With one game to go for each team in the league, five of the six MIAA A Conference lacrosse playoff teams are set and the final seeds will be largely settled in head-to-head battles on Tuesday.
On Friday, top-ranked McDonogh (8-0) blew out Archbishop Spalding, 18-4, to formally lock up the top seed and move within one win of an undefeated regular season in league play.
Boys’ Latin (7-1) rebounded from Tuesday’s double-overtime loss to McDonogh, to rout Gilman (3-5), 16-8, while the Lakers’ arch-rival, St. Paul’s (6-2), downed Calvert Hall (5-3), 9-5. This means Tuesday’s annual regular season finale between the two rivals, at BL, will be a winner take all battle for the second seed in the playoffs, as well as the first round bye that comes with it. The loser will be seeded third.
Loyola (5-3) pulled away from Mount St. Joseph (2-6) in the second half for a 15-9 victory, which eliminated the Gaels from the playoff hunt, and left the Dons even with their rivals from Calvert Hall, who they will visit on Tuesday. The winner will be the fourth seed and loser will be seed fifth. The winner will also host the rematch between the two which will come on Friday in the quarterfinal round of the playoffs.
Also on Friday, Severn (3-5) crushed St. Mary’s, 17-4, to pull even with Gilman for the sixth and final post-season seed. The Admirals own the tie-break over the Greyhounds by virtue of a head-to-head win, which means Severn will advance if it beats Spalding on Tuesday. Gilman’s only path to the playoffs is to defeat McDonogh, it’s rival, and have Spalding upset Severn.