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South Top 10

*Editor’s Note: The South Region’s season has concluded. The below records and recaps are current as of May 18.

1. Dallas Jesuit (Texas), 12-2

The Rangers clinched a state championship on May 9 by defeating Highland Park (Texas) 10-8 after being deadlocked at 5 at halftime. Senior Curran Rose, who had four goals in the state championship game, led Dallas Jesuit with 31 goals. Dallas Jesuit had a month of its season interrupted early in the year but showed no rust in collecting notable wins over Episcopal Dallas (Texas) and Louisville Trinity (Ky.). The Rangers split with Highland Park in two regular-season meetings, and their other loss was to nationally ranked Culver Academy (Ind.). Previous: 1

2. St. Andrew’s (Fla.), 16-0

The Scots won a Florida Class 1A title on May 8 by defeating St. Edward’s (Fla.) 13-5, helping legendary coach Tony Seaman to his first championship with St. Andrew’s. Sophomore Jack Schulte had a team-leading 40 goals, and freshman Kurt Schwarz had 24 assists this season. Previous: 2

3. Cardinal Gibbons (N.C.), 17-0

The Crusaders completed an unbeaten season with a state title on March 26, defeating Hough (N.C.) 14-5. Bryce Wojnovich, a Jacksonville recruit, was named the state championship game MVP for his five-goal performance. Junior Caden Zadell led Cardinal Gibbons with 42 goals this season. Previous: 3

4. Blessed Trinity (Ga.), 25-0

The Titans concluded a perfect season with a 12-8 state championship game victory over Pace Academy (Ga.) on Saturday, propelled by two early goals from Riley Sullivan. Blessed Trinity narrowly advanced to the championship after topping Westminster (Ga.) 11-10. Previous: 4

5. Jupiter (Fla.), 18-1

The seniors ended their last season at Jupiter the same way they ended their first season — as state champions. The Warriors won the Florida Class 2A title on May 8 by defeating Winter Park (Fla.) 12-8. Lafayette recruit Max Sanderson led Jupiter with 71 goals. Junior Trace Hogan had 35 assists in addition to 49 goals. Previous: 5

6. Highland Park (Texas), 14-3

The Highlanders came a game shy of winning a state championship, falling to Dallas Jesuit 10-8 on May 9 after holding a 6-5 lead early in the second half. Highland Park had regular season wins over Dallas Jesuit (splitting games) and Westlake (Texas). Previous: 6

7. Louisville St. Xavier (Ky.), 18-3

The Tigers completed a state championship run by topping Trinity (Ky.) 17-8, marking St. Xavier’s third straight state title. Hillis Burns scored five times in the state final. St. Xavier advanced to the title game by defeating Eastern (Ky.) 15-10. Previous 9

8. Ponte Vedra (Fla.), 15-1

The Sharks’ season concluded in a shocking overtime playoff loss to Creekside (Fla.). Maddox Johnson led Ponte Vedra with 49 goals, while Jack Reed led the squad in assists with 20. Previous: 7

9. Middle Creek (N.C.), 12-1

The Mustangs’ season came to an end March 17, losing to eventual state champion Cardinal Gibbons 12-7. Eight Mustangs tallied double figures in goals this year, led by junior Tate Jones, who had 36. Charlie Riesett won more than 90 percent of faceoffs. Previous: 8

10. St. Edward’s (Fla.), 16-5

The Pirates’ run in the state tournament came to an end just short of a title on May 8. St. Edward’s lost to St. Andrew’s (Fla.) 13-5 in the state final. Junior Oscar Lindenthal led St. Edward’s with 66 goals but was held scoreless in the championship game. Senior Danny Richmond had 62 assists. Previous: 10

— Justin Boggs

Midwest Top 10

1. Culver Academy (Ind.), 14-2

The Eagles trailed for much of Sunday’s GEICO Nationals semifinal against Taft (Conn.) but hung around all night in a 10-8 loss. Culver went undefeated against the Midwest this year, including wins over Cleveland St. Ignatius, Cincinnati St. Xavier and Upper Arlington out of the Buckeye State and also had impressive victories over IMG National (Fla.), St. John’s (D.C.) and Dallas Jesuit (Texas). Previous: 1

