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Green Level (N.C.) earned a state championship after defeating Lake Norman 11-10 in overtime.

State Championships Altering USA Lacrosse Boys' Regional Top 10 Ranks

May 21, 2024
USA Lacrosse Magazine Staff
Green Level (N.C.) 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 May 19.

Brunswick (Conn.) remains at the top of the Northeast Region, though it lost its unbeaten season in the final game. Wantagh (N.Y.) enters the top 10 after a quarterfinal win. It’s playoff time for most of New York, and Connecticut playoff matchups also will impact the rankings. Belmont Hill (Mass.) secured a title for the first time in seven years, and St. Anthony’s (N.Y.) and Chaminade (N.Y.) have completed their seasons, meaning the top four teams are all done and likely secure in their placements.

Two huge head-to-head matchups altered the Mid-Atlantic Region behind No. 1 Lawrenceville (N.J.), which avenged its only loss of the year in a national prep championship. In another prep championship tournament, Malvern (Pa.) topped Haverford (Pa.) in their third meeting of the year. While Haverford won both previous outings, the Friars won this title matchup, and their quality wins over St. Anthony’s (N.Y.), Culver (Ind.), Boys’ Latin (Md.) and Salesianum (Del.) offset the two earlier losses to the Fords in the rankings flip. McDonogh (Md.) also jumped back ahead of MIAA top seed Boys’ Latin (Md.) after winning their meeting for the conference title.

After some stunning results the week before rearranged the South Region, there was just one change this week. Green Level (N.C.) played its way into the rankings with a state championship win to cap an outstanding season. The top 10 has completed their seasons and is locked in place after some exciting finishes.

There’s a familiar look to the top eight of the Midwest Region, as teams are gearing up for their state playoffs. Culver Academy (Ind.) remains No. 1, although their season ended with a loss in the national prep championship tournament. Dublin Jerome (Ohio) slides up a spot from 9 to 10 in the back end of the rankings, and St. Ignatius (Ohio) jumps in as a newcomer with a less than stellar record but has the potential to make a deep postseason run.

Many of the top-ranked teams are celebrating championships in the West Region. St. Ignatius Prep (Calif.) came through with a familiar result for its third straight and Torrey Pines (Calif.), St. Margaret’s Episcopal (Calif.) and Marin Catholic (Calif.) all captured crowns. No. 2 Valor Christian and No. 8 Arapahoe will face off for a state title this week. Newcomer Jesuit Portland (Ore.) tries to cap its season with a championship run through its playoffs that begin this week.


1. Brunswick (Conn.), 17-1

Brunswick (Conn.) defeated Salisbury (Conn.), 12-6, to reach the Prep Nationals championship game for the third year running. However, the Bruins bid for an undefeated season ended abruptly with a 14-5 loss to Lawrenceville (N.J.). The Big Red avenged an overtime defeat during the regular season. Previous: 1

2. St. Anthony’s (N.Y.), 12-2

The Friars made it eight consecutive wins over rival Chaminade (N.Y.) and captured a fourth straight CHSAA title following a 10-6 victory. Luke Breslin had four goals, Jack Riglietti and Quinn Langton had two goals and two assists apiece and Sean Forde made 12 saves to lead St. Anthony’s (N.Y.). Previous: 2

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

Following a 13-8 victory over Roxbury Latin (Mass.) in the semifinals, Belmont Hill (Mass.) defeated Middlesex School (Mass.), 19-6, to capture a first Independent School League title since 2017 and 14th in program history. Preston Evans had three goals and three assists, Ben DiBattista had four goals and one assist and Will Stewart had two goals and two assists to lead the Hillers. Previous: 3

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

The Flyers ended the season on a high note, beating Manhasset (N.Y.) for the fifth straight time in the 15th annual Reg’s Rock matchup in memory of Sgt. James J. Regan. Connor Kuttin scored four goals, Gavin Lynch had two goals and one assist, John Balsamo had one goal and two assists and Quinn Ball won all 13 faceoffs he took. Previous: 4

5. Bayport-Blue Point (N.Y.), 15-1

Ben Morris had four goals and two assists, Maclin Keyser scored four goals, Connor Curran netted a hat trick and Brady Smith made 12 saves to lead the Phantoms to a 13-7 win over Harborfields (N.Y.) in the Suffolk Class C semifinals. Bayport-Blue Point (N.Y.) meets Shoreham-Wading River (N.Y.) in the county final May 23. Previous: 5

6. Garden City (N.Y.), 15-2

Ben Smith scored four goals, Andrew Ottomanelli had three goals, Carson Kraus had two goals and three assists and Dan Mejdid had two goals and two assists in an 18-2 win over Mepham (N.Y.) to reach the Nassau Class B semifinals where the Trojans will face rival Manhasset (N.Y.) May 21. Previous: 6

