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Maryland's Top Teams Start Off Well
Both No. 1 teams in the boys' and girls' preseason top 20 polls have opened their first weeks unscathed. Boys' Latin and McDonogh traveled to sunny Florida to kick off their 2014 campaigns.
Boys' Latin played Lake Highland Prep March 15 and won, 14-11, and then dismantled Saint Andrew's, 16-6, March 18. The Lakers then finished out the week with a home-opener win against New York powerhouse Trinity-Pawling, 21-7, March 31. Senior attackman Shack Stanwick had four goals and three assists against Trinity-Pawling to help Boys' Latin improve to 3-0.
"It's a great opportunity for the new kids to get to know the old kids, in an [away-from-school] environment," Lakers head coach Bob Shriver said of the Florida trip. "[On] this trip, we are together 24/7, which is a positive. And Lake Highland Prep and Saint Andrew's, they are in the middle of their season, and we were playing two incredibly organized teams."
The early games also gave Shriver an opportunity to see some of his new players compete in a game situation.
"We are working new guys in defensively," Shriver said, "and they've done a nice job. We got some new guys playing attack. Patrick Spencer is up from the JV. Logan Wisnauskas is up from the JV. And Colin Dempsey didn't play much last year and he is [now a senior], so all three of those guys have done really well."
The McDonogh girls' lacrosse team played three of the top teams in the country three days in a row.
"[I was] a little worried that three games in three consecutive nights would be a little too much to ask considering the top-flight, nationally ranked competition," Eagles head coach Chris Robinson said. "I was also a little worried that the Vero Beach game was our first game and it was their 10th -- especially with us playing four freshmen and so many other first-year players. Also playing in front of 2,000 Vero Beach fans for our first game was a little worrisome."
Despite Robinson's concerns, the Eagles took care of business. They defeated host Vero Beach, 12-8, March 19; won, 21-10, against No. 5 Georgetown Visitation March 20; and took down Harriton, the 2013 state champions from Pennsylvania, 18-8, March 21. Megan Whittle had four goals and an assist for McDonogh against Harriton.
After winning the first three games of the season, the Eagles' streak of consecutive wins stands at 94. Next up for McDonogh is an IAAM battle against Mount de Sales March 26. What are the goals for this year's team?
"Win the next game," Robinson said. "We don't have any other team goals besides that."
Montgomery County Boys' Lacrosse Unveils New Website
In today's world of fast information, the importance of having up-to-date scores and stories is even greater, and the Montgomery County Boys Lacrosse League has responded to that need for information by unveiling a new website, montgomerymdboyslacrosse.org.
The website includes team schedules, rosters, coaches' information, stats, league standings and information on all 25 teams in the county. The website will have announcements of Divisional Player of the Week awards during the season, and All-Division, All-County and All-American teams at the end of the season.
Quince Orchard head coach David Gonzalez, the mastermind behind the website, said he was thrilled to have an online home for the county.
"It is very important to have the information up-to-date," Gonzalez said, "because it gives our student-athletes recognition. These student-athletes work extremely hard, and we have some very talented players in our public school league."
Montgomery County has produced some Division I and III talent the past few years, such as Matt Hoy (Wootton, goalie, 2013) and Matt Leonard (Churchill, attack, 2013) at Towson, as well as Chris Hower (Quince Orchard, midfield, 2010) at Lynchburg. And talent is being churned out for the future as well, with Jake Christensen (Quince Orchard, attack, 2015) having committed to Colgate.
The county teams to watch out for this season are Churchill, Wootton, Sherwood, Walter Johnson, Whitman, Springbrook, Damascus and Rockville, Gonzalez said.
Boys' Schedule For This Week
March 28: Chesapeake (Md.) vs. Severna Park (Md.)
March 28: Georgetown Prep (D.C.) vs. Gilman (Md.)
March 29: Landon (D.C.) vs. Penn Charter (Pa.)
April 1: St. Paul's (Md.) vs. Bullis (D.C.)
Girls' Schedule For This Week
March 28: John Carroll (Md.) vs. Bryn Mawr (Md.)
March 29: Marriotts Ridge (Md.) vs. Century (Md.)
March 29: Winters Mill (Md.) vs. C. Milton Wright (Md.)
April 1: Notre Dame Prep (Md.) vs. St. Stephen's & St. Agnes (Va.)
Boys' Results From Last Week
March 20: Landon (D.C.) 14, Avon Old Farms (Conn.) 6
March 21: Gilman (Md.) 9, Haverford (Pa.) 7 -- Chase Wittich and Tyler Ruhl led the Greyhounds with two goals apiece
March 22: Bullis (D.C.) 10, Cape Henlopen (Del.) 6 -- Jack Forrest scored three goals and had an assist for Bullis
March 24: Trinity-Pawling (N.Y.) 9, Calvert Hall (Md.) 6
March 25: Culver Academy (Ind.) 11, Gilman (Md.) 10 -- Four Gilman players had a two-goal game, and Andrew Matthews had three assists for the Greyhounds
Girls' Results From Last Week
March 20: McDonogh (Md.) 21, Georgetown Visitation (D.C.) 10 -- Brindi Griffin and Megan Whittle led the Eagles with six goals each
March 21: Good Counsel (Md.) 21, Bishop McNamara (D.C.) 1
March 21: Marriotts Ridge (Md.) 18, Atholton (Md.) 1 -- Taylor Hensh, Alex Zadjura and Marissa Davey each had a hat trick for the Mustangs
March 24: Georgetown Visitation (D.C.) 20, Holy Child (Md.) 9
Q&A: Q&A: St. John's Girls' Head Coach Aubrey Andre
The girls' team at St. John's College High in Washington, D.C., is coming off a 7-10-1 season in 2013 and has hired head coach Aubrey Andre, who was previously the head coach at Georgetown Visitation, to provide a boost for the Cadets in 2014.
