THL’s Week 4 Power Rankings (Division I)

We’ve dropped Plano West out of the top 10 this week and moved St. John’s up into the last spot.  Plano West is strong and is a difficult opponent for any team, but after beating ESD, they put up a good fight but were solidly beaten by Coppell and St. Mark’s this week.  A very good argument can be made to keep them around at the bottom of the top 10 this week, but we’ve decided to spice it up and slide St. John’s into the fold due to the quality of their recent play.

  1. Dallas Jesuit:  They hold strong for another week at our #1 position.  They stay undefeated and took home more resume-boosting win, beating ESD 7-5 and taking care of business against Allen this week.
  2. St. Mark’s:  St. Mark’s continues to be neck-and-neck with Dallas Jesuit for the top spot in our rankings.  They had a great 10-4 win over Plano West and a big matchup against ESD on the 23rd looms.
  3. Woodlands:  Woodlands took home two more great wins this week, beating two strong teams on short rest as they survived a scare against EHS (won 13-11) and beat a very good St. John’s team 13-9.
  4. Coppell:  This team continues to go slightly under-the-radar, but they continue to rack up wins and brought home another great one in their 9-4 win over Plano West this week.  We aren’t convinced they’re better than ESD, but we went ahead and bumped them up to #4 this week due to their convincing win against Plano West (which ESD recently lost to).  The game against ESD on  3/20 will be circled on the THL calendar – which looks to be this team’s first test this season against a top-5 caliber opponent.
  5. ESD:  They escaped with an 11-10 win over Highland Park and then lost 7-5 to Dallas Jesuit – which is nothing to be ashamed of.  This team is talented and is getting a lot of experience playing in tight games.
  6. Westlake:  Starting goalie Jackson Grimes returned to the lineup and Westlake responded, blowing out Bowie 17-1 this week where 14 of their 17 goals were assisted.  It was good enough to bump them back up a few notches as this team returns to full strength and comes together after a brutal early-season schedule.  Looks like the blowout loss to ESD was just a blip.
  7. Westwood:  They beat cross-town rivals McNeil and Anderson this week, racking up two more solid wins.  It was enough to bump them back over HCHS this week.  They have a big test coming up against Westlake on the 21st – a game that will likely reveal which team is the Central District front-runner this year.
  8. Houston Christian:  Their only game this week was against Division II Clear Lake, and they beat them handily (winning 13-2).  Not much to go on there, and they’ve slid a few notches not because we think any less of them, but because we’ve learned more about other teams that justified giving them a bump.  The 3/20 game against the Woodlands will be a huge, highly anticipated test.
  9. Highland Park:  Their 2 losses have come to top-ranked teams and have only been by 1 goal (they lost 11-10 to ESD this week).  They’re young and talented and these close games will give them valuable experience that may be helpful later in the season.  Look for HP to make a run in the 2nd half of the season.
  10. St. John’s:  They don’t have any marquee wins yet, but they’ve quietly played very good lacrosse, racking up 6 wins with their only loss to the hands of the Woodlands (lost 13-9).  It’s good enough to give them some love this week in the Power Rankings.
On the cusp:  Plano West, Plano

We create our Power Rankings each week before tallying the results of the Coaches Poll, and it’s always interesting to see where the differences lie.  Were we guilty of a few reaches?  A few snubs?  What do you think?  Leave your thoughts in the comments below!

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