Games to Watch: May 16 to May 21

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

NCAA basketball may have coined the phrase, but this week is Championship Week in boys lacrosse. The state and national rankings are sure to change after this week’s slate of games that features championships in power states finishes.

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.

Chaminade (Mineola) vs. St. Anthony’s (South Huntington), NSCHSAA AAA Final, May 18

The first championship game of the week takes place on Long Island when the Flyers face the Friars. It’s the yearly meeting in the title game between these teams and this year Chaminade is 0-2 against St. Anthony’s heading into the title game. The last few years, these teams have split the regular season meeting. Chaminade won all three meetings in 2013. St. Anthony’s lost two of the regular season matchups in both 2012 and 2011, only to get the better of Chaminade in the championship game each year.

(Photo: Casey Vock, 3d Rising)

MIAA A Conference Championship Game, May 20

Heading into Monday’s semifinals, it was down to the top two seeds, McDonogh (Owings Mills) and Boys’ Latin (Baltimore) and the number five and six seeds, Loyola-Blakefield (Towson) and Severn (Severna Park). Heading into the playoffs, McDonogh and Boys’ Latin were the favorites to reach the title game, but when Loyola knocked off No. 3 Calvert Hall (Baltimore) and Severn ousted No. 4 St. Paul’s (Brooklandville), it had to set off alarms. After St. Mary’s (Annapolis) made its run last year and it was back in 2013 when a Loyola team that lost three straight heading into the playoffs defeated the then 19-0 Boys’ Latin team to win it all. Can Severn do what St. Mary’s did last year and win its first MIAA title and the first title since they won the MSA crown in 1968? Or can Ben Rubeor win back-to-back championships with two different teams? Can McDonogh win its first title since 2005? Can Brian Farrell win the title in his first season as head coach? With no shortage of storylines, it is easy to see why this year’s MIAA Championship game is the game to watch this week.

IAC Championship, May 21

It has been on of the best seasons in Bullis (Potomac) lacrosse history with its first IAC championship as the regular season winner. With two more wins, the Bulldogs could add another achievement to its trophy case as the tournament winner. But it’s the IAC, a conference that has been dominated by Landon (Bethesda) and Georgetown Prep (North Bethesda). Bullis defeated both this year along with St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes (Alexandria), but beating those teams twice in a season can be challenging. Up first is Georgetown Prep in the semifinal on Wednesday. Landon takes on St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes in the other semifinal.

Tennessee State Championship, May 21

The usual suspects have all reached the state final four, which takes place on Friday. Montgomery Bell Academy (Nashville) takes on defending state champion McCallie School (Chattanooga) in one half of the bracket. Memphis University School (Memphis) takes on Christian Brothers (Memphis) in the other semifinal. No school other than MUS or McCallie has won a S.C.D. or Division I title since 2007. Montgomery Bell last won a title in 2006. MUS won four straight from 2011 to 2014 before McCallie stopped the streak last season. Christian Brothers is seeking its first title since 1995.

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