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Monday, April 21, 2014

After losing two out of three games this week, Princeton cedes the top spot in The Trentonian’s boys’ lacrosse rankings to Hopewell Valley. Even though Princeton still remains a very serious contender for the Mercer County title despite it’s losses, it’s become too difficult to find a reason not to put the Bulldogs in the top spot.

Also going on in the CVC, Robbinsville has caught fire recently with three straight wins, two of which came in overtime. Steinert is currently riding a four-game winning streak and New Egypt snapped an eight-game losing streak stretching back to last season with a 18-8 win over Lawrence on Saturday.

Brady Manion had six goals and four assists, Kyle Prouty had five goals and five assists and Ron Archer had a hat trick for the Warriors.

1. Hopewell Valley (9-0, last week: 2) — The remaining undefeated team in the CVC. The challenge this week is not to look too far ahead. Hopewell has Rancocas Valley and Notre Dame this week, but it’s also creeping toward dates with Princeton and Allentown. HoVal needs to avoid a trap game.

2. Princeton (6-2, last week: 1) — The Little Tigers are playing for May, not April. At the expense of a pretty record right now, Princeton is getting itself battle-tested for the postseason by playing some brutal non-conference opponents.

Consider the team’s losses this week to Lawrenceville and Summit. Lawrenceville (5-4) is a prep program that has a lot of advantages that a public high school like Princeton simply doesn’t have. There’s the ability to field post-graduate players like stud attacker Reilly Hupfeldt, no geographic limits for bringing in players and as a private school, Lawrenceville has the facilities and resources to attract top flight talent. There’s also a lot to be said coach Allen Fitzpatrick’s track record of 12 straight state prep A titles.

There’s also Summit (8-1), a public school who as of this writing is ranked No. 3 in the state by Princeton lost both games by a combined 31-6. Princeton has another tough prep test on Friday by travelling to Lincroft to face Christian Brothers Academy (5-1).

3. Allentown (6-1, last week: 3) — Lately, the Redbirds may be bending, but they aren’t breaking. Kyle Moore had the overtime goal to lift Allentown over West Windsor South, 8-7, in its lone game last week.

4. Robbinsville (6-4, last week: 6) — Nick Ferraro and Mike Sanguinetti each were excellent with 11 and 10 goals, respectively, last week as Robbinsville halted Academy New Church(Pa.)’s six-game winning streak in OT, won decisively against Moorestown Friends and grabbed an overtime win against West Windsor North.

5. West Windsor North (4-4, last week: 5) — The Knights dropped their lone contest last week against Robbinsville.

6. Northern Burlington (5-6, last week: 4) — With losses to West Windsor South and Hopewell Valley, the Greyhounds are 0-5 against Mercer County opponents.

7. West Windsor South (3-5, last week: 8) — Beat Northern Burlington despite coughing up a four-goal lead last Tuesday. Two days later, the Pirates had a one goal lead on Allentown heading to the fourth quarter, only to lose the game in overtime.

8. Notre Dame (3-4, last week: 7) — The Irish needed a big third quarter to get past Hightstown (1-6) on Thursday. The Lawrence-based private school will have a shot to get back to .500 against West Windsor South on Monday before taking on Hopewell Valley on Wednesday.

On the bubble: Delran (6-3), Steinert (6-2), Rancocas Valley (3-5)