High School Boys

June 21, 2016
Kevin Lindley (Loyola) scored three goals in a 5-0 run that helped Darien (Conn.) win the Class L state title and finish the season undefeated. (Darien Athletic Foundation)
Kevin Lindley (Loyola) scored three goals in a 5-0 run that helped Darien (Conn.) win the Class L state title and finish the season undefeated. (Darien Athletic Foundation)

Nike/LM HS Boys' National Top 25, Regional Top 10s

by LaxMagazine.com Staff | Twitter

Nike/Lacrosse Magazine Rankings

National Top 25
Northeast Top 10
Mid-Atlantic Top 10
South Top 10
Midwest Top 10
West Top 10 

That's all folks.

The 2016 season ended this past week, with state championships in Massachusetts and Minnesota, and the Nike/Lacrosse Magazine High School Boys' National Top 25 remains intact.

Three teams, including two of the top five, finished undefeated. No. 1 Victor (N.Y.) defeated Ward Melville (N.Y.) in the New York Class A state final June 11 to finish 22-0.

No. 4 Darien (Conn.) capped its undefeated season with an 18-3 win over Simsbury (Conn.) in the Class L state title game. Kevin Lindley (Loyola) led the way for Darien, which finishes at 23-0.

No. 24 St. Thomas Aquinas (Fla.) is the lone National Top 25 representative of the South with a 20-0 record.

Check back to LaxMagazine.com for season rewinds, players of the year and final rankings, which will come early next week.

The Nike/Lacrosse Magazine National Top 25s and Regional Top 10s for boys' and girls' lacrosse are decided by the staff of Lacrosse Magazine each week.

Follow weekly polls and updates at LaxMagazine.com/HSB25 (boys) and LaxMagazine.com/HSG25 (girls).

Nike/LM High School Boys' National Top 25: June 21

Ranking Team Record Last Week
1 Victor (N.Y.) 22-0 1
2 Bullis (Md.) 21-2 2
3 McDonogh (Md.)
18-1 3
4 Darien (Conn.)
5 Boys' Latin (Md.)
14-4 5
6 Gonzaga (D.C.)
19-2 6
7 Culver Military (Ind.) 20-3 7
8 Haverford School (Pa.)
20-5 8
9 St. Stephen's & St. Agnes (Va.)
21-4 9
10 Delbarton (N.J.)
22-2 10
11 St. Anthony's (N.Y.)
12 Cold Spring Harbor (N.Y.)
18-1 12
13 Ward Melville (N.Y.) 18-4
14 Landon (Md.) 17-4 14
15 New Canaan (Conn.)
16 Jamesville-Dewitt (N.Y.) 21-2 16
17 Syosset (N.Y.)
16-3 17
18 Malvern Prep (Pa.)
18-5 18
19 Penn Yan (N.Y.) 17-3
20 Pittsford (N.Y.)
21 Pingry (N.J.) 17-4
22 Bridgewater-Raritan (N.J.) 19-1 22
23 Cazenovia Central (N.Y.) 19-3 23
24 St. Thomas Aquinas (Fla.)
20-0 24
25 Connetquot (N.Y.) 16-3 25

Also considered (alphabetical order): Brother Rice (Mich.), Locust Valley (N.Y.), Loyola Blakefield (Md.), Monte Vista-Danville (Calif.), Ridgefield (Conn., St. Ignatius Prep (Calif.), Severn (Md.), Smithtown East (N.Y.)


1. Victor (N.Y.), 22-0

New year, new class – no problem. A year after winning the Class B state title, Victor moved up to the state's high classification and won the Class A title with a hard-earned 7-5 win over Ward Melville (N.Y.). The Blue Devils, who extended their winning streak to 44 games, went scoreless for the first 22 minutes of the game but found their stride behind two goals apiece from Max Lambert (UMass) and Dan Barrow (Mercyhurst). TD Ierlan (Albany) won 13 of 16 faceoffs. Victor had topped Corning-Painted Post (N.Y.), 15-4, in the state semifinals. Previous ranking: 1

2. Darien (Conn.), 23-0

The Blue Wave cruised to their second straight Class L state title – and third consecutive title overall – with an 18-3 win over Simsbury (Conn.). Darien, which also won the Class M title in 2014, was sparked by junior Kevin Lindley (Loyola), who scored three goals during an early 5-0 run to help the Blue Wave seize control. The Blue Wave graduates 21 seniors. Previous ranking: 2

