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PressBox High School Lacrosse Newsletter Vol. 28

April 8, 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

Boys' Latin Coach Celebrates Win No. 500 

The J. Duncan Smith Field on Lake Avenue was left a little soggy April 2 after a special Boys' Latin win. Following the Lakers' 14-5 victory against South River, players doused head coach Bob Shriver with ice water in celebration of his 500th career win. 

During a 36-year career at his alma mater, Shriver has secured a 500-137 record, making him the second coach in the state to reach the 500-win mark. Shriver follows Landon's Rob Bordley, who has 595 career wins. 

Shriver's accomplishment boasts more prestige, with his wins being earned in what is considered by some to be the most competitive prep league in the nation -- the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference.

Shriver's career came full circle last week, with both his first and 500th win coming against public school powerhouses. Shriver earned his first win April 8, 1980, when the Lakers defeated Severna Park, 9-7. 

Shriver's accomplishment may come as a surprise to some, after starting his career with two straight losses against St. Mary's and John Carroll. 

Walker Ensor, a 2013 Boys' Latin graduate and sophomore midfielder at Mercer University, played under Shriver for three years. Ensor was excited about his former coach's milestone and the recent success of his alma mater. 

"I had so many great experiences during the time that he coached me," Ensor said. "He's been successful for a while, and winning 500 is just another accolade for him. There is no better coach to achieve it." 

Shriver is expected to retire at the end of this season, and he will be replaced by Laker alumnus Brian Farrell.

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No. 1 McDonogh Girls' Lacrosse To Host 7-0 Bishop Ireton Cardinals (Va.)

The undefeated and No.1-ranked McDonogh Eagles will face their toughest test of the season April 11. McDonogh will look to continue its 121-game win streak when it hosts the No. 3 Bishop Ireton Cardinals.

Both teams are undefeated (McDonogh 9-0, Bishop Ireton 7-0) and have not played each other during the last 10 years. 

The matchup will mark the Cardinals' third game in Maryland this season. The Virginia powerhouse defeated Roland Park Country School, 13-11, in overtime March 21 and Notre Dame Prep, 17-5, March 28. 

Winning its last four games by 12 goals or more, Bishop Ireton has not played in a close game since its victory against Roland Park -- making the matchup against McDonogh an even tougher test. 

The Eagles closet game was a 8-6 win against John Carroll April 7. The Eagles have won two of their last three games by 14 goals. 

This game marks the halfway point for both teams, and it will be a defining factor moving forward. 

Q&A: Roland Park Country School's Head Coach Kristin Nicolini

Ten years after graduating from Roland Park Country School, Kristin Nicolini just couldn't shake the love for her alma mater. 

In 1998, Nicolini graduated from Roland Park, where she lettered in field hockey, squash and lacrosse. Following graduation, Nicolini went on to play lacrosse and major in English at Georgetown. 

While at Georgetown, the midfield defender was team captain and played a big part in helping her team reach the NCAA finals in 2001. 

Before returning to her alma mater, Nicolini gained coaching experience at Wave Lacrosse Club and Garrison Forest School. She also spent time as a production assistant at ESPN and as the men's division associate at US Lacrosse. 

Nicolini currently coaches with her sister and fellow Roland Park alumna Regan Koffel. Nicolini believes their coaching dynamic as sisters is unique and something her players have gotten used to. 

Roland Park currently has a 7-3 record and is ranked No. 8 in the Nike/Lacrosse Magazine poll. Its next game is against Garrison Forest April 9. 

PressBox: How long have you coached at Roland Park?

Kristin Nicolini: This is my seventh year at RPCS. My sister and I started to take over the program in 2008. 

PB: What sets this year's Roland Park team apart from ones in years past?

KN: The leadership: we have 10 seniors and a lot of returners. They are able to help the coaching staff move forward with things and lead the underclassmen [to] where they want to be. Their goals are our team goals, and they are good at carrying them out on a daily basis.

