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May 12, 2024
By: Chris Pika

Road to the Semifinals

The MIAA lacrosse championships are down to the final four in each of the three divisions, and this week, champions will be crowned in Annapolis and Sparks.

In the A Conference, the quarterfinals were full of surprises and suspense. No. 3 seed McDonogh, kept its hopes of a three-peat for the A title alive – but the Eagles needed a furious rally at home against No. 6 seed Loyola, while No. 5 seed Gilman surprised No. 4 seed Calvert Hall on the road.

Down two goals late in the fourth quarter, McDonogh (13-3 overall) scored twice in the final 23 seconds, including a goal from Andrew Kasten with six seconds to play to throw the game into overtime. After a scoreless first OT, Kasten made sure the Eagles survived and advanced on a fast-break goal in the second overtime for a 7-6 victory over the Dons (9-8 overall).

In the other quarterfinal, Gilman (12-6 overall) rode over to Towson to take on Calvert Hall, and the Greyhounds raced out with a 12-3 victory over the Cardinals (10-7 overall). The Cards had won the regular season meeting 7-6 at Gilman in April, but this time around, Gilman left no doubt. Jay Wilkerson scored three goals and added two assists, while Michael Maloney also had a hat trick for Gilman.

So, the A Conference semifinals are set for Tuesday at Navy-Marine Corps Stadium in Annapolis. In the first game of the session at 5 pm, top-seed Boys’ Latin (13-2 overall) takes on Gilman, while No. 2 seed Archbishop Spalding (13-4 overall) matches up with McDonogh at 7:30 pm. Boys’ Latin won the regular season meeting over the Greyhounds, 13-6 at home on April 30. Back on April 16, Spalding held off the Eagles 10-9 at McDonogh.

Tickets for Tuesday’s semifinals and Friday’s A and B Conference championship games, along with more information, can be found at

The B Conference playoffs begin Tuesday at the higher seeds. Top seed Saints Peter & Paul (14-4 overall), which ran through the 10-game league schedule undefeated hosts No. 4 seed Gerstell (6-8 overall). Second-seeded and two-time defending B champ Archbishop Curley (10-7 overall) plays host to last season’s C Conference champion St. Vincent Pallotti (6-8 overall).

SSPP swept the season series from Gerstell with a 6-5 road victory April 12 and a 16-3 home victory April 30. Curley took both meetings from Pallotti this season with a 19-10 victory on the Panthers’ home field April 19, and a 9-4 home victory May 7 in the Friars’ final regular-season home game.

The semifinal winners meet Friday at Navy-Marine Corps Stadium in Annapolis in the first game of the MIAA A & B Conference championship game doubleheader at 5 pm. Tickets are available at

The six-team C Conference field is down to four teams after Friday’s quarterfinal round that saw No. 3 seed Annapolis Area Christian and No. 5 seed Friends advance in very different fashion.

Annapolis Area Christian (8-5 overall) used an offensive onslaught to defeat No. 6 seed Key (4-8 overall), 19-5 in Annapolis, while Friends (7-4 overall) survived a defensive struggle to win 2-1 at fourth-seeded Glenelg Country (7-4 overall).

Tuesday’s semifinals are set at higher seeds as St. John’s Catholic Prep (12-0 overall), which ran through the nine-game league schedule undefeated, hosts Friends, while No. 2 seed Concordia Prep (11-2 overall) plays host to Annapolis Area Christian.

SJCP won the regular season meeting over the Quakers 16-5 at home April 23, while Concordia beat the Eagles 24-9 at home April 2.

The semifinal winners play for the C Conference championship at USA Lacrosse’s Tierney Field in Sparks on Thursday, May 16 at 6 pm. Tickets for the C Championship are available via GoFan by visiting

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