Nike/US Lacrosse Mid-Atlantic Region Report
by Mike Loveday | LaxMagazine.com
Player of the Week
Alex Woodall, St. Mary's (Md.)
In what could prove to be a key moment in the Saints MIAA playoff run, Woodall came up big, winning 16 of 17 faceoffs and helping St. Mary's control the ball and the clock in an 11-2 win over Loyola-Blakefield on the road. St. Mary's defense held Loyola-Blakefield scoreless for the final three quarters of the game.
Also Notable: Timmy Kelly, Calvert Hall (Md.); Shack Stanwick, Boys' Latin (Md.); Sparky Hilburn, Malvern Prep (Pa.); David Symmes, South County (Va.)
GAME OF THE WEEK
DeMatha (Md.) at Gonzaga (D.C.), April 29
This could be a preview of the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference championship as both teams have been playing well this season. DeMatha may be the higher ranked team now, but Gonzaga is the four-time defending WCAC champions and is coming off a thrilling 10-9 win over Landon (Md.) last week. Both teams are 4-0 in the league. DeMatha has allowed just 62 goals through 14 games this season while Gonzaga has allowed just 18 in its four conference games. With Paul VI (Va.) having won three straight at 3-1 in the conference it may be too early to pen these teams into the championship game, but this meeting is definitely one to watch.
Mid-Atlantic Region Top 10
1. Boys' Latin (Md.) 13-0
It looked like the Lakers may be in for a loss, with McDonogh (Md.) leading 6-4 heading into the fourth quarter of a meeting of MIAA opponents last Tuesday, but goals by Colin Chell, Anthony Wyler and Tal Bruno put the Lakers up 8-6 with 10 minutes left in the game and two goals by Austin Brown sealed the game for the Lakers.
2. Georgetown Prep (Md.) 15-0
Prep held DeMatha (Md.) to its lowest scoring total of the year in a crucial area meeting for the two teams last Tuesday. Charlie Horning, Jack Olson, Tanner Holifield and Terry Lindsay each scored two goals in the win for the Little Hoyas.
3. Malvern Prep (Pa.) 16-0
Sparky Hilburn scored the game-winning goal with 55 seconds left in the second overtime to give the Friars the win over their conference rival Haverford School (Pa.) on Tuesday. Malvern Prep, which won the Inter-Ac last year is now alone in first place in the conference.
4. McDonogh (Md.) 12-3
McDonogh rebounded from its loss to No. 1 Boys' Latin with a 13-7 win over Archbishop Spalding (Md.) on Friday. The Eagles face a tough test against St. Mary's on Tuesday this week.
5. Landon (Md.) 14-3
The Bears went 2-1 last week, which included two overtime games. They lost to Gonzaga (D.C.) 10-9 in overtime on Tuesday, but followed it up with a 12-11 overtime win over St. John's (D.C.) on Saturday and defeated St. Stephen's & St. Agnes (Va.) 10-8 on Sunday.
6. DeMatha (Md.), 14-2
The Stags went 1-1 last week with an 11-3 loss to No. 2 Georgetown Prep, but rebounded with a 6-2 win over conference rival Good Counsel (Md.).
7. Gilman (Md.), 8-5
The Greyhounds have lost two of their last three, including losses to Landon and Calvert Hall (Md.) by a combined three goals. Their last three games are against Mount St. Joseph (Md.), Boys' Latin and McDonogh.
8. St. Paul's (Md.) 9-5
The Crusaders posted wins over Calvert Hall (9-6) and Severn (12-7) last week to improve to 9-5.
9. Salesianum (Del.), 8-1
Salesianum defeated California power St. Ignatius Prep (Calif.) 8-7 last week. The Sals followed it up with a 15-5 win over Caesar Rodney (Del.) on Saturday.
10. Calvert Hall (Md.), 11-4
The Cardinals rebounded from three-straight losses with a 9-7 win over Severn (Md.) last week. The Cardinals are in a three-way tie for the final two playoffs spots in the MIAA heading into the final three games of the year.
At this point in the year all the games in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association are big, but last week's St. Mary's (Md.) 11-2 road win over Loyola-Blakefield (Md.) could be huge. As the regular season winds down and seven teams appear to by vying for the six playoff spots, including three teams for the final two, the Saints win over the Dons could prove vital. St. Mary's, Loyola and Calvert Hall are all 3-3 in the league at this point and St. Mary's has wins over both Calvert Hall and Loyola. The Saints have a Tuesday game against McDonogh (Md.) which is 12-3 overall and 4-2 in the league, but the finish with Mount St. Joseph (Md.) at 8-6 overall (1-5 in conference) and Severn (Md.) at 7-9 (1-5). Alex Woodall won 16 of 17 face-offs and helped the Saints take a 6-2 lead by halftime. Jake Ellis and Jake Carraway each had two goals and Timmy Hardy had three assists for the Saints in the win. The Dons were held scoreless for the final three quarters of the game.
"I know that's a good Loyola team and we were lucky to get the win. Our boys came out with a lot of energy and we came out on top," coach Ben Rubeor said. "Our entire mindset this season has been lets get better each and every time we go out to play. Whether we're at halftime or preparing for McDonogh we try not to focus on wins and losses. We try to focus on playing better lacrosse. I think to win in this league you have to keep that edge."
South County's rise to prominence has surged in the last three years going 13-3 in 2012, 12-4 last season and boasting a 10-0 record through April this year. When the Stallions defeated defending Virginia state champion Chantilly (Va.) 8-6 on Tuesday April 22 to improve to 10-0 they became the last remaining undefeated team in Virginia Class 6A.
Army commit David Symmes had two goals and two assists in the win and South County followed up that victory with wins over 6A teams, Osbourn Park (Va.) 14-7 and Lake Braddock (Va.) 13-8. The Stallions' season has ended in each of the last two years at the hands of Langley (Va.), including in last year's VHSL semifinal meeting.
South County has balanced scoring with Symmes (27 goals, 20 assists), Austin Fitzmaurice (25 goals) and Kevin Quigley (25 goals) leading the way. Goalie Mike Wentzel has 74 saves and anchors a defense that has two shutouts and allowed double-digits in goals only twice this season.
"It's a hard working group of guys. We've got a goalie [Wentzel] that's playing well. He's been really hot the last four or five games. He's been playing on fire," Coach Dale Nalls said. "Our defense has played well and our offense has come to play in pretty much every game."
Before 2012, South County had a string of sub .500 seasons, including a 2-10 season in 2010. But since that season the Stallions have increased their win total to four in 2011, 13 in 2012 and 12 last season. If they finish the regular season undefeated they would surpass their highest win total with 14 before heading into the playoffs.
"I love coaching these guys. They're hard working, light and creative. They're a lot of fun to coach," Nalls said. "This is a special group. A lot of them have played together for a long time. I could sense coming into this year that they were a very tight group. What South County has is the South County Athletic Association and that youth association feeds only South County. Over the last six or seven years there's been a really good group of parents and organizers that have brought the program into maturity."
Symmes had two goals and two assists to lead the Stallions in scoring and end Chantilly's hopes of an undefeated regular season. South County followed up the win over Chantilly with wins over 6A teams, Osbourn Park (Va.) 14-7 and Lake Braddock (Va.) 13-8. They have three regular season games remaining.
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
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