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PressBox High School Lacrosse Weekly Vol. 12

May 14, 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.

IAAM Conference Championships

A Conference: For the sixth straight season, the McDonogh girls' lacrosse team has won the IAAM A Conference title, with a come-from-behind 16-13 win against Roland Park May 11 at Stevenson University.

McDonogh also finished another undefeated season (21-0) and has now won 112 consecutive games. The Eagles' seniors finished their high school careers 80-0. 

"I think it's really special and something to be proud of," said senior attacker Megan Whittle, who had a three-goal game for the Eagles during the championship. "I'm especially proud and honored to say I was part of the team for four years, but this is the most special year, in my opinion. Everyone always doubts us. Everyone says we can't do it, and we always do."

The Eagles had three players that had hat tricks, and sophomore Brindi Griffin led the way with five goals for McDonogh during the win.

"I am so happy for these guys that they showed intestinal fortitude," McDonogh head coach Chris Robinson said. "Their toughness was incredible."

Roland Park (16-5) had a 12-9 lead midway through the second half with the help of a 6-0 scoring streak. Senior CeCe Finney (University of Florida) scored four goals for the Reds. 

"It's hard coming in and facing a team this good," Finney said. "I think we gave it our all and put it all out there. We played like we had nothing to lose."

Sophomore Anna Hauser also scored four goals and junior Francesca Whitehurst had a hat trick for Roland Park. 

But McDonogh's depth and conditioning was too much for RPCS to handle, and the Eagles went on a 7-1 run to close out another championship season. 

Afterward, Robinson said he had been nervous when the Eagles were behind during the second half, but he hadn't doubted his team's heart and toughness. 

"Fortunately, I think we were better rested than they were," Robinson said, "and we were able to put our best athletes out there at the end and say, 'Here we go.' I think we were a bit fresher.

"Also, the Severn game (McDonogh beat Severn, 13-12, during the IAAM semifinals) gave us great preparation, since we were down two with six minutes to go."

B Conference: Friends dominated throughout all four quarters May 11 as the Quakers defeated Glenelg, 18-6, to claim the IAAM B Conference championship at Stevenson University. 

The title victory is Friends' second out of the past three years. 

Senior midfielder Abby Corkum led the Quakers with four goals and two assists. 

Junior midfielder Kalie Saudek also had four goals, while junior Rachel Kehoe and freshman Irene Lunt had three-goal games for the Quakers. Senior Rose Woolson made eight saves in goal for Friends.

"It's awesome," Kehoe said. "We worked very hard for this -- great effort and [great] team win."

Freshman Alyssa Arnold had three goals for Glenelg.

Friends finished the season 17-1, and Glenelg ended the season 12-5. 

C Conference: Sophomore Abbi O'Neal delivered the game-winning goal as Indian Creek won the C Conference championship, 14-13, against Oldfields (16-1) May 11. O'Neal had a nine-goal game for the Eagles. 

The title win is Indian Creek's second consecutive.

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Bishop Ireton Girls Win Program's First WCAC Title

Bishop Ireton routed Good Counsel, 17-7, to win its first Washington Catholic Athletic Conference girls' lacrosse championship May 12 at the University of Maryland. 

Junior Kelly Matthews led the way with six goals and one assist, and sophomore Kelly Larkin added four goals and two assists for the Cardinals. 

"These girls are selfless and care about nothing other than helping each other be their best," Bishop Ireton coach Rick Sofield said. "They are a true team."

Coming into the game, Good Counsel was looking for its 10th WCAC title and had already defeated Bishop Ireton earlier this season. The game was close at the start, but the Cardinals found a spark and went on a 10-1 run, which turned a 4-4 game into a 14-5 lead.

The Cardinals got contributions from all of their starters. Junior Charlotte Sofield had three goals and three assists, while junior Kaitlin Luzik, freshman Kate Carney and senior Kendall Cunningham each had a goal and an assist. Goalie Olivia Cole made seven saves for Bishop Ireton. 

"It's such an incredible feeling," sophomore defender Brittany Dolan (Penn State) said. "I can't even describe it. All our hard work has paid off. I've never won a championship before in my life until now with my team. It's an experience I'll never forget.

"I'm so proud of everyone. We've worked so hard as a team, and every single person had an impact on our win."

Boys' Latin To Face St. Paul's For MIAA Championship

On May 16, Boys' Latin will face archrival St. Paul's for the MIAA A Conference championship. Both teams were victorious May 13 during the semifinals as Boys' Latin defeated McDonogh, 16-10, and St. Paul's squeezed by Gilman, 9-8. 

The Lakers led for the whole game against the Eagles. Seniors Shack Stanwick and Tally Bruno scored seven of Boys' Latin's 16 goals. Junior attackman Patrick Spencer had two goals and three assists. Sophomore goalie Jack Pezzulla made 10 saves.

