One of my favorite movies is Moneyball, starring Brad Pitt who plays Oakland A’s General Manager Billy Beane. I grew up loving stats, scouring the box scores and figuring out averages. So, one of my favorite lines in that movie is when Beane tells his scouts, “You can’t find another Giambi, but you can recreate him through the aggregate.”
How does this apply to boys’ high school lacrosse?
There are five major outlets that rank the Top 25 teams in the nation: US Lacrosse, Inside Lacrosse, USA Today, LaxPower.com and TopLaxRecruits.com. But which of these rankings are ‘correct’? That answer is subjective. But what about the aggregated ranking of all five of these rankings? Would that provide a more clear picture of the consensus top teams in the nation?
That is what LaxRecords.com is going to do starting in 2017. Every Friday, LaxRecords.com will release an aggregated Top 25 of the five major outlets to see which teams are among the national rankings*.
Below is how the 2016 final boys’ lacrosse Top 25 played out.
|1||McDonogh (Owings Mills, Md.)||120|
|3||Victor (Victor, N.Y.)||112|
|4||Bullis (Potomac, Md.)||111|
|6||Gonzaga (Washington, D.C.)||105|
|7||Culver Academy (Culver, Ind.)||92|
|2||Hill Academy (Concord, ON)||91|
|8||Boys' Latin (Baltimore)||88|
|9||St. Anthony's (Melville, N.Y.)||74|
|10||Delbarton School (Morristown, N.J.)||71|
|12||Cold Spring Harbor (N.Y.)||68|
|13||Ward Melville (East Setauket, N.Y.)||67|
|14||Deerfield Academy (Deerfield, Mass.)||65|
|16||Haverford School (Haverford, Pa.)||60|
|17||St. Stephen's & St. Agnes (Alexandria, Va.)||59|
|11||New Canaan (Conn.)||43|
|15||IMG Academy (Bradeton, Fla.)||34|
|18||Jamesville-DeWitt (DeWitt, N.Y.)||29|
|20||Smithtown East (Dix Hills, N.Y.)||19|
|21||Landon (Bethesda, Md.)||17|
|22||Malvern Prep (Malvern, Pa.)||17|
|23||Brunswick School (Greenwich, Conn.)||15|
|24||Monte Vista (Danville, Calif.)||13|
|25||Taft School (Watertown, Conn.)||12|