The Lax Guys' National Boys' Lacrosse Rankings: April 26

7. Boys’ Latin (MIAA) (11-2) (4) • The Lakers were able to clinch a 14-9 win against Spalding early in the week, propelled by attackmen Wells Stanwick and Pat Foster, but received their first league loss on Saturday at Loyola. Despite a superb performance by Stanwick, BL’s only lead occurred in the opening minutes, and they ended up falling to the Dons, 7-6. The Lakers will look to bounce back this week with two away games at McDonogh and St. Mary’s, respectively.

8. Salisbury School (CT) (6-1) (14) • The Crimson Knights continued to cruise this week, crushing Berkshire and Hotchkiss by a combined score of 24-4. After having some early problems with their defense and feeling the effects of losing their star FOGO Ian Gordon, it appears that Salisbury has recovered and is playing top notch lacrosse. They will face two struggling teams this week, Northfield Mt. Hermon, and Kent School.

9. La Salle (PA) (9-1) (19) • The Explorers have done nothing but take care of business since their opening game loss to Haverford School. Last week, La Salle dismantled lesser competition, winning their two games by a combined score of 26-5. However, this week La Salle faces two big tests on the road, at Malvern Prep on Tuesday and Springfield-Delco on Saturday.

10. Skaneateles (NY Sect 3) (7-0) (NR) • The Lakers, perennial contenders in Section 3, enter our rankings for the first time this week after trouncing then-#2 LaFayette, 15-3, in one of the more shocking scores of the season. Kevin Rice led Skaneateles with six goals and two assists, and the Thompson brothers were held to a season-low two goals. They also defeated Marcellus, 13-5, earlier in the week and have wins over 6-1 teams Auburn and Cazenovia Central. This week, the Lakers should cruise through games against Onondaga Central and Manlius-Pebble Hill.

11. St. Paul’s (MIAA) (9-3) (6) • The Crusaders had a turbulent past week, knocking off Severn 13-1 but then dropped their first game since the first day of April, 9-8 to Calvert Hall. Over a dozen players were playing while still recovering from the flu, but SP was outplayed in every way and were unable to maintain the 4-0 lead they built in the first quarter. They will host Spalding on Tuesday and McDonogh on Saturday in front of hundreds of fans and alumni.

12. St. Anthony’s (NY CHSAA) (8-1) (13) • The Friars picked up two solid wins in the past week, 16-7 against third-place Iona Prep and 13-8 over FCIAC power New Canaan on Saturday. Princeton-bound midfielder Tom Schreiber led St. Anthony’s with five goals against the Rams in a game which was part of the Lacrosse Day of Heroes in honor of Jimmy Regan, former Chaminade and Duke star who was killed in Iraq. The Friars will travel to league rivals Kellenberg and St. John the Baptist before going to Short Hills, NJ to face Delbarton in the schools’ annual contest on Saturday.

13. Haverford School (PA) (12-3) (3) • The Fords’ seven-game winning streak was snapped at home on Tuesday at the hands of Malvern Prep, 9-7. However, they bounced back with solid wins over Episcopal Academy, 12-6, and Emmaus, 12-8. It’s clear that this team has the talent, but they need to stay more consistent in order to have a higher ranking. Haverford will play Penn Charter on Tuesday, Germantown Academy on Friday and Radnor on Saturday.

14. Wantagh (NY Sect Eight) (10-1) (NR) • Wantagh may not be a familiar name to those not from Long Island, but the Warriors have had a successful program for quite some time in Nassau and could have their strongest team since their state championship run in 2001. Yale-bound attackman Brandon Mangan scored four goals including the game winner in double overtime to lead the Warriors to a 10-9 win over then-#8 Garden City on Friday afternoon, only Wantagh’s second win all-time against the Trojans. This week, they’ll play just one game, traveling next door to Levittown to face MacArthur on Wednesday.

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