By Chris Goldberg
TopLaxRecruits.com, Posted 2/24/16
The rankings are compiled by members of the TopLaxRecruits.com staff. STEPS Lacrosse is only the sponsor.
1. McDonogh School (MD) 21-0
The Eagles won their seventh straight IAAM A conference title in 2015 and completed a sixth straight undefeated season while winning their 133rd straight game – and coach Chris Robinson admitted he has good returning talent and a strong underclass. The Eagles have been the No. 1 team in these rankings since their inception three years ago.
2. Good Counsel (MD) 19-2
The Falcons claimed the DC WCAC title in 2015 and return plenty of talent.
3. St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes (VA) 28-1
The Saints fell to Bishop Ireton 12-10 in the Virginia Independent State title game last year with a young team beset by injuries. Venerable coach Kathy Jenkins has a veteran team.
4. Agnes Irwin (PA) 23-1
The Owls claimed the Inter-Ac League and PA Independent school titles and have a strong senior class. They play a strong out-of-state schedule that includes Good Counsel, St. Stephen’s, Bishop Ireton, Lincoln-Sudbury and Moorestown.
5. West Islip (NY) 19-3
The Lions defeated Suffern, 10-9, to win the NY Class A state championship and return as a leading favorite.
6. Summit (N.J.) 20-5
The Hilltoppers were Group 1 state champions and the NJ Tournament of Champion runner-up; their senior class is loaded.
7. Manhasset (N.Y.) 18-1
The Indians were stunned by Wantagh in the Nassau County Class B championship game after being undefeated all season. Watch for them to be a major contender for county, Long Island and state honors.
8. Mt. Sinai (N.Y.) 20-1
The Mustangs won their second NY Class C title in three years and again are a favorite.
9. Eastport-South Manor (NY) 19-3
The Sharks won the NY Class B championship and return as a leading favorite.
10. Wantagh (N.Y.) 16-2
The Warriors fell to Eastport-South Manor, 11-10, in a heartbreaking Long Island Class B final and will again be a force.
11. Oak Knoll (N.J.) 23-2
The Royals return a stroing cast from a team that won the NJ Tournament of Champions title.
12. Ridgewood (N.J.) 23-1
The Maroons fell to Summit, 6-5, in the Tournament of Champions semifinals after going undefeated all season and winning the Group 4 title. They will again be a state contender.
13. Garden City (N.Y.) 16-2
The Trojans fell to Wantagh, 8-7, in the Nassau County Class B semifinals and should again contend in the county and beyond.
14. Manchester Valley (MD) 19-0
The Mavericks repeated as Maryland Public 2A/1A state champions.
15. Milton (GA) 16-4
The Eagles claimed their sixth straight 6A state title and 10th in 11 years – they enter the year as a prohibitive state favorite.
16. Bishop Ireton (VA) 20-3
The Cardinals won the Virginia Independent state championship, and graduated a standout senior class. Still, they are reloading and should contend again for state honors.
17. Notre Dame Prep (MD) 6-10
The Blazers are loaded with commits in the junior and sophomore classes and look to emerge as a major contender in the IAAM A Conference.
18. Moorestown (NJ) 20-4
The Quakers had their 3-year win streak snapped, but did win their fifth straight Group 3 state crown and will contend for the TOC title.
19. Roland Park (MD) 12-6
The Reds dropped a heartbreaking 15-14 decision to McDonogh in the IAAM “A” Conference final and should again contend for the title.
(tie) 20. St. Anthony’s (N.Y.) 14-4
The Friars will again be the favorite to win the CHSAA.
(tie) 20. Darien (CT) 20-3
The Blue Wave won the the Connecticut Class L state title and return as a leading favorite
Under consideration: Academy of Holy Cross (MD) 16-4; Archbishop Spalding (MD) 15-5; Bayport-Blue Point (NY) 14-4; Century (MD) 17-3; Christian Brothers (NY) 14-4; Cicero-North Syracuse (NY) 13-4; Cold Spring Harbor (NY) 12-6; Conestoga (PA) 23-4; Garnet Valley (PA) 18-9; Glenelg (MD) 14-3; Great Valley (PA) 21-4; John Carroll (MD) 13-5; Lenape (NJ) 20-2; Longmeadow (MA) 22-3; Loyola Academy (IL) 24-3; Marriotts Ridge (MD) 12-2; Middle Country (NY) 18-1; Mt. Hebron (MD) 13-2; New Canaan (CT) 19-4; Radnor (PA) 22-3; Severn School (MD) 11-7; Skaneateles (N.Y.) 18-4; Smithtown West (NY) 13-4; Stephen Decatur (MD) 17-1; Suffern (NY) 17-6; West Genesee (NY) 16-4; Westwood (MA) 24-1.
STEPS Lacrosse offers elite training and travel teams for girls and boys, as well as summer camps, team training and elite tournaments. For more information on all STEPS programs, click here: http://www.stepslacrosse.com