2016 MIAA B Conference lacrosse champions John Carroll School
After rising to the top of the MIAA B Conference in 2015, 12th-ranked John Carroll went wire-to-wire in 2016, completing a dominate and undefeated season against league rivals, including a very impressive 17-9 victory over Glenelg County in Friday’s MIAA B title game at Johns Hopkins Homewood Field.
The eight goal spread matched two other Patriot games for their lowest margin of victory, which underscores just how impressive their 10-0 record (regular season and playoffs) was against MIAA B opponents.
“The character of the team is definitely something we focused on off the field and it carried over on to the field,” said John Carroll coach Brian King. “We dealt with adversity a lot better this year. With scrimmages we had close to 30 games. It’s a grind, but the kids came to work every day and they really played until the end of the season.”
The Patriots (19-6 overall) led 9-5 at the half, as Jake Bowling had a 3 goals in the first 24 minutes, while Alex Wroe and Nick Rosaschi scored twice each. The 3rd quarter, however, is when the Patriots really put the hammer down outscoring the Dragons 6-0 in the period.
Bowling scored two more in the third, while Jude Brown, Joey Rayman, Keiron Leonard and Mike Imbierowicz also tallied to push the JC advantage to 10 goals, at 15-5.
“From a year ago, the offense is just fluid. Things are just flowing,” said Bowling about the Patriots higher level of performance in 2016. “We’ve had a lot less turnovers, shots are falling and it’s just a great offensive season.”
Rosaschi made it 10 consecutive goals for the Patriots when he completed at hat-trick early in the fourth, before Sean Escalante finally ended a 20 minute, 3 second scoring drought for the Dragons (9-7 overall). Mickey Welsh then added two consecutive goals for GCS, but it was too little to late, as the Dragons trailed 16-8.
Escalante led Glenelg Country with 3 goals, while Welsh and Wyatt Naylor had two each. Reid Chaconas and Riley Schmidt also scored for the Dragons.
John Carroll’s Matt Lowery was named the game’s MVP, as he scored 1 goal, had 2 assists, won 23-of-27 face-offs and scooped 18 ground balls. Bowling, a senior who transferred from Calvert Hall prior to his junior year, scored 5 goals in his final high school game. He will play at Frostburg State next year.
“Jake Bowling, the first shot he scored was amazing. He’s focused. He’s a senior,” said King of his senior leader. “I think he is one of the best midfielders in the league, both offensively and defensively. He can play in any league as far as I am concerned.”
Despite his big performance, Lowery was more impressed by his teammates.
“Everything can be attributed to his consistency, said Lowery, who is headed to Vassar College (NY) next year, in reference to Bowling. “We have such a good, dynamic midfield. We have Alex Wroe, who is so consistent. We have (goalkeeper) Dean (LaPonzina), he is way underrated, and I trust Jude (Brown) so much on fast-breaks. As long as we keep possession, we keep going.”
Rosaschi finished with 3 goals for the Patriots, while Brown added an assist to his 2 goals and Wroe finished with 2 scores.
“I’m real proud of the seniors, Matt Lowery dominated the game obviously at the face-off. Coach Taylor has just done a good job with him and we played defense,” said King in summary. “I think we had close to 50 shots on offense. It’s one thing to win the face-off, but you have to put it in the back of the net once you get the ball and I think our offense did a great job.”
Bowling spoke for the Patriot seniors who will graduate with back-to-back championships.
“We just realized this was the final game, this was the final ride and we said give it all you got.”
MIAA B CONFERENCE LACROSSE CHAMPIONSHIP
@ JOHNS HOPKINS HOMEWOODFIELD
NO. 12 JOHN CARROLL 17, GLENELG COUNTRY 9
GCS 3 2 0 4 — 9
JC 6 3 6 2 — 17
GOALS: GCS-Sean Escalante 3, Wyatt Naylor 2, Mickey Welsh 2, Reid Chacons 1, Riley Schmidt 1; JC-Jake Bowling 5, Nick Rosaschi 3, Jude Brown 2, Alex Wroe 2, Joey Rayman 1, Matthew Lowery 1, Chris Tassinari 1, Mike Imbierowicz 1, Keiron Leonard 1.
ASSISTS: GCS-Cameron Martin 1, Naylor 1, Eric Wooten 1; JC-Lowery 2, Rayman 2, Brown 1, Paul Poholsky 1.
SAVES: GCS-BJ Borowski 13; JC-Dean LaPonzina 11.
FACE-OFFS: John Carroll, 25-5.
GROUNDBALLS: John Carroll, 57-21.