Gonzaga boys’ lacrosse finishes No. 1 for second straight season

June 11, 2013

The final whistle in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference boys’ lacrosse tournament final triggered a familiar celebration.

After Gonzaga’s 13-11 win over Paul VI on May 13, the victorious players raced to tackle senior goalie Timmy Farrell as Queen’s ‘We are the champions’ blared through the University of Maryland’s Ludwig Field. Soon the Eagles posed with the championship trophy, flashing four fingers in recognition of their fourth straight perfect season in conference.

For senior captain Alex Corboy, the exuberant postgame scene brought mostly relief this time.

“It felt like all of our goals had been met as a team,” said Corboy, the All-Met Player of the Year. “We set out to be No. 1 in The Post, to be one of the top five teams in the [Mid-Atlantic] area and to win a WCAC championship. To not lose a game in the WCAC for four years and end it like that, it was really something.”

Over the past four seasons, Gonzaga has emerged as a bona fide lacrosse power in the Washington area, a tag that comes along with ever-increasing expectations. With 20 seniors, the Eagles (19-2) entered the spring as the team to beat and backed it up to finish atop The Post’s final rankings for the second straight season.

Gonzaga has not lost to an area opponent in more than two years and carries a 45-game WCAC winning streak into next season. The team has an 78-8 record since 2010.

Corboy, midfielder Max Planning and defenders Matt Borda and Jack Slater were the four players who have been on the roster for the entire run.

Corboy scored four goals in the WCAC final to finish with 199 career points, the most in school history. At the top of the list, the Providence-bound attackman passed 2002 graduate Connor McCarthy, his position coach with the Eagles.

Planning, a Denver recruit, finished second on the team with 27 goals, while Borda and Slater paced a defense that allowed just 5.3 goals per game.

Gonzaga was mostly dominant in conference play until the championship game when upstart Paul VI tied it midway through the fourth quarter. Senior Jimmy Kuzma scored 30 seconds later to send the Eagles on their way to another season-ending victory.

“It means so much to these guys,” Coach Casey O’Neill said. “All the seniors are so awesome every year, but this group really stepped in and did everything I could have ever asked from them. It’s pretty amazing what they accomplished.”

The Post Top 10

Led by All-Met Player of the Year Alex Corboy, WCAC champ Gonzaga went unbeaten against local competition and finishes on top for the second straight season. . . . St. Stephen’s/St. Agnes makes the largest jump after claiming its first IAC tournament title, dropping Paul VI, Georgetown Prep and Landon down the stretch. . . . After back-to-back losses in the Virginia state final, Chantilly defeated Madison, 9-5, on Saturday for its first title since 2008. . . . South River (4A/3A) and Glenelg (3A/2A) both fell in Maryland public school state finals.

1. Gonzaga (19-2) LW: 1

2. St. Stephen’s/St. Agnes (18-6) LW: 7

3. Paul VI (20-4) LW: 2

4. Georgetown Prep (17-6) LW: 3

5. Landon (13-7) LW: 4

6. South River (17-4) LW: 6

7. Chantilly (21-2) LW: 8

8. Glenelg (16-3) LW: 9

9. Arundel (15-2) LW: 5

10. Battlefield (20-1) LW: NR

Dropped out: St. Mary’s Ryken

Bubble: Bullis (9-9), Spalding (12-9), Madison (18-6), Chesapeake (15-3)

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