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PressBox High School Lacrosse Newsletter Vol. 31

April 29, 2015

PressBox's high school lacrosse e-mail by Maddie Brightman 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 Closes In On Fifth Straight Perfect Season

With one game left before the postseason, Chris Robinson is closing in on his fifth straight undefeated regular season as the McDonogh girls' lacrosse head coach. 

The Eagles last imperfect season came in 2009, when they finished that year 19-1. The team's lone blemish that year was a 12-10 loss to the Canandaigua Academy Braves. The Braves were 20-3 in 2009, but have five wins during the last two years combined. 

McDonogh, the No. 1 team in the nation, has scored 293 goals this season. The Eagles have scored 14 or more goals during each of their nine games against top 10 opponents. In addition, the team has scored 20 or more goals three times, while allowing 118 points for the season. 

The Eagles' closest games were a 17-1 win against No 6. Bryn Mawr March 24, an 8-6 victory against No. 4 John Carroll April 7 and an 18-4 triumph against No. 2 Roland Park Country School March 26.  

McDonogh will go for its 130th consecutive win when it faces Marriotts Ridge April 30.

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Five Marylanders Among NCAA Division I Women's Top Scorers 

As the college regular season comes to a close, five Maryland natives are currently among the top 20 scorers in the nation in women's Division I lacrosse. 

Leading the pack is University of Maryland junior midfielder and 2012 McDonogh graduate Taylor Cummings. Cummings is the No. 2 scorer in the country behind University of Albany attacker Maureen Keggins. During 17 games, Cummings has recorded 81 points, including 53 goals. 

Middletown graduate and Hofstra attacker Brittain Altomare is tied for No. 6. The senior winds down the season with 39 goals and 78 points. 

Meanwhile, 2012 Parkside alumna Erika Hitch, one of the top scorers for Campbell, is tied for the No. 8 leading scorer in the country. Hitch has tallied 47 goals and 76 points this season. 

Loyola senior Annie Thomas, tied as the 11th leading scorer in the country who graduated from John Carroll in 2011, has tallied 75 points -- 45 assists and 30 goals.

Former Notre Dame Prep standout Covie Stanwick rounds out the list. She is tied as the nation's No. 17 scorer. Stanwick leads the Boston College Eagles this season with 69 points -- 44 goals and 25 assists. 

Other Maryland natives among the Division I top 50 scorers include attacker Betsy Angel (James Madison), attacker Maggie McCormick (Penn State) and attacker Megan Whittle (Maryland).

Q&A: Gilman Senior Captain Charlie DeMuth

With the Gilman Greyhounds (4-7) in the midst of a tough season, senior captain Charlie DeMuth must find new ways to keep the team's morale high. 

DeMuth began his lacrosse career at the age of 5, eventually finding his niche as a midfielder. The senior used his talent to make Gilman's varsity squad his sophomore year, helping lead the team to the playoffs in 2013 and 2014. 

When not playing for the Greyhounds, DeMuth showcases his talents for his club team, the Baltimore Crabs. The midfielder also coaches an indoor team in Baltimore City.

Off the lacrosse field, DeMuth has spent time on Gilman's football and wrestling teams, while also serving on the student food committee. 

DeMuth will finish his senior season with games against Archbishop Spalding May 1 and McDonogh May 5.  

Press Box: This has been a tough year for Gilman compared to years past. What has been different about this season? 

Charlie DeMuth: We lost [a lot of] seniors last year, so we had a lot of inexperienced kids at the start of the season who were talented, but sat behind a lot of seniors. We have grown up a lot, though, as the season has come along. 

PB: What do you like about playing for head coach Brooks Matthews? 

CD: He's a really good motivator. He's very well prepared and gets you excited to play. He brings out the best in kids. He's a tough coach. He's tough on his players, but he always has your best interest at heart. 

PB: What are your plans for pursuing the sport after graduation? 

CD: I am going to Dickinson next year, and I will be on the team there. I committed to Dickinson the spring of junior year. 

PB: What is your all-time favorite Gilman lacrosse memory? 

CD: Beating Calvert Hall in the [MIAA A Conference] quarterfinals last year was a very memorable game. I also liked the spring-break trips with the team. They were great for building relationships. 

For more from DeMuth, including his role as a team captain, read the full interview here.

Nike/Lacrosse Magazine Mid-Atlantic Boys' Top 10

(Rankings were released April 28, and all records listed are through April 27)
1. Haverford School (Pa.), 16-0
2. Loyola-Blakefield, 9-1
3. Landon, 15-2
4. Georgetown Prep, 9-2
5. Gonzaga, 13-3
6. McDonogh, 10-4
7. Boys' Latin, 12-3
8. Delbarton (N.J.), 9-1
9. Bullis, 10-4
10. Episcopal Academy (Pa.), 9-6

For more from the Nike/Lacrosse Magazine boys' polls, click here

Nike/Lacrosse Magazine Mid-Atlantic Girls' Top 10

(Rankings were released April 28, and all records listed are through April 27)
1. McDonogh, 17-0
2. Bishop Ireton (Va.), 14-1
3. St. Stephen's & St. Agnes (Va.), 19-0
4. Good Counsel, 12-2
5. Moorestown (N.J.), 11-1
6. Radnor (Pa.), 11-1
7. Ridgewood (N.J.), 11-0
8. Mount Hebron, 11-1
9. Conestoga (Pa.), 12-1
10. Roland Park, 10-4

For more from the Nike/Lacrosse Magazine girls' polls,  click here .
   
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Key Scores And Upcoming Games

THIS WEEK'S TOP BOYS' RESULTS:

(Week of April 22-28)

April 24: St. Stephen & St. Agnes 6, Landon 5 (4 OT)

April 24: Georgetown Prep 12, Bullis 8 

April 25: Loyola Blakefield 13, McDonogh 8

April 28: Loyola Blakefield at St. Mary's (Postponed to April 29)

April 28: Landon 15, Churchill 8

THIS WEEK'S TOP GIRLS' RESULTS:

(Week of April 22-28)

April 23: Archbishop Spalding 10, St. Paul's School for Girls 9

April 23: Severn School 17, Roland Park Country 10

April 23: Manchester Valley 11, Century 7

April 28: Mount Hebron 5, Glenelg 4

April 28: St. Stephen & St. Agnes 11, Georgetown Visitation 10

THIS WEEK'S TOP BOYS' MATCHUPS:

(Week of April 29- May 5)

April 30: Churchill at Quince Orchard

May 1: St. Stephen & St. Agnes at Georgetown Prep

May 5: Calvert Hall at Loyola Blakefield 

May 5: Boys' Latin at St. Paul's

THIS WEEK'S TOP GIRLS' MATCHUPS:

(Week of April 29- May 5)

April 29: Bishop Ireton at Good Counsel

April 30: Marriotts Ridge at McDonogh

May 2: Good Counsel at Summit (N.J.)

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