Little changed in the top half of the US Lacrosse/MaxLaxLA Coaches Poll this week, as Oak Park, Chaminade and Redondo Union remain Nos. 1, 2 and 3 coming out of spring break. In fact, nine of the Top 10 teams are unchanged, with only Mira Costa and Westlake switching spots at Nos. 9 and 10.
What is interesting, though, is how varied the voting is after No. 1, where Oak Park (8-0) was a unanimous choice on the 11 ballots cast.
Eight voters had Chaminade (8-2) at No. 2, while two had the Eagles third and one had them fourth. The Sea Hawks’ votes were spread even wider. Redondo (7-2) received three votes for No. 2, three for No. 3, two for No. 4 and three for No. 5. For what it’s worth, Chaminade’s losses were to Newport Harbor and at Oak Park, while Redondo’s losses were to Oak Park and at No. 4 Agoura.
The Chargers (5-2) actually had three votes for No. 3, six for No. 4 and one each for Nos. 5 and 6. No. 5 Palos Verdes (5-2), meanwhile, received two third-place votes and one for fourth, along with six at No. 5 and one each at Nos. 6 and 7. Agoura lost to Thousand Oaks, currently No. 12 in the rankings, and at Palos Verdes. The Sea Kings lost in overtime to No. 10 Westlake and to Redondo.
Birmingham (9-1) apparently is even more of a mystery to voters. The Patriots were listed as high as No. 3 on one ballot but as low as No. 9 on two others. Birmingham’s lone loss was to Westlake in a tournament game.
With a month remaining before playoffs, though, there’s plenty of time for voters to get a read on the other teams and for the rankings to sort themselves out.
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