2. Upper Arlington (Ohio), 20-1

The Golden Bears had their first close game of the postseason in their Region 3 title match, edging St. Charles (Ohio) 11-9. With Upper Arlington’s lead cut to a single goal in the final minute, Maryland commit Shea Keethler won a pivotal faceoff leading to a goal from Chris Mazzaferri that not only clinched the game but also a hat trick. Previous: 2

3. New Trier (Ill.), 14-0

The Trevians continue to flourish behind a devastating defense, not allowing double-digit goals in a game all season. Most recently, New Trier held Maine South (Ill.) to two goals and Glenbrook North to four. Previous: 3

4. Loyola Academy (Ill.), 11-1

The Ramblers put up a 3-0 week, outscoring in-state foes Grayslake North, Glenbard West and Mount Carmel by a combined margin of 46-7. They have now won four straight since an overtime loss to New Trier on May 18. Previous: 4

5. Brother Rice (Mich.), 14-2

Since falling to Upper Arlington on the first day of May, Brother Rice has won six straight, allowing just 13 goals over that stretch, including three shutouts. They outscored last week’s two opponents 58-0. Previous: 5

6. Dublin Jerome (Ohio), 20-2

Since being held to four goals by Upper Arlington in the MSLCA championship game, Dublin Jerome has averaged 21.25 goals. The Celtics’ four-game win streak includes a 21-12 victory over rival Dublin Coffman in the Region 1 championship, avenging a regional title game loss to the Shamrocks two years ago after not having a chance to do so during the pandemic-canceled season. Previous: 6

7. St. Ignatius (Ohio), 13-5

Following back-to-back losses to Upper Arlington and Hudson (Ohio), the Wildcats have won six straight games, including avenging that earlier loss to the Explorers with an 8-6 victory in the Region 2 championship game. The victory included junior Andrew Wynocker scoring a pair of early goals to set St. Ignatius’ single-season record at 72 goals, along with Logan Rechin proving quite formidable in net. Previous: NR

8. Hamilton Southeastern (Ind.), 17-2

Since falling to Dublin Jerome in mid-April, the Royals have won 12 straight, including a dominant performance in the IHSLA quarterfinals against Chesterton. In that victory, HSE forced 26 turnovers, won the ground ball count 43-14 and got a pair of hat tricks from Ryan Kemp (five goals, one assist) and EJ Reichert (three goals). Previous: 8

9. Hartland (Mich.), 19-1

Since dropping their third game of the season to Brother Rice, the Eagles haven’t lost. They even got road wins over strong in-state foes Brighton and East Grand Rapids in that stretch. That sets up an intriguing regional final against Brighton, which Hartland edged 16-10 back on May 12. Previous: 9

10. Forest Hills Central (Mich.), 14-3

The Rangers have compiled nine straight wins since falling to Brother Rice in late April. Up next for FHC is a Region 12 title game against East Lansing. Previous: 10

— Jonah Rosenblum

West Top 10

1. St. Ignatius Prep (Calif.), 13-0

The Wildcats wrapped up the regular season with a pair of wins over Menlo (Calif.) and Sacred Heart Cathedral (Calif.) last week, outscoring their opponents 24-7. They now head to the WCAL playoffs, with a bye into the semifinals Thursday, vying for one of two automatic qualifying berths into the CIF Central Coast Section playoffs. Previous: 1

2. Torrey Pines (Calif.), 11-2

The top-seeded Falcons beat eighth-seeded La Jolla (Calif.) 18-5 in the CIF San Diego Open Division quarterfinals. They face San Marcos (Calif.) in the semifinals Wednesday. Torrey Pines beat San Marcos 16-5 back on May 7. San Marcos edged Grossmont (Calif.) 9-8 in overtime in their quarterfinal matchup, marking its third straight overtime game. Previous: 2

