By Chris Goldberg
TopLaxRecruits.com, Posted 2/19/17
The Preseason C2C Lacrosse North America Boys’ Rankings for 2017 (last year’s records in parenthesis)
1. McDonogh School (MD) 18-1
The defending MIAA champion Eagles will seek to win arguably the nation’s top league crown again.
2. Darien (CT) 23-0
The Blue Wave has won two straight Large school championships and three three straight overall. Darien enters the season with a 31-game win streak.
3. Hill Academy (ONT, Canada) 11-0
The Pride was last year’s No. 1 team and has not lost since dropping an overtime decision to Gonzaga on March 18, 2015.
4. Culver Military Academy (IN) 17-3
The Eagles won the the Inter-Ac Challenge last year and returns a brilliant junior class.
5. Calvert Hall (MD) 14-5
The Cardinals have the firepower to challenge for an MIAA title.
6. Gonzaga (DC) 19-2
The Purple Eagles have won seven straight DC WAC titles and again will be one of the top DC squads.
7. Boys’ Latin (MD) 14-4
The Lakers fell to McDonogh in the MIAA title game and will be a major challenger in 2017.
8. IMG National (FL) 12-1
The Ascenders are again loaded with talent.
9. St. Anthony’s (NY) 14-2
The Friars won their first CHSAA title in four seasons by routing Chaminade 18-5 – it probably won’t be as easy this year.
10. Deerfield (MA) 15-1
The defending New England West 1 champion Green Wave is a favorite to repeat.
11. Bullis School (MD) 21-2
The Bulldogs lost a strong senior class from a squad that won its first DC IAC Championship, but they will challenge again for the crown.
12. Delbarton (NJ) 22-2
The Big Green rolled to the Tournament of Champions title last year and is a favorite this season.
13. Victor (N.Y.) 22-0
The Blue Devils have won 44 straight games and two consecutive state titles, but must replace a standout senior class with mostly a solid junior-laden nucleus.
14. Cold Spring Harbor (NY) 18-1
The Seahawks won the last two Class C titles.
15. Brunswick School (CT) 15-3
The Bruins will challenge for a New England West 1 crown.
16. Malvern Prep (PA) 18-5;
The Friars are the favorite in the Inter-Ac League.
17. New Canaan (CT) 19-4
The Rams have won two straight Connecticut mid-sized state championships.
18. Ward Melville (NY) 18-4
The Patriots reached the Class A finals last year where they gave undefeated Victor a battle.
19. Chaminade (NY) 11-7
The Flyers struggled at times in 2016, but seek to regain their CHSAA title from St. Anthony’s.
20. St. Ignatius Prep (CA) 16-4;
The Wildcats – who took McDonogh to four overtimes last year – again will come East for some games against top foes such as Gonzaga, Landon, Chaminade and Garden City.
Under consideration: Bayport-Blue Point (NY) 16-1; Bridgewater-Raritan (N.J.) 19-1; Brother Rice (MI) 21-2; Cazenovia (NY) 18-2; Garnet Valley (PA) 16-6; Haverford School (PA) 20-5; Highland Park (TX) 17-2; Jamesville-DeWitt (NY) 21-2; Lambert (GA) 21-0; Landon School (MD) 17-4; La Salle (PA) 21-4; Lincoln-Sudbury (MA) 19-2; Locust Valley (NY) 16-1; Loyola Blakefield (MD) 9-7; Manhasset (NY) 15-4; Massapequa (NY) 14-4; Niskayuna (NY) 16-2; Penn Yan (NY) 17-3; Pingry School (NJ) 17-4; Pittsford (NY) 16-3; Regis Jesuit (CO) 17-2; Ridgewood (NJ) 16-2; Shoreham-Wading River (NY) 18-3; Smithtown East (NY) 14-3; Smithtown West (NY) 12-6; Springfield-Delco (PA) 20-7; St. Paul’s (MD) 12-7; St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes (VA) 21-4; St. Thomas Aquinas (FL) 19-0; Summit (NJ) 17-2; Syosset (NY) 16-3; West Islip (NY) 14-3; Yorktown (NY) 16-7.
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