Boys Highlight also reach finals; South prevails in Boys Senior All-America Game

It was a banner weekend of summer lacrosse action as the Under Armour Lacrosse Classic returned to its full glory after getting derailed in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The annual Underclass Tournament, which was scaled back to several regional events last summer, was back with its full compliment of regional teams and divisions, including four representing Baltimore.

In the boys command division, Baltimore dropped its first two games in pool play, falling to CONNY (Connecticut/New York), 8-6, on Thursday and New England, 9-4, on Friday. Baltimore Command finally got in the win column Friday afternoon with a tight 10-9 victory over New Jersey and clinched its spot in the championship bracket with a 14-4 trouncing of Southwest on Saturday morning.

The team’s run to the title began with another 10-9 win over New Jersey in the quarterfinals, Sunday morning. The Baltimore squad then topped Philadelphia, 10-6, in the semifinals, and won its rematch with CONNY, in the championship game, 10-7.

Loyola Blakefield’s Mason Cook led the Command with 14 goals and Calvert Hall’s Cody Collier netted 11. McDonogh’s Luke Miller had tournament-high 11 assists.

The Baltimore Girls Command also won a championship, going 4-0 in pool play, before reaching the finals with a 14-3 semifinal victory over New England. In the final, Baltimore scored another big win, downing Long Island, 14-5.

Kaitlyn Sevier of Bryn Mawr paced the offense in the title game with five goals. Broadneck’s Olivia Orso and McDonogh’s Amanda Lawson each added hat-tricks and Lucy Bullen of St. Mary’s had a goal and three assists.

In it pool, Baltimore defeated New Jersey, 11-3, Southwest, 18-3 and CONNY, 13-7.

In the Boys’ Highlight Division, Baltimore went 6-1 and placed second. After going 4-0 to win its pool, with all four wins coming by two goals or less, Baltimore defeated New Jersey, 9-6, in Sunday’s quarterfinal round and then defeated Upstate (NY), 9-5, in the semifinals. In the championship game, however, Washington, DC proved to be the superior team, capping an undefeated run to the championship with a 10-2 win over the locals.

Severna Park’s Joquinn Villagomez netted 19 goals to lead the division in scoring.

In the Girl’s Highlight Division, Baltimore went 3-1 in pool play to finish the bracket in a three-way tie for first with New Jersey and CONNY. Baltimore ripped CONNY in its opener, edged New Jersey, 8-7, in its next game and then downed Southwest, 14-5, before falling to New England, 11-10, in the final game of pool play.

In the quarterfinals, Baltimore defeated Upstate, 13-4, before being eliminated by an 11-10 setback to Philadelphia in the semifinals.

Also on Saturday evening’s the Senior All-America Games returned to Johns Hopkins’ Homewood Field after being canceled last year.

In the boys game, the South won a wild 28-22 shootout over the North. McDonogh’s Dante Trader, who will play both football and lacrosse at the University of Maryland, scored a pair of goals in his team’s victory. Also representing Baltimore on the South team were Boys’ Latin’s Ben Smith and St. Mary’s Colin Burlace.

Earlier, in the Girls Senior All-America Game, the South, which featured 10 Baltimore area players, fell to the North, 16-8.