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PressBox High School Lacrosse Newsletter Vol. 32

May 6, 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

MIAA Continues Strong Record Against Out-Of-State Opponents

Fans of the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) can breathe a sigh of relief since the rumors about the most competitive lacrosse conference slipping from the ranks are far from true.

In hopes of facing the country's best lacrosse talent, MIAA teams have recently amped up their games against out-of-state opponents.

This season, the top five teams in the conference played a total of 24 games against teams outside the state of Maryland. During those 24 games, MIAA teams combined to score 282 goals and allow 187. 

Boys' Latin went unbeaten during its two games against out-of-state competition, defeating Manhasset (N.Y.), 10-8, March 21 and following that up with an 8-6 win against Radnor (Pa.) March 28.

The Loyola Dons played four games against out-of-state opponents, finishing up national play with a 4-1 record. Loyola secured victories against three Pennsylvania schools -- Georgetown Academy, Hill School and Malvern Prep. The Dons' lone out-of-state loss came against Haverford School (Pa.) March 24.

St. Paul's completed out-of-state play with a 2-2 record. The Crusaders defeated Highland Park (Texas), 16-11, March 16 and Coppell High School (Texas), 10-3, March 18. St. Paul's fell to Haverford School, 18-11, March 12 and Garden City (N.Y.), 12-11, March 21.

Calvert Hall faced seven out-of-state opponents, including teams from North Carolina, Virginia, New York, Pennsylvania and Illinois. The Cardinals also played Hill Academy (Canada) March 19, dropping a 17-4 decision. Calvert Hall won six out-of-state games, with notable victories against Conestoga (Pa.) and Port Washington (N.Y.).

McDonogh ends its regular-season slate with a 5-2 record versus out-of-state competition. The Eagles notched wins against Cardinal Gibbons (N.C.), Durham Academy (N.C.), Penn Charter (Pa.) and Culver Academy (Ind.). IMG National (Fla.) and the Haverford School handed McDonogh, the No. 2 team in the MIAA,  its only two losses in out-of-state play.

The MIAA continues to show its dominance, finishing 2015 with a record of 18-6 in out-of-state play.

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15 Marylanders Represent No. 7 Penn State In Women's Big Ten Championship

On May 3, Rutgers' High Point Solutions Stadium erupted with "we are" chants following the Penn State women's lacrosse team's 13-11 victory against No. 20 Ohio State during the inaugural Big Ten conference women's tournament championship game.

The win gave Penn State, which boasts 15 Maryland natives on the team, the program's first Big Ten tournament title in program history and an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.

The Nittany Lions, who scored 26 goals in the tournament and knocked off No. 6 Northwestern during the semifinal round, are rooted with a number of Maryland connections.

Head coach Missy Doherty graduated from University of Maryland in 1997 and claimed three NCAA championships during her time as a Terp. Doherty also coached at Towson from 2003-10.

With Doherty's Maryland roots, it's no surprise the head coach recruits players from her home state. Fifteen former Maryland high school standouts helped the Nittany Lions secure their postseason title.

* Haley Ford, senior, attack (North Harford)

* Madison Cyr, junior, midfield (Winters Mill)

* Jane Truffer, sophomore, defense (Archbishop Spalding)

* Erika Spilker, junior, defense (Severna Park)

* Sarah Piazza, sophomore, midfield (C. Milton Wright)

* Maggie Gallagher, freshman, midfield (C. Milton Wright)

* Kelly Lechner, senior, midfield (Good Counsel)

* Abby Smucker, sophomore, midfield (C. Milton Wright)

* Madison Day, freshman, midfield (Leonardtown)

* Lauren Bosse, junior, defense (Towson)

* Steph Lazo, sophomore, midfield (St. Mary's)

* Maggie McCormick, senior, attack (Liberty)

* Jenna Mosketti, junior, midfield (Fallston)

* Dani Lazo, senior, midfield/defense (St. Mary's)

* Shelby Wells, sophomore, midfield (St. Paul's)

Those Maryland natives made all the difference, helping Penn State claim the victory. Mosketti scored two goals and had a team-high six draw controls during the game against the Buckeyes, while Cyr also scored twice. Lazo finished the game with three goals and two assists, with McCormick chipping in with one goal and an assist.

The Nittany Lions will face Johns Hopkins in the NCAA tournament May 8. 

Q&A: Good Counsel Girls' Lacrosse Coach Michael Haight

From lacrosse fields to science labs, Michael Haight does it all. The former molecular geneticist is entering his 13th year as the head coach of the Good Counsel girls' lacrosse team.

Before joining the Falcons in 2002, Haight was an assistant coach at New Brunswick High School and a molecular geneticist at Gene Logic. Since taking over at Good  Counsel, the team has won nine Washington Catholic Athletic Conference (WCAC) titles during the last 11 years.

