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DeMatha Off To Good Start
After going 11-8 in 2013, the DeMatha boys' lacrosse team has started the 2014 season with a 10-0 record. Head coach Scott Morrison, now in his 12th season with the Stags, said he was pleased with his team's start.
"I'm certainly happy with our record," Morrison said, "but the coaches and the players realize that we have a ways to go. I'm very pleased with the energy the kids are bringing to practice and the games. Our biggest challenges lie ahead, as we have some very tough conference and nonconference games to face."
DeMatha plays in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference with opponents such as Gonzaga and Paul VI. The Stags played out-of-conference games against La Salle from Philadelphia; St Anne's Belfield from Virginia; Bullis from the Interstate Athletic Conference in Washington, D.C.; and Archbishop Spalding from the MIAA in Maryland. DeMatha will play Landon and Georgetown Prep of the IAC later this season.
The Stags traveled cross-country to face two of California's best in Poway and Scripps Ranch.
"This has been our third trip to San Diego, where we have faced some very good West Coast teams," Morrison said. "The team bonding is exceptional, as it really gives our seniors a chance to show the younger guys what leadership is all about.
"The trip is also the third year that we have gone through Navy Seal training. Seven former DeMatha lacrosse players have gone on to become Navy Seals. There is probably not another high school in the country that can make that claim. I couldn't be more proud to be associated with a program that has produced such fine young men."
DeMatha has a legitimate shot to win the WCAC title this season with the Division I talent it has scattered all over the field -- goalies Brad Peters (Brown) and Nick Ramsey (Navy); defenders Johnny Surdick (Army) and Brian Schroeder (UMass-Lowell); midfielders Sean Doyle (Robert Morris), Brady Thompson (Lehigh) and Greyson Torain (Navy); and attackman Steve Partlow (UMBC).
The Stags' next game will be a WCAC battle April 10 against Bishop O'Connell, who is off to a 9-2 start.
"We keep our short-term goals very simple," Morrison said. "If we play three games in the same week, the goal is not to go 3-0. Our goal is to go 1-0 three times. We all know what our long-term goal is, but we aren't really focused on that now. Our focus is on our next practice and next game."
Saints Peter And Paul Bringing Attention To MIAA B Conference
The MIAA A Conference gets attention locally and nationally from fans and the media. The B Conference is also filled with Division I talent, great matchups and coaches that get the most out of their teams. One team that is proof of that is two-time defending champs Saints Peter and Paul, located in Easton, Md.
The Sabres play in a conference that includes notable teams such as St. Vincent Pallotti; John Carroll; Archbishop Curley; and Friends, who is coached by US Lacrosse Hall of Famer Tom Marechek.
"Teams in the B seem to run cycles," Saints Peter and Paul coach Bud Lewis said, "whereas the A Conference seems to be more consistent and run a much deeper bench. For example: if my players are confident and play at the level they are capable of playing, I would put my top 10 guys versus anyone's top 10. It is just the typical size of school in the B may not have as deep a bench.
"This year, it is us. Next year, that could be one of the teams that may be struggling this year. ... You just never know which team is going to rise to the occasion."
After going 13-5 last season, the Sabres have opened the 2014 season 5-3.
"Many people fail to remember that we have gone into the last two playoffs as the No. 3 seed," said Lewis, who is a Sabres alum. "We have been fortunate to make the most of the opportunities when they arise. There are many great teams in the MIAA B Conference, and we all have our ups and downs. Saints Peter and Paul has had a great group of guys and great coaching from Dicky Grieves and Todd 'Freddie' Wolters over the past 3-4 years."
Lewis said he and the other coaches felt that if the players focused on fundamentals, the score would take care of itself.
Some of Saints Peter and Paul's players to watch this season, Lewis said, are seniors Casey Grieves and Alex Lacaze, who have committed to Hobart, and junior Matt Sovero, who has committed to Towson.
"There have been many good players from our area," Lewis said, "and now we are starting to get some much-needed recognition, and if the guys who played for me help some other players from the area get noticed, all the better."
Lewis said some of his team's top midfielders were Andy D'Albora, Cory Yoviene, Brooks Zentgraf and Jake Boyer, and he said Evan Alderfer was a leader on defense. The team's underclassmen are progressing and contributing, Lewis said, and goalie Jerry Sturmer continues to be a big part of the Sabres' success.
"To be as laid-back as he is and be a top-notch goalie is amazing," Lewis said. "The more intense the game, the calmer he gets."
Boys' Schedule For This Week
April 11: Landon (D.C.) vs. Georgetown Prep (D.C.)
April 12: Boys' Latin (Md.) vs. Loyola Blakefield (Md.)
April 14: Glenelg (Md.) vs. Quince Orchard (Md.)
