Maryland/D.C. Teams Crack National Top 25
Several teams from Maryland and Washington are ranked in the top 25 nationally as the 2017 season is about to begin.
Bullis in Potomac, Md., is ranked No. 5 in the Nike/US Lacrosse high school poll. The Bulldogs went 21-2 last season and won their first Interstate Athletic Conference title in boys' lacrosse. Bullis finished the year on a 19-game winning streak and will be led by Alex Trippi, a North Carolina recruit who scored 56-goal goals last season.
McDonogh, the nation's top-ranked team, beat Bullis, 8-7, last season. The teams meet again in Owings Mills, Md., March 31.
Bullis is followed by No. 6 Gonzaga, which handed the Bulldogs one of their two losses in 2016. Boys' Latin, of the MIAA, enters the season ranked No. 7 and has one of the best faceoff specialists in the nation in Jake Glatz. The Lakers, who lost to McDonogh in the conference final, host Gonzaga March 31 and continue their rivalry with the Eagles April 28.
Landon in Bethesda, Md., is ranked eighth and will contend for an Interstate Athletic Conference title after going 17-4 last season. The Bears have an intriguing showdown with Bullis April 13.
Calvert Hall, of the MIAA, is ranked No. 13 and boasts one of the most powerful attacks in the country led by North Carolina recruit Jacob Kelly and Ohio State-bound J.T. Bugliosi. The Cardinals should challenge for a conference title and boast several players who have already committed to Division I schools.
While McDonogh is the top girls' program in the U.S., several other Maryland and D.C. teams will begin their seasons in the national rankings.
Good Counsel, which plays in the tough Washington Catholic Athletic Conference, is ranked No. 4 in the Nike/US Lacrosse high school poll. The Falcons were upset in the conference final last season by Bishop Ireton, which is ranked one spot below them in the national poll.
Good Counsel and Bishop Ireton renew their rivalry March 28. McDonogh plays Good Counsel at Loyola University April 8, and then hosts Bishop Ireton two days later.
Notre Dame Prep, which plays in the IAAM "A" conference, is ranked No. 15 in the Nike/US Lacrosse high school poll. The Blazers lost to the Eagles in the conference semifinals last season but should be a force again. However, NDP has several key players returning, including Florida recruit Grace Haus, Virginia-bound Katie Railey, and cousins Keegan Barger (Johns Hopkins) and Brooke Barger (Michigan).
Marriotts Ridge in Howard County is ranked No. 19 and led by Caitlin Ohnmacht (Johns Hopkins) and Victoria Hensh (Maryland) . The Mustangs were upset by Glenelg in the 3A/2A South Section I final last year. Marriotts Ridge travels to McDonogh April 29.
Georgetown Visitation is ranked No. 21. The Tigers lost in the D.C. Independent School League AA final to Alexandria, Va.-based St. Stephen's/St. Agnes, which is ranked third in the national poll. Those teams meet again April 18.