Last year, the Loyola lacrosse team proved that anything can happen if a team can find its way into the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference playoffs.
The Dons had played what appeared to be their final game of the season and, at the time, were not one of the six teams in position to qualify for the playoffs. But Mount St. Joseph's overtime win over St. Mary's on the same day gave the Dons new life, and they completed the league's most improbable run to win the championship with an upset over No. 1 and previously undefeated Boys' Latin in the title game.
This year, Boys' Latin is once again No. 1 and undefeated (11-0, 4-0 in league play), while a number of quality teams are jockeying for playoff position as the season hits the midway point. No. 2 Gilman (7-4), No. 3 St. Paul's (7-5) and No. 4 McDonogh (11-2) all have 3-1 marks in league play, with No. 6 Calvert Hall (10-3) and No. 7 Loyola (6-5) both 2-2.
No. 5 St. Mary's (7-4, 1-3) has a win over Calvert Hall and gave Boys' Latin its toughest league test to date before falling 14-13 on April 8, but the Saints wouldn't qualify for the playoffs if they started today. Mount St. Joseph (7-3, 1-2) could also factor in as a spoiler
The MIAA puzzle will continue to come together with another busy slate on Tuesday. Boys' Latin will look to keep rolling at McDonogh; St. Paul's hosts Calvert Hall; and Loyola will try to keep hold of a playoff spot when it hosts Mount St. Joseph.