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Nike/US Lacrosse Mid-Atlantic' Region Report

by Mike Loveday | LaxMagazine.com

Related: National Top 25 | Northeast | Mid-Atlantic | Midwest | West | South

Player of the Week 

Brinton Valis, Sr., McDonogh (Md.)

Valis scored four straight goals to help McDonogh take a 7-3 lead over Haverford (Pa.), the then No. 2 team in the Nike/US Lacrosse Top 25. The Johns Hopkins commit scored five overall to help the Eagles to a 13-8 victory.

Also notable: Ryan Wade, Norfolk Academy; JT Bugliosi, Calvert Hall; Jack Lombardo, Loyola-Blakefield

GAME OF THE WEEK

Boys’ Latin (Md.) at Lake Highland Prep (Fla.), March 15

Boys' Latin was the US Lacrosse/NIke No. 1 team during almost the entire year last year and while they did not finish in that spot, 2014 could be the year that changes. The Lakers get their season started against defending FHSAA champion Lake HIghland Prep. The Highlanders graduated a few key players from last year’s championship team, but look like a team ready to defend its title. The advantage Lake Highland has is they’ve already played seven games while this will be Boys’ Latin's first game of the year.

Mid-Atlantic Region Top 10

1. Boys' Latin (Baltimore, Md.) 0-0
The Lakers boast 19 players committed to Division I programs and were the No. 1 for almost the entire year last season. They start their season at Lake Highland Prep (Fla.) on March 15.

2. St. Paul's (Brooklandville, Md.) 0-0
The Crusaders return seven starters from a team that finished 15-5 last season. Attacker Mikey Wynne set several season records last season and returns to the lineup. St. John's (D.C.) comes to open the season on March 18.

3. Georgetown Prep (North Bethesda, Md.) 1-0
The Little Hoyas got six points each from Charlie Horning and Tanner Hollifield in a 16-3 win over Middleburg Academy (Va.).

4. McDonogh (Owings Mills, Md.) 1-0
The Eagles jumped out to a 7-2 halftime lead over former No. 2 Haverford School and held on for a 13-8 win. Brinton Valis scored five goals in the win.

Related: Photo Gallery from McDonogh-Haverford

5. Malvern Prep (Malvern, Pa.) 0-0
The defending Inter-Ac champions return several key players from last year, including defender Greg Pelton and attacker Ryan Hilburn. The travel to defending MIAA champion Loyola-Blakefield on March 15.

6. Haverford School (Haverford, Pa.) 0-1
Connor Keating scored two goals and had one assist and the Fords got one goal from six other players in the loss to McDonogh.

7. Loyola-Blakefield (Md.), 1-0
Junior Ryan Conrad led the Dons with two goals and an assist and Jack Lombardo added two goals as they defeated Penn Charter (Philadelphia, Pa.) 7-1 in their season opener.

8. Landon (Bethesda, Md.) 0-0
Six starters return to the Bears lineup, including Jack Falk and Jack Bolen. The loss of Andrew Mitchell to a football injury will leave the defense a little thin. They open with Hill Academy (Canada) on March 15.

9. Calvert Hall (Md.), 2-0
The Cardinals started their season 2-0 with wins in the Brine King of the Spring Face-Off Classic in North Carolina last weekend. JT Bugliosi had six goals in the first two games.

Related: Photo Gallery from Brine King of Spring

10. Gonzaga (Washington, D.C.) 1-0

Gonzaga defeated defending IAC champion St. Stephen's & St. Agnes (Va.) 6-5 on Saturday. Junior Timmy Monahan (Ohio State) had three goals in the win.

Notes

Graham Davis scored a game-high six goals and an assist as Severn School (Md.) opened its season with a 15-8 victory.

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Defending MIAA champion Loyola-Blakefield (Md.) got its title defense started with a 7-1 victory over Penn Charter (Pa.). Jack Lombardo scored two goals and goalie Acie Newton made six saves in the win. 

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Calvert Hall (Md.) started its season 2-0 with two wins in the Brine King of the Spring Face-Off Classic in the Raleigh/Durham area of North Carolina this weekend. JT Bugliosi had six goals in the first two games that consisted of a 22-1 win over Durham Jordan (N.C.) and a 8-3 over Highland Park (Texas). "It was great for us to play good teams. We're very young so we have a lot to work on offensively," head coach Bryan Kelly said. "They played us well defensively, their goalie made several good stops."

Check back to LaxMagazine.com every Tuesday throughout the high school season for updates to the Nike/US Lacrosse Regional Boys' Top 10 rankings and the Nike/US Lacrosse National Boys' Top 25.

2014 Mid-Atlantic Region Report Archive


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