Welcome to our third installment of the 2021 NLFRankings.com National Top 25 High School team rankings for the 2021 boys lacrosse season.
The 2021 season has come to a conclusion for many programs, while others power on into late Spring, looking to achieve their goals and live their dream seasons. We continue to break down all the action from the National lacrosse scene, covering the top games, players, and programs.
Here is our third poll, with records, last week’s positioning, detailed thoughts, and our NLFRankings article links for our Top 25 teams, including our NEW next 10 up list.
The first column shows the bolded current team ranking and where the team was ranked in our last poll – right next to it.
TOP 25 NATIONAL RANKINGS
|# – LW||School – ITALIC= season complete||Record||Thoughts|
|1 (1)||Deerfield (Mass.)||12-0||
Deerfield holds its No. 1 position after concluding its 2021 season last week.
|2 (2)||Malvern Prep (Pa.)||19-2||
Inter-Ac League champion Malvern remains at No. 2 after concluding its 2021 season last week.
|3 (3)||St. Anthony’s (N.Y.)||9-1||
St. Anthony’s defeated Chaminade 12-11 in a fantastic third-game, rubber match to win the 2021 CHSAA Class AAA championship. The Friars were led by NLF No. 1 Andrew McAdorey Team 91/ Duke, who came up with a clutch 1-v-1 defensive stop at the buzzer, while also adding two goals and two assists to earn the MVP award.
|4 (4)||Brunswick (Conn.)||14-3||
Brunswick holds strong at No. 4 after concluding its 2021 season last week.
|5 (6)||Boys’ Latin (Md.)||10-4||
MIAA champion Boys’ Latin slides up a spot due to Culver’s loss in the GEICO semifinals.
|6 (10)||Taft (Conn.)||9-2||
Taft concluded its 2021 season with a bang, as the Rhinos defeated Culver and then-undefeated St. John’s (D.C.) 10-6 to win the 2021 Geico Nationals. NLF No. 14 ’22 Thomas Ricciardelli (Eclipse / Notre Dame) finished his season in style, as he stopped a whopping 21 shots in the title game. He received the Co-MVP of the game with his brother and fellow Notre Dame commit Jefferey Ricciardelli (NLF No. 32 ’21), who fired home five goals.
|7 (5)||Culver Academy (Ind.)||13-2||
Culver slides back a couple of spots following a loss to Taft in the semifinal round of the Geico Nationals.
|8 (8)||McDonogh (Md.)||12-1||
McDonogh stays put at No. 8 with its 2021 season concluded.
|9 (9)||Darien (Conn.)||17-1||
Connecticut state tournament wins over Ridgefield (Conn.) and Staples-Westport sets up a battle with Glastonbury on Wednesday.
|10 (17)||St. John’s (D.C.)||8-1||
St. John’s defeated Georgetown Prep (Md.) in the opening round of the GEICO Nationals on Saturday and lost in the finals to No. 6 Taft, 10-6. Junior attackman Gavin Kelly (Robert Morris) scored five goals to lead the Cadets in Saturday’s win.
|11 (7)||Georgetown Prep (Md.)||11-2||
Georgetown Prep defeated Bullis (Md.) 6-2 in the IAC finals to earn the championship victory. Peter Flannery ’21 starred in the cage for the Hoyas in the win. They concluded their 2021 season with a 13-9 loss to St. John’s in the Geico National’s opener.
|12 (12)||Archbishop Spalding (Md.)||12-3||
Spalding holds their 12 spot after concluding their season last week with a loss to Boys’ Latin in the 2021 MIAA A finals.
|13 (11)||Chaminade (N.Y.)||9-2|
|14 (14)||Mount Sinai (N.Y.)||11-0||
NLF No. 1 ’22 Joey Spallina (Team 91 LI / Syracuse) put up 12 points in two games and standout freshman ’24 Lucas LaForge (Team 91 LI) had nine goals, including a 7-spot against Bellport, as the Mustangs stayed perfect.
|15 (15)||Belmont Hill (Mass.)||12-1||
Belmont Hill concluded its undefeated ISL season with a win over previously ranked St. Sebastian’s (Mass.). A lone loss to No. 1 Deerfield is the only blemish on their special 2021 season. Juniors Liam Horkan and Adam Figler combined for seven goals in the 13-8 win.
|16 (18)||Manhasset (N.Y.)||11-0||
Manhasset rang up 37 goals in two games en route to a pair of easy wins. ’21 Aidan Mulholland (Michigan) racked up a combined 16 points, while Rory Connor’s eight-point day highlighted a blowout of Locust Valley.
|17 (19)||St. Ignatius Prep (Calif.)||14-0||
Two wins over Menlo (Calif.) and the third of their season over Sacred Heart Prep (Calif.) – a 10-8 triumph – launched the undefeated Wildcats into the upcoming Norcal state tournament.
|18 (13)||Bullis (Md.)||8-4||
Bullis slides down four spots with their 6-2 IAC finals loss to Georgetown Prep.
|19 (20)||Lawrenceville (N.J.)||13-3||
The Big Red defeated Bergen Catholic on Friday 13-6 to conclude their season while finishing with a 10-game winning streak. ’22 Tyler Mininno (Harvard) and the super sophomore trio Quintan Kilrain (Crabs / NLF No. 23 ’23), Chris Matia (Crabs), and Hunter Chauvette (SweetLax Upstate) and the rest of the Big Red returning standouts have a lot to look forward to in 2022.
|20 (21)||Upper Arlington (Ohio)||19-1||
The Golden Bears are in the OHSAA state tournament semifinals, where they take on St. Xavier (Ohio) after defeating Columbus St Charles (Ohio) 11-9 in the quarterfinals.
|21 (22)||Summit (N.J.)||12-0|
|22 (NR)||Don Bosco (N.J.)||12-0||
Don Bosco vaults into the rankings after winning the Bergen County lacrosse title last week, with a 15-3 win over Northern Highlands. ’22 Koleton Marquis (Johns Hopkins) scored four times and added two assists, while NLF No. 42 ’23 Robert Simone was 8-for-10 at the faceoff X It was the Ironmen’s first county title since 2013.
|23 (23)||Comsewogue (N.Y.)||8-1||
High-margin victories over Sayville (N.Y.) and Westhampton Beach (N.Y.) this week continued the Warriors’ momentum, as they have won seven games in a row including a win over Shoreham-Wading River (N.Y). Attackman Vincent Herbstman ’21 has been helping to pace the Warrior offense in their run.
|24 (16)||Victor (N.Y.)||10-1||
A loss to Canandaigua slides the Blue Devils back some slots, as they look to rebound this week with games against Pittsford (N.Y.) and Brighton (N.Y.). The top of the competitive NY section 5 is heating up, with teams knocking each other off and looking for top positioning in June.
|25 (25)||Bishop Guertin (N.H.)||16-0||
BG picked up two more wins over Salem (N.H.) this past week, as they look forward to the NHIAA tournament. and the No. 1 seed in the 11-team Division 1 bracket.
Next Up (alphabetical): Canandaigua (N.Y.) 12-1, Calvert Hall (Md.) 8-6, Episcopal (Pa.) 9-4, Haverford School (PA) 12-6, Noble & Greenough (Mass.) 11-2, Salisbury (Conn.) 7-4, Shoreham-Wading River (N.Y.) 11-1, St. John’s Prep (Mass.) 8-0, St. Sebastian’s (Mass.) 6-4, Torrey Pines (Calif.) 11-2 & Webster Thomas (N.Y.) 10-1.