MIAA A Conference 2018

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Which 6 make the playoffs?

Poll ended at Sat May 05, 2018 1:45 pm

Calvert Hall
71
18%
McDonogh
64
16%
Boys' Latin
59
15%
St Paul's
38
10%
Severn
20
5%
St Mary's Annapolis
39
10%
Loyola-Blakefield
39
10%
Gilman
31
8%
Spalding
5
1%
Mount St Joseph / John Carroll
11
2%
 
Total votes : 377

Re: MIAA A Conference 2018

New postby BeaverCreek on Mon Feb 05, 2018 12:40 pm

I don't know any of the individual players any longer down in Baltimore and Annapolis, but I do study the OOC schedules, and there, McDonogh is punching above everyone else from the MIAA. Here are the top OOC games for the Baltimore crew (I'm not including JC or any of the Annapolis teams if anyone wants to take a swing at that):

McD: Haverford, St. Thomas Aquinas, Bullis, Chaminade, and Culver (both Bullis and Chaminade could easily be #1 in the country this year) - this is an absolute killer OOC schedule with just these 5 games

CHC: Hill, Garden City (very cool to see CHC play GC this year, taking on SP's annual NY rival - that being said, I'm a little disappointed to not see CHC line up a few more of this caliber)

BL: Landon and Haverford (I'd have thought Farrell would have taken on more powers this year with his FOGO...? St. Anthony's would love to give it a go again)

Loyola: no schedule posted yet

SP: Landon and Culver

If I'm missing any big games, let me know. Thanks.
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Re: MIAA A Conference 2018

New postby thatsmell on Mon Feb 05, 2018 3:03 pm

John Carroll's schedule is posted:

http://www.laxpower.com/update18/binboy/XJCSMD.PHP

Out of conference they get Hill Academy,(CAN), Collegiate (VA) Christ School (NC) and Dorman (SC)
They will also play some local MD public schools including very solid Marriott's Ridge and CM Wright teams, among others.
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Re: MIAA A Conference 2018

New postby Swiss Watch on Mon Feb 05, 2018 3:38 pm

brokenshaft wrote:I'll take a stab at some top players...more in tune with Baltimore area so excuse me leaving out top players from Severn, St Mary's etc...

FO: Giberson from BL will be tops. SP fogo was best last year and this kid gave him a run as a freshman. McD's Braun #2
Attack: Kelly/Kelly/Greene will be a tough combo though the Brandau/Grimes is pretty good
Middie: Bateman and Reid from Loy, Zimnoch at SP, Catlett and Simmons McD
Defense: I like Walsh (CHC) as best close in the league, McNemar from BL pretty good, Ubriaco (BL) and Capels & Hapney SP
Goalie: Brandau (BL) #1 by a long shot, Long at McD #2


Fogo is more like Rock, Paper, etc. Braun from MCD is the most seasoned but can be beaten by a more physical fogo with quick hands. WIng play will be very important this year.
Attack: CHC, BL and further down MCD, then everyone else
Midfield: MCD has four or five first line middies, Every other team is far behind depth wise. This is what makes MCD the favorite team barring injuries.
Defense: CHC and MCD have the best units by far depth wise, BL has two very good defenders, SP is a distant fourth if that?
Goalie: SM and BL have the best keepers with MCD a close second.
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Re: MIAA A Conference 2018

New postby USNA on Mon Feb 05, 2018 5:24 pm

BC,
SP also plays usual suspect Haverford plus a strong squad from Norfolk Academy in mid-March. Bummed they didn’t include any NY teams this spring.
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Re: MIAA A Conference 2018

New postby Harry Greb on Mon Feb 05, 2018 6:14 pm

Loyola names Gene Ubriaco as its next coach. Seems like a solid choice.

https://www.loyolablakefield.org/page/N ... pk=986047#
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Re: MIAA A Conference 2018