7. Fairfield Prep (Conn.), 15-1

The red-hot Jesuits capped the regular season with a 7-5 victory at Delbarton (N.J.), their 12th consecutive victory. Could a state title be on the horizon? Previous: 7

8. Half Hollow Hills (N.Y.), 17-1

Zach Marco scored six goals, Anthony Raio had three goals and one assist, Luke Bradley had two goals and two assists, James Bruno scored twice and Sal Santoro made 20 saves to lead Half Hollow Hills (N.Y.) to a 14-8 win over Huntington (N.Y.) in the Suffolk Class A semifinals. Northport (N.Y.) awaits in the county final May 23. Previous: 8

9. East Islip (N.Y.), 16-1

Matt McIntee had two goals and six assists, Ryan Parker had three goals and three assists, Matt Baldino and Matt Ferraro had three goals and one assist apiece and Ethan Benardos added three goals in a 17-7 win over West Islip (N.Y.) in the Suffolk Class B semifinals. East Islip (N.Y.) takes on Smithtown West (N.Y.) in the final May 23. Previous: 9

10. Wantagh (N.Y.), 14-3

Joe Nicholson had three goals and one assist, Luke Martini netted a hat trick, Devin Paccione had two goals and four assists, Dylan Martini had two goals and two assists and Jake Martini added two goals and one assist in a 12-2 win over Plainedge (N.Y.) in the Nassau Class C quarterfinals. 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 May 19. The Big Red topped Deerfield (Conn.) 19-8 in the semifinals to set up a rematch of the overtime game is 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 stopped Culver Academy (Ind.) in the National Prep Championship semifinals 11-6 on May 17. That set them up for the rematch they were looking for, another shot at Haverford. Just as they did last year, after losing twice in the regular season to the Fords, Malvern put it all together in the season finale to win the championship game, 9-6, May 19. Michael Ortlieb scored five goals and Jake Bickel had the go-ahead goal as Malvern scored five of the final six goals of the game. Previous: 3

3. Haverford (Pa.), 20-2

The Fords saw déjà vu with the same ending to this year as last year. Haverford, which has beaten Malvern (Pa.) twice in the regular season, lost to the Friars in the National Prep Championship, 9-6, May 19 to close their season. Haverford led, 5-4, in the third quarter before surrendering two goals. They never regained the lead. The Fords defeated Western Reserve Academy (Ohio) 8-5 in the semifinals May 17. Previous: 2

4. Salesianum (Del.), 13-2

The Sals took it to in-state rival Cape Henlopen (Del.) in an 18-4 win on May 14 to finish their regular season. Salesianum has outscored opponents, 213-85, this year, their best in recent history. They will host Tower Hill (Del.) in the first round of the state tournament May 21. 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.) on May 14. Then, they defeated Boys’ Latin (Md.) 14-12 on May 17 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. Ben Firlie and Luke Miller each scored twice and had an assist apiece in the win over Spalding. Previous: 6

5. 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 gave Boys’ Latin a possession advantage at the faceoff X. Boys’ Latin advanced to the title game with a 13-9 win over fifth-seeded Gilman (Md.) on May 14 in the MIAA semifinals. Will Ohnmacht made eight saves, George Insley had three goals all in the second half, Higgins scored twice and had four assists, and Liam White had a hat trick. Previous: 5

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, on May 14. Jay Wilkerson, Griffin Graham and Jay Rodgers all scored two goals apiece. Rodgers also had an assist. Zach Parks kept Gilman in it with 12 saves. Previous: 9

10. La Salle (Pa.), 18-1

The Explorers bounced back from their only loss of the season for an 18-3 win over Archbishop Ryan (Pa.). Max Wickersham scored three goals and had two assists, Will Trymbiski scored twice and had four helpers, Jack Trymbiski netted a hat trick with a pair of assists and Paul Van Bastelaar scored four goals. Roman Ippoldo made three saves. They close the regular season with a game against Lansdale Catholic (Pa.) on May 20. Previous: 10

— Justin Feil


1. Lake Mary (Fla.), 24-1

The Rams defended their Class 2A state championship with a 15-4 victory over Plant (Fla.) on May 11. Senior phenom Caden Harshbarger had 52 goals and 28 assists for the year, but was arguably one of the top two-way players in the region. Luke Shale had 39 goals. Lake Mary’s only loss was by one goal to St. Andrew’s (Fla.). Previous: 1

