For Baltimore-area prep lacrosse fans, all is right with the world after the boys and girls-all-star teams went undefeated to sweep the Under Armour Lacrosse Underclass tournament championships Sunday afternoon at Towson University.
The twin wins were as much dramatic (girls) as they were decisive (boys) in completeing a combined 12-0 run through the tournament for the Baltimore squads.
The girls, who had several down-to-the-wire victories, pulled out another heart-stopper in the last 10 seconds on Mount de Sales rising senior attacker Amanda Ignacio's third goal of the game to defeat previously unbeaten Long Island, 10-9.
McDonogh rising senior Megan Whittle, who scored five goals and added a pair of assists in the triumph, fed Ignacio for the game winner. Whittle was named the tournament MVP.
"She had an awesome tournament," Baltimore coach Jessica Randisi said.
Marriotts Ridge rising senior midfielder Marissa Davey and McDonogh rising sophomore midfielder Brindi Griffin added single goals for the champs while Maryvale rising junior midfielder Miranda Ibello (two), Ignacio (two) and Century rising sophomore midfielder Hannah Warther added assists.
The Baltimore boys were ahead, 13-11, in the final against Washington, D.C. midway through the fourth quarter until they closed with a furious 4-0 run on goals by Hereford rising senior midfielder Adam Ceribelli, Westminster rising senior midfielder Jesse Uhlman, Gilman rising senior attackman Chase Wittich and Hereford rising senior attackman Jason Ashwood.
In a semidfinal earlier on Sunday, Baltimore routed defending champion Philadelphia, 17-10.
Baltimore led, 9-7, in the third period before closing the game on an 8-3 run on goals by Loyola Blakefield rising junior midfielder Ryan Conrad, Boys' Latin rising senior midfielder Tal Bruno, Gilman rising senior midfielder William McBride, Ashwood and Gilman rising junior attackman Andy Matthews.
Bruno, Ashwood and Conrad scored two goals each during the spree.
Boys' Latin rising senior attackman Shack Stanwick was named the tournament MVP.
"Shack is a very smart attackman," Baltimore coach Tom Marechek said. He's our quarterback. He controls the pace of the game."
Stanwick had two goals and five assists in the final after notching a goal and four assists against Philadelphia in a semifinal.
On Saturday, Baltimore picked a perfect time to play inspired defense in an 11-7 triumph over Long Island.
The victory earned Baltimore a top seed in the playoffs on Sunday at the same site and knocked the New Yorkers out of the playoff hunt.
Coming on the heels of a 13-10 win over New England earlier in the day, Baltimore capped a perfect day in running its record to 4-0.
Rising junior goalies, A.J. Barretto, of St. Paul's, and Century's Alex Gipe, combined for 15 saves — topping the duo's 12-save effort against New England — to help Baltimore keep it close until the offense came to life in the second half.
"We're beginning to build some chemistry," Barretto said after compiling eight saves in the first half. "Long Island has a bunch of good guys, but it's great to have Baltimore win."
Baltimore trailed, 5-4, in the third quarter until Matthews tied it on an inside roll to beat Long Island goalie Jack Concannon. Goals by Uhlman and St. Paul's rising senior Mikey Wynne gave Baltimore a 7-5 advantage heading into the final period.
After McDonogh's Brinton Valis and McBride continued the run with goals, Long Island was too far behind to recover.