Nike/US Lacrosse Mid-Atlantic Region Report
by Mike Loveday | LaxMagazine.com
Player of the Week
Brendan Collins, Georgetown Prep (Md.)
The Notre Dame commit scored the goal that put Georgetown Prep up 10-7 with less than two minutes remaining in the IAC championship game and help lead his team to its first conference title since 2011. Collins scored three goals in the win and helped the Hoyas finish the year 19-1.
Also Notable: Justin Pepe, Allentown (N.J.); Mikey Wynne, St. Paul's (Md.); Devin Shewell, Boys' Latin (Md.)
GAME OF THE WEEK
Bergen Catholic (N.J.) vs. Paul VI (N.J.), May 20
The No. 1 team in New Jersey starts its playoff run in the NJSIAA Non-Public A tournament on Tuesday. The 16-0 squad won the Bergen County Tournament (its first since 2009) and boasts a plethora of offensive weapons, led by Chris Blewitt (34 goals) and Matthew Haemmerie (31 goals). The bracket is loaded with teams that the Crusaders will have to get through with No. 2 seed Delbarton (N.J.), No. 3 Seton Hall Prep (N.J.) and St. Augustine Prep (N.J.) - all teams ranked in the Top 10 of the Newark Star-Ledger Top 20.
Mid-Atlantic Region Top 10
1. Boys' Latin (Md.) 18-0
Junior Devin Shewell scored four goals and had two assists as Boys' Latin defeated St. Paul's (Md.) 17-11 in the MIAA championship to clinch the No. 1 spot in the Nike/US Lacrosse Top 25. The title is Boys' Latin's 10th league championship and they become the first conference team to finish undefeated since they went 21-0 in 2006.
2. Malvern Prep (Pa.) 24-0
The Friars closed out a perfect season with a 10-9 win over Haverford School (Pa.) in the Inter-Ac Invitational on Monday. Malvern Prep defeated Haverford three times this season and are the Inter-Ac champions.
3. Georgetown Prep (Md.) 19-1
Brendan Collins scored the goal that put Georgetown Prep up 10-7 with less than two minutes remaining in the IAC championship game against Landon (Md.) and help lead his team to its first conference title since 2011. Collins scored three goals in the win and helped the Hoyas finish the year 19-1.
4. St. Paul's (Md.) 12-7
The Crusaders finish the year as MIAA runners-up after falling 17-11 to No. 1 Boys' Latin in the MIAA championship game. Senior Mikey Wynne scored four goals and had one assist in the loss. St. Paul's was the No. 2 seed in the MIAA playoffs after going 7-2 in the conference this season. Wynne set a school single-season record with 72 goals.
5. Landon (Md.) 18-4
The Bears finished the year as IAC runners-up after dropping a 10-7 decision to Georgetown Prep in the IAC championship game. Junior Colton Rupp led the team in scoring with 56 points on 44 goals and 14 assists this season.
6. Gilman (Md.), 11-7
The Greyhounds are MIAA semifinalists after dropping a 9-8 game to St. Paul's. The No. 3 seed in the playoffs, Gilman went 6-3 in conference this season.
7. McDonogh (Md.) 15-5
The Eagles finished 2014 as MIAA semifinalists after dropping a 16-10 decision to No. 1 Boys' Latin. McDonogh posted wins over Florida state champion Lake Highland Prep (Fla.), WCAC champ Gonzaga (D.C.), St. Mary's (Md.), Calvert Hall (Md.) and Haverford School (Pa.).
8. Gonzaga (D.C.), 16-5
The Purple Eagles defeated St. John's (D.C.) 16-6 in the WCAC championship game to capture their fifth consecutive Washington Catholic Athletic Conference championship. Gonzaga will graduate two seniors that started down the team's stretch run and will return a host of talented underclassmen in 2015. Junior Timmy Monahan led the team with 77 points on 50 goals and 27 assists.
9. Salesianum (Del.), 13-1
The Sals get their run to a state title going with a first-round playoff game on Tuesday against Delaware Military Academy (Del.).
10. St. Mary's (Md.), 11-6
The Saints' season ended with an 11-6 loss to McDonogh in the MIAA quarterfinals. St. Mary's posted wins over Montgomery Bell Academy (Tenn.), Calvert Hall (Md.), and Loyola-Blakefield (Md.) this season.
News and Notes
|Boys' Latin players douse coach Bob Shriver after capturing the MIAA A Conference crown on Friday. The win assures the Lakers, who have been No. 1 wire-to-wire this spring, will hold the No. 1 spot at the end of the season. (John Strohsacker/LaxPhotos.com)|
Last year Boys' Latin collapsed in the second half of the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) championship game and not only lost the game to Loyola-Blakefield, but lost the Nike/US Lacrosse No. 1 ranking in the process.
History did not repeat itself in 2014.
Junior Devin Shewell scored four goals and had two assists and the Lakers went up 8-5 by halftime and outscored the Crusaders 9-8 in the second half to get the win and cap off an undefeated season. The title is Boys' Latin's 10 league championship and they become the first conference team to finish undefeated since they went 21-0 in 2006.
"The whole game I was never comfortable with the lead, just because what happened last year," Shack Stanwick told the Baltimore Sun. "So, I was nervous the whole game but guys ... stepped up today, and I think ultimately that won us the game."
"To put it in a two season thought process, the disappointment of last year was weighing on everyone's mind, but in a subtle way it might have been weighing on the coaches minds more than the kids," Coach Bob Shriver said. "In those last four games we had leads in all of them. They had been there and done that. Some of my comments at halftime during the season were 'guys we've been here before so guys lets just keep playing'. By the McDonogh and St. Paul's game that comment didn't need to be made."
Stanwick, Boys' Latin's all-time leading scorer, finished the game with two goals and two assists to give him 118 points this season. The senior had 75 points in just 11 league games this season. Colin Chell had three goals and Hunter Moreland had three goals in the win.
The win clinches the Nike/US Lacrosse Top 25 National Championship for the Lakers. The team went 7-0 against teams currently ranked in the Top 25 and beat Florida state champion Lake Highland Prep (Fla.) and Washington Catholic Athletic Conference champion Gonzaga (D.C.) in addition to its run of MIAA opponents this season. Over the last two years Boys' Latin has put together a 37-1 record.
Allentown (N.J.) senior Justin Pepe tallied his 100th career assist in a win over Ewings (N.J.) on Saturday. His three assist game gave him an even 100 career to go along with 75 career goals. Pepe had 39 assists and 29 goals for a 13-3 Allentown team this season.
2014 Mid-Atlantic Region Report Archive
- February 25 - Preseason Top 10/Player of the Year Watch List
- March 11
- March 18
- March 25
- April 1
- April 8
- April 15
- April 22
- April 29
- May 6
- May 13
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