Boys' Latin head coach Brian Farrell has put his team through another tough nonconference schedule.
While Farrell has seen his team play well and struggle at times, there is no question the Lakers will be ready for the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association "A" conference opener April 18 against a tough Severn team, ranked sixth in the PressBox regional poll.
"I think we've grown as a team," Farrell said. "We've gotten a lot tighter. We have had ups and downs with this out-of-conference schedule. But that's why you want to play them, because it prepares you for the MIAA conference."
The Lakers should be able to dictate play against most teams and are led by senior face-off specialist Jake Glatz, along with senior attackman Luke Shilling (Johns Hopkins) and junior attackman Matt Brandau (Yale).
McDonogh, Bullis Shine At PNC Lacrosse Classic
The McDonogh girls continued their historic run, and the Bullis boys took down an MIAA power at the fourth annual PNC Lacrosse Classic at Loyola's Ridley Athletic Complex April 8.
The Eagles dropped Washington, D.C.'s Good Counsel, 11-5, in the opening game. It was the first time the Invitational included a girls' matchup. Senior midfielder Andie Aldave and junior attacker Julia Hoffman paced McDonogh with three goals apiece. Senior attacker Taylor McDaniels scored twice for Good Counsel.
Two days later, McDonogh rolled past defending Washington Catholic Athletic Conference champion Bishop Ireton, 18-5, and extended its winning streak to a record 166 games.
In the boys' game at the PNC Lacrosse Classic, sophomore midfielder Jonathan Bender scored the go-ahead goal with 6:21 remaining to lead Bullis past Loyola Blakefield, 5-4. Bender and senior attackman Alex Trippi led the Bulldogs with two goals each.
The Bulldogs are 11-1 with their only loss coming against another MIAA power, McDonogh.
Junior attackman Ryan Dunn and junior midfielder Liam Bateman each scored twice for Loyola, which fell to 1-3 on the season. However, all three of the Dons' losses have come against nationally ranked opponents.
Rick Brocato Becomes All-Time Winningest Coach At St. Paul's
Rick Brocato is already regarded as one of the best coaches in high school lacrosse.
He further added to that legacy by becoming the all-time winningest coach at St. Paul's. The Crusaders upended Bronxville (N.Y.), 8-6, April 8, giving Brocato his 233rd career win.
Brocato announced prior to the season that he was stepping down as the head coach at the end of the spring. He will be succeeded by Trey Whitty, a 1999 graduate of St. Paul's who is currently an assistant at McDonogh.
The Crusaders are 9-1 on the season. St. Paul's plays its MIAA opener against Loyola Blakefield April 18.
PNC Lacrosse Spotlight: Mercy Attacker Katie Yeagle
Junior attacker Katie Yeagle has the Mercy Magic off to a 4-0 start and in the hunt for an Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland "B" conference title. So far this season, Yeagle has 14 goals on 23 shots, along with nine assists and 13 ground balls. Mercy is looking for its first conference championship since 2011.
How much club ball did you play in the offseason?
Katie Yeagle: I play a lot of club ball. I play club lacrosse for Skywalkers in the summer and fall. We have five-to-six tournaments in the summer and about three-to-four tournaments in the fall.
Do you play any sports other than lacrosse?
KY: Yes, I play varsity soccer for Mercy.
What goals has the team set this season?
KY: Win the IAAM championship!
PressBox Regional Power Rankings
4. Boys' Latin
5. Calvert Hall
7. St. Paul's
9. Severna Park
10. St. Mary's
2. Good Counsel
3. Notre Dame Prep
5. Marriotts Ridge
6. Garrison Forest
7. Manchester Valley
9. Glenelg Country
10. Archbishop Spalding