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This week’s Mid-Atlantic notebook highlights more Maryland champions, a one-eyed goalie in Virginia, New Jersey’s nine seeds dominating and firsts in Maryland and Virginia.
One Eye, Don’t Care
WJLA.com has a great story on Bishop O’Connell (Va.) goalie Riley Fitzsimmons who plays with only one eye.
Fitzsimmons is a Fairfield commit and has been O’Connell’s starting goalie since 2017. His left eye has been completely closed after a tumor was removed.
“I mean it was awesome, I remember the phone call,” Riley told WJLA. “It was during the World Cup last summer and I just had to step out. it was probably one of the best days of my life.”
Calvert Hall (Md.) completed its mission with a 15-7 win over St. Mary’s (Md.) to claim its third-consecutive MIAA A Conference championship. The Cardinals are the first team since the MIAA formed in 1996 to win three-straight titles.
Jack Sawyer (Maryland) totaled six points on five assists and a goal, Grant Mitchell (Ohio State) totaled five points on three goals and two assists, and Daniel Kelly (North Carolina) scored three goals in the Cardinals victory.
Calvert Hall finished 10-0 in the conference. Their only loss this season was a 10-9 overtime loss to Hill Academy (Canada) on March 13.
Archbishop Curley (Md.) defeated Glenelg Country (Md.) 12-3 to win the MIAA B Conference.
Annapolis Area Christian (Md.) won the MIAA C Conference title 17-11 over Indian Creek (Md.). Dylan Borden scored 10 points (6g, 4a) to lead AAC.
St. Andrew’s (Md.) won its first conference championship since 2002 with a 16-1 win over Flint Hill (Md.) in the Mid-Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAC).
Senior Chase Noah (Albany) had nine points on five assists and four goals while sophomore Liam Savage scored four goals in the victory.
The Lions have now won back-to-back regular-season titles after going undefeated in the MAC conference.
The Nines Have It
The New Jersey playoffs have its share of upsets this year. While an eight versus nine seed can easily go either way, this year three No. 9 seeds won in the first round.
No. 9 Hackettstown (N.J.) won 12-7 over No. 8 Pequannock in North, Group 1.
No. 9 Wayne Valley (N.J.) defeated Morris Knolls (N.J.) in North, Group 3. No. 9 Madison (N.J.) won 13-1 over No. 8 Cinnaminson (N.J.)
No. 9 Pople John (N.J.) defeated No. 8 Notre Dame (N.J.) 7-6.
In one of the bigger upsets of the playoffs so far No. 13 seed Seneca (N.J.) downed No. 4 Robbinsville (N.J.) in the South, Group 2 playoffs 5-1. Julius Sorino made 14 saves and Shawn O’Keefe scored two goals in the win.
J.M. Bennett (Md.) won its first-ever region championship with a 14-13 win over Mt. Hebron (Md.) in the Maryland Class 3A tournament. Alex Sewell led the team with six goals and Braden Glushakow scored the game-winner in overtime.
Jacob Angelus from Paul VI (Va.) became the first player in Washington Catholic Athletic Conference (WCAC) history to score 400 career points in a win over St. Christopher’s (Va.) in the VISAA semifinals. Angelus scored five goals and two assists in the win over the previously undefeated Saints to help his Panthers to the championship game.
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