The Lax Guys' National Boys' Preseason Rankings

10. Duxbury (MA) (22-2) Much like Calvert Hall, the Dragons return a young albeit uber-talented squad with tons of D1-bound players. Juniors Seamus Connelly (Duke) and Paul Hellar (Fairfield) form a nasty attack along with versatile Kane Haffey, arguably the top uncommitted senior left on the board. Veteran Bryan Barry (Fairfield) is a standout at midfield, while the defense is the strong suit with lights-out cover man Max Randall (Dartmouth) leading the charge in front of athletic netminder Henry Buonagario (Drexel). A big test awaits on April 16th, when Dux faces off against preseason #2 Garden City at Harvard Stadium.

Coach: Chris Sweet
Key Losses: Mickey Zaverucha, G, Bucknell; J.B. Marston, D, Quinnipiac; Dan Buoangurio, M, Bentley

11. Deerfield (MA) (15-1) The Big Green will lose some excellent talent and depth to graduation but will again be one of the toughest teams in the region. IL's #2 senior Jimmy Bitter leads the charge at attack, working with ranked juniors Sean Connors (Princeton) and Ian Ardrey - one of the nation's best units. John Hogan (Cornell) and Bryan Browne (Fairfield) are the top midfielders, while Bobby Osgood (Dartmouth) is a standout LSM and IL #16 junior Luke Aaron (Duke) is a talented first-year starter in net. It looks to be another enjoyable race between Deerfield and Salisbury for bragging rights in New England.

Coach: Chip Davis
Key Losses: Christian Walsh, A, Duke; John Rose, LSM, Harvard; Harley Brown, D, Denver; Zac Koufakis, A, Dartmouth

12. St. Paul's (MD) (15-4) The defending champs lose an exceptional group of seniors but bring back plenty of points on offense to pave the way for the Crusaders. Taylor Michel (Virginia) is an absolute standout working from behind and setting up classmate Jay Carlson (Maryland), who finishes better then anybody in the country. IL's #5 junior Spencer Parks (UNC) is the go-to threat at midfield while Gunnar Waldt (Bryant for football + lax) is a bonafide leader that could be the conference's top netminder. The boys on the hill have some key roles to fill but will very likely be knocking on the door in late May this spring.

Coach: Rick Brocato
Key Losses: Pat Powderly, A, Syracuse; Alex Chay, M, Georgetown; Andrew Barton, M, Providence; Jeff Fountain, M, Georgetown

13. Conestoga (PA) (24-2) The Pioneers are loaded once again, bringing back a handful of key players from the program's first state championship. Junior standout Tyler Brooke (Maryland) is Conestoga's top returning scorer and leads a formidable youth-laden attack. Senior longpole Brian Dailey (Duke) is a bonafide gamechanger between the lines, while classmates Billy Flatley (Georgetown) Tanner Scott (Duke) are rock-solid offensive middies. The Pioneers will be one of the tougher teams in the region and will have a big non-league test on March 29th, when they go against Boys' Latin at Franklin & Marshall College.

Coach: Brian Samson
Key Losses: Casey Ikeda, D, Maryland; Ryan Buttenbaum, F/O, Lehigh; Ryan Lord, M, Maryland; Matt Smith, M, Lehigh; Peter Zonino, G, Hobart

14. Landon (MD IAC) (17-4) The Bears return several key members of their IAC championship squad and have the guns to repeat. A 4-year starter at attack, Patrick Keena (Navy) is on pace to break Matt Ward's record for points at Landon. Junior standouts Matt Opsahl (Hobart) and midfielder Charlie Schnider are other reliable options on offense. The defense is excellent, led by Kellen Miller (Maryland) and Luke Howard (Ohio State) as well as first-year starter Alex Joyce (Georgetown) in net.

Coach: Rob Bordley
Key Losses: Joe Paoletta, M, Cornell; Harrison Archer, A, Denver; Will Joyce, G, PG/Cornell, Sam McDonough, D, Bucknell

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