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May 13, 2014

Nike/US Lacrosse Mid-Atlantic Region Report

by Mike Loveday | LaxMagazine.com

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Player of the Week 

Chase Wittich, Gilman (Md.)

The senior scored the first two goals of the game and helped Gilman defeat Calvert Hall 11-10 in overtime in the MIAA quarterfinal meeting on Friday. The win avenged a regular season 9-7 loss to Calvert Hall in April and helped Gilman advance to the semifinals against St. Paul's on Tuesday.

Also Notable: Brinton Valis, McDonogh (Md.); Jake Lawson, Arundel (Md.); Matt Milici, Central Bucks East (Pa.); Carson Cocco, Malvern Prep (Pa.)

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

MIAA Championship, May 16

The semifinal games take place Tuesday and feature Boys' Latin vs. McDonogh and St. Paul's vs. Gilman. Boys' Latin completed the regular season with a 16-0 record, its second straight undefeated regular season. Should Boys' Latin make it to the title game and win they will clinch the Nike/US Lacrosse Top 25 No. 1 ranking. The Lakers defeated McDonogh 11-8 on April 22. St. Paul's, the No. 2 seed, lost 9-8 to Gilman in April 8 in the only meeting between the teams this season.

Mid-Atlantic Region Top 10

1. Boys' Latin (Md.) 16-0

The Lakers clinched the No. 1 seed in the MIAA playoffs with a win over St. Paul's (Md.) in the final game of the regular season. Boys' Latin had a bye for the first round of the playoffs and host McDonogh in the semifinal on Tuesday.

2. Malvern Prep (Pa.) 21-0

The Friars won their second-straight Inter-Ac title by jumping out to a 9-4 halftime lead over Haverford School (Pa.) and never trailing. Sparky Hilburn had four points on three assists and one goal, Kyle Anderson had three goals in the win. Malvern Prep got two goals each from Kevin McGeary, Adam Goldner, Tripp Traynor and AJ Traynor in the win.

3. Georgetown Prep (North Bethesda, Md.) 17-1

The Hoyas were upset 8-7 in overtime by St. Albans (D.C.) in the final regular season game of the year. Armin Mortazavi scored the game-winning goal as St. Albans ended Georgetown Prep's hopes for an undefeated season. As the No. 1 seed in the IAC playoffs, the Hoyas get a second shot at St. Albans on Wednesday.

4. McDonogh (Md.) 15-4

Brinton Valis and Bobby Austin each scored three goals as McDonogh built a 6-2 lead by halftime over St. Mary's (Md.) to advance to the MIAA semifinals where they will face national No. 1 Boys' Latin. Boys' Latin defeated McDonogh 11-8 on April 22 in the their only meeting this season.

5. St. Paul's (Md.) 11-6

The No. 2 seed in the MIAA playoffs, the Crusaders face Gilman (Md.) on Tuesday. Gilman defeated St. Paul's 9-8 when they met on April 8.

6. Landon (Md.) 17-3

The No. 2 seed in the IAC, the Bears dispatched Episcopal (Va.) 9-6 in the quarterfinal round. They face Bullis (Md.) on Tuesday.

7. Gilman (Md.), 11-6

Tyler Ruhl scored the game winning goal against Calvert Hall (Md.) to propel the Greyhounds to the MIAA semifinals. The win avenges an April 9-7 loss to Calvert Hall. The win sets up a meeting with St. Paul's in the semifinal on Tuesday at Towson University. Chase Wittich and Ruhl each had three goals in the win.

8. Salesianum (Del.), 13-1

The Sales defeated Shawnee (N.J.) 17-7 and Kennett (Pa.) 18-4 last week. Salesianum has won 12 consecutive games since an opening season loss to Malvern Prep.

9. Gonzaga (D.C.), 16-5

The Purple Eagles defeated St. John's (D.C.) 16-6 in the WCAC championship game Monday to capture their fifth consecutive Washington Catholic Athletic Conference championship. Mark Anstead scored five goals and had one assist in the victory.

10. Calvert Hall (Md.), 13-6

The Cardinals season ended with an 11-10 overtime loss to Gilman in the MIAA quarterfinals. Junior Jason Brown had three goals and Timmy Kelly had two in the loss. Calvert Hall finishes their season 13-6 overall and 5-5 in conference. They posted wins over Highland Park (Texas), La Salle College (Pa.), Conestoga (Pa.), Loyola Academy (Ill.), Gilman (Md.) and Loyola-Blakefield (Md.) this season.

NOTEBOOK

Malvern Prep (Pa.) clinched the Inter-Ac title for the second-straight year by jumping out to a 9-4 halftime lead over Haverford School (Pa.). Sparky Hilburn had four points on three assists and one goal, Kyle Anderson had three goals in the win. Malvern Prep got two goals each from Kevin McGeary, Adam Goldner, Tripp Traynor and AJ Traynor in the win. Goalie Carson Cocco made 11 saves as the defense helped hold Haverford School to just five goals in the second half. Charles Kelly won 14 of 25 face offs in the win.

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Brinton Valis and Bobby Austin each scored three goals as McDonogh (Md.) built a 6-2 lead by halftime over St. Mary's (Md.) to advance to the MIAA semifinals where they will face national No. 1 Boys' Latin.

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There were two big upsets in the Washington, D.C. area last week. On Tuesday, st. Albans (D.C.) defeated previously undefeated and national No. 3 Georgetown Prep (Md.) 8-7 in overtime. Armin Mortazavi scored the game-winning goal for St. Albans. The loss did not affect the IAC seedings and Georgetown Prep took the No. 1 seed and plays in the semifinal on Wednesday. ... On Thursday St. John's (D.C.) defeated nationally ranked DeMatha (Md.) 10-9 in the WCAC semifinal to end the Stags season. The win propelled St. John's to the WCAC championship game where they fell 16-6 to Gonzaga (D.C.).

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Gonzaga captured its fifth straight WCAC title with the win over St. John's on Monday. The Purple Eagles came into the 2014 season having to replaced 20 graduated seniors from the 2013 team, but with a talented junior and sophomore class entering the lineup Gonzaga got stronger as the season progressed. The finished the season on a seven game winning streak that included wins over Landon and Dematha. They won 11 of their last 12 with the only loss being a 10-7 loss to Georgetown Prep. Other than a 17-2 loss to national No. 1 Boys' Latin, Gonzaga never lost by more than three goals this year.

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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