Games to Watch: April 24 to April 30

Games to Watch: April 24 to April 30 (Photo: Casey Vock, 3d Rising)
Games to Watch: April 24 to April 30 (Photo: Casey Vock, 3d Rising)

It's a huge week for the scholastic lacrosse landscape, as some incredible matchups are on the way, including championship weekend in the state of Florida. 

But elsewhere, New England will see one of the biggest games of the year take place as two Super 25 rivals from Connecticut will finally meet for a much anticipated showdown. 

And in the Mid-Atlantic, there's an assortment of exciting games, including two important clashes in D.C. and Baltimore. 

Be sure to follow us on Twitter (@3dRising) and on Instagram (@3dRising) throughout the high school season for updates on these and all sorts of games we'll be tracking.

(Photo: Casey Vock, 3d Rising)

Calvert Hall (Md.) at McDonogh (Md.), April 26

Calvert Hall was the No. 1 team in the MIAA A Conference before last week, a 6-5 loss to Boys’ Latin (Md.). McDonogh, along with BL, are undefeated in the conference, but the next few weeks can change things dramatically. The Eagles have won six straight, including a 13-11 win over Loyola-Blakefield (Md.) and a 12-7 win over Severn (Md.). Calvert Hall has one loss to a team in the United States, but that was 6-5 to the Lakers last week. They rebounded with a 13-6 win over Gilman (Md.) and face the Eagles and Severn this week.

Ponte Vedra (Fla.) vs. Lake Highland Prep (Fla.), April 29

Florida is down to its final four teams and it’s hard to pick a favorite. This game pits the defending state champs, Lake Highland Prep, against the 22-0 Sharks of Ponte Vedra. The Sharks and Highlanders met in the semifinals in 2014 with Lake Highland coming out on top 14-9. Ponte Vedra appears to be the favorite with 22 straight wins, including an 11-6 win over Lake Highland on Feb. 15. Junior attackman Reid Smith leads the team with 123 points on 66 goals and 57 assists through the regular season. Junior Matthew Keeler is second on the team with 58 goals and 29 assists through the regular season. The Highlanders appeared the struggle early in the season, sporting a 6-8 record on March 19. But the Highlanders have won six straight games, including victories over Jupiter (Fla.), H.B. Plant (Fla.) and Apopka (Fla.). Sophomore Christian Cisneros led the team with 78 points through 17 games.

St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes (Va.) at Bullis (Md.), April 29

Bullis enters the the game on a 12-game winning streak and in control of the IAC regular season title. The Bulldogs are led by Nicky Petkevich (45 goals), Alex Trippi (40) and Steven Shollenberger (35). They have already defeated nationally ranked teams McDonogh (Md.), Boys’ Latin (Md.) and Landon (Md.) along with Georgetown Prep (Md.). The Saints have four players with at least 20 goals, led by Chase Goree (31), Wade Shervin (24), Matthew Fisher (22) and Ben Martin (22). They have won four straight games heading into an April 26 game at Potomac School (Va.) before facing Bullis. The Saints have one loss against an IAC team, making this a crucial game if they want to get the regular season title.

New Canaan (Conn.) at Darien (Conn.), April 30

The top two teams in Connecticut, both ranked in the USA Today High School Sports Super 25, face off and sport a 15-0 record between them. Darien already has a win over defending New York Class A champ Niskayuna (N.Y.) along with Manhasset (N.Y.). The Rams opened their season with a 9-8 overtime win over Super 25-ranked Loyola-Blakefield (Md.) and have defeated prep power Brunswick School (Conn.), also a member of the Super 25 all season. New Canaan faces undefeated Staples-Westport (Conn.) on April 26 before traveling to Darien on the 30th.

Mike Loveday has covered high school sports since 2005 and started covering high school lacrosse full-time in 2007. He is currently the Mid-Atlantic reporter for US Lacrosse and manages the Nike/US Lacrosse Top 25 voting panel. He was the national high school lacrosse editor with ESPN and Student Sports. Loveday originated the FAB 50 voting panel for high school lacrosse in 2009 while with ESPN and helped US Lacrosse institute a similar panel beginning in 2013. He was also part of the group that selected players for the Warrior 40 from 2011 to 2013. He founded LaxRecords.com after his second stint with Student Sports in July 2014 in order to house the growing collection of performances submitted throughout the years. This site will continue to grow and will focus solely on players' performances that add them to the respective Season Leaders or Career Leaders lists. Follow Loveday on Twitter @LaxRecords or Instagram @LaxRecords