Today’s Around the Crease notebook, I take a look at the additions to the 2017 Champions list, the longest win streak in Connecticut history, one of the biggest high school rivalries and the MIAA A Conference.
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Just Keep Winning
Darien (Conn.) not only has the current longest active win streak in the country, but the Blue Wave also has the longest winning streak in state history.
The previous best-known record, as reported to LaxRecords.com, was New Fairfield (Conn.) with a 41-game winning streak from 2008 to 2009. Darien had the next longest streak with 34 that ended in 2015. The Blue Wave’s current streak started after it lost back-to-back games in 2015 with a 21–3 win over Norwalk (Conn.).
Darien has one game remaining in their regular season Tuesday against Stamford (Conn.). If they win the Class L title again and go 23–0 this season they would break the 50-consecutive wins mark. That would make them the ninth team in history to win at least 50-straight games.
The Blue Wave has been led by Kevin Lindley who has more than 50 goals this season, Logan McGovern with more than 40 goals and senior goalie Ryan Cornell who was added to the Under Armour All-America game this season.
Haverford School (Haverford, Pa.) won third-straight Inter-Ac title
According to PhillyLacrosse.com, Haverford School (Haverford, Pa.) claimed it’s third consecutive Inter-Ac League championship with an 11–5 win over Springside Chestnut HIll Academy (Pa.) on May 13.
Junior TJ Malone led the team with four goals and three assists as the Fords finished league play with an 8–2 conference record.
Haverford School won the 2015 league title with a 10–0 record en route to a 26–0 season and a national No. 1 ranking. Last year, they went 10–0 in the league and finished 20-5.
100th Times The Charm
There are a few storylines from Tuesday’s meeting of St. Paul’s (Brooklandville, Md.) and Boys’ Latin (Baltimore), and it is fitting with the historical rivalry between these teams.
When the Crusaders and Lakers meet, it will be the 100th game in program’s history. The Lakers lead the all-time series 51–47–1, according to Boys’ Latin Director of Alumni relations Mac Kennedy, who is the official historian at Boys’ Latin.
The teams have met in a conference championship game four times, with the St. Paul’s winning three of those matchups. St. Paul’s won the last championship meeting 17–7 in 2010.
In addition to it being the 100th meeting, it is also the final regular season game for St. Paul’s head coach Rick Brocato, who announced his retirement at the end of the season.
The game could also have seeding implications for these teams after Boys’ Latin lost back-to-back games last week and have a 6–2 conference record. St. Paul’s has a 5–3 conference record.
There were several champions crowned over the weekend, including teams from Alabama, California, Georgia, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Texas.
The 2017 Champions list is updated as team’s win their respective titles.