Bobcats join poll at No. 20; No. 1 showdown highlights start of MIAA A play 


by Derek Toney 

The 2022 lacrosse season is underway, and Bel Air High has garnered a spot in the first VSN Top 20 poll of the spring.

The No. 20 Bobcats opened with victories over Perry Hall and Aberdeen last week. The Harford County school has a daunting week ahead with road games at reigning UCBAC Chesapeake champ C. Milton Wright Tuesday and Carroll County Athletic champ and 15th-ranked Century on Thursday.

There’s a new No. 1 as Boys’ Latin School supplants McDonogh School, which was the preseason No. 1. Tuesday, the Eagles (now No. 2) travel to Roland Park to take on the Lakers to kick off MIAA A Conference competition.

Calvert Hall College, Archbishop Spalding and St. Mary’s complete the Top 5. Calvert Hall welcomes St. Mary’s to Russo Stadium in Towson Friday evening, while Spalding, which enjoyed a groundbreaking 2021 season, hosts undefeated and eighth-ranked St. Paul’s School in the MIAA A opener for both Tuesday.

There will be several Top 20 matches in the MIAA A this week as well in the public ranks. Monday, No. 12 Catonsville hosts Century in a matchup of the top squads in Baltimore and Carroll counties, respectively.

Tuesday, Anne Arundel County champ and No. 7 Severna Park travels to 14th-ranked Marriotts Ridge, the defending Howard County co-champion. Wednesday, 18th-ranked Mount Hebron hosts No. 10 Broadneck.

Here is the VSN 2022 Boys Lacrosse Top 20 for week 1:


1. BOYS’ LATIN SCHOOL

Record: 4-1

Preseason rank: 3

Last week: defeated Culver (IN) Academy, 9-8

This week: vs. No. 2 McDonogh School, March 29; at John Carroll School, April 1


2. MCDONOGH SCHOOL

Record: 3-2

Preseason rank: 1

Last week: defeated Haverford (PA) School, 10-5, and lost to Culver (IN) Academy, 12-7

This week: at No. 1 Boys’ Latin School, March 29; vs. No. 4 Archbishop Spalding, April 1


3. CALVERT HALL COLLEGE

Record: 6-1

Preseason rank: 2

Last week: defeated Western Reserve (OH), 12-6, and Hill Academy (Canada), 11-8

This week: vs. No. 5 St. Mary’s, April 1


4. ARCHBISHOP SPALDING

Record: 4-1

Preseason rank: 4

Last week: defeated Western Reserve (OH), 13-8, and Everest Academy (Canada), 12-6

This week: vs. No. 8 St. Paul’s School, March 29; at No. 2 McDonogh School, April 1


5. ST. MARY’S

Record: 6-0

Preseason rank: 6

Last week: defeated Kent Island, 15-7

This week: vs. No. 6 Loyola Blakefield, March 29; at No. 3 Calvert Hall College, April 1


6. LOYOLA BLAKEFIELD 

Record: 2-3

Preseason rank: 5

Last week: Did not play

This week: at No. 5 St. Mary’s, March 29; at No. 16 Mount St. Joseph, April 1


7. SEVERNA PARK 

Record: 2-0

Preseason rank: 7

Last week: defeated Annapolis, 18-0, and then-No. 15 Glenelg, 16-1

This week: at No. 14 Marriotts Ridge, March 29; vs. South River, April 1


8. ST. PAUL’S SCHOOL 

Record: 6-0

Preseason rank: 8

Last week: defeated Thayer Academy (MA), 14-5

This week: at No. 4 Archbishop Spalding, March 29; vs. No. 9 Severn School, April 1


9. SEVERN SCHOOL 

Record: 4-1

Preseason rank: 9

Last week: defeated Riverside (VA), 11-6, and Penn Charter (PA), 10-9; lost to Episcopal (VA), 10-7

This week: vs. No. 16 Mount St. Joseph, March 29; at No. 8 St. Paul’s School, April 1


10. BROADNECK 

Record: 2-0

Preseason rank: 10

Last week: defeated No. 19 Arundel. 9-3, and then-No. 13 Marriotts Ridge, 14-3

This week: at No. 18 Mount Hebron, March 30; vs. Crofton, April 1


11. GILMAN SCHOOL 

Record: 5-3

Preseason rank: 11

Last week: defeated Conestoga (PA), 7-6, and Everest Academy (Canada), 13-7

This week: vs. John Carroll School, March 29; at Don Bosco Prep (N.J.), April 2


12. CATONSVILLE 

Record: 2-0

Preseason rank: 12

Last week: defeated Towson, 10-4, and Westminster, 13-1

This week: vs. No. 15 Century, March 28; vs. Eastern Tech, March 29; at Sparrows Point, March 31


13. HEREFORD 

Record: 2-0

Preseason rank: 14

Last week: defeated Dulaney, 12-4, and Sparrows Point, 21-3

This week: vs. Pikesville, March 28; at Westminster, March 29; vs. C. Milton Wright, March 31


14. MARRIOTTS RIDGE 

Record: 2-1

Preseason rank: 13

Last week: defeated Wilde Lake, 13-4, and Howard, 7-3; lost to No. 10 Broadneck, 14-3

This week: vs. No. 7 Severna Park, March 29; vs. Atholton, March 31


15. CENTURY 

Record: 1-0

Preseason rank: 16

Last week: defeated Winters Mill, 8-5

This week: at No. 12 Catonsville, March 28; vs. No. 20 Bel Air, March 31


16. MOUNT ST. JOSEPH

Record: 4-0

Preseason rank: 18

Last week: defeated Saints Peter & Paul, 24-3

This week: at No. 9 Severn School, March 29; vs. No. 6 Loyola Blakefield, April 1


17. GLENELG 

Record: 2-1

Preseason rank: 15

Last week: defeated Glenelg Country School (16-2) and Reservoir (17-4); lost to No. 7 Severna Park, 16-1

This week: vs. South River, March 29; vs. Howard, March 31


18. MOUNT HEBRON 

Record: 2-0

Preseason rank: 20

Last week: defeated Atholton, 17-4, and South River, 12-10

This week: vs. No. 10 Broadneck, March 30; vs. Reservoir, March 31


19. ARUNDEL 

Record: 1-1

Preseason rank: 19

Last week: lost to No. 10 Broadneck, 8-3, and defeated Annapolis, 11-3

This week: at River Hill, March 29; at Fallston, April 1


20. BEL AIR 

Record: 2-0

Preseason rank: Not ranked

Last week: defeated Aberdeen, 8-7, and Perry Hall, 14-4

This week: at C. Milton Wright, March 29; at No. 15 Century, March 31