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Garden City (N.Y.) Joins Nike/USA Lacrosse High School Boys' National Top 25


The Top five remain the same before Maryland’s top conference results mixed up the middle, and three New York teams join the most recent Nike/USA Lacrosse High School Boys’ National Top 25.

Unbeaten St. John’s (Md.) remains at the top with Brunswick looking to keep its perfect record going when it takes on No. 7 Darien (Conn.) this week.

There’s rivalry games, and then there’s the Woodstick Classic, and the 138th edition was truly a classic with Garden City (N.Y.) going to Manhasset (N.Y.) and winning in overtime. It’s a result that means the world to the two lacrosse-rich communities who have been playing each other since 1935 and has also reverberated throughout the Northeast in terms of this week’s rankings. Garden City makes the biggest jump of any team up to No. 16, with Massapequa (N.Y.) and Iona Prep (N.Y.) also riding big wins into the Top 25.

In the Mid-Atlantic, Calvert Hall (Md.) has made a big push in the last two weeks since an upset loss. It’s becoming increasingly clear that truly anyone can beat anyone in the MIAA A Conference this year. The Cardinals have used wins over McDonogh (Md.) and Boys’ Latin (Md.) to move to the Top 10 nationally. Boys’ Latin remains strongly entrenched just behind with Archbishop Spalding (Md.) and McDonogh (Md.) looking for late-season runs. Outside Maryland, streaking Malvern Prep (Pa.) is closing strong.

The South Region is largely unchanged with the top teams making their push to win state titles. Dallas Jesuit (Texas) and St. Andrew’s (Fla.) try to keep their top spots. Bolles (Fla.) enters the region’s rankings with a late move.

Culver (Ind.) continues to pace the Midwest Region. Three Ohio teams trail with Loyola (Ill.) falling back to fifth after losing to Dublin Jerome (Ohio). Brother Rice (Mich.) stays in the region Top 10 despite a loss out of region.

In the West, a narrow win by Mater Dei (Calif.) kept the Monarchs in the top spot, just ahead of streaking St. Margaret’s Episcopal (Calif.) that knocked off Corona del Mar (Calif.). Cherry Creek (Colo.) and Jesuit Portland (Ore.) move into the region rankings after important wins.

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Rankings are compiled by regional reporters and a national content coordinator and updated weekly (Tuesdays) throughout the season. Team records are as of May 1.


NATIONAL TOP 25

 
May 3, 2022

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St. John's (D.C.)

16-0

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Brunswick (Conn.)

10-0

2

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St. Anthony's (N.Y.)

8-1

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Mount Sinai (N.Y.)

12-0

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St. Mary's (Md.)

15-0

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Culver (Ind.)

12-2

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Darien (Conn.)

9-1

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Georgetown Prep (Md.)

12-4

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Calvert Hall (Md.)

10-4

12

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Shoreham-Wading River (N.Y.)

11-0

13

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Boys' Latin (Md.)

10-3

6

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Victor (N.Y.)

10-0

15

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Malvern Prep (Pa.)

13-2

17

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Cold Spring Harbor (N.Y.)

10-1

18

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Archbishop Spalding (Md.)

10-3

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Garden City (N.Y.)

8-2

NR

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Manhasset (N.Y.)

8-2

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McDonogh (Md.)

8-6

14

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Bullis (Md.)

11-4

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Massapequa (N.Y.)

8-2

NR

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Briarcliff (N.Y.)

9-2

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Paul VI (Va.)

12-4

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Chaminade (N.Y.)

9-3

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Iona Prep (N.Y.)

10-2

NR

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Severn (Md.)

10-4

25

Also considered (alphabetical order): Baldwinsville (N.Y.), Don Bosco (N.J.), Gonzaga (D.C.), Haverford (Pa.), Landon (Md.), Mountain Lakes (N.J.), Riverside (Va.), Salesianum (Del.), Smithtown West (N.Y.), St. Paul's School for Boys (Md.), St. Stephen's & St. Agnes (Md.), Staples (Conn.)







