Private school teams have a few weeks of lacrosse under their belts, snow-saddened public school teams have played a game or two, and lacrosse season is (weather permitting) about to hit its stride as March turns to April next week. As a result, the first edition of the Post’s Top 10 rankings for D.C.-area boys’ lacrosse teams will be released for your debate and discussion later today (follow @AllMetSports to see it the minute it’s posted).
Those rankings are based on a variety of factors: early season results, last year’s successes, returning starters, strength of schedule, and many more. But to tide you over for the real rankings later this afternoon, Recruiting Insider has put together a different Top 10, one based entirely on how many Division I recruits a team boasts on its roster.
In lacrosse, a sport where recruiting is happening earlier and earlier, and freshmen often enter high school knowing where they’ll head to college, the number of Division I commitments on a school’s roster is often a significant consideration in a team’s stature — a high number providing legitimacy and depth of talent, a low number raising questions and suggesting a less formidable squad.
Success breeds success, so naturally, winning teams attract top young talent, increasing their likelihood of drawing in the type of players Division I coaches look at and solicit commitments from early on. So certainly, the number of Division I recruits is a good indicator of a team’s talent level. But it’s not the only indicator, and whether or not fans, media, and coaches place too much stock in a team’s Division I recruit count is a topic of debate in local bleachers and in online lacrosse forums.
In order to see just how much those numbers matter and for the sake of argument, here’s what the Post Top 10 would look like if it were based entirely on the number of Division I committed players a school has on its roster. The following numbers are the number of recruits the Post knows of via high school coaches, the players themselves, and the laxpower.com recruiting database — please update us if a number looks incorrect.
Use the comments section to let us know what you think: How much does the number of Division I commitments on a team’s roster matter? Is it an overblown statistic when rating area lacrosse teams, or is it a useful indicator of a school’s tradition and ability to attract top talent?
Post Top 10 (by DI recruits)
1. Georgetown Prep (17)
2. Landon (14)
3. Gonzaga (14)
4. St. Mary’s Annapolis (9)
5. DeMatha (8)
6. Paul VI (8)
7. St. John’s (8)
8. Bullis (7)
9. Severna Park (6)
10. St. Stephen’s and St. Agnes (5)
NUMBER CRUNCH: 3
Paul VI’s 2014 roster features three freshmen (class of 2017) already committed to Division I schools, most in the area as of Wednesday morning: midfielder Roman Puglise (Maryland), midfielder Jackson Smith (Ohio State), attack Danny Kielbasa (Army).
— North Carolina baseball commit JB Bukauskas hit 97 miles per hour more than once in his 2014 debut for Stone Bridge last Friday
— Lake Braddock softball outdueled O’Connell on Saturday behind a one-hitter from Ashley Flesch
— In the football recruiting scene, Good Counsel’s Darius Fullwood spoke candidly with Recruiting Insider about the recruiting process
— One-time highly touted recruit, St. John’s basketball star Lindsay Allen, is now playing a role on a national stage for the undefeated Notre Dame Fighting Irish
— Two of the teams on this all-recruiting Top 10 faced off on a frigid afternoon in Potomac last week. Read about what happened when Bullis and DeMatha matched up in an early season IAC/WCAC showdown.
PHOTOS OF THE DAY:
Here’s a look at Ashley Flesch and Lake Braddock’s crucial early-season win over O’Connell.
WHAT TO WATCH FOR:
In boys’ lacrosse, Gonzaga hosts the nation’s consensus top team — Boys Latin (Md.) — today at 4 p.m. at Gonzaga.