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Public School Powers
It was a big week for the public schools, proving they belong in the same breath with the private schools.
Four public schools defeated Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association programs last week, starting with Hereford's 7-6 win over nationally ranked Gilman on March 27.
Jack Adams had four points (two goals, two assists), Jason Ashwood had two goals and an assist and Connor Cunningham made 17 saves in the win. In an almost anniversary-like victory, it was the second time the Bulls have defeated a MIAA program in the last year. Hereford defeated St. Paul's 11-10 in overtime last year on March 27.
However, St. Paul's finished 3-15 last year in one of its worst records in program history. Gilman has been nationally ranked by every national poll, including US Lacrosse, and is expected to vie for the MIAA title. Hereford has won five consecutive 3A/2A championships and is expected to compete for a sixth straight this season.
In another big win Class 4A/3A Severna Park defeated Severn (4-2) 9-8. Weston Butcher scored four goals, including the game-winning goal with little more than four minutes remaining in the game and gave the team one of the biggest wins in program history. The Falcons win was the program's first win over Severn in 33 years. According to the CapitalGazette.com the last time Severna Park defeated Severn was March 22, 1980.
Severna Park is one of the teams highly anticipated to make a run towards a Class 4A/3A championship along with South River.
Two other public schools defeated a MIAA program as well last week. Both Arundel (4-0) and No. 20 Westminster (4-0) defeated Mount St. Joseph by a combined score of 26-14.
Arundel's Brett Malamphy, Cameron Centrone and Tyler Young each scored three goals in the 11-7 win. Malamphy also won 15 of 19 faceoffs.
In Westminster's 15-7 victory Ryan Drenner tallied seven points on four goals and three assists.
Severna Park, Arundel and Westminster all compete in Class 4A/3A so the race to a championship should get interesting this season. Arundel and Severna Park meet for the first time on May 3 to close out the regular season.
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Butcher helped Severna Park do something it had not accomplished in 33 years. In another big win for a Maryland public school, Butcher helped his team defeat MIAA's Severn 9-8 with a four goal performance. Butcher scored the game-winning goal with little more than four minutes remaining in the game and gave the team one of the biggest wins in program history.
Cunningham was a big reason for Hereford's 7-6 victory over Gilman last week. Cunninham made 17 saves and played the entire game (he usually splits time). The Hofstra commit held Gilman to just two goals in the first half and sent the Bulls into the break with a 3-2 lead.
St. Paul's Mikey Wynne has been arguably the hottest player in Maryland this season. Last week Wynne tallied 17 points in three victories, including a seven point (five goals, two assists) performance in a 21-6 win over Cape Henlopen (Del.).
Where they rank
Each week MarylandVarsity.com will take a look at where teams in the Maryland/D.C. area rank in a few of the national rankings.*
Boys' Latin takes the No. 1 spot followed by St. Paul's (6), Gilman (7), Gonzaga (14), Calvert Hall (16) and Landon (17).
Eight teams fill the Top 25 spots in the Nike/US Lacrosse National High School Boys' Top 25.
Boys' Latin again takes the No. 1 spot and garners all eight first place votes. Calvert Hall follows at No. 2 with Gonzaga (7t), Loyola-Blakefield (9), Gilman (14), Landon (16), McDonogh (18) and Georgetown Prep (24) rounding out the rankings.
*Full disclosure: MarylandVarsity.com Co-Publisher Mike Loveday is the High School Coodinator, manages the voting panel and covers the Mid-Atlantic for US Lacrosse.