Games to Watch: April 17 to April 23
It's another week that features some interesting matchups that have been looming for some time, as many of the heavy-hitters from their respective regions will finally run into one another as some of the major conferences get deeper into their schedules and some of the states in the south see their seasons coming to a boil.
Here's a look at some of the games that stand out to us the most this week.
North Gwinnett (Ga.) at Allatoona (Ga.), April 18
These two teams boast just one loss between them, with North Gwinnett coming into the game undefeated. The Bulldogs have already downed Lassiter (Ga.) and Etowah (Ga.) this season, and both teams are in the 3d Rising State-by-State rankings. The Buccaneers only loss this season was a 10-8 decision to Lambert (Ga.) back on Feb. 27. They are riding a 12 game win streak and have wins over Lovett (Ga.), McCallie School (Tenn.), Lassiter, and Kell (Ga.).
Loyola-Blakefield (Md.) at McDonogh (Md.), April 19
It’s the top two teams in the MIAA A Conference taking on each other. What more needs said? Depending on where these teams finish during the regular season, it’s shaping up to be the No. 1 and No. 2 teams and a potential conference championship preview. Loyola opened conference play by scoring 39 goals in two games and holding St. Mary’s (Md.) and Gilman (Md.) to just 15 total goals. McDonogh opened with a tougher slate of games, but defeated St. Paul’s 10-7 and a 12-2 Severn (Md.) team 12-7. The Tuesday meeting is the only regular season game between these teams. Cole Williams has been on fire for the Dons this season and he is coming off a four-goal game against St. Mary’s last week.
Episcopal Dallas (Texas) at Dallas Jesuit (Texas), April 22
It’s another big Texas game as the No. 3 and 2 teams in the 3d Rising Texas state rankings face off in one of the final regular season games of the year. The Eagles lone loss was a 13-11 decision to Highland Park (Texas) on April 1. Dallas Jesuit’s only in-state loss was a 9-6 defeat to Highland Park on April 7. These teams met twice in 2014, once in the regular season and once in the playoffs. That year the teams had a combined five losses between them. Episcopal lost the regular season meeting, but won the state championship game.
St. Anthony’s (N.Y.) at Delbarton (N.J.), April 23
The yearly meeting between border powers is just as intriguing as always. The Green Wave have just one loss, a triple overtime 7-6 decision to Summit (N.J.), which opened their season. Delbarton has won six consecutive games, including a 13-11 win over nationally ranked Malvern Prep (Pa.) last week. Garret Samuelson scored five goals in the win over the Friars. St. Anthony’s has won the last two decisions between these teams, with Delbarton last getting the best of the Friars, 7-3 in 2013. St. Anthony’s started this season 6-0 with wins over Chaminade (N.Y.), Niskayuna (N.Y.) and Greenwich (Conn.). Jared Nugent totaled nine points on six assists and three goals and Thomas Heagerty scored six goals in the win over the defending New York Class A champions. Nugent leads the team with 30 points (15 goals, 15 assists) this season. Heagerty leads with 16 goals.