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SI ranked in Top 10 by major national ranking services

Postby Billax » Tue Apr 25, 2017 7:24 pm

It has happened. It has FINALLY happened! A NorCal boy's Lacrosse team has made it into the National Top 10 rankings! I believe every coach and every team in NorCal can take pride in the accomplishment of the Saint Ignatius College Preparatory School! I believe this is not an anomaly but, rather, a harbinger for NorCal, for California, and for the Western United States! All the time, all the effort, all the players, all the coaches who have given their all – Congratulations to ALL of you for fighting the good fight. Here are the US Lacrosse National rankings for April 25th, 2017:

Here's to the players, through all the years, here's to the school that supported them, and – (more than any of the the others) – here's to the Coaches who persevered... and persevered... and persevered!
APRIL 25, 2017

...........................W/L Prev..Next
1 Landon (Md.) 15-0 1 4/28 vs. Georgetown Prep (Md.)
2 Darien (Conn.) 7-0 2 4/25 vs. St. Joseph-Trumbull (Conn.)
3 Culver Acad. 12-1 3 4/28 vs. Detroit Country Day (Mich.)
4 Bullis (Md.) 14-2 7 4/26 vs. John Paul the Great (Va.)
5 Cold Spring Hbr 10-0 8 4/28 vs. Locust Valley (N.Y.)
6 McDonogh (Md.) 9-2 4 4/25 at Severn (Md.)
7 La Salle Col HS. 9-1 10 4/25 at St. Joseph's Prep (Pa.)
8 St. Ignatius 13-2 NR 4/27 vs. Sacred Heart Cathedral (Calif.)
9 Chaminade 5-2 5 4/25 vs. Kellenberg Memorial (N.Y.)
10 Delbarton 7-1 13 4/29 vs. Mountain Lakes (N.J.)
11 St. Anthony's (N.Y.) 7-2 14 4/29 at Yorktown (N.Y.)
12 Victor (N.Y.) 6-1 6 4/27 at Pittsford (N.Y.)
13 St. Paul's (Md.) 10-2 9 4/25 at Mount St. Joseph (Md.)
14 Lincoln-Sudbury (Mass.) 7-0 16 4/27 at Bedford (N.H.)
15 Ward Melville (N.Y.) 7-2 17 4/25 vs. Bay Shore (N.Y.)
16 Malvern Prep (Pa.) 10-3 12 4/25 at Episcopal Academy (Pa.)
17 Calvert Hall (Md.) 8-2 22 4/25 at Archbishop Spalding (Md.)
18 Jamesville-DeWitt (N.Y.) 7-1 18 4/25 at Central Square (N.Y.)
19 Boys' Latin (Md.) 8-3 19 4/25 at St. Mary's Annapolis (Md.)
20 Conestoga (Pa.) 11-1 20 4/27 vs. Garnet Valley (Pa.)
21 Smithtown East (N.Y.) 8-2 21 4/25 vs. Sachem East (N.Y.)
22 Syosset (N.Y.0 9-1 23 4/25 at Farmingdale (N.Y.)
23 St. Mary's Annapolis (Md.) 11-1 NR 4/25 vs. Boys' Latin (Md.)
24 Bridgewater-Raritan (N.J.) 8-0 25 4/27 at Somerville (N.J.)
25 Pittsford (N.Y.) 7-0 24 4/25 at Hilton (N.Y.)
ALSO CONSIDERED: HAVERFORD SCHOOL (PA.), NISKAYUNA (N.Y.), SEVERNA PARK (MD.), MANHASSET (N.Y.), GONZAGA (D.C.), MASSAPEQUA (N.Y.), ST. THOMAS AQUINAS (FLA.), YORKTOWN (N.Y.), WESTHILL (N.Y.), THE WOODLANDS (TEXAS)
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Re: NorCal team is ranked in National Top 10 by US Lacrosse

Postby Billax » Wed Apr 26, 2017 12:48 pm

UnderArmour/Inside Lacrosse has also ranked SI in the top 10 in the nation! Here's the list:

