Major changes highlight this week’s Super 25 boys high school lacrosse rankings. While the top ten remains largely intact, save one team bumping out, there’s significant movement throughout the rest of the rankings with some teams exiting and some new ones jumping into the mix.
Though Darien remains undefeated and the team to beat in Connecticut, a shuffle in the pecking order of the Nutmeg State sees two teams leap into this week’s rankings: Ridgefield at No. 15 and Staples at No. 19, with the Tigers jumping over New Canaan, now ranked No. 16, thanks to a 7-3 head-to-head result this past week.
The shuffle brings Deerfield Academy (Mass.) up to the No. 10 slot, as the Big Green, thanks to the parity in New England, have the region’s best resume of the private school teams. And they’re the only one currently in the Super 25, as New Jersey and Connecticut public squads took up most of the vacated slots this week.
Delbarton (Morristown, N.J.) takes a jump up to No. 13, with its only loss being the season-opening triple-overtime setback to No. 20 Summit (N.J.), a team that has since experienced its own dramatic loss but bounced back. Ridgewood out of New Jersey is another new face this week, ranked No. 21. The Maroons’ only loss this season is to Summit, and all three Garden State teams are playing at a high level approaching the postseason.
On Long Island, St. Anthony’s won the Catholic school championship over its longtime rival Chaminade to close out the year with a 14-2 resume to slide up to No. 14. Elsewhere in the Empire State, Pittsford moves up to No. 12, while reigning Class C state champion Cold Spring Harbor jumps back into the Super 25 rankings at No. 25.
This week features a can’t-miss Super 25 matchup when the MIAA “A” Conference championship is decided in Baltimore at Johns Hopkins University on May 20. The finale sees No. 2 McDonogh clash with No. 5 Boys’ Latin in a huge rematch. Earlier in the season, the Eagles edged the Lakers 10-9 in double overtime.