Nike/USA Lacrosse High School Rankings
National Boys' Top 25 | National Girls' Top 25
Northeast Boys' Top 10 | Northeast Girls' Top 10
Mid-Atlantic Boys' Top 10 | Mid-Atlantic Girls' Top 10
South Boys' Top 10
| South Girls' Top 10
Midwest Boys' Top 10
| Midwest Girls' Top 10
West Boys' Top 10
| West Girls' Top 10

NORTHEAST TOP 10

1. Brunswick School (Conn.), 10-0

The Bruins continue to roll, defeating Trinity-Pawling School (N.Y.) 8-4 to improve to 10-0 on the season. Now the anticipated showdown with Darien (Conn.) is here on May 5. Brunswick claimed an overtime win a year ago. Previous: 1

2. St. Anthony’s (N.Y.), 8-1

The Friars have only hit the practice field after suffering their first defeat of the year to St. John’s (D.C.) at home. Now they’ll get to take out their frustrations on their biggest rivals, with Chaminade (N.Y.) coming to Cy Donnelly Field on May 3. St. Anthony’s took the first one in Mineola, 19-10, on April 13. Previous: 2

3. Mt. Sinai (N.Y.), 12-0

The Mustangs’ dominance of conference foes continued with a 15-6 win over Westhampton (N.Y.). Lucas Laforge had six goals and one assist, Joey Spallina went the inverse with two goals and six assists, Cole Marsala added two goals and two assists and Jake Spallina potted a pair of goals for Mt. Sinai, who should face a sturdy test at Smithtown West on May 3. Previous: 3

4. Darien (Conn.), 9-1

Brady Pokorny had four goals, Joe Cesare had three goals and five assists, Christian Allegro had three goals and one assist and Matt Minicus added a pair of goals in a 15-10 win over Staples (Conn.) in a showdown of two of the FCIAC’s top teams. Darien followed it up with a 21-0 win over Norwalk (Conn.) and a 9-7 victory against Wilton (Conn.). Now, the Blue Wave head to Greenwich to meet Brunswick School (Conn.). Previous: 5

5. Shoreham-Wading River (N.Y.), 11-0

Alec Gregorek stuck for five goals, Liam Kershis had four goals and three assists, Alex Kershis had three goals and one assist and Francisco Cortes had two goals and three assists for the Wildcats in a 16-6 win over Rocky Point (N.Y.). They also defeated Islip (N.Y.) 10-7 on May 1. Previous: 7

6. Victor (N.Y.), 10-0

Pax Marshall had three goals and one assist, Thomas Gravino and Liam Wheeler had two goals apiece, Sam Gotham had one goal and one assist and Brady Robinson made 14 saves in a 9-6 win over Baldwinsville (N.Y.). Previous: 8

7. Cold Spring Harbor (N.Y.), 10-1

After a signature win at Garden City (N.Y.), followed by a loss a Rye (N.Y.), the Seahawks have won four consecutive games, including a 12-5 win over North Shore (N.Y.), ahead of a key clash with Manhasset (N.Y.) in a rematch of last year’s Nassau Class C championship game. Cold Spring Harbor’s only two losses a year ago were to the Indians. Previous: 9

8. Garden City (N.Y.), 8-2

The atmosphere was electric, as was the play on the field. For more than 48 minutes, Garden City and Manhasset (N.Y.) put the word classic in Woodstick Classic. The Trojans won the 138th edition thanks to a Stevie Finnell overtime goal, his second of the game. Jay Ottomanelli had six goals and Luke Schmitt had two goals and two assists for Garden City in its first Woodstick win since 2018. Previous: NR

9. Manhasset (N.Y.), 8-2

Dawson Rielly had himself a day with five goals and one assist, Hunter Panzik had four goals and one assist, Joey Terenzi had one goal and two assists and Cal Girard edged Jack Cascadden 14-13 on faceoffs. But Finnell’s overtime winner meant the visitor captured the Woodstick for the second straight year. No rest for Manhasset, who have lost two games by three combined goals, with Cold Spring Harbor (N.Y.) and Chaminade (N.Y.) coming up this week. Previous: 6

