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Darien (Conn.) is one of four new teams in the Northeast Region Top 10.

Northeast Region Sees Most Change in Regional Top 10 Updates

June 4, 2024
USA Lacrosse Magazine Staff
Michael McCormack / Darien Athletics

Every Tuesday during the high school lacrosse season, USA Lacrosse updates Regional Top 10 and National Top 25 rankings to reflect the results of the previous week. Below are the USA Lacrosse High School Boys’ Regional Top 10 updates through games played June 2.

The South Region is not included after the region completed play.

State tournament play enabled four teams to vault into the Northeast Region ranking. South Side (N.Y.), which has lost just once this season, leads the newcomers at No. 7 after defeating previously ranked East Islip (N.Y.). Farmingdale (N.Y.) knocked off previously ranked Half Hollow Hills (N.Y.) on its way to a Long Island Class A crown. Darien (Conn.) defeated Wilton (Conn.) to move into the semifinals and jump back into the ranking. Ridgefield (Conn.) earned the No. 10 spot with a win over Staples (Conn.). With games left, the rankings could still change again.

Only two of the top 10 teams in the Mid-Atlantic Region rankings were still active. Salesianum (Del.) won the state championship for the eighth time in the last nine times it’s been contested. The Sals outscored opponents in their final four state games 71-17. La Salle (Pa.) was idle through the start of the Pennsylvania state tournament but will take aim at a state title run beginning this week.

The playoff action heated up in the Midwest Region, which has two new teams that captured state titles move into the rankings. Hamilton Southeastern (Ind.) had a satisfying ending to their season by taking out a pair of teams they lost to earlier in the year. Lake Forest (Ill.) won its first state championship since 1997 by riding a reliable defense to the title. They allowed only one goal in the final win. There are still Ohio and Michigan teams playing for titles this week.

The West Region saw another state championship improve a team’s rankings. Jesuit Portland (Ore.) won its third straight crown to move up to No. 8. Jesuit had just one loss this year, coming out-of-state against Dallas Jesuit (Texas). They won their next 15 games.


1. Brunswick School (Conn.), 17-1

The Bruins’ bid for a second Prep Nationals championship, and an undefeated season, came crashing to a close with a 14-5 loss to Lawrenceville (N.J.), with the Big Red avenging a 13-12 overtime defeat back in April. Now David Bruce says goodbye to 10 seniors who will all go on and play Division I lacrosse. Previous: 1

2. St. Anthony’s (N.Y.), 12-2

The Friars season started with plenty of questions after 18 players from last year’s squad went on to play Division I lacrosse. The answer at season’s end was a familiar one — a fourth consecutive CHSAA title. The strength of this St. Anthony’s (N.Y.) team was defensively, with Dante Vardaro (UPenn) leading the way. Previous: 2

3. Belmont Hill (Mass.), 17-1

Like Brunswick (Conn.), Belmont Hill (Mass.) fell just short of a perfect season, a one-goal defeat to IMG Academy (Fla.) their lone loss. The Hillers ended a stellar campaign with a first Independent School League title since 2017 and 14th in program history. While Ben DiBattista (Lafayette), Peyton Fox (Princeton) and Will Stewart (Villanova) will be sorely missed, Virginia commit Preston Evans returns. Previous: 3

4. Chaminade (N.Y.), 11-4

The Flyers lost back-to-back games by three combined goals in March and their only other defeats the rest of the way came to rival St. Anthony’s (N.Y.). Chaminade (N.Y.) will lose standouts in Ben Fox (UNC), Jack Tully (Bucknell) and Sal Caputo (Iona), a host of players return, including the entire starting attack as well as Notre Dame commit Gavin Lynch. Previous: 4

5. Bayport-Blue Point (N.Y.), 19-1

After beating Wantagh (N.Y.) to win a first Long Island Class C title since 2011, Bayport-Blue Point (N.Y.) defeated Red Hook (N.Y.), 17-2, to advance to the New York State semifinals against Rye (N.Y.). Ryan Hannaford had three goals and two assists, Mikey Luce had three goals and one assist, Maclin Keyser netted a hat trick and Danny Aiello and Ben Morris had two goals and two assists apiece. Previous: 5

6. Fairfield Prep (Conn.), 19-1

Timothy Shannehan had three goals and two assists, Luke Shannehan had three goals, Finbar Maloy had two goals and two assists and Emmet Crotty and Theo Rudolph had two goals apiece in a 14-7 win over Notre Dame-West Haven (Conn.). The top-seeded Jesuits will play No. 4 Ridgefield (Conn.) in the CIAC Class LL semifinals. Previous: 6

