After one win a year ago, the St. Mary’s varsity lacrosse team is going back to the MIAA A Conference playoffs.
The Saints (13-6) clinched their place with a 10-8 win over Mount St. Joseph, Tuesday in Irvington. The Saints jumped out to a 5-1 first quarter lead and scored four goal goals in the final quarter to hold off the hard-charging Gaels.
With the win, the Saints finished 4-5 in conference play and tied with Gilman for sixth place. The Saints got the post-season spot, however, because they beat the Greyhounds head-to-head. Gilman closed its season with a 16-9 loss to rival McDonogh. A win would have allowed Gilman to advance.
Ian Krampf netted five goals for St. Mary’s and five teammates added on goal each in the victory. Taylor Bohanan had a goal and three assists and Jimmy Hayburn had a goal and an assist. The other goal scorers were King Ripley, Christian LaFranchise and Caine Woodlridge.
At McDonogh, Liam Powderly, Griffin Catlett and Jack Simmons all netted hat-tricks for the Eagles, as they locked down the third seed for the playoffs. Jack Parr, and George Ward each added two goals and one assist, while Jack Sweeney had a goal and two assists.
Gilman was led by two goals and an assist by Johnny Shapiro, a pair of goals by Jordan Yaffe and a goal and an assist from Austin Hudson.
As the third seed, McDonogh will host St. Mary’s in one quarterfinal game. Friday’s other quarterfinal will feature Loyola traveling to St. Paul’s. Top-seeded Calvert Hall and second-seeded Boys’ Latin have first round byes and will play semifinal games on Monday night at Johns Hopkins University’s Homewood Field. Calvert Hall will meet the St. Paul’s/Loyola winner and Boys’ Latin will face the McDonogh/St. Mary’s survivor.