2. Benjamin (Fla.), 21-1

The Buccaneers defeated Community School of Naples (Fla.) 11-10 on May 11 to win a state title. Benjamin’s only loss was to St. Andrew’s (Fla.) The season was highlighted by wins over St. Edward’s (Fla.), Bolles (Fla.) and Colorado Academy (Colo.). Jack Kelleher had an impressive freshman campaign with 75 goals. Previous: 2

3. Roswell (Ga.), 21-2

The Hornets repeated as state champions on May 11 after defeating Centennial (Ga.) 17-11. Roswell loses Ezra Moore after he signed with Bellarmine University. The season was highlighted by wins over Ponte Vedra (Fla.), Cannon (N.C.) and Blessed Trinity (Ga.). Previous: 3

4. Episcopal School of Dallas (Texas), 21-5

The Eagles won their first state title since 2019 after defeating the Woodlands (Texas) 12-10 on May 12 after defeating Highland Park (Texas) 8-6. Top wins this year include a victory over Severn School (Md.) and Dallas Jesuit (Texas). ESD will have some midfield spots to fill with Sean Browne headed to Virginia, Hunt Sands to High Point and Camden Konradi to St. John’s. Previous: 4

5. St. Andrew’s (Fla.), 22-2

The Scots’ season ended with a shocking semifinal loss to Community School of Naples 11-10 in overtime after digging out of an early 4-1 hole. St. Andrew’s had defeated both of Florida’s eventual state champions. St. Andrew’s also picked up big victories against St. Viator (Ill.) and St. Thomas Aquinas (Fla.). Sophomore Dylan Faison had an impressive 97-goal, 45-assist campaign while classmate Nick Testa had 79 helpers to go with 54 tallies. Previous: 5

6. Highland Park (Texas), 16-4

The Fighting Scots’ season came to an end with an 8-6 loss to Episcopal School of Dallas. ESD provided two of the Scots’ four losses in 2024. Highland Park had a challenging schedule, and picked up major interstate victories including one against Torrey Pines (Calif.). Previous: 6

7. Westlake (Texas), 18-2

The Chapperals’ 16-game winning streak ended in the state semifinals with a 12-11 loss to the Woodlands (Texas). This season marked the second consecutive season the Woodlands eliminated Westlake in the state final four. Westlake’s only other loss was to Dallas Jesuit (Texas). Previous: 7

8. Green Level (N.C.), 22-2

The Gators earned a state championship after defeating Lake Norman (N.C.) 11-10. Austin Hryn provided the heroics by scoring his last of four goals in overtime. Green Level earned a spot in the title game by defeating Cardinal Gibbons (N.C.) 16-9. Hryn had three goals and two assists in the semifinal win. Previous: NR

9. Charlotte Catholic (N.C.), 23-1

The Cougars’ 23-game winning streak ended in the state quarterfinals against Marvin Ridge (N.C.) in a 16-14 loss. Charlotte Catholic will sorely miss Jack Ransom who heads to Georgetown after a 102-goal campaign. Previous: 8

10. Buford (Ga.), 21-1

The Wolves won the Class 7A title after defeating Lambert (Ga.) in overtime 14-13 May 11, marking the program’s first championship. The state title victory avenged a regular season loss to Lambert. Among key departures this offseason include Evan Leonardo to High Point and Jaydon Franklin to Holy Cross. Previous: 9

— Justin Boggs


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

The Eagles split a pair of games at the National Prep Lacrosse Championship, edging Bullis School (Md.), 18-15, before falling to Malvern Prep (Pa.). Previous: 1

2. Upper Arlington (Ohio), 15-3

The Golden Bears got the chance to rest after a tricky gauntlet to end the regular season, including games against Michigan power Brother Rice and Delaware power Salesianum. Now, the Ohio High School Athletic Association postseason begins with top-seeded Upper Arlington getting a first-round bye and facing No. 16 Newark (Ohio) on May 21. Previous: 2

3. Rockhurst Jesuit (Mo.), 15-2

The Hawklets cruised by Lee’s Summit West (Mo.), 22-3, in the Lacrosse Association of Kansas City quarterfinals, behind four goals apiece from Teddy Brewster and Burke Hayes. Reid Moshier also starred, breaking the program’s single-season and career assists records. The Hawklets next play May 22 against Olathe East, with a potential championship game coming on May 24. Previous: 3

4. Olentangy Liberty (Ohio), 17-1

The Patriots closed the regular season on a 10-game win streak after topping host New Albany (Ohio), 14-11. Sophomore Luke Mulder continued to shine at the X, going 14 of 17, with nine ground balls to boot. Brian Savage and Jake Struck also delivered big performances with five goals apiece, while Ben Godwin had 10 saves. Previous: 4

