The Lax Guys' National Boys' Lacrosse Rankings: May 25

The latest installment of the Lax Guys' National High School Rankings finds the rankings remaining fairly similar to last week's, with no teams dropping out. St. Paul's was the big mover after their dominating performance on Saturday night, defeating Boys' Latin for the MIAA Championship. It should be an exciting week coming up with a lot of great playoff action, especially in New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, and New Jersey.

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1. Manhasset (NY Sect 8) (15-0) (1) The Indians were idle last week, as they waited for their opponent in the Nassau Class C semifinals. Top-seeded Manhasset will face fifth-seeded Seaford, which defeated Locust Valley in the quarterfinals last Wednesday at Hofstra and then, should they win, will play the winner of #2 Cold Spring Harbor and third-seeded Friends Academy in the championship on June 2. Manhasset defeated Seaford, 13-6, in their regular season meeting on May 13. The Indians bring a 31-game winning streak into the postseason and will be aiming for their second consecutive state championship.

2. West Islip (NY Sect 11) (15-1) (2) The Lions finished their regular season with a 17-5 destruction of Northport last Monday, led by Andrew Hodgson's four goals. They had the rest of the week off, receiving a first-round bye in the Suffolk Class A tournament. This week, they will face ninth-seeded Whitman (W 16-4), which defeated Floyd in the opening round last Thursday. That game will take place on Tuesday. Should West Islip prevail, they will face the winner of #4 Connetquot and fifth-seeded East Islip in the semifinals on Friday afternoon. The defending state champions will be looking for their seventh consecutive Suffolk championship before attempting to secure their fourth state crown.

3. St. Paul's (MIAA) (15-4) (7) Tied 5-5 with archrival Boys' Latin at the half, the Crusaders scored eight fourth-quarter goals en route to a 17-7 win in Saturday's MIAA Championship game. The title was their first since 2004 and their 25th overall. The defense was outstanding, limiting a talented Lakers' offense to less than a dozen shots on goal. Leading the way for St. Paul's were Jay Carlson (4 goals, 1 assist), Andrew Barton (2 goals, 3 assists), and Jeff Fountain (3 goals, 1 assist). Rick Brocato loses 17 seniors, one of the best classes in recent memory, but will return a solid corp that will try to defend their title.

4. Jamesville-DeWitt (NY Sect 3) (16-0) (3) The Red Rams finished their regular season in strong fashion, defeating New Hartford and Cortland by a combined score of 38-8 to run their record to a perfect 16-0. Their state championship hopes took a big hit, however, as star senior midfielder Jake Bratek, a Syracuse-bound Under Armour All American, broke his collarbone in practice last Monday and will miss the remainder of the season. Nevertheless, J-D earned the top seed in the Section 3 Class B tournament and will play the winner of fifth-seeded Whitesboro and fourth-seeded East Syracuse-Minoa on Thursday in the semifinals. They will be hoping to defend their sectional crown and build on last year's state semifinal appearance.

5. Springfield-Delco (PA) (19-1) (6) The Cougars dominated in their final regular season game, picking up a 10-3 win over Owen J. Roberts, 9-3. They followed that up with a 4-overtime thrilling win over Garnet Valley in the District 1 semifinals at Ridley HS. Springfield will now advance to face Central League rival Conestoga on Thursday night at Radnor HS.

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