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PressBox High School Lacrosse Newsletter Vol. 69

March 22, 2017
PressBox's high school lacrosse e-mail by Todd Karpovich 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

Calvert Hall Boasts Formidable Attack

The Calvert Hall lacrosse team could have one of the most powerful high school attacks in the country, according to several coaches who have scouted the team.

So far, the Cardinals appear ready to meet those expectations.

Calvert Hall's offense is led by junior Jacob Kelly (North Carolina) and senior J.T. Bugliosi (Ohio State). But the Cardinals have several other weapons, including freshman Daniel Kelly (North Carolina) and junior Peter Ilardo (High Point), capable of taking on defensemen and scoring goals.

"They are really working well as a group, and they are very talented and gifted players," Calvert Hall head coach Bryan Kelly said. "The offense is playing very unselfish so far, and they are working hard. It is a talented group."

The attack is supported by a versatile midfield with several players headed to Division I programs, including junior Zach Green (Maryland) and seniors Brendan Curry (Syracuse) and Omari DeBerry (Ohio State). The second midfield is equally adept, with sophomores Connor Mitchell (Ohio State) and Jack Sawyer (Maryland) and freshman Cole Herbert (North Carolina).

While Calvert Hall should have little trouble scoring goals, the defense is also starting to show promise after a solid preseason. The Cardinals have a new starting goalie in junior Liam Darragh (Johns Hopkins). He is getting solid help on defense from juniors George Walsh (Ohio State) and Jack Connelly (Towson) and senior Daniel DiPeso (Roanoke).

For more on Calvert Hall lacrosse, read the full article here.

Homewood Field To Host 2017 MIAA Lacrosse Championships

Johns Hopkins University's Homewood Field will host of this year's Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association lacrosse championships in May.

The MIAA "A" conference semifinals are scheduled for 5 and 7:30 p.m. May 22. The championship games will be held May 25, beginning with the "C" conference at 3 p.m. followed by the "B" conference at 5:15 p.m. The "A" conference championship is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. 

The 2017 season is also the beginning of a three-year partnership between the MIAA and Corrigan Sports to manage the annual lacrosse championships and present an online MIAA Game of the Week 

2017 MIAA Game of the Week Schedule 
(Subject to change)

March 23 Haverford at St. Paul's (LIVE)
March 29 Culver Academy at McDonogh (LIVE)
April 10 Gonzaga at McDonogh (LIVE)
April 21 McDonogh at Calvert Hall (LIVE)
April 28 McDonogh at Boys' Latin (LIVE)
May 2 St. Paul's at McDonogh (TBD)
May 9 Boys' Latin at Calvert Hall (LIVE)
May 16 Boys' Latin at St. Paul's (TBD)
May 19 MIAA "A" conference quarterfinal (TBD)
May 22 MIAA "A" conference semifinals
May 25 MIAA "A," "B" and "C" conference finals

PressBox Lacrosse Spotlight: Good Counsel Midfielder/Defender Halle Graham

Our Lady of Good Counsel midfielder/defender Halle Graham is a four-year starter and played a key role in the Falcons' WCAC 2015 lacrosse championship. Graham received first-team honors by the league in 2015 and 2016. She played in the 2014, 2015 and 2016 Under Armour All-America Underclass Game. Graham also runs indoor track and plays field hockey. She has committed to the University of Virginia for lacrosse.

PressBox: What did you do to prepare for the upcoming season? Did you play club ball and/or work on any specific areas of your game?

Halle Graham: This winter season, my team and I really focused on our agility work and speed. We had winter workouts almost every day and a trainer come in, because we really wanted to up that part of our game. It's been great to see the progress everyone has made this offseason for the betterment of the team. Personally, I made sure I worked on my attack skills, knowing that I would be part of the offense more than I have been in the past. Working on that part of my game has allowed me to better understand what I need to do on defense and vice versa.

PB: As a midfielder, what are the biggest challenges of being a two-way player?

HG: I think the biggest challenge is growing my game on both ends of the field. For the last three years, I have been mostly playing defense for Good Counsel. On my club team, Capitol Blue, I play midfield. Keeping an attacking mentality of taking the ball to cage was something I worked on this offseason, and Coach [Michael] Haight has really been encouraging and helpful in that regard. It can be easy to fall into a routine of only working on just shooting or just defense, but as a midfielder, there needs to be a balance of both. Playing that defensive role, however, has given me a great perspective as to what works on the attacking end. 

PB: Have you or the other seniors talked to some of the younger players about the importance of winning a WCAC title in your final year?

HG: We have. The WCAC title is a big deal for us, especially because we do not participate in the Maryland State Championships, and that game is the official end of our season. We have stressed that getting to the championship is earned, not given. The WCAC is a competitive league, and our team knows that we have to work hard every drill of every practice to achieve our goals and bring the trophy home. We have a lot of top-tier teams to play this season. We cannot get too far ahead of ourselves. We must play our hardest in each moment. 

For more from Graham, including her experience playing in the Under Armour Underclass Tournament and why she chose Virginia, read the full interview here.

PressBox Regional Power Rankings

1. McDonogh
2. Bullis
3. Landon
4. Gonzaga
5. Boys' Latin
6. Calvert Hall
7. St. Paul's
8. Severn
9. Loyola
10. Severna Park

1. McDonogh
2. Good Counsel
3. Manchester Valley
4. Notre Dame Prep
5. Glenelg 
6. Marriotts Ridge
7. Dulaney
8. Severna Park
9. Severn
10. Roland Park 

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