Bellevue lacrosse back among national top 50

BELLEVUE, Wash. — Bellevue High School’s boys lacrosse program has reentered the nation’s top 50 lacrosse programs as ranked by a leading online scholastic sports magazine after finishing 3 – 0 against strong competition in Virginia last week.

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Bellevue High School seniors Riley Gulrajani (left foreground), Chris Medzegian (center background) and Ryan Eskenazy (right) take the field for Friday’s matchup with Dominion. (Photo: Bellevue Lacrosse)

Absent from the StudentSports.com Fab 50 boys list since the March 25 poll ranked Bellevue at No. 50, the Wolverines reached No. 49 this week with 24 votes.

The two-time defending Washington state champions earned their way back on the list taking down Virginia VISAA I state champion St. Stephen-St. Agnes 12 – 8 on Wednesday, dispatching Langley 12 – 6 on Thursday then handled Dominion 15 – 4 on Friday to close-out their spring break games with Virginia high schools.

Mercer Island High School, which finished 2 – 1 in spring break games last week against Connecticut high schools, also received votes but their defeat to 2013 Connecticut Class M state champion Wilton High School on Saturday, hurt the Islanders’ chances of cracking the Top 50 this week.

In this week’s StudentSports.com West/Midwest Regional high school lacrosse West / Midwest Regional Rankings Bellevue is listed as No. 13 while Mercer Island is No. 15.  The Eastside Catholic School also received consideration.

Washington is just one of three states, of the 16 states with schools in this week’s National Fab 50 poll, that doesn’t sanction high school lacrosse.

New York has the most high schools on this week’s Fab 50 list with 16, Maryland is represented by 12 schools while New Jersey and Pennsylvania each have five.  California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Massachusetts, Michigan and North Carolina all have a single representative and round out the states that recognize lacrosse as a high school sport.  Indiana and Texas, which don’t sanction lacrosse, join Washington with one representative each.

Among the voters in the StudentSports.com Fab 50 national high school lacrosse poll are Washington state prep sports journalists Paul Danzer of The Columbian in Vancouver, Wash., Aaron Lommers of the Everett Herald in Everett, Wash. and Tony Olney, a Washington state lacrosse hall of famer and high school color analyst with The Lacrosse Network.

To view the full list along with summaries of the Top 25 teams visit: 2014 StudentSports.com Boys Lacrosse Fab 50 (April 15 Ranking).

 

2014 StudentSports.com Boys Fab 50 (April 15, 2014)

Rank School (City) Record Points (first-place votes) Last
1. Boys’ Latin (Baltimore, Md.) 9-0 400 (8) 1.
2. Culver Academy (Culver, Ind.) 11-0 392 2.
3. Georgetown Prep (North Bethesda, Md.) 11-0 384 3.
4. Malvern Prep (Malvern, Pa.) 11-0 376 5.
5. Chaminade (Mineola, N.Y.) 5-0 368 6.
6. Smithtown West (Smithtown, N.Y.) 8-0 357 9.
7. Landon (Bethesday, Md.) 9-2 349 8.
8. Garden City (Garden City, N.Y.) 6-1 343 10.
9. Darien (Darien, Conn.) 2-0 335 11.
10. DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.) 12-0 326 12.
11. Massapequa (Massapequa, N.Y.) 6-2 312 13.
12. McDonogh (Owings Mills, Md.) 9-2 311 4.
13. Salesianum (Willmington, Del.) 5-1 304 14.
14. Gilman (Baltimore, Md.) 6-3 302 17.
15. Haverford School (Haverford, Pa.) 9-2 297 18.
16. St. Paul’s (Brooklandville, Md.) 6-4 279 16.
17. Fordham Prep (Bronx, N.Y.) 6-1 270 21.
18. Niskayuna (Niskayuna, N.Y.) 2-1 261 15.
19. Episcopal Dallas (Dallas, Texas) 14-1 261 24.
20. Loyola-Blakefield (Towson, Md.) 5-5 246 19.
21. Bishop Timon-St. Jude (Buffalo, N.Y.) 4-1 233 22.
22. Gonzaga (Washington, D.C.) 9-4 230 31.
23. La Salle College (Wynmoor, Pa.) 3-3 229 26.
24. East-Syracuse-Minoa (Syracuse, N.Y.) 6-0 202 36.
25. Cardinal Gibbons (Raleigh, N.C.) 14-0 199 30.
26. Jamesville-DeWitt, N.Y.) 3-1 194 37.
27. Bullis (Potomac, Md.) 7-3 185 27.
28. Regis Jesuit (Aurora, Colo.) 11-0 183 35.
29. St Mary’s (Annapolis, Md.) 7-3 182 38.
30. Calvert Hall (Baltimore, Md.) 10-2 180 7.
31. Rocky Point (Rocky Point, N.Y.) 6-1 177 29.
32. Hereford (Parkton, Md.) 7-2 143 34.
33. Ridge (Basking Ridge, N.J.) 6-1 133 20.
34. Bergen Catholic (Oradell, N.J.) 6-0 126 50.
35. Somerville (Sommerville, N.J.) 5-0 118 NR
36. Smithtown East (St. James, N.Y.) 6-1 115 49.
37. Yorktown (Yorktown, N.Y.) 6-1 104 33.
38. Brother Rice (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.) 6-0 95 39.
39. Penncrest (Media, Pa.) 10-0 91 46.
40. Lake Highland Prep (Orlando, Fla.) 13-3 87 44.
41. Ward Melville (East Setauket, N.Y.) 5-3 83 28.
42. St. Joseph’s Prep (Philadelphia, Pa.) 5-2 77 41.
43. Northport (Northport, N.Y.) 5-2 68 25.
44. Xaverian Brothers (Westwood, Mass.) 4-0 40 NR
45. Summit (Summit, N.Y.) 6-1 40 NR
46. St. Anthony’s (South Huntington, N.Y.) 4-2 37 47.
47. Foothill-Santa Ana (Santa Ana, Calif.) 10-1 33 NR
48. Delbarton (Mooristown, N.J.) 4-2 29 48.
49. Bellevue (Bellevue, Wash.) 10-1 24 NR
50. Immaculata (Somerville, N.J.) 5-2 23 43.

 

Others receiving votes:  Avon Grove (West Grove, Pa.) / 6-2 (22); Central bucks East (Doylestown, Pa.) / 8-2 (21); Upper Arlington (Columbus, Ohio) / 4-0 (19); Cazenovia Central (Cazenovia, N.Y.) / 6-0 (11); Mercer Island (Mercer Island, Wash.) / 10-1 (11); Manhasset (Manhasset, N.Y.) / 3-3 (8); J. Serra Catholic (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.) / 12-1 (7).

About Lacrosse in Washington State
Lacrosse has over 100 years of history in Washington state with clubs playing in the early 1900s and high schools now in their fourth decade of state competition.  With Native American origins, lacrosse is one of the oldest organized sports on the continent and today is considered the fastest growing sport in America.  In Washington state, some 4,000 student-athletes attending over 200 high schools play prep lacrosse, while another 6,000 play lacrosse at the youth, adult and collegiate club levels throughout the state.  For more information on high school lacrosse in Washington state visit http://www.WashingtonHSLAX.com.

 

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