3 start to the season but ended their season with a second loss to Regis Jesuit in the Class 5A state semifinals. Arapahoe led 5-4 at halftime but was outscored 11-2 in the second half of the 15-7 loss. Previous: 7

9. Skyline (Wash.), 16-2

The Spartans claimed the WHSBLA Class 4A state title with a 9-7 win over rival Eastlake (Wash.) in the final Saturday. William Cespedes had five goals combined in the final four to lead Skyline, which beat Woodinville (Wash.) 9-6 in the semifinals. The Spartans had one in-state loss this season, a two-goal loss to Bellevue (Wash.) in the opener. Previous: NR

10. Coronado (Calif.), 15-7

The Islanders rallied back from an 8-4 deficit against La Costa Canyon to take a 9-8 lead with 4:29 left but couldn’t hold on and settled for runner-up in the San Diego Open division. It was their second one-goal loss to LCC. Coronado upset previously-ranked Torrey Pines (Calif.) 6-4 in the semifinals, less than two weeks after dropping a 19-7 loss to the Falcons. Previous: 10

— Laurel Pfahler