Landon of Montgomery County comes to Gilman at 11 a.m. Saturday, hoping to pick up where it left off last spring by defeating the Baltimore area's best private-school lacrosse teams.
It was a victory over Gilman last season that capped a string of four of five victories against Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference teams for the Bethesda-based Bears, who began this season ranked No. 1 nationally by Lacrosse Magazine.
The Bears lost last year's season opener to St. Paul's before winning 19 straight games on the way to their 19th straight Interscholastic Athletic Association crown. Landon, with 25th-year coach Rob Bordley (342 career wins), has won 28 straight games.
Two of the teams the Bears defeated -- Gilman and St. Mary's -- were ranked No. 1 by The Sun at one point of the seaon. Defeating a No. 1-ranked team was a first for Landon, as was its number of wins over MIAA A Conference teams.
The Bears (9-0) play host to St. Paul's on April 25 and Loyola on April 28.
Several of Landon's players have developed a rivalry that carries over from football, in which Gilman's two-time All-Metro quarterback, Ryan Boyle, has led the Greyhounds to the past two victories. Gilman is 10-0 and ranked No. 1 by The Sun.
A two-time All-Metro lacrosse attackman bound for Princeton, Boyle will be the focal point of Landon's defense, led by 6-foot-2, 210-pound Justin Duffie (Georgetown) and 6-0, 200-pound George Boiardi (Cornell), who were a linebacker and running back, respectively, in football.
An interesting battle should take place between Boyle and Andrew Lucas, and 6-4, 240-pound Richard Tuohey against Maryland-bound Duffie and Notre Dame-bound keeper Stuart Crosland.
In the midfield, look for Maryland-bound Ian Healey and Virginia-bound Ted Lamade of Landon against Gilman's Kevin Boland and Lance Zimmerman. Landon's Maryland-bound attackman J. R. Bordley and Georgetown-bound Kevin Shooshan will try to get the ball past veteran keeper Jay Pfeiffer.
"Gilman has some kids who are very, very slippery and who do a lot of creative things away from the ball," Bordley said. "We're going to have to really take care of the ball."
Boys' Latin's golf team is 6-1 overall and 6-0 in the MIAA B Conference, and No. 1 player Geoff Lindsay is at the center of the Lakers' success.
Lindsay, a senior, is 6-1 overall, having won three matches last week, including a 2.5-to-.5 win over St. Paul's previously unbeaten Ben Phelps in a loss to the unbeaten Crusaders of the A Conference.
Lindsay has scored 17 out of a possible 21 points against opponents this season. The Lakers, with coach Trey Gelston, have gone from 0-13 three seasons ago to 1-10, and then 4-7 last year.
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Towson Catholic underclassmen Carmelo Anthony and Byron Joynes have been invited to attend the June 21-24 Nike Jamboree Invitational basketball camp at St. Louis University.
Anthony, a 6-6 sophomore forward, and Joynes, a 6-7, 250-pound freshman center, will be among 100 of the nation's best underclassmen at the event.
A little more than a year after Tiffany Vaughan left the Parkville softball team to become the Knights' starting lacrosse goalie, the senior is emerging as one of Baltimore County's best girls keepers.
Vaughan has posted a 65 percent save rate this season. Last week alone, she made 78 saves in four games, including 18 in an 11-10 victory over Loch Raven on Friday.
Three days earlier, she had 30 saves in an 18-6 loss to Dulaney.
"There were no gimmes in that game and most of them were point-blank saves," said Knights coach Nancy Gross. "She really held us together, as she usually does."
At Saturday's Garrison Forest Tournament, Vaughan made 30 saves in two games. She had 12 in a 12-6 loss to Garrison and 18 in a 14-10 loss to National Cathedral.
Through the week, Vaughan also had 19 ground balls outside the crease, six interceptions and five knockdowns.
"Last year was her first year in goal, so we worked on inside-the-crease things," said Gross, whose team is 5-4, 2-2 in Baltimore County's Division I. "This year, she's more confident outside the crease. Even though the other teams are still getting a ton of shots, look at how many she's saving us."
McDonogh's Chanel Lattimer set a Knights Invitational meet record with a 25.1-second finish in the 200-meter dash Thursday.
The junior All-Metro sprinter also won the 100 in 12.7 seconds and finished second in the 400 in 1: 00.3 at the annual event held at North County High in Anne Arundel County.
Randallstown's Chantelle Ringgold also had a banner meet with four wins to help the Rams to a tri-meet victory over Woodlawn and Catonsville.
The junior broke her own school record in the long jump by 9 inches with a leap of 17-9. She also won the 100 in 12.7 seconds and helped the 400- and 800-meter relay teams to victory.
Ringgold and her twin sister , Candice, along with teammates Jackie Brown and Raven Roseman, will run the 400 relay at the Penn Relays in Philadelphia, beginning April 27. The foursome is unbeaten at 400 and 800 meters this spring. Its only loss this school year came at the state indoor finals, a second-place finish.