April 11, 2012

Mid-Atlantic Boys' Regional Report (April 11)

by Chris Goldberg | LaxMagazine.com

Top Performers

Jamie Ikeda, Conestoga (Pa.)
The senior defenseman scooped up a groundball off the OT face-off, raced downfield and scored the game-winner to lift No. 1 Conestoga to a 7-6 victory at Boys' Latin (Md.). Ikeda, headed to Duke, has been the team's top defenseman this year and a key on the face-off wing.

Mark Cohen, Severn School (Md.)
The senior midfielder and UMBC signee had three goals in Saturday's 14-9 win over Severna Park and two goals and an assist in Thursday's 5-2 win over Annapolis. Cohen, who has 15 goals, 10 assists and 32 groundballs, has helped Severn win 10 in a row since an opening-day loss to Bullis School.

Steve Jackson, Gloucester Catholic (N.J.)
The junior attackman had nine goals last week as the Rams opened with victories over N.J. foes Monsignor Donovan (15-9) and Moorestown Friends (19-6). Gloucester Catholic is in its third year as a varsity program.

Games to Watch

The schedule for 4th annual Checking for Cancer Lacrosse Invitational at Haverford School, April 14. The tournament raises money and awareness for while focusing on early detection specifically of three men's cancers: colorectal, testicular and prostate.

9 a.m.: La Salle (Pa.) vs. St. Augustine Prep (N.J.) - Sabol Field
11 a.m.: Episcopal Academy (Pa.) vs. Radnor (Pa.) – Class of '75 Field
11 a.m.: Conestoga (Pa.) vs. Garden City (N.Y.) – Sabol 
1 p.m.: Haverford School (Pa.) vs. Lawrenceville (N.J.) – Sabol
1 p.m.: Wilton (Conn.) vs. Penn Charter (Pa.) – Class of '75
3 p.m.: Salesianum (Del.) vs. Chatham (N.J.) – Class of '75
3 p.m.: Georgetown Prep (Md.) vs. Delbarton (N.J.) – Sabol

Landon School (Md.) at Georgetown Prep (Md.), April 11, 4:30 p.m.
These two teams are the top contenders for the DC IAC crown nearly every year. Last season Georgetown Prep won the title over Landon, 7-6, in overtime.

Gilman (Md.) at Calvert Hall (Md.), April 17 4 p.m.
This is the rematch of last year's MIAA A Division championship, which Gilman took 13-8. These are clearly two of the top contenders in the league this year. Both teams will play their first two MIAA games this week.

Haverford School (Pa.) at Malvern Prep (Pa.), April 17, 3:45 p.m.
This rivalry has reached an all-time high after Haverford School rallied last year to defeat the Friars in a last-second victory for the Inter-Ac Invitational title and a perfect 23-0 season. The coaches (Haverford's John Nostrant and Malvern's Dave Metzbower are friends and business partners) and the players all know each other well from summer club teams.

1. Conestoga (Pa.), 6-0
The Pioneers downed Boys' Latin, 7-6, on an overtime goal by defenseman Jamie Ikeda, who picked up a faceoff groundball and scored 11 seconds into the extra frame. Conestoga has won three one-goal games this year over ranked teams. They meet Long Island power Garden City Saturday at Checking for Cancer in yet another major challenge.

2. Calvert Hall (Md.), 7-1
The Cardinals routed The Hill School (Pa.), 14-5, behind three goals and two assists from Patrick Kelly. They travel to Boys' Latin (Md.) Tuesday for their MIAA opener and play at McDonogh (Md.) on Friday before next Tuesday's bout with defending MIAA champion Gilman at home.

3. Haverford School (Pa.), 8-1
The Fords claimed a key 11-9 win Thursday over Gilman as Henry Blynn had three goals and four assists and Will McNamara scored three goals and the Fords jumped to a 6-1 lead. Then they toppled St. Augustine Prep (N.J.), 11-6. They Host Germantown Academy (Pa.) Tuesday in the Inter-ac league and travel to La Salle Thursday and meet Lawrenceville School Saturday at their Checking for Cancer tourney. It only gets better April 17 when they travel to archrival Malvern Prep.

