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St. Paul's, McDonogh Victorious During PNC Lacrosse Invitational
Three of the area's top perennial high school boys' lacrosse powers took part during a one-day, two-game showcase event in Baltimore to help ring in the season.
McDonogh, St. Paul's, Georgetown Prep and Episcopal Academy (Pa.) were the participants during the second annual PNC Lacrosse Invitational at Loyola University's Ridley Athletic Complex March 28.
St. Paul's, the 2014 Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference runner-up, notched a 9-8 overtime victory against two-time defending Interstate Athletic Conference Champion Georgetown Prep during the first game.
Senior attackman and tri-captain Carter Flaig (Princeton), midfielder and fellow senior tri-captain Alex McGovern (University of North Carolina) and senior attackman Dawes Milchling (Vermont) each scored a pair of goals to pace the Lakers' offensive attack. Flaig notched the game-winning goal early during the overtime period to give St. Paul's its second consecutive win.
The Little Hoyas trailed, 6-3, at halftime and used a game-high three goals from sophomore midfield/faceoff specialist Jack Olson to close the gap after intermission and force overtime. Junior attackman Matty Gardiner added a pair of goals during the Little Hoyas' first loss of the season, while senior attackman Austin McDonald (Georgetown) chipped in with two assists.
Meanwhile, during the second game, MIAA A Conference member McDonogh held off Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association member Episcopal for a 10-8 victory.
Senior midfielder Robby Black (Penn State) led the way for the Eagles, tallying a team-best three goals and four groundballs to propel the team to its fifth straight win after losing its first contest of the season. Senior attackman Robert Clark (Georgetown) and senior attackman Black Grey (Gettysburg) got into the action with two goals apiece.
For the Churchmen, junior attackman Frederick Haub found the back of the net three times on four shot attempts. Senior attackman Curtis Zappala and sophomore Connor Ringwalt aided Haub's effort with two goals each, but it wasn't enough as Episcopal was dealt its first loss of the season.
Q&A: Kettle Run Girls' Lacrosse Midfielder Morgan Rodgers
When Morgan Rodgers' Fauquier County Soccer Club travel team folded in the summer of 2009, she decided to give lacrosse a try while searching for a new travel soccer team.
It was shortly thereafter, as a seventh grader, Rodgers gave up her first love and shifted her attention on getting the most out of her lacrosse potential. She quickly developed into one of the top youth players in the area, joining the U13 Cardinals Girls Lacrosse Club in Vienna, Va., less than a year after playing competitively.
With two years of experience, Rodgers wasted no time acclimating herself to the high school game after arriving at Kettle Run in the fall of 2011. During her first three seasons for the Cougars, Rodgers, a center midfielder, has become one of the most decorated players in school history.
The 5-foot-4 Rodgers has scored 229 career goals, including a school single-season record 86 during Kettle Run's 2013 Evergreen District regular-season championship campaign. Last season, Rodgers tallied 83 goals to lead the Cougars to their second district regular-season crown in as many seasons. Rodgers has also contributed in other areas, compiling 279 draw controls, 166 ground balls and 77 caused turnovers.
Rodgers has gained her share of recognition for her accomplishments, earning the 2013 Virginia High School AA Region II Player of the Year award and being named a two-time Brine National High School All-American. After graduation, Rodgers will play collegiately at Duke for head coach Kerstin Kimel, a former University of Maryland standout.
Rodgers spoke with PressBoxDC.com about her reasons for giving up soccer for lacrosse, her record-setting high school career, her decision to commit to the Blue Devils and her plans to pursue a career in psychology.
PressBox: When did you first start playing lacrosse?
Morgan Rodgers: Before I was on a team, I used to play lacrosse with my older brother in our backyard. I first learned with a boy's stick and wanted to be just like him, so my parents signed me up for Northern Virginia Youth Lacrosse League. In seventh grade, I started playing for the Cardinal Girls Lacrosse Club out of Vienna, Va., and was immediately hooked. The coaches and the girls on the team made the sport so much more enjoyable than any anything I had ever played.