PB: Who are some of your notable seniors graduating this spring, and how do you see the team performing without them next year? 

KN: Francesca Whitehurst [Georgetown] -- she is our top player. She is going to be a huge hole to fill. People are going to step up, but we don't know who that is going to be just yet. We are also losing both our goalies. 

These seniors are leaving a legacy for how to conduct themselves at practice, and how to work hard and set their standards. 

PB: Roland Park has moved up to No. 8 in the national rankings. Is that something your team uses as motivation, or something it doesn't focus on? 

KN: We don't pay attention to it all. We know it's out there, but we never talk about that. Everyone has a different opinion, but we always say that the only people who need to know how good we are, are the people in this room. The focus is on ourselves. 

For more from Nicolini, including how the team approaches tough opponents and bounces back from tough losses, read the full interview here. 

Nike/Lacrosse Magazine Mid-Atlantic Boys' Top 10

(Records through April 8)
1. Haverford School (Pa.), 8-0
2. Landon (Md.), 11-1
3. McDonogh (Md.), 7-2
4. Gonzaga (D.C.), 9-2
5. Boys' Latin (Md.), 8-2
6. Episcopal Academy (Pa.), 5-2
7. Delbarton (N.J.), 4-0
8. Georgetown Prep (Md.), 6-1
9. Calvert Hall (Md.), 8-1
10. St. Paul's (Md.), 6-4 

For more from the Nike/Lacrosse Magazine boys' polls, click here

Nike/Lacrosse Magazine Mid-Atlantic Girls' Top 10

(Records through April 8)
1. McDonogh (Md.), 9-0
2. Bishop Ireton (Va.), 7-0
3. Moorestown (N.J.), 5-0
4. St. Stephen's & St. Agnes (Va.), 11-0
5. Good Counsel (Md.), 7-0
6. Radnor (Pa.), 4-0
7. Marriotts Ridge (Md.), 4-0
8. Roland Park (Md.), 7-3
9. Georgetown Visitation (D.C.), 6-2
10. Severn (Md.), 6-4

For more from the Nike/Lacrosse Magazine girls' polls, click here.
   
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Key Scores And Upcoming Games

Past Week's Top Boys' Results:

(Week of April 1-7)

April 1: Calvert Hall 12, Conestoga (Pa.) 7

April 1: Dulaney 6, Hereford 5

April 1: Loyola 13, Malvern Prep (Pa.) 10

April 2: Bullis Prep 12, St. Paul's 10

April 2: Landon 7, Gonzaga 6

April 2: Georgetown Prep 8, Paul VI (Va.) 7

April 7: McDonogh 9, St. Paul's 6

April 7: Gonzaga 16, Bullis 11

April 7: Calvert Hall 15, Boys' Latin 14

April 7: St. Ignatius Prep (Calif.) 10, Landon 8 

Past Week's Top Girls' Results:

(Week of April 1-7)

April 1: Dulaney 10, Herford 9

April 2: Bryn Mawr 10, Mount de Sales 6

April 2: Roland Park Country 13, Notre Dame Prep 12

April 2: North Carroll 17, River Hill 4

April 2: McDonogh 18, Garrison Forest 4

April 7: McDonogh 8, John Carroll 6

April 7: St. Stephen's & St. Agnes 18, Potomac School (Va.) 3

This Week's Top Boys' Matchups:

(Week of April 8-14)

April 9: Westminster at South Carroll

April 10: Boys' Latin at McDonogh

April 10: Landon at Georgetown Prep

April 11: Mount Hebron at Reservoir 

April 14: Gilman at Boys' Latin

This Week's Top Girls' Matchups:

(Week of April 8-14)

April 8: Good Counsel vs. Manhasset (N.Y.)

April 9: North Carroll at Liberty

April 11: Bishop Ireton at McDonogh

April 11: Good Counsel at St. Stephen's & St. Agnes

April 11: Leonardtown at Winters Mill 

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