4. Gilman (Md.), 4-1
The Greyhounds suffered an 11-9 loss to Haverford School Thursday despite four goals by Maxx Greene. They host McDonogh in an MIAA opener Tuesday and host Archbishop Spalding Friday and then play April 17 at Calvert Hall.

5. Loyola Blakefield (Md.), 8-1
The Dons routed Middletown (Md.), 15-7. They host St. Paul's Tuesday in their MIAA opener and then host Boys' Latin Friday in another big MIAA game.

6. Lawrenceville School (N.J.), 5-0
The Big Red routed Princeton High (N.J.) on Thursday, 14-2, as Steffen Gratch had three goals and five assists, giving him 100 career goals (three years at Hun School). They play at New Canaan (Conn.) Wednesday and face Haverford School Saturday at Checking for Cancer.

7. Bridgewater-Raritan (N.J.), 3-0
The Panthers have looked strong in three early wins, and hosted Rutgers Prep Monday while gearing for a big game Wednesday against Moorestown - a team they beat last year in the Tournament of Champions quarterfinals.

8. Gonzaga (D.C.), 9-1
The Purple Eagles routed St. Joseph's Prep, 12-5 and edged Boys' Latin (Md.), 14-13, as Alex Corboy scored four goals, including the game-winner, to help the Purple Eagles rally from a 12-10 deficit. They host Upstate New York power Hamburg (4-0) on Thursday.

9. Georgetown Prep (Md.), 9-2
The Hoyas toppled Louisville-Xavier (Ky.), 14-3, Saturday, to complete a three-win week. The have a key game Wednesday when they host DC IAC top rival Landon School before Saturday's date with Delbarton (N.J.) at Checking for Cancer.

10. La Salle College (Pa.), 3-1
The Explorers got beat by Gilman, 9-3, on Tuesday and look to rebound Thursday when they host Haverford School. They face St. Augustine Prep (N.J.) Saturday at Checking for Cancer and host St. Joseph's Prep April 17 in a key Catholic League matchup of the two perennial powers.

News and Notes

No. 8 Gonzaga (9-1) claimed a thrilling 14-13 victory over Boys' Latin (Md.), rallying from a 12-10 deficit and winning it on the fourth goal by Alex Corboy. Pat Myers added four goals for the Purple Eagles, who rebounded from a tough 6-5 loss to McDonogh School (Md.) by edging DC IAC power Georgetown Prep (4-3), routing Pennsylvania's St. Joseph's Prep (12-5) and defeating Boys' Latin of the MIAA. "We are very proud of the effort put forth this season by our team," said Gonzaga coach Casey O'Neill. "There is a lot of lacrosse left and a lot to keep battling for. Our guys understand that through adversity we prevail and our kids are handling adversity well to this point. Anything can happen with any team as we have seen all spring with lots of different clubs. We look forward to the challenge of keeping this thing rolling."

The fourth annual Checking for Cancer Lacrosse Invitational will be held Saturday at Haverford School (Pa.). The event draws some of the top teams in the country, but more importantly promotes awareness and early detection education for three primary men's diseases, prostate, colorectal and testicular Cancers. It was created by Haverford coach John Nostrant and his former Washington College linemate and close friend, Georgetown Prep (Md.) coach Kevin Giblin. Nostrant is a Prostate Cancer survivor and Giblin is a Colon cancer survivor. In its first year three seasons ago, Giblin had just completed a key series of chemotherapy treatments, yet was able to attend and coach. The tourney features five of the 10 teams in our Regional rankings as well as highly-ranked Garden City of the Northeast Region. It also showcases two top matchups, between No. 1 Conestoga (Pa.) and No. 6 Garden City (N.Y.) and No. 3 Haverford School and No. 6 Lawrenceville School (N.J.). Conestoga will remains the No. 1 team in the Lacrosse Magazine High School Boys' Top 25 Poll after edging Boys' Latin, 7-6, in overtime. The matchup between host Haverford School and Lawrenceville School is a rematch of a barnburner held last year in the Inter-Ac Invitational semifinals when the Fords rallied for a brilliant 13-11 victory before defeating Malvern Prep in the finals to close a perfect 23-0 season. For more information, visit the Checking for Cancer website at www.checkingforcancer.org. For a podcast interview with Nostrant hosted by this writer for the Lacrosse Radio Networ, click here.


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