It is arguably the busiest time of year, with state championships played around the country and several hotbed states wrapping up their years.
In today’s Around the Crease notebook, I take a look at a New York championship that was not played, preview the MIAA A Conference semifinals in addition to looking at two of the teams that made it to the quarterfinals.
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Not How It Was Planned
I cannot remember a time in which a championship game was cancelled – not saying it has not happened – just rare to be sure, but that’s what happened in New York last week.
In a post since delted from St. Anthony’s (N.Y.) website, the Catholic High School Athletic Association championship game between the Friars and Chaminade (Mineola, N.Y.) was cancelled after it was discovered St. Anthony’s used an ineligible player during the 2017 season.
As a result, the Friars forfeited all wins during the year and will officially end the year with a 0–15 record. Chaminade was awarded the title this year, brining the trophy back to Mineola for the first time since 2015.
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— St. Anthony’s Friars (@StAnthonysAth) May 17, 2017
I will be at the MIAA championship game this week and in preparation, I wanted to take a look at some of the top scorers and storylines from the conference as the teams prepare for their playoff runs.
Calvert Hall (Baltimore) vs. Loyola-Blakefield (Towson, Md.)
First meeting: May 16: Calvert Hall won 9–8
Conference Records: Calvert Hall (9–0); Loyola-Blakefield (5–4)
Calvert Hall went undefeated during the regular season and is the top seed in the playoffs. Jacob Kelly leads the team with 86 points. He has 42 goals and 44 assists this season. Player of the Year candidate, JT Bugliosi, is second with 58 points this season. Freshman Daniel Kelly is third with 41 points and 31 goals.
Loyola-Blakefield defeated St. Paul’s (Brooklandville, Md.) 9–4 in the quarterfinals. Jack Koras had a hat trick in that win. Ryan Dunn and Phil Wies lead the attack while Colin Clothier is an anchor in the middle while Koby Smith anchors the defense along with goalie Jake Stout.
Boys’ Latin (Baltimore) vs. McDonogh (Owings Mills, Md.)
First meeting: April 28: Boys’ Latin won 10–9 OT
Conference Records: Boys’ Latin (7–2); McDonogh (7–2)
Boys’ Latin had a first-round bye to get ready for their semifinal matchup. Jake Glatz is winning 69 percent of faceoffs this season and Luke Shilling leads the team with 32 goals. Matt Brandau leads the team with 64 points.
McDonogh is the defending champion and took care of St. Mary’s (Annapolis, Md.) in the quarterfinals, 22–6. Unofficially, Jack Parr has 44 goals and 20 assists this season, which includes scoring 24 goals and 11 assists during conference play. Liam Powderly has 43 goals and 21 assists this season. Parr scored three goals and two assists while Powderly had one goal in the first meeting against Boys’ Latin.
It was quite the Year for St. Mary’s, which finished the year 13–7 and earned a spot in the MIAA A Conference playoffs this year. Head Coach Victor Lilly is in his second year, after taking over for Ben Rubeor in 2016. Last year, the Saints were coming off a conference title, but won just one game.
This year, under Lilly the Saints improved by 12 wins overall. They went from zero wins in the conference to four victories.
There were several champions crowned over the weekend, including teams from California, Colorado, Georgia, Tennessee, Utah, West Virginia
The 2017 Champions list is updated as team’s win their respective titles.