Nike/US Lacrosse Mid-Atlantic Region Report
by Mike Loveday | LaxMagazine.com
Top PerformersGrant Van Fossen, Delbarton (N.J.)
Van Fossen scored 42 percent of his team's goals in a 7-3 win over former national No. 3 St. Anthony's (N.Y.). It was Van Fossen's second-straight three-goal game. Through three games the senior followed the Friars' game up with an two-assist performance in a 12-3 win over Chatham (N.J.).
Max Greene, Gilman (Md.)
The senior accounted for 60 percent of his team's goals in a 10-5 win over then-No. 4 La Salle (Pa.). Greene scored six goals, including an impressive three goals in 31 seconds to give the Greyhounds the victory. Gilman had a 5-4 lead when Greene went on his run to extend the lead to 8-5 and seal the game. Greene followed up with a six-point performance (five goals, one assist) in a conference-opening win over Archbishop Spalding (Md.) 13-8.
Timmy Farrell, Gonzaga (D.C.)
The senior goalie has been impressive this season, but no more so than in a three-game stretch that had the Purple Eagles post wins over McDonogh (Md.), Georgetown Prep (Md.) and Landon (Md.). The 6-foot, 170-pound goalie made 26 total saves in three wins, including an impressive 15 saves in the 15-6 win over Georgetown Prep on April 5. For the year Farrell has 106 saves.
Games to Watch
Gonzaga (D.C.) at Paul VI (Va.) – April 16
This game marks the first meeting of the top two teams in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference. Only a 10-8 loss to Landon has prevented a perfect start for Paul VI. Both teams have comparable wins over common opponents, with Gonzaga comes out on top by a hair. Look for a defensive battle between these teams. Paul VI has allowed double-digits in goals just three times in 11 games while Gonzaga gave up double-digits just once (to No. 1 Boys' Latin).
Episcopal Academy (Pa.) at Haverford School (Pa.) – April 23The first meeting of these teams since the Inter-Ac Tournament last season in which Episcopal Academy came out on top 15-11. This year has started with ups-and-downs for both teams, but they appear to have righted the ships early. Episcopal Academy defeated La Salle (Pa.) 8-2 after losing three of its first five games and has now won six straight games. Haverford School started 0-3, dropping games to MIAA schools, but since defeating McDonogh (Md.) on March 22 has won seven straight. Both teams face Malvern Prep (Pa.) before this meeting, but this game could help the winner earn a spot in the Mid-Atlantic Top 10 and potentially sway voters in the national Top 25.
1. Boys' Latin (Md.), 11-0
The Lakers continue to prove they're the best team in the nation. Boys' Latin opened up its conference schedule with a 15-10 win over nationally ranked McDonogh. Colin Heacock scored five goals in the win over the Eagles.
2. Gonzaga (D.C.), 11-2
The Purple Eagles move up to No. 2 this week after rolling through a stretch of teams that included nationally ranked McDonogh and Landon in addition to Georgetown Prep. Alex Corboy has been a consistent force on offense with 25 goals this season. The senior has tallied at least two points in all but one game this year. Goalie Timmy Farrell has made 106 saves this year.
3. Calvert Hall (Md.), 6-2
After an 0-2 start the Cardinals have won six straight. The statement win came in a 13-12 win over previously undefeated St. Paul's. Carson Dutkanych and Timmy Kelly each scored three goals in the win.
4. St. Paul's (Md.), 11-1
A 13-12 loss to Calvert Hall ended the Crusaders 10-game winning streak and drops them slightly in the rankings this week. Mikey Wynne has arguably been the hottest player in the region so far this season. The senior has 49 goals and 17 assists this season.
5. Delbarton (N.J.), 5-0
The Green Wave wasted no time in showing they belong in the national Top 25. In its second game of the season Grant Van Fossen scored three goals to lead Delbarton to a 7-3 triumph over former No. 3 St. Anthony's (N.Y.). Delbarton did not let down after its big win, downing Chatham (N.J.) 12-3 and Seton Hall Prep (N.J.) 8-7.
6. Malvern Prep (Pa.), 7-0
The Friars have been on a roll this season under new head coach John McEvoy (at his second stint at the school). The Friars downed three Maryland teams to start the year and opened their Inter-Ac schedule with an 8-7 double-overtime win over Penn Charter on April 12. Ryan Hilburn scored three goals for the Friars in the victory.
7. St. Mary's (Md.), 5-3
The Saints earn a spot in this week's rankings after defeating Loyola-Blakefield 10-6. Cole Robertson tallied four points on three goals and an assist and Matt Godlewski scored two goals and added an assist in the win. The Saints only losses this year are to Gonzaga and Malvern Prep.
8. Gilman (Md.), 7-1
The Greyhounds suffered a surprising loss to an impressive Hereford (Md.) team 7-6, but bounced back with an impressive win over then-No. 4 La Salle (Pa.) 10-5. Max Greene scored six goals in the win and helped Gilman remain in the Mid-Atlantic Top 10.
