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The Patriots’ ninth state title came with a dramatic 10-9 overtime win against Pittsford (N.Y.) in the Class A championship.

Ward Melville Cracks Top 10 in Nike/USL HSB Top 25


As the season's end nears, there was no new teams in the Nike/US Lacrosse High School Boys' Top 25, but Ward Melville (N.Y.) moved up seven spots to No. 8 after netting a dramatic 10-9 overtime win against Pittsford (N.Y.) in the Class A championship.

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National Top 25

 
June 13, 2017

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1 Landon (Md.) 21-0 1 Season complete (IAC champion)
2 Darien (Conn.) 23-0 2 Season complete (Class L champion)
3 Culver Academy (Ind.) 21-1 3 Season complete
4 Cold Spring Harbor (N.Y.) 21-0 4 Season complete (Class C champion)
5 St. Ignatius (Calif.) 19-2 5 Season complete (WCAL champion)
6 Delbarton (N.J.) 21-1 6 Season compete (NJSIAA Non-Public A champion/TOC winner)
7 Calvert Hall (Md.) 17-2 7 Season complete (MIAA-A champion)
8 Ward Melville (N.Y.) 20-2 15 Season complete (Class A champion)
9 McDonogh (Md.) 17-4 9 Season complete (MIAA runner-up)
10 Chaminade (N.Y.) 11-4 10 Season complete (CHSAA AAA Champ)
11 Jamesville-DeWitt (N.Y.) 21-2 8 Season complete (Class C runner-up)
12 La Salle College High (Pa.) 21-2 11 Season complete
13 Bullis (Md.) 18-3 12 Season complete (IAC runner-up)
14 Severna Park (Md.) 20-0 13 Season complete (MPSAA 4A/3A champion)
15 Victor (N.Y.) 19-3 16 Season complete (Class B champion)
16 Lincoln-Sudbury (Mass.) 17-1 14 6/14 vs. Acton Boxborough (Mass.)
17 Pittsford (N.Y.) 19-2 17 Season complete (Class A runner-up)
18 Smithtown East (N.Y.) 15-4 18 Season complete
19 Haverford School (Pa.) 16-7 19 Season complete
20 Boys' Latin (Md.) 14-5 21 Season complete
21 Avon Grove (Pa.) 23-2 23 Season complete (PIAA 3A champion)
22 Yorktown (N.Y.) 17-5 25 Season complete (Class B runner-up)
23 Conestoga (Pa.) 22-4 20 Season complete (PIAA 3A runner-up)
24 Manhasset (N.Y.) 15-2 22 Season complete
25 Bridgewater-Raritan (N.J.) 17-1 24 Season complete
Also considered: Massapequa (N.Y.), Malvern Prep (Pa.), St. Thomas Aquinas (Fla.), Springfield-Delco (Pa.), Moorestown (N.J.), Cherry Creek (Colo.)







Nike/US 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

Northeast Top 10

1. Darien (Conn.), 23-0

The Blue Wave claimed their fourth consecutive Class L state title with 16-3 win over Cheshire (Conn.) last week and pushed their winning streak to 54 games. Ryan Cornell stopped eight shots and Kevin Lindley netted seven goals as Darien collected its 13th overall state title. The Green Wave topped Glastonbury (Conn.), 15-9, in the state semifinals. Previous: 1

2. Cold Spring Harbor (N.Y.), 21-0

The Seahawks earned their third straight state title in a hard-fought 11-9 win over Jamesville-DeWitt (N.Y.) in the Class C final. Taylor Strough scored four goals, Chris Porzelt recorded 12 saves and Matt Licciardi added two goals and two assists. Kevin Winkoff had three goals and one assist as the Seahawks upended Pleasantville (N.Y.), 9-6, in the state semifinals. Previous: 2

3. Ward Melville (N.Y.), 20-2

The Patriots’ ninth state title came with a dramatic 10-9 overtime win against Pittsford (N.Y.) in the Class A championship. Ward Melville trailed 9-4 with 4:26 remaining in the fourth quarter and was still down 9-6 with 1:01 left in regulation. Michael Giaquinto won 19 of 22 faceoffs, while Matthew Grillo scored both the tying and winning goals. The winner came with one second left in overtime. Andrew Lockhart had two goals and three assists as the Patriots topped Lakeland/Panas (N.Y.), 9-6, in the state semifinals. Previous: 6

4. 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: 4

5. Jamesville-DeWitt (N.Y.), 21-2

J-D built a 5-1 lead in the second quarter, but couldn’t hold on in an 11-9 loss to Cold Spring Harbor (N.Y.) in the Class C state final. Ryan Archer (Hobart) finished with two goals and three assists for the Red Rams. Griffin Cook totaled six goals and one assist as J-D easily secured a 20-6 win over Palmyra-Macedon (N.Y.) in the state semifinals. Previous: 3

