Hayashi’s work at ‘X’ keys 11-2 run; MIAA A Conference lacrosse roundup – Archbishop Spalding Severn and St. Mary’s get victories

by Nelson Coffin

McDonogh School coach Andy Hilgartner didn’t need to draw up any elaborate plays or produce newfangled defensive schemes at halftime of Tuesday’s MIAA A Conference battle between his Eagles and Boys’ Latin School on a balmy spring afternoon in Owings Mills.

With his team trailing the Lakers, 6-4, while facing red-hot Laker goalie Cardin Stoller (15 saves), Hilgartner said that his squad just needed more possessions.

McDonogh sophomore Zach Hayashi’s stellar work at the faceoff X was key for the Eagles’ 11-2 second-half advantage in a 15-8 triumph over Boys’ Latin on Tuesday afternoon in Owings Mills.

“We didn’t need X’s and O’s, we just needed our faceoff guy to win the ball for us,” Hilgartner said.

That left it up to Zach Hayashi to get the job done, and the standout sophomore was more than up to the task.

With Hayashi and his wings winning 16 of 26 faceoffs overall and at an even high rate after the intermission, the Eagles had ample opportunities to solve the stingy Stoller in the third and fourth periods.

The game was decided on a pivotal 8-0 run that turned the 6-4 halftime deficit to a 12-6 advantage early in the fourth quarter of an eventual 15-8 triumph.

All told, McDonogh outscored the Lakers, 11-2, with a dominant second-half surge.

“We won the middle of the field (in the second half),” Hilgartner said. “Plus, we were a little more patient and we were moving the ball faster. They were guarding us well in the first half, but we just had more possessions in the second half.”

Hayashi said that it takes the entire face-off team to be successful.

“I get the credit but our wings do a great job,” Hayashi said, noting that senior Dante Trader, junior Jonny Cool, sophomore AJ Marsh and freshman Chase Green, to name a few, are all part of the Eagle wings’ winning faceoff formula. “We had to do some catching up, and we came together.”

The second quarter belonged to BL (1-1, 0-1 league), despite making its A Conference debut late because of COVID protocol issues.

The Lakers looked very sharp while producing a 5-1 run against the rock-ribbed Eagles’ backline.

Trailing, 3-1, senior attackman Garrett Glatz pumped in a pair of goals to tie the score before sophomore Jacob Pacheco put BL ahead with a quick goal off a draw midway through the period.

After McDonogh sophomore attackman McCabe Millon’s goal closed the gap to 5-4, the Lakers took a two-goal lead on senior attackman Dominic Pietramala’s score with just over a minute remaining before the intermission.

The Eagles began their onslaught early in the third quarter when junior midfielder Hugh Brown raced through the Lakers’ defense to beat Stoller before freshman attackman Luke Miller deadlocked the game at 6-6 on a nifty feed from senior attackman Jack Horrigan.

Freshman midfielder Ben Firlie’s strike put McDonogh ahead for good with four minutes left in the third, opening the gates for a goal by Miller and two by Horrigan — the last of which was with 1.7 seconds to go — to bloat McDonogh’s lead to 10-6.

Senior midfielders Jack Dudas and Trader went back-to-back to pump the margin to 12-6.

When Pietramala answered twice in succession for BL, there was a glimmer of hope until Horrigan (twice) and Dudas wrapped up the scoring with goals to secure the win.

Coach Brian Farrell refused to use the Lakers’ lengthy layoff as a reason for the loss.

“No excuses,” he said. “You have to play 48 minutes. It was a game of runs, but they controlled the ball (in the second half). We didn’t scrap a lot at the midfield line and got a lot of possessions in the first half. But you’ve got to give them (Eagles) a lot of credit for adjusting and doing what they did in the second half.”

The Eagles will tangle with unbeaten Archbishop Spalding on Friday while Boys’ Latin will host John Carroll the same afternoon.

Pictured above: Boys’ Latin sophomore midfielder Jacob Pacheco tries to avoid a ride by McDonogh freshman attackman Luke Miller (left) and McDonogh senior attackman Garrett Hofmeister in the Eagles’ 15-8 victory Tuesday afternoon in Owings Mills.


BL 1 5 0 2 — 8
McD 3 1 6 5 — 15
Goals: BL-Dominec Pietramala 4, Garrett Glatz 2, Jacob Pacheco, Jackson Walsh; McD-Jack Horrigan 4, McCabe Millon 3, Jack Dudas 3, Luke Miller 2, Hugh Brown, Ben Firlie, Dante Trader.
Assists: BL-Riar Schell 2, Ben Smith; McD-McCabe Millon 2, Jack Horrigan 2, Dante Trader 2, Jack Dudas, AJ Marsh, Luke Miller.
Saves: BL-Cardin Stoller 15; McD-Anthony Wilson 8.


Archbishop Spalding, which broke into the national rankings last week, looked like a national power, Tuesday, as the Cavaliers dismantled a traditional MIAA A power, St. Paul’s, on the road in Brooklandville, 11-5.

The Cavaliers (4-0, 2-0 MIAA A) dominated the opening half, building an 8-2 lead and cruising to the finish.

Josh Tang had four points, with three goals and an assist, and teammate Ryan Schrier matched that total with two goals and two helpers for the Cavs. In the three point category were Race Ripley (2 goals, 1 assist) and Nick Gutierrez (1 goal, 2 assists), while Michael Weisshaar, Finn Kelly and Will Duffy each scored one goal.

Noah Chizmar had a nice day for St. Paul’s, scoring three of his teams five goals. Grady O’Day and Kabe Clark had the other two.


In the always unpredictable MIAA A Conference, the St. Mary’s lacrosse team traveled to Towson, Tuesday, and knocked off a Loyola Blakefield team, 9-7, which had looked so impressive in a season opening win over Gilman. The outcome spoiled the Dons’ Senior Day festivities.

The visiting Saints (2-1, 2-1 MIAA A) did their damage with a big first half as they scored two times in the first quarter and four more times in the second quarter to open a 6-2 lead. The Dons pulled within 6-4 after three, but St. Mary’s scored the built leads of 8-5 and 9-6 in the final quarter, before the Dons scored the final two.

Will Brimhall had three goals and Will Hopkins had two goals and two assists to lead the Saints. Tyler Barnett also scored twice for St. Mary’s, while Teddy Androus and Brogan Stofa had one goal each. Androus also won 10-of-18 face-offs and goalkeeper Wes Schmidt stopped nine shots.

Loyola (1-1, 1-1 MIAA A) had six different players score goals, with Kevin Tucker netting two. Mason Cook, Henry Tolker, Matt Burnam, Mason Dixon and Hayden Miller also scored for the Dons.


On the road in Irvington, Severn School evened its MIAA A Conference lacrosse record at 1-1 with a hard-earned 9-8 win over a determined Mount St. Joseph squad.

Severn never trailed in the game, but could not shake the Gaels, who battled back to tie the score on three different occasions.

Owen Wollschlager led the Admirals attack with three goals. A big factor in the victory was Severn’s ability to control possession behind the work of FOGO Reid Gills, who won 17-of-21 draws.