Rob Bordley isn’t walking through that door. Neither is Kevin Giblin. Or Malcolm Lester for that matter. After decades of IAC dominance on the lacrosse field, it seems as if the tides have turned as the WCAC is flexing its muscle across the D.C. high school lacrosse scene.
In local and national rankings, St. John’s, Gonzaga and Paul VI all come in before any whiff of an IAC school. Back in the 80s, 90s and late into the 2000s, this would have been unheard of. But in 2022, it might just be the new normal.
Inside Lacrosse, the leading publication for lacrosse of all levels, has St. John’s ranked No. 1 nationally. Gonzaga comes in at No. 4. The MIAA out of Baltimore still represents with five teams in the Top 25, but no team from the IAC makes the cut.
Locally, the Washington Post has St. John’s No. 1, Gonzaga No. 2 and Paul VI at No. 5 with Georgetown Prep (#6), Bullis (#7), St. Albans (#8) and Landon (#9) rounding out the Top 10. But its not as close as it appears.
This year, St. John’s beat Georgetown Prep by 10 goals (16-6), Gonzag beat Landon by 7 goals (12-5), and Paul VI doubled up St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes by the score of 14-7. Big games still remain, including another possible WCAC vs. IAC showdown at the end of the season. But as of right now, the IAC is playing second fiddle in lacrosse to the WCAC.