Welcome to our first 2021 NLFRankings.com National Top 25 High School team rankings for the 2021 boys lacrosse season.
The 2021 season is heating up and we have been all over the National lacrosse scene, covering the top games, players, and programs. As some high school lacrosse seasons are just beginning, others are coming to conclusions. We will stay on the beat, however, as the spring high school continues.
Here is our first poll, with records, thoughts, and some NLFRankings article links for our Top 25 teams.
TOP 25 NATIONAL RANKINGS
Top-seeded McDonogh defeated St. Paul’s (Md.) in the MIAA A Conference quarterfinals, 8-6 on Saturday, thanks to a four-goal performance from NLF No. 1 ’23 McCabe Millon. The Eagles square off with Boys’ Latin (Md.) in the MIAA semifinals.
The top prep/private school program in Massachusetts has a big week with a matchup against Taft (Conn.) on Thursday, followed by a nonleague game with No. 13 Belmont Hill on Saturday. NLFRankings.com will be there with coverage.
|3||St. Anthony’s (N.Y.)||6-0||
Owen Duffy wasted no time in carving out a great memory from the St. Anthony’s – Chaminade rivalry, helping lead the Friars to a 15-11 win. Wins over Iona Prep and Fordham Prep concluded last week for St. A’s.
|4||Malvern Prep (Pa.)||17-2||
The Friars defeated Brunswick (Conn.) 12-9, thanks to hat tricks from Maryland signee Eric Spanos and Dartmouth commit Colin McGill, to continue their five-game winning streak over two out-of-state powers.
The Bruins doubled up rival Taft (Conn.) last week, 14-7, behind the play of Princeton commit and NLF No. 24 ’21 Colin Mulshine. A 12-9 defeat at the hands of Malvern (Pa.) was the most recent result for the Bruins.
|6||Archbishop Spalding (Md.)||11-2||
Ryan Schrier scored four goals and NLF No. 47 ’22 Michael Weisshaar added three goals and two assists to lead No. 2 seed Spalding to a 14-7, MIAA A quarterfinal win over Severn (Md.). A rematch with Calvert Hall (Md.) looms in the MIAA semis.
|7||Culver Academy (Ind.)||10-1||
A big win over IMG (FL.) last week keeps Culver rolling, with their lone loss coming at the hands of No. 4 Malvern Prep (Pa.)
The. Rhinos followed a tough 14-7 loss to rival Brunswick (Conn.) with a 24-8 win over Albany Academy (N.Y) this weekend. NLF No. 34 ’21 Jeffery Ricciardelli and Isaac Korus each scored twice vs. the Bruins. A battle with Deerfield (Mass.) on Thursday should be a good one.
|9||Georgetown Prep (Md.)||9-1||
The Hoyas defeated St. Stephens/St. Agnes 20-11 on Saturday to conclude their IAC regular-season championship run. The IAC conference playoffs are up next up, and the Hoyas have drawn the No. 1 seed while outscoring their opponents by an average of seven goals on the year. Preps’ dominance has been fueled by NLF No. 31 ’21 Will Angrick, Mike Ridgway ’21 and Zach Whittier ’21 and NLF No. 8 ’22 Mac Eldridge.
|11||Belmont Hill (Mass.)||9-0||
The Sextants stayed unbeaten this weekend, as they defeated league rival Governor’s (Mass.) 12-11 on Friday and 15-8 on Saturday. The Belmont Hill defense, led by seniors Grant Litchfield (NLF No. 19 ’21, Lehigh) and Trey Brown (Boston University) have been amazing all season. Zach Travaglini (Boston University) will hopefully be back from an injury – from a jarring hit – sustained this past weekend. A big one with Deerfield looms on Saturday.
After defeating Landon (Md.) 9-7 last Saturday, Bullis defeated Episcopal (Va.) 14-8 on Thursday.
|13||Mount Sinai (N.Y.)||5-0||
The Mustangs have been rolling to start 2021, including a 10-7 win over rival Comsewogue. NLF No. 1 ’22 Joey Spallina has 29 points in five games and his brother, No. 28 ’23 Jake Spallina, has been dominant at the faceoff X to go along with seven points.
Army commit Cal Lambert scored eight goals in head coach Dan Stone’s first game as head coach of Victor, in a 13-8 win over Hilton (N.Y.). Three more since then and a Monday date with Webster Schroeder looms.
|15||St. John’s (D.C.)||5-0||
The Cadets have started the season 5-0, including recent wins, last week, against Paul VI (D.C.) and The Heights (D.C.)
St. Anthony’s (N.Y.) defeated Chaminade in their storied rivalry, 15-11, but four goals and an assist from NLF No. 7 ’22 Charles Balsamo helped Chaminade earn an 8-6 win over Delbarton (N.J.).
|17||Boys’ Latin (Md.)||7-4||
21 Gavin McClernan had a timely goal to kickstart No. 5 seed Boys’ Latin’s 8-7 comeback win over Loyola Blakefield (Md.) in the MIAA quarterfinals. NLF No. 46 ’21 Ben Smith had three goals and an assist and NLF No. 10 ’23 Jacob Pacheco scored the game-winner to set up a rematch with top-seeded McDonogh in the semis.
|18||Shoreham-Wading River (N.Y.)||3-0||
NLF No. 11 Johnny Schwarz had three goals and an assist as the Wildcats came back from down five to upend West Islip (N.Y.)
|19||St. Ignatius Prep (Calif.)||8-0||
After defeating Novato 21-6 on Sunday, the Wildcats face rival Sacred Heart Prep for the third time this season – on Thursday.
Lawrenceville is on a tear, winning its last seven games. The Big Red hammered rivals Hun, 15-2, and Hill School (Pa.) 12-5 to take home the MAPL title under first-year head coach Jon Posner.
|21||Upper Arlington (Ohio)||15-1||
The Golden Bears enter the Ohio state tournament play as the top seed in Region 2. The Golden Bears lost in overtime in the state semifinals in 2019, but are looking to continue their impressive season behind the stellar play of goalie Mac Scholl ’21 (Ohio Wesleyan) in the net.
Luke DiNola buried a hat trick and Will O’Connell stopped five shots as Summit toppled rival Delbarton (N.J.), 7-5, for the NJILL-Fitch/Pitt Division championship and the Hilltoppers’ first win over the Green Wave since 2016.
|23||Calvert Hall (Md.)||8-4||
NLF No. 34 ’21 Ethan Long and Jordan Wray each scored twice and Tommy Lubin made six saves as the Cardinals upset No. 3 seed St. Mary’s, 8-3, to land in the MIAA semis against Archbishop Spalding (Md.)
Freshman Dylan Jaszcz scored five goals and Reilly Dugan and Max Strid each added hat tricks as EA swept rival Haverford, including the first win over the Fords since EA moved its campus to Newtown Square.
|25||St. Sebastian’s (Mass.)||5-3||
After a one-goal loss to Thayer (Mass.) team, on Friday, Seb’s rebounded with a convincing win on Saturday in the home-and-home Independent School League series. Standout midfielders Sam Frisoli ’21 (Tufts), Aidan Maguire (Duke, NLF No. 19 ’22), and goalie Ryan Williamson ’23 all had great weekends, along with ’21 defender Jimmy Freehill (Denver).