10. Massapequa (N.Y.), 8-1

The Chiefs made a huge statement this week, with an overtime win against Port Washington (N.Y.) and an 8-7 win against rival Farmingdale (N.Y.) — both on the road. Massapequa has won three straight one-goal games, two in overtime. Aidan Christie, back from injury, had the OT winner at Port and then had two goals and two assists against the Dalers. Vin McDermott and Brayden Fitzpatrick added two goals apiece in the Chiefs’ signature win to this point. Previous: NR

—​ Dylan Butler

MID-ATLANTIC TOP 10

1. St. John’s College High (D.C.), 16-0

The Cadets completed their regular-season schedule unbeaten. After handing Good Counsel (Md.) a 17-2 loss, they trounced a talented IMG National (Fla.) team 20-9. St. John’s outscored teams this season 233-72. Hill Academy (Ont.) is the only team to stay within four goals of the Cadets. St. John’s now heads into the WCAC playoffs as the top seed. Previous: 1

2. St. Mary’s (Md.) 15-0

The Saints retained its first place spot in the MIAA A Conference with a pair of conference wins. St. Mary’s beat John Carroll (Md.) 14-4 and Gilman (Md.) 11-3. They will have maybe their most challenging week of the season with games against Boys’ Latin (Md.) on May 3 and Archbishop Spalding (Md.) on May 5. Previous: 2

3. Georgetown Prep (Md.), 12-4

The Hoyas won their sixth straight game 16-7 over St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes (Va.). Nate Kabiri scored eight goals and had two assists. They also defeated St. Christopher’s (Va.) 16-6. Their regular-season schedule concludes with Bullis (Md.) on May 3. Previous: 4

4. Calvert Hall (Md.), 10-4

The Cardinals jumped up to fifth place in the MIAA A Conference standings with another big game ahead of it. Calvert Hall has won three straight after it edged Boys’ Latin (Md.) 11-10. Truitt Sunderland’s third goal ended up being the difference, and Jordan Wray and Wyatt Hottle had two goals apiece while Davis Provost supplied three assists. Wray and Shuey Kelly had two assists apiece. Freshman goalie Brady Stangle stopped 10 shots and Jackson Strickland won 18-of-22 faceoffs. Calvert Hall was coming off a 14-4 win over Gilman (Md.). They face Archbishop Spalding (Md.) and Severn (Md.) this week, with both teams sitting ahead of them in the standings. Previous: 5

5. Boys’ Latin (Md.), 10-3

Dom Pietramala and Nicky Brown scored two goals apiece in an 11-10 loss to Calvert Hall (Md.). Both had one assist apiece while Cardin Stoller made 10 saves. Boys’ Latin rolled by Loyola-Blakefield (Md.) 16-6 earlier in the week behind five goals from Pietramala. Boys’ Latin is one of three teams at 5-2 in the MIAA A Conference standings with games this week against St. Mary’s (Md.) and Mount St. Joseph (Md.). Previous: 3

6. Malvern Prep (Pa.), 13-2

After dismantling Springside Chestnut Hill (Pa.) 17-2, the Friars needed overtime to get by Haverford (Pa.) for the second time this season, 13-12. Joe Sheridan had a hat trick, and Malvern got two goals apiece from Liam Timmins, Ennis Udo, Ryan Falkenstein and Jack Irish. Joe Doherty made 13 saves. Malvern takes on Episcopal (Pa.), Germantown Academy (Pa.) and a strong Salesianum (Del.) team this week. Previous: 8

7. Archbishop Spalding (Md.), 10-3

The Cavaliers handed Severn (Md.) their second conference loss 10-6 on April 26. Spalding rallied from an early deficit as Mickey Weisshaar had a hat trick and two assists and Nick Guiterrez scored twice and assisted on another goal. Connor McMahon made seven saves at the defensive end. The Cavaliers then stuffed Loyola-Blakefield (Md.) for a 9-4 win. Spalding is one of three teams at 5-2 in the MIAA A Conference as they head into their biggest week with games against streaking Calvert Hall (Md.) and first-place St. Mary’s (Md.). Previous: 7

