Calvert Hall defeated Boys' Latin, 8-6, for the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Conference 'A' Conference championship May 18. The Cardinals (16-3) used early- and mid-season losses as lessons en route to becoming the powerhouse they were expected to be. Fans were once again treated to the attack play of senior Jacob Kelly this year. Midfielders senior Zach Green, juniors Grant Mitchell and Jack Sawyer and sophomore Cole Herbert stepped up, as well.
Boys' Latin will soon graduate twins Matt and Chris Brandau. Matt is a star attackman, and Chris is considered the best goalie in the state. The Lakers fought off an admirable effort from McDonogh in the MIAA 'A' Conference semifinals when they beat the Eagles, 8-5, May 15.
Loyola earned a trip to the semifinals this season with a 10-8, come-from-behind win against a strong, well-coached Severn team May 11. The Dons fell to Calvert Hall in the semifinals May 16. St. Paul's, which suffered two tough, late-season overtime losses, will soon graduate some tremendous defenders in Andrew Caples and Nick Hapney.
On the public school side, Hereford, Westminster, and Severna Park all still have title games to win. Towson High School had a great year, and a special mention has to go out to Generals junior Leighton Bechdel, a Division I football prospect as a kicker who can also bring the noise on the lacrosse field.
Here are this week's boys' rankings:
1. Calvert Hall
2. Boys' Latin
6. St Mary's
7. St Paul's
10. Severna Park
-- Compiled by Booker Corrigan
It's amazing how quickly the high school lacrosse season flies by in this area. The four state title games (1A, 2A, 3A, 4A) are set to take place at Stevenson University from May 22-24.
Hereford jumps up to the eighth spot in this week's rankings, as the Bulls will be playing for the 2A state title against No. 7 Glenelg May 23. The Gladiators defeated No. 10 Marriotts Ridge on the road to the championship game in the South section of the bracket.
No. 9 South River will face Dulaney in the 4A championship game May 22. Westminster will take on Mt. Hebron in the 3A title match May 24. Patterson Mill will meet Boonsboro in the 1A title game May 22.
Here are this week's girls' rankings:
1. Notre Dame Prep
3. Glenelg Country
4. St. Paul's School For Girls
5. Archbishop Spalding
6. Bryn Mawr
9. South River
10. Marriotts Ridge
-- Compiled by Tom Peace