3. St. Anthony's (N.Y.), 14-2

The Friars closed their season with a resounding 18-5 win over rival Chaminade (N.Y.) in the NYCHSAA championship on May 18. Jared Nugent (Villanova) finished with four goals and four assists to power St. Anthony's. Previous ranking: 3

4. Cold Spring Harbor (N.Y.), 18-1

The Seahawks captured their second consecutive Class C state title, topping Penn Yan (N.Y.), 15-4. CSH held a 30-15 edge in ground balls and limited Penn Yan, which entered the game averaging 13 goals per game, to 20 shots while committing 14 turnovers. Ian Laviano (Virginia) finished with four goals to power the Seahawks, who topped Pleasantville (N.Y.), 12-10, in the state semifinals. Previous ranking: 4

5. Ward Melville (N.Y.), 18-4

The Patriots won nine straight games en route to the Class A title game, where they lost 7-5 to Victor. Ward Melville was just the second team all season to hold a deep and dangerous Victor squad under 10 goals. Connor Grippe (Stony Brook) scored two goals for the Patriots, who topped Lakeland/Panas, 16-6, in the state semifinals. Eddie Munoz (Stony Brook) netted five goals in the semifinal win. Previous ranking: 5

6. New Canaan (Conn.), 19-4

The Rams repeated as Class M state champs after topping Daniel Hand (Conn.), 13-2, in the final. Matt Bisceglia netted three goals, and Clayton Burt (Syracuse) added one goals and four assists. New Canaan secured a 13-10 win in the semifinals over Joel Barlow (Conn.). Previous ranking: 6

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

J-D claimed its fifth state title, toppling traditional powerhouse Yorktown (N.Y.), 9-6, in the Class B state championship. Junior Ryan Archer (Hobart) finished with three goals and two assists for the Red Rams, who closed the season with 10 straight wins. J-D defeated Webster Thomas (N.Y.), 13-9, in the state semifinals. Previous ranking: 7

8. Syosset (N.Y.), 16-3

The Braves upended rival Massapequa (N.Y.), 18-12, in the Nassau Class A title game, but Ward Melville ended Syosset's season with a 9-5 decision in the Long Island Class A final on June 4. Mac O'Keefe (Penn State) finished with four goals in the loss. Previous ranking: 8

9. Penn Yan (N.Y.), 17-3

After losing three straight years in the state semifinals against nemesis Cazenovia (N.Y.), the Mustangs finally broke through this year. Penn Yan secured an 11-10 overtime win over the Lakers behind Tate Stewart's game-winner before seeing its best season since 2012 end with a loss to Cold Spring Harbor (N.Y.) in the final. Craig Gerhardt (Keuka) led the Mustangs this season with 49 goals and 33 assists. Sean Emerson (Siena) and Austin Fingar (Cornell) each had 80 points. Previous ranking: 9

10. Pittsford (N.Y.), 16-3

The Panthers provided top-ranked Victor with two of its stiffest tests this year, holding halftime leads in each of the teams' two meetings, including in a 14-12 loss in the Section V Class A final May 31. All-American Jared Conners (Virginia) was the defensive anchor for the Panthers, and senior attackman Jon Perotto (Vermont) led the attack with 65 goals and 32 assists this season. Previous ranking: 10

— Will Cleveland


1. Bullis (Md.), 21-2

The Bulldogs finished as the IAC regular and tournament champions for the first time in program history, earning a 9-5 win over St. Stephen's & St. Agnes in the title game. Steven Schollenberger and Nicky Petkevich each scored three goals as Bullis finished on a 19-game win streak. Previous ranking: 1

2. McDonogh (Md.), 18-1

The Eagles defeated Boys' Latin (Md.) 8-5 on May 20 to win their first MIAA A Conference title since 2005. Senior Jason Sarro scored two pivotal goals within a one-minute span in the third quarter and added a third in the game's final minute, while fellow senior Jackson Morrill and junior Jack Parr contributed one goal and two assists. Sean Lanier made five saves, including two in the third quarter. Previous ranking: 2

3. Boys' Latin (Md.), 14-4

The Lakers finished as MIAA A Conference runners up in Brian Farrell's first season as head coach. They lost just two conference games all season, both to McDonogh, with one of those losses coming in double-overtime. Bullis was the only other American team to beat Boys' Latin. Previous ranking: 3