A western New York native, Haight attended a high school that didn't have a lacrosse program. He moved to Maryland in 1999 and discovered lacrosse through a junior men's league his coworkers participated in. A former New York three-sport all-state athlete, Haight picked up the game easily and immediately fell in love with the sport.

When not coaching lacrosse, Haight teaches AP chemistry at Good Counsel and spends time with his wife and two kids.

Press Box: What do you like most about coaching lacrosse?

Michael Haight: For me, it's the art form of the women's game. It's not brute force -- if you play the game right. It lets the best athletes on the planet showcase  how athletic we really are, and that's what really drove me to the sport.

I've coached basketball, field hockey, football. I've coached everything, but this is the one thing that I think the athletes show the best in, especially on the female side.

PB: Who are some notable seniors on this year's team, and how do you think the team will fare after they graduate?

MH: We have five seniors this year, and they are all just different in their own  ways. We have some vocal leaders, social leaders and on-field fire up leaders.

Jenny Staines and Bridget Cassidy are our on-the-field-get-fired-up players. We have Tessa Kircher and Alyssa Chalk, who keep everything organized and keep everything running smoothly. And they play really well on the field. Our other senior is Rose Prizzi. They're all committed to play in college, and they're great kids to have  around the program. I'm really fortunate to have them.

PB: What makes this year's team different from your other teams in years past?

MH: It really comes down to our team chemistry and their willingness to do things outside of the box to develop their game.  This year, we have kids willing to try new stick skills, to try developing left-handed rise ball or something that is uncomfortable for kids that have been doing it one way for five, six, 10 years or whatever it may be.

For us, it comes down to the chemistry, and having great leadership from the juniors and seniors.

PB: What do you expect to be your team's biggest challenge in postseason play?

MH: The team's biggest challenge is rising up to the occasion against Bishop Ireton or Holy Cross -- whoever makes it to the championship. Just rising up to that level of play and matching the intensity, and defensively stopping one of the most talented attacking groups I've seen in high school.

McDonogh, Manhasset and Bishop Ireton -- their attack group doesn't get much better than that. We need to play great team defense and have early slides, as well as great crashes. We have a tough schedule coming up.

For more from Haight, including his take on the team's offensive success and toughest games of the season, check out the full interview here.

Nike/Lacrosse Magazine Mid-Atlantic Boys' Top 10 
(Rankings were released May 5, and all records listed are through May 4)
1. Haverford School (Pa.), 20-0
2. Landon, 17-2
3. Boys' Latin, 14-3
4. McDonogh, 12-4
5. Gonzaga, 15-3
6. Loyola Blakefield, 9-3
7. Georgetown Prep, 10-3
8. Collegiate School (Va.), 19-0
9. St. Stephen's & St. Agnes (Va.), 15-2
10. Bullis, 12-4
For more from the Nike/Lacrosse Magazine boys' polls, click here

Nike/Lacrosse Magazine Mid-Atlantic Girls' Top 10 
(Rankings were released May 5, and all records listed are through May 4)
1. McDonogh, 18-0
2. St. Stephen's & St. Agnes (Va.), 22-0
3. Good Counsel, 16-2
4. Bishop Ireton (Va.), 16-2
5. Ridgewood (N.J.), 13-0
6. Moorestown (N.J.), 14-1
7. Conestoga (Pa.), 15-1
8. Radnor (Pa.), 14-1
9. Agnes Irwin (Pa.), 15-1
10. Georgetown Visitation, 13-6
For more from the Nike/Lacrosse Magazine girls' polls, click here .
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Key Scores And Upcoming Games

(Week of April 29- May 5)
April 30: Churchill 14, Quince Orchard 10
May 1: St. Stephen & St. Agnes 8, Georgetown Prep 6
May 1: Bullis 10, Episcopal 9 (OT)
May 5: Calvert Hall 15, Loyola Blakefield 10
May 5: St. Paul's 12, Boys' Latin 10
May 5: McDonogh 11, Gilman 6

(Week of April 29- May 5)
April 29: Bishop Ireton 17, Good Counsel 16
April 30: Glenelg Country 14, Friends 13 (OT)
May 2: Good Counsel, 13, Summit (N.J.) 12 (OT)

For upcoming matchups, check out the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association tournament brackets:
Boys' Lacrosse 2A/1A 
Boys' Lacrosse 3A/2A 
Boys' Lacrosse 4A/3A 
Plus: MIAA Tournament and WCAC Tournament 

For upcoming matchups, check out the MPSSAA tournament brackets:
Girls' Lacrosse 2A/1A 
Girls' Lacrosse 3A/2A  
Girls' Lacrosse 4A/3A 
Plus: IAAM Tournament and WCAC Tournament 

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