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PressBox High School Lacrosse Newsletter Vol. 35

May 27, 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

2015 High School Lacrosse Season Recap 

The switch from high school to club uniforms signals the end of the high school lacrosse season for many student-athletes around the state. Title games have been played, and with that, some high schoolers will put away their sticks until next spring, while others will gear up for a summer filled with tournaments. 

The following is a recap of the championships and records from conferences around Maryland and Washington, D.C. 

Boys:

Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association: A Conference 

Championship: St. Mary's 13, McDonough 8 

Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association: B Conference 

Championship: John Carroll 20, Curley 13

Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association: C Conference 

Championship: Indian Creek 12, Beth Tfiloh 9

Interstate Athletic Conference (D.C.)

Championship: Landon 14, Georgetown Prep 9

Washington Catholic Athletic Conference

Championship: Gonzaga 12, Paul VI 5 

Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association 2A/1A

Championship: Easton 8, Southern (Anne Arundel) 4

Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association 3A/2A

Championship: Kent Island 20, River Hill 7

Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association 4A/3A

Championship: Howard 14, Churchill 6

Girls:

Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland: A Conference 

Championship: McDonogh 15, Roland Park Country School 14

Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland: B Conference 

Championship: Glenelg 12, Mercy 7

Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland: C Conference 

Championship: Annapolis Area Christian School 14, Catholic High 13

Washington Catholic Athletic Conference

Championship: Good Counsel 9, Holy Cross 8

Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association 2A/1A

Championship: Manchester Valley 16, Queen Anne's 5

Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association 3A/2A

Championship: Century 10, Stephen Decatur 7

Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association 4A/3A

Championship: Severna Park 18, Bel Air 15.

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The 2016 High School Lacrosse Season Will Bring New Faces

As the high school lacrosse season comes to a close, so do the careers and journeys of many coaches around Maryland. 

After 40 years of coaching at Boys' Latin, head coach Bob Shriver is set to retire. The 63-year-old leaves the school located on Lake Avenue with a 507-140 record, six Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference titles and three undefeated seasons. 

Around the corner from Boys' Latin, the Roland Park Country School on Roland Avenue will need to find two new coaches with the departures of Kristin Nicolini and Reagan Koffel. The sister duo and Roland Park Country School alumna have chosen to resign to focus on being mothers. The sisters posted an 81-53 record with the Reds and coached 72 girls who went on to play collegiate lacrosse. 

One of Roland Park Country School's rivals, Bryn Mawr, is also faced with the task of replacing director of athletics and head coach Wendy Kridel. Kridel will leave Bryn Mawr after 10 years as director of athletics and 18 years as a member of the Bryn Mawr faculty to pursue an opportunity coaching club lacrosse in California. 

Severn girls' lacrosse coach Renie Sotiropoulos has chosen to step down after a 20-year coaching career with the Admirals. Sotiropoulos will continue to teach history at Severn, but she hopes to use the extra time to focus on her four sons. Sotiropoulos leaves her post with a 232-127 record and two appearances in the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference finals. 

After leading the South River Seahawks to the Class 4A/3A state semifinals this season, head coach Paul Noone will be departing. Noone is stepping down to pursue other interests, but he leaves South River with a 128-22 career record and three state championships during eight seasons.

Q&A: St. Paul's Senior Goalie AJ Barretto

On June 29, AJ Barretto will take his lacrosse talents from Tullai Field at St. Paul's to the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, N.Y.

Growing up, Barretto enjoyed playing many sports, but it was after his dad's recommendation that he decided to pick up a lacrosse stick. The St. Paul's senior goalie has played lacrosse for eight years and found his niche in the cage six years ago.

After attending Harford Day School, Barretto made the move to St. Paul's in 2012, and one year later, as a sophomore, Barretto made the varsity team. 

In addition to his lacrosse career as a Crusader, Barretto also played club for Maryland Lacrosse Club and was a member of St. Paul's varsity soccer team. 

This summer, the West Point bound goalie will play in the Maryland All-Star game and the Under Armour All-America game.

PressBox: What do you find most challenging about playing goalie? What is your favorite part of the position?

AJ Barretto: The hardest part is probably the communication part when you have to call out the defense while trying to track the shots. 

My favorite part about playing goalie is how much momentum can shift from a big save or play and how it can spark the team. 

PB: What's your favorite St. Paul's lacrosse memory?

AB: My favorite lacrosse memory is definitely playing Boys' Latin this past year and beating them for the first time in my career. 

PB: You've been selected for the Under Armour All-America Game. How did you hear the news, and what are you looking forward to about the game?

AB: I received a call from the people at Corrigan Sports telling me that I had been selected. I am looking forward to playing with -- and against -- the best lacrosse players in the country, and I am honored to have been selected.

For more from Barretto, including his take the Boys' Latin/St. Paul's rivalry and the influence of coach Rick Brocato, check out the full interview here.   

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Nike/Lacrosse Magazine Mid-Atlantic Boys' Top 10 

(Rankings were released May 26, and all records listed are through May 25)
1. Haverford School (Pa.), 26-0
2. Landon, 20-2
3. Gonzaga, 18-3
4. St. Mary's, 12-6
5. McDonogh, 14-5
6. Delbarton (N.J.), 20-1
7. Georgetown Prep, 13-4
8. Boys' Latin, 15-5
9. St. Paul's, 13-6
10. Bullis, 14-5

For more from the Nike/Lacrosse Magazine boys' polls, click here.
Nike/Lacrosse Magazine Mid-Atlantic Girls' Top 10 
(Rankings were released May 26, and all records listed are through May 25)
1. McDonogh, 21-0
2. Good Counsel, 19-2
3. Bishop Ireton (Va.), 20-3
4. St. Stephen's & St. Agnes (Va.), 28-1
5. Ridgewood (N.J.), 21-0
6. Agnes Irwin (Pa.), 23-1
7. Holy Cross, 16-4
8. Moorestown (N.J.), 18-3
9. Radnor (Pa.), 20-2
10. Great Valley (Pa.), 20-3 
For more from the Nike/Lacrosse Magazine girls' polls, click here 

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