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

23. Georgetown Prep (MD) (13-3) (NR) • The Little Hoyas rolled this week against quality competition, knocking off a solid Hamburg squad, 7-3 at home. Next came what is perennially considered one of the best rivalry games in the country, their showdown at Landon. In the fourth one-goal game over the Bears in a row, Prep came away victorious, 4-3. This week they will play host to both Virginia public Madison and DeMatha.

24. Springfield-Delco (PA) (10-1) (NR) • The Cougars solidified a spot in our top 25 due to their recent successes. In the past week, Springfield-Delco ousted three of PA’s better teams: Conestoga, Penncrest and St. Joseph’s Prep. While many will argue they deserve to be ranked above Conestoga, we think Conestoga has a better resume overall than S-D. Perhaps the Cougars biggest fault is the whooping they took from an unimpressive St. Anne’s-Belfield team. The Cougars start the week with a cupcake before hosting two good teams in Garnet Valley and #9 ranked La Salle.

25. Highland Park (TX) (12-2) (21) • Did not play this week.

Honorable Mention: Landon, St. Stephen's & St. Agnes, Arapahoe, Chaminade, LaFayette, Brunswick

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Thoughts of the Week

Cloverdale: In the past few weeks, I’ve talked about parity in high school lacrosse this year, touching on the MIAA as a whole and one team that is and will continue to be a big part of it. This week, I will discuss the La Salle Explorers, a team that was supposed to be below average for their standards due to a plethora of talented players headed to play at the Division I level. Many people doubted this program, claiming that the team was to undergo a ‘rebuilding’ year. However, like many of the top Baltimore private school programs, there doesn’t seem to be any kind of rebuilding year for the lacrosse program at La Salle College High School in suburban Philadelphia.

The Explorers jumped Conestoga and Haverford in the latest rankings thanks to dominant performances in the past week. This team, coached by the talented Bill Leahy, doesn’t have all of the top D1 programs attached to their names like last year’s team, but they have just as much talent. The only superstar is Maryland-bound attackman Kevin Forster, definitely one of the best in his class. Other than him and junior midfielder Jack Bogorowski (Hopkins), there is only a handful of kids headed for Division 1 in the junior and senior classes. But that matters little, as all of the kids play their roles to help boost the Explorers.

The whole team moves extremely well off ball and all of the kids on offense move the ball with ease. The defensive unit, despite losing a trio of All-Americans, is doing an excellent job shutting down opposing team’s top scorers. It doesn’t hurt that the man who leads that unit was the head coach of the MLL’s former Philadelphia Barrage. Juniors Victor Garcia and John Lawlor split time in net and have given up an average of only 5 goals a game thus far. Without such high expectations coming into the season, La Salle has been flying high and may be poised for another PIAA Championship appearance. Saturday will be a huge test, as they face Springfield-Delco, another team that has become hot. This showdown between two elite teams should clear up the Philadelphia lacrosse picture.

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LI13: I’ll break down two of Long Island’s six playoff races. In later weeks, I will take on the other races, but to keep it from getting too long, I will detail Suffolk A and Nassau B for now.

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