Nike/US Lacrosse Mid-Atlantic Region Report
by Mike Loveday | LaxMagazine.com
Top PerformersAlex Burckley, Ridge (N.J.)
The senior won 12 of 18 draws and had one goal and one assist as Ridge won the NJISAA Tournament of Champions title. In the fourth quarter with Ridge up 5-4 Burckley won a faceoff and took the ball down the field for a goal and gave the Red Devils a two-goal lead they never relinquished. He finished his season with 55 points on 28 assists and 27 goals.
Sean Coleman, La Salle (Pa.)
The senior who missed the first part of the year recovering from a knee injury finished his career by totaling six points in La Salle's 13-4 win over Conestoga (Pa.) in the PIAA championship game. Coleman tallied four assists and scored two goals in the victory.
Patrick Meehan, Chantilly (Va.)
The junior goalie helped lead Chantilly to its first state championship victory since 2008 with a 19 save performance. Meehan made nine saves in the fourth quarter alone.
1. Gonzaga (D.C.), 19-2
Season Complete: 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 and finished the year with 45 goals. Patrick Myers led the team with 24 assists and goalie Timmy Farrell made 141 saves this season.
2. Malvern Prep (Pa.), 16-2
Season Complete: Malvern as the No. 2 school may be controversial with the Friars 13-11 loss to end the season, but the Friars opened the season with a win over the eventual MIAA A champion Loyola-Blakefield, and posted three wins over Top 25 teams this season.
3. Loyola-Blakefield (Md.), 13-8
Season Complete: The Dons may have made the most improbable run to a championship of any team in recent memory. Loyola barely made the MIAA A playoffs and entered the tournament on a three-game losing streak. But the Dons finished the season on a three-game winning streak and toppled the previously undefeated Boys' Latin in the title game, 10-9, to win the conference and shoot up the rankings.
4. Boys' Latin (Md.), 19-1
Season Complete: The Lakers' season ended in shock and heartbreak with a 10-9 loss to Loyola-Blakefield in the MIAA A championship game. The loss dropped the Lakers from national title consideration, but the season was still a successful one for coach Bob Shriver's squad. Boys' Latin posted eight wins over teams in the Top 25. With a junior class that includes Shack Stanwick and Tal Bruno the Lakers are sure to be back in the hunt for a title in 2014.
5. McDonogh (Md.), 14-4
Season Complete: Entering the MIAA A playoffs, it looked as though McDonogh could be the team to knock off Boys' Latin. The Eagles won eight straight, which included two overtime wins. But a 13-4 loss to Loyola-Blakefield in the semifinals ended their season. Trey McGee scored two goals in the final game and the Eagles posted four wins over teams currently ranked in the Top 25.
6. La Salle (Pa.), 19-2
Season Complete: The Explorers defeated Conestoga (Pa.) 13-4 to win its second PIAA championship on June 8. La Salle opened the game by going up 6-0 and never trailed. The Explorers finished the year on a 21-game winning streak, which included wins over The Haverford School (Pa.).
7. Gilman (Md.), 12-4
Season Complete: Gilman was the other team that appeared primed to make a run for the MIAA title two weeks ago. The Greyhounds won four straight after losing by just two to Boys' Latin on April 19. But a regular-season loss to McDonogh gave Gilman the No. 3 seed in the playoffs and an opening round game against Loyola-Blakefield. The Dons won 17-14 to end Gilman's season. Gilman has four wins over current Top 25 teams this season.
8. St. Stephen's & St. Agnes (Va.), 18-6
Season Complete: It was an up and down season for the Saints. They started with a season-opening win over nationally ranked Episcopal Academy (Pa.) and moved to 3-0. Then they lost three of four. They didn't win more than four-straight games until the end of the year when it all came together. St. Stephen's finished on a six-game winning streak and won its first IAC championship, 7-5 over Landon (Md.). It added a Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association (VISAA) title with a 6-5 win over Paul VI (Va.).
9. Haverford School (Pa.), 15-7
Season Complete: The Fords make it back into the regional Top 10 by capping their season with four-straight wins and an Inter-Ac Invitational tournament championship. Haverford School toppled nationally-ranked Episcopal Academy (Pa.) in the semifinals and followed up with a 13-11 win over ranked Malvern Prep (Pa.) in the championship game on May 22. Haverford defeated Episcopal Academy twice in the final four games of the season. Freshman goalie Alex DeMarco made 12 saves and sophomore Grant Ament had four assists and two goals in the championship win — the fourth Inter-Ac Invitational title in five years for the program.
10. Salesianum (Del.), 17-2
Season Complete: Salesianum became the first team to win three straight Delaware Interscholastic Athletic Association (DIAA) championships when it defeated Caesar Rodney 18-4 on May 26. Jason Kelly scored five goals to lead the team. The Sals allowed only 75 goals this season and have won 39 consecutive games against Delaware opponents. Coach Bob Healy led his team to a win over IAC regular-season champion Georgetown Prep (Md.) and New Jersey South, Group 3 champion Shawnee. The only losses for the Sals this season were by a combined six goals to Inter-Ac champion Malvern Prep (Pa.) and IAC co-champion St. Stephen's & St. Agnes (Va.).
News and Notes
La Salle topples three-time champ
La Salle and Conestoga (Pa.) met in the PIAA championship game in 2010 and 2011. Both times Conestoga got the best of La Salle, winning 10-7 last year and 10-6 in 2010. The Pioneers entered this year as the defending three-time champion.
This year was different La Salle raced out to a 6-0 lead en route to a 13-4 victory over Conestoga to claim its first PIAA title since 2009.
The senior trio of Jeff Cimbalista (three goals), Sean Coleman (four goals, two assists) and Matt Rambo (four goals, one assist) combined for 14 points to lead the Explorers to the win.
La Salle posted wins over New York Class B champion Garden City and Inter-Ac Invitational champion The Haverford School (Pa.) this season. They didn't lose since an April 5 game against Gilman (Md.).
Ridge goes 1-for-1
Ridge (N.J.) had never been to a New Jersey Tournament of Champions title game before June 8. The program was searching for its first-ever title and needed a four-goal fourth quarter to defeat Don Bosco Prep (N.J.) 8-7 and win the NJSIAA Tournament of Champions title.
Ridge, which was playing in its first ToC title game, used a stout defense highlighted in the first half when defender Mitchell Gray cleared and fed the ball to Connor Lalley, who tied the game at 3-3.
It was all knotted at 4-4 heading into the fourth quarter, but Ridge managed to gain then extend its lead to 7-4 with slightly more than seven minutes remaining. It managed to withstand a three-goal run by Don Bosco Prep to cut the lead the one.
Third time is the charm for Chantilly
Chantilly (Va.) built a five-goal lead in the first half en route to a 9-5 win over Madison in the Virginia state championship game.
Chantilly, which reached the championship game in each of the last three years, earned its second state title in program history, the other coming in 2008.
Note: The Nike/US Lacrosse Regional rankings will not necessarily reflect the same order as the Nike/US Lacrosse National Boys' Top 25, which is voted on by US Lacrosse area representatives and Lacrosse Magazine contributors, who compile the regional rankings.