No. 3 Eagles hand Admirals first MIAA A lacrosse setback behind solid defense; Millon scores four goals (VIDEO HERE!)

Jonny Cool (left) was a part of stout defensive effort and McCabe Millon led the offense for McDonogh School lacrosse Tuesday afternoon. The No. 3 Eagles defeated seventh-ranked Severn School in MIAA A Conference action in Anne Arundel County.

by Derek Toney

Severn School lacrosse posted 11 goals in each of its first two MIAA A Conference matches last week.

There wasn’t a third straight Tuesday. No. 3 McDonogh School put the clamps on the eighth-ranked Admirals in an 11-3 victory at Barbour Family Stadium in Anne Arundel County. Junior attack McCabe Millon scored four goals for the Eagles (5-3 overall, 2-1 MIAA A), and Matt McMillen finished with two goals and an assist.

The Owings Mills school ran off six unanswered goals in the second half, winning its second straight in the nation’s toughest boys lacrosse league. Sophomore attack Luke Miller added a goal and assist.

McDonogh coach Andy Hilgartner credited his short stick defensive midfield unit featuring Chase Green, Erik Pearl, Max Allen and Andrew Kasten for setting the tone Tuesday.

“They got some pretty dynamic players and we knew who they were and we slid to them,” said McDonogh coach Andy Hilgartner. “They ran a really good invert offense that had a lot of success against St. Paul’s…we were able to limit their effectiveness dodging from behind.”

The Eagles’ long stick unit of Aidan Hurdle, Jonny Cool, Paul McLucas, AJ Marsh and Malachi Jones, also kept the Admirals out of rhythm. Senior goalie Anthony Wilson stopped eight shots in the net.

“Having dominant short stick defenders then us (long stick defenders) helping was really big for us,” said Cool, who will play for Ohio State University next spring. “We watch the film on St. Paul’s when they put up all those goals…it was a big focus having our short sticks be dominant on the dodges.”

After an uneven first half, McDonogh’s offense improved in the final 24 minutes Tuesday. Hugh Brown, Bogue Hahn, Tre Moore and Ryan Griffin each recorded second half tallies. 

The Eagles started pulling away late in the third as Millon ripped a low strike past Severn goalie William Perez with 3 minutes, 35 seconds left in the period. 

McDonogh, starting with Wilson’s body stop, went in transition. Millon, off a pass from Cool, put a laser past Perez for a 6-2 advantage with 1:53 remaining in the third.

Millon, the nation’s top junior according to Inside Lacrosse, said McDonogh is figuring things out on the offensive side.

“We’re starting the year a little slow, taking our time and building chemistry back up from over the summer,” said Millon, who’s committed to Duke. “I’m proud of the guys. We put up a good team effort today, got the ball moving really well.”

Junior Jacob Todd finished with two goals for Severn (6-2, 2-1 MIAA A). His second tally, with just 3.9 seconds remaining before half, brought the hosts to within 4-2 at halftime. 

The Admirals, who defeated St. Paul’s School and Mount St. Joseph to start MIAA A play last week, was unable to build any momentum in the second half.

Severn coach Joe Christie was proud of team’s effort, especially Perez, but made too many mistakes offensively.

“We played a lot of defense through the first half…come out probably have two or three stands then have problems clearing the ball,” said Christie. “You can’t let a good team like that opportunities in your zone like that. We were a little short handed on the offensive side, but everybody’s got to grow up fast.” 

No. 3 McDonogh School 11, No. 8 Severn School 3

Goals: McDonogh – Millon 4, McMillen 2, Miller, Brown, Hahn, Moore, Griffin; Severn – Todd 2, Johnson

Assists: McDonogh – Miller, Raley, Cool, McMillen

Saves: McDonogh – Wilson 8; Severn – Perez 12

McDonogh 2 2 2 5 – 11

Severn 1 1 0 1 – 3