After claiming the crown in the nation’s toughest league, Calvert Hall College is No. 1 in VSN’s final boys’ lacrosse Top 20. The Cardinals, who won their first MIAA A crown since 2012, is the ninth different school to win the private league since Loyola Blakefield went to back-to-back in 2008 and 2007.

McDonogh School, Boys’ Latin School, Class 4A/3A state champ Severna Park and Loyola Blakefield make up the rest of the Top 5. St. Paul’s School, St. Mary’s, Gilman School, Severn School and Westminster rounds out the Top 10.

Glenelg and Southern highlight the second half of the final Top 20 after impressive postseason runs. The Gladiators jump to No. 11 after reaching the Class 3A/2A final while the Bulldogs, who won their first state title, captured the 16th spot. MIAA B finalist Gerstell Academy also nets its first ranking.

Final 2017 VSN Boys’ Lacrosse Top 20 Poll

1. Calvert Hall College (Final record: 17-2; Previous ranking: No. 1)

Preseason ranking: No. 3

Season review: The Cardinals won their first MIAA A Conference championship since 2012, defeating McDonogh School, 12-6, in the title game at Johns Hopkins University last Thursday. The Towson school went perfect (11-0) in MIAA A play and didn’t lose to an area opponent. Calvert Hall, ranked No. 7 in the nation by USA Today, only lost to nationally-ranked Pennsylvania schools Malvern Prep (No. 22 by USA Today) and Conestoga (No. 25 USA Today).

 

2. McDonogh School (17-4; No. 3)

Preseason ranking: No. 1

Season review: The Eagles lost to No. 1 Calvert Hall College in the MIAA A Conference final. The Owings Mills school defeated then-No. 2 Boys’ Latin School in the semifinals at Homewood Field for a third straight finals berth. McDonogh, which lost twice to Calvert Hall, also lost to Indiana’s Culver Prep, the nation’s No 1 team, according to USA Today.

 

3. Boys’ Latin School (13-6; No. 2)

Preseason ranking: No. 2

Season review: The Lakers lost to McDonogh School in the MIAA A Conference semifinals. The Lake Avenue school lost four one-goal decisions including to nationally-ranked Hill Academy from Canada (No. 3 USA Today), Pennsylvania’s Haverford School (No. 16 USA Today) and MIAA A champ and area’s No. 1 Calvert Hall College (No. 8 USA Today and US Lacrosse. Boys’ Latin, ranked No. 18 nationally by Inside Lacrosse, has reached the MIAA A semifinals the last eight seasons.

 

4. Severna Park (20-0; No. 4)

Preseason ranking: No. 7

Season review: The Falcons won their second straight Class 4A/3A state title, defeating Montgomery County’s Churchill, 9-8, at Stevenson University last Wednesday. The Anne Arundel County school won its second straight league crown and defeated seven VSN Top 20 teams including 3A/2A state finalist Glenelg and semifinalist Hereford. Severna Park, ranked 19th in the nation by Inside Lacrosse, has won 37 consecutive decisions, dating back to last season.

 

5. Loyola Blakefield (8-9; No. 6)

Preseason ranking: No. 6

Season review: The Dons lost eventual champ and top-ranked Calvert Hall College in the MIAA A Conference semifinals last Monday at Homewood Field. The Dons defeated eventual MIAA A quarterfinalist St. Mary’s and Washington Catholic Athletic Conference champ St. John’s College (D.C.) during the regular season. Loyola, which reached the MIAA A semifinals for the second straight season, lost to nationally-ranked teams Boys’ Latin, Calvert Hall College, McDonogh School, Bullis School, and Canada’s Hill Academy.

 

6. St. Paul’s School (14-6; No. 5)

severna parkPreseason ranking: No. 5

Season review: The Crusaders lost to Loyola Blakefield in the MIAA A Conference quarterfinals. The Brooklandville school defeated Loyola during the regular season, in addition to nationally-ranked Haverford Academy from Pennsylvania and MIAA B champ John Carroll School. It was the final season for coach Rick Brocato after 17 seasons and a school-record 239 victories. 

 

7. St. Mary’s (14-7; No. 7)

Preseason ranking: No. 16

Season review: The Saints lost to McDonogh School in the MIAA A Conference quarterfinals. The Annapolis school, which won one match in 2016, defeated eventual MIAA A quarterfinalist St. Paul’s School, MIAA B finalist Gerstell Academy and Class 2A/1A state champ Southern during the regular season. Five of St. Mary’s losses were to nationally-ranked teams including MIAA A champ Calvert Hall College and Montgomery County’s Landon School, ranked No. 1 by USA Today and U.S. Lacrosse.

 

8. Gilman School (8-8; No. 8)

Preseason ranking: No. 8

Season review: The Greyhounds placed seventh in the MIAA A Conference after winning three games in 2016. The Roland Park school defeated eventual MIAA A semifinalist Boys’ Latin School, MIAA B champ John Carroll School, and Baltimore County champ and 3A/2A state semifinalist Hereford. Gilman lost to nationally-ranked teams Calvert Hall College, Boys’ Latin School, McDonogh School and Connecticut’s Avon Old Farms.

