McDonogh midfielder Romain Mantelli (41) in action during a high school lacrosse match between McDonogh at Boys' Latin in Baltimore on April 10. McDonogh plays Loyola Blakefield this week with the top spot in the MIAA A Conference standings, as well as in the Sun poll, on the line.
McDonogh midfielder Romain Mantelli (41) in action during a high school lacrosse match between McDonogh at Boys' Latin in Baltimore on April 10. McDonogh plays Loyola Blakefield this week with the top spot in the MIAA A Conference standings, as well as in the Sun poll, on the line. (Daniel Kucin Jr. / BALTIMORE SUN)

No. 2 McDonogh (10-3) at No. 3 Loyola Blakefield (8-1)

When: Saturday, 2 p.m.

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KEY PLAYERS

McDonogh: Robert Clark, Sr., A; Robby Black, Sr., MF; Jacob Stover, Sr., G.

Loyola Blakefield: Ryan Conrad, Sr., MF; Alex Roesner, Sr., A; Jake Stout, So. G

KEYS TO VICTORY

First place in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference is on the line Saturday with Loyola (5-0 in league play) the lone team left undefeated and McDonogh (4-1) in sole possession of second place. The host Dons are looking to build on Tuesday's 11-9 statement win at No. 4 St. Paul's. It was a total team effort with Conrad, Roesner and Cole Williams providing much of the scoring, junior Bobby Ragot dominating at the faceoff X and sound play on defense led by Stout. McDonogh won its third straight league game on Tuesday, a comfortable 16-7 vicory at Archbishop Spalding to set up Saturday's showdown. Clark and Black are catalysts on the Eagles' attack, which also has received fine play from Connor Young, Jackson Morrill and Barrett Sutley. Jordy Elardo handles the faceoff duties for McDonogh and his battles with Ragot or senior Austin Hurdle will play a big role with both attacks so potent. Ground balls also will play big with both teams wanting to keep the other dangerous attacks away from the ball. Stover has been excellent making timely saves and directing a young defense. Stout replaced starting goalie Acie Newton (broken foot) two weeks ago and has steadily improved. Senior Jake Nordhausen leads a Dons' defense that plays physical and organized. Saturday's winner will stake claim to the No.1 spot in The Sun's Top 15 poll after No. 1 Boys' Latin fell at No. 6 St. Mary's on Tuesday.

OTHER GAMES TO WATCH

Boys lacrosse

No. 15 Glenelg at No. 7 Howard, Friday, 7 p.m.

No. 6 St. Mary's at Gilman, Saturday, 1 p.m.

No. 3 Loyola Blakefield at No. 6 St. Mary's, Tuesday, 4 p.m.

Girls lacrosse

Towson at No. 14 Dulaney, Monday, 5:15 p.m.

No. 2 Roland Park at No. 5 Manchester Valley, Wednesday, 6:30 p.m.

No. 8 Century at No. 10 C. Milton Wright, Wednesday, 5:30 p.m.

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No. 6 Marriotts Ridge at No. 1 McDonogh, Thursday, 4 p.m.

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