Miaa Lacrosse

May 19, 2006|By LEM SATTERFIELD

What -- Maryland Interscholatic Athletic Association boys lacrosse finals

Where -- Johns Hopkins University's Homewood Field

When -- Today

Schedule -- C Conference final, 3:15 p.m. B Conference final, 5:30 p.m. A Conference final, 7:45 p.m.

Tickets -- $5

THE GAMES

C Conference Cardinal Gibbons (14-0) vs. Chapelgate (10-6)

The unbeaten Crusaders are having perhaps their best season, and are in search of their first title since 1972. The Crusaders are led by junior attackmen Ryan Kearney, Josh Skene and Ben Stidman, as well as senior Matt Srour. The Crusaders, in their first title game since being runner-up to Chapelgate in 2002, start only four seniors. High-scoring Tom Peach and R.J. Gavlin lead the Yellowjackets, who lost regular-season games, 9-7 and 12-8, to the Crusaders but are making their second straight title-game appearance.

B Conference St. Vincent Pallotti (14-3) vs. Park (11-3)

Led by high-scorers Ryan Alexander (217 career goals, 52 assists) and Brett Leonard (177, 96), the St. Vincent Pallotti Panthers ride a seven-game winning streak into their first title game of their six-year tenure in the league. The Panthers must face defending champion Park for a third time, having already won, 9-7 and 19-7. Top scorers Jake Cornblath (22 goals, 21 assists) and Colin Smith (26, 12) lead the Bruins, who will need solid efforts out of goalie Brad Mendelson and defender Dia Clark to repeat as titlists.

A Conference No. 1 Boys' Latin (20-0) vs. No. 2 McDonogh (15-4)

This is a rematch of last year's title game, won, 9-8, by McDonogh, which lost an earlier game this season, 13-12, to Boys' Latin after leading by five goals. The unbeaten Lakers are trying to earn their fifth crown under 27th-year coach Bob Shriver and surpass the program's 17-0 season of 1997. McDonogh was champion last year and in 1999, finishing second in 2001. Boys' Latin is led by two-time All-Metro attackman Chris Boland (37 goals, 70 assists) and running mates Travis Reed (64, 21), Brett Weiss (39, 33) and David Shriver (34, 11). A key matchup could come in the faceoff circle, where the Lakers' Mike Hurwitz (10 goals, 10 assists) takes on the Eagles' second-team All-Metro Bryn Holmes (26 goals, 14 assists, 146 ground balls). Eagles attackman Andrew Feinberg (44, 32) had five goals and eight assists over their past two victories, and McDonogh's defense is anchored by Billy Geist and goalie Tyler Fiorito (.683 save percentage).

[LEM SATTERFIELD]

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