Boys' Latin (17-0) returns to the title game undefeated after losing the MIAA championship in 2013 to Loyola Blakefield.

"It's an insane feeling," Pezzulla said of returning to the championship, "and we played our hearts out."

As for the Crusaders, they slugged it out with Gilman. The Greyhounds had a 4-3 lead at the half, but St. Paul's got some pivotal goals down the stretch from seniors Mikey Wynne and Henry Riehl. Both had three goals apiece. 

Afterward, Wynne, who grew up in Howard County, talked about what it meant to him to play in the MIAA championship game and how he as a team leader would have his team prepared to play the Lakers.

"This is the game you dream of," Wynne said. "Basically, take it for what it is -- it's a big game -- and get ready to play."

The game will be at 8 p.m. May 16 at Johnny Unitas Stadium on the Towson University campus.

Key Games

Boys' Schedule For This Week

May 14: IAC semifinal: Landon (D.C.) vs. Bullis (D.C.)

May 14: IAC semifinal: Georgetown Prep (D.C.) vs. St. Albans (D.C.) 

May 16: MIAA A Conference championship: Boys' Latin (Md.) vs. St. Paul's (Md.)

May 16: MIAA B Conference championship: Archbishop Curley (Md.) vs. Saints Peter and Paul (Md.)

May 20-21: MPSSAA state finals -- teams and times TBD

Girls' Schedule For This Week

May 14: Maryland Class 3A/2A North Region championship: Hereford (Md.) vs C. Milton Wright (Md.)

May 14: Maryland Class 4A/3A East Region championship: Leonardtown (Md.) vs. Severna Park (Md.)

May 20-21: MPSSAA state finals -- teams and times TBD

Boys' Results From Last Week

May 12: WCAC championship: Gonzaga (D.C.) 16, St John's (D.C.) 6

May 12: Maryland Class 4A/3A East Region semifinals: South River (Md.) 8, Arundel (Md.) 5

May 13: MIAA semifinal: Boys Latin (Md.) 16, McDonogh (Md.) 10

May 13: MIAA semifinal: St. Paul's (Md.) 9, Gilman (Md.) 8

May 13: Maryland Class 4A/3A North Region semifinals: Howard (Md.) 11, Westminster (Md.) 10 2OT 

Girls' Results From Last Week

May 11: IAAM championship: McDonogh (Md.) 16, Roland Park (Md.) 13

May 12: WCAC championship: Bishop Ireton (D.C.) 17, Good Counsel (D.C.) 7 

May 12: Maryland Class 3A/2A South Region semifinals: Marriotts Ridge (Md.) 8, Century (Md.) 7

May 13: Maryland Class 4A/3A East Region semifinals: Severna Park (Md.) 12, Broadneck (Md.) 10    

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Q&A: Friends Junior Midfielder Rachel Kehoe

After Friends won the IAAM B Conference title, 18-6, against Glenelg May 11, PressBox caught up with junior midfielder Rachel Kehoe. Kehoe, who had three goals during the game, talked about the championship win and the Quakers' season. 

PressBox: Huge win for Friends -- how does it feel to be champions?

Rachel Kehoe: It is one of the feelings where hard work pays off, and it did. 

PB: Friends had a great year, going 17-1. What are your thoughts on the season?

RK: Every practice is work. Every single day, we are in the weight room. We are working hard in every single drill, and the hard work is what makes us a good team.

PB: You will be a senior next year of the defending champion Quakers. Are you excited to be a leader?

RK: We are going to miss the seniors, and they are great leaders, but I think a lot of us will step up, like Kailie [Saudek] and Caitlin [Donovan] and a few others, and we are really excited. 

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Crabs / PressBox Boys' Top 20

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

Crabs / PressBox Girls' Top 20

  1. McDonogh (21-0)
  2. St. Stephen's & St. Agnes (24-1)
  3. Roland Park (16-5)
  4. Severn (14-5)
  5. Hereford (16-0)
  6. Bishop Ireton (18-4)
  7. Manchester Valley (15-1)
  8. Marriotts Ridge (14-2)
  9. Georgetown Visitation (14-7)
  10. Sherwood (12-1)
  11. Good Counsel (14-6)
  12. Mt. Hebron (13-2)
  13. Friends (17-1)
  14. Queen Anne's County (15-2)
  15. Notre Dame Prep (10-5)
  16. Broadneck (13-3)
  17. Century (11-5)
  18. Archbishop Spalding (15-6)
  19. Fallston (12-3)
  20. Oakdale (14-2) 

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

Featured College Commitments

2014

Leonardtown midfielder Tommy Sheehan -- Susquehanna University

St. Mary's Ryken goalie Garrett Egnaczyk -- Stevenson University

Westminster midfielder Jesse Uhlman -- Towson University

Broadneck defender Samantha Chittim -- McDaniel College

Severna Park defender Colleen Roussil -- Mount St. Mary's University  

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