Eagles on verge of top seed for MIAA A lacrosse playoffs

On a sun-drenched, yet windy Friday afternoon in Brooklandville, the McDonogh School boys lacrosse continued its undefeated run through the 2021 MIAA A Conference lacrosse regular season with another impressive effort, as the visiting Eagles started slowly, before subduing St. Paul’s School for a 12-5 win.

McDonogh (8-0 overall, 8-0 MIAA A) needed just 53 seconds to get on the scoreboard as junior Hugh Brown netted an unassisted goal. A couple of minutes later long-stick Malachi Jones got out on a fast-break clear and fed sophomore Ben Bavar to make the score 2-0.

Noah Chizmar got one back for St. Paul’s, but goals by Jack Horrigan, assisted by McCabe Millon, and Brown made it 4-1 McDonogh at the end of one quarter.

McDonogh scored early in the third quarter as freshman Luke Miller converted a slick feed from Millon. Millon then netted the Eagles sixth goal, shortly after Chizmar added St. Paul’s second tally, which came on the back-end of nifty fast break started by Braeden Klausner.

St. Paul’s continued to battle and it paid off with an unassisted score from Michael Smyth with just .9 seconds to go in the half, cutting the Eagles’ lead to 6-3.

Horrigan, with the assistance of Miller, put McDonogh on the board first in the second half and Chizmar completed a hat-trick for the Crusaders with his third of the game, moving the score to 7-4. The margin then grew to 8-4, as St. Paul’s mishandled a clear and Millon made the Crusaders pay with a laser strike. Yet another assist by Millon helped counter St. Paul’s late second quarter score as he found senior Dante Trader, with only seven seconds to play in the third quarter, to send McDonogh into the final period with a 9-4 advantage.

Three minutes into the fourth, Miller scored his second of the game and then Millon flashed his considerable skills, with his third goal of the game, netting a behind-the-back pass for an 11-4 McDonogh lead.

Chizmar stopped the Eagles four-goal run with his fourth of the game, but Trader, as the clock wound under three minutes, pushed McDonogh’s lead back to seven, with his second goal of the afternoon.

At 8-0 in the league and with a tie-break advantage over every team with two losses or less, McDonogh just needs one win in its final two regular season games (vs. John Carroll School next Friday and at Gilman School on May 11) to lock up the No. 1 seed for the playoffs.

St. Paul’s (2-3, 2-3 MIAA A) can take solace in the fact that every team will make the playoffs this spring and the Crusaders have plenty of time to round into shape, as they still have games to play before the close of the regular season, starting with a visit to Calvert Hall on Sunday morning at 11.