The Poly boys lacrosse team has found a way to play its best at the most opportune times in Baltimore City.
Tuesday at Mervo, the Engineers came away with a sturdy 10-6 win over rival City to claim their second straight Baltimore City championship and third in four years.
Senior Raahma Harcum was the catalyst on attack with five goals and an assist. Defenseman Eric Colston helped limit City standout Tracy Smith, who led the Knights to a 10-9 regular-season win over Poly, to one goal and two assists.
"We were hungry," said Poly first-year coach Phil Thompson, an assistant coach the previous four seasons. "The first game, we were a little big-headed and thought we would run away with the game. This time, we played from the first whistle up until the last whistle as a team instead of playing as individuals."
Julian H. Brown added two goals for Poly, which also got a seven-save performance from goalie Michael Brown.
No. 6 Gilman 9, No. 3 McDonogh 7: Chase Wittich scored three goals to lead the host Greyhounds (10-6, 6-3 Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference) past the Eagles (14-4, 6-3).
Andrew Gemma and Andy Matthews scored twice each for Gilman, which took the third seed in the conference playoffs; McDonogh took fourth. The Greyhounds host sixth seed Calvert Hall at 4 p.m. and McDonogh hosts fifth seed St. Mary's at 4 p.m. in Friday's quarterfinals.
No. 4 St. Mary's 16, Mount St. Joseph 11: Alex Woodall won 19 of 28 faceoffs and Jake Ellis had four goals to lead the host Saints (11-5, 5-4 MIAA A Conference) past the Gaels (8-9, 1-8).
Severn 14, Archbishop Spalding 10: Graham Davis had four goals and two assists to lead the visiting Admirals (8-11, 2-7 MIAA A Conference) past the Cavaliers (7-12, 0-9).
John Carroll 9, Towson 8, OT: Clark Grube scored two minutes into the overtime to lift the Patriots (8-6) over the host Generals (5-7).
John Carroll's Bradley Hubbard scored with two minutes left in regulation to force overtime.
No. 2 Calvert Hall 11, Loyola 4: Winner Nick Delp worked five innings, gave up one run on four hits and struck out eight as the Cardinals (19-4, 12-3 MIAA A Conference) beat the host Dons (8-16, 3-12).
No. 8 North Harford 6, Rising Sun 5: Austin Bartenfelder hit a two-out, two-run single in the top of the seventh to lead the Hawks (18-3) past the Tigers (12-1).
The game was a completion of a game suspended because of rain on April 25. North Harford faces Havre de Grace in tonight's Upper Chesapeake Bay Athletic Conference championship at 5 p.m. at Harford Community College.
Fallston wins two: The host Cougars (13-6) swept Joppatowne (0-10), 14-0 and 27-0. Kyle Tyree struck out 10 in a four-inning shutout and Luke Gower got the win in Game 2. Eric Gorschboth went 3-for-3 with five RBIs.
Baltimore Sun staff contributed to this article.