No. 4 McDonogh (6-4) at No. 2 Boys’ Latin (8-1)
When: Friday, 4:15 p.m.
Coaches: Andy Hilgartner, McDonogh; Brian Farrell, Boys’ Latin
KEY PLAYERS TO WATCH
McDonogh: Jack Simmons, Sr., M; BJ Farrare, Sr., M; Jack Sweeney, Sr., A; Chris Smith, Sr., D; Gable Braun, So., FO; Evan Long, Jr., G
Boy’s Latin: Chris Brandau, Sr., G; Matt Brandau, Sr., A; Brendan Grimes, So., A; Michael Ubriaco, Sr., M; Payton Giberson, So., FO
KEYS TO VICTORY
Just how much parity is in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference this season? Three games into league play and only one team remains undefeated. That distinction goes to the host Lakers, who improved to 3-0 with Tuesday’s 16-4 win over league newcomer John Carroll. While Boys’ Latin was winning comfortably, McDonogh (2-1) enjoyed a major breakthrough when it claimed a 6-4 comeback home win against No.1 Calvert Hall, the defending MIAA champ. Boys’ Latin and McDonogh are both loaded with scoring firepower, which makes the grinding work in the middle of the field vital. It starts on faceoffs with Braun and Giberson. In the Eagles’ win against Calvert Hall, Braun dominated faceoffs in the second half to set the tempo. Matt Brandau and Grimes are a dangerous one-two scoring combination for the Lakers, while Simmons, Sweeney and sophomore Dane Swanson have provided much of the Eagles’ offense. After a 9-5 loss against St. Mary’s to open league play, McDonogh bounced back with a win over No. 5 Severn before ending Calvert Hall’s streak of 13 straight league wins. Will the Eagles carry over momentum from Tuesday’s win or will the Lakers keep rolling?
OTHER GAMES TO WATCH
No. 1 Calvert Hall at No. 3 St. Mary’s, Friday, 7 p.m.
Marriotts Ridge at No. 13 Glenelg, Friday, 7 p.m.
No. 13 Glenelg at No. 11 Severna Park, Tuesday, 5:30 p.m.
Towson at No. 9 Hereford, Thursday, 5:15 p.m.
No. 4 Glenelg at No. 5 Marriotts Ridge, Friday, 7 p.m.
No. 1 McDonogh at Bishop Ireton (Va.), Monday, 4 p.m.
No. 5 Marriotts Ridge at No. 11 South River, Tuesday, 5:30 p.m.
No. 14 St. Mary’s at No. 8 Bryn Mawr, Wednesday, 4