5. St. Xavier (Ohio), 15-3

After a series of tough games to start the month of May, including overtime wins over St. Xavier (Ky.) and Dublin Jerome (Ohio) and a three-goal loss to Liberty (Ohio), the top-seeded Bombers enjoyed a needed week off prior to starting the OHSAA postseason against No. 17 Miamisburg (Ohio). Previous: 5

6. Detroit Catholic Central (Mich.), 15-3

The Shamrocks enter the Michigan High School Athletic Association tournament with maximum momentum, winning their last four regular season games, all by at least seven goals. That included beating Birmingham United (Mich.) by 10 and Forest Hills Central (Mich.) by nine, with Lachlan Moffatt tallying two goals and five assists in the latter contest. Previous: 6

7. Brother Rice (Mich.), 12-4

After a tough loss to rival Detroit Catholic Central to end the regular season, the Warriors look to bounce back in the postseason. The top seed in Region 6, Brother Rice got plenty of time to recuperate with a first-round bye, returning to the field after 10 days without a game against the winner of No. 4 Bloomfield Hills (Mich.) and No. 5 Royal Oak (Mich.). Previous: 7

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

The Shamrocks captured their first state championship since 2017 as Logan Bryant, Huck Campbell and Noah Hollister all recorded hat tricks in their 12-2 title game win over South Oldham (Ky.). Up 3-1, Trinity left little doubt with eight straight goals. Senior attacker Charlie Horner made waves throughout the postseason for the Shamrocks, including seven goals in the quarterfinals against Eastern (Ky.). Previous: 8

9. Dublin Jerome (Ohio), 12-4

After playing four straight one-goal games, the Celtics needed a breather and got one, ending their regular season with back-to-back 19-4 wins over Columbus-area foes Olentangy (Ohio) and Hilliard Darby (Ohio). Second-seeded Jerome will start Region 2 play May 21 against No. 15 Perrysburg, with No. 3 Olentangy Berlin potentially looming in the regional semifinals (Dublin Jerome won their regular-season match by four) and No. 1 Olentangy Liberty a potential regional title game opponent (the Patriots topped the Celtics by five in the regular season). Previous: 10

10. St. Ignatius (Ohio), 9-9

Yes, the Wildcats are .500 and, yes, they are absolutely a team to watch as the Buckeye State postseason begins. Their losses all come against top competition, from Western Reserve Academy (Ohio) to Keystone State powers Kiski Prep and Shady Side Academy. Top-seeded Ignatius is a must-watch in Region 2, alongside No. 2 Hoover and No. 3 Hudson. Previous: NR

— Jonah Rosenblum


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

For the third consecutive year, St. Ignatius claimed the CCS championship crown after a 9-5 victory over No. 8 Sacred Heart Prep (Calif.). Down at the half, the Wildcats battled back to net seven more goals and keep the Gators scoreless in the last two quarters. 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.), 16-2

The Eagles rolled through the quarter and semifinals of the 5A CHSAA state championships, defeating Castle View (Colo.), 15-1, and Regis Jesuit (Colo.), 13-3. They face No. 9 and first-seeded Arapahoe (Colo.) for the title on May 20. 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. Sophomore Foster Huang won 22 of 25 faceoffs and added a goal while Ross Jacobsen, Ryland Roach and John Prior had three goals each. The Falcons defeated Bishop’s (Calif.) 11-9 in the semis to advance. 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: 6

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: 4

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.). Two weeks ago on the same field, the Wildcats were crowned the MCAL champions when they defeated Redwood (Calif.). Previous: 5

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

After dominating Menlo-Atherton (Calif.), 13-1, in the semifinals, Sacred Heart fell to No. 1 St. Ignatius in the CCS Division 1 championship game. Four Gators found the net: Tate Start (2), Blake Hetherington (1), Ian Dykes (1) and Alex Shen (1). For the last three years, the CCS playoffs final round has been played between the Gators and the Wildcats, with the latter coming out on top every season. Previous: 8

8. Arapahoe (Colo.), 17-1

No. 1-seeded Arapahoe defeated Denver South (Colo.), 13-7, in the 5A CHSAA state championships quarterfinals before edging Legend (Colo.) 9-8 in the semis. They take on No. 2 and third-seeded Valor Christian (Colo.) for the crown on May 20. Previous: 9

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

Cherry Creek was knocked out of the 5A CHSAA state championships after falling, 5-3, to Regis Jesuit (Colo.) in the quarterfinals. Owen Burke, Gus Blue and Jackson Blue had one goal apiece while goaltender Owen Corsi recorded 15 saves. Previous: 7

10. Jesuit Portland (Ore.), 14-1

The Crusaders are the No. 1 seed heading into the OHSLA playoffs, where they’ll face West Salem-McNary (Ore.) in the second round on May 21 after a first-round bye. Previous: NR

— Theresa Palmquist