The Lax Guys' National Boys' Lacrosse Rankings: March 2

LaxPower is pleased to introduce The Lax Guys' National HS Rankings, a new feature that provides a comprehensive weekly ranking and analysis of the country's top high school teams. We enjoy having site visitors share their expertise and passions related to lacrosse, and the Lax Guys exemplify both.

The Lax Guys consist of Ty Xanders (Cloverdale on the Forum), Chris Kieser (LI13), and Ryan Summers (TheGilmanFan), and you can read more information about them at the bottom of this post.

Each week, they will provide an updated ranking of the top 25 high school teams along with extensive commentary. To particpate in the discussion, please visit the thread on the Boys' High School Lacrosse Forum.

The Lax Guys' National High School Rankings for Boys' Lacrosse - March 2

1. Boys' Latin, MD (14-4) MIAA Quarterfinalists This team is absolutely loaded with talent. They did not have the best of seasons last year, but they bring back nearly all of their starters. They boast eight Division I senior signees and two of the top-ranked juniors one whose last name is Stanwick. The Lakers also have one of the top FOGOs in the country in R.G. Keenan. Their biggest question mark is on defense, where they struggled the majority of last year, allowing over nine goals a game. The Lakers face their toughest test against St. Paul's on May 7th, but they must represent the MIAA against Saint Andrew's (FL) on March 13th and Salisbury (Founders League) on April 3rd.

2. St. Paul's, MD (13-7) MIAA Quarterfinalists The Crusaders return loads of talent on both ends of the field, gunning for the program's 25th conference title and first since 2004. St. Paul's lost few seniors but will have big shoes to fill between the pipes with Harry Krieger now playing at Harvard. Four underclassmen will compete for the starting goalie job. A whopping 15 Division I commits will suit up in the blue and gold on offense, including middies Pat Powderly (Syracuse) and Alex Chay (Georgetown) as well as another future Hoya, Jeff Fountain, a very shifty attackman. All three starters return to flank the defensive unit, which will look to improve on their 2009 campaign. Top non-conference games involve an early one at #9 Haverford School on March 12th and against #8 Garden City a month later at Homewood Field. The game all lacrosse fans have circled on their calendars will be the match-up at archrival Boys' Latin on May 7th.

3. West Islip, NY (22-1) Section 11 - Class A Champion The Lions, who ended last season as the number two team in these rankings, lost quite a bit of talent from the team that defeated Orchard Park, 10-5, to win the Class A state championship. Gone are five D1 signees, but West Islip returns a formidable cast of performers, headlined by IL's #1 player in the class of 2010, attackman Nicky Galasso (North Carolina). Offense should not be much of a problem for the Lions, who return senior midfielder Andrew Hodgson (Towson), junior midfielders Connor Braddish and Mike Sagl, and junior attackman Drew Federico. Their defense, on the other hand, will be inexperienced and must rise to the challenge if West Islip is to repeat. They will be challenged by three ranked opponents on their schedule, including a non-league clash with Chaminade on April 3.

4. Deerfield Academy, MA (15-1) NE Founder's League Co-Champion (no playoffs) The Big Green lost several key components of last year's squad but have reloaded with the addition of a few key post-grads and will be back to where they have been historically in New England prep lacrosse. Post-grad attackmen Christian Walsh (Duke) and Zac Koufakis (Dartmouth), as well as IL's #4 junior Jimmy Bitter (North Carolina), will put up big points for a Deerfield offense stacked with lots of talent and experience. Senior John Rose (Harvard) will be one of several strong longpoles for Chip Davis' squad. As they do perennially, Deerfield will have a tough slate of games, most importantly back-to-back tilts at #16 Avon Old Farms (May 8) and at home against #6 Salisbury School four days later.

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