Nike/US Lacrosse Mid-Atlantic Region Report
by Mike Loveday | LaxMagazine.com
Player of the Week
Carson Cocco, Malvern Prep (Pa.)
The goalie made 10 saves in the Friars 10-9 win over Haverford School and was named the Inter-Ac Invitational championship game MVP. The senior made some big saves late in the game, including stopping Phil Poquie on a one-on-one chance with six minutes remaining.
Also Notable: Kyle Anderson, Malvern Prep (Pa.); Wesley Rumple, Fallston (Md.); Dylan Abplanalp, Kent Island (Md.); Joe Francisco, Johnson (N.J.).
GAME OF THE WEEK
Bergen Catholic (N.J.) vs. Delbarton (N.J.), May 28
The top two teams in New Jersey meet for the first time this season in the NJSIAA Non-Public A Tournament final. Bergen Catholic is 19-0 after defeating St. Augustine Prep (N.J.) 9-7 in the semifinal on Saturday. Delbarton is 18-3 with just one loss to a New Jersey team (8-7 to Summit on March 29). Its only other losses were to CHSAA AA champion Chaminade (N.Y.) and runner-up St. Anthony's (N.Y.) by a combined five goals. Delbarton reached the final with a 9-4 win over Seton Hall Prep. The winner moves on to the Tournament of Champions - something Delbarton has won three times (most of any team) and appeared in seven times (also the most of any team). Bergen Catholic has yet to make the ToC since its inception in 2004.
Mid-Atlantic Region Top 10
1. Boys' Latin (Md.) 18-0
Junior Devin Shewell scored four goals and had two assists as Boys' Latin defeated St. Paul's (Md.) 17-11 in the MIAA championship to clinch the No. 1 spot in the Nike/US Lacrosse Top 25. The title is Boys' Latin's 10th league championship and they become the first conference team to finish undefeated since they went 21-0 in 2006.
2. Malvern Prep (Pa.) 24-0
The Friars closed out a perfect season with a 10-9 win over Haverford School (Pa.) in the Inter-Ac Invitational on Monday. Malvern Prep defeated Haverford three times this season and are the Inter-Ac champions.
3. Georgetown Prep (Md.) 19-1
Brendan Collins scored the goal that put Georgetown Prep up 10-7 with less than two minutes remaining in the IAC championship game against Landon (Md.) and help lead his team to its first conference title since 2011. Collins scored three goals in the win and helped the Hoyas finish the year 19-1.
4. St. Paul's (Md.) 12-7
The Crusaders finish the year as MIAA runners-up after falling 17-11 to No. 1 Boys' Latin in the MIAA championship game. Senior Mikey Wynne scored four goals and had one assist in the loss. St. Paul's was the No. 2 seed in the MIAA playoffs after going 7-2 in the conference this season. Wynne set a school single-season record with 72 goals.
5. Landon (Md.) 18-4
The Bears finished the year as IAC runners-up after dropping a 10-7 decision to Georgetown Prep in the IAC championship game. Junior Colton Rupp led the team in scoring with 56 points on 44 goals and 14 assists this season.
6. Gilman (Md.), 11-7
The Greyhounds are MIAA semifinalists after dropping a 9-8 game to St. Paul's. The No. 3 seed in the playoffs, Gilman went 6-3 in conference this season.
7. McDonogh (Md.) 15-5
The Eagles finished 2014 as MIAA semifinalists after dropping a 16-10 decision to No. 1 Boys' Latin. McDonogh posted wins over Florida state champion Lake Highland Prep (Fla.), WCAC champ Gonzaga (D.C.), St. Mary's (Md.), Calvert Hall (Md.) and Haverford School (Pa.).
8. Salesianum (Del.), 15-1
The Sals defeated Delaware Military Academy (Del.) 14-1 in the first round of the state playoffs. Michael Drake, Taylor Witherell, Samuel Fink and Terrence Logue each scored two goals in the victory. The moved into the semifinals with an 18-5 win over Tower Hill (Del.) on Saturday. They face Caesar Rodney (Del.) on Wednesday.
9. Gonzaga (D.C.), 16-5
The Purple Eagles defeated St. John's (D.C.) 16-6 in the WCAC championship game to capture their fifth consecutive Washington Catholic Athletic Conference championship. Gonzaga will graduate two seniors that started down the team's stretch run and will return a host of talented underclassmen in 2015. Junior Timmy Monahan led the team with 77 points on 50 goals and 27 assists.
10. Bergen Catholic (N.J.), 19-0
Chris Blewitt scored three goals as Bergen Catholic defeated St. Augustine Prep (N.J.) 9-7 in the Non-Public A tournament semifinal. The Crusaders move on to face Delbarton (N.J.) in the final on Wednesday.
News and Notes
Malvern Prep (Pa.) capped its first perfect season with a 10-9 win over Haverford School (Pa.) in the Inter-Ac Invitational on May 19. The win not only gave the Friars an undefeated 24-0 season, but also their first Inter-Ac Invitational title.
Sophomore Kyle Anderson scored three goals and Kevin McGeary scored two in the victory. The Friars scored four goals in the fourth quarter and outscored the Fords 7-6 in the second half to get the come-from-behind victory. Haverford led 4-3 at the half.
The win ends an impressive season for the Friars - a year in which they defeated Loyola-Blakefield (Md.), St. Mary's (Md.), Salesianum (Del.) and Haverford School three times. They captured their second consecutive Inter-Ac title with a 14-9 win over Haverford School on May 9. They had seven wins in one-goal games, including overtime wins over Avon Grove (Pa.), 11-10, Episcopal Academy (Pa.), 9-8 and Haverford School 8-7 in double overtime on April 22.
Kent Island (Md.) made history on May 21 - ending the six consecutive Class 3A/2A championship run of Hereford (Pa.) - with an 8-6 win and their first state championship. Goalie Dylan Abplanalp made 11 saves in helping the Buccaneers to their 18th straight win. Matt Quinn and Johnny Giuffreda each scored two goals in the win. This is Kent Island's first state championship.
Dylan Mansur led a South River (Md.) attack unit that had eight different players score and helped the team to a 9-6 win over Howard (Md.) in the Maryland Class 4A/3A state championship. Mansur scored two goals to lead the team. The championship is South River's second title in three years. They finished the year 17-2.
Fallston (Md.) defeated North Carroll (Md.) 17-7 to win the Maryland Class 2A/1A championship on May 20. Senior Wesley Rumple tallied seven points on four goals and three assists in the win.
2014 Mid-Atlantic Region Report Archive
- February 25 - Preseason Top 10/Player of the Year Watch List
- March 11
- March 18
- March 25
- April 1
- April 8
- April 15
- April 22
- April 29
- May 6
- May 13
- May 20
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