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PressBox High School Lacrosse Weekly Vol. 14

May 28, 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.

The high school lacrosse season may be finished, but PressBox's weekly high school lacrosse e-mail isn't. Look for a new e-mail the last Wednesday of each month. 

High School Lacrosse Wrap-up 

The 2014 local high school lacrosse season has come to an end. The season was filled with a lot of great moments and exciting games. The Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association and Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A conferences had the nation's No. 1 teams in boys' and girls' high school lacrosse. 

Boys' Latin went 18-0 and won the MIAA A Conference title with a 17-11 win against St. Paul's May 16. 

The McDonogh girls' team beat Roland Park, 16-13, May 11 to claim its sixth straight IAAM A Conference championship. The Eagles finished 21-0 and have won 112 consecutive games. 

The Lakers and the Eagles have strong teams returning in 2015 to help continue their win streaks.

As for Washington, D.C., Bishop Ireton's girls' team was a hot team during the month of May. The Cardinals (20-4) defeated Good Counsel, 17-7, May 12 to win the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference title. Then, Bishop Ireton beat then-No. 2 St. Stephen's & St. Agnes, 9-7, May 17 for the Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association championship.

"Our team is so unselfish, and so reliable," Bishop Ireton senior Charlotte Sofield said. "These girls are an amazing group to play with."

On the boys' side, Georgetown Prep (19-1) won its first Interstate Athletic Conference title since 2011 with a 10-7 win against Landon May 17. Gonzaga won its fourth straight WCAC championship with a 16-6 victory against St. John's May 12.

The Kent Island boys' team snapped Hereford's streak of six consecutive Maryland Class 3A/2A state championships with an 8-6 win against the Bulls May 21. The Buccaneers, who won their first title after state semifinal losses during the past three seasons, finished the year 19-1.

The Fallston boys' team won the Maryland Class 2A/1A state championship with a 17-7 win against North Carroll May 20. The South River boys' team beat Howard, 9-6, for the Maryland Class 4A/3A state title May 20. 

The Manchester Valley girls' team (18-1) had a huge year by winning its first lacrosse state championship in school history. The Mavericks beat Fallston, 13-10, for the Maryland Class 2A/1A championship May 20. 

The Severna Park girls' team (15-2) defeated Catonsville, 15-5, during the Maryland Class 4A/3A title game May 21. The Falcons have won 11 state championships since 1990.

The Marriotts Ridge girls' team (17-2) won the Maryland Class 3A/2A title for the third time out of the past four years with an 18-5 win against Oakdale May 21. 

"We wanted to go home with it all," Mustangs senior midfielder Alexis Zadjura said. "That was a big motivation. There are nine of us [seniors], and we wanted a state title, and we got it."   

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Area Seniors Named To Under Armour All-America South Team

The ninth-annual boys' and girls' Under Armour All-America Lacrosse Classic rosters have been announced. 

A panel of experts from Inside Lacrosse magazine selects the top boys' and girls' senior high school lacrosse players in the country for the North and South rosters. The 2014 rosters include 10 seniors from Maryland and the Washington, D.C., area on the boys' South team and 16 seniors on the girls' South team. 

"It's an honor to play with the most elite players in the country and to represent the southern team," St. Paul's attackman Mikey Wynne said of being named to the South team. "All [of] the hard work that I've put into the game is starting to pay off, and I'm thankful for that.

"Also, [I] would like to thank all the coaches, experts, analysts that helped me in this process and picked me for the game."

The South team also includes Jake Seau from The Bishops School (San Diego, Calif.). Seau -- the son of the late Junior Seau, who played in the NFL for 20 years -- plays midfield and is committed to Duke University.

Both Under Armour All-America games will played July 12 at Towson University's Johnny Unitas Stadium. The boys' game will be at 5 p.m. and will air on ESPNU, followed by the girls' game, which will be at 7:30 p.m.