UA/IL Top 25 High School Power Rankings

1) Darien (Conn.), 8-0
2) Landon (Md.), 15-0
3) Culver Academy (Ind.), 12-1
4) Hill Academy (Ont.), 11-1
5) IMG National (Fla.), 11-1
6) Cold Spring Harbor (N.Y.), 10-0
7) Bullis (Md.), 14-2
8.) Avon Old Farms (Conn.), 8-0
9) La Salle College (Pa.), 10-1
10) St. Ignatius Prep (Calif.), 13-2
11) Delbarton (N.J.), 7-1
12) Brunswick (Conn.) 7-1
13) Calvert Hall (Md.), 9-2
14) McDonogh (Md.), 10-2
15) Conestoga (Pa.), 11-1
16) Syosset (N.Y.), 10-1
17) Smithtown East (N.Y.), 9-2
18) Boys’ Latin (Md.), 9-3
19) New Canaan (Conn.) 5-3
20) Chaminade (N.Y.), 6-2
21) St. Paul’s (Md.), 10-2
22) St. Anthony’s (N.Y.), 7-2
23) Manhasset (N.Y.), 6-2
24) Episcopal Academy (Pa.), 7-2
25) Lambert (Ga.), 15-1
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Re: SI ranked in Top 10 by major national ranking services

Postby Billax » Tue May 30, 2017 3:34 pm

The National Boys' High School rankings by US Lacrosse continue to rank Saint Ignatius as the 6th best team in the nation. SI was rated 6th in the nation by US Lacrosse last week as well.
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Re: SI ranked in Top 10 by major national ranking services

Postby Billax » Thu Jun 01, 2017 7:09 pm

Inside Lacrosse ranks SI #10 in the nation this week. Not too many teams still competing, so we'll be getting final rankings from these services in the next couple of weeks.
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Re: SI ranked in Top 10 by major national ranking services

Postby Billax » Wed Jun 07, 2017 6:16 am

US Lacrosse ranks SI #5 in the nation once again. With most teams having completed their seasons, it becomes harder and harder to move up or down in rankings.
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Re: SI ranked in Top 10 by major national ranking services

Postby Billax » Wed Jun 21, 2017 7:59 pm

I believe that the 2017 HS Lacrosse season is close to conclusion, and that this years national polls rank Northern California's Saint Ignatius as follows:

• Nike/Inside Lacrosse rankings: Saint Ignatius is ranked near season's end as #6 in the nation
• Under Armour/USLacrosse rankings: Saint Ignatius is ranked near season's end as #10 in the nation

This is the first time EVER that a California Boys Lacrosse team will finish in the top 10 of a national HS Lax ranking organization, much less two most important ranking organizations.

California Lacrosse has arrived – and it's arrived in Northern California! This portends a future in which a number of top NorCal teams can compete for top ten or top five spots National High School Lacrosse rankings! While I believe it's fitting that the SI Lacrosse program, which has been playing for nearly 40 years, becomes the first NorCal team to crack the National Top 10, it opens the door for a number of excellent NorCal Boys teams to vie for National rankings in future years.

I'm hoisting one tonight to SI, to all its Lax Alums who built the program and, most importantly, to the relentless coaching staff who drove the players to become better... and then, better still. Here's to Head Coach Chris Packard, Defensive Coach (and SI grad) Mike Abou-Jaoude, and the recently retired, long-term Offensive Coach Scott Brittain (also an SI grad).

Here is an article about SI lacrosse that will appear in the Summer edition of a Saint Ignatius magazine:
The boys' varsity lacrosse team finished the season with its eighth-straight WCAL title and an overall record of 19–2. The boys also earned the highest national ranking the team has enjoyed since the sport began at SI in 1979. US Lacrosse Magazine ranked SI the fifth best squad in the country and the only West Coast school in its top 25 list. In addition, SI was ranked first in the West by Inside Lacrosse and 10th in the nation.

SI's success comes, in part, from an East Coast tour that saw two victories (Garden City and Chaminade) and only one loss to Landon of Washington, D.C., ranked first in the nation.

Four seniors on the team were recruited to play for their respective colleges, including Patrick Brosnan for Bryant University, Nick Clarke for Bucknell University, Hall Peters for the University of Virginia and Bryn Evans for Harvard. Evans was selected as the National Player of the Week by LaxRecords.com for scoring three goals against Landon and six against Chaminade. Evans and Peters were also selected for the July 1 Under Armour All-America Game that aired nationally on ESPN and that featured the 60 best players in the country.

