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

6. Salisbury School (NE West) (13-1) (8) • The Crimson Knights finished their season with a respectable 9-3 victory over Choate Rosemary Hall. Salisbury still has a chance to rise in our rankings, as Springfield–Delco and the New York teams have to go through their playoffs.

7. Skaneateles (NY Sect 3) (16-0) (6) • The Lakers became the second Section 3 team to finish the season undefeated, downing Jordan-Elbridge and Marcellus, 18-5 and 14-8 respectively. With Class C being the most populous classification in Section 3, Skaneateles will have to play three games to win the sectional tournament, beginning with their quarterfinal game against the winner between ninth-seeded Tully and #8 Marcellus on Thursday. The semifinals, likely against Cortland or Watertown IHC, are on Saturday at Cicero-North Syracuse. Skaneateles last won a sectional title in 2008, when it lost to Corning East in the quarterfinal round.

8. La Salle (PA) (16-2) (9) • Before heading into the Catholic playoffs, the Explorers beat up on Conwell Egan, 20-2. Next, they topped .500 Cardinal O'Hara by a score of 13-4. Five different players scored two goals each for La Salle in their league semifinal win. For the 10th consecutive year, the Explorers will meet rival St. Joseph's Prep in Thursday's Catholic league championship at Plymouth Whitemarsh.

9. Boys' Latin (MIAA) (14-4) (4) • Last Tuesday, the Lakers avenged one of their two conference losses of the regular season, beating McDonogh, 10-7, with a strong fourth quarter. With everyone anxiously anticipating the championship game against rival St. Paul's, the hype became almost unbearable. The first half was what everyone expected, tied 5-5, after an R.G. Keenan to Stanwick goal with four seconds left. However, the second half was vastly different. The BL defense was absent, the goalies combined for one save, and the offense was stagnant. The final score of 17-7 tied an MIAA record for the most lopsided championship game.

10. Deerfield Academy (NE West 1) (15-1) (10) • The Big Green finished their season by picking up a 15-6 win at home against Brewster Academy of the NE North. Despite falling to Salisbury a few weeks ago, Deerfield enjoyed a very successful season. They will lose a plethora of talented seniors and postgrads, many of whom are headed to play Division I lacrosse or two sports at top-notch Division III programs.

11. Conestoga (PA) (18-2) (11) • Conestoga started the PIAA playoffs with wins over Downingtown East and Lower Merion by the scores of 13-5 and 12-7, respectively. A huge matchup looms against honorably mentioned Abington (W 13-5), a one-loss team from Northeast PA heading into the game.

12. Canandaigua Academy (NY Sect 5) (15-1) (12) • The Braves finished their regular season on a five-game winning streak by defeating rival Irondequoit, 7-4, and blowing past winless Brockport, 17-3, last week. Canandaigua enters the Section 5 Class B tournament as the top seed and begins its sectional and state title defenses in the quarterfinal round against either ninth-seeded Eastridge or eighth-seeded Spencerport on Thursday.

13. Fairport (NY Sect 5) (14-2) (14) • The Red Raiders pummeled top Class A rival Pittsford on Tuesday, 13-5, behind three goals and two assists from Gettysburg-bound senior attackman Martin Manilla. Fairport clinched the top seed in the upcoming Section 5 Class A tournament with the win and went on to defeat a struggling Gates-Chili squad, 17-3, on Thursday. They may see Gates again, as they will either face the eighth-seeded Spartans or #9 Hilton in the quarterfinals on Friday. Fairport is in search of its first sectional title since 2002, when it reached the state semifinals before losing to eventual state champion West Genesee.

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