New postby kayak on Mon Feb 05, 2018 7:42 pm

Coach Ubie is a great choice by Dons! Class act, great teacher-coach, slick offensive mind, seasoned vet of the MIAA (as player and coach). Roll Dons Roll!
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Re: MIAA A Conference 2018

New postby USNA on Sun Feb 11, 2018 3:01 pm

Gene will do great things at Loyola. It's a win-win for both coach and the Dons. RDR
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Re: MIAA A Conference 2018

New postby thatsmell on Mon Feb 12, 2018 1:41 pm

Agree. Like the hire at Blakefield. They could have done a lot worse. From what I hear they are getting a good coach and good leader of men.
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Re: MIAA A Conference 2018

New postby thatsmell on Wed Feb 14, 2018 4:19 pm

BlackMarketLax11 wrote:I really don't think JC will win a game either (in conference). Moving from the B to A is completely different, even the bottom half of the A has college d3 starters on the field. Not many B teams will field more than 2-3 college players. JC will get there in time, but I would still take MSJ, Severn and Spalding over them in a heartbeat.


Local to the area and I saw John Carroll play a few times the past few years. Not sure how JC will fare moving up to the A this year.

The local fish wrap had a picture from JC's Senior Spring NLI signing day. They appear to have some kids moving on to college lax programs next year too. They have always done a nice job placing kids in college programs and produced some great players (and people) over the years.

Speaking of which, I saw this the other day:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/jordilippe ... 7551c2555d

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Re: MIAA A Conference 2018

New postby thatsmell on Wed Feb 14, 2018 4:31 pm

USNA wrote:According to the officianados, it looks like a three-horse race; CHC, McD, BL.
Loyola certainly could climb into that mix. SP has ?'s.

So who do you think are the league's top players, and the best guys for each team? Thoughts?


I agree it's probably a 3 horse race. And outside of the top few spots (CH, McD and BL) there are a lot of question marks in the league:

How do St. Paul's and Severn recover from the graduation of so much talent and transition to a new coach? Can MSJ or Spalding ever find some winning ways? Can Loyola Blakefield right the ship, get above .500 and send Rubeor off with an overall winning record? Can the young Gilman team mature enough to make some noise and take down a big dog like BL again? Who fills the void Oursler left? What does St. Mary's have cooking down South? It seems like every few years the Saints have a great team. They are about due...

:shock:

Lots of questions this year. Can't wait to learn the answers!

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Re: MIAA A Conference 2018

New postby USNA on Wed Feb 14, 2018 7:14 pm

I'm hearing rumblings....don't sleep on Spalding in 2018!
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Re: MIAA A Conference 2018

New postby Tennessee Jed on Sat Feb 17, 2018 12:04 am

Must be hunger pains. Grab a burger.
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Re: MIAA A Conference 2018

New postby Justasuit on Tue Feb 20, 2018 7:36 am

Tryouts should be starting soon. Will be interesting to see how these teams take shape with the departure of some quality players. Yes - anything can happen in this league - a good FOGO and solid goalie play can take a team a long way. Spring is near!
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Re: MIAA A Conference 2018

New postby Lax_04 on Tue Feb 20, 2018 5:03 pm

MIAA practice / tryouts officially start today and it is a beautiful, warm afternoon to kick off the 2018 season in the nation's best high school lacrosse conference.

Good luck to all the players and coaches.

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Re: MIAA A Conference 2018

New postby Justasuit on Thu Feb 22, 2018 5:31 am

A few things of note:

- 3 MIAA schools in the top ten.

- The lack of representation of public schools is disappointing. The game will never grow if it continues to be a wealthy white kids sport.

- Should schools (Salisbury, IMG, Avon) that have PG players on their roster really be considered for this list?

