By Chris Goldberg
TopLaxRecruits.com, Posted 3/3/17
The Preseason TopLaxRecruits.com New England Boys’ Rankings for 2017 (records from last year):
1. Darien (CT) 23-0
The Blue Wave
2. Deerfield Academy (MA) 15-1
The Big Green is a favorite to repeat as the New England West 1 champion.
3. Brunswick School (CT) 15-3
The Bruins are the major contender to Deerfield’s throne in the New England West 1 race.
4. New Canaan (CT) 19-4
The Rams are the defending Connecticut Mid-sized Schools State champion.
5. Lincoln-Sudbury (MA) 19-2
The Warriors defeated Boston College High, 10-8, for the Division I state championship last year.
6. LaSalle Academy (RI) 18-0
The Rams have won five straight Rhode Island Division I state titles.
7. Ridgefield (CT) 16-5
The Tigers fell to No. 1 Darien, 10-6, in the Large school state semifinals last year.
8. Bishop Guertin (NH) 10-1
The Cardinals look to repeat as NH Division 1 state champs.
9. Taft School (CT) 15-3
The Rhinos are the defending Founders League champs.
10. Pinkerton (NH) 20-1
The Astros fell to Bishop Guertin, 9-8, in the NH Division I final last year and will again be a major contender.
Under consideration: Avon Old Farms (CT) 8-7, Belmont Hill (MA) 14-1, Bishop Guertin (NH) 18-1, Boston College HS (MA) 19-4, Champlain Valley (VT) 17-1, Concord-Carlisle (MA) 18-3, Dover-Sherborn (MA) 21-2, Fairfield Prep (CT) 17-4, Glastonbury (CT) 15-4, Governor’s Academy (MA) 14-2, Longmeadow (MA) 18-6, Medfield (MA) 19-5, Moses Brown (RI) 14-5, Noble & Greenough (MA) 15-3, Reading (MA) 19-2, Rivers School (MA) 16-2, Salisbury School (CT) 11-4, Simsbury (CT) 20-2; Staples-Westport (CT) 16-4, Trinity-Pawling (NY) 12-4, Westminster School (CT) 8-5, Wilton (CT) 13-6.