USATODAY Sports Super 25 Expert Rankings

2016 – 17 Week 1

Boys Lacrosse Rankings

SOS
Strength of Schedule
OFF
Offense
DEF
Defense
POW
Power
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  • SOS: 0
  • POW: 0
  • OFF: 0
  • DEF: 0

Culver

Culver, IN 20 - 3 - 0

Result: Final 2016 ranking: 6. Arguably one of the most talented teams on paper heading into the season, the Eagles are absolutely loaded from front to back and have waves of depth thanks to a strong underclass group. The 2016 Inter-Ac Challenge champions return with four players on the American Family Preseason All-USA team: first-team defender Liam Duff and second-team midfielder Jackson Reid, second-team attackman Wheaton Jackoboice and second-team goalie Matt Schmidt. The intimidating Culver roster includes numerous players heading to the likes of programs like Notre Dame, Johns Hopkins and Cornell.

3
  • SOS: 0
  • POW: 0
  • OFF: 0
  • DEF: 0

Deerfield Academy

Deerfield, MA 15 - 1 - 0

Result: Final 2016 ranking: 10. The Big Green benefit from a number of high profile additions for 2017 and look to be the team to beat in New England in a year when the region is particularly strong on paper heading into the season. Deerfield boasts one of the nation’s top attackman in Utah native Cole “Bubba” Fairman (Maryland), who along with Canadian U-19 midfield Jon Donville (Cornell) is expected to make a huge impact. They along with defender Jackson Caputo (Brown) are American Family Preseason All-USA selections.

4
  • SOS: 0
  • POW: 0
  • OFF: 0
  • DEF: 0

IMG Academy

Bradenton, FL 12 - 1 - 0

Result: Final 2016 ranking: 9. The Ascenders national team features some household names in high school lacrosse at this point. American Family All-USA Preseason first-team attackman Tehoka Nanticoke (Albany) is expected to be one of the most daunting matchups in the land, and he’s headlining what should be the best IMG Academy team to take the field since the program’s inception. Long-stick midfielder Jared Fernandez (Syracuse) joins Nanticoke as a preseason All-USA choice, but the program has a wildly deep midfield headlined by Cam Badour (Duke) and two-way standout Dan Burnam.

5
  • SOS: 0
  • POW: 0
  • OFF: 0
  • DEF: 0

Brunswick-Greenwich

Greenwich, CT 15 - 3 - 0

Result: Final 2016 ranking: 20. The Bruins return a great deal of the offensive firepower that saw the team make an impressive 15-3 run last season, including midfielder Sean Morris (North Carolina) and attackman Alex Buckanavage (Michigan). The team is athletic across the field, too. Two-way midfield standout Jon Fox (Virginia) returns as an American Family Preseason All-USA selection and gives Brunswick a college-ready player in the middle of the field. The roster is deep – including numerous Division I-bound defenders – and features young players expected to make an impact this season.

6
  • SOS: 0
  • POW: 0
  • OFF: 0
  • DEF: 0

McDonogh

Owings Mills, MD 18 - 1 - 0

Result: Final 2016 ranking: 2. The Eagles used outstanding defense to roll to the MIAA “A” Conference championship in 2016, McDonogh’s first since 2005. McDonogh returns several of those important defensive pieces from last year, including two second-team American Family Preseason second-team selections in Brandon Shure (Johns Hopkins) and B.J. Farrare (Loyola). While the offense loses some stars, head coach Andy Hilgartner has experienced returnees like attackman Jack Parr (Brown) and a couple of out-of-state transfers who are expected to make significant impact and should help McDonogh be the most challenging matchup in the elite MIAA.

7
  • SOS: 0
  • POW: 0
  • OFF: 0
  • DEF: 0

Chaminade

Mineola, NY 11 - 7 - 0

Result: Final 2016 ranking: NR. Chaminade garnered attention over the off-season as a team made up of Flyers had strong outings against regarded teams from the Mid-Atlantic and beyond. Jack Moran’s returnees from last year’s team are strong and experienced, with more than 20 future college players in the senior class alone. A leader will be American Family Preseason All-USA third-team defender Frank Tangredi (Harvard). But the junior class at Chaminade is expected to be a difference maker, especially in the midfield, and make this one of the most talented teams in the country.

8
  • SOS: 0
  • POW: 0
  • OFF: 0
  • DEF: 0

Landon School

Gaithersburg, MD 17 - 4 - 0

Result: Final 2016 ranking: NR. After a tough year that saw the Bears struggle due to injuries, Landon returns excited for the season ahead and boasting a great deal of talent and athleticism that will help return them for contention for the IAC crown. Landon will be a tough matchup for anyone thanks to one of the most respected face-off midfielders in the nation: Justin Shockey, an American Family Preseason All-USA first-team choice. Attackman Nate Buller (Duke) returns after missing most of last year and he will be accompanied by junior star Joey Epstein (Johns Hopkins). Andrew Fowler (Cornell) is a standout long-stick midfielder for the Bears.

