Eastern/Southern Region Games of the Week, March 12-13

By Ryan Rohde

A couple of Pennsylvania-Maryland interstate match-ups highlight this week's games of the week. Meanwhile, a battle of two powers in the nation's capital gets the season off to a fantastic start.

March 12

Gilman Greyhounds (MD) vs. St. Anne's Belfield Saints (VA)
Gilman finished atop the LaxPower season-ending poll last year, and will rely on new players to step into the spotlight. Duncan Hutchins (North Carolina) and Ryan Tucker (Virginia) will lead from the midfield and Dennis Foster will provide support at LSM and defense. STAB returns a pair of Virginia signees in Owen Van Arsdale and Austin Geisler. Van Arsdale is a small, shifty attackman with a high lacrosse IQ while Geisler emerged as the best goalie in the state last season.

Penn Charter Quakers (PA) vs. Loyola Blakefield Dons (MD)
Penn Charter managed only six wins last year against one of the hardest schedules in the nation, but one of those wins was 6-5 over Loyola. Joey Sankey (UNC) paces the Quaker attack. He is small in stature but very elusive. Loyola will throw a pair of tough defensemen at Sankey in Emmett Cahill (Maryland) and T.J. Robinson (Penn State). The Inter-Ac/MIAA showdowns always bring excitement into the early stages of the season.

St. Mary's Saints (MD) vs. Collegiate School Cougars (VA)
St. Mary's enjoyed one of the best seasons in school history last year, and the 2010 Saints will rely on midfield play. Mark McNeil (North Carolina) and Peter Boyle (Maryland) give St. Mary's a strong core at middie. Collegiate's LSM Mac Foley (Hamden-Sydney) will be given the task of slowing the Saints' midfield down. A great tune up for both teams to open the year.

March 13

Haverford School Fords (PA) vs. St. Paul's Crusaders (MD)
This game has turned into one of the best out-of-state rivalries in the nation. There will be no shortage of talent on the field in this game. St. Paul's took home a 13-12 overtime win last season. Senior middie Pat Powderly (Syracuse) emerged as one of the best players in the MIAA last year, netting 85 points. Jeff Fountain (Georgetown) will lead the attack for the Crusaders. Haverford is loaded with talented juniors. Carl Walwrath (UVa) is a threat from midfield and attack while Conor Kelly (Notre Dame) has the task of replacing current Duke starter Dan Wigrizer. Expect another thriller between these two very talented teams.

Georgetown Prep Hoyas (DC) vs. Gonzaga Purple Eagles (DC)
This is a great game to open the season in the nation's capital between two traditional city powers. Gonzaga will rely heavily on faceoff man Chris May. The Georgetown signee will need to give the Purple Eagles lots of possessions to keep it away from the Georgetown offense. The Hoyas feature plenty of talent on both ends of the field. Pat Glading (Virginia) will head the attack while Robert Posniewski (Princeton) anchors the defense.


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