8. McDonogh (Md.), 8-6

The Eagles suffered a 10-4 loss to St. Paul’s (Md.) in MIAA A action. They still sit in sixth place in the team standings, but are tied in losses now with St. Paul’s. McDonogh was a convincing 15-6 winner over Mount St. Joseph (Md.). They take on John Carroll (Md.) in their lone game this week. Previous: 6

9. Bullis (Md.) 11-4

The Bulldogs defeated Landon (Md.) on April 29 in its only game this week. Chase Band scored five goals and Charlie Muller caused four turnovers. Three of the Bulldogs’ first six goals came from freshmen. Jackson Maher finished with a pair of goals and Quinn Anzelone also had an assist. Bullis has won seven straight games. They finish the regular season at Georgetown Prep (Md.) on May 3. Previous: 9

10. Paul VI (Va.), 12-4

The Panthers did not play this week. Previous: 10

—​ Justin Feil




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SOUTH TOP 10

1. Dallas Jesuit (Texas), 12-2

The Rangers opened playoff action with a 15-5 win over Austin (Texas) on April 30. Sophomore Beckett Foley scored seven goals in the win and added two helpers. Dallas Jesuit faces St. Mark’s (Texas) for a spot in the state title game. Previous: 1

2. St. Andrew’s (Fla.), 18-3

After trailing by two at halftime, the Scots rallied in the second half to defeat Oxbridge Academy (Fla.) 7-6 for a spot in the state semifinals. Connor Hofbauer’s fourth-quarter goal proved to be the game-winner. St. Andrew’s also defeated Pine Crest (Fla.) 14-6 in postseason action. Hofbauer led all scorers with four tallies. Previous: 2

3. Westlake (Texas), 13-3

The Chapperals advanced to the state final four after defeating Highland Park (Texas) 9-7. Midfielder Misha Trupo scored four goals in the win. Westlake faces Episcopal School of Dallas (Texas) for a spot in the state title game. Previous: 3

4. Episcopal School of Dallas (Texas), 19-3

In the state quarterfinals, the Eagles easily dispatched Woodlands (Texas) 18-5. Episcopal School of Dallas will face Westlake in the Texas final four. Previous: 4

5. Holly Springs (N.C.), 15-2

Nick Calleri and Jay Legg each scored four times and Wade Watson added a hat trick to lead the Golden Hawks to a 19-2 win over Panther Creek (N.C.) to close out the regular season. Holly Springs opens postseason play against Fuquay-Varina (N.C.). Previous: 5

6. St. Thomas Aquinas (Fla.), 14-3

The Raiders held off defending state champs Jupiter (Fla.) 13-9 in the regional championship for a spot in the state final four. Jupiter knocked out St. Thomas Aquinas in last year’s playoffs. Previous: 6

7. Benjamin (Fla.), 17-3

The Buccaneers claimed a regional title thanks to a 11-6 win over Montverde (Fla.) to earn a spot in the state semifinals. Earlier in the week, Benjamin defeated last year’s state runner-up St. Edward’s (Fla.) 14-7. Jack Regnery continued his strong play as he scored twice an added five assists against St. Edward’s. Previous: 8

8. Lovett (Ga.), 18-0

Opening postseason action, the Lions defeated George Walton Academy (Ga.) 19-1. Lovett faces Richmond Hill (Ga.) in the next round of the playoffs. Previous: 9

9. Plant (Fla.), 17-2

The Panthers continue to overwhelm opponents, coming off a 24-5 postseason win over Gulf Coast (Fla.). Plant faces Newsom (Fla.) for a spot in the state championship. Previous: 10

10. Bolles (Fla.), 20-2

The Bulldogs enter the top 10 after advancing to the state final four, defeating Oak Hall (Fla.) 9-5 in the regional final. Bolles also defeated Episcopal School of Jacksonville (Fla.) 17-8 in postseason play. Sophomore Gavin Boree scored six goals and added a pair of assists against Episcopal school of Jacksonville. Previous: NR

—​ Justin Boggs

MIDWEST TOP 10

1. Culver Academy (Ind.), 12-2

The Eagles came up with a pair of victories over Everest Academy (Ont.), providing further momentum as they surge into this weekend's MSLA Championships. Previous: 1

