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Local Teams Get Boost From Annual Invitational
The third annual PNC Lacrosse Invitational features some of the top high school teams in Baltimore, Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia that are stacked with Division I-caliber talent.
This year's Invitational will be played at Loyola's Ridley Athletic Complex April 1. In the first game, Boys' Latin will take on Bullis at 5:30 p.m. The second matchup features Calvert Hall and Conestoga (Pa.) at 7:30 p.m. A lacrosse clinic will take place prior to the games.
"After PNC entered the region, we knew we wanted to support the one sport that is most iconic to Maryland, and lacrosse was the natural fit," said Joshua Kakel, market director of PNC Institutional Asset Management. "PNC's lacrosse strategy has grown and evolved over the years with a core focus on awareness and accessibility for the sport and supporting local high schools and their student academic and athletic achievements."
Boys' Latin, which plays in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference, finished 15-5 last season. The Lakers are playing their first season under new head coach Brian Farrell, who replaced the legendary Bob Shriver starting in the offseason.
Bullis, which plays in the Washington's Interstate Athletic Conference, was 14-5 last season and lost to Boys' Latin, 14-11, March 24.
"For us to be part of this event is truly special," Farrell said. "We were the first high school to ever play at Ridley. We played another IAC team in Stephen/St. Agnes. It's pretty cool now five years later to be back here playing at Ridley field versus another greatly talented and very well-coached IAC team in Bullis. We are just so excited for this opportunity."
The second matchup has another MIAA school in Calvert Hall playing a familiar foe, Conestoga, which competes in Philadelphia's Commonwealth Christian Athletic Conference. Last season, the Cardinals finished with a 12-6 record and beat Conestoga, 12-7. The Pioneers were 14-11 and advanced to the state quarterfinals.
"They are fantastic, and it's a great program," Calvert Hall head coach Bryan Kelly said about Conestoga. "They are going to be awesome defensively. They have some guys going to top-level Division I [programs]. It will be a fun experience to go against them."
Prior to the games, there is a lacrosse clinic being led by Steele Stanwick, a former standout at Loyola Blakefield and the University of Virginia. Instruction will take place from 4:30-5:30 p.m. on the practice field adjacent to the stadium. Youth players must register in advance for the clinic.
Since 2010, PNC has contributed $225,000 to Maryland high school lacrosse programs and organizations to promote the sport. Corrigan Sports Enterprises Inc. is hosting the Invitational.
Jack Pezzulla, Sr., Goalie (North Carolina)
Logan Wisnauskas, Sr., Attack (Syracuse)
Greg Ey, Jr., Midfield (Penn State)
Jake Glatz, Jr., Midfield (Penn State)
Luke Shilling, Jr., Attack (Johns Hopkins)
Griff Gosnell, Sr., Defense (Cornell)
Nick Petkevich, Sr., Attack/Midfield (Colgate)
Steven Shollenberger, Sr., Attack (Drexel)
Paul Steel, Sr., Defense (Johns Hopkins)
Alex Trippi, Jr., Attack (North Carolina)
Jack Kinnear, Sr., Attack (Villanova)
Joe McSorley, Sr., Goalie (Boston University)
Ethan Mintzer, Sr., Midfield (Maryland)
J.T. Bugliosi, Jr., Attack (Ohio State)
Brendan Curry, Jr., Attack (Syracuse)
Jacob Kelly, So., Attack (North Carolina)
Sam Bouhdary, Sr., Defense (Michigan)
Jack Reilly, Sr., Defense (Virginia)
Matt Schleicher, Sr., Attack (Penn)
Tommy Sopko, Jr., Attack (Bucknell)
James Reilly, So., Midfield (Georgetown)
PNC Lacrosse Spotlight: St. Paul's School For Girls Goalie Klia Trintis
Junior goalie Klia Trintis is looking to help St. Paul's School for Girls make a deep run in the talented Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference. Trintis plays club ball for Sky Walkers, which has kept her skills sharp for the upcoming season. Trintis discussed the upcoming high school lacrosse season with PressBox.
PressBox: What made you want to play goalie? What is the most difficult part of playing that position?
Klia Trintis: Becoming a goalie happened by accident. My MYLA team lost its goalie, and my coach asked if anyone wanted to volunteer. I figured everyone was going to play a game as goalie, so I just wanted to get my turn over with first. I ended up doing well, so my coach asked me if I would like to become the permanent goalie for that season. We went to the playoffs for the first time, and the rest is history.
I believe that the most difficult part of being a goalie is the mental aspect. Most people think that being a goalie does not require as much work as being a field player, because they are not required to run as much. This is not the only important factor in the game. Being a goalie requires you to communicate and be in constant awareness at all times. You must always be thinking one step ahead and have a short memory of the last shot.
PB: What did you do to prepare for the upcoming season? Did you do anything differently as far as strength training or running?
KT: Over the course of the winter, I worked with a personal trainer for speed and strength. I've continued to work with my goalie trainer, Scott Bentkowski, whom I've been training with for the past eight years. I also participated in an indoor league through school, which allowed me to get game-time experience throughout the course of the offseason as well.
PB: What have you liked best about attending and playing for SPSFG?
KT: SPSG has offered me a tremendous amount of opportunities, both in the classroom and on the field. I have been fortunate enough to take on leadership roles within my class and on the field throughout my three years of varsity lacrosse. I also enjoy playing for SPSG because being a part of the IAAM conference allows us to compete against some of the best schools in the country.
For more from Trintis, including how she balances academics and athletics and where she'll play college lacrosse, check out the full interview here.
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