Nike/US Lacrosse Mid-Atlantic Region Report
by Mike Loveday | LaxMagazine.com
Tommy Fowler, Delbarton (N.J.)
The senior had a great three-game stretch in which he scored 11 goals to help Delbarton down Mendham (N.J.), Mountain Lakes (N.J.) and Summit (N.J.). Fowler tallied five goals against Summit and three against a previously undefeated Mountain Lakes squad. For the year, Fowler had 21 points on 18 goals and three assists.
Ian Strain, Episcopal Academy (Pa.)
Strain scored the game-tying and then followed it up with the game-winning goal in the Churchmen's first meeting with Malvern Prep. Those goals accounted for Strain's game total and helped give Episcopal Academy a share of the Inter-Ac lead. A few days later Strain scored two more goals to lead Episcopal to a 9-8 win over The Haverford School (Pa.), which gave them sole position of the Inter-Ac lead at that time.
Games to watch
Boys' Latin (Md.) at St. Paul's (Md.) - May 7
The two most consistent teams in the MIAA A Conference finally meet this season and it will be the final regular season game for both teams. While the outcome likely will not affect the MIAA playoff seedings it could provide a preview of the conference championship game just a few weeks later ... unless Gilman or McDonogh has something to say about it.
Episcopal Academy (Pa.) at Malvern Prep (Pa.) - May 3The second meeting between these two powerhouses could determine the Inter-Ac title ... or at least give one team an edge. The Churchmen downed the Friars 8-7 in overtime in the first meeting and a subsequent win over The Haverford School (Pa.) left them in control of their Inter-Ac destiny. If Episcopal wins its final three games it will win the title. Malvern wants to avenge its only loss of the year thus far and with home field advantage in this meeting could do just that.
1. Boys' Latin (Md.), 15-0
Simply put, the Lakers have been dominant this season. The closest any team has come to defeating them was a one-goal game against The Hill Academy (Canada) on March 22. Since then no team has gotten closer than two goals and the Lakers have averaged a goal differential of 7.40 per game.
2. Gonzaga (D.C.), 15-2
The Purple Eagles rolled through April, using defense to defeat McDonogh (Md.), Georgetown Prep (Md.) and Paul VI (Va.) — teams either in or just outside the national Top 25. Alex Corboy leads the team with 32 goals this season.
3. Delbarton (N.J.), 9-0
Delbarton got through a tough two-game stretch against Mountain Lakes (N.J.) and Summit (N.J.) unscathed. Tommy Fowler scored eight goals in the two wins over teams with a combined record of 14-3.
4. St. Paul's (Md.), 15-1
Still just the lone loss for coach Rick Brocato's Crusaders squad. St. Paul's has won four straight since a 13-12 loss to Calvert Hall on April 9. Junior Mikey Wynne continued his hot season with a seven-goal game in a 15-9 win over Severn (Md.) on April 23.
5. Gilman (Md.), 10-2
The Greyhounds rebounded with vigor after an early 7-6 loss to Hereford (Md.). Gilman won five straight games before losing to No. 1 Boys' Latin 9-7. Gilman has won its last two, including a 12-8 win over Calvert Hall (Md.). Max Greene scored four goals and Tyler Ruhl scored three in the win over the Cardinals.
6. Episcopal Academy (Pa.), 12-3
Ten straight wins move the Churchmen back into the regional Top 10. Over the course of those 10 wins coach Andy Hayes' crew has defeated La Salle College (Pa.), Malvern Prep (Pa.) and The Haverford School (Pa.).
7. Malvern Prep (Pa.), 10-1
The Friars had a rough week starting with a double-overtime win against Penn Charter on April 12. Four days later and another overtime the Friars lost their first game of the year, 8-7 to a surging Episcopal Academy team.
8. McDonogh (Md.), 11-3
The Eagles have won five straight since back-to-back losses to two of the Top 3 teams in the nation. McDonogh has posted wins over Loyola-Blakefield (Md.), Calvert Hall (Md.) and Mount St. Joseph (Md.). Austin Frederick scored three goals in an 11-10 overtime victory over St. Mary's (Md.).
9. Paul VI (Va.), 13-2
It was a tough choice to put Paul VI (Va.) ahead of Georgetown Prep in the regional rankings. While the Panthers downed the Little Hoyas on March 12, Prep defeated the Landon team that sullied Paul VI's record. Both teams lost to Gonzaga in a comparable fashion so Paul VI gets the nod with the head-to-head win here.
10. Calvert Hall (Md.), 7-5
The Cardinals hit the rough part of their schedule with back-to-back-to-back games against McDonogh (Md.), Gilman (Md.) and Boys' Latin (Md.). Calvert Hall suffered a three-game losing streak as a result and has them towards the bottom of the playoff hunt in the MIAA A Conference.
News and Notes
Churchmen feeling the spirit
The start of the 2013 season was a rollercoaster for Episcopal Academy (Pa.). The Churchmen were coming off a 2012 in which they won the Inter-Ac Invitational over Haverford School and the team started the year in the Nike/US Lacrosse Top 25. But after a 1-3 opening the team dropped out of the rankings.
Now, the team has won 10 consecutive games and has posted wins over nationally ranked teams: La Salle College (Pa.), previously undefeated Malvern Prep (Pa.) and The Haverford School (Pa.).
In a big conference meeting with Malvern Prep on April 16, Ian Strain scored two goals, Dutch Buckley and Tyler Chambers each tallied three points on two assists and a goal to help Episcopal Academy to an 8-7 win.
"It is a really big win for our team in the conference," Strain told PhillyLacrosse.com. "This was a big hurdle and big for our confidence."
That victory put the Churchmen into a tie atop the Inter-Ac with The Haverford School ... but not for long.
Episcopal Academy traveled to The Haverford School on April 23 and came away with a 9-8 overtime victory.
Sophomore Curtis Zappala scored the game-tying goal with less than three minutes remaining then scored the only goal of overtime with 2:31 left to give Episcopal the win.
The Churchmen sit alone atop the Inter-Ac standings and are looking for their first conference title since 1998.
To claim the crown they have to get through Malvern Prep (May 3), Penn Charter (May 7) and finally The Haverford School (May 10) for a second time each.
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.