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

14. Garden City (NY Sect 8) (13-3) (15) The Trojans began the quest for their fifth consecutive Nassau Class B title with a 15-3 win over 15th-seeded Mepham on Wednesday. Second-seeded Garden City will face #7 Long Beach in the quarterfinals on Tuesday at Hofstra. Should they advance, they would face the winner of third-seeded Division and #6 Plainedge in the semifinals on Friday afternoon, also at Hofstra. Garden City is looking for its first Long Island championship since 2000, when it also won a state title, defeating Mikey Powell-led Carthage in the finals.

15. McDonogh School (MIAA) (16-6) (13) Despite holding a somewhat comfortable 5-3 lead at half, the Eagles ended up dropping a 10-7 decision to Boys' Latin in the MIAA semifinals last Tuesday. BL was simply dominant at the faceoff X and had their best performances from their midfielders all year, outplaying McDonogh in every area on their way to a win. While inconsistent at times, the Eagles had a great season and have a lot to be proud of.

16. Ithaca (NY Sect 4) (16-0) (16) The Little Red finished a dominating season with a second destruction of Corning East, 15-7, on Thursday, after handling winless Union-Endicott earlier in the week. Ithaca beat the Trojans by a combined 18 goals in their two meetings this season, and no team came within six goals of them all year. A state semifinalist last year after upsetting West Genesee in the quarterfinals, the Little Red will look to build on that performance in the state tournament this season. They have this week off due to the lack of Class A teams in Section 4 but will play Binghamton in the sectional final in early June.

17. Summit (NJ) (20-0) (17) The Hilltoppers began the Tournament of Champions right, beating Manasaquan, Rumson Fair-Haven, and Mountain Lakes by a combined score of 36-5. Many critics will question the strength of schedule for Summit, but what they have been doing on the field is extremely impressive. Summit faces Madison, whom they beat earlier in the year 12-3, on Wednesday.

18. Ward Melville (NY Sect 11) (14-2) (18) The Patriots finished the year in impressive fashion by shutting down Sachem North in a 12-1 victory on Doug Shanahan Night in Lake Ronkonkoma. On the night Sachem retired uniform number 26 of the first Tewaaraton Trophy winner, the Flaming Arrows could manage only one goal against the Matt Kunkel-led Ward Melville defense. The #2 seed in the Suffolk Class A tournament, WM will face seventh-seeded Smithtown East in the quarterfinals on Tuesday. Should they advance, the Patriots would host either third-seeded Smithtown West or those same sixth-seeded Flaming Arrows on Friday afternoon. Ward Melville is looking for its first Suffolk title since 2000, when it also won the last of its seven state championships.

19. Haverford School (PA) (19-4) (19) The Fords advanced to the Inter-Ac finals on Friday by defeating Lawrenceville, a new member of the conference, 11-5. In the other semifinal, Episcopal Academy topped Malvern Prep, a team that Haverford fell to twice this season. The Fords will play the Churchmen on Wednesday night at Cabrini College.

20. St. Anthony's (NY CHSAA) (17-2) (20) After defeating Iona Prep twice last week, first a 15-4 demolition in the regular season and then a closer 14-8 affair in the league semifinals on Saturday, the Friars have reached the inevitable rubber game with archrival Chaminade. Tom Schreiber and company will be looking for their second consecutive CHSAA championship when they face off against the Flyers at C.W. Post on Thursday.

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