It isn’t as exciting of a week as we’ve seen this spring, but nonetheless, a slate that has several important league contests as well as a number of exciting non-conference matchups this weekend. Updates to the scoreboard will be made nightly.
Tuesday, April 21
New Canaan (Conn.) 14, Ridgewood (N.J.) 6
Greenwich (Conn.) 14, Ridgefield (Conn.) 13
Georgetown Prep (Md.) 7, Gonzaga (D.C.) 4
Loyola Blakefield (Md.) 11, St. Paul’s (Md.) 9
St. Mary’s (Md.) 12, Boys’ Latin (Md.) 10
Bronxville (N.Y.) 14, Somers (N.Y.) 8
Pittsford (N.Y.) 14, Fairport (N.Y.) 6
Haverford (Pa.) 15, Malvern Prep (Pa.) 5
Dallas Jesuit (Tex.) at Episcopal Dallas (Tex.)
St. Mark’s (Tex.) at Coppell (Tex.)
Preview: The lone Top 25 matchup of the day, Gonzaga-Georgetown Prep is a WCAC vs. IAC duel that means a lot to lacrosse fans in the greater D.C. area. The Eagles will be favorited, however the Little Hoyas haven’t lost at home since the 2013 season. Up in Rochester, Fairport-Pittsford will likely be a preview of the Section 5 Class A championship. The pair of matchups in Dallas are also intriguing, as they’re between four of the five most tradition-rich programs in the state. Haverford was swept by Malvern Prep last year and will look to return the favor with their top-ranked team this spring, heading to their rivals for a game full of high Division I prospects.
Wrap-up: In the result of the day, No. 17 Georgetown Prep clinched a huge result over No. 4 Gonzaga, winning 7-4 thanks to an excellent performance by senior Joey Altemus (Bucknell) in front of a defense that held an outstanding Purple Eagles offense to their lowest output of the year. In the MIAA, St. Mary’s and Loyola picked up important wins by two goals each. Loyola’s only conference wins were against bottom-dwellers, so leading for the entire game and escaping a tough but inconsistent St. Paul’s team 11-9 says a lot about how good they can be. The 14-6 blowout win for Pittsford was paced by eight combined goals for Brandon and Colby Barker, a senior and sophomore pair headed to Ohio State. In Fairfield County, Greenwich’s Will Perry scored the game-winner in a 14-13 shootout over Ridgefield, while New Canaan was able to dominate NJ’s Ridgewood.
Wednesday, April 22
Corona del Mar (Calif.) 7, St. Margaret’s Episcopal (Calif.) 5
Cherry Creek (Colo.) 9, Arapahoe (Colo.) 6
Avon Old Farms (Conn.) 8, Westminster (Conn.) 6
Lambert (Ga.) 12, Lovett (Ga.) 11 in OT
Brunswick (Conn.) 18, Lawrenceville (N.J.) 8
Northport (N.Y.) 7, Ward Melville (N.Y.) 6
Smithtown East (N.Y.) 18, Half Hollow Hills East (N.Y.) 10
Upper Arlington (Oh.) 11, Worthington Kilbourne (Oh.) 4
Taft (Conn.) 3, Choate (Conn.) 2
Preview: To say that Northport shocked the world on Saturday with their upset of No. 5 Smithtown East would be bold, but there’s no doubt that they shocked Long Island. With that said, it makes the Tigers’ visit to ‘The Cage’ of Ward Melville that much more interesting. In the Founder’s League, Avon Old Farms’ visit to Westy is a chance for Skip Flanagan’s Winged Beavers to clinch their biggest victory to date and inch closer to being ranked again. Definitely some nice in-state battles in Ohio, Georgia, California and Colorado, states where parity is everywhere in 2015.
Wrap-up: In what was probably the biggest game of the day, Northport (ranked No. 16 in today’s rankings) didn’t hold a lead until the final minute, where they scored two goals to escape WM with a huge 7-6 win and keep their momentum rolling. Down in Georgia, it just happened to be a Ward Melville transfer – Air Force junior commit Matthew O’Rourk – that scored Lambert’s game-winning goal to defeat Lovett 12-11 in OT. With regional rankings implications on the line, the Midwest No. 9 Upper Arlington (Oh.) put a 11-4 beating on No. 5 Worthington Kilbourne to make a statement. Entering today’s Top 25 rankings, Cherry Creek (Colo.) received a complete team effort in a 9-6 win over Arapahoe. Going back to LI’s Suffolk County, Smithtown East bounced back from Saturday’s loss by handing Half Hollow Hills East (N.Y.) its first blemish of the year, winning 18-10 with six tossed in by OSU-bound junior attackman Dan Rooney.