7. South Side (N.Y.), 19-1

After defeating East Islip (N.Y.) to win the Long Island Class B title, South Side (N.Y.) defeated Warwick (N.Y.) 11-6 to reach the NYS Class B semifinals. Michael Aiello had three goals and three assists, Cullen Lynch had three goals and Cole DiPietro had two goals and one assist to lead the Cyclones. Previous: NR

8. Farmingdale (N.Y.), 16-5

The Dalers made it back-to-back Long Island Class A titles after defeating Half Hollow Hills (N.Y.) and then clinched another trip to the New York State Class A semifinals following a 17-1 win over Monroe-Woodbury (N.Y.). Brendan O’Keefe had one goal and seven assists, Cuinn Sunde had three goals and one assist, Kevin Reinnesses and Dean Kott had two goals and one assist apiece and Josh Kama had a pair of goals for Farmingdale (N.Y.) who take on Mamaroneck (N.Y.) in the semifinals. Previous: NR

9. Darien (Conn.), 15-6

Brady Pokorny had four goals and two assists, Porter Barnett had three goals and one assist, Elliott Lancaster added a pair of goals, Carter Hagen made eight saves and Jack Marisca (9/11) and Gavin Pearson (4/6) combined to win 13 of 17 faceoffs to lead Darien (Conn.) to a 12-4 win over Wilton (Conn.) to reach the CIAC Class LL semifinals where the Blue Wave will meet New Canaan (Conn.). Previous: NR

10. Ridgefield (Conn.), 16-4

Kyle Colsey had four goals and three assists, Jake Carney had four goals, Brandon Penn had a pair of goals and Dylan Penn made seven saves in a 13-8 win over two-time defending state champions Staples (Conn.) as the Tigers advance to the semifinals to meet Fairfield Prep (Conn.). Previous: NR

— Dylan Butler

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1. Lawrenceville (N.J.), 19-1

Lawrenceville avenged its only loss of the season in convincing fashion, 14-5, over Brunswick (Conn.) to repeat as Prep Nationals champions. The Big Red topped Deerfield (Conn.) 19-8 in the semifinals to set up a rematch of the overtime game it lost to Brunswick in the regular season. Lawrenceville dominated most of its competitive schedule this year to the tune of a 324-142 advantage. Lawrenceville finished the year on an 11-game winning streak. Previous: 1

2. Malvern Prep (Pa.), 20-3

Malvern captured its season finale, 9-6, over Haverford (Pa.) in the National Prep Championship. It was a reassuring win for a team that suffered two of its three losses to the Fords in the regular season. Malvern stopped Culver Academy (Ind.) in the National Prep Championship semifinals 11-6. The Friars won their final seven games and finished with wins over Georgetown Prep (D.C.), Calvert Hall (Md.), Boys’ Latin (Md.), St. Anthony’s (N.Y.), Salesianum (Del.), La Salle (Pa.) and Gonzaga (D.C.). Previous: 2

3. Haverford (Pa.), 20-2

The Fords saw déjà vu with the same ending to this year as last year. Haverford, which had beaten Malvern (Pa.) twice in the regular season, lost to the Friars in the National Prep Championship, 9-6, to close their season. Nonetheless, the Fords proved to be among the top teams in the country again. They defeated Western Reserve Academy (Ohio) 8-5 in the national semifinals In addition to two wins over Malvern, Haverford topped Landon (Md.), McDonogh (Md.), Sacred Heart Prep (Calif.) and Taft (Conn.). Previous: 3

4. Salesianum (Del.), 17-2

The Sals won their fourth straight state championship with a dominant 16-6 win over Cape Henlopen (Del.) on June 1. Elliot Dotson and Carson Robins each scored four times and had an assist apiece. Rowyn Nurry had a hat trick plus three assists and Mitch Cummings scored a pair of goals. Brayden Lasensky won 15 of 20 faceoffs to key the possession game. Cameron Taylor made 11 saves. Salesianum advanced to the finals with a 16-8 win over Archmere Academy (Del.) in the semifinals. The title was their eighth in the last nine championships. Previous: 4

5. McDonogh (Md.), 15-3

The Eagles fulfilled a pre-season goal of becoming just the second MIAA team to three-peat as champions. In the semifinals, they avenged a regular-season loss with a 10-9 win over second-seeded Archbishop Spalding (Md.). Then, they defeated Boys’ Latin (Md.) 14-12 for their third straight title in the toughest conference in the country. Brendan Millon scored three goals and had three assists, Luke Miller had a hat trick and two assists and Aidan Seibel stopped 13 shots in goal. It’s the Eagles’ sixth conference championship. They equaled Calvert Hall’s three-peat from 2017-2019. Previous: 5