Boys

  • St. Paul's attackman Mikey Wynne -- University of Notre Dame
  • McDonogh midfielder Brinton Valis -- Johns Hopkins University
  • Boys' Latin attackman Shack Stanwick -- Johns Hopkins University
  • Boys' Latin midfielder Keegan O'Connor -- University of Maryland
  • Gilman midfielder William McBride -- University of North Carolina
  • St. Stephen's & St. Agnes defender Joe Kenna -- University of North Carolina
  • McDonogh defender Alex Hurdle -- University of Notre Dame
  • Georgetown Prep attackman Charlie Horning Jr. -- Villanova University
  • Georgetown Prep midfielder Brendan Collins -- University of Notre Dame
  • Boys' Latin midfielder Tal Bruno -- Johns Hopkins University

Girls

  • Holy Child attacker/midfielder Mary Claire Byrne -- Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • Notre Dame Prep midfielder Molly Cobb -- University of Notre Dame
  • Bishop Ireton goalie Olivia Cole -- University of Florida
  • St. Stephen's & St. Agnes midfielder/defender Sophie Davidson -- Dartmouth University
  • Roland Park midfielder CeCe Finney -- University of Florida
  • Georgetown Visitation midfielder Ana Hagerup -- University of Virginia
  • Marriotts Ridge midfielder Taylor Hensh -- University of Maryland
  • McDonogh defender Steffani Holmes -- University of Maryland
  • Maryvale defender Lauren Hudson -- Cincinnati University
  • Mount de Sales attacker Amanda Ignacio -- Georgetown University
  • St. Stephen's & St. Agnes goalie Gussie Johns -- University of Southern California
  • South River midfielder Kacie Longo -- University of Maryland
  • St. Stephen's & St. Agnes midfielder Olivia Mikkelsen -- University of Notre Dame
  • Georgetown Visitation attacker/midfielder Kelly Myers -- Stanford University
  • Mt. Hebron defender Tianna Wallpher -- University of Maryland, Baltimore County
  • McDonogh attacker Megan Whittle -- University of Maryland   
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Q&A: South River Boys' Head Coach Paul Noone 

The South River boys' lacrosse team won its third Maryland Class 4A/3A state championship when the Seahawks defeated Howard, 9-6, May 20. Head coach Paul Noone talked with PressBox about the 2014 season and the status of his program going forward. 

PressBox: What has impressed you about this year's team?

Paul Noone: Its determination -- these kids just like playing [the game]. I told them midway through this season, with all the years I've been at South River, this year itself, I had the most fun with these guys. I think it has to do with their lack of not accepting the pressure.

PB: South River has won three out of the past six state titles. Is this program now a dynasty?

PN: I am vanilla as you can get. I am Penn State blue and white. I'm not flashy, and I am old school. We have good kids, and they know what our expectations are. When they show up on March 1 and if they can't hack it, then get out.

PB: What are your thoughts about the level of competition going up in Maryland public school lacrosse?

PN: It's tough. We have said this the last couple years -- if we get out of our bracket in Anne Arundel County, and then we can make a pretty good statement [as we did this year]. It's tough talent, and we play tough teams like Broadneck, Severna Park, Annapolis and Arundel. And they're physically tough, too, so it makes you stronger, which is a good thing. 

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Crabs / PressBox Boys' Top 20

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

* Calvert Hall was inadvertently left off the May 22 Crabs/PressBox Boys' Top 20 poll. PressBox regrets the error.

Crabs / PressBox Girls' Top 20

  1. McDonogh (21-0)
  2. Bishop Ireton (20-4)
  3. St. Stephen's & St. Agnes (27-2)
  4. Marriotts Ridge (17-2)
  5. Severn (14-5)
  6. Roland Park (16-5)
  7. Manchester Valley (18-1)
  8. Mt. Hebron (13-2)
  9. Notre Dame Prep (10-5)
  10. Archbishop Spalding (15-6)
  11. Severna Park (15-2)
  12. Georgetown Visitation (15-8)
  13. Good Counsel (14-6)
  14. Broadneck (14-3)
  15. Hereford (17-1)
  16. Fallston (14-4)
  17. Sherwood (13-2)
  18. Century (12-5)
  19. Bryn Mawr (8-8)
  20. Friends (17-1)

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

Featured College Commitments

2014

Frederick attackman Matt Casto -- Marywood University

Annapolis Area Christian midfielder Grant Smith -- Eastern University

2015

Loyola Blakefield midfielder Jack Lombardo -- Saint Joseph's University

John Carroll midfielder Chantae Simms -- University of Delaware

2016

Severna Park goalie Carson Gregg -- University of Denver   

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