USATODAY Sports Super 25 Expert Rankings

2015 – 16 Week 7

Boys Lacrosse Rankings

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Victor Central

Victor, NY 5 - 0 - 0

Result: Previous: 2. Victor continues to cruise, not only showing off powerful offense — averaging 17.6 goals per contest so far — but also thwarting the opposition on the other end of the field by allowing less than five goals per game. The Blue Devils face McQuaid Jesuit (N.Y.) April 21 on the road and then Aquinas Institute (N.Y.) April 23 away before hosting Fairport (N.Y.) on April 26. Ryan Maloney leads Victor thus far with 24 points on 10 goals and 14 assists.

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New Canaan

New Canaan, CT 6 - 0 - 0

Result: Previous: 7. New Canaan earned an impressive Super 25 win on April 16, downing previous No. 5 Brunswick (Conn.) 13-8. Chip Buzzeo has a tight-knit group that is playing lacrosse at a high level. The Rams take on three Connecticut foes this week: first Greenwich on April 21, St. Joseph-Trumbull on April 23 and then a big matchup with currently-undefeated Staples on April 26.

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Gonzaga

Washington, DC 10 - 2 - 0

Result: Previous: 9. Gonzaga has won six games in a row since its March 29 setback to No. 7 Boys’ Latin (Md.). The Purple Eagles this week defeated two WCAC opponents, taking a 13-6 win over Our Lady of Good Counsel (Md.) on April 15 and then earning an 11-7 win over DeMatha (Md.) on April 19. Gonzaga will host Fordham Prep (N.Y.) on April 23 and another conference opponent, St. Mary’s Ryken (Md.), on April 25.

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Bullis School

Potomac, MD 13 - 2 - 0

Result: Previous: 10. The Bulldogs picked up a quality Super 25 win in the previous week, taking down D.C. area rival and No. 13 Landon (Md.) 11-7. Nickey Petkevich put up six goals and two assists in the victory. Bullis, with losses only to No. 1 Hill Academy (Ont.) and No. 4 Gonzaga (D.C.), also defeated the Potomac School (Md.) last week 16-8. Another Capital region clash is on deck for April 22: a road game at Georgetown Prep (Md.).

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McDonogh

Owings Mills, MD 10 - 1 - 0

Result: Previous: 11. McDonogh earned two more wins in the previous week, defeating Severn (Md.) 12-7 on April 15 and then outlasting No. 9 Loyola Blakefield (Md.) 13-11 on April 19. The Eagles look like one of several strong contenders for the MIAA ‘A’ Conference crown this season and currently sit at 3-0 in conference play. Next up is a road contest at Mount St. Joseph (Md.) and then a Super 25 matchup against No. 10 Calvert Hall (Md.) at home on April 26.

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Boys' Latin

Baltimore, MD 8 - 2 - 0

Result: Previous: 12. The Lakers had a big week, earning a 15-10 win over St. Mary’s (Md.) and then taking down previous No. 3 Calvert Hall (Md.) 6-5 in a MIAA ‘A’ Conference showdown. Boys’ Latin now sits at 3-0 in conference play and will face Severn (Md.) on the road April 22 and then hosts Mount St. Joseph (Md.) on April 26.

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IMG Academy

Bradenton, FL 12 - 1 - 0

Result: Previous: 6. The Ascenders wrapped up their national schedule with a pair of wins over New Jersey competition. On April 14, IMG Academy edged St. Augustine Prep (N.J.) 12-11 and then, two days later, routed Seton Hall Prep (N.J.) 19-6 to close out the schedule.

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Loyola

Towson, MD 5 - 3 - 0

Result: Previous: 8. The Dons handled Gilman (Md.) 15-9 on April 16 and then were edged by MIAA ‘A’ Conference foe and No. 6 McDonogh (Md.) 13-11 on April 19. Jake Stout was outstanding in the loss, totaling 16 saves against the Eagles. Loyola Blakefield next takes on a tough St. Paul’s (Md.) team on April 22 and then travels to Severn (Md.) on April 26 as the conference schedule rolls along.

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Calvert Hall

Baltimore, MD 10 - 2 - 0

Result: Previous: 3. The Cardinals were dealt their second defeat of the season, a 6-4 slugfest loss to MIAA ‘A’ Conference foe and No. 7 Boys’ Latin (Md.) on April 19. Calvert Hall will look to bounce back against Gilman (Md.) on April 22. A major MIAA showdown looms on April 26, when the Cardinals travel to nearby No. 6 McDonogh (Md.).

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Culver

Culver, IN 9 - 3 - 0

Result: Previous: 13. The Eagles traveled to Michigan on April 16 and earned a one-sided 21-2 win over a young Cranbrook School team. The next day, Culver met Super 25 No. 1 The Hill Academy (Ont.) on the same field and was held to just four goals in an impressive defensive display by the Pride. Culver looks to rebound with games against the McCallie School and Christian Brothers, both Tennessee programs, on April 23 and April 24, respectively.

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Haverford

Haverford, PA 9 - 3 - 0

Result: Previous: 14. The Fords earned what now looks like another quality win this past week, a hard-fought 9-5 win over the Salisbury School (Conn.), one of the teams currently helping show the quality and parity of play in New England. The Fords also took down Penn Charter 12-5 to improve to 3-0 in the Inter-Ac. The team has a busy and challenging week ahead with a pair of back-to-back arrangements: Germantown Academy (Pa.) at home on April 22, a matchup with No. 14 Brunswick (Conn.) on April 23, a talented Manheim Township (Pa.) squad on April 25 and then Springside Chestnut Hill (Pa.) the next day on the road.

