Nike/US Lacrosse Mid-Atlantic Region Report
by Mike Loveday | LaxMagazine.com
Grant Van Fossen, Delbarton (N.J.)
Van Fossen led Delbarton with five assists and three goals in a 15-7 win over West Morris (N.J.) in the quarterfinal round of the Morris County Tournament. The attacker added two goals and two assists in a semifinal win over Kinnelon (N.J.).
Grant Ament, The Haverford School (Pa.)
The sophomore was one of several players to step up in the Fords 11-6 win over nationally-ranked Episcopal Academy (Pa.) on Friday. The Penn State commit tallied four points on two goals and two assists, which included a goal in a 6-0 Haverford run in the final quarter. The win for Haverford ended Episcopal's hopes for an Inter-Ac title.
Stephen Kelly, Calvert Hall (Md.)
The defending MIAA champs may not have been the favorite entering the conference playoffs, but Kelly was integral in making sure they played one more day in a 10-8 win over St. Paul's in the quarterfinals. The UNC commit scored two goals and added one assist in addition to winning 13 of 20 faceoffs.
Games to Watch
MIAA Championship - May 17
Barring a major upset, this could be the game that decides the Nike/US Lacrosse Top 25 National Championship. Boys' Latin (Md.) enters the game as the heavy favorite after going 18-0 in the regular season and posting six wins over teams ranked in the Top 25. If the seeds hold (which they had not through the quarterfinals), the Lakers would meet No. 2 McDonogh, which has won eight consecutive games. A Boys' Latin loss opens the door for Gonzaga (D.C.), which won the WCAC championship on Monday, and is No. 3 or No. 2 Ward Melville (N.Y.) to take over the No. 1 spot.
Inter-Ac Invitational Championship - May 22
While the official league title is determined through the
regular season, the team that wins this game gets to boast about
winning its final game of the year for the next 12 months. Last
year Episcopal Academy (Pa.) stunned The Haverford School (Pa.) to
end the Fords 18-game winning streak. This year Malvern Prep (Pa.)
enters as the favorite after losing only one game all year.
Episcopal Academy cannot be counted out as they were in the hunt
for the regular season crown until the final game of the regular
season. The Haverford School (Pa.) is the No. 3 seed and boasts a
young team that has been up-and-down towards the end of the year,
but finished by beating Episcopal. Even a Penn Charter (Pa.)
program that enters as the No. 5 seed and posted a few big wins
early could make noise.
1. Boys' Latin (Md.), 18-0
Two more wins. That is all it takes for the Lakers to take home the National Championship and finish undefeated this season. Boys' Latin finished the regular season with a 13-8 win over St. Paul's and faces Calvert Hall, which defeated St. Paul's in the quarterfinals, on Tuesday in the MIAA A Conference semifinal.
2. Gonzaga (D.C.), 19-2
The Purple Eagles won their fourth consecutive Washington Catholic Athletic Conference championship with a 13-11 win over Paul VI (Va.) in the championship game on Monday. Gonzaga has won 16-straight games and has not lost to a conference opponent since 2009. Alex Corboy led the team with a game-high four goals in the championship victory.
3. Delbarton (N.J.), 14-0
Grant Van Fossen had a stellar week in helping the Green Wave move into the semifinals of the Morris County Tournament. The attacker tallied 12 points in two games, including a two goal, two assist performance in a semifinal win over Kinnelon (N.J.). He tallied five assists and three goals in a 15-7 win over West Morris (N.J.) in the quarterfinals. Delbarton plays Chatham (N.J.) for the Morris County title Tuesday at 7:30 p.m..
4. McDonogh (Md.), 14-3
The Eagles finished the regular season strong. The team that was picked by many coaches as a dark horse entering the year captured the No. 2 seed in the MIAA playoffs and face Loyola-Blakefield in the semifinal Tuesday. The Eagles finished the regular season on an eight game winning streak.
5. Malvern Prep (Pa.), 14-1
The Friars won the Inter-Ac title with a 16-3 win over Germantown Academy (Pa.) on Friday. Malvern won its first title since 2010 (a shared crown with The Haverford School), but won it outright for the first time since 2008. Chris Hilburn tallied five points on three goals and two assists in the win.
