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MIAA Week 1 Summary and Highlights

By contributing writer Tyler Steinhardt

“My mindset going into the season was to work hard and try to earn playing time,” commented Skyler Morse, starting goalie for St. Mary’s of Annapolis and Kudda’s Player of the Week. Morse, who rose to the starting spot after Reed Carlson (Villanova) got injured, has played fantastic for the Saints, compiling 16 saves. The net-minder for the Saints led the team to back to back wins over Gilman and the nationally ranked Boys’ Latin Lakers. St. Mary’s now sits atop the Black Division of the MIAA A Conference.

St Mary’s sophomore goalie Skyler Morse
(reprinted with permission from Brad Morse)

In 2nd place, behind the Saints, sits Boys’ Latin, who suffered a close loss to the Philadelphia based Conestoga Pioneers,. See highlights of the Kudda Game of the Week below.

BL also lost a heartbreaker to St. Mary’s in double overtime. Boys’ Latin (4-2) was undefeated going into the week, fueled by their high offensive production and sharp shooting. Tied with the Lakers are Gilman (3-2), who fell to the Saints earlier in the week, and Spalding (2-3) who eeked out a 6-5 double overtime victory over Mt. Saint Joe’s (1-4). The Greyhounds also defeated Mt. Saint Joe’s 15-7. The Gaels currently sit at last place, with no conference wins.

In the Red Division, McDonogh (6-1) and Calvert Hall (6-0) are tied at the top, undefeated in Conference play. Both teams beat St. Paul’s (5-3) this week, McDonogh winning 11-6 and Calvert Hall 5-4. See highlights of the McDonogh St Paul’s game below.

In addition to beating St. Paul’s, the Eagles also beat Severn, who later upset Loyola on Friday afternoon. Led by Cole Bailey (Tufts), the Admirals stifled the Don second half attack to win 7-5. After losing to Calvert Hall earlier in the week, this loss puts Loyola last in in the division.
Severn (6-4) is tied in third place with St Paul’s with records of 1-2.

To round off a wealth of early season play verse Philadelphia based teams, Calvert Hall knocked off La Salle High School 8-5. The Cardinal win serves as a small victory for Baltimore lacrosse, as Philly powers, Conestoga and Haverford, took care of business against their MIAA opponents.

This week’s action provided no clarity into possible favorites. The league remains tight once again, fortunately another 6 weeks remain.

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