The Lax Guys' National Boys' Preseason Rankings

Here is the first 2011 installment of the Lax Guys' National High School Rankings. The records for the Top 25 are those for the 2010 season. Ty and Chris assembled the rankings, as Ryan was away because of a death in the family.

To read or participate in the discussion about the Lax Guy's rankings, please visit the thread on the Boys' High School Lacrosse Forum, which should be posted today.

1. Haverford School (PA) (20-4) The hands-down preseason #1, John Nostrant's roster is absolutely loaded with top Division I talent, including 12 seniors headed to top programs. It starts with Virginia-bound Carl Walrath, who notched 35 goals and 48 assists a year ago, as well as lights-out midfielders Brendan McGrath (Princeton) and Matt Walters (Syracuse). The defense is commanded by talented goalie Conor Kelly (Notre Dame) and boosted by Goran Murray (Maryland) and Alex Beatty (Princeton), who will soon return from injury. The Fords will have to weather the storm, going through the country's most rigorous schedule before aiming to grab another Inter-Ac title, since teams in that league are prohibited to compete in the PIAA championships.

Coach: John Nostrant
Key Losses: Stephen Aitken, A, Penn State; Liam O'Connor, F/O, Notre Dame; Billy Annesley, M, St. Joseph's

2. Garden City (NY, Sec. 8) (18-4) The Trojans begin the year as our second-ranked team and return a loaded lineup from last season's New York Class B runner-up. Garden City may have the top defensive unit in the nation anchored by two Harvard-bound seniors, Brian Fischer and Steve Jahelka. Senior Penn State commitment J.P. Burnside rounds out that elite unit, which will be tested early by an opening week rematch with Smithtown West. The offense isn't too shabby either, led by junior attackman Devin Dwyer (Harvard) and senior A/M Tom Gordon (Hopkins). GC is the early favorite to win the title that eluded them at Stony Brook last June.

Coach: Steve Finnell
Key Losses: Alex Castonovo, G, RPI; Matt Montgomery, M, Tufts; Kevin Dachille, M, Conn. College

3. St. Anthony's (NY, CHSAA) (18-2) Despite losing the probable Ivy League freshman of the year in Tom Schreiber (Princeton), the Friars may be better this season. Led by nine senior Division I commits, including Maryland-bound stars midfielder Joe LoCascio and FOGO Charlie Raffa as well as Virginia-bound defenseman Greg Danseglio, St. Anthony's is the favorite to win the CHSAA title. The juniors are not bad either, with midfielder Brian Sherlock (UNC), defenseman Tim Stackpole (Army), and goalie Kieran Burke (UNC) leading one of the nation's most stacked 2012 classes. For better or worse, however, their season will be judged on the outcome of their three games with archrival Chaminade.

Coach: Keith Wieczorek
Key Losses: Tom Schreiber, M, Princeton; Brendan Schroeder, A/M, Navy; Derek Muzio, D, Stony Brook; Kenny Carpenter, G, Siena

4. Darien (CT) (19-3) Returning a healthy chunk of their 2010 championship squad, the Blue Wave boast one of the nation's top offensive stars in junior attackman Case Matheis (Duke), who put up 95 points last year. While the offense gets the headlines, the defense is one of the best in the Northeast, with Eric Parnon (Maryland) and junior Tony Britton (Cornell) backing up first-year starter Dylan Torey (Quinnipiac). Coach Brameier also put together a top-notch schedule, which will only help Darien in their efforts to pick up their seventh consecutive state title.

Coach: Jeff Brameier
Key Losses: Andrew West, G, Cornell; Bryan Anecchino, M, Providence; George Benitez, D, Stony Brook; Bobby Nolan, M, Gettysburg

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