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Boys' Latin Prevails In 100th Regular-Season Meeting With St. Paul's
The 100th game between Boys' Latin and St. Paul's lived up to its lofty expectations with another classic matchup between the two storied programs May 16.
Boys' Latin senior midfielder Koby Russell scored the go-ahead goal with 8:38 remaining in the fourth quarter, and the Lakers (13-5 overall, 7-2 Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association "A" conference) held off the Crusaders for a 10-9 victory. Boys' Latin, who now leads the all-time series 52-47-1, also secured a first-round bye in the conference playoffs as the second seed behind Calvert Hall (15-2, 9-0).
"We tell our guys it's a one-game season from here on out, so we have one more game to play right now, and we're focused on that," Boys' Latin head coach Brian Farrell said. "For right now, we're going to take some time off to rest a little bit and work on us. I think that's the best part of the bye is that these kids deserve some time off to rest their legs and get ready for the playoffs, because there's nothing better than the MIAA playoffs."
The Lakers once again got contributions throughout their roster, which should bode well for them in the playoffs. Russell and senior Greg Ey scored two goals apiece for Boys' Latin, and senior Luke Shilling finished with one goal and four assists.
"I just think we wanted it," Shilling said. "We wanted this game. I know from the start -- we went down 3-0 -- but we weren't worried about that really because we wanted this game more than anybody else could ever imagine.
Future Looks Bright For Garrison Forest
When Garrison Forest fell to Notre Dame Prep in the IAAM "A" conference semifinals May 11, there was still a sense of optimism for better days ahead.
The Grizzlies had a remarkable turnaround this season, improving to 12-6 after going 7-10 the previous year. Freshman goalie Lexi Coldiron was the main difference-maker, and she figures to continue getting better.
Grizzlies head coach Lindsay Teeters was proud of the way her team bounced back in 2017, especially playing in the IAAM, widely regarded as the most-talented high school girls' lacrosse league in the country.
"I think the big thing is the girls have bought in," Teeters said. "Their confidence is up. They believe they are capable of beating [high-caliber] teams. You can't go into games with a mentality that you're going to win. You go in with a mentality that you're going to compete. That's what we talked about all year because of the history and where we've been for the past few years; you have to compete first before you think about winning. That's what they've done from the beginning."
In addition to Coldiron in goal, Garrison Forest has several talented underclassmen, including junior midfielder Kennedy Scott-Lynch as well as sophomores midfielders/attackers Brooke Gottlieb, Olivia Sokol and Kaylan Silva.
"I couldn't be more proud of my team," Teeters said.
McDonogh Girls Win Eighth Straight Title, Extend Winning Streak To 177 Games
McDonogh flexed its muscle as the nation's top girls' lacrosse program by winning its ninth consecutive IAAM "A" conference title May 13 against Notre Dame Prep.
The Eagles finished the season 22-0, extending their national record winning streak to 177 games. Midfielder Maddie Jenner and attacker Julia Hoffman had three goals apiece during the 12-9 victory against the Blazers. McDonogh won the draw battle, 20-3, with Jenner taking 14 of those matchups.
The victory also means McDonogh will finish the season as the No. 1 team in the U.S. for the eighth straight year. The Eagles remained unbeaten despite a tough schedule that included nonconference games against Bishop Ireton, Milton (Ga.) and Vero Beach (Fla.).
PNC Lacrosse Spotlight: Bryn Mawr Attacker Alex Marino
Bryn Mawr junior attacker Alex Marino finished the season with 23 goals and 24 assists, helping the Mawrtians to the IAAM "A" conference quarterfinals. Marino created matchup problems for most of her opponents, often drawing a pair of defenders. Marino, who had four goals and three assists against Maryvale April 15, has committed to Syracuse.
Overall, how would you assess your regular season? What goals did you accomplish?
Alex Marino: I think our team had a really strong season overall. From the very start of the season we were already a very close group, and that was really shown in our games through our trust in one another. As a team, our goal was to bring 100 percent every time we stepped on the field and to have the mindset that successes are not given, but earned. We were all fully committed to these goals no matter what our individuals roles were.
How competitive was the IAAM this year?
AM: The IAAM league is one of the most competitive leagues in the country. My coach always compared it to March Madness, because every team in the league is a strong competitor and has a lot of talent, which was evident in the amount of unexpected outcomes this season.
What went into your decision to attend Syracuse?
AM: Growing up having a lot of family from the area, it was always a dream of mine to go to Syracuse. I had seen the school a lot over the years, but getting to know the lacrosse program more during the recruiting process only validated my dream to go there. Not only is it a great fit for me athletically and academically, but I also really like the campus and facilities.
PressBox Regional Power Rankings
2. Calvert Hall
4. Boys' Latin
6. Severna Park
7. St. Paul's
9. St. Mary's
3. Notre Dame Prep
4. Marriotts Ridge
5. Glenelg Country
6. Archbishop Spalding
8. Garrison Forest
9. Severna Park
10. Manchester Valley
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