Starting today, this new weekly blog will examine The Sun's Top 15 boys lacrosse poll, dissecting some of the major changes in the poll and the results that led to them. Please keep in mind, the poll is a formulated opinion with no right or wrong answers. Also please feel free to comment your thoughts on the poll. (CLICK HERE to see this week's poll.)
The first installment of the weekly blog comes with major changes largely, due to a fine effort from McDonogh, which knocked Calvert Hall from the No. 1 spot with a 7-6 overtime win on Friday. That win also showed why the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference is arguably the deepest and finest league in the country.
The Eagles entered last week ranked No. 7 with a 4-3 record and lost to No. 2 Gilman, 8-5, on Tuesday before getting the win against the Cardinals. Gilman (6-1) became the easy candidate to take over the top position, and the bigger question became how far Calvert Hall should drop.
Loyola, which came into the week at No. 3 and 8-1, enjoyed impressive wins over No. 9 St. Paul's (17-6 on Tuesday) and No. 4 Boys' Latin (13-6 on Friday) to earn the jump to No. 2, with Calvert Hall dropping to No. 3.
The Eagles move up to No. 5 with Boys' Latin (7-5) dropping to No. 6 in the midst of a four-game slide.
Much of the bottom of the poll remained largely intact aside from No. 12 St. Paul's, now 2-8, continuing to struggle and thus dropping out of the Top 10. A team to watch is No. 8 Severn (13-1), which has won 13 straight games and will begin to see the top-tier MIAA schools starting on Friday when it hosts Boys' Latin.