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Nike/US Lacrosse Mid-Atlantic Region Report

by Mike Loveday | LaxMagazine.com

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Player of the Week 

Richie Petitbon, Gonzaga (D.C.)

The grandson of former Washington Redskins head coach Richie Petitbon tallied four points on three goals and an assist in Gonzaga's win 8-7 win over DeMatha last week. The attackman has already chosen to play college football and is committed to Alabama, but last week he scored the goal that gave Gonzaga a 6-5 lead then put the Purple Eagles up two just a few minutes later.

Also Notable: Mikey Wynne, St. Paul's (Md.); Brinton Valis, McDonogh (Md.); Chris Blewitt, Bergen Catholic (N.J.); Mike Drake, Salesianum (Del.)

GAME OF THE WEEK

St. Paul's (Md.) at Boys' Latin (Md.), May 6

As dominant as Boys' Latin has been this season (six wins over Top 25 teams this season) they still do not have the No. 1 seed in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association locked up yet. St. Paul's is 6-1 in the conference (Boys' Latin is 7-0) and this meeting will determine which team is No. 1 when the playoffs begin. The Lakers have allowed double-digits in goals just three times this season and have not scored fewer than 11 goals in any game this year. St. Paul's has won four straight and is already guaranteed a first-round bye as a lock for no worse than the No. 2 seed.

Mid-Atlantic Region Top 10

1. Boys' Latin (Md.) 15-0
The Lakers can lock up the No. 1 seed in the MIAA playoffs with a win over St. Paul's (Md.) on Tuesday. Boys' Latin is 7-0 in the conference and has already secured a bye in the first round.

2. Georgetown Prep (Md.) 17-0
The Hoyas defeated St. Stephen's & St. Agnes (Va.) 9-5 last week. Prep finishes up the regular season on Tuesday against a 4-10 St. Albans (D.C.) team and will be the No. 1 seed when the IAC playoffs begin on Friday with the quarterfinal round.

3. Malvern Prep (Pa.) 19-0
The Friars had a more relaxing week last week with three games over teams with sub .500 records. They can lock up their second-straight Inter-Ac championship with wins over Episcopal Academy (Pa.) and Haverford School this week.

4. McDonogh (Md.) 14-3
With their final game against rival Gilman, the Eagles can get the No. 3 seed in the MIAA playoffs. If they lose they will be the No. 4 seed. Either way they play in the quarterfinal round on Friday.

5. Landon (Md.) 15-3
Landon finishes up the IAC regular season with a game at Episcopal (Va.) on Tuesday. They are the the No. 2 seed in the playoffs as of now and could be a team that could knock off undefeated Georgetown Prep.

6. St. Paul's (Md.) 11-5
The Crusaders can get the No. 1 seed in the MIAA playoffs with a win over national No. 1 Boys' Latin on Tuesday. St. Paul's is 6-1 in the conference and has already secured a first-round bye and will next play in the semifinal round on Tuesday, May 13.

7. Gilman (Md.), 9-6
The Greyhounds can grab the No. 3 seed in the playoffs with a win over McDonogh on Tuesday. Should they lose they'll still be the No. 4 seed. With either outcome they play Friday in the quarterfinal round.

8. Salesianum (Del.), 9-1
Mike Drake and Jason Kelly each scored four goals as the Sals defeated St. Mark's (Del.) 16-7 to wrap up another undefeated week.

9. Gonzaga (D.C.), 13-5
Gonzaga has not lost to a WCAC opponent since 2009 and finished the regular season 7-0 in the conference after an 8-7 win over DeMatha (Md.) last week. They have won four-straight games and hosts Bishop Ireton (Va.) in the WCAC quarterfinal round on May 6.

10. Calvert Hall (Md.), 12-5
If the Cardinals beat Loyola-Blakefield (Md.) on Tuesday they're in the MIAA playoffs. Lose and they're out.

NOTEBOOK

The final game of the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association regular season is Tuesday and playoff seedings and the final spot are still up for grabs, including the No. 1 spot. The winner of the Boys' Latin (Md.)/St. Paul's (Md.) game on Tuesday gets the No. 1 seed in the playoffs. The loser gets No. 2. Both teams have secured a bye in the first round. The winner of McDonogh (Md.)/Gilman (Md.) gets the No. 3 seed and the loser gets the No. 4 seed. Right now St. Mary's (Md.) has the No. 5 spot with wins over both Calvert Hall (Md.) and Loyola-Blakefield (Md.) this season. If St. Mary's defeats Mount St. Joseph (Md.), they're in. If Calvert Hall defeats Loyola-Blakefield, they're in. Last season, Loyola-Blakefield lost to Calvert Hall on the final day, but a St. Mary's loss to Mount St. Joseph put the Dons into the playoffs where they defeated the top three seeds en route to the championship.

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Alabama-bound offensive lineman and midfielder Richie Petitbon tallied four points on three goals and an assist and Mark Anstead had three points on two goals and one assist as Gonzaga (D.C.) defeated DeMatha (Md.) 8-7 in a key Washington Catholic Athletic Conference meeting. Petitbon scored the goal that gave Gonzaga a 6-5 lead then put the Purple Eagles up two just a few minutes later. Gonzaga has not lost to a WCAC opponent since 2009. Gonzaga finished the regular season 7-0 in the WCAC and has won four-straight games while DeMatha fell to 5-1 and has lost three of their last five games. Gonzaga is the No. 1 seed and hosts Bishop Ireton (Va.) in the quarterfinal round on May 6. DeMatha hosts St. Mary's Ryken (Md.) also on May 6. The championship game will be played Monday, May 12.

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The IAC playoffs start Friday with the quarterfinal round. Georgetown Prep (Md.) and Landon (Md.) are the top two seeds and appear headed for a championship meeting, but both bullis (Md.) and defending co-champs St. Stephen's & St. Agnes (Va.) are capable of pulling an upset. SSSA has played well in the second half of the season - winning six of eight. Their losses were to Landon (10-8) and Georgetown Prep (9-5).

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.

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