Thursday, April 23
Darien (Conn.) 10, Ridgefield (Conn.) 9
New Canaan (Conn.) 14, Wilton (Conn.) 3
Yorktown (N.Y.) 17, Fox Lane (N.Y.) 7
Hill Academy (Ont.) 11, Salesianum (Del.) 5
La Salle (Pa.) 9, St. Joseph’s Prep (Pa.) 7
Dallas Jesuit (Tex.) 8, Highland Park (Tex.) 5
The Northeast region takes the spotlight on Thursday. Now that Darien has moved up to Class L, their matchup with FCIAC foe has even more meaning considering that most people think the Tigers and Blue Wave will play in June for a state title. Over in New York’s Section 1, Yorktown might be on upset alert against a 6-1 Fox Lane team that has an underrated amount of talent. Also of note, Hill Academy makes their second East Coast trip of the year and will look to penetrate a Sallies backline led by highly touted Navy-bound senior goalie Ryan Kern. SJP-La Salle is one of Philly’s best rivalries.
Friday, April 24
Foothill (Calif.) 10, Torrey Pines (Calif.) 9
Boys’ Latin (Md.) 18, Mt. St. Joe (Md.) 10
Culver (Ind.) 13, Brother Rice (Mich.) 5
Haverford (Pa.) 7, Episcopal Academy (Pa.) 6
Massapequa (N.Y.) 7, Syosset (N.Y.) 6 in OT
St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes (Va.) 6, Landon (Md.) 5 in 4OT
Georgetown Prep (Md.) 12, Bullis (Md.) 8
Often a matchup in the Nassau County ‘A’ championship, Massapequa and Syosset will face-off on Friday afternoon in one of Long Island’s most hyped games of the entire spring. They’ve had some great ballgames in the past but this is a first in that the two programs have never been ranked in the Top 10 at the same time. Haverford-EA is an awesome rivalry with the host Churchmen hoping to avenge a seven-goal loss to the nation’s No. 1 just a short time ago. I’m also looking forward to seeing the outcomes of two IAC matchups, with Landon’s Rob Bordley likely going for his 600th win as the Bears’ head coach.
Saturday, April 25
Mountain Vista (Colo.) 9, Kent Denver (Colo.) 8
Greenwich (Conn.) 13, New Canaan (Conn.) 10
Gilman (Md.) 18, St. Mary’s (Md.) 8
Loyola Blakefield (Md.) 13, McDonogh (Md.) 8
Brother Rice (Mich.) 17, Carmel (Ind.) 8
Hun School (N.J.) 18, Episcopal Academy (Pa.) 7
Brunswick (Conn.) 15, Malvern Prep (Pa.) 9
Haverford (Pa.) 16, Lawrenceville (N.J.) 5
St. Joseph’s Prep (Pa.) 9, Garnet Valley (Pa.) 8
Hill Academy (Ont.) 14, Radnor (Pa.) 9
Westfield (N.J.) 6, Summit (N.J.) 5
Delbarton (N.J.) 7, Mountain Lakes (N.J.) 6
Jamesville-DeWitt (N.Y.) 14, Fairport (N.Y.) 7
Lynbrook (N.Y.) 8, Manhasset (N.Y.) 6
Garden City (N.Y.) 11, Carey (N.Y.) 8
Smithtown East (N.Y.) 20, Bronxville (N.Y.) 11
Chaminade (N.Y.) 10, Yorktown (N.Y.) 5
I plan to head up north to Radnor High School (Pa.) for the Katie Samson Lacrosse Festival, which has raised $1.5 million since the event began in 2001. There are some phenomenal games on the schedule, which can be seen here at the event’s website, featuring a total of five teams ranked in last Wednesday’s national Top 25 rankings. I’m fired up to get my first look in-person at squads like Brunswick and Hun, as well as the nation’s top-ranked sophomore Matt Moore (UVA) and his Garnet Valley team.
There are also some nice games on Long Island. Bronxville-SE features two of the best finishers in the 2015 class, East’s Brian Willetts and the Broncos’ Henry Grass. Carey-GC and ‘Set-Lynbrook are important matchups in Nassau Class ‘B’, while Mountain Lakes and Delbarton will play down in New Jersey in an exciting rivalry between legendary coaches.