Victor’s boys lacrosse team, fresh off back-to-back undefeated seasons with two state championships in two different classifications, finished the year as the No. 7-ranked team in the final USA TODAY Sports Super 25 Expert Rankings.
A website described as “recruiting-specific”, 3dRising puts together the national rankings based on a team’s performance, strength of schedule and talent-level. The Hill Academy in Concord, Ontario, Canada, received top billing primarily based on the Pride defeating four others in the Super 25 — or a third of their whole schedule. They finished 12-0.
Victor completed its second consecutive 22-0 season after a move this spring from Class B to Class A in the New York Public High School Athletic Association. The Blue Devils topped defending Section V Class A champion Pittsford in this year’s final before wins over Orchard Park of Section VI, Corning-Painted Post-IV and Long Island’s Ward-Melville-XI in state tournament play.
“It’s something that we’re all definitely lucky to be a part of,” Victor senior defender Patrick Barrow said. “We definitely had some games that were a little shaky, but we have a lot of weapons and guys were able to pick up when guys were not doing what they can do.”
With its state-title run, Victor became the first Section V program to win a Class A state lacrosse title and with its second championship the Blue Devils became the fourth team overall from the section to claim states, joining Penn Yan (Class C, 2001) and Canandaigua (Class B, 2009). Penn Yan, which advanced to the Class C championship, lost to Cold Spring Harbor — No. 17 in the USA TODAY Sports final poll. Ward-Melville was ranked No. 11, joining St. Anthony’s (12), Syosset (17) and Trinity Pawling School (23) as the other New York teams to be honored in the top 25.
“It’s the same story since youth lacrosse,” said leading scorer and senior attack Ryan Maloney, who finished with team-highs in goals (60) assists (48) and points (108). “The coaches want us to play together, and we built a chemistry over the years. (Coach Jim Andre) always said that he never wants to limit our athleticism.”