9
  • SOS: 0
  • POW: 0
  • OFF: 0
  • DEF: 0

Avon Old Farms

Avon, CT 8 - 7 - 0

Result: Final 2016 ranking: NR. Another historically successful New England program getting an injection of talent this offseason, Skip Flanagan’s Winged Beavers are uniquely decorated with an array of talent from far and wide. It begins at attack with Canadian box/field lacrosse whiz Ryan Lanchbury (Richmond), an American Family Preseason All-USA first-team choice. The offense will get a jolt from the addition of Connor Fox (Brown), a standout from Boulder, Colo., while the defense will welcome American Family Preseason All-USA defender Jimmy Littlefield (Notre Dame) and an outstanding netminder in New Jersey native Owen McElroy (Georgetown).

10
  • SOS: 0
  • POW: 0
  • OFF: 0
  • DEF: 0

Salisbury School

Salisbury, CT 11 - 4 - 0

Result: Final 2016 ranking: 19. The Crimson Knights are a deep, talented team that can play with anyone in the New England region, and it starts with junior face-off guru Joe Neuman (Johns Hopkins), who is one of the best in the nation. Salisbury has a two-way star in Native American Troy Lauder (Syracuse), an American Family Preseason All-USA choice. Salisbury also features Kahnawake product Teioshontathe McComber (Albany) and transfer Cole Willard (Penn State).

11
  • SOS: 0
  • POW: 0
  • OFF: 0
  • DEF: 0

Calvert Hall

Baltimore, MD 14 - 5 - 0

Result: Final 2016 ranking: NR. Calvert Hall just might have the tools to compete for the MIAA “A” Conference crown in 2017. Deep with technically skilled, disciplined offensive players who play both midfield and attack and help run a crisp offense, the Cardinals will be led by senior JT Bugliosi (Ohio State) and junior standout Jacob Kelly (North Carolina). They will also benefit from the return of Brendan Curry (Syracuse), who missed part of last year with an injury. Calvert Hall is expected to have a high-powered, high-scoring offense in 2017 that could be one of the best in the conference.

12
  • SOS: 0
  • POW: 0
  • OFF: 0
  • DEF: 0

Boys' Latin

Baltimore, MD 14 - 4 - 0

Result: Final 2016 ranking: 5. The Lakers enter 2017 with an experienced group of players from last year’s team that reached the MIAA “A” Conference finale and fell 8-5 in a battle with McDonogh. Expect Boys’ Latin to be led in the midfield by Penn State-bound midfielders Greg Ey and Jake Glatz. Senior attackman Luke Shilling (Johns Hopkins) is accompanied by the likes of Chris Brandau (Yale) and Basil Aburn (Syracuse).

13
  • SOS: 0
  • POW: 0
  • OFF: 0
  • DEF: 0

Bullis School

Potomac, MD 21 - 1 - 0

Result: Final 2016 ranking: 4. Bullis celebrated the program’s first Interstate Athletic Conference title in 2016. A few of the key ingredients are gone by way of graduation, but the team returns a star in North Carolina recruit Alex Trippi, a 114-point producer last year and one of the most quick and athletic attackman in the nation. He’s an American Family Preseason All-USA first-team selection. The Bulldogs also have one of the nation’s top two-way midfielders in Michael Chiaramonte.

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  • SOS: 0
  • POW: 0
  • OFF: 0
  • DEF: 0

Gonzaga

Washington, DC 19 - 2 - 0

Result: Final 2016 ranking: 3. The Purple Eagles ended the 2016 season by winning the program’s seven consecutive league championship. Gonzaga bids farewell to a large, talented senior class that will leave holes to fill. Looking to help keep the team in the hunt for WCAC glory will be American Family Preseason All-USA defender Will Rock (Virginia). Senior midfielder Brian Townsend (Penn State) and junior attackman Jack Myers (Harvard) will be important leaders for Gonzaga this season.

15
  • SOS: 0
  • POW: 0
  • OFF: 0
  • DEF: 0

Malvern Prep

Malvern, PA 18 - 5 - 0

Result: Final 2016 ranking: NR. Malvern is expected to be the team to beat in the Philadelphia area, and the Friars are led by American Family Preseason All-USA attackman Billy Coyle (Cornell) as well as an outstanding midfielder in Michael Fay (Notre Dame). Malvern Prep has Division I recruits to use at all spots on the field and is deep all the way down into the sophomore class with players already committed to colleges. Many of the Friars’ key contributors have been multi-year impact players.

16
  • SOS: 0
  • POW: 0
  • OFF: 0
  • DEF: 0

Loyola

Towson, MD 9 - 7 - 0

Result: Final 2016 ranking: NR. Look for the Dons to make a push in the MIAA “A” Conference under Ben Rubeor, the former UVA and pro lacrosse star now in his second year at his alma mater. Loyola Blakefield is led defensively by standout Koby Smith (Navy) and Jake Stout (Towson) in the cage. The junior class features a bevy of athletic, skilled midfielders who will give the team depth and the ability to stay run with anyone in the league and beyond.