PressBox: How is practice going?
Aubrey Andre: Practice this year has been held on a plowed turf field each day. This year as a new coach in the SJC program, each day is spent implementing the expectations and systems for the team. We go over everything from basic fundamentals to special situations. It has been a busy four weeks for the girls!
PB: Who are your top players for people to keep an eye on?
AA: Midfielder Maggie Williams, 2015, takes the draw occasionally and leads the team in draw controls and ground balls. She is our workhorse. She will play at High Point University after next year. Attacker Nicolette Crisalli, 2014, leads the team in scoring and will hit her 100th career goal soon this year. She is the quarterback of the offense, and will play at Catholic University this year. Attacker/middie Molly Flores, 2014, contributes to the team's transition. Molly will play at Manhattan College next year. Sydney Shiver, 2015, dominates and leads the defense. She knocks down most passes and starts the offensive transition. She is a force within the defensive 12.
PB: What are your impressions of girls' high school lacrosse in D.C. and how much it has grown?
AA: Specifically, in the past seven years, I have been a part of three area programs in and around D.C., and all programs have produced high-quality players, Division I through college club. In addition to the growth of newer middle and high school club programs, many up-and-coming coaches have taken over high school programs and have raised the level of play for the area. Sarah Walsh has created her LacrosseOver LLC, providing individual and group lessons to girls. Mindy Urick has taken over the National Cathedral School program. And the veteran coaches continue to prepare players for college competition.
PB: What are the goals for the Cadets this season?
AA: Our goals include a fast move from the middle-of-the-road team to a dominating WCAC program. Our schedule is heavy with nationally ranked teams -- there is no slouch in the season, so we must learn to compete at a high level quickly. My goal is to have as many players as I can make WCAC All-Conference honors this year. The SJC Lady Cadets will be a dominating force from now on.
PB: What intrigued you about taking this position as head coach at St. John's?
AA: The foundation for a good program exists at St. John's. The school's mission focuses on each individual person, and the support from the administration is present. The facilities are amazing and growing. The school's participation in one of the country's most competitive conferences allows for our program to grow to be one of the nation's top. Although I left a top five nationally ranked program, this opportunity at SJC is mine to build from the ground up. I couldn't resist the challenge.
Crabs / PressBox Boys' Top 20
- Boys' Latin (3-0)
- Gilman (2-1)
- Georgetown Prep (5-0)
- McDonogh (6-0)
- Calvert Hall (6-1)
- Landon (5-1)
- St. Paul's (3-2)
- Gonzaga (4-3)
- Hereford (1-0)
- DeMatha (6-0)
- St. Mary's Annapolis (3-1)
- Loyola Blakefield (2-2)
- Fallston (1-0)
- Bullis (3-1)
- Mount St. Joseph (4-1)
- Kent Island (1-0)
- Severn (4-1)
- Westminster (1-0)
- Bel Air (1-0)
- Churchill (2-0)
Crabs / PressBox Girls' Top 20
- McDonogh (3-0)
- St. Stephen's & St. Agnes (5-0)
- St. Paul's (0-1)
- Good Counsel (2-0)
- Marriotts Ridge (1-0)
- Georgetown Visitation (2-2)
- Century (1-0)
- Archbishop Spalding (4-2)
- Mt. Hebron (1-0)
- John Carroll (2-1)
- Notre Dame Prep (1-1)
- Bishop Ireton (1-0)
- South River
- Bryn Mawr
- C. Milton Wright
- Queen Anne's (1-0)
- Severn (2-0)
- Winters Mill
- St. Mary's Annapolis (2-0)
- Severna Park (1-0)
The Crabs/PressBox polls are sponsored by Crabs Lacrosse and compiled by Tom Peace.
Featured College Commitments
Severna Park midfielder Sarah Childress -- U.S. Naval Academy
Huntington midfielder Laura Osborne -- University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Notre Dame Prep defender Morgan Bracken -- University of Florida
Gilman attackman Zeke Morrill -- Georgetown University
Rising Sun defender Brandon Aro -- U.S. Naval Academy
Middletown long-stick midfielder Nick Yancey -- Salisbury University
Patterson Mill midfielder Samantha Herman -- High Point University
Westminster midfielder Courtney Battles -- Duquesne University
St. Mary's goalie Haelle Chomo -- Georgetown University
Stephen Decatur midfielder Matt LeCompte -- U.S. Naval Academy
Churchill attackman Louis Dubick -- University of Maryland
Saints Peter and Paul attackman Matt Sovero -- Towson University