9. Haverford School (Pa.), 6-3
The Fords make their first appearance in the Mid-Atlantic Top 10 this season. Coach John Nostrant's team has won six-straight games after starting the season 0-3. The winning streak started with a win over McDonogh (Md.), 6-5. A 14-6 win over nationally ranked Penn Charter (Pa.) helped give the Fords a slight grip on a Top 10 spot. Gavin McBride tallied eight points on four goals and four assists in the win.
10. McDonogh (Md.), 7-3
The Eagles drop slightly this week, but cushioned the fall with an 8-6 win over Loyola-Blakefield on April 12. The win halted a two-game losing streak in which McDonogh lost to nationally ranked Gonzaga and Boys' Latin.
News and Notes
Christchurch (Va.) has quietly been dominating this season. The Seahorses are 8-1 and won eight-straight before dropping an overtime game to Woodberry Forest 14-13 on April 2.
Christchurch has scored at least 13 goals in every game and scored at least 15 in seven. Wins over St. Mary's Ryken (Md.), Calverton School (Md.) are the team's signature wins thus far this year, but games against St. Anne's-Belfield and a solid St. Christopher's squad still remain.
"They [the team] always play hard and they hustle. We've won a couple games by one or two goals this season. Over a nine game stretch we lost one by one goal and we find ourselves in the playoff hunt," coach Vince Smith said. "We feel like we can play with anybody if we play our game that day."
The team is comprised of 18 seniors, six juniors and three sophomores, which includes faceoff man Pat Ingram who has won 68 percent this season.
Brendan Buckley leads the team with 31 goals followed offensively by Reid White (23 goals, 19 assists) and Duncan Morris (24 goals, 10 assists).
Public School Powers
The public schools in Maryland had a big week two weeks ago, proving they belong in the same breath with the private schools. Four public programs ousted teams from the vaunted Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association
Hereford (Md.) started it off with a 7-6 win over Gilman on March 27. Jack Adams had four points (two goals, two assists), Jason Ashwood had two goals and an assist and Connor Cunningham made 17 saves in the win. In an almost anniversary-like victory, it was the second time the Bulls have defeated a MIAA program in the last year. Hereford defeated St. Paul's 11-10 in overtime last year on March 27.
Arundel was one of those four teams, downing Mount St. Joseph 11-7 on March 27 to earn an early statement win.
"It was a confidence builder. It was a big win for them," coach Kevin Necessary said. "I think our kids have a firm grasp on what our goals are and the next day in practice the kids knew it was one win and it wasn't what we set out to achieve at a team."
Brett Malamphy, Cameron Cetrone and Tyler Young each scored three goals in the 11-7 win. Malamphy also won 15 of 19 faceoffs.
The Wildcats have a tough end to their regular season with road games at South River (Md.) and Severna Park (Md.) and a home game sandwiched between with Chesapeake (Md.).
The 7-0 wildcats have yet to allow more than seven goals in any game this season and are averaging 14 goals on offense.
"We're very balanced. I do think we're strong in the midfield and our midfield defense is strong there," Necessary said. "We're playing a real good brand of team defense right now. It's been a focus of ours this season."
Rounding out the big public school wins: Severna Park defeated Severn 9-8 to get the program's first win over Severn in 33 years. According to CapitalGazette.com, the last time Severna Park defeated Severn was March 22, 1980; Westminster defeated Mount St. Joseph 15-7 on March 30. Chesapeake-AA downed Severn 7-6 in overtime on April 11 to continue to public school's impressive string of victories over private schools this season.
Around the Mid-Atlantic
Salesianum (Del.) is off to a 4-2 start this season and posted a big win over one of the top teams in California, La Costa Canyon (Calif.) 18-6. Troy Reeder scored five goals and Sean Giampietro had four assists in the win ... University (W.Va.) has begun the season 10-1 and posted wins over two Maryland public school programs: Wilde Lake (Md.) and Oakdale (Md.). The Hawks recorded back-to-back shutouts and outscored Buckhannon-UpShur (W.Va.) and Bridgeport (W.Va.) 35-0 ... Don Bosco Prep (N.J.) is the No. 1 team in the Star Ledger Top 20 and has started the season 2-0. Max Allen leads the team with 11 points (six assists, give goals) while Jack Ray and Brady Wulster each have six goals on the year. The schedule gets tougher for the Ironmen with games against St. Anthony's (N.Y.), Ridgewood (N.J.) and Christian Brothers (N.Y.) looming.
Note: The Nike/US Lacrosse Regional rankings will not necessarily reflect the same order as the Nike/US Lacrosse National Top 25 poll, which is voted on by US Lacrosse area representatives and Lacrosse Magazine contributors, who compile the regional rankings.