PB: What are some of your earliest memories from when you first started playing?
MR: When I first started lacrosse, I was still playing travel soccer. I clearly remember many days where I would have to leave at half time in order to make it to a soccer game. It was not until eighth grade that I decided to give up soccer for lacrosse.
PB: What led you to playing center midfielder?
MR: I was a midfielder in soccer, and that's where I was most comfortable. I love running and midfield was great, because I got to play both offense and defense. I have always been told I have good field vision, which is critical to this position. Midfielders have to be fast and agile. I constantly train hard to improve my speed and agility in order to try and be one of the most athletic on the field.
PB: Having been named a Brine National High School All-American twice and the 2013 VHSL AA Region II Player of the Year, how would you sum up your high school career to this point?
MR: My high school career has definitely been successful so far, but also extremely challenging. Because I did not go to a powerhouse lacrosse school, it forced me to constantly push myself to improve as a player. I had to overcome some politics in order to get exposure to college coaches.
PB: After graduation, you'll be headed to Duke to play collegiately. Why did you decide Duke would provide you with the best fit?
MR: When it came time to pick a school, my parents advised me to find five different aspects of that school that I loved. Lacrosse could only count as one. Duke was the exact size I wanted, has a fantastic psychology program, is located in the South and will be beneficial for future career networking. The main attraction was the academic rigor, fantastic lacrosse coaches and knowing that I was going to be challenged in the classroom just as much as I would be on the field.
For more from Rodgers, including her goals for this season and her take on leadership, check out the full interview here.
Key Scores And Upcoming Games
Past Week's Top Boys' Results:
(Week of March 25-April 1)
March 26: McDonogh 13, Culver Academy Prep (Ind.) 5
March 26: Digital Harbor 11, Patterson 10
March 27: Haverford 11, Gilman 9
March 27: Loyola 12, Hill School (Pa.) 7
March 27: Paul VI (Va.) 9, DeMatha 8 (OT)
March 30: Landon 11, Gilman 4
March 30: Gonzaga 10, Cape Henlopen (Del.) 4
March 31: IMG National 12 (Fla.), McDonogh 10
March 31: St. Paul's 12, Calverton 5
March 31: Boys' Latin 9, Kent Island 7
Past Week's Top Girls' Results:
(Week of March 25-April 1)
March 26: Bryn Mawr 13, Archbishop Spaulding 12 (Triple OT)
March 26: McDonogh 18, Roland Park 14
March 28: Marriotts Ridge 13 , Severn 12 (OT)
March 28: McDonogh 14, Archbishop Spaulding 8
March 28: Bishop Ireton 17, Notre Dame Prep 5
March 30: Bel Air 11, Fallston 8
March 31: John Carroll 17, Severn 16 (Triple OT)
March 31: Bryn Mawr 13, Roland Park 12
This Week's Top Boys' Matchups:
(Week of April 1-8)
April 1: Calvert Hall at Conestoga (Pa.)
April 1: Dulaney at Hereford
April 1: Malvern Prep (Pa.) at Loyola
April 2: St. Paul's at Bullis Prep
April 2: Landon at Gonzaga
April 2: Georgetown Prep at Paul VI
April 7: McDonogh at St.Paul's
April 7: Gonzaga at Bullis
April 7: Boys' Latin at Calvert Hall
April 7: St. Ignatius Prep (Calif.) at Landon
This Week's Top Girls' Matchups:
(Week of April 1-8)
April 1: Hereford at Dulaney
April 2: Mount de Sales at Bryn Mawr
April 2: Notre Dame Prep at Roland Park Country
April 2: River Hill at North Carroll
April 2: Garrison Forest at McDonogh
April 7: McDonogh at John Carroll
April 7: St. Stephen's and Agnes at Potomac School
A previous version of this article incorrectly identified Robert Clark as a sophomore. PressBox regrets the error.
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