6. Victor (N.Y.), 19-3

The Blue Devils were dominant in a 9-3 win over Yorktown (N.Y.) in the Class B final, as they collected their third consecutive state championship. Alexander Mabbett finished with two goals and two assists, and Connor Keenan added two goals for Victor, which has now won two state titles in Class B and another in Class A (2016). The Blue Devils were equally impressive in an 11-5 win over Vestal (N.Y.) in the state semifinals earlier in the week. Chayse Ierlan made nine saves, and Sam Lambert and Zack Estabrooks each netted three goals in that win. Previous: 7

7. Lincoln-Sudbury (Mass.), 17-1

Senior Jack Sutherland had five goals and two assists and Hayden Frey added three goals and one assist as L-S topped Reading (Mass.), 14-8, in the Division 1 North semifinals. The Warriors play Acton Boxborough (Mass.) in the divisional final Wednesday. L-S is seeking its third straight state title. Previous: 5

8. Pittsford (N.Y.), 19-2

The Panthers just missed out on their first state title, dropping the Class A championship in heart-breaking fashion against Ward Melville. Pittsford led 9-4 with 4:26 left in regulation but gave up the game’s final six goals as the Patriots stole a 10-9 win in overtime. Colby Barker and Jake Belias each scored three goals, and Gavin Catalano recorded 12 saves for the Panthers. Pittsford topped Baldwinsville (N.Y.), 11-8, in the state semifinals behind Barker’s five goals and one assist. Previous: 8

9. Smithtown East (N.Y.), 15-4

Connor DeSimone and Michael Latini each had two goals and one assist as East fell, 9-8, to Ward Melville (N.Y.) in the Suffolk County Class A title game late last month. DeSimone finished the season with 60 goals and 54 assists, while Latini had 48 goals and 17 assists. All of the Bulls’ losses were by one goal, including a regular-season loss to Ward Melville. Previous: 9

10. Yorktown (N.Y.), 17-5

Dom Cioffi scored off a feed from Hunter Embry 79 seconds into the second overtime to lift the Cornhuskers to a 5-4 win over Garden City (N.Y.) in the Class B semifinals. However, Yorktown couldn’t keep up with Victor in the final Saturday, dropping a 9-3 decision. 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 face-offs. Previous: 1

2. Delbarton (N.J.), 21-1

The Green Wave blasted Moorestown (N.J.), 15-9, on Saturday to claim their second straight NJSIAA Tournament of Champions title and third in the last four years. They let an eight-goal lead shrink to three in the fourth quarter but recovered to pull away late. Michael Long, Luca Tria (Cornell) and Matt Campbell scored three goals apiece. Delbarton beat Ramapo, 10-4, earlier in the week to earn a spot in the final. Previous: 2

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

The Cardinals left no doubt about their spot atop the MIAA-A, closing with a 12-6 win over McDonogh (Md.) in the championship May 25. After two early losses, they finished the spring with 15 straight victories. Jacob Kelly (North Carolina) hit his scoring stride in the run and finished with a team-best 47 goals and 44 assists. Previous: 3

4. McDonogh (Md.), 17-4

The Eagles came up short in their bid for a repeat MIAA-A title, falling 12-6 to Calvert Hall in the championship May 25. Their nonconference résumé included defeats of heavyweights Chaminade (N.Y.), Haverford School (Pa.) and Bullis (Md.). McDonogh put five players on the all-conference team, including defensive stalwarts B.J. Farrare, Brandon Shure and Chris Smith. Previous: 4

5. La Salle (Pa.), 21-2

The Explorers tripped up short of a Pennsylvania state title, falling to Central Bucks East (Pa.), 8-6, in a June 3 quarterfinal. The loss finished an impressive season highlighted by a Philadelphia Catholic League title and wins over a handful of traditional Pennsylvania powers. Brett Baskin (Johns Hopkins) was named PCL MVP after tallying 41 goals and 23 assists. 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 54 goals and 61 assists this season and finishes as the program’s all-time leading scorer. Previous: 6

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

The Falcons were perfect en route to a repeat Maryland 4A/3A title. They finished in dramatic fashion, beating Churchill (Md.), 7-6, in the May 24 final on a goal by Jack Thomas with three seconds left in regulation. UMBC-bound Trevor Patschorke posted 83 goals for an explosive club that averaged 15.8 goals per game. Previous: 7

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 with a handful of notable wins against a brutal schedule and an outright conference regular season title. Luke O’Grady (Providence) did his part in pacing a new-look attack with 56 goals. Previous: 8

9. Boys’ Latin (Md.), 14-5

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. Matt Brandau (Yale) set the offensive pace with 36 goals and 34 assists. Previous: 10

10.  Avon Grove (Pa.), 23-2

Zach Augustine’s double-overtime goal Saturday gave the Red Devils a 5-4 win over then-national No. 20 Conestoga (Pa.) and their first Pennsylvania (PIAA 3A) state title. They had to go to the extra period after allowing the tying goal with one second left in regulation. Avon Grove got through to the final by beating Central Bucks East, 7-5, on Wednesday, boosted by two goals from Augustine. Previous: NR

— Eric Detweiler




PHOTO BY THE DETROIT NEWS/JOSE JUAREZ

Brother Rice recorded an 8-7 victory over Detroit Catholic Central (Mich.) to clinch the program’s 13th straight state title.