2. St. Ignatius (Ohio), 9-3

The Wildcats went 1-2 against a loaded schedule this past week, falling to Everest Academy (Ont.) and Western Reserve Academy (Ohio) before topping Kiski Prep (Pa.) in overtime. Luciano Yacovone and Drew Wynocker both notched hat tricks in the victory while Hunter Moriarity provided the game-winner with four seconds remaining in the extra period. Previous: 3

3. Upper Arlington (Ohio), 14-1

The Golden Bears picked up an impressive win April 30, doubling up on St. Xavier (Ohio). Upper Arlington was superb from the start, taking an 11-2 lead at the half following a seven-goal second stanza. The Golden Bears have another big challenge coming May 7 when they face Brother Rice (Mich.). Previous: 4

4. Dublin Jerome (Ohio), 11-1

The Celtics had one of the most impressive weeks of any team in the Midwest, including victories over out-of-state opponents Hamilton Southeastern (Ind.) and Loyola Academy (Ill.). The fun continues with a May 6 contest against Mitten State power Brother Rice (Mich.). Previous: 6

5. Loyola Academy (Ill.), 9-3

The Ramblers split a pair of tough contests over the weekend, edging Brother Rice (Mich.) by a goal and falling to Dublin Jerome (Ohio) by three. Loyola returns to the Land of Lincoln this week, with an intriguing May 7 contest against a York (Ill.) team that is having a strong 2022 campaign. Previous: 2

6. MICDS (Mo.), 11-1

The Rams' lengthy in-state win streak nearly came to an end but they were able to shake off a 3-1 deficit after a quarter to edge Chaminade (Mo.) 11-10. Bjorn Sjogren delivered a massive five-goal performance while PJ Behan and Mark Mintzlaff had two goals and two assists apiece. Previous: 7

7. Forest Hills Central (Mich.), 10-0

The Rangers had an impressive week, winning road games over in-state foes Rockford (Mich.), Forest Hills Northern (Mich.) and Hartland (Mich.). In the latter contest over last year's state runner-up, FHC trailed 5-3 at the half before embarking on a 5-0 run sparked by John Tomsheck (4 goals, 2 assists) and Jonah McConnell (3 goals, 1 assist), not to mention some big-time saves by Crandall Quinn (19 saves against just seven goals allowed). Previous: 8

8. Hudson (Ohio), 8-4

The Explorers picked up a pair of dominant victories over Liberty (Ohio) and St. Charles Prep (Ohio). Hudson doesn't have to travel for its next set of games as the Explorers are one of the hosts of the MSLA Championships. Previous: 9

9. St. Xavier (Ky.), 16-3

The Tigers don't have a bad loss to their name. Indeed, St. Xavier's lone Midwest losses came to Culver Academy (Ind.) as well as a superb Western Reserve Academy (Ohio) squad. Since a five-goal win over Cincinnati's St. Xavier, the Tigers outscored five foes by a margin of 98-25. Previous: NR

10. Brother Rice (Mich.) 7-4

The Warriors went 2-1 against Empire State foes Canandaigua (N.Y.), St. Joseph Collegiate (N.Y.) and Victor (N.Y.). Paulie Fortino helped ensure Brother Rice was in a New York state of mind with a hat trick in a 14-7 win over St. Joseph Collegiate. In the Warriors' 5-2 victory over Canandaigua, Luke Washe contributed a pair of goals. Meanwhile, freshman Hansen Polonkey has established himself as a player to watch for years to come. Previous: 5

—​ Jonah Rosenblum

WEST TOP 10

1. Mater Dei (Calif.), 15-3

The Monarchs ended their regular season with a 6-5 win over Foothill-Santa Ana (Calif.) in a rematch of last year’s CIF Southern Section semifinal loss to the eventual section runners up. The offense was led by juniors Cole Crisostomo, Reece Lapham and Triston Jewell, who each scored two goals to account for the scoring in the defensive battle. Lucas de la Paz won 11 of 14 faceoffs, and Nick Colignon led the defense with some timely saves in goal. Previous: 1

