The MIAA B Conference playoff seeds were shuffled on Wednesday as Friends hopped over Saints Peter & Paul for the second slot with a combination of its 1-0 win over St. Mary’s and Park’s 3-2 victory over the Sabres.
Sophomore Luke Goodinson-Paradis led Park (11-7, 10-5) past visiting Saints Peter & Paul (11-3-1, 11-3-1), who entered the day with an opportunity to clinch the second seed and the first round playoff bye that would come with it. The Sabres, however, still have a chance to move back into second place if they can win their final game, Friday at home against Gerstell Academy.
Goodinson-Paradis finished with a goal and two assists to give the Bruins a season split with the Sabres, as the Bruins will enter the playoffs as the fourth seed. Goodinson-Paradis’ goal came with 21 minutes, 43 seconds left in the second half, which opened the flood gates to what had previously been a scoreless game. Six minutes later, SPP equalized, but the Bruins went right back on top when Goodinson-Paradis assited on a goal by junior Okezie Okoro.
Forty seconds later, the Bruins were at it again, with the same Goodinson-Paradis to Okoro connection, making it 3-1 Park. The Sabres weren’t done either, as they rallied to make things interesting again with 1:52 remaining.
In Annapolis, goals from Alex Shine and Owen Mcmanus allowed Friends (11-3-3, 11-3-2) to come from behind for a 2-1 win over St Mary’s, spoiling Senior Day for the Saints.
St Mary’s (4-14-1, 3-11-1) came out stronger and went up 1-0 after 10 minutes when Taylor Hawkins chipped a volley from Dom Simpson far post. The Saints’ lead held up through halftime.
In the second half, Friends’ freshman Shine smashed one home in the roof of the net with 25 minutes to go after good work from Paul Benzer on the left. The game was won late when a scramble in the left side of the box left Mcmanus wide open to score from 2 yards out.
Severn (13-2) has already clinched the top seed and Gerstell Academy (7-6-2) is solidly in place as the fifth seed. The sixth and final seed will be decided on Friday when Annapolis Area Christian (4-10-1) visits Boys’ Latin (5-10). The Lakers lead the Eagles by two points entering that final game of the regular season. BL will clinch its place in the playoffs with a win or tie. AACS, however, will take the final spot if it can pull off the road victory.