The Lax Guys' National Boys' Preseason Rankings

20. McDonogh (MD) (16-6) The Eagles are back and loaded with talented seniors - they'll be considered somewhat of a dark horse to win the MIAA title and are in the tougher division. Brady Faby (Johns Hopkins) is a big, accurate shooter and is the star at attack, while senior middies Keegan Michel (Harvard) and Brenny Daly (Syracuse) are very dangerous dodging from up top. The veteran defense is tops in the league, boasting Bryson Greene (Georgetown) and Greg Caso (Penn) at close and athletic Kyle DeVinney (Navy) at longpole. If the Eagles can find some more scorers on offense, they'll fly high.

Coach: Andy Hilgartner
Key Losses: Joe Muerer, LSM/D, Ohio State; Tyler Frederick, A, Ohio State; Trevor Siebert, G, Georgetown; Sam Eby, M, Navy

21. Smithtown West (NY Sec. 11) (13-5) The Bulls boast one of the nation's best attack units with senior Kyle Keenan (Duke), the coach's son, bolstered by top junior recruit James Pannell (UVA) and pure finisher Matt Schultz (Cornell). Smithtown West also has a solid defense led by Cornell-bound senior Jordan Stevens. If they can keep opposing teams from getting out in transition and take advantage of their superior half-field play, the Bulls can win their first county title since 2003, when they were part of a unified Smithtown High School.

Coach: Sean Keenan
Key Losses: Brett Madarasz, M, Manhattan; Adam Hull, A, PG/Dartmouth; Mike Perretine, M, transfer to Farmingdale

22. Georgetown Prep (MD IAC) (18-4) The Little Hoyas will lose nine seniors to the Division I ranks but bring back its fair share of talent to contend for an IAC title. Corey Dobyns (Drexel) and Henry Williams (Notre Dame) lead the attack and defense, respectively. Bobby Gribbin (Penn State) and Andrew Mosko (Michigan) lead a gritty first midfield. Youth is also expected to contribute for a well-rounded Georgetown Prep team.

Coach: Kevin Giblin
Key Losses: Robert Posniewski, D, Princeton; Taylor Morgan, LSM, Syracuse; Matty Collins, M, Notre Dame; Pat Glading, A, Virginia

23. Farmingdale (NY Sec. 8) (16-3) The Dalers seem poised to have a breakout season after winning Nassau Class A in 2010 with a roster loaded with juniors. Seven Division I commits, six on offense, lead Farmingdale into this season as the prohibitive favorite in that classification. Among those are a pair of Hofstra commits in Korey Hendrickson and Sal Tuttle as well as two Towson commits, Brian Prendergast and defenseman Joe Ostrander. Look for the Dalers to challenge whoever emerges from Suffolk A.

Coach: Bob Hartranft
Key Losses: Jon Lyons, D/LSM, Molloy; Chris Schendorf, D, NYIT

24. Jamesville-DeWitt (NY Sec. 3) (22-0) The defending Class B state champion, coming off an undefeated season and a dominating win over Garden City at Stony Brook, will have to overcome the loss of two of the state's biggest offensive threats in Jake Bratek (Syracuse) and Eric DeJohn (Trinity-Pawling/Syracuse). Alex Hatem (Syracuse) returns to lead J-D, who will battle Carthage for the Class B title in Section 3.

Coach: Jamie Archer
Key Losses: Jake Bratek, M, Syracuse; Eric DeJohn, A, PG/Syracuse; Cam Stone, A, Hobart, Mac Feiner, D, Cabrini

25. John Jay (NY Sec. 1) (18-2) The prohibitive favorite in their section, the Indians will still have to contend with rival Yorktown, which moves down to Class B, if they wish to reach the state tournament. Senior Mike Daniello (Hopkins) is one of the top attackmen in the country, and he leads a contingent of 11 seniors headed to play in college. John Jay is widely considered one of the top programs in New York never to have won a state title, and they will look to change that in 2011 against a Class B loaded with talent statewide.

Coach: Tim Schurr
Key Losses: Jameson Pickel, D, Johns Hopkins; Brandon Merlino, M, UMBC; Will O'Donnell, D, Army

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