4. Gonzaga (D.C.), 19-2

Gonzaga won 13 straight games en route to its seventh consecutive Washington Catholic Athletic Conference championship. The Purple Eagles led DeMatha 5-1 at the end of the first quarter and held on for a 14-5 victory in the final. Avery Myers, Jack Myers and Mike Stanton each scored three goals in the win. Previous ranking: 4

5. Haverford School (Pa.), 20-5

The Fords finished their year with an 8-7 loss to Culver Academy Prep (Ind.) in the Inter-Ac Challenge on May 22, an end-of-season tournament for Inter-Ac teams like Haverford and invitees such as Culver. The Fords remained unbeaten against Inter-Ac teams this year, defeating Penn Charter (Pa.) and Malvern Prep (Pa.) during the tournament. Tommy McNamara had three goals in the loss to Culver. Previous ranking: 5

6. St. Stephen's & St. Agnes (Va.), 21-4

The Saints capped head coach Andy Taibl's career at SSSA with another VISAA championship on Saturday before the team finished as the IAC runner-up to Bullis on May 22. Senior Wade Shervin scored four goals and classmates Chase Goree and Matthew Fisher each tallied three, as SSSA beat St. Anne's-Belfield (Va.) 12-7 in the VISAA final. Previous ranking: 6

7. Delbarton (N.J.), 22-2

Keegan Khan and Michael Rutter each totaled six points as Delbarton defeated Pingry (N.J.) 13-4 in the Tournament of Champions final. The Green Wave scored five goals to start the fourth quarter to pull away and seal the victory. Previous ranking: 7

8. Landon (Md.), 17-4

The Bears' season ended with a 12-8 loss to St. Stephen's & St. Agnes in the IAC semifinals. Landon had beaten SSSA 7-5 during the regular season and also had notable wins against MIAA B Conference champion John Carroll (Md.), Georgetown Prep (Md.) and Winston Churchill (Md.). Previous ranking: 8

9. Malvern Prep (Pa.), 18-5

The Friars finished the year with a 16-10 loss to Haverford School in the Inter-Ac Challenge semifinals. Kyle Anderson led the team with more than 70 points and 50 goals. Haverford accounted for three of Malvern's losses. Their other two defeats were decided by three goals combined. Previous ranking: 10

10. Pingry (N.J.), 17-4

The Big Blue accomplished what no other team has done in more than two years. It defeated Bridgewater-Raritan (N.J.) in the Tournament of Champions semifinal on June 8. Goalies Frankie Dillon and David Metzger combined for 15 saves and Jake Moss scored three goals to lead the Non-Public B champions to an 8-7 win and help Pingry to the Tournament of Champions final. Previous ranking: NR

— Mike Loveday


1. St. Thomas Aquinas (Fla.), 20-0

After falling short of a perfect season last year with a loss in the state final, the Raiders completed their unfinished business this season. They beat Ponte Vedra (Fla.) in a matchup of unbeatens to claim the program's first title. Kevin Crowley (52 goals, 24 assists), Joey Guglielmo (35 goals, 17 assists), Jimmy Harrington (37 goals, 11 assists), Sam Khalil (38 goals, 27 assists) and Louie Yovino (30 goals, 11 assists) led a balanced offense. Previous ranking: 1

2. Lambert (Ga.), 21-0

The Longhorns claimed their third state title with a 6-3 win over Lassiter (Ga.) in the GHSA Class 6A final. Lambert, which had finished as runners up in 2013 and 2014, had one of the most challenging schedules in the state but still managed to finish off the perfect season. Previous ranking: 2

3. Dallas Jesuit (Texas), 17-2

The Rangers avenged their only in-state loss to claim their first THSLL state title with a 9-4 win over 2015 state champion Highland Park (Texas). Junior goalie Luke Millican earned tournament MVP after recording 26 saves over his team's two Final Four games. Previous ranking: 3

4. Highland Park (Texas), 17-2

After beating Jesuit 9-6 during the regular season, the Fighting Scots were unable to duplicate that performance in their quest to repeat as champs. It was Highland Park's only in-state loss and the team returns 21 players next year. Previous ranking: 4

