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

21. Landon School (IAC) (17-4) (21) Season completed.

22. Georgetown Prep (IAC) (18-4) (22) Season completed.

23. Gonzaga (DC) (20-2) (23) Season completed.

24. Highland Park (TX) (15-2) (24) Season completed.

25. Avon Old Farms (NE West 1) (15-3) (25) The Winged Beavers ended their season on the right note, picking up a 12-7 win over Loomis Chaffee at home. Even though they fell to the NE West's top two programs, Deerfield and Salisbury, AOF had a very successful season, earning a spot in the top 25 each week.

Honorable Mention: Darien, Abington, Mercer Island, John Jay, Chaminade, St. Mary's

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Thoughts of the Week

Cloverdale: After witnessing my beloved alma mater, St. Paul's, roll out a huge 17-7 win over archrival Boys' Latin in the MIAA finals, I figured that the big game would be a legitimate topic for my thoughts of the week. Despite BL jumping out to a 2-0 lead early, play on both sides was pretty sloppy considering neither team had played in the championship in the past few years. At the end of the first half, stud faceoff man RG Keenan fed Stanwick, who finished a shot on the crease with just a few seconds remaining.

The Crusaders' dominance really took off in the second half. The longpoles were forcing turnovers left and right and pushed the ball upfield to SP's offensive weapons, namely Jay Carlson (Maryland), who scored all four of his goals in the second half. The Lakers simply couldn't get anything going, and an overwhelming majority of their shots were sent wide. The underrated defense of Draper Donley, Alec Mitchell, and David Mitchell-McShane was outstanding, limiting the Lakers' top-notch attack unit, which scored over 80% of BL's goals during the regular season. Junior LSM Wyatt Land (Bucknell) was lights-out covering Loyola-bound middie Jeff Chase, who scored 3 goals in the semifinals. The Lakers' simply couldn't score 6 on 6, and when he needed to, goalie Gunnar Waldt made a big save despite seeing fewer than 15 shots on goal all night.

It was unbelievable to see SP's talent really come out in the final game, especially against hated (but well respected) rival Boys' Latin. The Lakers' were getting all the press, magazine covers, headlines, etc., but St. Paul's used that as motivation. People had been talking for a few years about how all of the talent in the blue and gold wasn't performing and that they couldn't play together well. They certainly shut people up, and nearly 6,000 fans were dazzled with their punishing performance en route to the school's 25th MIAA (formerly MSA) championship. While I will remember that big win for the rest of my life, it saddens me that the great careers' of those 17 seniors came to an end, and I will never see that group of kids play together again.

This game was really a tale of two halves. The first half was extremely evenly matched, especially in the early game jitters, but I had a sense St. Paul's was slightly better. Keenan dominated the first half, winning 9 of 12 face-offs, but the Lakers didn't capitalize nearly as much as I thought they could. BL looked to isolate Foster at X a lot, and it worked in the first quarter on a beautiful goal. St. Paul's had a bit of a problem putting the ball on cage in the first half with only seven SOG. The game was tied 5-4 with 10 seconds left in the half, and then Keenan won a face-off and fed Stanwick on the crease for a goal with four seconds left.

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2010-05-26



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