A victory against McDonogh early in the season sparked Calvert Hall, which ran through its conference schedule undefeated.
The Eagles, meanwhile, used that game to improve some of their weaknesses and went on to win eight of their final nine games.
Calvert Hall and McDonogh will meet again for even higher stakes in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association "A" conference championship game at Johns Hopkins' Homewood Field May 25. The opening faceoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m., and game officials expect a crowd of more than 2,000.
The top-seeded Cardinals (16-2) beat archrival Loyola, 12-8, in the semifinals May 22. JT Bugliosi (Ohio State), Jacob Kelly (North Carolina) and Zach Green (Maryland) scored three goals apiece to pace Calvert Hall, which is looking for its first conference title since 2012 and third overall.
"During my time at Calvert Hall, I've never been to a championship game," said Green, a junior. "I'm just really excited to get out there."
The third-seeded Eagles (17-3) were impressive during their 11-8 semifinal win against No. 2 Boys' Latin. Griffin Catlett (Duke), Jack Sweeney, Liam Powderly, Jack Simmons (Georgetown) and Jack Parr (Brown) led McDonogh's balanced attack with two goals each.
McDonogh, which went 7-2 in the MIAA regular season, appears to have the experience, talent and confidence to win its fourth overall title in program history.
For more on the McDonogh-Calvert Hall matchup, as well as the "B" and "C" conference championship games, read the full article here.
Glenelg Girls Complete Undefeated Season With State Title
The Glenelg girls' lacrosse team beat C. Milton Wright, 12-3, to win its second consecutive Class 3A/2A state title May 23 at Stevenson University.
Anna Callahan scored three goals for the Gladiators, who finished the season 20-0. Lindsay LeTellier, Alayna Pagnotta and Maddy O'Brien had two goals apiece for Glenelg. Maddie McSally finished with five saves.
"Our goal every year is states or bust, and I think that's something we've really been working for," LeTellier said after the game.
C. Milton Wright got goals from Aubrey Hoover, Taylor Marchetti and Meghan Murray.
Bel Air Girls Win First State Championship
Julia Henry had five goals and Elizabeth Hillman scored four times, leading Bel Air to 10-9 victory against Severna Park in the Class 4A/3A state championship game May 23.
It was the first state title in girls' lacrosse for the Bobcats (15-4). The game was back-and-forth most of the way, with Bel Air holding a 6-5 lead at the half.
Sarah Elms had five goals for Severna Park (17-3), which was looking for its 14th state title, one shy of the record owned by Mount Hebron.
PNC Lacrosse Spotlight: St. Paul's School For Girls Attacker/Defender Maggie Root
St. Paul's attacker/defender Maggie Root recently completed a successful career for the Crusaders as a player and mentor to some of her younger teammates. This season, she volunteered to move from attack to help the Gators' inexperienced defense.
"It is difficult to be asked to change positions and Maggie never complained," St. Paul's head coach Mary Gagnon said. "We needed her stick work and leadership on the defensive end this year. Her selflessness helped us to become a better team."
Root has committed to Maryland.
What will you remember most about playing at St. Paul's?
Maggie Root: I will remember most how close it brought me to some of my classmates. Lacrosse kind of becomes its own little world. Finding friends who appreciate and love something so much the way you do is crucial for development and also makes it that much more fun. No matter the age, whether it was a freshman or a senior, I always found myself getting closer with girls. I would have never had that chance without the St. Paul's lacrosse atmosphere.
How did the program improve throughout your four years at the school?
MR: St. Paul's lacrosse has always had its ups and downs, but I think now is one of its ups. Over the years I have been at St. Paul's, we have had three coaches. I think our current coaching staff, which I only had the pleasure of having for my senior year, will do wonders with the program.
What went into your decision to attend the University of Maryland?
MR: The University of Maryland had always been my dream school ever since I was little. My brother attended the school as an engineering student, and he really enjoyed his time there, which was very encouraging to me when weighing my options between other schools I was interested in attending and playing for. Being close to home is also something that is important to me. Having my parents at the games means the world to me and their support has been what carried me through my lacrosse career. So, I cannot imagine it without them right on my sideline.
PressBox Regional Power Rankings
2. Calvert Hall
5. 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. Manchester Valley
10. Severna Park