Midwest Select Top 20 Players, Top 10 Schools of the Midwest

2. Upper Arlington High School, Upper Arlington, OH
The 2013 Ohio state champion will look to defend its title, and they have a good chance of doing so. Upper Arlington is known for great coaching and a solid defense; opponents have a difficult time scoring on them. We will be curious to see if they have the same team strength that they have had in year's past.

3. Brother Rice High School, Bloomfield Hills, MI
After a distinguished career with Brother Rice, Rob Ambrose stepped down at the end of last season, leaving his big shoes to fill for Ajay Chawla, a 1993 graduate of the school. Should Chawla continue the Warriors' success, this season should be another good one for the team that is among the Midwest's top four every year. They graduated one of their best players, Sergio Perkovic, now playing for Notre Dame, but Brother Rice always manages to reload and come back strong. We look for another strong season from this Midwest powerhouse.

4. New Trier High School, Winnetka, IL
The suburbs of Chicago are full of talented lacrosse players, and New Trier is home to many. With six consecutive championship wins, they should again vie to defend their title. The team has many good players who know how to play well together and make things happen. There isn't one star; the talent is distributed among the entire team. Their coach has done a nice job of bringing them together and guiding them to achieve success.

5. Lake Forest High School, Lake Forest, IL
Lake Forest has the key components to make it a strong program. A knowledgeable coaching staff has strong players in every position, nine of whom are committed to Division I programs. Their defense is solid, they have great players on attack, and their goalie –headed to Dartmouth – lets very little by. The coaches know exactly how to put players in a position to win, allowing them to work together and prove their prowess in the region. We'll be watching to see if they can excel again this year.

6. Dublin Jerome High School, Dublin, OH
This leading Ohio team has had its share of success and grown to become a reputable name in high school lacrosse. This season, they welcome back several talented players who will be key in maintaining a winning record. They have depth at midfield, three starting senior poles, and two scorers to keep an eye on. We're sure they'll continue to make a name for themselves in the Midwest.

7. Blake School, Hopkins, MN
Representing Minnesota is Blake School. Their lacrosse team is loaded with talent. The defense is a major part of their success. They have an outstanding goalie, and three of their defensemen are committed to play lacrosse at Michigan, Hobart, and Colby. Blake also has three starting attackmen returning from last year, bringing speed, size, and intelligence. If this team isn't on your radar, it should be.

8. Loyola Academy, Wilmette, IL
Loyola has enjoyed two years as reigning champion in Illinois. They graduated many players after last season but maintain a great feeder system and have a couple key returning players. That combination should result in another successful season for the Ramblers, a skilled program with an obviously talented coaching staff.

9. Trinity High School, Louisville, KY
Kentucky's fields aren't just for horses anymore. Trinity High School is putting itself on the map with a strong lacrosse program. Competing in games both on the East Coast and in the Midwest, Trinity is a solid team with a number of tough players. Many of them will play college lacrosse, so we're eager to see how they do against some of the Midwest powerhouses this season.

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2014-03-06



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