McDonogh and Boys' Latin will meet in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A conference championship May 20 in what promises to be another classic showdown between two of the nation's top teams.
The Eagles and Lakers cruised through their regular-season schedules, earning first-round byes in the conference playoffs. Both teams then dominated their opponents in the MIAA semifinals May 16.
McDonogh rolled past Loyola, 20-6, with Jason Sarro leading the way with four goals and Jack Parr adding a hat trick. Boys' Latin dominated from the opening faceoff during a 13-6 victory against Severn, as Greg Ey finished with three goals, while Logan Wisnauskas added two goals and two assists.
The last time McDonogh and Boys' Latin met was May 3, when the Eagles pulled out a 10-9 double-overtime victory. Both teams have gotten even better since the last game.
"Play fast, play hard -- that's been the motto for this team," Sarro said. "We just have to come out hard on [May 20], and hopefully it goes our way."
McDonogh entered the season as the area's No. 1 team and never relinquished its hold on the top spot. The Eagles are 17-1, with their only loss coming against Bullis March 24. McDonogh entered the postseason battle-tested, having won two, double-overtime games and a four-overtime thriller against California power St. Ignatius Prep.
Once the Eagles get rolling, they have been difficult to stop.
"In these big games, if we get out to a hot start, that can set the tone for the rest of the game," said McDonogh attackman Jackson Morrill, who finished with two goals and four assists against Loyola. "It was something we really focused on and worked on in practice."
Boys' Latin suffered two losses during its opening six games. However, once the Lakers adjusted to first-year head coach Brian Farrell's system, they became a complete lacrosse team, dominating at both ends of the field. Boys' Latin's only conference loss was the setback to McDonogh.
In that game, the Lakers led until 1:14 in the fourth quarter. McDonogh's Andrew Hurdle scored the winner with 28.2 seconds remaining in the second overtime. Boys' Latin hopes the second meeting will go differently.
"McDonogh is a very talented team, and that game was one of the great MIAA games that was played this year, so we're fortunate" Farrell said. "We're excited, and we can't wait until [May 20]."
McDonogh Girls Extend Unbeaten Streak To 155 Games
The McDonogh girls' lacrosse team won its eighth straight Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A conference championship with a 15-7 victory against Roland Park May 15. In the process, the Eagles extended their winning streak to a nation-best 155 games.
In the title game, Brindi Griffin led McDonogh with four goals, while Julia Dorsey, Andie Aldave and Catie May each had hat tricks. The Eagles dominated their opponents all season, with 15 of their 22 victories coming by 10 or more goals.