Since the start of spring, the MIAA season has been in full swing. This league is known as the best league in the country with the most and best competition around. Although the competition is tight, there are clear front runners to hoist the trophy at Homewood Field this year.
Boys’ Latin is coming into the spring as the number one team, according to Inside Lacrosse’s Ty Xanders, with McDonogh coming in at number two and Loyola coming in at number three. Each of the three teams had quality out-of-conference seasons with only losing one or two games. It is yet again BL’s year; the championship is theirs to lose.
Even though BL is favored to win, they had a little bit of a hiccup with the first MIAA regular season game against Calvert Hall at Calvert Hall. It is said that the main focus of the loss was due to the absence of starting junior goalie Jack Pezzulla, who had been suspended due to an academic issue. Upon his return, he immediately made a contribution to the team, making 20 saves against their arch rival, T he Gilman School.
Boys’ Latin bounced back against Calvert Hall with beating the number one team (McDonogh) at the time to control their own destiny, despite the loss against Calvert Hall.
McDonogh is led by senior leaders Robby Black (midfield), Robert Clark (attack), and Jacob Stover (goalie). They defeated the number one team in the country, out of conference Gonzaga. McDonogh looks to ride that win into their remaining MIAA games.
Loyola is said to be the team that will rob BL of their title. In 2013, Loyola robbed BL of their perfect season and a national championship at Towson.
It will be hard to do so with the injury of goalie Acie Newton who is out for the season with a leg injury (according to www.insidelacrosse.com). Despite the injury, the Dons are a perfect 4-0 in the conference with a key win against Gilman 14-11 (www.miaasports.net).
Ty Xanders, a writer for Inside Lacrosse, has the St. Mary’s School of Annapolis as his dark horse. St. Mary’s has the tools to get to Hopkins with an outstanding face-off guy in Alex Woodall, as well as a solid defense in Bryce Carrasco and Tommy Miller. The Saints are looking to get back to the championship game for the first time in a long while.
The teams this year are not competing to play at Unitas Stadium at Towson but are competing to play at Johns Hopkins’ Homewood Field. The playoffs start on the higher seed’s home field, while the one and two seeds get first round byes.
As the spring goes on, there are a number of things to look for in the MIAA with all of the tremendous talent and competition going on from Tuesday to Friday every week clear up through mid May.