5. Ponte Vedra (Fla.), 23-1

The Sharks just fell short of claiming their first state title but walk away as the program's most successful team. Despite appearing in its fifth Final Four in six year, Ponte Vedra had never made it to the final. Reid Smith (68 goals, 62 assists) and Matthew Keeler (60 goals, 30 assists) paced the attack. Previous rank: 5

6. Allatoona (Ga.), 19-2

The Buccaneers collected their first state title by beating 2015 champion Westminster (Ga.) 9-7 in the GHSA Class 1A-5A final. In doing so, they avenged a regular-season overtime loss to the Wildcats. Allatoona's other loss was by two to Lambert (Ga.). Previous ranking: 6

7. St. Andrew's (Fla.), 18-3

The Scots made an early exit in the playoffs, losing to Oxbridge in a first-round play-in game, but their only other losses were to nationally-ranked competition, each by five goals. St. Andrew's was led offensively by Nick Iznaga (68 goals, 27 assists), Nick Diamond (34 goals, 33 assists) and middie Davis Diamond (31 goals, 45 assists), and goalie Nick Ferraro finished with a 4.8 goals against average. Previous ranking: 7

8. Lassiter (Ga.), 18-3

The Trojans fell in the state final against Lambert (Ga.), but avenged their biggest loss of the season to get there. They beat North Gwinnett (Ga.) 9-8 in the semifinals, turning around their 10-3 loss from March 7, after ousting a solid Centennial (Ga.) squad in the quarters. Lassiter's other loss was to Allatoona, also in March. Previous ranking: 8

9. Memphis University School (Tenn.), 15-3

After an 0-3 start to the season, the Owls turned things around to win 15 straight and earn their fifth state title in the last six years with a 12-6 victory over Montgomery Bell Academy in the TSLA final. Among the highlights of their season were four wins against out-of-state competition, including handing Midwest power MICDS (Mo.) its only regular-season loss. Previous ranking: 9

10. Cardinal Gibbons (N.C.), 19-3

The Crusaders won 12 straight games to close the season with their third straight NCHSAA state championship, as they beat Lake Norman 14-8 for the Class 4A title. Trevor Kirsch was awarded most valuable player after going 16-for-23 from the faceoff X and Mark Schachte led all scorers with four goals. Two of Gibbons' losses were against nationally-ranked teams. Previous ranking: NR

— Laurel Pfahler


1. Culver Military (Ind.), 20-3

The Inter-Ac Challenge champions never scored fewer than 11 goals in a game and never surrendered more than 10 -- all while playing 15 of 23 away from home. Previous ranking: 1.

2. Brother Rice (Mich.), 21-2

The Warriors notched their 14th straight state title, holding off Detroit Catholic Central (Mich.), 10-8, in the final behind four goals from Nick Dudley and four assists from Morgan Macko. Previous ranking: 2.

3. MICDS (Mo.), 19-1

The Rams yielded two goals or fewer in six of their last seven games, including holding St. Louis University Jesuit off the scoreboard for the final three quarters of their state title contest. Following the game, Jesuit coach Andy Kay told stltoday.com, "People just don't get by them." Previous ranking: 3.

4. Upper Arlington (Ohio), 20-3

Senior Danny Logan (Denver) scored five goals as the Golden Bears coasted to their 18th state title, beating Cleveland St. Ignatius (Ohio) 17-5 behind a 29-11 advantage in shots. Previous ranking: 4.

5. Cleveland St. Ignatius (Ohio), 16-3

The Wildcats routed Hudson (Ohio) behind Crew Cintron's five goals and Alex Hornung's three goals and three assists to make their first-ever state championship game. They then rallied from 3-0 down to tie Upper Arlington (Ohio) before the Golden Bears ran away with the title. Previous ranking: 5.

6. Loveland (Ohio), 17-4

Marshal Amon, after a 30-save performance to oust last year's champion Cincinnati St. Xavier (Ohio) from the postseason, delivered 15 in the state semifinals against Upper Arlington (Ohio) and had the Tigers within one at halftime before a decisive Golden Bears surge. Previous ranking: 6.

7. Cathedral (Ind.), 20-3

Senior goaltender Tucker Senefeld recovered from being benched in Cathedral's semifinal win to hold Carmel to four goals en route to a state championship. The Irish won 9-4. Previous ranking: 7.

8. Carmel (Ind.), 17-7

The Greyhounds strode out to an early lead in the state championship behind a pair of goals from Jake Leitch, but Carmel never led again after a 2-1 advantage. Six of Carmel's seven losses were against Midwest-ranked teams, including two to Cathedral. Previous ranking: 8.