2. St. Margaret’s Episcopal (Calif.), 17-1

The Tartans continued their climb and made an even bigger leap with the help of a 13-7 win over former No. 2 Corona del Mar (Calif.). They also own notable wins over Torrey Pines (Calif.) and Loyola-Los Angeles (Calif.), and their lone loss was by a goal against Mater Dei (Calif.). Previous: 6

3. Corona del Mar (Calif.), 15-3

The Sea Kings suffered their third loss to a West-ranked opponent, falling 13-7 to St. Margaret’s (Calif.) in a highly anticipated matchup last week. However, they bounced back with an 18-0 win over Huntington Beach (Calif.) to finish the regular season as the Sunset Conference champions. Peyton Tingley (four goals) and Charlie Hutchison (three goals) led the attack, while Dean Bowyer posted the shutout in goal. Previous: 2

4. Corner Canyon (Utah), 13-1

Mason Quick and Blake Franckowiak each tallied five goals and three assists to lead the Chargers to a 20-6 win over Westlake (Utah) on April 28. Corner Canyon also beat Lone Peak (Utah) 22-5 with Jon King registering five goals and one assist and Jackson Archibald finishing with a team-high seven points on three goals and four assists. Previous: 3

5. Regis Jesuit (Colo.), 12-1

The Raiders got through their biggest week of competition in Colorado unscathed, beating Mountain Vista 13-12 and Valor Christian 14-8 to remain unbeaten against in-state opposition. Logan White and Charlie Denlinger each scored four goals to pace the attack against Mountain Vista, and White added an assist as well. Spencer Day made eight saves and preserved the win in goal, despite Regis getting shut out in the fourth quarter. Previous: 4

6. St. Ignatius Prep (Calif.), 14-4

The Wildcats bounced back from a pair of losses to nationally-ranked St. Anthony’s (N.Y.) and Chaminade (N.Y.) to beat St. Francis-Mountain View (Calif.) 19-5 on April 27. They face Sacred Heart Cathedral (Calif.) in the first round of the West Catholic Athletic League playoffs May 3. Previous: 8

7. Cherry Creek (Colo.), 12-2

The Bruins are back. They’ve won nine straight since dropping back-to-back one-goal losses against Corner Canyon (Colo.) and previously-ranked Valor Christian (Colo.) early in the season. Last week, Cherry Creek outscored Heritage (Colo.) and Cherokee Trail (Colo.) 35-9. Owen Burke had five goals and an assist in a 15-8 win over Cherokee Trail, while Thomas power added three goals and two assists. Previous: NR

8. Foothill-Santa Ana (Calif.), 16-4

The Knights split games last week but saw an 11-game winning streak snapped with a 6-5 loss to Mater Dei (Calif.). Jackson Hines led with two goals and one assist, and Drew Tyson made nine saves in goal. Foothill opened the week with a 17-2 win over Canyon-Anaheim (Calif.). The Knights will begin the postseason this week, looking to make another run in the CIF Southern Section. Previous: 5

9. Sacred Heart Prep (Calif.), 17-1

The Gators closed the regular season with a pair of wins over Sacred Heart Cathedral (Calif.) and Vista del Lago (Calif.), and they head into the WCAL playoffs on a 14-game winning streak. SHP’s lone loss was by two against St. Ignatius (Calif.). Kai Lockton and Eric Bollar each tallied four goals and two assists in the 24-2 win over Sacred Heart Cathedral last week, while Billy Thompson and Jack Garlinghouse each added three goals and two assists. Previous: 10

10. Jesuit Portland (Ore.), 13-1

The Crusaders are back in the rankings on an 11-game winning streak after their one-goal loss to Sacred Heart Prep (Calif.) early in the season. They outscored Sunset (Ore.) and Westview (Ore.) 42-3 last week, as they continue to coast by in-state competition. Previous: NR

—​ Laurel Pfahler

REGIONS

Northeast: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont

Mid-Atlantic: Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington D.C., West Virginia

South: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas

Midwest: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin

West: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming