D.C. lacrosse teams win four games against some of Baltimore's best

By Christian Swezey
Monday, March 22, 2010;

It's not often that a lacrosse player can equal or improve on a two-goal, four-assist performance in less than 24 hours. But that is what happened to St. Stephen's/St. Agnes junior attackman David Solomon this past weekend.

Solomon had two goals and four assists in a 14-3 victory over visiting Potomac School (Va.) on Friday afternoon. The next morning, he had four goals and two assists in an 11-7 victory over nationally-ranked Boys' Latin of Baltimore at Loyola University's new stadium.

Junior Peter Milley added three goals on Saturday for the Saints (3-0).

The victory was one of four last week for Washington-area teams over teams from the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA), considered one of the premier lacrosse leagues in the nation.

On Tuesday, Gonzaga defeated Severn, 11-7, behind three goals each from senior Chris May and sophomore Sean Whitcomb. On Wednesday, junior Cory Dobyns scored five goals for Georgetown Prep in a 10-8 victory over Gilman (Md.).

And on Friday, Landon defeated St. Mary's-Annapolis in overtime, 11-10, on a goal by junior defenseman Luke Howard 30 seconds into the extra session.

"Minus a Georgetown Prep or a Landon, it's usually 5-1 or 5-2 in favor of the MIAA," St. Stephen's/St. Agnes Coach Andy Taibl said on Sunday. "That the records were flipped around is exciting for this area. Maybe it'll be a one-year thing or maybe it'll be more consistent. But hopefully teams from the two areas will continue to want to play each other."

Well worth the trip

The 14th annual Jesuit Lacrosse Classic, a 10-team, three-day event held jointly at Georgetown Prep and Gonzaga, concluded this weekend with the host teams finishing undefeated.

Georgetown Prep (6-0) won its three games by a combined 42-11. Meantime, senior Conor Kenny scored a team-high eight goals in three games for the Eagles (4-1).

The tournament featured teams from Jesuit high schools in Colorado, Illinois and Texas. Among the players who participated were Dallas Jesuit defenseman Brandon Bonvino, who has signed with Princeton, and Regis (Colo.) goalie Rhody Heller, who has signed with Virginia.

The highlights for the visiting teams included the trip Dallas Jesuit took to Homewood Field for Saturday night's game between Johns Hopkins and Syracuse.

"The kids' eyes lit up when they got there," said Dallas Jesuit Coach Chris Surran, who was the starting goalie on the 1993 Syracuse team that won the national title. "We have some of the Syracuse players come down and work our camp in the summer, so our guys knew some of the players.

"They got to see the locker room and they got to see a game where the ball was flying around. It's great for them to be exposed to lacrosse at the highest level next to professional lacrosse."

No lack of points

Both the weather and its offense were in mid-season form for St. Albans against St. Anne's-Belfield of Charlottesville on Friday.

Unfortunately for the Bulldogs, St. Anne's-Belfield had its offense working as well.

The result was a 14-13 victory for St. Anne's-Belfield, one of the top teams in Virginia, over the Bulldogs, one of the Washington area's top programs, on a 70 degree day in Northwest Washington.

The senior-heavy Saints (1-2) have numerous players who have committed to play in college next year. That includes two for Virginia and one for Georgetown.

The Bulldogs also have several seniors who have committed to top programs. They include attackman Pat Dougherty (Naval Academy Prep School), midfielders Wilson Kistler (Villanova) and William Hubbard (Washington & Lee) and face-off specialist Jimmy Cahill (Lehigh).

The teams played a close game throughout. The Bulldogs trailed 14-10 entering the fourth quarter, but consecutive goals by Dougherty cut the deficit to 14-12 with midway through the quarter.

They cut it to one goal on a goal by senior Paul Zima with 29 seconds to play. St. Albans junior Robert Talcott won the ensuing face-off, but the Saints forced a turnover with 17 seconds left and ran out the clock.

The defensive stop ended what had been an open, offense-heavy game: A goal by Cahill six seconds into the game signaled it would be a day for the offenses.

"I looked at the scoreboard with about eight minutes left in the first quarter, so about four minutes into the game, and already eight goals had been scored," St. Albans Coach Malcolm Lester said. "It's unlike us to give that many goals. But it's not just the defense. It starts with our riding game and things like that."

Senior attackman Michael Morris finished with a game-high six goals and senior midfielder Chapin Speidel (Denison) added four goals while playing offensive and defensive midfield for the Saints (1-2).

For St. Albans (1-1), Zima, Kistler, Dougherty and Cahill each scored three goals.

The Bulldogs focused on the two Virginia-bound players: attackman Owen Van Arsdale and goalie Austin Geisler. Junior Albert Kammler held Van Arsdale to one goal, on extra-man offense, though Van Arsdale added four assists.

Geisler struggled to get into a rhythm and finished with 10 saves.

One game after he won 13 of 16 face-offs against Notre Dame Academy, Cahill won 8 of 11 yesterday. But he left the game for good with a hamstring injury late in the first half and did not come back. Ironically, he was injured just as he released a shot that wound up being a goal.

It was about the only thing that slowed the offenses.

"That it was an open game probably suited their style better than ours," Lester said. "It's become a good series. I'm looking forward to playing them again next year."

Note: Most of the Maryland and Virginia public schools begin play this week.

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