After going from four to 12 to 15 wins over the last three years, Pallotti's boys lacrosse team appears more than ready to make an even bigger jump in 2014.
That's also when the Panthers will move up to the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference from the C Conference.
And third-year boys lacrosse coach Kris Weaver can't wait for it to happen.
"I think that's where we belong," said Weaver, whose team beat B Conference foe Park, 6-5, on March 15. "We are at the point right now, where we are seeing a lot of consistency. We are getting a great reputation recruiting wise and the guys we have coming back to the program are fantastic."
Weaver and the Panthers didn't achieve their goal of winning a C Conference championship before making the change. Pallotti lost in a semifinal to St. John's Catholic Prep, of Frederick, the last two years, including a 14-6 loss May 14 at Fairland Regional Park in Laurel.
St. John's held an advantage in shots (43-18), ground balls (32-22) and faceoffs (14-9). The Panthers committed 24 turnovers.
"We played St. John's during the regular season and got beat, 9-8," Weaver said. "We just had a bad day and things weren't clicking for us. It was just one of those days, where they came out and played one of their best games."
Sam Massie, Adam Bodmer, Rudy Garcia, Devin Morris, Andrew Jacob and Gabe Kuciemba scored for Pallotti, and goalie Josh Dean finished with 16 saves.
"It (the loss) puts a little bit of a damper on the season," Weaver said. "That's the last memory, but overall I think we did great."
Bevy of games 'took a toll' on Pallotti baseball
Four games in six days wore out Pallotti in the MIAA B Conference double-elimination baseball tournament.
The Panthers opened the tourney with a 12-2 victory over Boys' Latin on May 10 behind the performances of senior center fielder Noah Martin (2-for-3, 3 RBIs) and sophomore right-handed pitcher Nico Marchetti (6 inn., 2 runs, 6 Ks).
Pallotti lost to Glenelg Country in Ellicott City, three days later, 12-11, despite getting another home run from Martin.
That game sent the Panthers into the loser's bracket, where they proceeded over the next two days to beat Severn, 5-4, then lose to Boys' Latin, 5-2.
Pallotti's Ryan Centorb pitched a solid six innings against Severn.
"Our bats and pitching kept us in those games, but four games in six days took a toll on us," Pallotti baseball coach Pat Courtemanche said.
Laurel softball eliminated in semifinals
Laurel opened the playoffs with a 8-2 victory in a Class 4A South Region quarterfinal over visiting High Point on May 13.
Freshman pitcher Ashley Woodall gave up five hits in seven innings and struck out 13 to boost her total to 103.
Katie Cardinal and Zelle Ndika smacked home runs. Bridgette Edman (2-for-3, 2 runs scored) and Sharon Gilbertz (2-for-3, run) also contributed offensively.
The Spartans' season, however, ended two days later with a 13-3 loss to Eleanor Roosevelt.
Laurel finished 13-6.
"This was definitely my best season," Laurel fifth-year softball coach Julie Provino said. "We beat every other team in the league expect the top three. In past years, I had a hard time beating with those teams."Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun