Baltimore vs. Philly
I’ve always had an interest in the Inter-Ac versus MIAA A matchups. These programs meet almost every year and the games always seem to be a gauge on which teams will vie for a mythical national championship by the end of the year. For a few years, I’ve made notes on how each team has done and with last week’s head-to-head games, I thought it would be fun to take a look.
By the Numbers
103: games played between teams in these conferences since 2002.
65: The number of wins the MIAA has won since 2002.
48: The amount of games Haverford School (Haverford, Pa.) has played, the most games of any Inter-Ac team. The Fords have gone 26-22.
21: McDonogh has the most wins of any MIAA team, sporting a 21-6 record against the Inter-Ac.
11: The most games played in any one season, which happened in 2015. The MIAA came out on top that season, going 7-4. Haverford School accounted for all the Inter-Ac wins, going 4-0 that year. McDonogh and Loyola-Blakefield both went 2-1, St. Mary’s (Annapolis, Md.) and Calvert Hall (Baltimore) both went 1-0 for the MIAA.
6: The number of games played in 2016
3: The number of games each conference won in 2016. Calvert Hall, Loyola-Blakefield and McDonogh each won one game for the MIAA. Haverford School went 2-1 and Malvern Prep (Malvern, Pa.) went 1-0 for the Inter-Ac.
0: The number of losses Archbishop Spalding (Severn, Md.) has against the Inter-Ac. The Cavaliers have only played one Inter-Ac game while a member of the MIAA A Conference. Spalding has shuffled between the A and B conference during the last 16 seasons.
Team Records Since 2002
Chestnut Hill: 0-2
Episcopal Academy: 1-5
Germantown Academy: 0-3
Haverford School: 26-22
Malvern Prep: 9-16
Penn Charter: 2-17
According to MaxLaxOc.com, Poway (Calif.) senior Nick Beeson became the Titans all-time leading scorer with a four-goal game against San Clemente (Calif.) last week. The Bryant commit has 120 for his career and passed Jake O’Connell for the all-time lead.
Results of Note
Massapequa (N.Y.) ended the 32-game winning streak of St. Thomas Aquinas (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) on Friday. Brendan Nichtern totaled seven points on four goals and three assists for Massapequa in the win. St. Thomas Aquinas’ streak dated back to Feb. 9, 2016 when they opened the season with a 19-3 win over Plantation (Fla.).
Sticking with the MIAA A theme this week, Conestoga (Berwyn, Pa.) handed Calvert Hall (Baltimore) its second-straight loss with a 13-12 overtime in on March 24. The Pioneers were playing their first game of the season. Tommy Sopko, who earned Honorable Mention in this week’s Player of the Week, scored four goals, including the game winner in overtime. Sopko also had two assists. Henry Berg, Hunter Gregory and Tate Kienzle each scored two goals in the victory.
The Hill Academy (Ontario, Canada) extended its winning streak to 29 games with wins over Taft School (Watertown, Conn.) and Noble & Greenough (Dedham, Mass.) last week. The Pride have started this season 8-0 with wins over several nationally-ranked teams, including Boys’ Latin (Baltimore) and IMG National (Bradenton, Fla.). Hill has five more games remaining on its schedule this season, including a season-ending game against Culver Academy Prep (Culver, Ind.).