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The Mid-Atlantic featured a plethora of big games and results this week. This week’s notebook looks at several teams with national rankings on the line, a Player of the Year candidate out for the season and Pennsylvania winning streak snapped a game stopped early and a coach reaching a milestone victory.
Battle of the Border States
Bragging rights were on the line as Delbarton (N.J.) traveled to St. Anthony’s (N.Y.) in a meeting of Top 20 programs. The Green Wave won the meeting last year 13-10, but it was the Friars turn in 2019.
St. Anthony’s won 13-4, holding Delbarton to just two goals over the last three quarters. The Friars got four points out of Jake Bonomi (4g), Phil Polo (1g, 3a) and Brennan O’Neill (3g, 1a) in the win.
Boys’ Latin (Md.) junior star Brendan Grimes will miss the remainder of the season. The LaxRecords Player of the Year candidate is out with a back injury and is a huge blow to the Lakers’ season.
Grimes missed the Laker’s game against Brunswick School (Conn.), in which they lost 10-2. Brunswick School had a shutout until late in the third, which was late enough to look into the last time Boys’ Latin was shutout.
Thanks go Mac Kennedy at Boys’ Latin, the last time a Boys’ Latin team was shutout was in 1960 when they were part of the MSA and lost 5-0 to Southern (Md.).
End of an Era
Philly.com has a nice story on John Nostrant, the head coach at Haverford School (Pa.) who will be stepping down following the 2019 season.
Nostrant has been the Fords’ head coach for 28 years and won 16 Inter-Ac titles and 475 career wins heading into this season.
He has led the Fords to three undefeated seasons since 2011, including a 23-0 finish in 2011 that resulted in Haverford being crowed the Powerade FAB 50 National Champion
Full Disclosure: I was the editor at ESPN and in charge of the FAB 50.
Joe Carozza scored four goals, including the game-winner for West Chester East (Pa.) to snap Bishop Shanahan’s 20-game winning streak, which was the longest active streak in Pennsylvania. Carozza also had an assist in the win.
Bishop Shanahan is the defending Class AA PIAA champion and dropped to 1-1 on the season with the loss. West Chester East improved to 3-0.
The Baltimore Sun has an article detailing the decision to end the game between Westminster (Md.) and Mount St. Joseph (Md.) with almost a full quarter remaining.
Westminster, a public school program in Carroll County, led Mount St. Joseph of the MIAA A Conference 10-5 early in the fourth last Tuesday when the game was called due to safety concerns.
Players from both teams were ejected after a fight broke out late in the third quarter. When play got chippy early in the fourth, officials decided to stop the game.
Dominic Corto became the all-time leading scorer in York Suburban (Pa.) program history just two games into his junior year. Corto scored a goal in the first quarter to break Colin Mailman’s record and finished the night with four goals and seven assists.
Corto has been consistent through his first two seasons - scoring 93 points as a freshman and 94 as a sophomore. With 11 assists and six goals through the first two games this season, Corto is now the program leader with 204 career points (99g, 105a).
Eagles Soar to No. 1, Then … Upset of the Week
McDonogh (Md.) climbed to national No. 1 ranking in the Under Armour/Inside Lacrosse poll and made an early case for being the favorite to win the MIAA A Conference championship last week.
The Eagles defeated national No. 2 Culver Academy (Ind.) 12-11 to improve their record to 6-0. Four of those wins came against teams ranked in the Under Armour/Inside Lacrosse Top 25 High School Power Rankings. Senior Liam Powderly scored four goals and three assists and senior Matt Hilgartner added four goals and two assists in the win.
Then conference play started.
St. Paul’s (Md.) got four goals from Logan Santos and 12 saves from Jamie Grant to pull the upset of the week, 12-9 over McDonogh.
No Win For You
St. Anne’s-Belfield (Va.) upset nationally-ranked Paul VI (Va.) 14-12 on Friday, handing the Panther’s their first loss of the season.
It was the second-consecutive game St. Anne’s handed a team its first loss of the year. They defeated Virginia Episcopal (Va.) 18-10 on March 26. The Saints are now 5-2 on the season.
La Plata (Md.) head coach Kris Bayer earned the 100th win of his career with a 9-8 victory over Calvert (Md.) on March 28.
“It means a lot to me, but mainly because I’ve been able to coach my three sons along the way and a lot of guys who had never even picked up a lacrosse stick before they joined the team,” Bayer said. “It’s more of a tribute to the hard work that all the players have put into it over the years. Now, three of my former players are coaching the junior varsity team.” - Source: Calvert boys lacrosse loses to La Plata; Warriors head coach Bayer records 100th victory | Spotlight | somdnews.com
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