6. Paul VI (Va.), 18-3
Senior Connor Murphy scored five goals and senior Logan Aunon added three goals and four assists as the Panthers defeated DeMatha 13-8 to reach the WCAC championship game against Gonzaga (D.C.). Unfortunately, for the Panthers they fell just short of a conference title with a 13-11 loss to Gonzaga. Coach Bob Waters guided the team to one of its most successful years in arguably a decade and they will attempt to win the first Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association in program history starting Friday.
7. Calvert Hall (Md.), 11-5
Stephen Kelly and Timmy Kelly each tallied three points (two goals, one assist) as the Cardinals defeated St. Paul's 10-8 to reach the MIAA semifinals. Stephen Kelly was 13 for 20 at the face off to help give the Cardinals an advantage. Calvert Hall faces national No. 1 Boys' Latin on Tuesday.
8. Loyola-Blakefield (Md.), 11-8
The Dons, last year's MIAA runner-up, defeated No. 3 seed Gilman 17-14 to advance to the MIAA semifinals. Loyola-Blakefield entered the playoffs on a three-game losing streak, one that started with a 13-10 loss to Gilman on April 30. Loyola faces No. 2 seed McDonogh on Tuesday.
9. Episcopal Academy (Pa.), 12-3
The Churchmen's regular season ended on a sour note – an 11-6 loss to Haverford School (Pa.), which ended their hopes for their first league title since 1998. Tyler Chambers tallied three points on two assists and one goal in the loss. Episcopal Academy will attempt to defend its Inter-Ac Invitational title beginning this week.
10. La Salle (Pa.), 15-2
The Explorers move back into the region rankings by winning 13 consecutive games, which includes a win over The Haverford School (Pa.). The return of Sean Coleman has aided the offense as the senior tallied two goals and two assists in a 12-8 win over Radnor. With Coleman and Rambo together again, La Salle should be the favorite to win the PIAA championship this season.
News and Notes
Injured stars return
Stars returning from injuries played a large role in two teams recent success.
As mentioned above, Coleman's return from a knee injury sustained during football season has helped the La Salle team win its last 13 and post a victory over Inter-Ac power The Haverford School. Coleman returned to the lineup three weeks ago and helped relieve some of the scoring load from Matt Rambo's shoulders.
La Salle is a different team with Coleman in the lineup and his return makes the Explorers the favorite to win the PIAA championship.
Ethan Powely's return to the Paul VI (Va.) lineup has been equally critical as the Panthers reached the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference championship.
"Every time standing on the sideline, watching practices — It was tough," Powley told The Washington Post. "I was just kind of trying to hold in my feelings. I knew I'd be back when it counts."
His return helped Paul VI defeat DeMatha (Md.) 13-8 in the conference semifinals.
The Panthers won seven-straight games since it lost to Gonzaga (D.C.) on April 16 to reach the WCAC championship game. They played a tough game, but fell to the Purple Eagles 13-11.
However, the program can still go where no Panthers unit has gone before if they can win their next two games to clinch a VISAA championship.
Around the Mid-Atlantic
Georgetown Prep (Md.) head coach Kevin Giblin won his 400th career game on April 25. Giblin has been the head coach at Prep since 1988 and has led the Little Hoyas to a 17-5 record this season ... Egg Harbor Township (N.J.) junior Connor Houghton set the school record for most points in a game when he tallied 11 in a 17-6 win over Ocean City (N.J.). Houghton tallied seven assists and four goals in the win. He has 58 points with 40 goals this season ... Baltimore Polytechnic (Md.) won its second Baltimore City title in three years with a 17-3 win over Northwestern (Md.). The Engineers got a six-goal, two-assist performance from junior Raamah Harcum in the win ... Chatham (N.J.) makes its first appearance in the Morris County championship game after defeating Mountain Lakes (N.J.) 12-4 in the semifinals. Cristof Strunc scored four goals while Sam Carson and Thomas Guida each added three in the win ... Calverton School (Md.) won its fifth-straight MILL title with a 11-10 victory over The Heights (Md.). Stephen Goff scored five goals to lead the team.
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.