Locals shine as South sweep All-America lacrosse doubleheader
by Derek Toney (cover photo by Marc Clem/Corrigan Sports)
As Jacob Kelly walked over to the other side of Johns Hopkins University’s Homewood Field to meet family and friends following the Under Armour All-American boys lacrosse contest late Saturday evening, Jeff Conner, a fellow All-America teammate best summed the game.
“That was fun,” said Conner, a recent graduate of Strath Haven High in Pennsylvania who will attend Virginia in the fall.
In a match that featured “only” 229 shots, the South edged the North, 22-15, in front of 4,219 fans, who braved the heat and humidity.
The girls contest was tamed in comparison, but nonetheless thrilling as the South posted a 10-9 overtime decision.
McDonogh School grad Maddie Jenner won the draw to start overtime and passed to Erin Bakes. Bakes, who played for Florida’s Ranson Everglades, ripped a low shot into the net for the victory.
It was a gratifying end for Jenner, whose McDonogh career ended with a loss in the IAAM A final in May, ending the Eagles’ record 198-game winning streak.
“This is an amazing opportunity, and I’m so lucky to be a part of,” said Jenner, who will attend Duke in the fall. “I kept reminding myself to enjoy the moment.”
It wasn’t loss on the 15 area players who played their final high school game before to the collegiate ranks.
“It was a great experience, I’m so glad I got the chance to be a part of it,” said Notre Dame Prep graduate Hannah Mardiney, who played for the North along with former Blazer teammate Caitlynn Mossman and Shay Clevenger (Marriotts Ridge). “It was sad we didn’t win but it was fun playing with everyone and getting to know other people.”
Mardiney, VSN’s Player of the Year who helped Notre Dame Prep to the seismic victory over McDonogh for its first league title since 2003, scored a second half goal for the North, which rallied from a five-goal deficit.
Mossman, who will play for Boston College, scored two goals. Julia Hoffman (McDonogh) and Jillian Wilson (Gerstell Academy) each scored twice for the South, which also featured locals Juila Cooper (McDonogh), Sarah Cooper (Notre Dame Prep), Gabi Hall (Bel Air), Elizabeth Hillman (Bel Air), Kennedy Lynch (Garrison Forest School), Alex Marino (Bryn Mawr School), Tayler Warehime (Manchester Valley) and Darby Welsh (St. Paul’s School).
It was the lowest scoring game in the event’s 12-year history. Bakes, who will play for USC next spring, was the game’s Most Valuable Player.
Defense was again at a premium in the boys’ All-America match as the South won for the seventh in the last eight meetings.
The MIAA A Conference was well represented again with recent Boys’ Latin School grad Matt Brandau and Jack Simmons (McDonogh) each scoring twice. Kelly (Calvert Hall College) and BJ Farrare (McDonogh), VSN’s Player and Defensive Player of the Year, respectively, each finished with a goal and an assist.
Though intense rivals come MIAA A league time, Kelly said there’s mutual respect and friendship.
“I wished I could’ve played with them all four years in high school,” said Kelly, who led Calvert Hall to a rare back-to-back in the nation’s premier boys’ lax league. “It’s really easy to play with them, more importantly, they’re good guys.”
“We compete hard, but we’re good friends off the field,” said Brandau, who will attend Division I national champion Yale in the fall.
The South ripped off 68 shots over 60 minutes, posting 20-plus goals for the third time in the last four matches. Thirteen players scored, including Farrare, the lone long-stick defender on the South roster.
Though it was tough sledding for former St. Mary’s goalie Aleric Fyock, the Penn State recruit said it was learning experience.
“It was an eye-opener, seeing the speed of the shots,” said Fyock, who stopped seven shots. ”They’re all good players.”
The South never trailed as Farrare and Kelly combined for four points in the victors’ first six goals. Simmons, the area’s top recruit by Inside Lacrosse, ripped off a successful shot as he took a hard check, gave the South a commanding 12-2 advantage in the second quarter.
It was the swan song for Simmons and Farrare who’ve been teammates in the football and lacrosse since lower school.
“We’ve spent a lot of time together over the years and it’s crazy to see it’s all over, but it was a great run,” said Farrare.
Under Armour All-American Lacrosse Game
at Johns Hopkins University
South 10, North 9 (OT)
Goals: North – Wallace 2, Tyrell 2, Kloak, Mardiney (Notre Dame Prep), Mossman (Notre Dame Prep), Scane, Weeks; South – Rudy 3, Bakes 2, Hoffman (McDonogh) 2, Wilson (Gerstell) 2, Mote
Assists: North – Cabrera, Kloak, Medjid; South – Marino (Bryn Mawr) 2, Rudy
Saves: North – Doucette 5, Redneck 5; South – Hall 6; Cooper (McDonogh) 3
North 2 7 0 – 9
South 6 3 1 – 10
Other stats (local players)
Shots: North – Mardiney 5, Mossman, South – Hoffman (McDonogh) 4, Wilson 3, Jenner (McDonogh) 2, Callahan (Glenelg), Hillman (Bel Air), Warehime (Manchester Valley)
Ground balls: North – Mardiney, Mossman; South – Wilson 2, Hall (Bel Air), Hoffman, Marino, Welsh (St. Paul’s), Cooper,
Draw controls: South – Jenner 5, Hillman 3, Warehime;
Turnovers: North – Mossman 2, Clevenger; South – Marino 3, Jenner 2, Hall, Welsh
South 22, North 15
Goals: North – Clay 3, Cook 2, Dickson 2, Magnan 2, Michelins 2, Lombard 2, Loring, Zinn; South – Solomon 4, Epstein 3, Caputo 2, Ericsson 2, Simmons (McDonogh) 2, Brandau (Boys’ Latin) 2, Conner, Sisselberger, Kelly (Calvert Hall), Farrare (McDonogh), Scanlan, Buchman, Dawson
Assists: North – Loring, Neuman, Florin, Magnan, Wichelns; South – Kelly 2, Caputo, Hay, Long, Scanlan, Myers
Saves: North – Bonafide 7, Burkinshaw 13; South – Ierlan 7, Fyock (St. Mary’s) 7
North 7 8 – 15
South 13 9 – 22
Other South stats (local players)
Shots: Kelly 7, Simmons 4, Brandau 2, Farrare 2
Groundballs: Farrare 7, Kelly 2, Simmons, Brandau, Flock
Turnovers: Kelly, Fyock