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2022 Girls HS Rankings

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2022 Girls HS Rankings

We pick the Sac PAL Amazons as the #1 team.

After several requests and a lot of soul-searching, we give you an end-of-season Girls HS ranking.

This Top 40 was difficult in part because leagues played 15s, 10s, 7s, or some other combination in an effort to get games going. We decided to rank teams regardless of the type of rugby they played. We judge those teams based on how they did in the version they played, so you could have a highly-ranked team that played a lot of 7s, and wouldn't necessarily beat a much lower-ranked team when they played 15s. 

From our observations, though, in girls HS rugby especially, good rugby teams are good rugby teams. We also saw a mixture of results, especially in Ohio but elsewhere as well, such as Utah, where one team beat another which beat another.  So we did our best.

One surprise might be Belmont HS out of Massachusetts. But we got to see them a lot on video and saw several other teams on video or in person, and concluded that despite the fact they didn't play outside their state, they would handle themselves very well. It is a subjective ranking, to be sure, but hopefully fans will take this ranking as it is intended—a celebration of the return of the girls HS game and the hope that it will continue to rebuild for 2023.

And you will see below we made a mistake and fixed that, but it makes the numbers weird - two teams at #12. 

Rank Team Notes
1 Sac PAL (CA) Won NorCal, Club National Tournament
2 DSHA (WI) Won School National Tournament
3 Majestics (UT) Won Utah, close 2nd at Club NIT
4 Belmont HS (MA) Won MIAA by a wide margin
5 Summit (CO) 2nd at School Nationals
6 United (UT) Close 3rd in Utah, Club NIT
7 Morris (NJ) Won EGRL.
8 Provo (UT) Close 2nd in Utah
9 Eagle HS (ID) 3rd at School Nationals
10 Fallbrook (CA) Dominated SoCal
11 Charlotte Cardinals (NC) Won NC by a wide margin
12 Woodlands (TX) Won Texas (added later because we forgot to put them in, which is why the numbers are off)
12 Sparta Rock (MI) 2nd in MW, beat Catholic Memorial
13 Moon Area (PA) Won PA, beat Doylestown
14 Catholic Memorial (WI) 4th at School Nationals, beat DSHA to win Wisconsin
15 Long Beach Poly (CA) Competitive runner-up to Fallbrook in SoCal.
16 Greenwich (CT) Beat Aspetuck to win Connecticut
17 Aspetuck (CT) 3rd in EGRL but beat Doylestown.
18 Doylestown (PA) Competitive 2nd in EGRL, Rugby PA. But lost to Aspetuck.
19 Valley Panthers (OR) Top team in Oregon.
20 Kent Crusaders (WA) Top team in Washington.
21 Brunswick (OH) Won Ohio School final.
22 East County Grackles (OR) Competition 2nd in Oregon.
23 Carmel (IN) Won Indiana.
24 Orchard Park (NY) Won Tier II at School Nationals.
25 Cedar Falls (IA) Won Iowa in 7s.
26 Land Park Harlequins (CA) 2nd in NorCal.
27 Lamorinda (CA) Lost to Land Park by one point.
28 Walnut Hills (OH) Close 2nd in Ohio Club final.
29 San Diego Mustangs (CA) 4th at Club NIT (all close losses)
30 Carroll (IN) 2nd in Indiana
31 Mentor (OH) Close 2nd in Ohio School final.
32 St. Josephs Academy (OH) Beat Highland, Perrysburg
33 Highland (OH) 2nd to Orchard Park in School Nationals D2
34 SE Polk (IA) 2nd in Iowa 7s league.
35 Perrysburg (OH) Won Ohio Club Final but lost to Mentor, SJA
36 Morton (IL) Won Illinois.
37 Columbia (TN) 5th at School Nationals
38 Cobras Cailini (IL) 2nd in Illinois.
39 Chinook (OR) Split with Salem
40 Salem (OR) Split with Chinook