Girls' Schedule For This Week
April 11: Fallston (Md.) vs. Hereford (Md.)
April 11: Collegiate (Va.) vs. St. Stephen's & St. Agnes (Va.)
April 14: McDonogh (Md.) vs. Marriotts Ridge (Md.)
Boys' Results From Last Week
April 4: Bel Air (Md.) 7, Fallston (Md.) 4 -- Bel Air's Calvin Fleagle had a four-goal game, while goalie Gavin Hanley made 11 saves
April 5: Georgetown Prep (D.C.) 13, Immaculata (N.J.) 4
April 8: McDonogh (Md.) 9, Loyola Blakefield (Md.) 8
Girls' Results From Last Week
April 5: St. Stephen's & St. Agnes (Va.) 11, Milton (Ga.) 4 -- Sophie Davidson and Ellie Major combined for 10 points for St. Stephen's & St. Agnes
April 7: McDonogh 16, Roland Park 8 -- Megan Whittle had seven goals and an assist for McDonogh
April 8: Good Counsel (Md.) 12, Bishop Ireton (Va.) 8
Q&A: Severn Junior Attacker Caroline Steele
The Severn girls' lacrosse team is 6-2, 4-2 in the IAAM conference. Junior Caroline Steele, who is committed to the University of Maryland, has contributed to the Admirals' success. She scored five goals during a 14-6 win against St. Mary's Annapolis April 4.
PressBox: Since you committed to Maryland, how nice has it been to have the college search process behind you and focus on playing lacrosse?
Caroline Steele: First and foremost, my dream was always to go to Maryland. My mom; uncle, John; and uncle, Chris, all went to Maryland and played lacrosse. Also, my cousin Kristen Lamon is a junior playing lacrosse there right now. Being committed doesn't really affect my play at all. I love lacrosse, so I always want to be playing at my best, but it takes the pressure off of me, as far as having to impress any coaches.
PB: You have provided a ton of offense for Severn this season. How far can Severn go this season?
CS: I feel like Severn is capable of winning the championship this year. We need to be playing with all cylinders working from Meredith [Brown] in goal, through our defense, middies and attack. We are really young this year, but work well as a complete team.
PB: You played McDonogh March 28, losing, 9-6. You may see them again in the postseason. Are they beatable?
CS: Yes, we had our chances against them, but didn't finish [with] the ball. We definitely believe if we see them again, we are a capable team to defeat them.
PB: What do you love about playing for Severn?
CS: Our team is like a big family. We are all best friends and really love each other. We all respect the coaches, but have been through so much together as a team.
PB: What are the team goals?
CS: To win the rest of our games this season, including the IAAM A Conference championship. I feel like we already have gained such a positive outlook on our team, even for next year.
Crabs / PressBox Boys' Top 20
- Boys' Latin (8-0)
- Georgetown Prep (10-0)
- Calvert Hall (10-1)
- Landon (9-1)
- McDonogh (9-1)
- DeMatha (10-0)
- Gonzaga (9-4)
- Loyola Blakefield (5-4)
- Gilman (4-3)
- St. Paul's (5-4)
- Hereford (5-2)
- St. Mary's Annapolis (6-3)
- Mount St. Joseph (7-3)
- Bullis (6-3)
- Arundel (6-0)
- Churchill (5-0)
- Westminster (5-0)
- Quince Orchard (4-0)
- Bel Air (4-1)
- Kent Island (4-1)
Crabs / PressBox Girls' Top 20
- McDonogh (9-0)
- St. Stephen's & St. Agnes (12-1)
- Marriotts Ridge (8-0)
- Georgetown Visitation (6-4)
- Good Counsel (6-2)
- Mt. Hebron (7-0)
- Severn (6-2)
- St. Paul's (5-3)
- Notre Dame Prep (6-2)
- Roland Park (6-2)
- Bishop Ireton (7-1)
- Hereford (7-0)
- C. Milton Wright (3-1)
- Severna Park (4-0)
- Huntingtown (6-0)
- Oakdale (6-0)
- Century (5-2)
- Liberty (4-0)
- Leonardtown (5-0)
- Sherwood (3-0)
The Crabs/PressBox polls are sponsored by Crabs Lacrosse and compiled by Tom Peace.
Featured College Commitments
McDonogh midfielder Tori Rudnicki -- Tufts University
St. Mary's Ryken attacker Carlee Joseph -- Meredith College
Georgetown Prep midfielder Tim Golden -- Hofstra University
Boys' Latin attackman/midfielder T Moyer -- High Point University
Parkside midfielder/defender Alivia Roskovich -- U.S. Naval Academy
Good Counsel attacker Jennifer Staines -- Monmouth University
Mount St. Joseph attackman Shawn Carter -- Mercer University
St. Paul's attackman Carter Flaig -- Princeton University