Boys' Lacrosse: Weekend Preview for March 11-13

With the 2nd annual Brine King of the Spring Face-Off Classic taking place and an impressive slate of inter-state match-ups between regional powers, the upcoming week in boys' lacrosse packs an extraordinary schedule one that could have lasting effects for the rest of the season.

Set for March 11-16 in Durham, North Carolina, the King of the Spring Classic headlines lacrosse action from coast to coast. The showcase features 18 talented teams from across the southern region, including three 2010 state championship programs in McCallie (TN), Highland Park (TX) and Charlotte Country Day (NC). While the tournament has 20 games on the docket, there are three games that lacrosse fans should particularly keep close attention to.

On Sunday, McCallie and St. Mark's face off in a most-anticipated match-up between storied programs. Led by LSM Noah Hanover, McCallie is looking to make headlines once again after beating McDonogh in last year's showcase. Meanwhile, St. Mark's is loaded in '11 and features a strong midfield unit spearheaded by senior Gil Cassagne.

Meanwhile, a tough Glenelg Country (MD) squad faces Charlotte Country Day (NC) on Sunday in a battle of highly successful programs. Charlotte won the North Carolina NCISAA title over Providence Day last season and should have the personnel to make another run in 11. Meanwhile, Glenelg, a traditional Maryland power, went to the MIAA Class B conference title game before falling to John Carroll, 11-4. Expect a competitive contest that comes down to the last few possessions.

Arguably the top matchup of the tournament pits McDonogh (MD) against 2010 Texas champion Highland Park on Monday. McDonogh -- a longtime lacrosse power -- reached the '10 MIAA Class A semifinals before falling to Boys' Latin, 10-7. McDonogh features a stout offense headed by Brenny Daly and Brady Faby and will be tough to shut down. However, Highland Park could have an advantage with five games already under its belt. The Fighting Scots (4-1) counter with Patrick Campbell at midfield and Campbell Sode at attack.

Looking to the Mid-Atlantic this weekend, Penn Charter (PA) takes on Loyola Blakefield (MD) on Friday in the season opener for both programs. While each of these formidable teams experienced disappointing seasons last year, they are expected to be contenders in their respective states in 11. This will be the third straight season that the programs have opened up the year against each other, with each registering a win.

All the while, defending Maryland (MIAA-A) state champ St. Paul's goes up against an impressive Haverford School (PA) team to kick-start the 11 campaign. The match-up features an astounding number of Division I-bound lacrosse stars as both teams field deep rosters. St. Paul's will look for offensive production from standouts Taylor Michel (Virginia) and Jay Carlson (Maryland). Headed by Goran Murray (Maryland) and Alex Beatty (Princeton), Haverford's stout defense should pose as a daunting challenge, making for one terrific match-up.

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