Boys' Lacrosse: Weekend Preview for March 18-20

With many boys' lacrosse teams either traveling on spring break or just getting their seasons underway this week, the spotlight shines on some exceptional inter-state match-ups between regional powers.

Fresh off three dominating wins at the Second Annual Brine King of the Spring Face-Off Classic lacrosse tournament this week, McDonogh (MD) is looking to carry that momentum into Saturday when they square off against a potent Haverford School (PA) team.

At the Classic, the Eagles (3-0) handily defeated two defending state champion teams in McCallie (TN) and Highland Park (TX), plus a strong Durham Academy (NC) program, showcasing a balanced roster that's capable of shutting teams down defensively and also putting up a lot of goals. Evan Glaser and Brenny Daly led the way for the Eagles offensively, heading a talented unit that scored 43 goals in three games.

A trust test of McDonogh's strength will likely come on Saturday against Haverford. The Fords (2-0) are absolutely stacked this season and equipped with more than a dozen Division I recruits. Despite featuring one of the nation's toughest schedules, the Fords have already shown their mettle in the early going. The team is coming off impressive wins over St. Paul's and Loyola-Blakefield, two top Maryland programs expected to compete for an MIAA title in 2011. The difference on Saturday may boil down to whether McDonogh's veteran defense can limit favorable scoring opportunities for Haverford's prolific offense. Nevertheless, expect a premium match-up of two elite lacrosse teams this weekend, one that will also showcase a number of future NCAA stars.

Meanwhile on Friday, two California powers battle for state supremacy as De LaSalle visits Foothill-Santa Ana. Both teams are coming off of championship seasons and have reloaded for '11. Last year, De LaSalle captured its second consecutive North Coast CIF title while Foothill-Santa Ana notched its fourth-straight Southern CIF championship. Foothill-Santa Ana won this match-up a year ago, 14-10, but expect a potent De LaSalle (2-0) team to make it competitive once again. All the while, the Knights have won their first four games of the season, which includes a 13-11 victory over a tough St. Margaret's Episcopal squad. They will counter with Cameron Cole, a dynamic attacker who will likely command double teams most of the day.

Back on the East Coast, Avon Old Farms (NE) and St. Paul's (MD) go head-to-head on Saturday in what shapes up to be one of the week's most intriguing contests. Expect some brilliant midfield play as both teams feature talented and deep units. St. Paul's will look for production from standouts Spencer Parks and Mac Hall while Bronson Kelly and Jim Sconzo have intentions of controlling the tempo for Avon. The key here will be whether Avon's offense can put up consistent production against a tremendous Crusader defense headed by goalie Gunnar Waldt. With two storied programs going at it and NCAA talent all over the field, lacrosse fans should expect a fast pace throughout and plenty of highlights on both ends.

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