US Lacrosse High School Top 25


The US Lacrosse High School Top 25 was released earlier this week, and while we don’t put too much stock in national high school rankings (it’s almost impossible to be truly accurate as there is still so little overlap), they are fun to see, and provide for great chatter.

Although we have seen incredible growth within the sport of lacrosse, especially at the high school level, the polls are still dominated by long-established teams in hotbed areas. Culver Academy, a military school in Indiana is one notable exception. St. Igantius in California is another.

Other than that, every single team in the Top 25, or that received consideration is from New York, Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, DC, and New Jersey. That’s five states and a District, which is located between two of the five states. Lacrosse may be growing, but when will the newer regions start competing at the absolute highest level?

I for one can’t wait to see the first National #1 that isn’t from one of those five states. How long til that happens?

See below for the full Top 25, and how US Lacrosse conducts the poll:

Unbeaten Boys’ Latin (Md.) has won its first 11 games and received all first-place votes to remain the No. 1-ranked team in the Nike/US Lacrosse High School Boys’ Lacrosse Top 25 poll, released today by US Lacrosse. The poll appears as part ofLacrosse Magazine’s bi-weekly report on high school boys’ lacrosse at

The Lakers are 11-0 overall and 2-0 in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association following defeats of league rivals then-No. 10 McDonogh (Md.) and Severn (Md.). While some of the team rankings remain unchanged, a win over then-No. 12 West Islip (N.Y.) helped Smithtown East (N.Y.) rise to No. 22. Episcopal Academy (Pa.) and Haverford School (Pa.) used six- and seven-game winning streaks, respectively, to earn the No. 23 and 25 spots. Unbeaten Malvern Prep (Pa.) moved up to the No. 8 spot after an 8-7 double-overtime win at then-No. 25 Penn Charter (Pa).

The Nike/US Lacrosse High School Boys’ Lacrosse National Top 25, with teams, record, point total (first-place votes) and next game noted:

1. Boys’ Latin (Md.) 11-0, 175 (7), April 16 at St. Mary’s

2. Chaminade (N.Y.) 7-0, 168, April 17 at Holy Trinity (N.Y.)

3. Gonzaga (D.C.) 11-2, 160, April 16 at Paul VI (Va.)

4. Ithaca (N.Y.) 6-0, 152, April 17 Binghamton (N.Y.)

5. Jamesville-DeWitt (N.Y.) 6-0, 142, April 16 Cortland (N.Y.)

6. Calvert Hall (Md.) 6-2, 134, April 16 at Archbishop Spalding (Md.)

7. Smithtown West (N.Y.) 7-1, 133, April 17 Half Hollow Hills West (N.Y.)

8. Malvern Prep (Pa.) 7-0, 130, April 16 at No. 23 Episcopal Academy (Pa.)

9. St. Paul’s (Md.) 11-1, 127, April 16 No. 18 Loyola-Blakefield (Md.)

10. Delbarton (N.J.) 6-0, 112, April 20 Mountain Lakes (N.J.)

11. Niskayuna (N.Y.) 5-0, 90, April 16 Guilderland (N.Y.)

12. Ward Melville (N.Y.) 7-0, 85, April 17 Half Hollow Hills East (N.Y.)

13. McDonogh (Md.) 7-3, 78, April 16 Mount St. Joseph (Md.)

14. Garden City (N.Y.) 5-1, 77, April 17 at Wantagh (N.Y.)

15. St. Anthony’s (N.Y.) 5-2, 74, April 20 at Wilton (Conn.)

16. Culver Military (Ind.) 3-1, 52, April 20 Timon-St. Jude (N.Y.)

17. La Salle (Pa.) 5-2, 50, April 17 at Monsignor Bonner (Pa.)

18. Loyola-Blakefield (Md.) 7-4, 47, April 16 at No. 9 St. Paul’s (Md.)

19. West Islip (N.Y.) 6-2, 43, April 17 Hauppauge (N.Y.)

20. Gilman (Md.) 3-1, 39, April 16 at Severn (Md.)

21. Hereford (Md.) 6-2, 38, April 17 at Eastern Tech (Md.)

22. Smithtown East (N.Y.) 6-1, 31, April 17 at West Babylon (N.Y.)

23. Episcopal Academy (Pa.) 7-3, 29, April 16 No. 8 Malvern Prep (Pa.)

24. Landon (Md.) 7-5, 28, April 19 Georgetown Prep (Md.)

25. Haverford School (Pa.) 7-3, 22, April 16 Springside Chestnut Hill (Pa.)

Others Receiving Votes:
St. Mary’s (Md.) 5-3, 19
St. Ignatius Prep (Calif.) 12-0, 9
St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes (Va.) 4-3, 9
Georgetown Prep (Md.)11-4, 8
Paul VI (Va.) 11-1, 5
Liverpool (N.Y.) 5-1, 3
Fayetteville-Manlius (N.Y.) 5-0, 3
Timon-St. Jude (N.Y.) 3-0, 2

Voters for the Nike/US Lacrosse High School Boys’ Lacrosse National Top 25 poll include US Lacrosse area representatives and Lacrosse Magazine contributors. The national Top 25 supplements in-depth coverage of high school boys’ lacrosse, including regional Top 10 rankings, top performers, games to watch and notebooks, from each of five regions:






US Lacrosse will release next week the Nike/US Lacrosse High School Girls’ Lacrosse National Top 25 poll and regional reports. The next boys’ report will be released the week of April 29.


  1. I’m more of a fan of the IL/Under Armor rankings when it comes to high school just because they give more of a look to teams from areas other than the East Coast.  In the IL/UA rankings, Saint Ignatius (CA) is actually ranked 22nd in the nation, a ranking that I believe that they deserve.  They have a couple games coming up against some top teams from NY, so we’ll see how that pans out but I think that they have a good chance to take Chaminade to the brink if not beat them.

  2. @twitter-56486089:disqus If you like those rankings the DigitalSports ones are better than IL. Although IL/UA rankings do a great job of giving these other teams a look, they don’t have the right methodology. On their rankings St. Ignatius is ranked #18, and I agree well deserved. The problem with these rankings are that the records are out of date, and in acurrate. It looks like these came from Nike because Gilman has played more than 4 games…..