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MIAA BOYS LACROSSE UPDATE

May 15, 2024
By: Chris Pika

Road to the Championships

Three championships will be on the line Thursday and Friday in Sparks and Annapolis as the three conference tournaments end, and three schools will go into the record books as the 2024 MIAA lacrosse champions.

Thursday at 6 pm at USA Lacrosse’s Tierney Field in Sparks, the parade of three championships in two days begins with the top two seeds – St. John’s Catholic Prep and Concordia Prep – meeting for the C Conference title.

No. 1 seed St. John’s (13-0 overall) took care of business Tuesday afternoon as the Vikings defeated Friends (7-5 overall) 16-2. Second-seeded Concordia Prep (12-2 overall) also advanced by way of a shootout over Annapolis Area Christian (8-6 overall) 25-21.

Earlier this season, SJCP held off Concordia in a 20-19 goal fest back on March 15.

St. John’s looks to win its second MIAA C title in three seasons, as the Vikings won the 2022 title. Concordia Prep has three C titles to its credit from 2009-11, when the school was known as Baltimore Lutheran School.

Tickets for the C Championship are available via GoFan by visiting https://gofan.co/event/1409823?schoolId=MD87650.

Moving from Sparks to Annapolis, the B Conference and A Conference finals are set for Friday evening at Navy-Marine Corps Stadium on the campus of the U.S. Naval Academy in a championship doubleheader. Tickets are available at MIAAChampionships.com/lacrosse.

First up at 5 pm is the B Conference final between the No. 1 seed Saints Peter & Paul (15-4 overall) and the No. 2 seed Archbishop Curley (11-7 overall).

SSPP advanced to the final as the Sabres defeated Gerstell (6-9 overall) 13-8. Curley kept its hopes for a three-peat in the B alive after a 19-6 victory over St. Vincent Pallotti (6-9 overall).

The Sabres swept Curley in the two regular-season meetings with a 9-6 road victory on April 23, and a 11-9 home victory May 10, as Saints Peter & Paul were undefeated in conference play.

SSPP looks for its first MIAA B Conference championship since the Sabres’ three-peat from 2012-14 and their fourth B title overall. The school also has a pair of C Conference titles to its credit with back-to-back championships in 2004-05. The Friars have five B Conference championships in the Curley trophy case (2007, 2008, 2019, 2022, 2023).

At 7:30 pm, the A Conference championship closes out the MIAA lacrosse season, and it will be a heavyweight battle between No. 1 seed Boys’ Latin (14-2 overall) and the No. 3 seed and two-time defending champion McDonogh (14-3 overall).

Boys’ Latin advanced to the title game by way of a 13-9 victory over fifth-seeded Gilman (12-7 overall). In a game with five ties and two lead changes, the Lakers advanced by way of scoring the game’s final five goals to beat the rival Greyhounds. Liam White and George Insley scored three goals each, and Matt Higgins pitched in two goals and four assists for BL.

The late game was a tight affair as McDonogh held off second seed Archbishop Spalding (13-5 overall) 10-9 in the falling rain at Navy. The Eagles and Cavaliers traded punches in a battle that saw three ties and one lead change throughout the contest. Trailing 7-6 at halftime, the Eagles scored three times in the third quarter for a 9-7 advantage. Spalding closed to within one goal twice in the fourth quarter, but McDonogh’s defense held firm in the final moments. Ben Firlie had two goals and an assist, Hunter Metz scored twice and Brendan Millon added a goal and two assists in the Eagles’ victory.

McDonogh won the regular season meeting at Boys’ Latin 12-10 on April 23.

Whichever school wins the A championship Friday evening will be the first to win six titles in the MIAA’s A Championship lacrosse history dating back to the start of the league in 1996. The Lakers and Eagles, along with Calvert Hall, have won five titles.

The Eagles play for a third-straight MIAA A title to add to championships won in 1999, 2005, 2016, 2022 and 2023. Boys’ Latin plays for the Lakers’ first A title since 2021 and have five other championship plaques in their possession (1997, 2002, 2006, 2014, 2021).

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