It’s another week of four new teams entering the rankings this week. Half Hollow Hills East (N.Y.) makes its first appearance in the rankings, jumping all the way to No. 8.
West Genesee (N.Y.) appears at No. 28. Seton Hall Prep (N.J.) reenters the rankings at No. 31. Loyola Academy (Ill.) rides the wave of its win over Victor (N.Y.) to enter for the first time at No. 32.
My take: For full disclosure, I put together the US Lacrosse Mid-Atlantic and 3dRising State rankings each week. The battle on Long Island ramped up last week when Half Hollow Hills East defeated Ward Melville (N.Y.) 7-6. The Thunderbirds have been stout defensively this season, only allowing more than nine goals in a game four times in 11 games.
Culver Academy (Ind.) strengthened its grip on the No. 1 spot with a triple-overtime win over Hill Academy (Ontario) last week. The Eagles improved to 16-0 with a win over Everest Academy (Canada) on April 24. They face New Trier (Ill.) and Lake Forest (Ill.) to complete the regular season.
Loyola-Blakefield (Md.) soared into the Top 10 for the first time this season after defeating Boys’ Latin (Md.) 12-6. The Dons have won six straight since dropping its conference opener to Archbishop Spalding (Md.).
Looking Ahead: The next three games for Loyola will likely determine their conference playoff fate. The Dons host Mount St. Joseph (Md.) before traveling to McDonogh (Md.) and Calvert Hall (Md.). This MIAA season, there is no gimme win, so looking past Mount St. Joseph would not be wise. McDonogh has been on a roll since they lost their conference opener, so that will be a game to watch. I would not be shocked to see Calvert Hall rebound in a big way. They’ve lost two of their last three, but this is the same team that has wins over Conestoga (Pa.) and Garden City (N.Y.).
|8||Half Hollow Hills East||NY||31||NR|
|19||St. Sebastian's School||MA||18||17|
|31||Seton Hall Prep||NJ||2||NR|
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