MIAA quarterfinals feature pair of rematches of recent games

May 11, 2012|By Glenn Graham

There will be no strangers in the quarterfinal round of the MIAA A Conference lacrosse playoffs set to begin this afternoon.  Both games -- McDonogh at Boys' Latin (4 p.m.) and Severn at Gilman (4:30 p.m.) -- are rematches from regular-season finales played Tuesday.

The No. 4 Lakers got a goal from Greg Pyke midway through the fourth quarter to get past No. 5 McDonogh, 8-7, on Tuesday to earn the home-field advantage. Ironically, the teams met in the quarterfinals last year with Boys' Latin traveling to McDonogh and coming away with a win by the same 8-7 count.  On Tuesday, No. 3 Gilman came away with a sound 18-10 win over Severn.

How will playing the same team in the matter of a couple of days effect how the playoff games are played today?

The consensus from coaches seemed to be some, but not much.

"We'll do some things differently, but, more than that, we need to do things better," McDonogh coach Andy Hilgartner wrote in an e-mail.

Boys' Latin coach Bob Shriver is happy to be playing at home and emphasized to his players, "It's not so much who you are playing, but what you are playing for."

Going up against the defending league champion Greyhounds, Severn will have to make adjustments to hope to advance. Admirals coach Brian Wood expects an entirely different game, calling it a 'chess match' after his team didn't show many tendencies in Tuesday's meaningless game. His team was locked into the sixth seed regardless of the outcome. 

The top two seeds -- No. 1 Calvert Hall and No. 2 Loyola -- earned a quarterfinal-round bye and will meet today's winners in Tuesday's semifinals at Towson University.

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