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H.S. Boys' Rankings Countdown: Nos. 6-10
by Paul Ohanian | Lacrosse Magazine Online Staff
Canandaigua became just the second Section V team in the history of the New York state boys' lacrosse tournament to win a title, capturing the Class B crown with a 10-5 victory over Niskayuna. Braves midfielder Marshall Johnson won 14 of 19 faceoffs and goalie Nick King made 13 saves in the win.
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2009 Lacrosse Magazine High School Rankings
10. LaFayette (N.Y.)
The Lancers (23-1) nearly found the perfect way to commemorate their 50th anniversary season — by winning their third state championship of the decade. Unfortunately, the script didn’t play out quite that way, as LaFayette had its 23-game winning streak snapped by Manhasset in the Class C state final. The Lancers returns a lot of talent next year but will have to offset the loss of midfielder John Greeley (Johns Hopkins).
9. Calvert Hall (Md.)
Following a season-opening loss, the Cardinals won 12 straight — including intersectional victories against La Salle and Malvern Prep — before losing back-to-back games against league foes Gilman and St. Mary’s. Led by dynamic scorer Patrick Fanshaw (Loyola) and dominating defender Chris Lightner (Johns Hopkins), Calvert Hall (14-4) worked its way back to the MIAA championship game before falling to Gilman once again.
8. Niskayuna (N.Y.)
The Warriors (24-1) weren’t able to complete the undefeated dream season, losing to Canandaigua in the state championship game, but can still draw some comfort from knowing they registered the best season in school history. Senior midfielders Dan McKinney (Georgetown) and Jared Franze (Hartford) were among the leaders for Niskayuna, which had a school-record 24-game winning streak.
7. Canandaigua (N.Y.)
An early two-goal deficit in the New York Class B state final sure didn’t bother the Braves, who outscored Niskayuna 10-3 the rest of the way to claim their first state championship. Senior midfielder Marshall Johnson scored three goals to lead the comeback and goalie Nick King anchored the defense as Canandaigua (22-2) closed the season with its 20th straight victory.
6. St. Mary’s (Md.)
The Saints lost just two games by a total of four goals while playing one of the most difficult schedules in the country. St. Mary’s (15-2) lost by one goal to Gilman in the regular season, then rebounded with nine straight wins before falling to Calvert Hall in the MIAA semifinals. Baltimore Sun All-Metro defenseman Jason Gonos (Harvard) and midfielder Neill Lewnes (UMBC) were among the catalysts for the Saints in 2009.
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