Games to Watch: May 1 to May 7

(Photo: Casey Vock, 3d Rising)
(Photo: Casey Vock, 3d Rising)

The regular season is winding down in many states around the county and with that comes several games that have playoff implications.

First place is on the line in the MIAA A Conference in Maryland while New York takes on Connecticut in a meeting of Super 25 teams. Colorado wraps up its regular season with a meeting of power programs and Section XI powers meet in New York.

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)

Boys’ Latin (Baltimore) at McDonogh (Owings Mills), May 3

If it seems like there’s a MIAA Game of the Week each week, it’s because for the past few weeks first place has been on the line. This week is no different with the last two undefeated conference teams taking on each other with just three games left in the regular season. McDonogh is coming off a week in which Junior Jack Parr scored the game-winning goal with less than two minutes into the second overtime to help the Eagles to a 9-8 win over Calvert Hall. Boys’ Latin’s Logan Wisnauskas scored eight goals in the two wins last week, including a 14-8 win over Loyola-Blakefield (Md.). This could be a conference championship preview, but then again, if St. Mary’s (Md.) proved anything last year it’s that getting hot at the right time can make all the difference.

St. Anthony’s (South Huntington, N.Y.) at Darien (Darien, Conn.), May 5

Possibly one of the biggest inter-state games of the year as a pair of Super 25 programs face off. Darien is coming off a 10-7 win over former No. 3 New Canaan, which is sure to move them up the rankings. St. Anthony’s defeated No. 22 Syosset (Syosset, N.Y.) and Yorktown (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) last week to rebound from its first loss of the season. Look for junior Kevin Lindley, who is coming off a three-goal game against New Canaan to lead the way for Darien. Jared Nugent and Thomas Heagerty lead the Friars with 48 and 36 goals respectively.

(Photo: Casey Vock, 3d Rising)

Arapahoe (Centennial, Colo.) at Mountain Vista (Colo.), May 6

Another battle of Colorado’s top teams, but this one completes the regular season for both teams. Mountain Vista dropped its first game of the year, 7-5 to Regis Jesuit (Aurora, Colo.), but rebounded 18-6 over Douglas County (Castle Rock, Colo.). The Golden Eagles face Palmer (Colo.) before facing the Warriors. Arapahoe has won nine straight games, which includes wins over Cherry Creek (Greenwood Village, Colo.) and Kent Denver (Denver). Junior Colin Munro leads the Golden Eagles with 66 points and 43 goals this season, but senior Jake Harvey (29 goals) and sophomore Jake Govett (26) make it difficult for defenses. The Warriors are led by senior Keenan Moffitt who has 30 goals, but Ryan Carlson (20), Riley Moynihan (19), Blake Widlund (15) lead a group of five underclassmen that are right behind Moffitt in goals.

(Photo: Casey Vock, 3d Rising)

Connetquot (Bohemia, N.Y.) at Smithtown East (Smithtown, N.Y.), May 7

Connetquot is one of the few undefeated teams in New York. Smithtown East has two losses by a combined two goals, including a 10-9 overtime loss to rival Smithtown West (Smithtown, N.Y.) last week. Connor Desimone leads the Bulls with 55 goals and Dan Rooney is right behind him with 49. Connetquot got a five goal game from Collin Grippo against Ward Melville (East Setauket, N.Y.) on April 26. Matt Oehl has 41 points, which includes a six-goal game against Smithtown West on April 16.

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