- #25 Torrey Pines is nice as a West Coast rep - but - are they really better than the unranked teams from the MIAA? :think:



Under Armour/Inside Lacrosse Top 25 High School Power Rankings
1. Culver Academy (Ind.)
2. Calvert Hall (Md.)
3. Brunswick (Conn.)
4. Bullis (Md.)
5. McDonogh (Md.)
6. Hill Academy (Ont.)
7. Avon Old Farms (Conn.)
8. Salisbury School (Conn.)
9. Chaminade (N.Y.)
10. Boys’ Latin (Md.)
11. Landon (Md.)
12. Victor (N.Y.)
13. St. Anthony’s (N.Y.)
14. IMG Academy (Fla.)
15. Ward Melville (N.Y.)
16. Malvern Prep (Pa.)
17. Delbarton (N.J.)
18. La Salle College (Pa.)
19. Gonzaga (D.C.)
20. Darien (Conn.)
21. St. Sebastian (Mass.)
22. Massapequa (N.Y.)
23. Haverford School (Pa.)
24. Lincoln-Sudbury (Mass.)
25. Torrey Pines (Calif.)
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Re: MIAA A Conference 2018

New postby BeaverCreek on Thu Feb 22, 2018 8:53 am

justasuit: I believe Torrey Pines would beat (and possibly by a comfortable margin) AS, MSJ, StM, etc... Superb athletes, great coaching, motivated kids...that's a great combination for any team.
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Re: MIAA A Conference 2018

New postby MDlaxfan76 on Thu Feb 22, 2018 8:55 am

I think these sorts of lists should be taken with a huge grain of salt. Really not taken seriously. (even more so pre-season!)

That said, it would indeed be more meaningful to break the lists into subgroups.

Sports academies. PG prep schools. Private/no boundaries. Public with boundaries.
Or similar construct.

On the "wealthy white kids", yes, the game remains largely 'white' overall, but certainly not exclusively, but it's never been limited to 'wealthy'. Lots of middle class and lower middle class kids. Yes, not many 'poor' kids. The game is indeed expensive for schools to support and for families. There are good efforts to address this, but I think there are some very real impediments.

Our Maryland region has a bit of an unusual construct of a couple of dominant leagues of private schools that have no boundaries and many of these schools actively recruit players from all over the region. That inevitably pulls talent out of the local public schools, though some of the better academic public schools have done an excellent job of attracting good players and developing them well. They generally can knock off a lower private prep team but not the top ones. As we've seen, they produce some top notch players. Towson and Loyola have done a good job of mining that pool, for instance.

I don't have any issue at all with Torrey Pines if they're predicted to be the top in CA. Typically the top team in CA can beat many, if not all, of the strong East Coast teams. St. Ignatius Prep, for instance, has proven that to be the case.
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Re: MIAA A Conference 2018

New postby Justasuit on Thu Feb 22, 2018 9:02 am

Beavercreek -

I think that is ridiculous. Because .... none of the non ranked MIAA schools have highly motivated atheletes? We Come to Maryland and play/beat some teams in the MIAA or IAC and then you can stake claim to being in the top 25. Otherwise they are the one eyed king in the land of the blind. Schedule below.

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Re: MIAA A Conference 2018

New postby random observer on Thu Feb 22, 2018 9:26 am

Justasuit wrote:#25 Torrey Pines is nice as a West Coast rep - but - are they really better than the unranked teams from the MIAA? :think:

I think not just better, but likely significantly better. None of the teams ranked outside of the top 25 from the MIAA seem likely to crack the rankings at any point this season. St. Paul's is in decline. Gilman and St. Mary's have fallen way off. L-B has some talent but hasn't been able to put it together consistently in many years. Parity in the league is at an all-time low as evidenced by back-to-back champions who went undefeated in the league -- something that would have been unfathomable a decade ago.
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Re: MIAA A Conference 2018

New postby Justasuit on Thu Feb 22, 2018 9:38 am

St. Mary’s has fallen way off? They have kids committed to Yale, Maryland, Ohio State, Hopkins, Penn State and Army on their roster. Season hasn’t even started - how bad can they be?

Calvert Hall should win the league every year - they have 1200 boys to choose from - Gilman has 400, St. Mary’s has 250. It’s David vs Goliath...
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