With seven straight wins since, including its first victory over No. 5 Georgetown Prep, Gonzaga has only affirmed its status as the area’s top team. The Eagles (13-1) have won each of their first five Washington Catholic Athletic Conference games by at least six goals with convincing victories over contenders St. Mary’s Ryken and Good Counsel in the past week.
Junior Alex Corboy (Hobart) leads Gonzaga offensively with 29 goals and 12 assists, while senior Connor Reed, a returning All-Met headed to Johns Hopkins, continues to present matchup problems for opposing defenses with his athleticism. Junior goalie Timmy Farrell backbones a defense that has allowed just 4.4 goals per game.
The experienced group heads toward the postseason with plenty of confidence. Gonzaga has not lost in the WCAC since falling 6-4 in a tournament game to DeMatha on May 8, 2009, meaning many of the team’s key contributors have never experienced a loss to a conference opponent.
The Eagles will be tested next week with a trip to No. 3 Landon and a chance to finish the season 4-0 against Interstate Athletic Conference teams. Then comes the WCAC tournament where they’ll try to win a third straight title for the first time in school history.
With each win, the Eagles are keeping a promise they made to each other on the way back from McDonogh about a month ago, according to junior defender Matt Borda.
“That was the worst day this year,” Borda said. “We resolved to go undefeated the rest of the way because we don’t want to go through that again. We want to keep it going.” . . .
St. Stephen’s/St. Agnes burst out of the gates with seven wins in its first eight games, including quality victories against MIAA foes Boys’ Latin and McDonogh, but the team has found life more difficult in Interstate Athletic Conference play.
Despite an impressive resume, the sixth-ranked Saints (11-3, 1-2) are tied for fourth place in the six-team conference with neighborhood rival Episcopal after two-goal losses to Georgetown Prep and Landon.
Led by senior Brent Armstrong (31 goals, 20 assists), the squad has pushed through a pair of key injuries. Junior Isaiah Davis-Allen, a Maryland recruit, broke his leg in practice last week and will miss the rest of the season, while sophomore face-off specialist Clay Carson has missed time with a concussion.
St. Stephen’s/St. Agnes has opportunities left to improve its seeding for the conference tournament with Friday’s game at Episcopal and a trip to No. 2 Bullis next Tuesday. The Bulldogs are the lone team without a conference loss.