Columbia Md — It’s not an MIAA A Conference championship for the McDonogh boy’s lacrosse team, but the Eagles were impressive in capturing their second-straight National High School Lacrosse Showcase (NHSLS) title. The Eagles dominated both halves, Sunday in Columbia, defeating MIAA rival, Calvert Hall, 8-4, in the championship game.
Rising junior attack Jack Parr lead the Eagles with three goals and Mike Shinsky had a pair of goals in the victory.
The defense for McDonogh was also outstanding from start to finish.
“It’s great to get the team together after playing so much club ball this summer,” said rising senior midfielder Barrett Sutley (Penn State), who had a goal and an assist for McDonogh. “It really helps us mesh for the (next) spring season.”
Calvert Hall started the day by upsetting Haverford (PA) in the semifinals, 6-2. The Cardinals reached the final with nice back-to-back wins, in a short amount of time, topping Culver Academy (IN) on Saturday night and then the Fords on Sunday morning.
On his squad’s victory over Haverford, the nation’s top-ranked team last season, Kelly added.
“It never crossed my mine until Coach Shriver mentioned it to me. I think that type of win only counts during the season. It is nice of him to say.”
McDonogh battled St. Paul’s to an overtime victory in their semifinal game.
Sutley, who enters the 2016 season as the team leader, spoke about getting a taste of that leadership this weekend.
“It’s a good experience to let the guys know that they can come to the seniors for anything. They can look up to us and be leaders for them on and off the field. It was good to get to know the guys in between games, that were on JV last year, and it was really good to get the team to mesh together before (next) season.”
Attackman Jack Kinnear scored twice for Calvert Hall in the loss to McDonogh.
“I was pleased overall. I was disappointed we didn’t play well in the championship game. No excuses, but we seemed tired and flat,” said Calvert Hall head coach Bryan Kelly. “We had a tough bracket and we fought hard throughout. We learned a lot and we tried some different things than we usually do with our offense. It is a great tournament for the kids and we played lot of kids and got to see how the handle things. All and all, I was very pleased.”
In the other games on Sunday:
Boys’ Latin defeated Highland Park (TX), 11-5; Gilman topped Fairport (NY), 7-6; and John Carroll defeated St Albans (VA), 6-3.