Bellevue rises in national lacrosse ranking, Mercer Island on cusp

BELLEVUE, Wash. – Bellevue High School rose to its highest position this spring in the national high school lacrosse rankings with the No. 46 slot in this week’s StudentSports.com Fab 50 poll, while Mercer Island narrowly missed earning a spot on the nation-wide prep list.

The two-time defending Washington state champion Wolverines, who continue to make a strong argument to be included among the top high school programs in the country, completed the week with a 17 – 0 shutout of Washington state’s Liberty High School and a dominating 13 – 4 defeat of the 2013 Oregon state runner-up West Linn High School to move up three spots in the national ranking.

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Bellevue senior Nick Hutson (left) who attends the Chrysalis School, junior Campbell Alexieff (center) and senior Ryan Eastes celebrate a goal following a win over Skyline earlier this spring. (Photo: Molly Piper)

Bellevue, which also advanced to No. 8 in the national online scholastic sports publication’s West/Midwest Regional ranking, is 5 – 1 against out-of-state competition this spring. The Wolverines’ record against top competition includes a three-game sweep of Virginia high schools in early April including a 12 – 8 defeat of 2013 Virginia VISAA I state champion St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes. With a 12 – 1 overall record, coach John Baumann’s Wolverines only loss was a narrow 9 – 8 defeat to box lacrosse loaded roster of British Columbia, Canada’s Claremont School.

Another Washington state school also figured in this week’s Fab 50 mix. Receiving 23 votes, 2013 boys state runner-up Mercer Island High School is on the cusp of moving into the nation’s Top 50. Ranked in the West/Midwest regional poll, the Islanders are just two spots behind rival Bellevue at the No. 10 spot.

This week Mercer Island easily defeated Washington state powerhouse Bainbridge High School 17 – 6 in its annual rivalry game on Friday. With a 13 – 1 overall record (5 – 1 in out-of-state competition), the Islanders’ only loss came in a 15 – 12 defeat against 2013 Connecticut Class M state champion Wilton during a three-game road swing through Connecticut earlier in the month.

Washington is just one of three states of the 14 states with schools in this week’s National Fab 50 poll, that doesn’t sanction high school lacrosse.

New York continues to dominate the national Fab 50 list with 16 school represented, Maryland is represented by 11 schools while Pennsylvania has six, New Jersey has four and Connecticut has three. California, Colorado, Delaware, District of Columbia, Massachusetts, and North Carolina all have a single representative and round out the states that recognize lacrosse as a high school sport. Indiana and Ohio, 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 22 Ranking)

 

2014 StudentSports.com Boys Fab 50 (April 22, 2014)

Rank School (City) Record Points (first-place votes) Last
1 Boys’ Latin (Baltimore, Md.) 11-0 400 (8)  1
2 Culver Academy (Culver, Ind.) 14-0 392 2
3 Georgetown Prep (North Bethesda, Md.) 13-0 384 3
4 Malvern Prep (Malvern, Pa.) 13-0 376 4
5 Chaminade (Mineola, N.Y.) 6-0 367 5
6 Smithtown West (Smithtown, N.Y.) 9-0 356 6
7 Landon (Bethesda, Md.) 12-2 352 7
8 Darien (Darien, Conn.) 4-0 338 9
9 DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.) 13-1 330 10
10 McDonogh (Owings Mills, Md.) 11-2 329 12
11 Salesianum (Willmington, Del.) 6-1 304 13
12 Gilman (Baltimore, Md.) 7-4 298 14
13 Niskayuna (Niskayuna, N.Y.) 6-1 298 18
14 Massapequa (Massapequa, N.Y.) 7-2 283 11
15 Greenwich (Greenwich, Conn.) 5-0 271 NR
16 Loyola-Blakefield (Towson, Md.) 6-5 261 20
17 Ridgefield (Ridgefield, Conn.) 3-1 251 NR
18 Bishop Timon-St. Jude (Buffalo, N.Y.) 4-2 250  21
19 Calvert Hall (Baltimore, Md.) 10-3 230 30
20 Garden City (Garden City, N.Y.) 7-2 229 8
21 East-Syracuse-Minoa (Syracuse, N.Y.) 8-0 229 24
22 Cardinal Gibbons (Raleigh, N.C.) 14-0 199 25
23 St Paul’s (Brooklandville, Md.) 7-5 226 16
24 Regis Jesuit (Aurora, Colo.) 11-0 224 28
25 St Mary’s (Annapolis, Md.) 7-4 208 29
26 La Salle College (Wyndmoor, Pa.) 5-4 203 23
27 St. Anthony’s (South Huntington, N.Y.) 5-2 197 46
28 Bullis (Potomac, Md.) 8-4 181 2727
29 Haverford School (Haverford, Pa.) 11-3 176 15
30 Smithtown East (St. James, N.Y.) 8-1 168 36
31 Bergen Catholic (Oradell, N.J.) 7-0 152 34
32 Rocky Point (Rocky Point, N.Y.) 7-1 145 31
33 Somerville (Somverville, N.J.) 7-0 136 35
34 Iona Prep (New Rochelle, N.Y.) 6-2 128 NR
35 Penncrest (Media, Pa.) 11-0 125  39
36 Gonzaga (Washington, D.C.) 10-5 122 22
37 Yorktown (Yorktown, N.Y.) 7-2 120 37
38 Lake Highland Prep (Orlando, Fla.) 15-3 118 40
39 Fordham Prep (Bronx, N.Y.) 7-2 116 17
40 Delbarton (Mooristown, N.J.) 6-2 102 48
41 Ward Melville (East Setauket, N.Y.) 6-3 88 41
42 Summit (Summit, N.J.) 8-1 72 45
43 St. Joseph’s Prep (Philadelphia, Pa.) 6-3 70 42
44 Xaverian Brothers (Westwood, Mass.) 5-0 62 44
45 Foothill-Santa Ana (Santa Ana, Calif.) 12-1 48 47
46 Bellevue (Bellevue, Wash.) 10-1 48 49 
47 Upper Arlington (Columbus, Ohio) 7-0 37 NR
48 Central Bucks East (Doylestown, Pa.) 10-2 33 NR
49 Manhasset (Manhasset, N.Y.) 3-5 31 NR
50 Sachem North (Lake Ronkonkoma, N.Y.) 5-3 30 NR

 

Others receiving votes: Mercer Island (Mercer Island, Wash.) / 13-1 (23); Immaculata (Somerville, N.J.) / 7-2 (15); Avon Grove (West Grove, Pa.) / 7-3 (9); Mount St. Joseph (Baltimore, Md.) / 8-5 (9); J Serra Catholic (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.) / 12-2 (8); Episcopal Dallas (Dallas, Texas) / 14-2 (6); Conestoga (Berwyn, Pa.) / 5-3 (6); Detroit Country Day (Mich.) / 8-1 (5); Hauppauge (Hauppauge, N.Y.) / 7-2 (5); West Genesee (Camillus, N.Y.) / 5-2 (4); Cazenovia Central (Cazenovia, NY.) / 7-0 (2).

 

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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