When Georgetown Prep and Landon meet in lacrosse, "it's not a game, it's a happening"
The Interstate Athletic Conference has won its season series against the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association three times in the past five years. This year's 8-1 record was by far the most impressive.
As the IAC shows unprecedented depth among its teams, however, there is still one matchup that commands the most attention: The game between Landon and Georgetown Prep. The top-ranked Little Hoyas (11-3 prior to Tuesday's game against Hamburg, N.Y.) and No. 2 Landon (12-2) will play on Friday at 4:30 p.m. at Georgetown Prep.
The matchup continues to capture the imagination of lacrosse fans near and far.
"Up here in Baltimore, we think we've cornered the market on high school lacrosse," said former Maryland coach Dick Edell, a Baltimore native who played and coached in what is now the MIAA. "But I don't know of any greater environment than the Landon-Georgetown Prep game. It's not a game, it's a happening."
Both teams enter as strong as usual on defense and a little less-imposing as in recent years on offense.
"I don't see the scorers on either team as being players who can light it up," Landon Coach Rob Bordley said. "Both teams have boys who can score but nobody has a [former Landon star] Matt Ward or [former Georgetown Prep standout] Andrew Brancaccio, a kid who can't be stopped."
Landon junior Patrick Keena (23 goals, 20 assists) is on pace to become the school's all-time leading scorer, and senior Joe Paoletta (18 goals) has scored crucial goals late in the fourth quarter in wins over MIAA teams St. Mary's-Annapolis and Gilman.
This year, both teams win with defense. The Little Hoyas have given up 15 goals in three league games.
Senior Robert Posniewski held St. Stephen's/St. Agnes junior David Solomon, an All-Met last year, to one assist in a 6-5, triple-overtime win on April 6. He also did not give up a point to players he guarded in an 8-5 victory over St. Albans on April 9.
The defenders can score goals, too. Posniewski scored in a triple-overtime victory over St. Stephen's/St. Agnes on April 6; senior Taylor Morgan scored against St. Albans; and senior Greg Perrault scored in a 10-8 loss to LaSalle (Pa.) on Saturday.
Meantime, the winning goal for Landon against St. Mary's-Annapolis last month came from junior defenseman Luke Howard.