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 on May 20 by winning the Inter-Ac Invitational in Philadelphia. They beat nationally-ranked Haverford School (Pa.) in the final to avenge their lone loss of the season. Culver, which is ranked third nationally, also had notable in-region wins over Brother Rice (Mich.) and New Trier (Ill.). Previous: 1

2. Brother Rice (Mich.), 20-4

Cameron Gould broke a 7-7 stalemate in the fourth quarter of the state championship game Saturday to lift the Warriors to an 8-7 victory over Detroit Catholic Central (Mich.) and clinch the program’s 13th straight state title. Gould finished the game with four goals. Brother Rice defeated Rockford (Mich.) 8-6 on Wednesday to advance to the state title game. Previous: 2

3. Cathedral (Ind.), 21-4

The Irish finished the year with their second-straight state title after defeating Carmel (Ind.) 8-5 on June 3 to avenge their lone in-state loss. After an 0-2 start to the season, Cathedral bounced back with wins against Cincinnati St. Xavier (Ohio) and Brother Rice (Mich.), and its only other setback was against Canadian power Everest Academy. Previous: 3

4. New Trier (Ill.), 20-4

The Trevians were crowned Illinois state champs on June 3 following their 9-6 win over Loyola Academy (Ill.), which avenged a 7-6 loss from April 29. New Trier’s season was highlighted by a pair of wins over MICDS (Mo.) and a victory over DeSmet Jesuit (Mo.). Previous: 4

5. East Grand Rapids (Mich.), 19-1 

The Pioneers won the Michigan Division II state title with a 11-9 victory over Forest Hills Central (Mich.) on Saturday. Senior Hub Hejna scored four times in East Grand Rapids’ win. The Pioneers defeated Cranbrook (Mich.) in the state semifinals Wednesday. Previous: 5

6. MICDS (Mo.), 17-5

The Rams won their fourth straight state title on May 27, beating Chaminade Prep (Mo.) in the final. All five of MICDS’ losses this season were decided by three goals or less, including an overtime decision against Brother Rice (Mich.) and two games against New Trier (Ill.). Previous: 6

7. Archbishop Moeller (Ohio), 17-7

After a 7-7 start to the season, the Crusaders won their last 10 games en route to Ohio’s Division I state title, defeating Cleveland St. Ignatius (Ohio) 9-8 in double overtime in the final June 3. Moeller’s season was highlighted by a win over Ohio powerhouse Upper Arlington in the state semifinals, as well as a win over then-ranked St. Xavier (Ohio) in the regional finals. Previous: 7

8. Loyola Academy (Ill.), 17-8

The Ramblers could not defend their 2016 state title, falling to New Trier (Ill.) 9-6 in the championship game June 3. Loyola played arguably the toughest schedule in the region, but had most of its success in-state, defeating teams such as New Trier (Ill.) and Grayslake North (Ill.) during the regular season. Previous: 8 

9. Upper Arlington (Ohio), 20-3

The Golden Bears’ impressive season ended in the state semifinals against Moeller on May 31, as they couldn’t avenge a regular-season loss to the Crusaders. The only other team to beat Upper Arlington this season was Dublin Coffman (Ohio). Previous: 9

10. Detroit Catholic Central (Mich.), 15-6

The Shamrocks nearly ended Brother Rice’s run as Michigan state champs, but wound up short in an 8-7 decision Saturday in the title game. The loss came three days after Detroit Catholic Central defeated previously unbeaten Hartland 12-11 to earn a spot in the final. Previous: NR

— Justin Boggs

West Top 10 (season complete)

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. 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: 7

7. 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: 8

8. Oregon Episcopal (Ore.), 17-1

The Aardvarks avenged their lone loss of the season by beating previously-ranked West Linn (Ore.) 11-10 in overtime of the state semifinals May 31, then went on to win the title Saturday with a 9-6 win over Sunset. They held a 4-3 advantage at the half but fired off four goals in the third quarter to propel themselves to the win. Previous: NR

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 after topping Woodinville (Wash.) 9-6 in the semifinals. Skyline had one in-state loss this season, a two-goal loss to Bellevue (Wash.) in the opener. Previous: 9

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