McCaslin’s late goal had lifted the Eagles to a 2-1 WCAC championship victory over Good Counsel. It was a shocking turn of events after Good Counsel had been leading for most of the match, but now is officially time for shocking things to happen: it’s the postseason.
Like Gonzaga, some champions have already been crowned. St. Albans shut out Georgetown Prep to repeat as Interstate Athletic Conference champions. Potomac School took down Sidwell Friends in penalty kicks in the Mid-Atlantic Athletic Conference final.
In the District of Columbia Interscholastic Athletic Association, School Without Walls won a title after entering the postseason as the No. 4 seed. Next, the Penguins will be the No. 9 seed in the DCSAA tournament, which begins Tuesday. St. Albans, Sidwell Friends and Bell will serve as the top three seeds.
In Maryland, the state semifinals are set. At the 4A level, four local teams make up the field. Whitman will face Wootton on one side, and Leonardtown will take on Arundel on the other. Whitman beat Wootton, 1-0, in a dramatic game two weeks ago. Leonardtown and Arundel have not faced each other this season.
In the 3A bracket, Mt. Hebron will face Wilde Lake for a spot in the state championship. The teams faced off on Oct. 10, with Wilde Lake winning, 1-0.
La Plata is the only local team left in the 2A bracket. The Warriors will face Parkside.
And in 1A, International High School at Langley Park has made it to the state semifinals for the third time in four years after a surprising 1-0 victory over defending champion Patterson Mill in the quarterfinals. The Phoenix will face Francis Scott Key.
1. Whitman (14-1-1) LR: 1
Aaron Gunther scored a hat trick in the Vikings’ 5-0 win over Bladensburg in the Maryland 4A quarterfinals.
2. Wootton (14-1-0) LR: 2
Alek Wroblewski and Arden Matikyan scored in the Patriots’ 2-0 win over Dulaney in the 4A quarterfinals.
3. St. Albans (17-0-2) LR: 4
Wayne Frederick’s goal was the difference in the Bulldogs’ 1-0 win over Georgetown Prep in the IAC championship.
4. Leonardtown (19-0-0) LR: 6
Connor Yager’s late goal lifted the Raiders to a 3-2 win over Severna Park in the 4A East region championship.
5. Arundel (14-2-1) LR: 9
The Wildcats rallied back from a late 1-0 deficit to take down Bowie, 2-1, in the 4A quarterfinals.
6. Wilde Lake (13-3-1) LR: 10
Tyriq Umrani’s penalty kick in double overtime lifted the Wildecats to a 2-1 win over Huntingtown in the Maryland 3A quarterfinals.
7. Gonzaga (10-6-6) LR: NR
Before their comeback, the Eagles trailed Good Counsel 1-0 with seven minutes left in Sunday’s WCAC championship game.
8. La Plata (11-6-0) LR: NR
The Warriors shut out Eastern Tech, 4-0, to punch their ticket to the Maryland 2A semifinals.
9. Georgetown Prep (12-3-4) LR: 5
The Hoyas’ strong season was tarnished by St. Albans, which beat them twice and tied them once.
10. Potomac School (12-6-1) LR: NR
After winning a MAC title, the Panthers will compete for a Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association state championship.
Dropped out: No. 3 Gaithersburg, No. 7 River Hill, No. 8 St. John’s
On the bubble: Sidwell Friends, International High School at Langley Park, Mt. Hebron