The Lax Guys' National Boys' Preseason Rankings

5. Boys' Latin (MD) While BL loses the nation's top FOGO and a stud attackman both to UNC, they'll return an outstanding senior class led by IL's #5 Wells Stanwick (Johns Hopkins). The senior runs the show and is accompanied by a terrific midfield starring Jeff Chase (Loyola) and Taylor Stothoff (Penn State). Ben Kellar (Bucknell) and Joey Weidner (Towson) headline an experienced backline. The Lakers are expected to be a favorite in an ultra-competitive MIAA this spring and will look to seek revenge against archival St. Paul's, who blew them out 17-7 in the final.

Coach: Bob Shriver
Key Losses: R.G. Keenan, F/O, North Carolina; Pat Foster, A, North Carolina; Kevin O'Neill, A, Villanova; Mike Kantz, D, UMBC

6. La Salle (PA) (21-3) There are high expectations in Philly for the Explorers with the return of several starters plus the mid-year transfer of the country's top sophomore, Matt Rambo. Kevin Forster (Maryland) is a major threat working from X, while sophomore face-off middie Sean Coleman and senior Jack Bogorowski (Johns Hopkins) are dangerous from the midfield. The defense isn't too shabby either, led by Casey Eidenshink and senior Mark DiFrangia (St. John's). Most expect it to be another battle between La Salle and Conestoga in the PIAA final in June.

Coach: Bill Leahy
Key Losses: Patrick Resch, M, Dartmouth; Christian Cardinal, M; Anthony Cognetti, M, St. Joseph's

7. Chaminade (NY, CHSAA) (14-5) The Flyers bring a great senior class into the 2011 campaign and look to avenge their rain-delayed OT loss to St. Anthony's in last year's CHSAA final. Like their rival to the east, Chaminade will send a massive number of seniors to Division I programs. Midfielders Sean Mahon (Harvard) and Shane Thornton (Yale) team with attackman Matt Kavanagh (Deerfield/Notre Dame) to create a potent offense. Rare three-year starter John Connors (Navy) will mind the cage and anchor a solid defensive unit. Expect Chaminade to hang around the top 10 for most of the season.

Coach: Jack Moran
Key Losses: Will Himler, A, Princeton; Mike Ehrhardt, D, Maryland; John Urbank, D, Georgetown, Matty Gillan, A, Franklin & Marshall

8. Salisbury (CT) (13-1) The Crimson Knights graduate 8 of 9 top scorers on offense but welcome some exceptional transfer talent to campus. IL's #3 senior David Solomon (Maryland) enters to form a formidable 1-2 punch at attack with slick Canadian junior Mikey Morris (Johns Hopkins). Walker Chafee (North Carolina) leads a strong midfield, while junior d-man Tanner Scales (Virginia) and post-grad goalie Willie Joyce (Cornell) of Landon fame, also step in. Bobby Wynne's team is loaded with talent and depth; it's just a matter if they all gel and win another NE West title.

Coach: Bobby Wynne
Key Losses: Ian Gordon, F/O, Loyola; Jamie Faus, G, Denver; Brian O'Toole, M, Harvard; Ty Thompson, A, Albany

9. Calvert Hall (MD) (9-6) Though the Cardinals lose several important players to graduation, Bryan Kelly will return a team loaded with young talent, including a whopping nine commits in the class of 2012. The offense is deep and features lefty quarterback Pat Kelly (UNC) and transfer Ryan Brown (Johns Hopkins) at attack with IL #41 junior Kelton Black (Johns Hopkins) and Brian Bolewicki (Towson) running midfield. Evan Connell (UNC) returns to boost the defense. The Hall's success depends heavily on how the youth shares the ball and come together. but ultimately the Cardinals could be another year away from a title.

Coach: Bryan Kelly
Key Losses: Greg Dutton, G, Ohio State; Tony Rossi, M, Stevenson; Phil Castranova, M, Johns Hopkins; Frankie Kelly, F/O, North Carolina

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2011-03-17



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