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WCAC Championship Recap
Fans filled the stands at Ludwig Field at University of Maryland May 11 for the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference finals.
The first game featured the girls' championship matchup between No. 4 Holy Cross and No. 1 Good Counsel.
The Falcons entered the championship with an 18-2 record after knocking off Paul VI, 20-5, May 7. Head coach Michel Haight's team previously defeated Holy Cross, 15-5, March 27, and the rematch was no different.
Holy Cross cut the deficit to one with about 90 seconds remaining in regulation, but with one final draw control, the Falcons came away with a 9-8 win for their 11th WCAC title.
Attacker/midfielder Taylor McDaniels and attacker Caitlyn Gunn combined to score six of the Falcons' first seven goals, while Alexis Riu followed with the final three.
Soon after Good Counsel claimed its title, No. 2 Paul VI and No. 1 Gonzaga took the field for the boys' championship.
Both teams faced one another on the Panthers' turf April 14, with the visiting Purple Eagles earning a 13-7 victory.
Head coach Casey O'Neil's team entered the May 11 matchup with a 17-3 record, hoping to win its sixth championship in a row. The Purple Eagles did just that.
Gonzaga cruised past Paul VI, 12-5, to claim its sixth consecutive championship trophy. Junior midfielder Avery Meyers scored twice, and senior midfielder Luke Vassos provided three assists. Junior attackman Timmy Monahan finished with five goals.
The May 11 win marked O'Neil's 65th straight WCAC win. He now has a 112-16 record during the last six years.
MIAA A Conference Championship Preview
Students, parents and teachers will pack the stands at Johns Hopkins' Homewood Field May 15 to watch the prestigious Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference Championship matchup between No. 1 McDonogh and No. 4 St. Mary's.
The Eagles advanced to the championship after defeating No. 3 Boys' Latin, 13-7, during the semifinal round May 12. The Saints reached the title game after securing a 9-5 upset win against No. 2 St. Paul's May 12.
McDonogh will look to earn its third MIAA title and first since 2005. The school could secure two lacrosse championships after the girls' team earned its seventh straight Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland crown with a 15-14 win against Roland Park Country School May 10.
The Eagles enter the championship game with a 14-4 record, 204 goals scored and 137 goals allowed. The Eagles' win against Boys' Latin marked the end of Lakers head coach Bob Shriver's 36-year head coaching tenure.
Prior to defeating the Crusaders, the Saints eliminated Calvert Hall in the quarterfinals and are now on a five-game win streak. St. Mary's (11-6) started the season 0-2 and enters the title game with 190 goals scored and 154 goals allowed.
Last year, the Saints finished the season 11-6 after losing to McDonogh, 11-6, in the semifinal round. The Eagles then fell to Boys' Latin, 16-10, during the semifinals game.
The Eagles and Saints faced each other April 17, when McDonogh pulled off a 9-6 win. The rematch will take place at 8 p.m. May 15.
The C Conference final begins at 3 p.m. May 15, followed by the B Conference championship at 5:30 p.m.
Q&A: Bryn Mawr Junior Attacker AP Smith
After picking up a lacrosse stick at the age of 6, Anne Pearson Smith, or AP, as her friends call her, couldn't put it down. With 11 years of lacrosse experience, Smith is now a junior at Bryn Mawr.
Prior to joining Mawrtian nation, Smith showcased her lacrosse talent for Calvert School and Maryland Lacrosse Club (MLC). Smith began her lacrosse career as a midfielder, but made the switch to attack in eighth grade.
Smith made varsity at Bryn Mawr her sophomore year and has been integral part of the offense ever since.
When not in her green and gold lacrosse uniform, Smith plays club for TLC and spends time as a Bryn Mawr ambassador and Athletic Association representative. She also shows off her athletic ability as a member of both the field hockey and ice hockey teams.
PressBox: What has been your team's toughest challenge this year?
Anne Pearson Smith: We've had some great wins, but also some losses that we would have loved to not have. I think being able to play our game for 50 minutes was tough for us. A lot of times, we would play really well for a half and not as well another half, so playing a full game was our biggest challenge.
PB: Bryn Mawr beat Roland Park Country School, 13-12, March 31. What was it like beating your rival?
AS: I think that was our best game of the entire year, not because we played a full game, but because we found a way to win, even when it was tough. Our defense played really well that game when it mattered most.
For the last play, you could see it developing down the field. There was a long pass, and then Olivia Rubin was running at the goal alone. It felt like everyone stopped, and you were just watching, and with one second left, she scored. Beating Roland Park is always great, but it made it that much more exciting that we could beat them that way.
PB: In April, your team went on a five-game losing streak. What were some of the problems behind the losses, and what was team morale like as a result?
AS: I think that we were trying so hard that it almost felt like we were trying too hard. Everybody wanted to win so much, and there was never a question that the effort wasn't there, because it always was, but we just couldn't put it together in the end.
I think that everyone was frustrated, but at the same time, no one gave up. No one said they were done with it. They just kept trying.
For more from Smith, including her lacrosse role models and college goals, check out the full interview here.
(Rankings were released May 12, and all records listed are through May 11) 1. Haverford School (Pa.), 22-0 2. Landon, 18-2 3. McDonogh, 13-4 4. Gonzaga, 17-3 5. Boys' Latin, 15-4 6. Georgetown Prep, 12-3 7. Collegiate School (Va.), 21-0 8. Delbarton (N.J.), 13-1 9. Bullis, 14-4 10. St. Stephen's & St. Agnes (Va.), 15-2
(Rankings were released May 12, and all records listed are through May 11) 1. McDonogh, 21-0 2. St. Stephen's & St. Agnes (Va.), 24-0 3. Good Counsel, 18-2 4. Ridgewood (N.J.), 15-0 5. Bishop Ireton (Va.), 16-3 6. Agnes Irwin (Pa.), 18-1 7. Conestoga (Pa.), 17-1 8. Radnor (Pa.), 16-1 9. Moorestown (N.J.), 15-3 10. Holy Cross, 16-3
Key Scores And Upcoming Games
LAST WEEK'S TOP BOYS' RESULTS: (Week of May 6-12) May 12: MIAA A semifinal, McDonogh 13, Boys' Latin 7 May 12: MIAA A semifinal, St. Mary's 9, St. Paul's 5
See below for links to MPSSAA results
LAST WEEK'S TOP GIRLS' RESULTS: (Week of May 6-12) May 10: IAAM A championship, McDonogh 15, Roland Park 14 May 10: IAAM B championships, Glenelg 12, Mercy 7 May 10: IAAM C championships, Annapolis Area Christian 14, Catholic High 13
See below for links to MPSSAA results
THIS WEEK'S TOP BOYS' MATCHUPS: 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 THIS WEEK'S TOP GIRLS' MATCHUPS: 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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