 

9. Severn School (12-8; No. 9)

Preseason ranking: No. 4

Season review: The Admirals finished eighth in the MIAA A Conference. The Anne Arundel County school defeated eventual MIAA B champ John Carroll School and MIAA A quarterfinalist St. Mary’s. Severn lost to five nationally-ranked team including Inside Lacrosse and USA Today’s No. 1 Landon School, MIAA A champ Calvert Hall College and 4A/3A state champ Severna Park.

 

10. Westminster (16-2; No. 10)

Preseason ranking: No. 15

Season review: The Owls lost to Montgomery County’s Winston Churchill in the Class 4A/3A state semifinals. Westminster won its fourth Carroll County league crown in five seasons, defeating eventual 2A/1A state finalist South Carroll. The Owls also defeated eventual 3A/2A state finalist Glenelg, 3A/2A state semifinalist Linganore and 2A/1A state semifinalist Fallston during the regular season.

 

11. Glenelg (13-7; No. 20)

Preseason ranking: not ranked

Season review: The Gladiators lost to Calvert County’s Northern in the Class 3A/2A state final at Stevenson University last Wednesday. The Howard County school won 10 of its 11 decisions, including VSN Top 20 squads Centennial, Marriotts Ridge and then-defending 3A/2A state champ Linganore from Frederick County. Glenelg lost to eventual 4A/3A state champ Severna Park and state semifinalist Westminster during the regular season.

 

12. Hereford (15-4; No. 11)

Preseason ranking: No. 12

Season review: The Bulls lost to eventual state champ Northern from Calvert County in the Class 3A/2A state semifinals. Hereford won its second straight Baltimore County title (co-champ with Towson) and defeated VSN Top 20 squads Towson, Broadneck and C. Milton Wright. The Parkton school lost to 4A/3A state champ Severna Park and MIAA A finalist McDonogh School.

 

13. John Carroll School (15-5; No. 14)

Preseason ranking: No. 9

john carrollSeason review: The Patriots claimed their third consecutive MIAA B Conference title, defeating Gerstell Academy in the final at Johns Hopkins University last Thursday. The Bel Air school lost three one-goal decisions including to VSN Top 20 squads Gilman School and Marriotts Ridge. John Carroll won its final 11 decisions.

 

14. South River (13-5; No. 15)

Preseason ranking: not ranked

Season review: The Seahawks lost to eventual state champ Severna Park in the Class 4A/3A East Region final. The Anne Arundel County defeated three teams – Broadneck, Howard and Marriotts Ridge – that were ranked in VSN’s Top 20. South River lost to 4A/3A state champ Severna Park (twice) and 2A/1A state champ Southern.

 

15. Broadneck (13-4; No. 13)

Preseason ranking: No. 17

Season review: The Bruins lost to South River in the Class 4A/3A East Region semifinals. The Anne Arundel County school defeated four VSN Top 20 squads including 2A/1A state champ Southern and 3A/2A state finalist Glenelg. Broadneck’s other losses were to Class 4A/3A state champ Severna Park (twice) and 3A/2A state semifinalist Hereford.

 

16. Southern (13-5; not ranked)

Preseason ranking: not ranked

Season review: The Bulldogs won their first state championship, defeating South Carroll in the Class 2A/1A final last Wednesday at Stevenson University. The Anne Arundel County school won its final eight decisions, including then-defending 2A/1A state champ Fallston in the state semifinals. Southern lost to 4A/3A state champ and Anne Arundel County champ Severna Park, MIAA A Conference quarterfinalist St. Mary’s and Anne Arundel County finalist Broadneck.

 

17. Fallston (14-4; No. 12)

Preseason ranking: No. 10

Season review: The Cougars lost to eventual state champ Southern in the Class 2A/1A state semifinals. The Harford County school won its third straight UCBAC Chesapeake title and extended its winning streak against UCBAC opponents to 31 (including postseason). Fallston’s other losses were to VSN Top 10 teams Boys’ Latin School, Gilman School and Westminster.

 

18. Marriotts Ridge (11-6; No. 18)

Preseason ranking: not ranked

Season review: The Mustangs lost to eventual state finalist Glenelg in the Class 3A/2A South Region semifinals. The Marriottsville school won the Howard County league title and defeated eventual MIAA B Conference champ John Carroll School during the regular season. Marriotts Ridge lost three one-goal decisions.

 

19. Gerstell Academy (16-3; not ranked)

southernPreseason ranking: not ranked

Season review: The Falcons lost to John Carroll School in the MIAA B Conference final at Johns Hopkins last Thursday. The Carroll County school did not lose a road game during season (Severna Park is other VSN Top 20 team not to lose a road decision). Gerstell’s three losses came against John Carroll School (twice) and MIAA A quarterfinalist St. Mary’s.

 

20. C. Milton Wright (13-4; No. 17)

Preseason ranking: No. 20

Season review: The Mustangs lost to Hereford in the Class 3A/2A North Region final. The Harford County school placed second to Fallston in the UCBAC Chesapeake and defeated eventual 3A/2A state finalist Glenelg during the regular season. C. Milton Wright’s four losses were to teams ranked in VSN Top 20 during the season, including twice to Hereford.

 

20. Howard (11-6; No. 20)

Preseason ranking: No. 11

Season review: The Lions lost to eventual state champ and nationally-ranked Severna Park in the Class 4A/3A East Region final. The Howard County school defeated eventual 3A/2A state finalist Glenelg and finished with 10-plus victories for the seventh straight spring. Howard’s six losses were to teams ranked in VSN’s Top 20 during the season.