USATODAY Sports Super 25 Expert Rankings

2015 – 16 Week 15

Boys Lacrosse Rankings



Owings Mills, MD 18 - 1 - 0

Result: Previous: 2. The Eagles won the MIAA “A” Conference championship 8-5 in front of a large, wild crowd on May 20 at Johns Hopkins University, holding No. 5 Boys’ Latin to its lowest single-game goal total since 2012. Using outstanding defense and opportunistic offense, Andy Hilgartner’s McDonogh squad completed its season on a high note with its first MIAA title since 2005. McDonogh’s only loss on the year was a 8-7 setback to IAC champion and No. 4 Bullis (Md.) on March 24.



Washington, DC 19 - 2 - 0

Result: Previous: 3. The Purple Eagles concluded their season on May 9 with a 14-5 victory over DeMatha (Md.) to win the program’s seventh consecutive league championship. The Eagles’ only losses of the year came to No. 2 McDonogh (Md.) and No. 5 Boys’ Latin (Md.).


Bullis School

Potomac, MD 21 - 2 - 0

Result: Previous: 4. Bullis celebrated the program’s first Interstate Athletic Conference title on May 22 with a 9-5 win over No. 15 St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes. The three-headed monster of junior Alex Trippi and seniors Nicky Petkevich and Steven Shollenberger each registered hat tricks to account for all the Bulldogs’ goals. Bullis finishes with only losses to No. 3 Gonzaga (D.C.) and No. 1 Hill Academy (Ont.).


Boys' Latin

Baltimore, MD 14 - 4 - 0

Result: Previous: 5. The Lakers were upended by No. 2 McDonogh in a hard-fought matchup in the MIAA “A” Conference finale at Johns Hopkins University on May 20. The Lakers finish up what many would consider a terrific season under first-year head coach Brian Farrell, who at just 28 years old appears on track to keep his alma mater in the upper echelon of the nationally recognized scholastic lacrosse programs. The Lakers’ only losses this year were to teams ranked above them in the Super 25.



Culver, IN 20 - 3 - 0

Result: Previous: 6. The Eagles hoisted the trophy at the Inter-Ac Challenge on May 22 after edging No. 14 Haverford School (Pa.) for the second time this season by just one goal, an 8-7 win at Villanova University. That win came after the Eagles downed Lawrenceville Academy (N.J.) 14-3 in the semifinals of the post-season tournament featuring mostly teams from the Philadelphia area. The Eagles wrap up the season with its only losses of the year dealt by the No. 1, No. 2 and No. 3 teams in the Super 25 rankings.


Victor Central

Victor, NY 22 - 0 - 0

Result: Previous: 10. Victor overcame a three-goal deficit to pull ahead and outlast Ward Melville in the New York State Class A championship, a win that completed the second straight undefeated season for Jim Andre’s program. The Rochester-area team takes the A title after winning the B title a year earlier and moving up a class this season. In the win, TD Ierlan won 13 of 16 face-offs to help the Blue Devils own a lopsided a possession margin. Victor will enter next season riding a 44-game win streak after two years of undefeated play.



Darien, CT 23 - 0 - 0

Result: Previous: 7. Darien was dominant in closing out the season with an 18-3 win over Simsbury in the Connecticut Class L state championship. It is the third straight title for the Jeff Brameier Blue Wave, which is one of two undefeated public schools in the final Super 25 rankings of the 2016 season. Three players — Kevin Lindley, Jack Kniffin and Riley Stewart — registered hat tricks in the win, while Colin Minicus added two goals and two assists.


IMG Academy

Bradenton, FL 12 - 1 - 0

Result: Previous: 8. The Ascenders finished their season on April 16 with a 19-6 victory over Seton Hall Prep (N.J.). IMG’s lone loss of the year came in the Crossover Clash against No. 1-ranked Hill Academy (Ont.) on April 4.


Deerfield Academy

Deerfield, MA 15 - 1 - 0

Result: Previous: 9. The Big Green finished up the season with an impressive 10-5 win over Phillips Exeter on May 21. The Big Green wrap up the spring slate with the New England prep school circuit’s best resume, with only one loss — an overtime setback to No. 23 Trinity-Pawling (N.Y.) on April 20. Deerfield owns three wins over Super 25 opponents.



East Setauket, NY 18 - 4 - 0

Result: Previous: 15. The Patriots fell in a dramatic, hard-fought contest in the New York State Class A title game, being edged 7-5 by No. 7 Victor. Connor Grippe scored twice in the loss and the Ward Melville defense shined even despite being forced to play in its own end for a majority of the game.


Saint Anthony's

Melville, NY 14 - 2 - 0

Result: Previous: 11. The Friars closed out the year with an impressive resume, the finishing touches being an 8-3 victory over No. 13 New Canaan (Conn.) and then a convincing 18-5 win over Chaminade in the Catholic High School Athletic Association AAA championship. Jared Nugent, a Villanova commit, notched four goals and four assists in the title win.


