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PressBox High School Lacrosse Weekly Vol. 9

April 23, 2014

PressBox's weekly high school lacrosse e-mail, written by Tom Peace, brings you all the best in local lacrosse -- boys and girls, private and public schools, Baltimore and Washington, D.C. Check it out, pass it on and tell us what you think.

McDonogh Girls Have Historic Week

History was made April 17 as No. 1 McDonogh passed the consecutive-wins record in girls' lacrosse. The Eagles beat IAAM foe St. Paul's, 18-10, and senior Megan Whittle had six goals and three assists.

"We're really proud of our team and the way we played," Whittle said. "We focus on one game at a time.

"This is a new team, a new year and a new season, so we tried not to think about all the teams in the past. The streak is always a bit in mind, but we just executed, and it happened to be No. 104." 

The streak has spanned the last five years, and top players such as Taylor Cummings, Sammi Burgess, Jen Cook and Margaret Smith have helped accomplish the feat.

"It's really cool to think of all the girls in the past five years that contributed to the record," said junior Elizabeth George, who had a three-point game against the Gators. "For us to be the ones here right now carrying it on is great.

"But we still have the rest of the season, and we've got to keep playing hard. We still want to get the championships, and we have some big out-of-conference games."

McDonogh beat both Mount Hebron and North Harford April 19 for wins Nos. 105 and 106. 

There are three games left on the Eagles' regular-season schedule, and then they'll enter the IAAM playoffs and attempt to win a sixth straight A Conference championship. 

Keith Mills: Where Does McDonogh Girls' Lacrosse Rank Among Local Dynasties? 

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Local Boys' Lacrosse Playoff Races Heating Up

The high school lacrosse season is at a crucial point for the majority of teams in the Maryland and Washington, D.C., regions. Teams are starting to push to make the postseason to try to win their conference or state title. Here is the current landscape of the top conferences in the area.

MIAA: Boys' Latin (12-0) is continuing to defeat teams and power its way back to the title game. McDonogh (11-3) has made strides this season, beating tough out-of-conference teams, but is having trouble beating in-conference teams. The Eagles have lost to both Boys' Latin and St. Paul's this season.

Gilman (8-4) is struggling with out-of-conference opponents this season, but is taking care of business against MIAA opponents. The Greyhounds have a 4-1 league record. St. Paul's (8-5) is picking up steam in April with wins against McDonogh and Bullis (D.C.). The Crusaders also have a 4-1 record in the MIAA, and they will be going on the road for three of their next four games. 

Loyola Blakefield (7-5), the defending MIAA champion, has won two in a row. Jack Crawford's team bloomed late last season, and it will be interesting to see whether the Dons start making noise heading into May. Right now, it appears that Calvert Hall (2-3 MIAA) and St. Mary's Annapolis (1-3 MIAA) are the two teams that will battle for the last spot in the MIAA playoffs. The Saints already beat the Cardinals, so St. Mary's has the edge. 

IAC: It's a four-team race in one of the most competitive conferences in the country. Georgetown Prep (14-0, 2-0 IAC) is at the top and has already beaten Landon. Landon (12-3, 1-1) is coming off an April 22 overtime loss to Gonzaga, 10-9. St. Stephen's & St. Agnes (10-4, 2-0), the defending IAC champion, and Bullis (9-4, 1-1) are looking to make an impact. Georgetown Prep still has to play the Saints and the Bulldogs. 

WCAC: Gonzaga (11-5) and DeMatha (13-2) are set to play are set to play April 29, and the winner will be favored to win the conference. Both teams have a 5-0 record in the WCAC and have beaten some tough teams along the way. The Purple Eagles came within three goals of beating Georgetown Prep April 16. Don't sleep on St. Mary's Ryken (11-4) and Bishop O'Connell (10-4). Both teams have double-digit win totals this season and could be wild cards to win the WCAC.

Key Games

Boys' Schedule For This Week

April 25: Calvert Hall (Md.) vs. Gilman (Md.)

April 28: Quince Orchard (Md.) vs. Wootton (Md.)

April 29: Landon (D.C.) vs. Churchill (Md.)

Girls' Schedule For This Week

April 26: South River (Md.) vs. C. Milton Wright (Md.)

April 26: Roland Park (Md.) vs. St. Stephen's & St. Agnes (Va.)

April 29: Glenelg (Md.) vs. Marriotts Ridge (Md.)

Boys' Results From Last Week

April 17: McDonogh (Md.) 10, Yorktown (N.Y.) 4

April 17: Kent Island (Md.) 12, Severna Park (Md.) 7

April 19: Landon (D.C.) 10, Gilman (Md.) 8 -- Landon's Sean O'Brien (Bucknell) led the Bears with four goals

April 22: Boys' Latin (Md.) 11, McDonogh (Md.) 8

April 22: St. Paul's (Md.) 9, Calvert Hall (Md.) 6

April 22: Gonzaga (D.C.) 10, Landon (D.C.) 9 OT

April 22: Georgetown Prep (D.C.) 11, DeMatha (D.C.) 3

Girls' Results From Last Week

April 17: McDonogh (Md.) 18, St. Paul's (Md.) 10 -- Megan Whittle had six goals and three assists, and Elizabeth George had two goals and one assist for McDonogh

April 17: Notre Dame Prep (Md.) 6, Manhasset (N.Y.) 5

April 20: Broadneck (Md.) 12, Roland Park (Md.) 11 2OT -- Ellie McNulty led the way for Broadneck with six goals

April 21: Severn (Md.) 15, Mount de Sales (Md.) 14 2OT

April 22: St. Stephen's & St. Agnes (Va.) 12, Georgetown Visitation (D.C.) 3 

April 22: Flint Hill (Va.) 12, Holton-Arms (Md.) 8

April 22: Mt. Hebron (Md.) 18, Howard (Md.) 9

Q&A: Georgetown Prep Coach Kevin Giblin

The Georgetown Prep lacrosse team has compiled a 14-0 record. 