17
  • SOS: 0
  • POW: 0
  • OFF: 0
  • DEF: 0

Darien

Darien, CT 23 - 0 - 0

Result: Final 2016 ranking: 8. Coming off the program’s third consecutive Connecticut Class L state championship, Darien looks to keep the success rolling and can look to a roster that includes players who were instrumental in those recent title wins. The trio of Kevin Lindley (Loyola), Finlay Collins (Penn) and Riley Stewart (Brown) gives the team continuity and immediately makes Darien a candidate to repeat. Goalie Ryan Cornell (Vermont) returns in cage to lead the defense.

18
  • SOS: 0
  • POW: 0
  • OFF: 0
  • DEF: 0

Saint Anthony's

Melville, NY 14 - 2 - 0

Result: Final 2016 ranking: 12. The Friars had an outstanding run to the Catholic High School Athletic Association AAA championship in 2016, and though some of the key leaders depart, St. Anthony’s – like rival Chaminade – brings in some significant talent, including Division I-bound players in the junior class. The big story at St. Anthony’s could be that of freshman attackman and Penn State commit Brennan O’Neill, who notched 98 points as an eighth grader playing on Bay Shore’s varsity team.

19
  • SOS: 0
  • POW: 0
  • OFF: 0
  • DEF: 0

Saint Ignatius

San Francisco, CA 16 - 4 - 0

Result: Final 2016 ranking: NR. The Wildcats are the top team in California in the early season with several convincing wins under their belt, including two over key Northern California opponents. The deep, fast and athletic St. Ignatius Prep team has all the makings of a squad that can, like it has in recent seasons, knock off an elite opponent from the Super 25 and cement itself among the nation’s best. Leading the way this year are midfielders Bryn Evans (Harvard) and Nick Clarke (Bucknell) and American Family Preseason All-USA defensive selection Hall Peters (Virginia).

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  • SOS: 0
  • POW: 0
  • OFF: 0
  • DEF: 0

Victor Central

Victor, NY 22 - 0 - 0

Result: Final 2016 ranking: 7. The reigning New York State Class A champions, winners of the last 44 games they played, return to Class B this year with the Empire’s State’s class restructuring. It could help the Blue Devils work through some major losses to graduation. But plenty of talent remains on the way up through Victor’s growing pipeline, and that includes a stocked junior class expected to build on last year’s contributions. Junior goalie Chayse Ierlan (Cornell) backstops the defense after guiding the team to consecutive state titles.

21
  • SOS: 0
  • POW: 0
  • OFF: 0
  • DEF: 0

New Canaan

New Canaan, CT 19 - 4 - 0

Result: Final 2016 ranking: 13. The Rams won the Connecticut Class M state title last season in somewhat easy fashion and this year boast two of the best players in the nation in midfielder Ryan O’Connell (North Carolina) and goalie Drew Morris (Maryland). Jackson Appelt (Virginia) is another standout expected to help generate offense for a surging New Canaan program this season.

22
  • SOS: 0
  • POW: 0
  • OFF: 0
  • DEF: 0

Cold Spring Harbor

Cold Spring Harbor, NY 18 - 1 - 0

Result: Final 2016 ranking: 16. The Seahawks cruised to their second straight New York State Class C title in 2016, thanks largely in part to the play of several juniors now expected to be leaders of this year’s edition of Cold Spring Harbor. Two of Long Island’s best and both American Family Preseason All-USA selections, midfielder Matt Licciardi (Cornell) and attackman Ian Laviano (Virginia) will make the Seahawks one of the most confident and experienced teams in all of New York.

23
  • SOS: 0
  • POW: 0
  • OFF: 0
  • DEF: 0

Haverford

Haverford, PA 20 - 5 - 0

Result: Final 2016 ranking: 14. The Fords came up just short in last year’s Inter-Ac Challenge finale, falling 8-7 to Culver Academy (Ind.) to end the season and they depart some incredible talent, including Dox Aitken – already a star as a freshman at Virginia. But a program with a tremendous pipeline of some of the top players in Philly, look for the Fords to find themselves as the season moves along. John Nostrant (Penn State) leads the way from the midfield for Haverford, while Parker Henderer (Cornell) returns with plenty of experience in the cage.

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  • SOS: 0
  • POW: 0
  • OFF: 0
  • DEF: 0

Melville

East Setauket, NY 18 - 4 - 0

Result: Final 2016 ranking: 11. Last year’s New York State Class A runner-up returns with plenty of the personnel that helped it come just a handful of goals from the state title last year. Tough defense and athleticism on the offensive end will help make the Patriots the team to beat in Suffolk and Long Island’s overall Class A scene heading into the year. Andrew McKenna (Navy) anchors the defense, while Andrew Lockhart (Cornell) returns at attack.

25
  • SOS: 0
  • POW: 0
  • OFF: 0
  • DEF: 0

Delbarton

Morristown, NJ 22 - 2 - 0

Result: Final 2016 ranking: 21. The Green Wave is the reigning winner of the New Jersey Tournament of Champions and, despite losing some star power, still return with at least ten Division I commits on the roster and a good chance to remain one of the powerhouses in the Garden State this year. Chuck Ruebling’s program has won five TOC championships in the past thirteen seasons.