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This week’s Mid-Atlantic notebook features a first in New Jersey, playoff performances, a rivalry renewed in Baltimore and a first for a Pennsylvania program.
One of a Kind
It was hard to miss, but Manasquan (N.J.) senior Canyon Birch scored seven goals to become New Jersey’s all-time goal leader with 363 last week. Over the past week, the Penn State commit also became the first player in state history to score at least 500 career points. He is the 23rd-known player to have at least 500 career points.
Birch is one of the more prolific scorers in lacrosse history. He is already in the Top 5 all-time and with at least one game to go, and possibly a few playoff games, Birch has the potential to pass Connor Fields (Bishop Timon-St. Jude) and Bryce Clay (Forest Hills Central) on the list to become Top 3.
Who doesn’t love a good inspiration? City (Md.) and Poly (Md.) has one of the oldest rivalries in sports. The programs have been meeting every year in football since various sports since 1903, so there really is no need for extra incentive.
But this story from the Baltimore Sun outlines the inspiration the City teams took to winning the Baltimore City championship. The season was dedicated to Ray Glasgow III, who was killed in a shooting two days before last year’s championship game.
City on this year’s game 7-6 with Alton Foreman scoring the game-winning goal.
The teams meet again on May 13 in the third round of the Maryland Class 3A playoffs.
First. Time. Ever.
Led by Ohio State commit James Cipolla, the Trojans finished the regular season 17-0 and earned the top seed in the EPC tournament.
News and Notes
The Baltimore sun breaks down the MIAA A Conference playoffs and wonders Can anyone stop No. 1 Calvert Hall?
Bullis (Md.) senior Matt Kelly had four goals Bryson Shaw scored three goals to lead the Bulldogs to a 13-9 win over St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes (Va.) to win the IAC championship. Head coach Jeff Bellistri has won the IAC title in three of the last four seasons, including back-to-back titles in 2018 and 2019.
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