For Head Coach Chris Packard — now in his 16th season with the program and ninth year as head coach — this year's victories have much to do with the long-term success of the program. "Once again, I feel fortunate to be part of SI and to be able to lead the young men during the spring. I'm humbled to coach an awesome group of kids at a great school."

Here is Coach Packard's top 10 list for why SI lacrosse has been so successful over the years:

1. The Alumni: SI has one of the most supportive alumni networks in the U.S.

2. The School: SI supports our program in ways that go beyond what other schools do, from allowing us to fly to the East Coast to assisting us with a top-notch Athletics Office.

3. The History of Success: We have molded our teams on the dogged determination of the players who have come through our program. We try to emulate them while constantly raising the bar to be the best team we can be.

4. The Coaches: The coaches we have are the best in the country. The coaches who ran the program while I was involved — including Dave Giarrusso and Greg Angilly — are two of the finest men I know, and those who preceded Dave and Greg were men of character and integrity.

5. The Players: The athletes who come through our program have expectations that set the standard for excellence. This has been passed down through the generations since the birth of the program in 1979.

6. The Pride: There is no institution that instills more pride in its student body than SI, and I know of no prouder group of athletes than those in the SI lacrosse program.

7. The Murph: Is there any better home field on God's green earth than J.B. Murphy Field? I have yet to find one.

8. The City: San Francisco is our community, and our community is San Francisco.

9. The Fans: The Bay Area has the best sports fans in the country. They pack our stands and follow us around the country.

10. AMDG: Playing for a higher purpose gives athletes a unique advantage, as they all have faith in the process and in the people.

JV Head Coach Dave Bowe '96 added the following: "SI lacrosse's success comes from our expectations to be good based on our hard work. We are privileged, and we honor that privilege by working hard, playing fair and competing. Some of our players are fortunate to possess God-given talent. We try never to squander that talent or feel entitled to something that we haven't worked for. That understanding makes good teams into great teams. That's what we try create every year, and that's why so many players return to us as coaches."

Coaches: Chris Packard, assisted by Michael Abou Jaoude, Ryan Carter and Julian Gunter; JV: Dave Bowe, assisted by Ethan Vedder and Peter Langkammerer.

JV Highlights: The JVs went 19–0 for another undefeated season.

Awards: League player of the year: Hall Peters; All league first team: Hall Peters, Bryn Evans, Mac Gates, Patrick Brosnan, Peter St. Gem, James Gilfillan; All league second team: Nick Clarke, Christopher Bligh, Hobby Lynch, Payton St. Geme; John M. Senyard Award (MVP): Bryn Evans and Hall Peters; Most Improved: Michael May.

Graduating Seniors: Patrick Brosnan (Bryant), Nick Clarke (Bucknell), Bryn Evans (Harvard), Hall Peters (U. of Virginia), Robert Reutiman, Finbarr Murphy, Matthew Dixon, Jonah Schieber, Thomas Finnegan, Oliver Taylor, Connor Reed, William Myers, Richard McDonough, Casey Merryman, Patrick Oven, Alexander Lynch and Charles Sinclair.

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Re: SI ranked in Top 10 by major national ranking services

Postby Billax » Tue Jun 27, 2017 10:18 am

Quotes from a LaxPower thread talking about whether National top ten teams are eager to let newcomers enter the gates of the Elite Lacrosse programs:

Re: Under Armour/IL Top 25 High School Power Rankings
Postby voyuer on Sun Jun 25, 2017 10:46 am

Ask Darien, St Ignatius or any other great program, that aspired to become a Top 10 national program if the Big boys could not wait to play them, when they started becoming consistently Top 25 worthy. No they did not!! If a program wants National notoriety, that program has to get on the road, schedule tough top 25 opponents, and kick the door down. St Ignatius did that for years and this year got over the hump. Proof? they now can have a few losses and still can be ranked in the top 10 in some polls. After years of proving themselves against top programs they now have enough eye test, from enough voters to be evaluated fairly and positively. Respect in national polls is earned, and is a long term process. Is that fair in any given year? No, but look at NCAA lax or football preseason polls. Those too are usually based on previous years and the expectation of the program, because even in more publicized sports, pollsters rarely know the individual talent outside of a few stars.
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