The Little Hoyas have defeated out-of-state teams such as Gilman and St. Paul's of the MIAA, Immaculata of New Jersey and La Costa Canyon of California, as well as beating Washington, D.C., teams such as Gonzaga and Landon. Their roster includes 12 total juniors and seniors committed to Division I colleges, according to LaxPower.com.

PressBox caught up with head coach Kevin Giblin to get his thoughts on his team and about the growth of lacrosse in the Washington, D.C., region. 

PressBox: The season is at the midway point. Your team has played solid 14-0 lacrosse. What are your impressions of the way your guys have played up to this point?

Kevin Giblin: I feel we have a veteran group that met the challenges to date. This group continues to improve.

PB: What is your team's mindset going into every game?

KG: Mindset for games is not to take plays off -- have fun and compete.

PB: Through 14 wins, the Hoyas haven't allowed an opposing team's offense to reach a double-digit goal total. How important is it to have strong defense and goalie play?

KG: Our defensive unit has done well in many games. When we needed the big save, Will Railey has been up to the task.

PB: What are the team goals?

KG: Our goals are simple. We want to win our league. We take it one game at a time. I know that sounds standard, but it's true.

PB: You have compiled more than 400 wins during your coaching career. Is this one of the best teams you have coached during your career?

KG: This team has a chance to be one of the best I've been associated with. However, we have plenty of season left.

PB: The D.C. area is producing good teams every year. It has to be good for the area for the sport to keep growing throughout D.C. and Northern Virginia.

KG: I think the D.C./NOVA area has had excellent lacrosse for the past 20 years.

PB: Are you fan of the early recruiting process in lacrosse and kids committing to colleges early during their high school careers? And what are your thoughts about the club scene?

KG: Not a fan of either.

PB: Who are the coaches or people that you look to in other sports (or in lacrosse) for inspiration or tips about how to lead?

KG: Have always been a fan of [former NBA coach] Phil Jackson. In the lacrosse world, [Loyola University assistant men's lacrosse coach] Dave Metzbower. 

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Crabs / PressBox Boys' Top 20

  1. Boys' Latin (12-0)
  2. Georgetown Prep (14-0)
  3. St. Paul's (8-5)
  4. McDonogh (11-3)
  5. Gonzaga (11-5)
  6. Landon (12-3)
  7. Gilman (8-4)
  8. St. Mary's Annapolis (7-4)
  9. Calvert Hall (10-4)
  10. Loyola Blakefield (7-5)
  11. DeMatha (13-2)
  12. Bullis (9-4)
  13. St. Stephen's & St. Agnes (10-4)
  14. Westminster (10-0)
  15. Kent Island (9-1)
  16. Bel Air (7-2)
  17. Fallston (6-3)
  18. Hereford (8-3)
  19. Wootton (8-0)
  20. Archbishop Curley (11-1) 

Crabs / PressBox Girls' Top 20

  1. McDonogh (15-0)
  2. St. Stephen's & St. Agnes (18-0)
  3. Severn (10-4)
  4. Notre Dame Prep (8-3)
  5. Bishop Ireton (10-2)
  6. Good Counsel (9-3)
  7. Georgetown Visitation (7-5)
  8. Marriotts Ridge (9-1)
  9. Mt. Hebron (10-1)
  10. Hereford (11-0)
  11. Broadneck (7-2)
  12. Roland Park (9-3)
  13. Archbishop Spalding (13-4)
  14. Sherwood (6-0)
  15. Flint Hill (8-3)
  16. Manchester Valley (8-0)
  17. Glenelg (9-1)
  18. Queen Anne's (8-2)
  19. Severna Park (6-2)
  20. John Carroll (7-7)

The Crabs/PressBox polls are sponsored by Crabs Lacrosse and compiled by Tom Peace.

Featured College Commitments

2015

Hereford midfielder Caroline May -- University of Florida

Roland Park midfielder Francesca Whitehurst -- Georgetown University

Mount de Sales goalie Maddie Fields -- Hofstra University

Gilman attackman Andy Matthews -- University of North Carolina

St. Mary's Annapolis attackman Timmy Hardy -- Villanova University

Marriotts Ridge midfielder Patrick Clipp -- University of Maryland Baltimore County

2016

South River attacker Caitlin Blanche -- U.S. Naval Academy

Leonardtown midfielder Chelsea Kibler -- University of Pennsylvania

Towson attacker Maggie Schneidereith -- Johns Hopkins University

Boys' Latin goalie Jack Pezzulla -- University of North Carolina

Bullis long-stick midfielder/defender Paul Steel -- Johns Hopkins University

Georgetown Prep midfielder Terry Lindsay -- Duke University 

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