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PressBox High School Lacrosse Newsletter Vol. 29

April 15, 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

St. Paul's Graduate Mikey Wynne Among Nation's Top Scorers  

From St. Paul's to Notre Dame, Mikey Wynne's lacrosse career continues to flourish. The 2014 St. Paul's graduate is a freshman for No. 1-ranked Notre Dame, and the attackman ranks 13th in Division I men's lacrosse in goals per game with 2.89. 

During nine starts for the Fighting Irish, Wynne leads the team with 26 goals and 28 points. The team's second leading scorer is senior and Gilman graduate Conor Doyle with 18 goals. 

Wynne finished the first game of his collegiate career with a season-high six goals against No. 12 Georgetown Feb. 14. Scoring five goals against the University of Michigan Feb. 21 and four goals against No. 7 University of Virginia March 14 are among Wynne's other impressive accomplishments this season. 

The former Crusader has scored during eight of Notre Dame's nine games. The only contest he didn't find the net was a March 21 matchup against Ohio State. 

During his two years at St. Paul's, Wynne tallied 141 career goals and 45 assists. The 72 goals he scored his senior year broke the school record he set the previous year with 69. 

Andrew Nelson, a 2013 St. Paul's graduate, played attack with Wynne during the star's first year as a Crusader and witnessed his dominance firsthand. 

"He was a natural leader who always motivated the rest of the team to play better," Nelson said. "On and off the field, he was a standup guy, and I'm glad he's killing it for the Fighting Irish." 

Wynne will return to action with the Fighting Irish during a matchup against the University of North Carolina April 18.

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MIAA Championship Game Moving From Towson University To Johns Hopkins 

The Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association lacrosse championship game has found a new home. 

The conference announced March 11 that this year's championship will return to Johns Hopkins University's historic Homewood Field. The event will continue to be sponsored by PNC.

The nation's premier boys' high school championship has been played at Towson University's Johnny Unitas Stadium for the last seven seasons. Last year's game featured rivals St. Paul's and Boys' Latin, with the Lakers notching a 17-11 win. 

John Carroll senior Cody Saunders played in the B Conference championship game at Towson in 2013, but thinks playing at Johns Hopkins would be a special experience. 

"Obviously, Towson was a great place to play, but Hopkins has a little more history as far as lacrosse goes," Saunders said. "There's a lot of history on that field."

All three divisions will compete for their respective MIAA titles May 15. The action begins with the C Conference championship game at 3 p.m., followed by the B Conference title game at 5:30 p.m. and A Conference championship tilt at 8 p.m. 

Q&A: Q&A: John Carroll Senior Offensive Midfielder Cody Saunders 

Cody Saunders has found great success in the John Carroll boys' lacrosse program. The Fallston, Md., native is halfway through his fourth varsity season after making the roster as one of four freshmen in 2012. 

After graduating from Fallston Middle School in 2012, Saunders began his career as a Patriot. This fall, he will attend the University of South Carolina, where he will major in business. Saunders also hopes to attend law school after earning his undergraduate degree and study corporate law. 

The offensive midfielder found his love for lacrosse nine years ago, when he made the switch to lacrosse after playing baseball. 

Growing up, Saunders played for Breakers Lacrosse Club and Celtic Crosse Lacrosse Club, but stopped once he decided he did not want to play at the varsity level in college. 

At John Carroll, Saunders is a member of both the National Honors Society and Spanish National Honors Society. He is also a Patriot Ambassador and a member of the Student Affairs Council. 

Saunders hopes to finish out his final season strong, and lead his team to the MIAA B conference championship. 

PressBox: How long have you been an offensive midfielder? What do like about the position? 

Cody Saunders: I've always played in that position. I like offensive middie because I feel like I have the ability to control the game with the other five guys I am playing with. 

PB: What are your plans for pursuing the sport after graduation?

CS: I am going to University of South Carolina next year, and I hope to get involved in with the club team, or at least intramurals. 

PB: John Carroll defeated Indian Creek, 20-5, April 2 and St. Vincent Pallotti, 19-4, April 7. Why were those performances so successful for John Carroll?

CS: Those were both home games, so it's always tough travel, and it's much nicer to play in our home atmosphere. We started quick and were very focused in each of those games. We were also able to settle down early, run what we wanted to do and execute well. 

PB: What do you like about head coach Brian King's coaching style? 

CS: This is his first year at John Carroll, and I like him a lot so far. He's very intense and definitely knows what he is talking about. He always has a plan for everything.

His big thing was coming in and changing the culture of John Carroll lacrosse, and I think he's done a great job of that so far -- the future is very bright. 

PB: What are you most looking forward to the rest of season?

CS: The rest of the season is all conference play, so games that will really impact where we finish the year. I am most looking forward to battling through every game and trying our best to make it to the championship at Homewood Field this year. 

For more from Saunders, including his fondest John Carroll lacrosse memory, read the full interview here

Nike/Lacrosse Magazine Mid-Atlantic Boys' Top 10

(Records through April 15)
1. Haverford School (Pa.), 11-0
2. Landon, 12-1
3. Gonzaga, 11-2
4. McDonogh, 8-3
5. Boys' Latin, 10-2
6. Episcopal Academy (Pa.), 7-3
7. Georgetown Prep, 6-2
8. Delbarton (N.J.), 5-1
9. Loyola Blakefield, 6-1
10. Calvert Hall, 9-2

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

Nike/Lacrosse Magazine Mid-Atlantic Girls' Top 10

(Records through April 15)
1. McDonogh, 12-0
2. Bishop Ireton (Va.), 8-1
3. St. Stephen's & St. Agnes (Va.), 14-0
4. Good Counsel, 9-1
5. Moorestown (N.J.), 7-0
6. Radnor (Pa.), 6-1
7. Roland Park, 9-3
8. Marriotts Ridge, 7-1
9. Mount Hebron, 7-0
10. Georgetown Visitation, 7-5

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 8-14)

April 9: Westminster 10, South Carroll 9 (OT)

April 10: Boys' Latin 11, McDonogh 8

April 11: Mount Hebron 8, Reservoir 3

April 13: Landon 6, Georgetown Prep 5 (2 OT)

April 14: Boys' Latin 9, Gilman 8 (2 OT)

Past Week's Top Girls' Results:

(Week of April 8-14)

April 8: Manhasset 16, Good Counsel 12 

April 11: McDonogh 14, Bishop Ireton 4

April 11: St. Stephen's & St. Agnes 13, Cold Spring Harbor (N.Y.) 8

April 11: Winters Mill 13, Leonardtown 10

April 14: Liberty 14, North Carroll 11 

This Week's Top Boys' Matchups:

(Week of April 15-21)

April 17: Howard at Mount Hebron 

April 17: Episcopal at Georgetown Prep

April 17: St. Paul's at Calvert Hall 

April 21: Boys' Latin at St. Mary's Annapolis 

April 21: Loyola at St. Paul's

This Week's Top Girls' Matchups:

(Week of April 15-21)

April 16: Winters Mill at Manchester Valley 

April 16: Friends at Seton Keough

April 17: Severna Park at Broadneck

April 18: St. Paul's School For Girls at John Carroll

April 20: McDonogh at Good Counsel

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