New Canaan

New Canaan, CT 19 - 4 - 0

Result: Previous: 12. The Rams easily took the Connecticut Class M state title on June 11, dismantling Daniel Hand 13-2. New Canaan’s Clayton Burt scored once and handed out four assists and Matt Biscelgia. Goaltender Drew Morris made nine saves in the victory. It was the second consecutive championship for Chip Buzzeo’s team.



Haverford, PA 20 - 5 - 0

Result: Previous: 14. The Fords came up just short in the Inter-Ac Challenge finale, falling 8-7 to No. 6 Culver Academy (Ind.) to end the season. Haverford had to get past rival Malvern Prep (Pa.) for the third time this season in the semifinals of the post-season tournament, taking a 16-10 win on May 20. Last year’s Super 25 national champion finishes the year with only losses to teams from out of state and either currently in or recently bumped from the Super 25.


St Stephen's-St Agnes

Alexandria, VA 21 - 4 - 0

Result: Previous: 15. The Saints fell to No. 4 Bullis (Md.) 9-5 in the Interstate Athletic Conference finale on May 22. Ben Martin, a Dartmouth commit, led the way for St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes in the loss with two goals and an assist. A pair of losses to Bullis, a loss to No. 13 Haverford (Pa.) and a loss to Landon are — a team the Saints since beat in a rematch — are the only setbacks on the team’s resume this season.


Cold Spring Harbor

Cold Spring Harbor, NY 18 - 1 - 0

Result: Previous: 16. The Seahawks ran away with their second consecutive New York State Class C championship, rolling past Penn Yan 15-4 behind a two-goal, three-assist performance from Matt Licciardi and four goals from Ian Laviano. Dennis Bonn’s team is now 37-2 over the course of the previous two seasons.



Syosset, NY 16 - 3 - 0

Result: Previous: 17. The Braves’ season ended in the Long Island Class A championship, a 9-5 loss to No. 11 Ward Melville. The Braves finish the season having lost to only teams ranked ahead of them in the Super 25 and all from Long Island: St. Anthony’s, Ward Melville and Cold Spring Harbor. Mac O’Keefe finished the year with 54 goals and 29 assists.



Watertown, CT 15 - 3 - 0

Result: Previous: 20. The Rhinos closed out the year with a 14-11 win over No. 23 Trinity-Pawling (N.Y.) to earn the New England Founders League title. Taft finishes the year with an impressive 15-3 resume, highlighted by wins against an assortment of New England’s best, including No. 19Salisbury School (Conn.)


Salisbury School

Salisbury, CT 11 - 4 - 0

Result: Previous: 21. The Crimson Knights closed out the year with two straight wins, taking down rival Avon Old Farms (Conn.) 11-8 on May 21 and then downing Choate (Conn.) 9-7 on May 25. Three of Salisbury’s losses were to Super 25-ranked opponents. The team owns a key win over No. 22 Brunswick School (Conn.).



Greenwich, CT 15 - 3 - 0

Result: Previous: 22. The Bruins resume lifts them back into the Super 25 near year’s end and with the Brunswick schedule complete. Brunswick’s 15-3 record features losses only to Super 25-ranked teams and three wins over Super 25 opponents. The Bruins closed out the year with a 13-9 win over the Berkshire School (Mass.) on May 21.



Morristown, NJ 22 - 2 - 0

Result: Previous: Unranked. The Green Wave jumps back into the Super 25 after rolling over the Pingry School 13-4 in the Tournament of Champions finale in New Jersey. Keegan Khan up four goals and two assists, while Michael Rutter scored three goals and added three assists in the win. The TOC win is Delbarton’s fifth in thirteen seasons.


Brother Rice

Bloomfield Hills, MI 21 - 2 - 0

Result: Previous: 23. Brother Rice won the Michigan Division I title with a 10-8 win over Detroit Catholic Central on June 11, taking the program’s 14th consecutive title. The two-goal margin was the slimmest for the Warriors since their 2009 win. Nick Dudley had a big game, scoring four times. Brother Rice’s only losses of the season both came to No. 6 Culver Academy (Ind.).



Pawling, NY 12 - 4 - 0

Result: Previous: 25. With the season in the books, Trinity-Pawling owns a win to give its resume a big boost: a victory over a top ten Super 25 opponent named Deerfield, currently No. 10 in the rankings. It’s the only win over any of the top ten teams that isn’t owned by one of the squads in the top five.



Martinsville, NJ 17 - 4 - 0

Result: Previous: 18. The Big Blue fell in the New Jersey Tournament of Champions finale to No. 21 Delbarton 13-4. Pingry closes out the year with its second Non-Public B crown in as many years. Ben Shepard led the team’s offense this season, totaling 43 goals and 39 assists.



Bridgewater, NJ 19 - 1 - 0

Result: Previous: 19. The Panthers’ undefeated run came to an end on June 8 at the hands of No. 24 Pingry School, as the Big Blue edged Bridgewater-Raritan 8-7. It was the Panthers’ first loss since the final game of 2014, putting the run at 42 games. Bridgewater-Raritan’s opponents never reached ten goals in any game this season, and the team allowed nine goals just once and held three teams to one goal.