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Calvert Hall Impresses At Brine King Of The Spring Face-Off Classic
The Calvert Hall Cardinals, a national top 25 boys' lacrosse pick for this season, opened the 2015 season with wins at the sixth annual Brine King of the Spring Face-Off Classic in North Carolina March 6-9.
Calvert Hall thumped defending North Carolina state champion Cardinal Gibbons High School, 11-1, March 7.
Freshman Jacob Kelly led all scorers with two goals and three assists. The ninth-grader has verbally committed to the University of North Carolina.
Under Armour All-American Timmy Kelly and Jason Brown each added a pair of goals to go with a pair of assists. Jack Kinnear and Zach Green also had two scores apiece, while Kinnear added an assist. J.T. Bugliosi contributed a goal as well. Ryan Powers dominated faceoffs, taking 12-of-13. Goaltenders Joe McSorley (eight saves) and John Hulsman (two saves) faced relatively little offensive threat from Gibbons.
Click here to read the full story and see how Archbishop Spalding and Baltimore's Friends School fared at the event.
Area Girls' Teams Begin Season At Cape Henlopen Play Day
Many of the top girls' lacrosse teams in the nation from the metropolitan areas of Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, D.C., will again head to Cape Henlopen on the Delaware Shore to begin their seasons at the annual Delmar/Mid-Atlantic Girls' Lacrosse Play-Day. They will take on Delmarva region representatives Queen Anne's County and defending Delaware state champion Cape Henlopen (10-3) in Lewes, Del., March 14.
Among the squads representing Maryland will be defending national champion McDonogh (21-0). The Lady Eagles have racked up six consecutive perfect seasons and look to extend their record 112-game win streak.
New Jersey champion Moorestown finished 26-0 in 2014 and has won 77 straight games.
Other top-ranked teams include Virginia independent schools champion Bishop Ireton (20-4), Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland powerhouse Severn School (14-5), Class 3A/2A champion Marriotts Ridge (17-2) and Class 4A/3A contender Mount Hebron (13-2).
Each school will play three scrimmages as part of the event.
Annual DC Lacrosse Classic Adds Girls' Slate
The organizers of the seventh annual DC Lacrosse Classic -- Breakout Lacrosse and the DC Lacrosse Association -- are launching a new tradition for celebrating the sport in the nation's capital. They're adding an inaugural girls' DC Lacrosse Classic.
The girls' slate will bring together six D.C. teams in three games at St. John's College High School March 14. One of the six teams in field is Georgetown Visitation Prep -- ranked No. 14 in the Nike/Lacrosse Magazine girls' Top 25 poll. The Tigers finished 17-8 last season.
The boys' slate, which will take place at Woodrow Wilson High School, features 10 D.C. teams playing in five games. Among the teams in the field is Eleanor Roosevelt High School of Prince George's County.
Headlining the boys' DC Lacrosse Classic will again be perennial national power Gonzaga College High School. The Purple Eagles posted a 16-5 record a year ago en route to a fifth consecutive Washington Catholic Athletic Conference Championship. Gonzaga is already off to a 2-0 start this season, with convincing wins against Bishop O'Connell (Va.) and defending national champion Boys' Latin (Md.) -- the latter snapping the Lakers' 18-game win streak.
Proceeds from both the boys' and girls' games benefit the Washington Inner City Lacrosse Foundation.
Q&A: Severn Girls' Lacrosse Coach Renie Sotiropoulos
PressBox: What is the itinerary right now for Severn's girls' lacrosse team leading up to your regular-season opener?
Renie Sotiropoulos: So the first day out was a snow day [Feb. 17], so we didn't have school. So [Feb. 18] became our first day of practice ... to which the girls all brought shovels and shoveled our field.
And then, we tried to work out in the gym a couple days. ... We went to [Athletic Performance Inc.] and got some indoor time, so ordinarily I would have the varsity set by [now]. But that didn't happen. So we're about a week behind.
[March 7], we have a play day here. Some really good teams are coming. It's pretty much our first look at them live. St. Stephen's & St. Agnes is coming, Good Counsel, Mercy [and Holy Cross]. It's a good mix of teams.
We have a scrimmage here against a team from Richmond, [Va.] -- Collegiate School -- and then [March 14], we are going down to the Cape Henlopen Play Day. Then, the week after that, it's live. So we basically have two play days and a scrimmage.
Every team in our league, they're all the same, and they're all competitive. [The games] could all go either way. And if you don't bring your "A game," the [other team] will. Basically, our league games are all that competitive.
PB: The Lady Admirals' record was 14-5 in 2014. To you, what were the most important highlights of last season? And who were your senior leaders you graduated?
RS: We beat Severna Park. We beat St. Mary's, again. We do very well with our county teams. We beat Spalding in the playoffs. Anytime you play a county team, all of these girls have played together forever. So it's always great competition, and it's also a little bit of bragging rights. We're a small school compared to some of these other schools. So for us, that's kind of a big deal. So those are always highlights. Any county win is a highlight, whether in the league or with a public school.
Click here to read the rest of PressBox's Q&A with coach Sotiropoulos, including her take on Severn's key strength and most promising returning players.
Key Scores And Upcoming Games
Recent Boys' Results:
March 10: Haverford (Pa.) 9, McDonogh 8 OT
March 10: Gonzaga (D.C.) 13, Boys Latin 6
March 10: St. John's (D.C.) 4, Mount St. Joseph 11
Upcoming Boys' Schedule:
March 12: Malvern (Pa.) at Calvert Hall
March 12: C. Milton Wright at Mount St. Joseph
March 13: St. Paul's at Haverford
March 13: St. Mary's at Landon
March 14: Hill Academy (Ontario, Canada) at St. Mary's
March 14: Mount St. Joseph vs. St. Stephen's & St. Agnes (Va.) at Washington College
March 16: St. Paul's at Highland Prep (Texas)
March 17: The Hill Academy (Ontario) at Mount St. Joseph
March 17: Archbishop Curley at Severn
Upcoming Girls' Schedule:
March 12: Collegiate School (Va.) at Severn (scrimmage)
March 14: McDonogh at Cape Henlopen Play Day
March 14: Severn vs. Mt. Hebron/Bishop Ireton/Cape Henlopen (Cape Henlopen Play Day)
March 17: Notre Dame Prep at Severn
Featured College Commitments
Gaithersburg attacker Morgan Price -- Lynchburg College
Gonzaga midfielder Luke Vassos -- University of Delaware
Bullis attackman Steven Shollenberger -- Drexel University
Severna Park midfielder Ethan Carr -- United States Military Academy
Easton defenseman Ryan Hall -- United States Military Academy
Westminster attacker Jess Schuchardt -- Central Michigan University
Caesar Rodney [Del.] faceoff specialist Luke Rankin -- Colorado Mesa University
Glenelg attacker Lindsay LeTellier -- Davidson University
St. Stephen's & St. Agnes midfielder Riley Larson -- Lafayette University
Landon long-stick midfielder/defenseman Andrew Fowler -- Cornell University
Marriotts Ridge defender Caroline Blalock -- University of Louisville
Calvert Hall defenseman George Walsh -- Ohio State University
Bullis goalkeeper Taylor Suplee -- Penn State University
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