The Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference boys lacrosse playoffs start Friday with two quarterfinal round games.
For a second straight year, No. 1 Boys' Latin (16-0) takes an undefeated record into the postseason to claim the top seed and earn a first-round bye. Also through to the semifinal round is No. 2 St. Paul's (12-6) as the second seed
That leaves two fine matchups for Friday's quarterfinal round with No. 5 Calvert Hall traveling to No. 6 Gilman and No. 4 St. Mary's visiting No. 3 McDonogh. Both games are set for 4:15 p.m.
Here's a closer look at the quarterfinals:
St. Mary's (11-5, seeded fifth) at McDonogh (14-4, seeded fourth)
The Eagles pulled out a 9-7 win at St. Mary's in the teams' regular season game on April 29, blanking the host Saints in the fourth quarter in a game that had seven ties.
Expect another close game on Friday with a trip to the semifinals on the line. For McDonogh, Trey McGee leads a balanced attack and midfielder Brinton Valis, who scored four goals in the win over the Saints, is the team's glue in the middle.
The Saints have one of the leage's top faceoff specialists in Alex Woodall, who consistently gets the ball to finishers Cole Robertson and Jake Ellis.
Both goalies played well in the regular season meeting with McDonogh's Jacob Stover coming up with 13 saves, while counterpart Tim Troutner had 14 for the Saints.
Calvert Hall (13-5, seeded sixth) at Gilman (10-6, seeded third)
The turning point for the Cardinals, who have leaned heavily on underclassmen, came on April 25 when they came away with a 9-7 home win against Gilman to end a three-game league skid.
Calvert Hall trailed 7-5 in the third quarter before dominating the rest of the way to claim the win.
Gilman has more experience and the home field edge with Tyler Ruhl, Chase Wittich and Andy Matthews leading a potent attack. Both teams are coming off momentum-building wins.
Calvert Hall ended the regular season with a 6-3 win over defending champion Loyola in a winner-is-in and loser-is-out game. Gilman nipped McDonogh, 9-7, to grab the third seed.