Nike/US Lacrosse Mid-Atlantic Region Preseason Boys' Top 10
|Stephen Kelly, the youngest
player on the gold medal-winning U.S. U19 team, is back in the mix
for Calvert Hall (Md.).
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The Lakers are loaded this season with 12 seniors and seven juniors already committed to play Division I college lacrosse. Shack Stanwick (Johns Hopkins) is considered the top junior in the nation, but he just might be the best player overall.
2. Calvert Hall (Md.)
The defending MIAA champs return seven Division I-bound seniors and boast six in their junior class. Led by midfielder Stephen Kelly (North Carolina), the Cardinals will play Gonzaga and Conestoga (Pa.) in addition to their brutal MIAA slate.
3. Gonzaga (D.C.)
The three-time WCAC champs return 11 seniors that will play in college, including midfielder Max Planning (Denver) and defenseman Matt Borda (Fairfield). Non-conference foes: Bullis, Boys’ Latin, Calvert Hall, Georgetown Prep and Landon.
4. La Salle College (Pa.)
Matt Rambo (Maryland) and Sean Coleman (Harvard) are two of the nation’s best players. Coleman injured his ankle during football season and could miss part of lacrosse season. Jeff Cimbalista (Yale), another senior, will help pick up the slack early.
5. Episcopal Academy (Pa.)
The Churchmen beat Haverford 15-11 for the Inter-Ac Invitational title last year. Four seniors, plus junior goalie Brian Zappala (Penn), return from that team. Episcopal has early tilts against Bullis (Md.) and No. 4 La Salle.
6. Loyola Blakefield (Md.)
Led by Maryland commit Jake Clise, the MIAA runners-up return six seniors who have committed to play college lacrosse. Non-conference foes include Garden City (N.Y.), Haverford (Pa.) and Malvern Prep (Pa.).
7. Landon (Md.)
The defending IAC champions have nine seniors who will go D-I. Led by a trio of Virginia commits — senior Michael Rhoads and juniors Jack Falk and Austin Petty — the Bears are favored to repeat as conference champions.
8. Gilman (Md.)
The Greyhounds finished 12-4 last season and have a good mix of experience and youth. Three seniors and six juniors have committed to Division I programs, including midfielder Riley Desmit (Johns Hopkins).
9. McDonogh (Md.)
Four juniors, including Brinton Valis (Johns Hopkins) and Alexander Hurdle (Notre Dame), return from the only MIAA team to beat Calvert Hall. Senior goalie Nick Doyle (Ohio State) is solid. The Eagles play St. Andrew’s (Fla.), Haverford (Pa.) and Gonzaga.
10. Delbarton (N.J.)
Will Reynolds is the latest in a pipeline of standout Delbarton defensemen headed to Princeton. The Green Wave will play St. Anthony's (N.Y.), Chaminade (N.Y.) and Fairfield Prep (Conn.).
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