9. Detroit Catholic Central (Mich.), 17-5

The state runner-up Shamrocks gave Brother Rice its greatest fight yet in a state title contest, moving from a 16-goal loss in 2014 to a mere two-goal margin in 2016. Previous ranking: 9.

10. Loyola Academy (Ill.), 17-6

The Ramblers received goals from six different players, including two goals and three assists from Ben Gorman, en route to a 10-7 victory over New Trier (Ill.) in the state championship. Previous ranking: 10

— Jonah Rosenblum


1. Monte Vista-Danville (Calif.), 22-1*

The Mustangs broke a halftime tie and shut out De La Salle (Calif.) in the second half to claim the North Coast Section Division I title with a 14-6 win. Devin Spencer totaled two goals and four assists, and Joey Pimbo scored a hat trick as Monte Vista captured its fifth section title. Previous ranking: 1

2. St. Ignatius (Calif.), 16-4

The Wildcats claimed the Central Coast CIF-WCAL title for a seventh straight year with a 12-9 win over Bellarmine Prep (Calif.) in the final May 13. St. Ignatius has not been beaten in the league since joining in 2010. Previous ranking: 2

3. Regis Jesuit (Colo.), 17-2

The top-seeded Raiders won their second state title in three years, beating Arapahoe (Colo.) 11-5 in the Class 5A final. Joey Chott and Mikey Bealer each finished with a hat trick. The Raiders had avenged their lone in-state loss by beating Cherry Creek 7-3 in the semifinals. Previous ranking: 3

4. Poway (Calif.), 18-3

Kellan Cutting made 15 saves and Brad Belasco and Zach Hodge each tallied two goals to lead the Titans to a 7-6 win over Torrey Pines (Calif.) for their second straight San Diego CIF Open Division title. Both their titles have come in one-goal games against Torrey Pines to avenge a regular-season loss. Previous ranking: 4

5. Torrey Pines (Calif.), 19-3

Ara Suhadoknik scored his third goal of the game with 7:34 left to bring Torrey Pines within one of Poway, but the top-seeded Falcons couldn't produce the equalizer and lost in the San Diego Open Division title game for a second year in a row. It was still an impressive season as they had wins over three of the state's section champions. Previous ranking: 5

6. Arapahoe (Colo.), 15-4

The Warriors avenged a regular-season loss to Mountain Vista (Colo.), beating the Golden Eagles 9-8 in the Class 5A semifinals May 18, but they couldn't do the same against Regis Jesuit. The Raiders accounted for Arapahoe's only other in-state losses. Keenan Moffitt led the Warriors with five goals in the win over Mountain Vista, and Charlie Leonard won 11 of 14 faceoffs and finished with nine ground balls. Previous ranking: 6

7. Loyola-Los Angeles (Calif.) 20-4

The Cubs became the first Los Angeles-area school to win the Southern Section title when they beat Corona del Mar (Calif.) 10-6 in the final May 14. Loyola won the L.A. North Division title, 7-6 against Palos Verdes (Calif.), to advance to the section final. Previous ranking: 5

8. Corona del Mar (Calif.), 20-2

The Sea Kings beat defending champion St. Margaret's Episcopal, 11-9, in the Southern Section South Division (Orange County) championship but fell to Loyola-Los Angeles in the Southern Section final. CdM averaged 13.4 goals per game, ranking as the fourth best scoring offense in the state. Previous ranking: 8

9. Brighton (Utah), 19-2

The Bengals rallied from a three-goal deficit in the fourth quarter to beat Juan Diego Catholic (Utah) 8-6 for their second state title in three years. Bryson Taylor scored the game-tying goal with 5:54 left, Tennison Schmidt deposited the go-ahead score and Kaden Garden had the final tally, as Brighton finished off a perfect season against in-state competition. Previous ranking: 10

10. Bellevue (Wash.), 21-3

Augie Fratt scored the game-winning goal with 6:19 left to lift the Wolverines to a 7-6 win over Eastside Catholic (Wash.) on Saturday for their 12th state title in 22 final appearances since 1979. It was Fratt's fourth goal of the night. Bellevue's three losses were by a combined five goals, including two close games in New York in early April. Previous ranking: NR

— Laurel Pfahler

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