JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – We’re getting started a bit later with our lacrosse Super 6 rankings, but they’re finally here. They coincide with this week’s Rivalry on the River tournament at Bolles. The boys rankings will be published weekly through the end of the regular season. Records are through March 22 games.
Super 6 boys lacrosse rankings
Rank, School, Record, Classification
1. Ponte Vedra (9-2, Class 2A)
Notable wins: Charlotte Catholic (NC), Episcopal, Fleming Island, King’s Ridge Christian (Ga.), Maclay, Mandarin, Montverde, Nease.
FHSAA rating: 15.499 (1st in 2A).
Glance: The Sharks top the inaugural Super 6. First-year head coach Chris Polanski has kept the Ponte Vedra express thundering along. The Sharks remain the only area boys team to have won a state championship (2019) and remain that benchmark for local programs. There’s only one sub-.500 team on the list of wins thus far. Ponte Vedra’s two losses are high quality, 9-8 to a 7-2 Tampa Plant, and 14-10 to Roswell (Ga.). There’s a big showdown Saturday night against No. 2 Creekside in the Rivalry on the River finale. The Sharks won that matchup 9-8 last season, then lost to the Knights by that same score in the playoffs.
2. Creekside (9-2, Class 2A)
Notable wins: Flagler Palm Coast, Fleming Island, Gainesville Oak Hall, Jupiter, Starr’s Mill (Ga.).
FHSAA rating: 15.257 (2nd in 2A).
Glance: The Knights turned the corner last year with an exceptional closing stretch, beating dynasty St. Edward’s, Nease and rival Ponte Vedra. Creekside lost its regional semifinal against Lake Mary but the standard was set. Coach Jason Alford’s Creekside squad has turned in a very impressive 2022. There is a disappointing loss to a 4-5 Nease, but that’s really the lone blemish here from a record standpoint. The other defeat came to St. Edward’s (14-7). The most impressive W is a 14-13 victory over Jupiter, the 2A defending state champ. The biggest local game is Saturday’s primetime showdown against Ponte Vedra in the finale of the Rivalry on the River. If you’re into lacrosse and not already listening, I can’t recommend giving an ear to Ray Carnicelli’s weekly segment on 1010XL. Well worth 30 to 35 minutes of your time.
3. Bolles (10-1, Class 1A)
Notable wins: Bishop Moore, Gulf Breeze, Lake Norman (NC), Nease, Providence, Winter Park.
FHSAA rating: 13.923 (5th in 1A).
Glance: Excellent start for the Bulldogs in coach Tom West’s first season at Bolles. West arrived from Ponte Vedra and remains the only coach to lead a local program to a boys state championship. Two more games on tap this week, a Wednesday night game against Mandarin and a Saturday showdown against Tallahassee Maclay in the Rivalry on the River.
4. Nease (4-5, Class 2A)
Notable wins: Creekside, Fleming Island, Oak Hall.
FHSAA rating: 10.786 (10th in 2A).
Glance: The overall record isn’t pretty but the Panthers have played a brutal schedule. Among the losses are to Lake Mary (14-8), 20-9 to an 8-1 Pope (Ga.), 17-1 to Super 6 No. 1 Ponte Vedra and 16-5 to defending state champion Jupiter.
5. Episcopal (6-3, Class 1A)
Notable wins: Buchholz, Menendez.
FHSAA rating: 9.506 (13th in 1A).
Glance: Not many bad losses for the Eagles, who have dropped matches to No. 1 Ponte Vedra (12-4), a 7-3 St. Thomas Aquinas (18-2) and Gainesville Oak Hall (14-9). There are three big ones to round out the week, starting Wednesday night at home against Fleming Island. Then its Providence on Friday and Tallahassee Chiles on Saturday.
6. Fleming Island (6-4, Class 2A)
Notable wins: Flagler Palm Coast, Providence, St. Augustine.
FHSAA rating: 5.230 (28th in 2A).
Glance: The Golden Eagles’ top win came in the opener over Flagler Palm Coast (10-9). Also included are Ws over St. Augustine (11-6) and Providence (8-4). The closing stretch includes a showdown at Episcopal on Wednesday night and a tough game at Bolles on March 30.
Flagler Palm Coast (7-2, Class 2A); Mandarin (6-3, Class 2A); Menendez (3-3, Class 1A); Providence (6-3, Class 1A); St. Augustine (7-4, Class 1A).