Nike/US Lacrosse Mid-Atlantic Region Report
by Mike Loveday | LaxMagazine.com
Player of the Week
Blake Mann, Cape Henlopen (Del.)
Mann scored what ended up being the game-winning goal as Cape Henlopen upset Salesianum (Del.) 9-7 in the DIAA championship game on Saturday. The attackman scored five goals overall to help dethrone Salesianum as the top team in Delaware this season. The Vikings ended the Sals string of three-straight state titles, 46 game winning streak against Delaware opponents and overall 16 game winning streak. The title is the Vikins first state title since 2008.
Also Notable: J.J. McBride, Delbarton (N.J.); Joe Francisco, Johnson (N.J.); Sam Bebout, Summit (N.J.); Will Manganiello, Penncrest (Pa.); Billy Orme, Langley (Va.)
GAME OF THE WEEK
PIAA State Championship, June 7
Four teams are vying for the state title entering Tuesday morning, but by Tuesday night it will be down to two. Avon Grove (Pa.) or Radnor (Pa.) will be one half of the bracket with Penncrest or Mt. Lebanon filing in the second half of the championship bracket. No matter which teams move on the overall winner will be the first new champion since 2007. For the past six seasons, either Conestoga (Pa.) or La Salle College have hoisted the trophy at the end of the year. Conestoga did not make the PIAA playoffs this season and La Salle was knocked off by Penncrest in the quarterfinals. The two teams that would be considered the favorites are an Avon Grove team that has been a burgeoning program for the last two years and are riding a nine game winning streak. Penncrest was undefeated until the District 1 quarterfinals. have wins over Springfield-Delco (Pa.), Bishop Shanahan (Pa.), Radnor (Pa.) and La Salle, which were all PIAA playoff teams this year.
Mid-Atlantic Region Top 10
1. Boys' Latin (Baltimore, 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 (Malvern, 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 (North Bethesda, 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 (Brooklandville, 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 (Bethesda, 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 (Owings Mills, 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. Summit (N.J.), 22-1
The Hilltoppers defeated Somerville (N.J.) in the NJSIAA Group 2 championship game - its first Group 2 title since 2011 (they won the Group 1 title in 2012). Goalie Sam Bebout recorded 13 saves in the win. Summit moves into the Tournament of Champions where they play No. 3 seed Mountain Lakes (N.J.) 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. Delbarton (N.J.), 19-3
The Green Wave defeated Bergen Catholic (N.J.) 6-5 in the championship game of the Non-Public Group A championship. J.J. McBride scored the game-winning goal to give Delbarton its 13th state championship, which is a state record. They move on to play Ridgewood (N.J.) in the semifinals of the Tournament of Champions on Wednesday.
News and Notes
In a game that lived up to the billing of two nationally ranked programs, Delbarton (N.J.) came out on top of Bergen Catholic (N.J.) in the Non-Public A championship game, 6-5 in double overtime.
J.J. McBride scored the game-winning goal off an assist from Jordan Dowiak with 1:21 left in overtime to give the Green Wave its 13th state title and moved them into the Tournament of Champions.
"It's pretty surreal right now. I'm kind of on cloud nine," McBride told the Newark Star-Ledger. "It hasn't really set in yet, but it's something you dream of as a little kid and it came true tonight."
Dowiak led the team with four points on two goals and two assits and goalie Stephen Kovalsky made eight saves in the win. Goalie Matthew Pedrick made 11 saves and Michael Reilly had four points (two goals, two assists) in the loss for Bergen Catholic. The loss was Bergen Catholic's first of the year.
Delbarton earned a First Round bye in the ToC and plays Ridgewood (N.J.) in the semifinals on Wednesday.
Owen Smith led a Ridgewood (N.J.) charge that saw them scored four goals in 61 seconds and defeat Moorestown (N.J.) 13-4 in the NJSIAA Group 3 Championship. The title is Ridgewood's third straight group championship and advanced them to the Tournament of Champions where they defeated Immaculata 16-8 in the first round. The face Delbarton on Wednesday.
Summit (N.J.) held Somerville (N.J.) to just two goals in a 4-2 win in the NJSIAA Group 2 championship victory. The win is Summit's first Group 2 title since 2011 (they won Group 1 in 2012). Goalie Sam Bebout made 13 saves in the victory.
Will Manganiello scored three goals and Dylan McCleaft made 12 saves as Penncrest (Pa.) defeated 2013 PIAA champion La Salle College (Pa.) 6-5 in the PIAA quarterfinals on Saturday. The win moved Penncrest into the semifinals where they meet Mt. Lebanon (Pa.) on Tuesday.
Langley (Va.) senior attackman Billy Orme totaled nine points on six goals and three assists in a 15-11 win over Westfield (Va.) in the Virginia 6A North region quarterfinal. He scored four goals in seven minutes in the third quarter to help the Saxons move into the semifinals where they meet Chantilly on Wednesday.
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
- May 27
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