The Haverford School in suburban Philadelphia finished the 2015 boys lacrosse season as the American Family Insurance ALL-USA Team of the Year as the Super 25 national champion.
The team begins the 2016 season as No. 1 in the Super 25 Preseason rankings provided by 3dRising.com despite losing a long list of decorated and experienced players — including ALL-USA Player of the Year Drew Supinski — from a team that went 26-0 and won the Inter-Ac Challenge championship.
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Haverford again has a loaded senior class, including midfielder Dox Aitken (Virginia), attackman Forry Smith (Johns Hopkins) and goalie Alex DeMarco (Penn).
The Hill Academy from Vaughan, Ontario, is ranked No. 2. The school’s inclusion is departure from Super 25 eligibility standards because the school plays a schedule entirely of American schools.
The Hill is physical, skilled and is considered by some to be the top scholastic program on the continent entering the 2016 seasons.
Culver Academy (Culver, Ind.) began the 2015 season as the No. 1 team in the preseason rankings and finished No. 14 after a 17-6 mark. Culver returns with one of the nation’s deepest rosters – an astounding 23 Division I commits, from seniors all the way down to freshmen – and will again play a rigorous schedule.
IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.) was No. 6 last spring in the final Super 25 and begins this season at No. 4. IMG Academy boasts one of the most wickedly talented attack groups in the nation: Canadian Ben French and Iroquois players Tehoka Nanticoke (uncommitted) and Mitch Laffin (Uncommitted).
No. 4 Gonzaga College High (Washington, D.C.) went 18-3 and was ranked No. 3. The Purple Eagles are coming off their sixth consecutive WCAC title in 2015 and have more than 15 Division I commits.
In all 10 states are represented with seven from New York, Maryland with five, Connecticut with four and New Jersey with two.