After last week's round of upsets, the Week 4 Consensus Rankings features five new teams.
Paul VI (Va.) gets the highest ranking after defeating Gonzaga (D.C.) last week, while Loyola-Blakefield (Md.) moves to No. 21.
My take: For full disclosure, I put together the US Lacrosse Mid-Atlantic and 3dRising State rankings each week and it took me twice my usual time to compile the rankings. I might have fewer hair follicles too after last week.
Paul VI appears to be getting hot at the right time of the year. The Panthers have won seven-straight games and defeated St. Anne's-Belfield (Va.) and Gonzaga in that time. Their three losses are by a combined four goals, including two, one-goal losses to Landon (Md.) and St. John's (D.C.).
For Loyola-Blakefield they further solidified their new ranking with a win over Boys' Latin (Md.) this week, so I expect the Dons to move higher in the rankings next week. They're another team that appears to be getting hot at the right time. They dropped their conference opener to Archbishop Spalding (Md.) on April 3, but have rolled off four-straight wins. This includes wins over St. Mary's (Md.), St. Paul's (Md.) and Severn (Md.) - all teams expect to compete for a playoff spot. Loyola still has to finish up its regular-season schedule with games against McDonogh (Md.) and Calvert Hall (Md.), so stay tuned.
Looking Ahead: Can Culver Academy (Ind.) hold on to its No. 1 ranking? The undisputed No. 1 team in the nation meets Hill Academy (Ontario) on Sunday. It's a meeting of the No. 1 and 2 teams in the Inside Lacrosse Top 25 and the Pride would be higher in the Consensus Rankings, but US Lacrosse does not consider them for ranking.
|17||St. Sebastian's School||MA||17||17|
|22||Cold Spring Harbor||NY||13||24|
|24||John Jay-Cross River||NY||8||22|
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