6. Boys' Latin (Md.), 14-3

The Lakers fell to McDonogh for the MIAA title, 14-12. Matt Higgins scored three goals and had an assist, and Spencer Ford had a hat trick while Parker Hoffman was efficient at the faceoff X. Boys’ Latin advanced to the title game with a 13-9 win over fifth-seeded Gilman (Md.) in the MIAA semifinals. Boys’ Latin earned the top seed in the MIAA with just one in-conference loss in the regular season. Out of conference, they picked up wins over St. John’s College (D.C.), St. Andrew’s (Fla.) and Gonzaga (D.C.). Previous: 6

7. Landon (Md.), 17-2

The Bears ended their year with a 17-6 win over Georgetown Prep (D.C.) to capture their first IAC championship since 2017. After losing two of its first four games, Landon did not lose again. The Bears made it a priority and won the ground ball battle in all 19 games this year. Previous: 7

8. Archbishop Spalding (Md.), 13-5

The Cavaliers earned the second seed for the MIAA playoffs but fell to third-seeded McDonogh 10-9 in the semifinals of the MIAA on May 14. The Cavaliers led 6-3 with six minutes to go in the second quarter. Connor Wilbur scored three goals and had a pair of assists and Gordon Bennett had a hat trick and assist. Spalding won seven straight games entering the playoffs. Previous: 8

9. Gilman (Md.), 12-7

The Greyhounds saw their breakout season end in the MIAA semifinals against Boys’ Latin, 13-9. Jay Wilkerson, Griffin Graham and Jay Rodgers all scored two goals apiece. Zach Parks kept Gilman in it with 12 saves. Gilman opened the year with a statement win over Georgetown Prep (D.C.), beat St. John’s College (D.C.) and St. Ignatius (Ohio). They avenged a loss to Calvert Hall (Md.) with a win in the MIAA quarterfinals rematch. Previous: 9

10. La Salle (Pa.), 20-1

The Explorers haven’t played since capturing their eighth straight Philadelphia Catholic League championship May 24. They open state tournament play June 4 against Michael Sowers’ alma mater, Upper Dublin (Pa.). Previous: 10

— Justin Feil


1. Culver Academy (Ind.), 14-3

The Eagles put forth another dominant season, going undefeated against Midwest opponents, sweeping Highland Park and Dallas Jesuit on their Texas trip and also beating the likes of Gonzaga (D.C.), Western Reserve Academy (Ohio) and Hill Academy (Ont.). Culver capped its season with a Midwest Scholastic Lacrosse Association title, over WRA, and splitting a pair of games at the National Prep Lacrosse Championship. Previous: 1

2. Upper Arlington (Ohio), 19-3

The top-seeded Golden Bears won the Region 3 title in impressive fashion, topping No. 4 Worthington Kilbourne (Ohio) by eight goals and No. 3 Hilliard Davidson (Ohio) by 10. Jack Caine had six points in the latter game while fellow junior Sam Old delivered 11 saves. Next up is a state semifinal rematch with St. Xavier (Ohio), which topped UA in overtime a year ago. Previous: 2

3. Rockhurst Jesuit (Mo.), 18-2

The Hawklets capped a remarkable four-year run in which they went 61-7 with their fourth straight Lacrosse Association of Kansas City title. Luke McNamara (who finished the year with 97 goals and 23 assists) tied his own single-game program record with nine goals in Rockhurst Jesuit’s title game victory, finishing his remarkable career with 332. The Hawklets’ lone losses this season came to top-20 Maryland teams Good Counsel and Georgetown Prep. Previous: 3

4. Olentangy Liberty (Ohio), 21-1

The top-seeded Patriots avenged last year’s Region 1 title game loss to Dublin Jerome (Ohio) with a 15-10 victory on that same stage. Brian Savage (6 goals) and Jake Struck (3 goals, 3 assists) sparked Liberty’s offense while Ben Godwin had 10 saves as the Patriots rallied from a 3-0 deficit. Savage and Struck also had hat tricks, as did Luca Minniti and Justin Sebert, in the Patriots’ regional semi win over Dublin Coffman (Ohio). Previous: 4

5. St. Xavier (Ohio), 19-3

The top-seeded Bombers clinched a sixth straight trip to state by edging second-seeded Mason (Ohio), 13-12, in a thrilling Region 4 championship game. St. Xavier actually led by a wide margin (12-5) before Mason scored seven straight goals to knot the score with 1:57 remaining. Khalif Hocker broke the tie for the Bombers, delivering the game-winning goal. Previous: 5

