The Lax Guys' National Boys' Lacrosse Rankings: June 1

8. La Salle (PA) (18-2) (8) The Explorers clinched the District 12 championship last week, defeating St. Joe's Prep, 7-6, to end the Hawks' season. Senior attackman Christian Cardinal led all scorers with three goals. La Salle will face a solid Abington squad on Tuesday in the first round of the PIAA playoffs at Plymouth Whitemarsh. With a win, they will face the winner of Springfield-Central Bucks East on Saturday.

9. Boys' Latin (MIAA) (14-4) (9) Season complete.

10. Deerfield Academy (NE West) (15-1) (10) Season complete.

11. Springfield-Delco (PA) (19-2) (6) The Cougars swap places with Conestoga after falling to the Pioneers, 8-4, in the District 1 championship. Penn State-bound keeper Austin Kaut had 15 saves in the losing effort. Springfield will face Central Bucks East in Tuesday's afternoon first-round game at Harriton HS. If they advance, the winner of La Salle-Abington awaits in Saturday's quarterfinal.

12. Canandaigua Academy (NY Sect 5) (16-1) (12) The Braves crushed 8th-seeded Spencerport, 23-3, in the quarterfinals of the Section 5 Class B tournament on Thursday and moved on to the semifinals, where they will meet #5 seed Irondequoit at Aquinas College on Tuesday. CA beat Irondequoit, 7-4, two weeks ago, and will look to repeat that performance to advance to the final against either #2 seed Webster Thomas, which handed CA its only loss, or third-seeded Brighton, on Friday at St. John Fisher College. The Braves won the state championship in Class B last season and reached the semifinals in Class A in 2008 before dropping a one-goal game to West Genesee.

13. Fairport (NY Sect 5) (15-2) (13) The Red Raiders blew out 9th-seeded Hilton, 24-3, in the Section 5 Class A quarterfinals on Friday to advance to face #4 seed Rush-Henrietta on Tuesday at Spencerport. With a win there, and Fairport will face either #2 seed Pittsford or third-seeded Penfield at St. John Fisher College on Friday in the championship. Fairport is searching for its first sectional title since 2002, when they reached the state semifinals before losing to eventual champion West Genesee.

14. Garden City (NY Sect 8) (15-3) (14) The Trojans easily handled third-seeded Division, 11-4, on Thursday afternoon at Hofstra in the Nassau B semifinals behind three goals and two assists from Hopkins-bound junior Tom Gordon. They had previously ousted #7 seed Long Beach, 12-4, in the quarterfinals and now face a rematch against top-seeded Wantagh and their high-scoring duo of Brandon Mangan and Ryan Walsh in the final on Wednesday at Hofstra. The Warriors defeated Garden City, 10-9, in double overtime during the regular season, with the Yale-bound senior Mangan scoring the game winner. The winner will face either Comsewogue or Hauppauge in the Long Island Championship on June 8, also at Hofstra.

15. McDonogh School (MIAA) (16-6) (15) Season complete.

16. Ithaca (NY Sect 4) (16-0) (16) The Little Red have not played since a May 21 win over Corning East but are finally back in action in the Section 4 Class A final against Binghamton at home on June 3. Ithaca defeated Binghamton, the only other Class A team in Section 4, handily twice in the regular season and should easily win the sectional championship for the second consecutive year. If so, their next game will be in the state quarterfinals against the Section 3 Class A representative on June 8.

17. Summit (NJ) (21-0) (17) The Hilltoppers defeated Madison, 10-4, to win the New Jersey Group 1 championship, boosted by a dominant defense that has allowed an average of just 2.3 goals a game. Summit next faces Ridge in the Tournament of Champions semifinals on Wednesday night at Kean University. With a win, the Hilltoppers would tie the New Jersey state record for consecutive wins (44), held by Ridgewood during the 1990-1992 seasons.

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2010-06-02



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