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FLN’s Boys 1A Preseason Top 15

Saint Andrew’s went back to back last year, holding off a late Benjamin rally for the 9-7 final. Neither semifinal was close though, unlike the 2A was.

I suspect that will change some this year.

Last year’s Final Top 15:

FLN Final 2022 Top 15 for Boys 1A

1) St. Andrew’s – great season and a title

2) Benjamin – finalist who was red hot down the stretch and almost made things exciting in the last few minutes

3) St. Edward’s – a few late injuries dampened the end of the season, but the big wins are as good as any resume here

4) Bolles – the Winter Park win is very impressive and gives them the edge

5) Jesuit of Tampa – frankly, if I didn’t see them in person at the Final Four, they might be lower, but add that to a 2-goal loss at Lake Mary and a 4-goal loss at Plant and they showed a lot all season

6) Pine Crest – gets the edge over Oxbridge due to the head-to-head road win

7) Oxbridge – a goal shy of possibly being in the finals, but also a goal away from losing the first round, with SJP possibly scoring the winner in OT

8) Montverde Academy – the Bolles win counts a lot, but the rest of the wins are not as impressive as those above them

9) Community School – smoked the second half of the year, losing only to Jesuit by 3 in the regional final

10) SJP II – what hurts them the most with me was the Western loss

11) Lake Highland – I can’t go higher when you lose 9 games, no matter how tough the schedule was, and it was!

12) Cardinal Mooney – Newsome win helped, and one-goal Plant loss too. But after the Plant game there was no quality win.

13) Oak Hall – the quality wins are just not impressive enough to be higher, lost all the tougher games

14) Holy Trinity – very nice year but the schedule substantially needs upgrading. Vero Beach can’t be the best win next year.

15) Canterbury – gets the last spot due to their much better schedule than Belen, which is the first team out.

Also Considered:

Belen Jesuit and Episcopal School

Benjamin lost a lot of scoring and faceoff specialist Dylan Furshman. Meanwhile, a LOT of programs have added significant pieces and this Top 15 is easily the deepest of any of the Polls. There are wild card possibilities all over.

The 1A Boys brackets are going to be loaded! Once you get past SA, I can make a case that the true next 15 are almost interchangeable going into this season. There’s TWENTY+ 1A teams I am digging into, so realize this is a starting point, and a lot of these teams are going to play each other, so EXPECT movement!

The Also Considered’s should not fret, they’ll be able to play themselves into the Top 15.

Here we go!

FLN’s Boys 1A 2023 Preseason Poll

1) Saint Andrew’s – still the favorite, but a few key graduates to replace

2) Benjamin – runner-up gets this slot automatically, but definitely has plenty of losses to replace, so don’t be surprised when they take a dip in the first half while finding their identity

3) Bolles – watch out, they are going all in

4) Pine Crest – the 3 top scorers are all back and Jordan Faison is special

5) St. Edward’s – Lost two big pieces of the offense but returns a lot

6) Jesuit – One big loss, and the schedule is better this year

7) SJP II – Plenty returning from a deep team last year

8) Oxbridge – a few key losses, including one of the best FOGO’s in the state that no one knew

9) Cardinal Mooney – Killer schedule means Coach Wagner really likes what he has

10) Community School – only lost one big scorer, can they keep their upward swing?

11) Lake Highland Prep – is this the year they win the close games? Schedule is a little lighter.

12) Oak Hall – Lost two big pieces but the schedule is not as tough as last year

13) Holy Trinity – Senior-laden squad looking to make a big run in the brackets

14) Montverde – lost some top talent and will also being searching for their identity

15) Canterbury – lost the top three scorers but have players ready to step up

Also Considered: Belen Jesuit, King’s Academy, Bishop Verot, Bishop Moore, Episcopal School

There’s others to think about as well, and we’ll see how they play out.