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FLN Boys 2A Top 15 for the Week Ending 3/20/22!

Written by Lee Roggenburg on . Posted in , , , .

Boy oh boy . . . another week of having to align the Top 7 teams. As they knock each other off.

So, I need to think through the entire body of work earlier than I am used to. But that’s hardly easier either. I’m going to move Winter Park up to #1 but frankly the schedule to date is nowhere near what many other teams have played. I am looking forward to this week to see how real they are, as they take on Bolles, Timber Creek and Montverde all at home this week. Run the table and you can’t argue with the ranking right now.

Lake Mary’s loss at Jupiter on Monday night (sorry for not getting the writeup done but the tapings with VSN took a lot more preparation time than I expected so I just had to skip it) shook things up again, and once again I have the daunting question of where to rank the Warriors. 8-5 on the season; throw out the McDonogh loss and you have losses to Oxbridge, Benjamin, Saint Andrew’s and Creekside, with OT victories over Plant and Saint John Paul. Then the big win over Lake Mary, plus wins over Wellington and Nease. It’s been a long time since I had this difficulty finding the appropriate slot.

Lake Mary’s loss at Jupiter exposed a talented team that hasn’t really found it’s team chemistry or identity yet. If they find that they are also a title contender, but the biggest issue in their region is gaining the #1 seed, since the regional semifinal game between #2 and #3 will be brutal.

Creekside’s losses were to Nease and Saint Edward’s, and neither was close. The Jupiter Road win is huge. The schedule coming up is rough and includes the Saturday Rivalry game with Ponte Vedra. Ponte Vedra did not play this week but travel to Nease and LHP besides the Creekside game Saturday.

St. Thomas had a weaker start to the season with their schedule than normal. Three losses, two of which were MIAA and Dallas Jesuit, with a one-goal home loss to Benjamin, with a one-goal road win at LHP this weekend. Just five games left and both Jupiter and SA are home, with SA this Thursday. Will this scheduling keep them fresher than the other schools who went all-in on strength of schedule? An interesting thing we will not know until later. In all likelihood it comes down to them versus Jupiter for the Final Four spot either way.

Plant did not play this week and has a solid but not spectacular schedule left, with Cardinal Mooney at home Friday. To me, they passed the eye test and are truly the wild card for me in this season. Although they did not win the game, they found a way to open up SA’s defense as well as anyone I saw and a road OT loss at Jupiter was a heck of an effort. Plus they avenged the Ponte Vedra road loss last year.

Newsome is pretty much locked into the #8 ranking, as they only have Plant left to help them move up. Beyond them, the season has seen plenty of back and forth, with Western’s win over SJP being the best win of the week in the bottom half, while Wellington’s loss to Vero Beach was clearly the worst result of the week. Windermere and Steinbrenner really don’t have much left to move on up the standings, barring a team above them falling back.

Gulf Coast impressed me on Friday with a solid effort at SJP and it’s enough for me to move them up into the tie at #15.

When you look at these rankings for 1-7, understand that they can change substantially over the last three weeks since many of them are playing tough schedules in that period.

FLN Boys 2A Top 15 for the Week Ending 3/13/22

1) Winter Park (7-1)

2) Plant (6-2)

3) St. Thomas (6-3)

4t) Creekside (8-2)

4t) Ponte Vedra (8-2)

6) Jupiter (8-5)

7) Lake Mary (9-2)

8) Newsome (9-1)

9) Riverview-Sarasota (8-2)

10) Western-Davie (7-5)

11) Nease (4-4)

12) Wellington (10-2)

13) Windermere (7-2)

14) Steinbrenner (6-2)

15(t) Mitchell (6-2) / Timber Creek (7-1) / Gulf Coast (5-2)

Also Considered:

Columbus (8-3), Flagler Palm Coast (6-1), Martin County (4-1)