Maryland (MIAA) Championships Set for Friday

It's Championship Friday in the Mid-Atlantic, as the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association finals are set. The three MIAA conferences will compete for the ultimate prize, beginning with the MIAA "C" Conference title game at 3:00 pm and finishing off with the "A" championship at 8:00 pm. All match-ups will take place at Johnny Unitas Stadium on the campus of Towson University.

MIAA C Championship: Baltimore Lutheran (15-0) vs. St. John's Catholic Prep (13-5)

In the first match-up of the day, Baltimore Lutheran takes on St. John's Catholic Prep for the MIAA C championship. Baltimore Lutheran enters the championship undefeated at 15-0 and has dominated its competition all season long. In fact, the Saints have scored 13 goals or more in every game to date while never allowing more than five goals in a contest. Friday's final marks the third time this season the two finalists have faced off, with Lutheran taking both games by an average of 9.5 goals.

MIAA B Championship: Annapolis Area Christian (14-4) vs. Friends School (15-1)

In the second contest of the day, Annapolis Area Christian faces a familiar foe in Friends for the MIAA B title. The teams have already met twice this year, with Friends winning both by an average of six goals.

The Quakers enter the championship unbeaten in B conference action with a record of 15-0. The team's only defeat came against MIAA A squad Severn, 8-4, in the season opener. On Tuesday, Friends easily dispatched Sts. Peter and Paul, 9-1, to advance to the finals. Attackmen Michael Sweet and David Magdeberger combined to net five first-half goals to lead Friends to a 9-0 edge at intermission.

As for Annapolis Area Christian, the Eagles are riding high following its 13-10 win over John Carroll in the semifinals. The victory also avenged an earlier season loss to John Carroll, 11-7, back on March 22. Standouts Steve Anderson, Mike Stelfox, and Chandler Edmonds will be called on early and often for the Eagles offensively. The trio most recently combined for 10 goals in Tuesday's semifinal.

Friday's opening draw is scheduled for 5:30 pm.

MIAA A Championship: Gilman School (12-5) vs. Calvert Hall (17-1)

And finally, in arguably the most-anticipated lacrosse game of the season, Calvert Hall goes up against Gilman under the lights at 8:00 pm for the MIAA A championship.

Calvert Hall, which enters the title game as the No. 1 team in Maryland according to LaxPower, steamrolled rival St. Paul's in the semifinals by a score of 11-4 on Tuesday. The result for Calvert Hall marked a three-game sweep over the Crusaders this season.

As evidenced against St. Paul's throughout the year, Calvert Hall boasts one of the most balanced offensive units in the region. While attackman Ryan Brown has emerged as a go-to scorer, sophomore midfielder Stephen Kelly has been exceptional on face-offs. Patrick Kelly, Carter Brown and Matt Diehl round out a talented unit that can attack from a variety of angles. Now, just one more victory stands in the way of the Cardinals notching their first MIAA championship since '03.

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2011-05-20



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