With three MIAA A Conference programs in the semifinals, Baltimore’s chances of claiming the National High School Lacrosse Showcase crown was favorable Sunday. New York’s Chaminade had other ideas.
The Long Island program overcame the odds, defeating St. Paul’s School, 8-3, in the final at Oakland Mills. Rising senior attack Regan Quinn scored two goals for Chaminade, which played under the name Flyers per New York state athletic rules for out of season participation.
The Big Apple area squad scored the first 6 goals in the title match, completing a perfect run (7-0) in the three-day event which featured teams from 12 states. In the semifinals, Chaminade pulled away from Gilman School in the second half for an 8-5 decision.
St. Paul’s was primed to keep the NHSLS crown in the area (McDonogh School won first two NHSLS crowns). After knocking off Loyola Blakefield with a second half rally in the semifinals, the Crusaders were unable to match Chaminade’s early strikes in the title match.
Despite the loss, St. Paul’s coach Rick Brocato saw a lot of positives over the weekend. The Brookandville school grabbed the one at-large playoff bid based on having the biggest goal differential among the non-first place finishers in pool play.
“I’m excited about this group, they played for each other,” said Brocato. “They work hard together and get along pretty well. They’ve been tight since middle school.”
Down 5-3, St. Paul’s scored the final 3 goals to eliminate its MIAA A rival Loyola in the semifinals Sunday morning. Rising senior midfieldler Matthew Mayer scored the winning goal and rising senior goalie Alex Rode stopped a pair of shots in the final 10 seconds.
Mayer, who’s committed to the Naval Academy, got St. Paul’s on the board in the final with a second half goal. Rising sophomore Troy Barthelme and rising junior midfielder Milo Moose also tallied in the second half.
“I asked the boys to turn into a riding team, I felt like the 2016 team was probably the weakest riding team I have in my 25 years at St. Paul’s,” said Brocato. “I would say this weekend we rode like our 91 and 92 team and our 2014 team with [Mikey] Wynne and Carter Flaig. I’m really proud of the attack for picking that up and the middies understanding that helps us manufacture goals.”
Crusader rising senior midfielder Brendan Tscherne, an Air Force commit, and Virginia commit Rowe was selected to the all-tournament team along with Anthony Tangredi and goalie Andrew Bonafede from Chaminade. Quinn, who’s committed to Fairfield, was named tournament MVP.
National High School Lacrosse Showcase
Semifinals at Blandair Park
St. Paul’s School 6, Loyola Blakefield 5
Flyers (Chaminade) 8, Gilman School 4
Final at Oakland Mills
Flyers 8, St. Paul’s 3
Goals: St. Paul’s – Mayer, Barthelme, Moose; Flyers – Quinn 2, Delyra, Byrnes, Chmil, Gallagher, Paradine, Kusnierek
Assists: Flyers – Kavanagh 2, Tangredi
Saves: St. Paul’s – Rode 8; Flyers – Krebs 2, Bonafede 6
St. Paul’s 0 3 – 3
Flyers 5 3 – 8
Calvert Hall College 8, Culver Academy (ind.) 7
Boys’ Latin School 9, LaSalle College (Pa.) 6
McDonogh 9, Black Grizzlies (Michigan’s Brother Rice) 8
Hereford Zone (Hereford) 8, Canandaigua (N.Y.) 7