Suddenly, the Maryland Scholastic Association A Conference lacrosse playoff picture is not so clear. Division winners St. Paul's and Boys' Latin will definitely play host to semifinal games Tuesday at 3:45 p.m., and the championship game will be May 15 at UMBC, but that's all that is certain.
Tuesday upsets by Severn (13-7 over Loyola) and St. Mary's (4-3 over Calvert Hall) have put second-place up for grabs in both divisions and left A Conference chairman Jody Martin scrambling to find solutions for several possible scenarios, depending upon the outcome of some pivotal contests the next two days.
Three games today at 3:45 p.m. -- Loyola at St. Paul's, Boys' Latin at St. Mary's and Calvert Hall at Mount St. Joseph -- and one at 2 p.m. tomorrow, Severn at Gilman, will help settle the final two playoff spots.
If Loyola and Severn win, both would finish 8-5 in the conference and 5-3 in their divisions, forcing a playoff between them at a neutral site Sunday afternoon.
A Severn win and a Loyola loss would advance Severn to Tuesday's semifinal against St. Paul's.
If Loyola and Severn lose, then Loyola, Severn and Gilman would finish with 7-6 conference records and 4-4 marks in the division. According to Martin, the three schools would draw straws after the Gilman-Severn game tomorrow. The team that draws the shortest straw would get a bye; the other two would meet Sunday.
The winner of that game would advance to a playoff game Monday and play host to the team that received the bye. The winner of that contest would advance to a semifinal game at Boys' Latin on Tuesday.
In Division II, if Calvert Hall (7-7 conference, 4-3 division) beats Mount St. Joseph (5-8 overall), Calvert Hall would take second place outright and advance to the semifinals Tuesday against St. Paul's, regardless of the outcome of the St. Mary's-Boys' Latin contest.
If Calvert Hall and St. Mary's lose, Calvert Hall still would finish with the better conference record and advance to the semifinals.
However, a Calvert Hall loss and a St. Mary's win would advance St. Mary's to the semifinal against St. Paul's by virtue of a better record within the division.
In a pivotal MSA BB Conference game today, Archbishop Spalding and Archbishop Curley play at Spalding at 3:45 p.m. for second place in the conference. Friends has clinched first and will meet the Spalding-Curley winner in the conference title game at UMBC on May 15 at 3 p.m.