With the national high school lacrosse season officially in the books, the Culver Military Academy prep lacrosse team has retained its hold on the No. 1 spot in the USA Today Super 25 high school poll.
Three impressive wins in five days at the Inter-Ac Invitational, including a 9-5 championship victory over Haverford School (Pa.), lifted the Eagles to No. 1 in the May 24 poll. The May 21 win over the Fords avenged the Eagles’ only blemish on the season, a double-overtime 8-7 loss during CMA’s east coast swing over spring break in March.
This was Culver’s second straight Inter-Ac title. CMA went from third to the top spot in the Super 25 poll by virtue of its strength of schedule. USA Today cited the Eagles’ five wins over other Super 25 teams, including No. 3 Hill Academy (Ont.) and No. 9 McDonogh (Md.). A home victory over an impressive Everest Academy (Ont.) team added to the mix.
Goalie Matt Schmidt ’17 (Worthington, Ohio) was named the most valuable player of the championship after making 13 saves. He was also named the Epoch/U.S. Lacrosse Midwest player of the week for his tournament run. Middie Jackson Reid ’17 (Guelph, Ont.) was named the player of the game in the semifinal game, a 6-5 win over Episcopal Academy. CMA defeated Penn Charter, 13-4, in its first game.
Reid and Schmidt have also been named to the Under Armour Senior All-America Lacrosse Game rosters. Reid will play for the North Team and Schmidt will play for the South Team. The game is schedule for 8 p.m., July 1, at Towson University’s Johnny Unitas Stadium. Reid is an Ohio State commit and Schmidt will be going to Notre Dame.
The Eagles are ranked No. 3 in both the U.S. Lacrosse Magazine and Inside Lacrosse polls.