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MIAA A Conference Playoff Picture
The MIAA A Conference postseason brackets are set. All six playoff teams have a shot to make it to Towson University's Johnny Unitas Stadium for the semifinals May 13 and finals May 16. Boys' Latin is the A Conference regular-season champion. The Lakers finished the regular season undefeated (16-0) by beating archrival St. Paul's (11-6) May 6, 18-12, at home.
The Crusaders had a conference record of 7-2, and they, like Boys' Latin, were awarded a bye for the quarterfinals.
"Neither one of us can rest on what we did during the regular season," St. Paul's head coach Rick Brocato said of the Lakers and Crusaders. "It's a whole new season."
As for the quarterfinal matchups, which will be played May 9, McDonogh (14-4) will host St. Mary's Annapolis (11-5). The Eagles beat the Saints, 9-7, April 29.
The other matchup will be Calvert Hall (13-5) traveling to face Gilman (10-6). The Cardinals snapped a three-game losing skid with a come-from-behind victory against Gilman April 25, 9-7. Gilman ended the regular season with a 9-7 win against McDonogh May 6, which should give the Greyhounds the momentum they need.
"I am very proud of our team," Gilman head coach Brooks Matthews said. "To earn the three seed is a great accomplishment and one to build on as we prepare for playoffs."
Defending champions Loyola Blakefield did not make it into this year's field. The Dons had a 4-5 record in the conference.
Manchester Valley Wins Carroll County Title
The Manchester Valley girls' lacrosse team has created buzz coming from Carroll Country as the Mavericks (13-1) won the county title, the first team title in school history.
The program, which is four years old, had a .500 record during its first season and has had a winning season every year since, under head coach Shelly Brezicki.
This season, the Mavericks have a 7-0 record against Class 2A/1A teams and are 12-0 against Maryland public school programs. Their only loss was to Roland Park of the IAAM A Conference, 15-13, April 30.
In the past, Carroll County has been developed some great talent and delivered some championship teams, but typically from programs such as Westminster, Winters Mill and Century. Manchester Valley is the new kid on the block in 2014. The Mavericks defeated Century, 10-9, April 24; Winters Mill, 13-10, April 3; and Westminster, 10-6, May 5.
The state playoffs will begin May 7, and the Mavericks will enter as favorites to reach the Class 2A/1A state finals at the University of Maryland Baltimore County May 20 and 21.
Boys' Schedule For This Week
May 9: MIAA quarterfinals: St. Mary's Annapolis (Md.) vs. McDonogh (Md.)
May 9: MIAA quarterfinals: Calvert Hall (Md.) vs. Gilman (Md.)
May 10: Linganore (Md.) vs. Westminster (Md.)
Girls' Schedule For This Week
May 7: IAAM semifinals: Severn (Md.) vs. McDonogh (Md.)
May 7: IAAM semifinals: Roland Park (Md.) vs. Notre Dame Prep (Md.)
Boys' Results From Last Week
May 2: McDonogh (Md.) 9, Calvert Hall (Md.) 4
May 2: Georgetown Prep (D.C.) 9, St. Stephen's & St. Agnes (Va.) 5
May 5: Churchill (Md.) 13, Poolesville (Md.) 7
May 6: Boys' Latin (Md.) 18, St. Paul's (Md.) 12
May 6: Gilman (Md.) 9, McDonogh (Md.) 7
May 6: Calvert Hall (Md.) 6, Loyola Blakefield (Md.) 3
May 6: St. Albans (D.C.) 8, Georgetown Prep (D.C.) 7
Girls' Results From Last Week
May 3: St. Stephen's & St. Agnes (Va.) 8, Good Counsel (Md.) 5
May 4: Manchester Valley (Md.) 10, Westminster (Md.) 6
May 5: IAAM quarterfinals: McDonogh (Md.) 18, John Carroll (Md.) 10
May 5: IAAM quarterfinals: Severn (Md.) 13, Archbishop Spalding (Md.) 8
May 5: IAAM quarterfinals: Roland Park (Md.) 13, Bryn Mawr (Md.) 11
May 5: IAAM quarterfinals: Notre Dame Prep (Md.) 9, Mount de Sales (Md.) 7
Q&A: Boys' Latin Senior Midfielder/Faceoff Specialist Hunter Moreland
PressBox: How does it feel to finish the regular season undefeated?
Hunter Moreland: It has been a phenomenal season, especially to end on a high note -- it's my last game here (at Boys' Latin). We haven't lost here in two years. It has been a special ride and a special place to play.
PB: How tough was it to play two tough teams back to back to close out the season in Gilman and St. Paul's?
HM: We realized -- we circled the dates at the beginning of the season, that these are two important games. [They] were two big wins. We have to keep rolling from here.
PB: Do you still have last year's title loss in your minds heading into the postseason?
HM: It gave us a sour taste [in our mouths], and it's been the same mindset throughout the whole year to just keep rolling and keep winning the ground balls every second of the game and in every quarter.
Crabs / PressBox Boys' Top 20
- Boys' Latin (16-0)
- Georgetown Prep (17-1)
- St. Paul's (11-6)
- McDonogh (14-4)
- Gonzaga (14-5)
- Landon (17-3)
- St. Mary's Annapolis (11-5)
- Calvert Hall (13-5)
- Gilman (10-6)
- DeMatha (16-3)
- Kent Island (13-1)
- Westminster (14-0)
- Wootton (14-0)
- Howard (14-0)
- Loyola Blakefield (8-8)
- St. Stephen's & St. Agnes (11-6)
- Bullis (11-5)
- Bel Air (13-2)
- Hereford (12-3)
- Archbishop Curley (14-1)
Crabs / PressBox Girls' Top 20
- McDonogh (19-0)
- St. Stephen's & St. Agnes (22-1)
- Mt. Hebron (13-1)
- Severn (14-4)
- Hereford (14-0)
- Notre Dame Prep (10-4)
- Broadneck (12-2)
- Roland Park (15-4)
- Manchester Valley (13-1)
- Marriotts Ridge (12-2)
- Archbishop Spalding (15-6)
- Good Counsel (13-5)
- Sherwood (10-1)
- Bishop Ireton (15-4)
- Georgetown Visitation (13-7)
- Friends (14-1)
- Glenelg (11-3)
- Queen Anne's County (13-2)
- Fallston (11-3)
- Century (10-4)
The Crabs/PressBox polls are sponsored by Crabs Lacrosse and compiled by Tom Peace.
Featured College Commitments
Catonsville defenseman Steve Ruppel -- Lynchburg College
Severn long-stick midfielder Zac Davliakos -- Loyola University
Bullis long-stick midfielder Ben Catt -- Middlebury College
Southern defender Keri Baker -- Erskine College
Roland Park midfielder CeCe Finney -- University of Florida