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Indiana's Culver Academy Runs Past Maryland, D.C. Powers
Culver Academy of Indiana flexed its muscle as a national power with wins against some of the top programs in Baltimore and Washington, D.C.
The Eagles, who are ranked fourth in the Nike/US Lacrosse high school boys' top 25, cruised past Gonzaga, 13-6, March 28. Culver Academy then handed top-ranked McDonogh its first loss of the season the following day with a 12-9 win. The Eagles then ran past St. Paul's, 17-6, March 31.
"I thought Culver was excellent," McDonogh head coach Andy Hilgartner said. "Their attack was good and played well off the mids. It was tough to break them down at their defensive end of the field."
Culver Academy's only loss this season was to Pennsylvania's Haverford, which lost to both McDonogh and St. Paul's.
McDonogh gave Culver its biggest test in Maryland. Culver jumped out to an early 4-0 lead before McDonogh found its footing and got back in the game. McDonogh eventually tied the game, 7-7, before Culver Academy finished with a strong burst.
For more on McDonogh, St. Paul's and Gonzaga lacrosse, read the full article here.
Local Players Earn Spot In Under Armour All-America Lacrosse Game
Three girls and one boy from schools in the Baltimore-metro area have been invited to the 12th-annual Under Armour All-America Lacrosse Game at Towson University's Johnny Unitas Stadium July 1. They are part of the first wave of 11 players on each team that made the roster.
On the girls' side, McDonogh's Catie May and Andie Aldave earned a spot in the game and will be joined by Liberty's Grace Griffin.
May, an attacker, had 52 goals and 18 assists last season and has signed with Maryland.
Aldave, a midfielder, has played with the U.S. Under-19 national team. She scored 43 goals with 34 assists last year and will play collegiately at Notre Dame.
Griffin, also a midfielder, has averaged more than 40 goals per season for the Lions and has committed to Maryland.
On the boys' side, St. Paul's goalie Alex Rode played his way into the game. He set a school record with 258 saves last season. He signed with Virginia.
The game's final participants, which will be announced in four waves of 11 players through the end of May, will be divided into North and South teams.
PNC Lacrosse Spotlight: Liberty Attackman Mark Conway
Liberty senior attackman Mark Conway is a dynamic scorer who recorded 51 goals and 34 assists last season, leading the Lions to a 19-1 record. Liberty also captured the Carroll County championship and advanced to the state title game for the first time since 2005. Conway is looking to build on that success.
What does Liberty have to do to get back to the state title game?
Mark Conway: In order to get back to the state game like we did last year, Liberty needs to develop a more balanced scoring [attack]. We've had many midfielders step up and start to take on a more primary role, instead of our offense only running through out attack. We've been sharing the ball well and have many assists as a team.
How is the level of competition in Carroll County?
MC: The level of competition in Carroll is one of the best I've seen in the past few years. All teams have shown a lot of improvement in the offseason, and I've been impressed with how they have been playing.
As a senior, have you taken on more of a leadership role this season?
MC: Last year, we had over seven three-year varsity players who all took a big leadership role. Now that they have all graduated, I've made to sure to put myself in position to become the leader that we lost and make sure to rally the troops at all times possible.
For more from Conway, including how he's improved his game since last season and his decision to attend Towson University, read the full interview here.
PressBox Regional Power Rankings
4. Boys' Latin
5. St. Paul's
7. Calvert Hall
9. Severna Park
2. Good Counsel
3. Manchester Valley
4. Notre Dame Prep
6. Marriotts Ridge
9. Garrison Forest
10. Glenelg Country
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