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Landon School

Gaithersburg, MD 11 - 3 - 0

Result: Previous: 17. Landon lost back-to-back games in the previous week, falling to two Super 25 opponents, both from the D.C. region. The Bears fell to No. 4 Gonzaga 13-9 on April 12 and then lost 11-7 to No. 5 Bullis on April 15. Landon looks to get back on track on the road against St. Albans (D.C.) on April 21 and then against Lawrenceville (N.J.) on April 23.

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Brunswick-Greenwich

Greenwich, CT 6 - 2 - 0

Result: Previous: 5. Brunswick grabbed a quality, hard-fought win over No. 16 Taft School (Conn.) on April 13 and then fell 13-8 to new No. 3 New Canaan on April 16. The Bruins earned another win on April 20, a 14-7 win over Lawrenceville (N.J.). Brunswick’s schedule gets heavy quickly after an April 22 matchup with Hotchkiss (Conn.). The following day, the Bruins meet No. 12 Haverford School (Pa.) and then on April 27 are at Ridgefield (Conn.).

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Deerfield Academy

Deerfield, MA 5 - 1 - 0

Result: Previous: 4. The Big Green were dealt a 12-11 overtime loss this past week by No. 25 Trinity Pawling (N.Y.), an upset bringing to light to the parity of the New England prep school scene this season, where the talent pool is wide and deep. Deerfield has a crack at a Super 25 opponent when the Big Green host No. 16 Taft School (Conn.) on April 23.

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Taft

Watertown, CT 7 - 1 - 0

Result: Previous: 16. Taft earned two wins over New England competition in the previous week, defeating Westminster School (Conn.) 12-6 on April 16 and then beating the Millbrook School (N.Y.) 18-7 on April 20. The Rhinos face a Super 25 opponent and another New England foe this week when they travel to face No. 15 Deerfield (Mass.) on April 23.

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Saint Anthony's

Melville, NY 7 - 0 - 0

Result: Previous: Unranked. The Friars, always a force in the Tri-State region, hop into the Super 25 with a 7-0 record and coming off an impressive 11-goal win over New York State’s reigning Class A champion Niskayuna. St. Anthony’s has surrendered no more than nine goals in a game this season. The Friars host St. John the Baptist (N.Y.) on April 21 and then travel to take on No. 24 Delbarton (N.J.) squad on April 23.

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Darien

Darien, CT 6 - 0 - 0

Result: Previous: 18. The Blue Wave picked up its third win over a respected New York State program, defeating Manhasset 11-8 on April 16. Darien then defeated Fairfield-Warde (Conn.) on April 19 to improve to 6-0. The Blue Wave has two in-state contests in the coming week: Wilton at home on April 23 and a road matchup against St. Joseph-Trumbull on April 26.

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Melville

East Setauket, NY 8 - 1 - 0

Result: Previous: Unranked. Perhaps the most notable of the Suffolk County powerhouses, Ward Melville upended previous No. 19 Smithtown East (N.Y.) in a 13-12 battle. The Patriots’ lone loss came earlier in the year at the hands of West Islip in a 9-7 setback on April 6. Since then the Patriots have been playing tough defense. Ward Melville travels to Connetquot (N.Y.) on April 26.

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Smithtown East

Smithtown, NY 8 - 1 - 0

Result: Previous: 19. Smithtown East took down Riverhead (N.Y.) 15-7 on April 15, but then fell 13-12 on the road at new No. 19 Ward Melville in a clash of two Suffolk County Class A heavyweights. The Bulls responded with a 10-9 win over Huntington (N.Y.) on April 20. The Bulls host rival Smithtown West (N.Y.) on April 26.

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Massapequa

Massapequa, NY 8 - 1 - 0

Result: Previous: 20. Massapequa took three wins in the previous week: a 20-3 win over East Meadow (N.Y.), a 14-11 win over Billerica (Mass.) and a 20-8 win over Oceanside (N.Y.). The Chiefs host Baldwin (N.Y.) on April 26.

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Bridgewater-Raritan

Bridgewater, NJ 7 - 0 - 0

Result: Previous: 21. Make it 30 wins in a row for Chuck Apel and the Panthers. Bridgewater-Raritan’s most recent victories came against Somerville (N.J.) on April 16 and then against Hunterdon Central (N.J.) on April 20. No team has reached ten goals against the Panthers yet this season. Up next is West Essex Regional (N.J.) on April 23.

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Summit

Summit, NJ 8 - 0 - 0

Result: Previous: Unranked. The Hilltoppers are clean as a whistle thus far in 2016 and their season-opening win — a 7-6 triple overtime victory over No. 24 Delbarton (N.J.) — is has become a major win given the Green Wave’s victory over Malvern Prep last week. Summit is at 8-0 and looks to stay on the winning track against Chatham (N.J.) on April 23 and then on the road at Glen Rock (N.J.) April 25.

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Delbarton

Morristown, NJ 7 - 1 - 0

Result: Previous: Unranked. The Green Wave, a team that fell to No. 23 Summit (N.J.) 7-6 in triple overtime to begin the year, scored a big win in the past week, outlasting previous No. 15 Malvern Prep (Pa.) 13-11 to jump into the Super 25 rankings. Chuck Ruebling’s team has a huge chance at a quality win this week when it hosts No. 17 St. Anthony’s (N.Y.)

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Trinity-Pawling

Pawling, NY 5 - 1 - 0

Result: Previous: Unranked. The Pride earned a major win this past week, taking down Deerfield 12-11 in overtime. Brenden Lundy scored the game-winning goal. Trinity-Pawling’s lone loss so far this season came by way of the Salisbury School, another team to watch in New England. The Pride host the Westminster School (Conn.) on April 23.

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