6. Detroit Catholic Central (Mich.), 19-3

The Shamrocks have been dominant thus far in the tournament, winning their two regional games by identical 19-1 scores, then topping Brighton (Mich.) 19-4 in the state quarterfinals. Next up for DCC is a June 5 state semifinal against Rockford (Mich.) with rival Brother Rice (Mich.) potentially waiting in June 8’s championship game. Previous: 6

7. Brother Rice (Mich.), 15-4

The Warriors continue to roll, winning their two regional games and state quarterfinal, all by double digits. Next up is a classic state semifinal rivalry game with Hartland (Mich.), which Brother Rice met in the 2021 and 2022 title games. The Warriors won this year’s regular-season meeting with the Eagles, 15-5, on the road. Previous: 7

8. Trinity Louisville (Ky.), 17-1

The Shamrocks will always remember this season, ending the year on a 16-game winning streak, capped by their first state championship since 2017. Logan Bryant, Huck Campbell, Noah Hollister and Charlie Horner were among the many heroes of the state tournament for Trinity, whose 16 straight wins included an overtime victory over Montgomery Bell Academy (Tenn.) and a double-overtime win over St. Xavier (Ky.). Previous: 8

9. Hamilton Southeastern (Ind.), 15-4

The Royals avenged a pair of four-goal regular-season losses to Cathedral (Ind.) and Carmel (Ind.), beating the Irish and Greyhounds in the state semifinals and title game, respectively. Balance led the way for HSE as sophomores David Gould, Kyle Jenkins and Henry Wans had two goals apiece, thus providing six of its 10 goals in a 10-6 state title game win. Junior Dillon O’Rourke, meanwhile, led the way defensively. Previous: NR

10. Lake Forest (Ill.), 22-3

The Scouts’ defense helped deliver their first state championship since 1997. Lake Forest allowed less than four goals per game this season, including just one apiece to Loyola Academy (super-sectionals) and Glenbard West (state championship game). Keeper Augie Silver made 13 saves in that 4-1 title game win over the previously undefeated Hilltoppers. Meanwhile, Graham Garrigan and Emmet Lee sparked the Scouts’ attack as they built a 3-0 lead that held for the championship. Previous: NR

— Jonah Rosenblum


1. St. Ignatius Prep (Calif.), 19-2

For the third consecutive year, St. Ignatius claimed the CCS championship crown with a victory over Sacred Heart Prep (Calif.). St. Ignatius defended its title and repeated history by beating Sacred Heart in the final round for the third straight season. Previous: 1

2. Valor Christian (Colo.), 17-2

Valor Christian defeated Arapahoe (Colo.) 22-6 in the 5A CHSAA state championship to claim the program’s third ever title and first since 2017. It was the largest margin of victory in state championship game history. Previous: 2

3. Torrey Pines (Calif.), 17-3

Torrey Pines won its sixth straight CIF title after an 18-4 rout over rival La Costa Canyon (Calif.) — the largest scoring deficit ever in a San Diego Section championship match. Previous: 3

4. St. Margaret’s Episcopal (Calif.), 18-2

The Tartans are crowned the CIF-SS Division 1 champions for the first time ever thanks to a gritty 10-9 victory over Loyola-Los Angeles (Calif.). The milestone marks the program’s fourth Southern Section title and first since 2019. Previous: 4

5. Brophy Prep (Ariz.), 22-2

Under the leadership of head coach Pat Harbeson, the Broncos are crowned the Arizona Lacrosse League state champions for the third consecutive year with a 19-2 victory over Pinnacle (Ariz.). Previous: 5

6. Marin Catholic (Calif.), 16-5

For the first time in program history, Marin Catholic claimed the North Coast Section Division 1 title after a dominant 14-3 victory over De La Salle (Calif.). Previous: 6

7. Sacred Heart Prep (Calif.), 16-6

Sacred Heart fell to No. 1 St. Ignatius in the CCS Division 1 championship game. For the last three years, the CCS playoffs title game has been played between the Gators and the Wildcats, with the latter coming out on top every time. Previous: 7

8. Jesuit Portland (Ore.), 18-1

In its third straight OHSLA state championship crown, the Crusaders defeated Lakeridge (Ore.), 12-7. Jesuit Portland dominated Sunset (Ore.), 16-4, in the semis to advance to the title match. Previous: 9

9. Arapahoe (Colo.), 17-2

Arapahoe fell to Valor Christian in the 5A CHSAA state championship title game. Junior middie Brody Nelson (High Point) netted two goals while Eli Backer and Nicholas Parker each added a goal. Arapahoe has played in each of the last four 5A state championship games. Previous: 8

10. Cherry Creek (Colo.), 13-4

Cherry Creek was knocked out of the 5A CHSAA state championships after falling to Regis Jesuit (Colo.) in the quarterfinals. Previous: 10

— Theresa Palmquist