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May 9, 2017 — Top 10 for the week of May 7

For the first time in a month, this week’s Top 10 has remained stable. That’s because only one loss occurred last week, and that took place last Monday when Summit Oak Knoll (N.J.) upset previously undefeated Bridgewater-Raritan (N.J.).

But as we’ve already seen this spring, the end of a year tends to yield a lot of upsets of highly-ranked teams. Indeed, the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland, the California Interscholastic Federation’s San Diego Section, and the regular season on Long Island finish up this week, meaning there could be a shakeup in this rankings.

Our honorary No. 11 Team of the Week is perhaps the most unlikely of teams to make the 40-team NCAA Division III women’s lacrosse field this past Sunday. The team represents the main campus of Johnson & Wales University in Providence, R.I.

Johnson & Wales, on talent alone, is definitely the third best women’s lacrosse team in the city of Providence. But the school has perhaps the most famous culinary program in the United States, having graduated the likes of Emeril Lagasse. Recently, the university has begun to extend its student activities beyond its normal offerings and has developed intercollegiate athletics. This year, in just its fourth season of women’s lacrosse, the Wildcats were able to win the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) Tournament and the Automatic Qualifier that goes along with it.

1. Owings Mills McDonogh (Md.) 19-0

McDonogh embarks on the IAAM bracket, starting with Brooklandville St. Paul’s (Md.), then either Severn Archbishop Spalding (Md.) or Glenelg (Md.) Country School in the semifinals

2. Ridgewood (N.J.) 14-0

Maroons won their 13th consecutive Bergen County Tournament with an 18-8 win over Saddle River (N.J.) Country Day School

3. Glenelg (Md.) 14-0

Undefeated Gladiators should have a reasonably easy road to the 3A-2A title match

4. East Setauket Ward Melville (N.Y.) 14-0

Ward Melville finishes regular season this week against Smithtown (N.Y.) West and Huntington (N.Y.) before the Class A playoffs begin

5. Mount Sinai (N.Y.) 11-2

Mustangs finish regular season against Islip (N.Y.) and Sayville (N.Y.)

6. San Diego Torrey Pines (Calif.) 16-0

Falcons have Carlsbad LaCosta Canyon (Calif.) in CIF Open Division semifinal and would meet either Poway (Calif.) or La Jolla (Calif.) in Saturday’s championship

7. Brighton (N.Y.) 10-0

Barons take on Irondequoit (N.Y.) tomorrow, then Victor (N.Y.) Central on Friday

8. Towson Notre Dame Prep (Md.) 17-2

Blazers take on Baltimore Bryn Mawr (Md.) today, then either Baltimore Roland Park (Md.) or Owings Mills Garrison Forest School (Md.) in the IAAM “A” semifinals

9. Alexandria St. Stephen’s/St. Agnes (Va.) 21-1

Saints topped Rosemont Agnes Irwin (Pa.) 15-8 on Saturday in a great tune-up for the ISL tournament

10. Radnor Archbishop Carroll (Pa.) 14-0

Passed a test last Saturday against Springfield (Pa.); the duo of Sam Swart and Katie Detwiler are hard to stop; major test this Thursday against Tredyffrin Conestoga (Pa.)

11. Johnson & Wales 16-4

Wildcats take on Babson in the NCAA first round for a chance to play Trinity for a berth in the octofinal round

Who’s out: Bridgewater-Raritan (N.J.) 17-7 loss to Summit Oak Knoll (N.J.)

And bear in mind: Darien (Conn.) 10-3, Orlando Bishop Moore (Fla.) 20-4, Milton (Ga.) 15-4, Summit Oak Knoll (N.J.) 12-3, Cicero-North Syracuse (N.Y.) 11-2, Camillus West Genesee (N.Y.) 9-3, Newfield Middle Country (N.Y.) 10-2, Garden City (N.Y.) 14-1, Apex (N.C.) 16-0, Massilon Jackson (Ohio) 14-0, Tredyffrin Conestoga (Pa.) 15-1, Wilson West Lawn (Pa.) 18-1, Alexandria Bishop Ireton (Va.) 15-5