3. Loyola Los Angeles (Calif.), 17-1

Aiden Lee scored five goals and Owen Gaffney added a hat trick as the top-seeded Cubs cruised to a 16-2 win over Santa Margarita Catholic (Calif.) in the second round of the CIF Southern Section-Ford Division I playoffs. They now face Palos Verdes (Calif.) in the quarterfinals Tuesday. Previous: 3

4. Corona del Mar (Calif.), 13-3

The Sea Kings topped Agoura (Calif.) 15-9 to advance to the CIF Southern Section quarterfinals, where they will get a rematch Tuesday against a St. Margaret’s Episcopal (Calif.) team that beat them 9-8 in overtime April 23. In the second-round game against Agoura, Logan Ip led with four goals, two assists and two ground balls, Lucas Newton tallied three goals, three assists and three ground balls and Gavin Gossen added three goals and one assist. Previous: 4

5. Valor Christian (Colo.), 6-1

The Eagles have won three straight since dropping a narrow loss to Mountain Vista (Colo.) on May 14, including a big 10-7 win over former No. 6 Regis Jesuit (Colo.) on Friday. Jake Likes led all scorers with five goals, while Gunnar Fellows added three goals and one assist and goalkeeper Mitch Gutgsell made eight saves to seal the win. Previous: NR

6. Mater Dei (Calif.), 17-2

The Monarchs earned the first CIF playoff win in program history Friday, beating Crespi 18-6 in the second round of the CIF Southern Section playoffs. They led just 7-4 at halftime but turned up the heat in the second half to build a double-digit lead. Ten players scored in a balanced Mater Dei attack, led by sophomores Evan Curry and Triston Jewell, who pumped in four goals, and senior Tommy Bethel and sophomore Cole Crisostomo, who added two goals each. Lucas de la Paz went 20 for 25 on faceoffs (80 percent), and the defense held the opponent under double digits in scoring for the 11th straight game. Tyler Curry, Sean Bocan, Andrew Crosby and Tej Gadhavi led the defense in front of goalie Nick Colignon, who nabbed nine saves. Previous: 5

7. Regis Jesuit (Colo.), 5-1

The Raiders dropped their first loss to a talented Valor Christian team Saturday, just after earning a notable win over previous No. 7 Mountain Vista on May 25. Jack Ringhofer led Regis’ attack in the 13-12 victory, finishing with three goals and four assists, while Will McFadden added three goals and one assist and Logan White had two goals and two assists. Regis held an 11-7 advantage going into the fourth quarter and had to fight off a late rally. Jayden Warlum had 20 saves in goal. Previous: 6

8. Corner Canyon (Utah), 22-0

The Chargers capped a perfect season with the UHSAA/Mountain America Division A title, coming back from a halftime deficit to beat Park City (Utah) 20-13 in the final Saturday. Corner Canyon trailed 7-6 at halftime but outscored Park City 6-2 in the third quarter and ran away with it in the fourth. Eric Neilson led with six goals, three assists and four ground balls, and Mason Quick made a big impact as well with five goals and three assists. Junior goalkeeper Ayden Santi made 14 saves and allowed 10 goals. The Chargers beat Olympus (Utah) 17-3 in the semifinals. Previous: 8

9. De La Salle (Calif.), 12-1

The Spartans completed their season with a pair of dominant wins last week, helping them end on a five-game win streak following their only loss to St. Ignatius. They beat Dougherty Valley (Calif.) 29-2 on May 25 and ended with a 12-2 victory against California High. The CIF North Coast Section is not holding championships this season. Previous: 9

10. Lakeridge (Ore.), 9-2

The Pacers avenged one of their two regular-season losses in the game that mattered most, beating previously-ranked Jesuit Portland (Ore.) 11-8 in the Metro Area Tourney championship May22. Lakeridge trailed by two in the third quarter but outscored the Crusaders 7-4 down the stretch for the win in the de factor state championship game of the pandemic-shortened 2021 campaign. Jake Reichle won 11 of 14 faceoffs in the second half. Matt Wright, Nolan Lawler, Jude Cowie and Preston Stewart led the attack with two goals each. Previous: 10

— Laurel Pfahler

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